companies building the future

Pathbreaker invests in specialized teams building unique technology and IP in emerging areas of computing. We're proud investors in:

Apprente — acquired by McDonalds     Beyond View Biobot Analytics     Catalog Technologies     Cinchapi     CryptoMove     Diligent Robotics     Drifter Entertainment     Edify Esper Fathom Computing     Iron Ox     Limbix Health     Mux     nTopology     Ono Food Co. OptimoRoute     Orderful     Reliable Robotics     Rheo     Safely You     Simbe Robotics     Spiketrap     Superhuman     Text IQ     Vergesense Visby     Stealth 1     Stealth 2 Stealth 3 Stealth 4 Stealth 5

Sept 10th, 2019: McDonald’s acquires Apprente, plans to speed up drive-thru lines with voice-based ordering technology - USA Today

Apprente automates customer service through neuroscience-inspired AI. Their team of senior AI PhDs and engineers from Stanford & Google has helped start McDonald’s new McD Tech Labs based in Mountain View.

Co-investors: Ame Cloud, Morado, Greylock, StageOne Ventures, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, Zach Coelius, Georges Harik

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Beyond View provides the construction & engineering industry with powerful VR & AR tools for designing & collaborating on large projects. More on product.

It’s led by senior engineering & product leadership from Wikimedia, Warner Bros, Linden Lab, Dreamworks, & SAP. More on team.

Co-investors: Peter Chou: former CEO of HTC, Stanford, Presence, Cherubic, 7 Percent, Liquid 2, strategic angels

Biobot Analytics analyzes city sewage to estimate opioid consumption. More on product

It’s led by a team of PhDs & experts in computational biology, epidemiology, and urban science from MIT & MIT’s Senseable City Lab. More on team.

Co-investors: Ekistic, Data Collective, Homebrew, Hyperplane, Refactor, Pioneer, Liquid 2, Soma, and strategic angels

Catalog Technologies is building infinite data archives by encoding digital information into DNA. More on product.

Its founders are PhDs from the synthetic biology lab at MIT. More on team.

Co-investors: NEA (Seed), OS Fund, Data Collective, Anorak, Indie Bio, 50 Years, Civilization, Cantos

Cinchapi is a natural language-based platform for understanding real-time sensor data. More on product.

Its team is led by engineers from Palantir, Ionic Security, and nPm. More on team.

Co-investors: Tech Square Labs, Neurolaunch, Chris Klaus

Cryptomove's moving target defense data protection continuously moves, mutates, fragments, distributes, & re-encrypts data without latency. More on product.

Its founders are senior security engineers & founders who've worked on data protection & cybercrime for Amazon, Google, & Microsoft. More on team.

Co-investors: Social Capital (Series A), Draper Associates, Red Dog, founders of Palo Alto Networks & FireEye


Diligent Robotics is building socially intelligent service robots that combine autonomy with mobile manipulation to improve hospital care & efficiency. More on product.

Its co-founders are Professors & PhDs in Human Robot Interaction from UT Austin and Georgia Tech. More on team.

Co-investors: True Ventures, Boom Capital, Next Coast Ventures

Drifter builds AAA games for VR, console, and PC. More on product.

It’s led by the former GM of Unreal Engine 4 & CTO of Microsoft Xbox/Kinect, Art Director of Oculus & Art Director at id Software, and Creative Director for Games at Microsoft. More on team.

Co-investors: Signia, Initialized, Presence, VR Fund, Anorak

Edify builds unified, omni-channel software to manage internal and external communications in the contact center. More on product

It’s led by a senior team with decades of experience building novel contact center software. More on team

Co-Investors: First Round (Seed), Bonfire, Morado, Anorak, Bling, Sea Lane, and Liquid 2

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Esper is building a platform to securely deploy, monitor, and optimize your enterprise edge devices. More on product.

It's led by senior product, engineering, and partnerships leaders at Amazon, Microsoft, and Huawei. More on team.  

Co-investors: Root, Haystack, Ubiquity, Andrew Lee of Firebase

Fathom Computing is building hardware to train vast artificial neural networks with as many neurons and connections as the human brain. More on product.

It's led by a highly technical team of senior researchers and engineers. More on team.

Co-investors: Playground  

IronOx is building robotic greenhouses with real-time data capture for growing sustainable produce. More on product.

It's led by senior robotics engineers from Google X, Willow Garage, and ABB. More on team.

Co-investors: Eniac Ventures (Seed), Amplify Partners (Seed), Cherubic, Anorak, Kyle Vogt, Mike Stoppelman, YCombinator

Limbix Health is building VR-based health tools for therapists. More on product.

Its founders are engineering & product leaders from Oculus, Facebook, and Google who previously founded & built Karma Science (acquired by Facebook in 2012). More on team.

Co-investors: Sequoia, Storm, Jazz, Maverick

Mux is building a video streaming analytics and performance suite. More on product

It's run by the founders of Zencoder (acquired by Brightcove for $30M in 2012). More on team.

Co-investors: Accel (Series A), Lowercase, Susa, Advancit, Liquid2, Anorak, SV Angel, Haystack, 7 Percent, YCombinator,

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nTopology is building modular CAD software with explicit and computer assisted creation tools for advanced manufacturing and 3D printing. More on product.

It's led by a specialized team of designers, mathematicians, and engineers from the 3d printing industry. More on team.

Co-investors: Canaan (Series B), Data Collective (Series A), Root, Crunchfund, Haystack, 1517, Notation

Ono Food Co. is building robotic systems to revolutionize the way we eat. The product is currently in stealth.

Its team built operations, robotics, and engineering systems at Instacart, L2F Automation, and Facebook, respectively. More on team.

Co-investors: Compound, Lemnos

OptimoRoute applies theoretical computer science to people routing and fleet management for mobile work forces. More on product.

Its founders were early engineers at Google and built machine learning products for Yelp. More on team.

Co-investors: Congruent Ventures (Seed) Mike & Jeremy Stoppelman of Yelp, Hoxton, Anorak, 7 Percent

Orderful provides an API to simplify EDI transactions at scale within a supply chain. More on product.

It’s led by a team of EDI industry experts & engineering leaders who’ve spent 10 years building EDI solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Learn more about More on team.

Co-investors: Andreessen Horowitz (Series A) Initialized, Liquid 2, Anorak

Reliable Robotics believes in a future where all aircraft, big and small, fly themselves, are everywhere, and are available to everyone. The product is currently in stealth.

Its founders are a team of mission-driven engineers from Space X, Tesla, & Google with experience in aviation, space, robotics and self-driving cars aggressively working to make this future a reality. More on team.

Co-investors: Eclipse, Lightspeed 

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Rheo builds consumer video experiences & creator monetization tools for the connected television ecosystem. More on product.

This team of senior engineering and product leaders from Apple, Facebook, and CBS is known for building some of the first iPhone apps, Apple media products, and autoplay video at Facebook. More on team.

Co-investors: Accomplice, Social Capital, Cherubic, Social Starts, Lars Rasmussen   

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Safely You detects and prevents falls in dementia care and nursing facilities using artificial intelligence & computer vision. More on product.

It is led by PhDs and professors for UC Berkeley. More on team.

Co-investors: Foundation, Data Collective, Anorak, 7 Percent, House Fund

Simbe Robotics builds autonomous robotic systems for real-time data capture and analytics in retail environments. More on product.

Its founders are robotics engineering and product leaders from Willow Garage and Silver Spring Networks. More on team.

Co-investors: Venrock (Series A), Activant, Valo, Cherubic, Tectonic, Pillar, Anorak 

Spiketrap applies machine learning to generate actionable insights from gaming and entertainment data. More on product.

It's led by a senior team of machine learning PhDs, product builders, and industry experts from Amazon & Goodreads (acquired by Amazon). More on team.

Co-investors: Strategic Angels  

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Its founders started Rapportive (acquired by LinkedIn in 2012) and LiveRamp (acquired by Acxiom for $310M in 2014). More on team.

Co-investors: Andreessen Horowitz (Series B), KIA, First Round, Boldstart, Precursor, Zelkova, Rubicon, WTI, 500

TextIQ is building machine learning-based solutions for document intelligence in legal, insurance, and Fortune 500 environments. More on product.

It is led by a team of PhD and Masters level machine learning engineers from Columbia University. More on team.

Co-investors: Firstmark (Series A), Sierra (Series A), Floodgate (Seed), former General Counsels at Apple, Oracle, and Verizon. 

Vergesense provides AI-powered utilization data & analytics for Fortune 1,000 companies and developers through quickly-installed sensors. More on product.

It is led by senior sensor engineers who previously founded & built ByteLight, which was acquired by Acuity (NYSE: AYI). More on team.

Co-Investors: JLL, Bolt, MetaProp

Visby is building holographic light field technology -- codecs and capture solutions -- for virtual and augmented realities. The product is currently in stealth.

It is led by a PhD in Particle Physics, Masters in Applied Mathematics, and BA lightfield expert from Harvard University. More on team.

Co-investors: Anorak, 7 Percent, USM

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