General Partner

Howard Hartenbaum

Executive Assistant: Kirstin Welch​
 
General Partner

Howard Hartenbaum

Executive Assistant: Kirstin Welch​
 
General Partner

Howard Hartenbaum

Executive Assistant: Kirstin Welch​
 

Howard Hartenbaum joined August Capital in 2008. Prior to joining, he served as a General Partner at Draper Richards LP where he was the founding investor in Skype and a former member of the board of directors where his achievement resulted in his joining the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists.

Before entering the venture capital field, Howard was at Hughes Electronics, where he was responsible for supporting business development, marketing and sales of satellite, information security and automotive technologies developed by HRL Laboratories. He also worked in engineering positions in ergonomics and user experience at Honda Motor Company and manufacturing at Teledyne Relays. Howard has worked overseas for a total of ten years in Luxembourg and Japan.

Howard received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T.

Current August investments: Beckon, Callisto Media, DITTO, DocSend, Eat Club, Gigwalk, MyFlickList (dba Reelgood), OpenGarden, Reputation.com and Turo.

Other Previous investments: Skype (acquired by eBay), Photobucket (acquired by Fox Interactive Media), Bebo (acquired by AOL), Netkraft (acquired by Adea Solutions), PowerReviews (acquired by Bazaarvoice), DimDim (acquired by Salesforce.com) and Flurry (acquired by Yahoo!).

 
 

Select Active Investments

Industry Sector: Software and Services

Headquartered: San Mateo, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Beckon: Beckon is performance management for marketing in all its modern complexity. Only Beckon brings together data management, planning, reporting and analytics in a simple, powerful, SaaS platform built by marketers, for marketers. It aggregates, normalizes, categorizes and analyzes all the data that matters to marketers and gives the world’s best brands rich dashboards for insight into what’s working best across it all.

Industry Sector: eCommerce

Headquartered: Berkely, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Callisto Media: Callisto Media represents a new publishing paradigm: one which combines rich data analysis with deep publishing expertise. Callisto has worldwide distribution under its subsidiary Arcas Publishing and a family of imprints that includes Rockridge Press, Garamond Press, Salinas Press, Healdsburg Press, Althea Press, and others.

Industry Sector: eCommerce

Headquartered: San Francisco, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Ditto: DITTO makes buying glasses online fun and easy by giving you the best selection of designer glasses and using our patent-pending proprietary technology to let you create a DITTO, a video of your face we take from your webcam, to virtually try on glasses in 180 degree views and see which pair looks best on you.

Industry Sector: Enterprise Services and Logistics

Headquartered: Palo Alto, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

EatClub: EAT Club is the largest business-focused online lunch delivery company in the US. We currently serve the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. We collaborate with the best local restaurants to provide quality and affordable meals that are prepared fresh daily. We also prepare healthy and tasty food in EAT Club’s own kitchens.

 

Industry Sector: Software and Services

Headquartered: San Francisco, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Gigwalk: Gigwalk was founded in 2010 with the goal of reinventing work in a mobile world. Today, we make work better by developing mobile applications that transform and improve the nature of work and the relationship between employers and employees. We help businesses more efficiently manage distributed workforces to achieve better business outcomes and we give workers greater control and flexibility, so everyone can get work done.

Industry Sector: Media

Headquartered: San Francisco, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

MyFlickList (dba Reelgood): Reelgood is the complete guide to online streaming content, with the ability to track and play content across 250+ streaming source..

Industry Sector: Data Communications

Headquartered: San Francisco, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Open Garden: We’re dedicated to connecting the next 5 billion mobile devices with peer-to-peer connections. Many call us the pioneers of peer-to peer mesh networking. We created FireChat, the first off-the-grid messaging app to enable people to communicate even without any Internet or cellular connection.

 

Industry Sector: Software and Services

Headquartered: Redwood City, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Reputation.com: Reputation.com is the world’s leading provider of online reputation products and services.

We believe that controlling your online reputation and private data is key to success in our digital world. Let us help you take control.

Industry Sector: eCommerce

Headquartered: San Francisco, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Turo (RelayRides): It’s taken six years, hundreds of thousands of trips, and millions of miles to arrive here at Turo. Our marketplace has blossomed into something truly extraordinary — a vibrant community of car owners and travelers who inspire and fuel us every day.

Select Exited Investments

Industry Sector: Software and Services

Headquartered: Palo Alto, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum/David Marquardt

Bubbli (Aria Glassworks) (Acquired by DropBox): Terrence invented the first seamless digital spherical photo in 1991, three years before the release of QTVR. In 2009, Ben created Yelp Monocle, the first Augmented Reality (AR) app to launch on the US App Store. After meeting at Stanford, Terrence proposed combining AR with spherical photographs to create an immersive ‘bubble’ viewer on the soon to be launched iPad.

Industry Sector: eCommerce

Headquartered: Arlington, VA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Livemocha (acquired by Rosetta Stone): Livemocha is committed to creating a world in which every human being is fluent in multiple languages. As the world’s largest online language learning community, Livemocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world. Livemocha delivers an unparalleled learning experience that promises conversational fluency. Since launching in 2007, the Livemocha community has grown to over 16 million members from over 195 countries, highlighting the international demand for an engaging and collaborative approach to language learning.

Industry Sector: eCommerce

Headquartered: Mountain View, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Luminate (acquired by Yahoo!): Luminate, Inc. is the leading image advertising and related content network, serving more than 180 million users and over 6 billion image views each month. Founded in 2008 by technologists from Netscape and LiveOps, Luminate’s platform combines computer vision, machine learning, and crowdsourcing technology to deliver the optimal Visually Targeted ads and content to images.

Industry Sector: eCommerce

Headquartered: San Francisco, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Memolane (acquired by HP): Memolane is your digital memory – your tool to rediscover your social life on the Internet. Memolane is a digital platform collecting and connecting your thoughts, pictures, messages and music yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Industry Sector: eCommerce

Headquartered: San Francisco, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

OrderAhead (Kinetic Farm) (acquired by Square): At OrderAhead, we are rethinking the way the world shops. We believe in empowering customers and business owners through the power of high-quality software. We believe in crafting a meaningful product.

Industry Sector: eCommerce

Headquartered: Mountain View, CA

Lead Investment Professional: Howard Hartenbaum

Swoopo (exited): Swoopo is an online auction site with an alternative bidding system. – See more at: http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/swoopo#sthash.COkrEYIH.dpuf