Archer Venture Capital is an investment firm and start-up advisory platform for entrepreneurs. Archer’s principals have a long history of identifying talented, passionate entrepreneurs who deliver category-leading products and solutions to sizable markets. We work closely with entrepreneurs and make it our joint mission to build disruptive companies from the ground up. Our unique and flexible financing solutions allow us to provide capital when and how it's needed.
We have more than 75 years of combined experience as operators and investors across a variety of sectors
We conduct primary and/or secondary transactions in full sight of all parties involved
We provide patient capital to help teams pursue growth initiatives and achieve optimal outcomes
MEET THE TEAM
Founder & Managing Director
Greg Martin is the Founder and Managing Director of Archer Venture Capital.
Prior to founding Archer, Greg was a partner with Redpoint Ventures for 11 years, which grew out of his original firm, Brentwood Venture Capital. Greg focuses on early, growth stage and secondary technology investment opportunities. His current active investments include: Sovrn, Leadpoint, Swoop, Zyp Media, Impact Radius and QMerit.
Greg is also co-founder and Chairman of BetheBeast, co-founder and Vice-Chairman of Nurocor Software and co-owner of a Rainmaker Securities, a merchant bank that focuses on mid-market securities transactions.
Previously, Greg was CEO of TrueX Media, which was later sold to Fox. He has led investments in TrueCar (TRUE), 2U (TWOU), Shopkick (sold to SK Telecom), TrueX Media (sold to Fox), Yodlee (YDLE), Networks in Motion (sold to TSYS), Alacra (sold to Opus Global), TelASIC Communications (sold to MTI), Simula Labs (sold to Exist Labs), Webvisible (sold to The Berry Company) and SOA Software. Greg was also actively involved with Redpoint's investment in MySpace (sold to NEWS).
Greg's background extends to investment banking including Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette's Technology Group and, before that, Smith Barney where he focused on cross-border M&A and financing transactions. Greg has also owned and operated a high-end men's clothing franchise in the Los Angeles area.
Greg is a Carter Scholar from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. Greg also holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree, with concentrations in IT and Accounting, from the University of Calgary.
Matt Langdon was the CFO of MuleSoft from June-2014 through September 2018. During his tenure, Matt led the $6.5+ billion exit to Salesforce.com in March-2018; $2.5+ billion IPO in Mar-2017; and $128 million Series G capital raise in March-2015 while helping grow the business from 300 employees to 1,000 and revenue from $50M to $400 million+ in four years. In 2017, Matt was named a finalist for CFO of the Year among Emerging Companies by the San Francisco Business Times.
Prior to MuleSoft, Matt was CFO of TIBCO Software, where he oversaw global financial operations, strategy and reporting. Across his 11-year tenure with TIBCO, he held key leadership positions in strategic operations, marketing and sales enablement. His earlier career experience includes positions in product management at Siebel Systems, investment management at an affiliate of Bass Brothers Enterprises, and investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
Matt has a BBA from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Northwestern University. Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.
John is a Managing Director at Archer Venture Capital. Previously, John was a Venture Partner at US Venture Partners (USVP) from 2010-2015 and has been associated with over $10bn in exits including: Admob (acquired by Google), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), BlueKai (acquired by Oracle), Neven Vision (acquired by Google), Millennial Media (IPO 2012); Savings.com (acquired by Cox), JumpTap (acquired by millennial Media), GoPro (2014 IPO), MedioSystems (acquired by Nokia). John also invested in or been a Board member of Zefr, PlaceIQ, Quantifind, Swoop, SessionM, Wedge Buster, GumGum, Whisper, Credit Key and Tubular Labs.
Prior to USVP, John was the Founder and CEO of Brand in Hand (acquired in 2010) where he and his team advised on or executed initiatives for major brand marketers including P&G, Coke, American Express, General Mills, Lions Gate Studios, and Best Buy. John has been awarded Brand Week’s "Marketers of the Next Generation," and Advertising Age has acknowledged John as one of its distinguished 40 Under 40 executives. John frequently keynotes and participates in industry leading events. He holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Ryan joined Archer Venture Capital in 2018. He concentrates on identifying and evaluating investment opportunities as well as supporting portfolio companies.
Ryan has been a private equity investor since 2014. Most recently, he led business development efforts at Revelstone Capital, a middle-market growth equity firm focused on consumer brands. Previously, Ryan worked as an analyst with SightLine Partners where he played an integral role in sourcing, conducting due diligence on, and executing direct secondary investments in growth-stage companies. Ryan is also the Founder and President of RDF Consulting, through which he has provided management consulting services to public and private companies in the US and abroad.
Ryan holds a BA in Business Management from Michigan State University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
George is a 30-year veteran of creating and growing consumer businesses which he has done as a CEO of five companies, including two public, and a managing director of General Catalyst Partners. George authored the 13-part blog series Yours to Lose, about start-up CEO challenges, running on Business Insider.
George’s current board positions include John Wiley and Sons (NYSE: Wiley), Angie's List (NASDQ: ANGI), Hubspot (NYSE: HUBS), DataLogix (sold to Oracle), and Big Fish Games (sold to Churchill downs). He serves as Lead Director of Care.com (NYSE:CRCM) and Chairman of Place IQ in addition to holding board roles in several early-stage companies.
In the past, George has served as CEO of Jumptap (sold to AOL) and Upromise (sold to Sallie Mae) as well as Chairman and CEO of Excite and Excite@Home, and Chairman of Harris Interactive (sold to Nielsen). Prior to the advent of digital media, George founded The Outdoor Life Network (now NBC Sports Network) and was a former SVP of Times Mirror Magazines, overseeing titles such as SKI and Field & Stream.
George is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for California and New England and a four-time Emmy Award–winning producer and writer of adventure, wildlife, and vanishing-culture documentaries. In his non-profit work, he serves on the boards of the Trust for Public Land and SquashBusters. George graduated from Harvard '80, and is married with three grown sons.
WHAT WE OFFER
We support leading companies across all sectors of technology including software, big data, and digital media, targeting growth-stage opportunities. Some of the characteristics we look for in investments include:
Archer Venture Acquisitions is an AVC affiliate fund and management company focused on acquiring secondary interests from institutions and providing partial or total liquidity to investors and founders of high-growth companies via tender offers and buyouts.
As active investors in the secondary market, we offer portfolio evaluation services for GPs and LPs to provide guidance on fair market value. In addition to these services, we acquire complete portfolios as well as portfolio strips of all sizes across a variety of sectors.
Pay-to-play terms can often be highly punitive to existing investors with insufficient dry powder or capital that can be more efficiently deployed elsewhere. We provide funding to cover pro rata obligations on pay-to-plays to prevent further dilution or conversion.
Stock Option Liquidity
We provide customized stock option liquidity solutions to founders and employees of private companies. Our highly tax efficient products allow individuals to retain ownership and benefit from further upside potential. Get in touch to learn more.
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