Approach


A WaveMaker is a disruptor, a catalyst for change.

We invest in a broad range of technology-driven companies in the US and Southeast Asia. The start-ups we invest in are Wavemakers. They are the catalysts for change.

We like businesses that address huge market opportunities and create real value in a differentiated and defensible way. This means solving truly relevant problems, disrupting the status quo and/or creating fresh, addictive delight.

We strive to be good Partners on their journey. We're happy to be their investor and their sounding board, their cheerleader and their sparring partner, their drinking buddy but not their babysitter. We’re also just as happy to get out of their way.


We firmly believe in the power of numbers and networks and it shows in how we invest.

We take a portfolio-building approach to early stage (Seed-Series A) investing. We try to help them bridge the "post-angel and pre-venture" gap which was a challenging phase we ourselves experienced back in our startup operating days. We will usually start with a $100K-$500K check and follow on until $1M.We believe that early stage investments are largely unpredictable and binary. That’s why we don’t mind making more bets than most other VCs. We also believe in eating our own cooking so we're all meaningful investors in our own funds alongside w/ our distinguished Limited Partners, many of which have been with us from our first fund.

We also take a co-investment approach. We will lead rounds when we feel we are in the best position to do so, but we usually like to bring in co-investors who can add value. Otherwise, we are comfortable to just join a syndicate and help out whenever we are asked. The combination of portfolio building and co-investment has enabled us to invest over 130 companies and co-invest over 120 early stage investors. These form a powerful network which supports pattern recognition, diligence, co-investment, customer acquisition and corporate development.

Over a third of our collective portfolio have either been fully realized (full exit) or partially realized (partial exit). While not all of them were ideal outcomes, thus far we've been correct more times than we've been wrong. It's not "spray and pray," as the armchair investors like to say, it's merely a simple portfolio building approach. However, in the many years we've collectively been doing this, both as startup entrepreneurs and early stage investors, we still have not figured out a systematic way of predicting the future so until somebody puts batteries in our crystal ball, we will continue what's been working for us.

Portfolio

Team

Dennis Goh

Dennis Goh

Partner, Wavemaker Pacific

Dennis Goh supports the group’s activities in Asia. He is an experienced entrepreneur who co-founded HungryGoWhere and grew it into Singapore’s top F&B digital company before selling it to SingTel in 2012. Dennis is highly passionate about the Asian digital start-up ecosystem and is excited to be at the forefront of rapid digital change in Asia.

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Nix Nolledo

Nix Nolledo

Venture Partner, Wavemaker Pacific

Nix Nolledo focuses primarily on the group’s activities in the Philippines. Nix Nolledo is the CEO of Xurpas, the largest mobile consumer technology company in the Philippines. He is also an active angel investor with investments in over 20 technology businesses in the e-commerce, new media, and digital advertising spaces.

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Jennifer Wilde Anderson

Jennifer Wilde Anderson

Vice President

Jennifer Anderson is an integral member of the team at Wavemaker partnering with leadership to develop and implement growth strategies and manage key firm relationships. She oversees the firm’s operations, marketing strategy and events. Ms. Anderson is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School.

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Aditya Kumar

Aditya Kumar

Associate

Aditya Kumar focuses primarily on the group’s activities in Singapore. Prior to joining Wavemaker, Adi worked at Wealth-X, a global ultra high net worth prospecting, intelligence and wealth due diligence firm. He also spent stints interning at ABN Amro Bank and Citibank in the Compliance and Private Wealth divisions.

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Lisa Riedmiller

Lisa Riedmiller

Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Riedmiller is Chief Financial Officer for Wavemaker Partners. She has over 24 years of venture capital fund accounting, investor relations and fund administration experience. Lisa successfully built her specialized venture capital accounting services business to target the niche market of smaller and developing funds by offering her clients high level financial support without the burden of full-time overhead.

    Mave Marcos

    Mave Marcos

    Operations Coordinator

    Mave Marcos works out of the Wavemaker Partners' office in Santa Monica, CA. She provides support for the Managing Partners and other staff. She is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor's in Sociology and is currently enrolled in the University of Southern California's Annenberg Graduate School of Communication.

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    Funds


    Wavemaker Partners (USA)

    Wavemaker Partners III
    Wavemaker Partners II (formerly Siemer Ventures II)


    Wavemaker Pacific (SE Asia)

    Wavemaker Pacific I
    Wavemaker Labs*

    *Approved Technology Incubator under the National Research Foundation (NRF) with effectively S$25M given 5.6x leverage under the Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS), 100% Singapore, 12 portfolio companies


    We’ve enhanced our network further with the entry of our Asian practice, Wavemaker Pacific, into the DFJ Global Network. With 15 member funds across 4 continents, we are able to provide our Asia-based founders with truly global access, insight and scale.

    • DFJ Network

    DFJ Global Network is a robust venture collective bringing together experienced investors and innovative entrepreneurs from around the globe to share strategies, source opportunities, and create greater value.

    Started in 1990, DFJ Global Network has since grown into a self-governed organization of independent venture funds on four continents who cooperate on investment diligence, marketing intelligence, corporate relationships and co-investments. All member funds are independent and raise their own capital and manage their own investment decisions.

    News

    Press Release: Wavemaker Welcomes Two Tech Entrepreneurs to its Team

    Singapore – Wednesday, October 29 – Today, Singapore-based DFJ Global Network member Wavemaker Pacific welcomes two successful technology entrepreneurs to its team: Dennis Goh and Nix Nolledo. Both will play active roles in the firm’s expansion across the region – seeking out new investments, supporting founders and developing relationships that will benefit the firm’s portfolio […]

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    In the crowded food delivery space, it can be hard to stand out. There’s new companies popping up all the time, bringing hot meals, chilled meals, groceries and even booze to people’s doorsteps. So Palo Alto-based EAT Club has called on San Francisco celebrity chef Joey Altman — who opened Miss Pearl’s Jam House in […]

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    When shipping small items, it’s no problem to use services like FedEx or UPS, but what if you have a large, heavy, or unusually shaped item? When you have an item that doesn’t easily fit in a box, you need to work with specialized carriers, but they generally aren’t easy to find or very transparent […]

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    Starting today, DSTLD, the previously online-only, LA-based denim brand with jeans starting at $65, will be selling product out of its first ever Pop-Up shop, called DNM Bar: LA. Located in West Hollywood, the store will carry 22 women’s styles, including ripped, high waist and “athleisure” pieces. Men’s styles include their newly launched line of […]

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    Prweb: Vator Splash LA to Feature Jessica Alba, Brian Lee, Big Money Investors and White-Hot Startups

    4th Annual Event Welcomes Blue-Ribbon VCs, Civic Leaders; Showcases LA’s Burgeoning Tech Ecosystem Honest Company’s celebrity founder Jessica Alba – international-star-turned-entrepreneur – and her co-founder CEO Brian Lee (founder of ShoeDazzle and Legal Zoom) will be on stage at the upcoming Vator Splash LA one-day conference and startup competition. Presented in partnership with the LA […]

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    Phone: (310) 861-2100
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