Augie Rakow

Managing Associate
Emerging Companies

Augie Rakow advises startups and investors building the future of how we live and work.

Augie studied theological history at Harvard University before becoming a lawyer and is one of the few Americans who has taken the Japanese bar exam. He also worked for many years in intellectual property before focusing on startup corporate work. Super Lawyers magazine named him a Rising Star, an honor reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California.

Augie is the current Chairman of the Harvard Club of San Francisco. He lives with his wife in Atherton, California.

Past and Current Representations

Consumer

  • 8tracks (SoftTech VC) – Handcrafted music playlists
  • Automattic (Polaris, True, NY Times) – Maker of WordPress
  • BASH Gaming (Tandem) (acq’d by GSN) –Mobile casino games
  • Crowdtilt (YC W13, a16z) – Group funding platform
  • Cue (YC W10, Sequoia) (acq’d by Apple) – Personal data management
  • Flutter (YC W12, a16z, NEA) (acq’d by Google) – Gestural controls for music
  • Heyzap (YC W09, USV) – Mobile game discovery
  • Kwarter (T-Ventures, Kinetic) – Second screen games for TV audiences
  • Loom (YC W12, Google Ventures) (acq'd by Dropbox) – Photo and video management
  • Meta (YC S13) – Augmented reality glasses
  • MixerBox (YC W14) – Social jukebox
  • Seaward Games (acq’d by Wargaming) – Nautical combat games
  • Summon (formerly InstantCab) (YC W12, Khosla, BMW) – On-demand personal drivers
  • Two Tap (YC W14) – Simple two-tap process for buying products
  • Pair (YC W12) – Private sharing

Commerce Enablers

  • Coinbase (YC S12, a16z, USV) – Bitcoin wallet
  • Bebestore (Atomico, W7) – Baby products sold online in Brazil
  • Elance (KPCB, NEA) (acq’d by oDesk) – Freelance marketplace
  • Estimote (YC S13) – Foot traffic sensors and analytics
  • Intrans (Hillsven) – Mobile freight tracking
  • IronPlanet (Accel) – Marketplace for used heavy equipment
  • Komli Media (DFJ, NVP, Helion, Nexus) – Mobile ad networks
  • MobPartner – Mobile ad affiliate network
  • Netprice (TSE: 3328) – Leading group buying platform in Japan
  • Science Exchange (YC S11, a16z, USV) – Marketplace for outsourcing experiments to top research institutions
  • Skip (YC W13) – Cashier-less checkout for retail stores
  • Stripe (YC S10, Sequoia, a16z, Elon Musk) – Payments processor for developers
  • Subledger – (Draper) APIs for accounting
  • UPS (NYSE: UPS) – Shipping, freight, logistics and supply chain management
  • Visa (NYSE: V) – Global payments technologies
  • Vendavo (InterWest, Sigma DCM) ­- Pricing optimization software

Developer Tools & IT Infrastructure

  • AirPair (YC W14) – On-demand live advice from expert programmers
  • AppSocially (500 Startups) – Virality tools for mobile apps
  • Apptimize (YC S13, a16z, Maverick) – Mobile app A/B testing tools
  • Bugsnag – (Matrix) Cross-platform bug detection
  • MongoHQ (YC S11, Trinity) – MongoDB data as a service
  • Open Garden – Software for mobile broadband peer-to-peer networks
  • Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo.org) – Open source geospatial software
  • PagerDuty (YC S10, a16z, Harrison Metal, Baseline) – “9-1-1 dispatch” for IT teams
  • Python Software Foundation – Open source technology for Python
  • Runscope (True, a16z, Lerer) – Tools for developers using HTTP and web service APIs
  • Speaktoit (Intel Capital) – Natural language interfaces
  • TightDB (YC S11, Khosla) – Programming language with embedded database
  • Tlon (FF Angel, a16z) – Urbit software stack
  • Weemo – (IDInvest) Cloud conferencing for mobile apps
  • Zencoder (YC W10, a16z, Ignition, Founder Collective) (acq’d by Brightcove) – Video encoding as a service

Education

  • American Training International (acq’d by InfoSystems) – Early computer-based training pioneer
  • Bloc.io (Harrison Metal, Baseline, First Round, Learn) – Learn to code online
  • Brainly – Homework help
  • Clever (YC S12, Sequoia, Bessemer, Google) – Standardized data formats for educational apps
  • Codecademy (YC S11, USV, Kleiner Perkins, Index) – Tutorials for learning to program
  • MakeGamesWithUs (YC W12, Draper) – iOS game publishing for students
  • NewGlobe Schools – Low-cost private schools in Africa
  • University of California, Berkeley – Public higher education and research
  • University of San Francisco – Private higher education and research

Electronics

  • Airware (YC W13, a16z, Google Ventures) – Autopilots for unmanned aircraft
  • Airphrame (FLOODGATE) – Unmanned aerial imaging and mapping
  • Atotech – PCB and electroplating equipment and processes
  • Canon (NYSE: CAJ) – Imaging and optical products
  • Collusion – Real time collaborative whiteboarding
  • Coretronic (TWSE:5371) – Projection and display solutions
  • Dbii Networks – Outdoor wireless networks
  • Digium (Matrix) – Open source business phone systems
  • DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) – Satellite television
  • Elan Microelectronics – Touchpads
  • iCracked (YC W12, a16z) – iOS device repair and buyback
  • Lite-On Optoelectronics – LEDs and consumer electronics
  • Nokia (NYSE: NOK) – Mobile phones
  • Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS) – 4G and LTE chipsets
  • SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK) – Flash memory cards
  • Sony (NYSE: SNE) – Consumer electronics

Enterprise

  • Alchemist Accelerator – Accelerator for enterprise software startups
  • Assemblage (Foundation) – Real-time collaboration tools
  • Indisys (Intel Capital) (acq’d by Intel) – Intelligent virtual assistants for customer service
  • Optimizely (YC W10, Benchmark, Battery) – Website optimization
  • RolePoint (AngelPad) – Social recruitment
  • SAP (NYSE: SAP) – Business management software
  • Selligy (DFJ, Salesforce) – Mobile services for salespeople
  • Tylr Mobile (Salesforce) – Software for mobile workers.
  • Sky Technologies (acq’d by Kony) – Mobile enterprise applications
  • Zenefits (YC W13, a16z, Maverick, Venrock) – Benefits, payroll and HR integrated online
  • Zopim (National University of Singapore) (acq'd by Zendesk) – Live chat for customer service

Finance

  • Haystack Fund – Seed investment fund
  • Key Equipment Finance – Structured equipment financing and leasing
  • LendUp (YC W12, Kleiner Perkins, a16z, Google) – 24/7 online loans
  • Swift Capital – Unsecured merchant cash advances
  • Visa (NYSE: V) – Global payments technology

Industrial

  • Banyan Water (Cue Ball, Catamount) – Smart water management
  • DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) – Satellite television
  • EnergyConnect (acq’d by Johnson Controls) – Demand response financing
  • Mechtronic Solutions (acq’d by National Technical Systems) – Aerospace and defense engineering
  • Recurrent Energy (acq’d by Sharp) – Solar project development
  • SolarBridge Technologies – Solar microinverters
  • Symphony Teleca Corporation – Product engineering services
  • Total Gas & Power (NYSE: TOT) – Gas resources and alternative energies
  • Toyota (NYSE: Tm) – Cars, trucks, SUVs and hybrids

Life Sciences

  • Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) – Human therapeutics and biotechnology
  • Benchling (YC S12) – Life science data management platform
  • Martin R. Prince, MD, PhD – Leading inventor of contrast-enhanced MR angiography (MRA) and optical fiber diagnostic devices
  • Longevity Fund – Seed investor in aging-related therapeutics
  • Micrus Endovascular (acq’d by Johnson & Johnson) – Implantable and disposable medical devices for cerebral vascular disease
  • Omron (TSE: 6645) – Factory and medical automation equipment
  • PDL BioPharma (NASDAQ: PDLI) – Humanized monoclonals to prevent and treat autoimmune disease, inflammatory conditions, cancers and viral infections
  • Science Exchange (YC S11, USV, a16z) – Marketplace for outsourcing experiments to top research institutions
  • Universal BioMining – Synthetic biology for the mining industry

Lifestyle

  • Cater2Me – Marketplace for corporate caterers
  • Campus – Intelligent residential communities
  • Fluc (Sherpa) – On-demand restaurant delivery
  • HomeRun (Khosla) - Home buying made easy
  • Kinder’s Meats – Retail delicatessens and deli food products
  • Levi Strauss & Co. (privately held) – Jeans and casual wear
  • Rosa Labs (YC S12, a16z) – Maker of Soylent meal replacement
  • Shiseido (TSE: 4911) – Cosmetics
  • Taste Space (500 Startups, 500 Luchadores) – On-demand restaurant delivery in Latin America

Security & Asset Protection

  • Akismet – "Comment spam" prevention
  • BayTSP (acq’d by Irdeto Intelligence) – Online copyright enforcement
  • celum – Digital asset management, brand management and Web-to-print
  • Guardian Analytics (Foundation) – Online banking security
  • Sookasa (Accel, First Round, a16,z, Lerer) – Security and data management cloud services
  • Tokyo Fire Department – World’s largest urban fire department
  • Shadow Networks (formerly ZanttZ) – Enterprise and government network security

Related Investors

  • Accel Partners
  • A-GRade (Ashton Kucher)
  • Allotrope Ventures
  • Alchemist Accelerator
  • Alta Ventures
  • Altira Group
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Andurance Investment
  • Apoletto Limited
  • ARBA Ventures
  • ARCH Venture Partners
  • Atlas Venture
  • AVOS
  • Azure Capital
  • Baseline Ventures
  • Battery Ventures
  • Benchmark
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Bronze Ventures
  • Catamount Ventures
  • Cisco Ventures
  • Clearstone Ventures
  • Cote Capital
  • Credo Ventures
  • Crosslink Capital
  • Cue Ball Group
  • DAG Ventures
  • Das Kapital
  • Data Collective
  • Detroit Venture Partners
  • Deutsche Telekom Venture Funds
  • Digital Sky Technologies
  • Doll Capital Management (DCM)
  • Draper Associates
  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Emergence Capital Partners
  • Emerson Collective (Lauren Powell Jobs)
  • Evolution Capital
  • Felicis Ventures
  • FF Angel
  • First Round Capital
  • FLOODGATE
  • Focus Ventures
  • Foundation Capital
  • Founder Collective
  • Founders Fund
  • General Catalyst
  • Good Energies
  • Google Ventures
  • Graph Ventures
  • Gray Matters Capital
  • GROE
  • Hanhai Investment
  • Harrison Metal
  • Haystack Fund
  • Helion Ventures
  • Hillsven Capital
  • Idinvest
  • Index Ventures
  • Initialized Capital
  • Infinity Ventures
  • Innovation Endeavors
  • Intel Capital
  • InterWest Partners
  • IRIS Capital
  • Javelin Venture Partners
  • Kapor Capital
  • Khosla Ventures
  • Kima Ventures
  • Kinetic Ventures
  • Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers
  • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  • Learn Capital
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Lowercase Captial
  • Mesirow Financial
  • Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • New Enterprise Associates
  • Nexus Venture Partners
  • Nth Power
  • Norwest Venture Partners
  • Oak Investment Partners
  • Omidyar Network
  • Open Network Lab
  • O’Reilly AlphaTech
  • Panasonic Ventures
  • Prominvestors
  • Prostor Capital
  • Qualcomm Ventures
  • Redpoint Ventures
  • Resonant Venture Partners
  • Revolution Ventures
  • Rho Capital Partners
  • Richmond Global
  • Runa Capital
  • Samurai Incubate
  • SAP Ventures
  • Sequoia Capital
  • Shasta Ventures
  • Sherpa Ventures
  • Sierra Venturess
  • Sigma Partners
  • Slow Ventures
  • SNP Ventures
  • Social+Capital Partnership
  • SoftTech VC
  • Sparx Capital Partners
  • Spectrum Equity Investors
  • Split Rock Partners
  • Stanson Ventures
  • Start Fund
  • StartX Storm Ventures
  • Susa Ventures
  • Sutter Hill Ventures
  • SV Angel
  • Tandem Ventures
  • Temasek Holdings
  • Tenaya Capital
  • Thiel Foundation
  • Transcoast Capital
  • Transmedia
  • Trinity Ventures
  • True Ventures
  • T-Venture (Deutsche Telekom)
  • Union Square Ventures
  • US Venture Partners
  • Vanguard Ventures
  • VoiVoda Ventures
  • Webb Investment Network
  • Wefunder
  • W7 Brazil Capital
  • Yaletown Venture Partners
  • Y Combinator
  • ZIG Capital
  • zPark Ventures
  • 3TS Capital
  • 500 Luchadores
  • 500 Startups
  •  Various angel investors

Augie frequently serves as a judge in business plan competitions.

  • Startup Chile
  • Intel Challenge (Desafio Intel)
  • U.C. Berkeley Global Social Venture Competition
  • Korea Incubation Pilot Program (Korea Institute of Startup Entrepreneurship Development
Augie Rakow
Admitted In
  • California

Practices
Education
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Div., Harvard University
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley
Honors
  • Northern California Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers magazine
Memberships
  • State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Harvard Club of San Francisco

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