The old adage goes, “Give a person a fish, you feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.” But what if you make a living selling fish? Teaching people to catch their own fish might not be in your best interest. Now substitute your average fishmonger for a trillion-dollar public company, and substitute fish for iPhones. What you have is the crux of the right to repair electronics movement.

Consumer electronic companies like Apple would rather sell you a new product than provide information on how to repair the one you already…


Yesterday Anorak held it’s annual partner meeting on Sophya.Space. The goal is to bring together our LPs and portfolio companies to learn, connect and support each other. I’m grateful for all those who took time out of their busy schedule to attend and feel inspired by the support shown both during and after the event. What follows are the slides I presented providing a macro perspective on venture and Anorak, along with some color commentary.


The world generates over 2 billion tons of waste annually. The process of transporting that waste from consumers and businesses to disposal and reclamation centers is highly inefficient. With 9 out of 10 trash bins being picked up too early or too late, resources including time, fuel, and money are being misspent. WasteHero is using sensors and software to create a highly efficient operating system for the waste management industry.

WasteHero solves waste collection by monitoring the fill-level of trash bins and creating optimized collection routes. Its predictive algorithm provides detailed insights into waste streams to ensure that collections are…


According to a 2019 poll conducted by Pew, one in 10 Americans doesn’t have home internet access. Given the new paradigm of working and learning from home, this puts a portion of our population at a distinct disadvantage, commonly referred to as the “digital divide”. Cities, communities and school districts are searching for a solution to bridge this gap and an innovative Chicago based startup has emerged to help.

Mesh++ provides hardware and software that can cover entire cities with wifi without the need to run power or ethernet cables. From a single backhaul point, Mesh++ can blanket entire cities…


As a VC, part of my job is researching industries that present an opportunity for disruption. Once identified, understanding the competitive landscape helps me decide where to focus. Often times when being pitched, this analysis is provided to me by founders in the form of a four-quadrant graph with their company conveniently positioned in the upper right quadrant. The purpose of this post is to provide founders with an investor perspective on competitive analysis and hopefully offer a few useful tips.

  1. Focus on your strengths: Be careful not to spend to much time focusing on your competitors even at the…


Today we are in the early stages of a transition in how we deploy, manage, and use computer systems. Like earlier transitions, such as the emergence of cloud and mobile computing, it’s first visible to those who are paying close attention or are working on it themselves.

We are witnessing the very beginning of a shift toward edge computing, a neologism that simply means the storage and processing of information close to where it’s used and on machines that belong to the end users.

Edge computing isn’t new. It was the dominant paradigm from the late 1970s until the mid…


Last week Anorak held it’s second annual partner meeting. The goal is to bring together our LPs and portfolio companies to learn, connect and support each other. I’m grateful for all those who took time out of their busy schedule to attend and feel inspired by the support shown both during and after the event. What follows are the slides I presented providing a macro perspective on venture and Anorak, along with some color commentary.


Recording and transference of information has historically been a 2D exercise. From cave walls and parchment, to paper and silicon, the X,Y axis has been the primary plane. But advancements in computer vision, driven in part by robotics, XR and autonomous vehicles have resulted in massive amounts of 3D data and require new infrastructure. At Anorak Ventures, we are actively investing in startups addressing this need.

In 1992, a 3D game engine helped the masses appreciate the Z axis for the first time. Wolfenstein 3D was released by id Software and provided a new level of immersion, changing the genre…


On April 6th 2018, we held the first Annual Partner Meeting for Anorak Ventures. We kicked things off with a presentation about the macro climate of venture, followed by an update on the fund. A lot of work went into gathering the information, so I figured I’d share it with anyone interested.

As with all statistics, you can make them say what you like. We tried to hone in on a few trends we believe are important to consider when making investment decisions for the year ahead.

Hope you find the slides and talking points interesting!


Chances are you’re reading this on a screen shining light directly into your eyeballs. Whether LED, LCD, or OLED, these are all emissive displays which work by shining light through various filters, and pushing photons directly to your retina. This can be harsh and is different from how we naturally see the world, where light reflects off objects and into our eyes.

According to a recent study by Neilsen, the average American spends 10+ hours a day in front of a screen. The short term effects range from eye fatigue to sleep problems and we’re only beginning to understand the…

Greg Castle

Managing Partner @ Anorak Ventures. Investing in early-stage technology with the potential to change the world.

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