About

Valence Ventures is an early stage investment fund based in New York City.

We help extraordinary entrepreneurs gain access to the capital, people and tools that they need to build great companies. We invest early in the life cycle of companies often at the seed stage of development and align ourselves with founders in order to maximize the long term growth of their business. Using our network of advisors across multiple industries we help young companies gain traction and partner with later stage investors.

In particular, we invest in software which is shaping enterprise in the 21st century. We look for opportunities where software is reinventing and transforming business efficiency, facilitating the rapid transformation of the workforce, and improving the quality and volume of interaction between business and consumer.

We know that building a successful business begins with talented entrepreneurs who are relentlessly committed to bringing their vision to life. It’s incredibly hard work, and we’re here to help.

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Portfolio

Artemis Health

Artemis Health is an analytics platform that helps self-insured employers save money on healthcare by analyzing their health data, visualizing hotspots where they can save money, and allowing them to create and track cost saving initiatives.

iMedicare

iMedicare helps pharmacies attract new patients with an effective plan comparison platform. Patients can enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan with just one tap drastically reducing the amount of time pharmacists need to spend counseling customers.

Splash

Splash is a project management platform that empowers event planners to execute professional events from start to finish. By offering useful tips, suggestions, reliable resources along with powerful management tools, splash enables users to learn what needs to get done, and then do it.

Vadio

Vadio turns listeners into viewers by evolving audio streams into rich media viewing experiences for both established and emerging media companies.

RxData

RxData is a live data platform that collects, aggregates and analyzes past and current global market access events to help life sciences companies make faster and better market access decisions.

​FocusMotion

FocusMotion develops, markets, and licenses the first motion recognition software and algorithm platform for wearable devices that enables auto-tracking and quantification of anaerobic training, sport, and physical therapy activities.

Current fitness devices only track steps. FOCUS is the first company to track everything else.

Travo

TRAVO is the easiest way to plan and book business travel.  TRAVO scientifically creates an end-to-end itinerary inclusive of air, lodging, and ground recommendations custom tailored to the way you travel specifically for the meeting or event you're attending.

Notion

Notion is an all-in-one sensor for simplified home awareness. The company's single sensor can detect doors and windows opening, water leaks, smoke alarms sounding, lights being left on, temperature of a room, gun safes or liquor cabinets being accessed, and even how full a propane tank is.

Skipper

Skipper is an online travel agency that provides group hotel booking services. Skipper simplifies and streamlines the group hotel booking process making it easier to book rooms at the right hotels with the best rates.   

UrbanStems

UrbanStems makes it easy to order stunning bouquets and gifts on-demand in under an hour.   

Acquired

Viewfinder

Viewfinder is a platform that enables users to organize, share, and relive their memories with the people who matter most. With Viewfinder, users can meaningfully connect and selectively share their life’s moments in photos and messages

Init.ai

Init.ai is a developer platform to build, train, and deploy intelligent conversational apps. Init.ai enables companies to easily create AI and natural language conversational apps through their developer platform. The company offers a comprehensive solution that handles messaging, machine learning, and business logic, including integration with third-party APIs. Init.ai is the simplest way to build, train and deploy intelligent conversational apps. 

Team

  • Managing Partner
    Ian Judson Managing Partner
    Ian Judson

    Ian is the founder and Managing Partner of Valence Ventures. He brings over 15 years of experience in technology and healthcare as an operator and an investor. Prior to starting Valence, Ian was a part of the investment team at Aisling Capital and Head of Healthcare and Technology at Gravitas Capital. Ian has also held operating and finance roles at Dynova Laboratories, ImClone Systems and Judson Realty. When he’s not out meeting with new start-ups, he’s serving it up on the tennis court. He is an avid snowboarder, tennis player, supporter of the arts and lover of B-movies.   

  • Venture Partner
    Robert Gehorsam Venture Partner
    Robert Gehorsam

    Robert’s experience as a start-up co-founder (Forterra Systems), public company CEO (Image Metrics) and senior executive at Sony, Viacom and Scholastic augments his previous roles as a venture partner (Jerusalem Venture Partners) and angel investor (IoT start-up flowthings.io and biofabrication company Modern Meadow) to give him a unique perspective and talent for helping young companies achieve their potential. His initial work in the computer games industry led to his belief that the consumerization of software and hardware would fundamentally change not just the nature of how individuals work but how businesses organize, adapt and thrive in the 21st century. He is an active alumnus of tiny Grinnell College, which helped found Intel, inspired the @ for Twitter and the MIME e-mail format, and he remains pleased that he’s not the only literature and religion major from the college who has immersed himself in the tech world.

Contact

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