Kinetic Ventures

Kinetic Ventures, L.L.C. is a venture capital firm specializing in early stage investments. It also considers investments in the seed, growth, mid venture, emerging growth, and late stages companies in special situations. The firm typically invests in communications, information technology, and power and clean technology sectors. In communications sector, it focuses on last mile connectivity, video over the Internet, quadruple play, wireless infrastructure, RFID and sensor networks, and mobile video companies. In information technology sector, the firm seeks to invest in mobile platforms, open source, on-demand computing, customized content and entertainment, lite applications, and security and identity management companies. In power and clean technology sector, it focuses on smart grid, low carbon solutions, efficiency, environmental finance, sustainable industrial processes, and green building materials. The firm prefers to invest in companies based in the United States and selectively in Canada and outside of North America. In selected cases it considers investments in foreign companies. It seeks to invest between $2 million and $10 million in a company and for larger investments, the firm arranges a syndicate of investors. The firm prefers a Board seat in the portfolio company. It typically exits its investments through an IPO or acquisition. The firm was formerly known as Arete Ventures. Kinetic Ventures, L.L.C. was founded in 1983 and is based in Chevy Chase, Maryland with an additional office in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nelson Chu


William Heflin



Cam Lanier

Senior Director

Sydney Shepherd


Jake Tarr