I am an advisor in the following companies - receiving equity-based compensation in return: mobile.dev, TravelPerk & DX. I advise a select few companies where I either go back with key people at the company and/or I am excited about their approach.
As of June 2022, I am no longer taking on investment opportunities. This is for the same reason I do not hold individual stocks: I want to remain to be unbiased in my writing and recommendations. If you are a startup, you are welcome to send me investor updates (including redacted ones). See details here.
My main investment interest areas were developer tooling, engineering productivity, platforms, and software engineering education.
My investment philosophy was simple: I invested in companies I'd jump at the opportunity to work at, if I was not busy with my own business. This also means I recommend all the below companies as great - and promising - places to work at.
They all issue fair equity on top of a good salary. Thanks to equity, if the company does well, so do employees. They have a bold vision, a great team, and are tackling interesting problems.
I am not looking for any further investments since June 2022.
Developer tooling 💻📱
mobile.dev: setting the new standard for mobile development. I'm an active advisor and mobile.dev has been my single biggest investment. I strongly believe they will be in the front of center of innovating on modern mobile development - and become first mobile tooling unicorn. See jobs.
Stashpad: the developer notepad. A way to manage your working memory (RAM) as you do your daily work. I love this startup as they're starting with the best scratchpad any engineer can ask for, and then make it super easy to extend, share and customize it.
incident.io: the way incident management should be. Founding members build one of the best incident management systems across the industry at Monzo. Now they're building an even better one for anyone to use. One of the most forward-thinking and inclusive teams I know of. See open jobs.
Engineering productivity & education 📈 👨🎓
DX: maximizing engineering efficiency, in a way that works.
Invact Metaversity. The future of online education, cofounded by Tanay Pratap, one of the best and committed teachers I know. I love how bold Invact is in rethinking how to make education more engaged.
Yerbo: Keep your engineering team away from burnout. Insights and actions to help teams stay healthy. Burnout - and catching it early - makes a huge difference for any engineering team, and Yerbo is the leader in this space.
Fonoa: automating taxes for the Internet economy. I observed the amount of work implementing taxes meant first-hand, at Uber. Fonoa takes the complex work Uber - and many other large companies - do in-house, and makes it available to any business. I know the founders, who are ex-Uber folks and sometimes get involved with them. Open roles.
📅 Rise Calendar: on a mission to help teams get more important work done. They have a world-class founding team, and I worked on the same team as their cofounder/CTO, Willem. Strong recommend. See open jobs.
❌ Block Party. Use social media without harassment. Block Party is building the tools that allow people often harrassed and trolled to have an online experience without any of this.
🏥 PillSorted: medications delivered to your home in the UK. Building a strong engineering team - their CTO is someone I worked with for years at Skype.
📚 Craft Docs: Probably the best writing experience for digital devices, founded by my brother. Apple awarded it the Mac App of the Year award in 2021. It is the only "investment" where I have no financial stake - I don't mix family and business. See open jobs.
Other investments: I've made another few smaller investments via the Uber Alumni Investment Club - I'm not listing these out individually, as I am not involved with those companies, beyond investing via the syndicate.
"How can I get into angel investing?"
I get this question a lot more from software engineers. I don't have definite answers, but here's how I got into angel investing.