The way forward is Clear
for a long-term partner

“... not only an outstanding investor,
but also a partner in the trenches.”

Dr. Yan Sun, Founder & CTO, Onetta
The way forward is Clear for a long-term partner
“... not only an outstanding investor, but also a partner in the trenches.”
Dr. Yan Sun, Founder & CTO, Onetta

The way forward is Clear
for a long-term partner

“... not only an outstanding investor,
but also a partner in the trenches.”
Dr. Yan Sun, Founder & CTO, Onetta

What inspires us

Spectacular markets

We gravitate to those who aspire to lead high growth-potential nascent markets or disrupt large industries

We prefer hard problems to trivial pursuits and first-wave innovators to late entrants

Dauntless doers
We search for the rare few who push boundaries and redefine possible

They have deep passion for their mission, which they can describe in one declarative sentence
Magnetic teams
We are drawn to teams with a high need to win, often from humble beginnings

We seek teams with brains, energy, and character that have the power of shared purpose and the drive to see it through
Incredible focus
We prefer businesses that aspire to be the best in the world at one narrowly defined and important thing

They aspire to solve a pressing unmet need for customers to whom innovation is an opportunity
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How we work

Stage

We partner at the earliest stages of company creation

We have been the first investors in
90% of our past portfolio companies

Our first investment is targeted between
$100K and $4 million.

Location
Because we take partnering seriously, we are partial to companies in the San Francisco Bay Area

Over the years we have been active in Boston, Israel, Europe, and India and are willing to chat
Follow-on financing
The difference between vision and dilution is execution

Over 200 follow-on rounds have given us insights on fundraising

We help achieve follow-on financing success
Partnering
We provide early capital, connections, and company-building insights

Our “Clear Technology Partners” provide ​world-class ​mentoring, and difference-making access to customers, talent, and insight​s​ on scaling
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Focus

Business technology and services
We invest in companies that help businesses win

We are fascinated by what and who will redefine the future
The Internet of everything
Over 50 billion devices will be connected in the next decade

The Internet is becoming more pervasive than ever imagined

IoT, M2M, and machine learning will power this connected world
Data
Data has become a strategic asset for all companies

Data-driven applications will transform everything
Cloud and mobile
We see a future where if it can be run in the cloud

and consumed on mobile, it will be
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What to expect from us

Ethos
CLEAR is a constant reminder of our code of conduct:

Collaborative, Level​headed, Engaged, Accessible, Responsive
Terms
Our terms are straightforward

We ​prefer ​priced rounds to notes

We support strong stock grants to hire well
Post-investment
We think board meetings are for company learning, not founder reporting

We ​​like ​thin board packages​ and short board meetings​

​We strive to be part of the solution when plans change
Work style
Results-oriented teamwork like the startups that we serve​

​Help c​reate opportunity​ with measurable value-add
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