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Investments

6

Portfolio Exits

4

Funds

2

About Windforce Ventures

Windforce Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in early-stage social media and mobile technology investments. Headquartered in NYC, the firm is spearheaded by investment professionals and social media technology entrepreneurs. Windforce couplse exceptional entrepreneurs and cutting edge technologies with in-house advisorship to help build thriving companies.

Windforce Ventures Headquarter Location

317 Madison Ave Suite 1500

New York, New York, 10017,

United States

347-746-1347

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Latest Windforce Ventures News

Freak’n Genius Snares $275K

Jan 24, 2014

SEATTLE, WA, Freak'n Genius has raised $275,000 as a strategic investment from Windforce Ventures. Click here for more funding data on Freak'n Genius To export Freak'n Genius funding data to PDF and Excel, click here Freak'n Genius has combined art and technology to transform one of the most difficult methods of creation, animation, into a quick, simple, fun, and social experience where users can animate just by speaking into their mobile device. YAKiT 3.0 is a free iOS app that now includes an in-app social feed where users can share their creations. YAKiT Kids, also a free iOS app, is a kid-safe version for children, families and for use in the classroom. Windforce Ventures brings their deep experience in social media, content distribution, entertainment, and brand network to the YAKiT platform, along with a $275,000 investment. Mobile users can bring any photo to life as a 15-second animation, simply by speaking. The app allows a user to get a photo from a variety of sources, and then can customize the photo with sets of animated sticker overlays - facial features, props, special effects or characters. To have even more control, the user can highlight the mouth to make anything talk. Hitting record allows for a short message or story to bring the photo to life, and can even add multiple scenes to create the perfect punch line or story arc. The user also can change the pitch with 5 different voice-options, then can immediately share to the in-app YAKiT feed, Facebook, Twitter, or save to the camera roll to upload to Instagram, Youtube, iMovie, Reddit and many more. YAKiT Kids allows for the simple and fun animation creation, but is completely kid-safe and COPPA compliant. 'We've already seen over half a million animations created by 3 - 70 yr olds and everyone in between, making everything from talking pets, commercials, and music videos that have almost a million views, to holiday and birthday greetings, taunting sports fans, talking selfies and more,' CEO, Kyle Kesterson said. 'It's been used as a communication tool to help share more than what text and emoticons convey, as an education tool to engage students in learning and as a live performance tool. People discover new uses every day because It really is that quick, easy, and fun. ' New Funding for Freak'n Genius Freak'n Genius also picked up another $275,000 as a strategic investment from Windforce Ventures. Partners from the fund include the Founder & President of 24/7 Laundry Service, and the CEO of MovieLoft, social media agencies that can have YAKiT power some of their brand's 'snackable content' for social media and audience reach into the tens of millions. 'People and brands are creating an insane amount of snackable content everyday. It started with photos and moved into video. Now YAKiT's impressive technology is allowing anyone with a smartphone to animate their content, taking a previously very complex process and mobilizing it. There is great consumer and enterprise potential for YAKiT and its tech. ' - Jason Stein, Windforce Ventures Managing Partner and 24/7 Laundry Service Founder/President. iPhone users interested in seeing how quick and fun it is can download YAKiT and YAKiT Kids in the iTunes App Store, or learn more at http://www.freakngenius.com. For all other questions or inquiries, contact Kyle Kesterson at 425-301-4258. About Freak'n Genius Freak'n Genius captures and unleashes humor and the imagination in fun and interesting ways that have never before been possible. YAKiT and YAKiT Kids make it so you can bring any photo to life in seconds. Just speak to animate, all from the pocket. Free download in the Apple iTunes App Store. (c)2011-2015 by Massinvestor, Inc. For contact info, please check out our about page.

Windforce Ventures Investments

6 Investments

Windforce Ventures has made 6 investments. Their latest investment was in KISI as part of their Seed VC on May 5, 2015.

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Windforce Ventures Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

5/6/2015

Seed VC

KISI

$1.5M

Yes

1

1/23/2014

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

8/20/2013

Series A - II

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$99M

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10

2/13/2013

Seed VC

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10

8/9/2012

Seed

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$99M

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10

Date

5/6/2015

1/23/2014

8/20/2013

2/13/2013

8/9/2012

Round

Seed VC

Seed VC

Series A - II

Seed VC

Seed

Company

KISI

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Amount

$1.5M

$99M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

10

10

10

10

Windforce Ventures Portfolio Exits

4 Portfolio Exits

Windforce Ventures has 4 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was SocialChorus on July 15, 2020.

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Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

7/15/2020

Acq - Fin

Undisclosed Investors, and Sumeru Equity Partners

5

11/2/2015

Acquired

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10

2/2/2014

Acquired

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0

1/1/2014

Acquired

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10

Date

7/15/2020

11/2/2015

2/2/2014

1/1/2014

Exit

Acq - Fin

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

Acquirer

Undisclosed Investors, and Sumeru Equity Partners

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Sources

5

10

0

10

Windforce Ventures Fund History

2 Fund Histories

Windforce Ventures has 2 funds, including Windforce Ventures I.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

9/30/2013

Windforce Ventures I

Hedge

Closed

$4M

1

Windforce Ventures II

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Closing Date

9/30/2013

Fund

Windforce Ventures I

Windforce Ventures II

Fund Type

Hedge

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Status

Closed

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Amount

$4M

Sources

1

10

Windforce Ventures Team

3 Team Members

Windforce Ventures has 3 team members, including current President, Mario Montoya.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Mario Montoya

President

Current

Michoel Ogince

Managing Partner

Current

Justin Stein

Managing Partner

Current

Name

Mario Montoya

Michoel Ogince

Justin Stein

Work History

Title

President

Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Status

Current

Current

Current

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