We invest in exceptional founders. As seed stage investors, our approach is centered on building a deep understanding of each founding team: their character, how they think, and why they do what they do. In a venture capital landscape that tends to run in herds, we take pride in early bets where we’re frequently the first firm to invest. Arena Ventures leads or co-leads seed rounds (with a $500k-1MM check) in software-based businesses based out of Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York City. We focus on companies attacking large markets with an early product and an ambitious path toward revenue within six to twelve months.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”