Act One Ventures
Act One is an early stage investor with a track record of success, having already returned total investments in its first fund twice over, that backs capital-efficient companies with demonstrated founder-market fit (an expertise in their industry and the software solutions it needs).
The firm was founded in 2016 by entrepreneurs Michael Silton and Alejandro Guerrero, who have been working together for more than a decade starting at the UCLA VC Fund. Michael is a three-time software founder with an exit and a unicorn IPO. Alejandro is a first-generation Mexican-American startup founder who has become one of the most visible and fastest rising emerging managers in America, where only 3% of investment partners are of Latinx descent.
Michael and Alejandro’s experience as software company founders allows them to help portfolio founders build scalable businesses while connecting with a network that helps bring in early customers. 70% of Act One’s portfolio companies were founded by women and/or people of color.
Stage of capital: Pre-Seed, Seed
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Fund manager diversity: Hispanic-Latino led
Industry focus: General Tech- and Tech-Enabled, Consumer and Retail, B2B, Fintech and Payments
Min and max capital: $1,000,000 - $3,000,000