Augie Rakow

Senior Associate
Technology Companies Group

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.  He is a past president and chairman of the Harvard Club of San Francisco, and lives with his wife in Atherton, California.

Augie’s clients have recently been acquired by Autodesk, Brightcove, Chegg, Dropbox, Facebook, Game Show Network, Google, Intel, Johnson Controls, oDesk, Sharp, Wargaming and Zendesk.

Past and current representations:

Consumer

  • 8tracks Radio (SoftTech VC, a16z) – Handcrafted music playlists
  • Automattic (Polaris, True, NY Times) – Maker of WordPress
  • BASH Gaming (Tandem) (acq’d by Game Show Network) –Mobile casino games
  • Boosted Boards (YC S12) – Ultraportable electric vehicles
  • ChromaOm (YC W10) (acq’d by Autodesk) – Color enlightenment tools
  • Cue (YC W10, Sequoia) (acq’d by Apple) – Personal data management
  • Excursiopedia – Global travel and activities marketplace
  • Flutter (YC W12, a16z, NEA) (acq’d by Google) – Gestural controls for music
  • Heyzap (YC W09, USV) – Mobile ad network for apps
  • 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, Fenox, VegasTechFund) – Augmented reality glasses
  • MixerBox (YC W14, Infinity) – Social jukebox
  • Seaward Games (acq’d by Wargaming) – Nautical combat games
  • Summon (formerly InstantCab) (YC W12, Khosla, BMW) – On-demand personal drivers
  • Tilt (YC W13, a16z, Felicis, Nas) – Group funding platform
  • Two Tap (YC W14, Khosla) – Simple two-tap process for buying products
  • Pair (YC W12, Betaworks, a16z, Founder Collective, SV Angel) – Private sharing

Commerce Enablers

  • Appier (Sequoia) – Ad targeting across multiple screens
  • Atlas Card (Draper) – Bitcoin debit card
  • 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) – Beacon sensors and analytics platform
  • IronPlanet (Accel, KPCB) – Marketplace for used heavy equipment
  • Komli Media (DFJ, NVP, Helion, Nexus) – Advertising networks for display, mobile and social platforms
  • Lumoid (YC S13) – Test drive electronics before purchasing
  • MobPartner (Alven, Newfund) – Mobile ad affiliate network
  • Netprice (TSE: 3328) – Leading group buying platform in Japan
  • Pakible (YC W15) – Easy custom packaging
  • Science Exchange (YC S11, a16z, USV) – Marketplace for outsourcing experiments to top research institutions
  • Skip (YC W13) – Cashier-less checkout for retail stores
  • Spaceknow – Tracking global trends using remote sensing platforms
  • Stripe (YC S10, Sequoia, General Catalyst, Thrive, a16z, Elon Musk) – Payments processor for developers
  • Subledger – (Draper) APIs to add accounting functions to apps
  • UPS (NYSE: UPS) – Shipping, freight, logistics and supply chain management
  • Visa (NYSE: V) – Global payments technologies
  • Vendavo (InterWest, Sigma, DCM) (acq’d by Francisco Partners) ¬- Pricing optimization software

Developer Tools & IT Infrastructure

  • AppSocially (500 Startups) – Virality tools for mobile apps
  • Apptimize (YC S13, Costanoa, a16z, Maverick) – Mobile app A/B testing tools
  • Bugsnag – (Matrix) Cross-platform crash detection
  • C3DNA – Meta-container for easier application migration and delivery
  • Compose (formerly MongoHQ) (YC S11, Trinity) – MongoDB data as a service
  • Filecoin.io (YC S14) - Data storage network and electronic currency based on Bitcoin
  • HashiCorp (Mayfield, True) – Datacenter tools
  • Mixed Dimensions (Alchemist, Badia Impact, Alsop Louie) – Browser based 3D design tools
  • Open Garden (August, Kima) – Software for mobile broadband peer-to-peer networks
  • Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo.org) – Open source geospatial software
  • PagerDuty (YC S10, Bessemer, a16z, Harrison Metal, Baseline) – IT incident management
  • Python Software Foundation – Open source technology for Python
  • Referentia Systems – Cybersecurity, smart grid and advanced networking solutions
  • Runscope (True, a16z, Lerer) – API management
  • Speaktoit (Intel Capital, Motorola) – Natural language interfaces
  • Realm (formerly TightDB) (YC S11, Khosla) – Embedded mobile 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 (Shasta, Harrison Metal, Baseline, First Round, Learn) – Learn to code online
  • Brainly (General Catalyst, Point Nine, Runa) – Homework help
  • Clever (YC S12, Lightspeed, Sequoia, Bessemer, Google) – Standardized data formats for educational apps
  • Codecademy (YC S11, USV, Kleiner Perkins, Index) – Tutorials for learning to program
  • MakeSchool (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, KPCB, a16z, Google Ventures) – Operating systems for commercial drones
  • Airphrame (August, FLOODGATE) – Unmanned aerial imaging and mapping
  • Atotech – PCB and electroplating equipment and processes
  • Automile.io – Connecting drivers and car data
  • Boosted Boards (YC S12) - Lightweight, wireless, remote-controlled motorized electric longboards.
  • Canon (NYSE: CAJ) – Imaging and optical products
  • Cruise (YC W14) – Aftermarket highway autopilot for cars
  • Collusion – Real time collaborative whiteboarding
  • Coretronic (TWSE:5371) – Projection and display solutions
  • DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) – Satellite television
  • EfficientNow – Smart LED lighting
  • Elan Microelectronics – Touchpads
  • iCracked (YC W12) – iOS and Android 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) (acq’d by Cisco) – Real-time collaboration tools
  • Gradberry (YC W15) – Helping students and recent grads get specialized jobs
  • Indisys (Intel Capital) (acq’d by Intel) – Intelligent virtual assistants for customer service
  • Optimizely (YC W10, a16z, Benchmark, Bain, Battery) – Website optimization
  • RolePoint (AngelPad, Randstad) – Social recruitment
  • SAP (NYSE: SAP) – Business management software
  • Selligy (DFJ, Salesforce) – Mobile services for salespeople
  • Sky Technologies (acq’d by Kony) – Mobile enterprise applications
  • Unbabel (YC W14) – Machine + crowd translation
  • Zenefits (YC W13, a16z, IVP, Maverick, Venrock) – Payroll, benefits and compliance
  • Zopim (National University of Singapore) (acq'd by Zendesk) – Live chat for customer service 

Finance

  • Andreessen Horowitz – Venture capital firm investing from seed to growth
  • Haystack Fund – Seed investment fund
  • Key Equipment Finance – Structured equipment financing and leasing
  • Innovation Nest – Investor in early-stage SaaS companies 
  • LendUp (YC W12, Kleiner Perkins, a16z, Google) – 24/7 online loans
  • Longevity Fund – Early stage investor in therapies for aging-related diseases.
  • NRF Holdings – Investment office of Singapore prime minister
  • 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 (duplicate)
  • 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 (acq’d by SunPower) – Solar microinverters
  • Symphony Teleca Corporation – Software, cloud and mobility engineering 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, Rock Health) – 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
  • uBiome (YC S14, a16z) – Human microbiome sequencing
  • Universal BioMining – Synthetic biology for the mining industry 

Lifestyle

  • Cater2Me – Marketplace for corporate caterers
  • Campus Coliving – Network of co-living communities
  • Fluc (Sherpa) – On-demand restaurant delivery
  • OpenDoor (Khosla) – Online home-selling service
  • 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
  • Seed Labs – Tools for manufacturers to make their products intelligent and connected
  • SeMeAntoja (500 Startups, 500 Luchadores) (acq’d by Delivery Hero) – On-demand restaurant delivery in Latin America
  • Shiseido (TSE: 4911) – Cosmetics

Security & Asset Protection

  • BayTSP (acq’d by Irdeto Intelligence) – Online copyright enforcement
  • Guardian Analytics (Foundation, Split Rock, Sutter Hill) – 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) (Paladin, Yaletown) – Enterprise and government network security

Related investors:

  • Accel Partners
  • A-GRade (Ashton Kucher)
  • Allotrope Ventures
  • Alchemist Accelerator
  • Alta Ventures
  • Altira Group
  • Alven Captial
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Andurance Investment
  • Apoletto Limited
  • ARBA Ventures
  • ARCH Venture Partners
  • Atlas Venture
  • August Capital
  • AVOS
  • Azure Capital
  • Bain Capital Ventures
  • Baseline Ventures
  • Battery Ventures
  • Beenos Partners
  • Benchmark
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Bronze Ventures
  • Bowery Capital
  • Bullet Time Ventures
  • Catamount Ventures
  • Cisco Ventures
  • Clearstone Ventures
  • Costanoa Venture Capital
  • Coatue Management
  • Cote Capital
  • Cowboys Ventures
  • Credo Ventures
  • Crosslink Capital
  • CrunchFund
  • Cue Ball Group
  • DAG Ventures
  • Das Kapital
  • Data Collective
  • Detroit Venture Partners
  • Deutsche Telekom Venture Funds
  • Digital Garage
  • Digital Sky Technologies
  • Doll Capital Management (DCM)
  • Draper Associates
  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Endeavor Organization
  • Emergence Capital Partners
  • Emerson Collective (Lauren Powell Jobs)
  • Evolution Capital
  • Felicis Ventures
  • Fenox Venture Capital
  • FF Angel
  • First Round Capital
  • FLOODGATE
  • Focus Ventures
  • Formation 8
  • Foundation Capital
  • Founder Collective
  • Founders Fund
  • Future Perfect Ventures
  • General Catalyst
  • Good Energies
  • Goodwater Capital
  • Google Ventures
  • Graph Ventures
  • Gray Matters Capital
  • Green Visor Capital
  • GROE
  • GSV Capital
  • Hanhai Investment
  • Harrison Metal
  • Haystack Fund
  • Helion Ventures
  • Hillsven Capital
  • The Hit Forge
  • Hydrazine Capital
  • Idinvest
  • Index Ventures
  • Initialized Capital
  • Infinity Ventures
  • Innovation Endeavors
  • Innovation Nest
  • 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.
  • LiveNation
  • Learn Capital
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Lowercase Capital (Chris Sacca)
  • Merus Capital
  • Mesirow Financial
  • Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Nasir “Nas” Jones
  • New Enterprise Associates
  • Newfund
  • Nexus Venture Partners
  • Nth Power
  • Norwest Venture Partners
  • Oak Investment Partners
  • Omidyar Network
  • Open Network Lab
  • O’Reilly AlphaTech (OATV)
  • Paladin Capital Group
  • Panasonic Ventures
  • Point Nine Capital
  • Prominvestors
  • Prostor Capital
  • Qualcomm Ventures
  • QueensBridge Venture Partners
  • Randstad Innovation Fund
  • Raptor Ventures
  • Redpoint Ventures
  • Resonant Venture Partners
  • Revolution Ventures
  • Rho Capital Partners
  • Ribbit Capital
  • Richmond Global
  • Rock Health
  • Rothenberg Ventures
  • Runa Capital
  • Samurai Incubate
  • SAP Ventures
  • Sequoia Capital
  • Shasta Ventures
  • Sherpa Ventures
  • Sherpalo Ventures
  • Sierra Venturess
  • Sigma Partners
  • Slow Ventures
  • SNP Ventures (Sean Parker)
  • Social+Capital Partnership
  • SoftTech VC
  • Sparx Capital Partners
  • Spectrum Equity Investors
  • Split Rock Partners
  • Stanson Ventures
  • Start Fund
  • StartX Storm Ventures
  • St. Paul Venture Capital
  • Stripes Group
  • Susa Ventures
  • Sutter Hill Ventures
  • SV Angel
  • Tandem Ventures
  • TechStars
  • Temasek Holdings
  • Tenaya Capital
  • Thiel Foundation
  • Thrive Capital
  • Transcoast Capital
  • Transmedia
  • Trinity Ventures
  • True Ventures
  • T-Venture (Deutsche Telekom)
  • Union Square Ventures
  • US Venture Partners
  • Vanguard Ventures
  • VegasTechFund (Tony Hsieh)
  • VoiVoda Ventures
  • W7 Brazil Capital
  • Webb Investment Network
  • Wefunder
  • WI Harper Group
  • XG Ventures
  • Yaletown Venture Partners
  • Y Combinator
  • ZIG Capital
  • zPark Ventures
  • 3TS Capital
  • 500 Luchadores
  • 500 Startups
  • Various angel investors 
Augie Rakow
Admitted In
  • California

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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