Colab [koh-lab] noun
1. A Los Angeles based venture studio that operates on a mix of cash and equity; Lynette has a viable business idea, so she goes to Colab to make it happen as efficiently as humanly & artificially possible.

WHY COLAB?

Maximize capital & decrease time to market

Entrepreneurial expertise and a vetted internal squad enable us to properly evaluate opportunities and build businesses at scale.

COST
PROJECT PACE
PRODUCT
TEAM SIZE
ACCESS TO CAPITAL
ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERTISE
Agency
All cash
Slow and bureaucratic
Mo’ features mo’ money
5-7
Colab
Less cash, some equity
Fast and efficient
Lean MVP development
3-5
Incubator
All equity
Fast but distracted
No Support
0
Current Projects

Social, medical, education, ecommerce…

The Story

Jon meets Squid

Indiana University
2012
  • Money stuff
  • New venture
  • Life stuff
Badaboom.co “TiVo for the web” launches to Indiana University
MyCampusCakes makes $30k revenue in 2012
The Red Eye Delivery serves burritos to drunks
Dreamsha.re builds websites for local businesses to keep the lights on

Accept $20k from StartEngine as
Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Los Angeles
2013
The team drives 3,000 miles across the country in a Civic with Cakes the dog
Begin work on Gum.bo, consumer domaining tool
Squid drops out of Indiana University

Gum.bo exits to MediaTemple &
Colab is born

August 2013
Begin taking on new projects for cash/equity mix
Repurpose badaboom.co technology and build brand for equity in new company, Pluto.tv

Jon and Squid meet Artur & Firas

2014
Jon lives in a tent in the backyard  for 6 months
Pluto.tv raises $13m Series A from Sky, UTA
2015

Colab becomes a venture studio

FAST FORWARD TO 2017…
25+
Startups Founded
or Advised
$300m+
Combined Company
Valuations
95%
of Colab Companies
Raise Money
3
Exits 
1
Visit to the
White House
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