Alley Robotics Ventures (ARV) is an early stage venture capital firm investing in amazing teams solving the world’s problems through robotics and automation. We are based in Boston and NYC and are inspired by the AlleyCorp venture fund and incubator. We are proud to count Kevin Ryan and Eliot Horowitz as our initial limited partners. Our team members are also advisors at AlleyCorp.
The future will be automated. As artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to improve and hardware costs continue to drop, the applications for robotics and automation must continue to expand. This wave is cresting with more investment every year and many successful founders showing the world what is possible. Fun times! There is still far more to be done, and we are excited to be part of it!
Larry Page often says "solving big problems is easier than solving little problems". What he means is that we'll work just as hard on a huge problem as we would on a small problem. So we should choose big problems that matter! At ARV we invest in businesses with purpose, aimed at some of the biggest problems facing our world. This also aligns with Paul Graham's advice to do things that don't scale (at first).
Mapless AI CEO - "Abe and the team at ARV are rockstars. Their passion for deep tech shone through every meeting. We are excited to be partners in this next phase of growth for Mapless AI."
aescape CEO - "Smart, focused, transparent, and decisive. ARV brings the domain expertise and hunger for big visions that you want in an investment partner."
Civ Robotics CEO - "ARV folks are great people who understand the challenges we founders deal with in robotics with great advice looking at the big picture."
Earth Force CEO - "Along with domain knowledge in robotics and automation, ARV brings deep curiosity - all essential ingredients for company building. It's an honor to work together to build Earth Force."
ARIX Tech CEO - "ARV’s domain experience, wisdom, and unwavering support make them ideal partners. We are grateful and excited for their generous assistance in all the difficult aspects of building a company."
dolaGon CEO - "ARV's deep understanding of the robotic industry and market trends stood out - Abe provided valuable insight and guidance throughout the process and is incredibly responsive and a pleasure to work with. ARV is a true partner in our ongoing success."
SJW Robotics CEO - "Abe and the team at ARV have built a spectacular ecosystem for deep tech and robotics start-ups to smartly scale up. We are very honoured to have ARV join our journey to make a much needed transformation in the foodtech universe."
Renovate CEO & COO - "We're attacking problems within climate change, construction, and labor by building robots that automate the installation of shingles and solar on residential roofs. Our robots help contractors work safely and productively to maintain and adapt our homes against a changing climate."
Abe is the founder and Managing Partner at ARV, which he created after meeting and working with Kevin Ryan of AlleyCorp and Eliot Horowitz of Viam Robotics in late 2021. Abe remains an advisor to AlleyCorp and takes inspiration from them as he builds ARV.
Previously, Abe was a product and engineering leader in various roles at Alphabet where he worked on Android, built the Verily Life Science product teams, and built the Google Research product management team. Before this he founded a Web 2.0 startup and worked on unmanned aerial vehicles in the defense industry.
Abe holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to all of this, he dropped out of high school to run fishing boats and factories in the family aquaculture business.
Meet the rest of our team here.
Kevin Ryan is one of the leading internet entrepreneurs and investors in New York. He co-founded MongoDB, Business Insider, GILT, Zola, and Nomad Health, and creates new companies with AlleyCorp every year. We are humbled to have him as an anchor LP in our fund.
Eliot Horowitz is the CEO and founder of Viam Robotics, and was formerly the founder and chief technology officer of MongoDB. He is an angel investor in the robotics scene, and we are likewise humbled to have him as an anchor LP in ARV's inaugural fund.
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