Impala Ventures greatest legacy are the founders that we have invested in and the companies and solutions they are building. We invest in people first, identifying founders that have the intellectual horsepower, vision and grit to build great teams.
The success of any organization rests in part on the skills and vision of the founders and management team. Impala Ventures works closely with leading technology and research institutions around the world to identify founders with bold ideas and the academic and technical expertise to tackle acute problems. We work in the trenches with founders to nurture and iterate their ideas from concept to commercialization and are adept at working with pre-revenue startups and help founders with molding them into a stage that exceeds product market fit and ultimately into a financeable venture.
"Brian was an instrumental force in the growth of my company. He took a chance on me when I had a concept without fully understanding the potential it holds for our customers, and for that matter who our ideal customer would be.
He stepped up to join my board, and stuck with me for years listening advising and talking through a number of issues both personal and professional. Brian helped me sift through a lot of noise, hone my thinking about my life and work, and through it learned to ask the right questions to discover that we're sitting on an industry redefining approach and tech. "
"Brian has continuously been providing us with invaluable feedback and sharing his many years of expertise with us, covering so many angles, from technical real estate issues across the entire value chain, to business consulting, to strategy, to pitch deck feedback and various VC angles. Not only do I appreciate his highly professional guidance, I’m deeply grateful for the down-to-earth conversations we’ve been having over the last few years and although we are a few time zones apart, he’s always making time to connect. I’m truly grateful for the support!"
"Impala ventures has helped Aptera fundamentally, carefully guiding our growth as founders by bringing a level of experience based maturity in matters of board and fiscal governance, follow through and accountability. These are sometimes unpalatable things for founders, but they are critical for the successful growth of the organization. "
"Brian is a bazooka, bulletproof vest and medic kit all in one. He is supportive, protective and combative in the nicest way possible. My time spent with him has been nothing but productive. He understands business and empathizes with founders. I would recommend working with him or at very least, spending time with him and picking his brains. But be careful, that will end up in you liking him more!"
"As a founder, you can be certain that when you are backed by Impala, doors are opened to build impactful relationships which enable the growth you want in a startup."
DOMINQUE MEYER, PhD
"Brian and Impala have been a great advisors and a sounding board for me, helping me on business development and fundraising strategies. Since he has been on both sides of the table, as a business owner and a VC, he brings a unique vantage view point that is practical, hands-on and fits the need of an early stage company like mine."
“Any good angel/VC can give you access to capital and some good introductions. Brian/Impala is no different and has done plenty of that for Occuspace, but what makes Brian more valuable than any other investor for us is his expertise in PropTech and fundraising. Brian will get in the trenches, brainstorm, give critical feedback where needed, and tell you if an idea is good or bad. Brian doesn’t just give money and intros, he gives you original ideas from a real expert in the field."
"Impala Ventures serves as an active member of our team and doesn't shy away from asking the hard (and important!) questions.
They bring all the right experience to the table to provide relevant and meaningful contributions."
EUGENE IZHIKEVICH PhD
JOE DU BEY
VAL MIFTAKHOV PhD
From lectures on venture capital, private equity and search ventures, Impala Ventures has access to leading academic research institutions that are at the nexus of new ideas for the innovation economy. Mentoring young founders many times starts in the halls of these institutions.