Baukunst takes a collective approach to company building. We specialize in doing new things well.
We build companies. And also—we build the communities, experiences, and products that shape how companies are built.
The true art of building lies in setting the right culture and scene for something new & meaningful to begin, grow, scale, and endure.
“A few years ago I came up with a new word. I was fed up with the old art-history idea of genius the notion that gifted individuals turn up out of nowhere and light the way for all the rest of us dummies to follow. I became (and still am) more and more convinced that the important changes in cultural history were actually the product of very large numbers of people and circumstances conspiring to make something new. I call this ‘scenius’ - it means ‘the intelligence and intuition of a whole cultural scene’. It is the communal form of the concept of genius.”
The Baukunst partnership has shipped over 50 first generation technology products (including the first iPhone) and co-founded multiple startups.
We have been the first check investor in over seventy technology companies and helped them scale to multi-billion dollar impact.
We are interdisciplinary technologists and invest as a team with founders at the center.
Co-founded two acquired startups. Raised & invested $2.8B as managing partner. Thirty years as first round lead investor & company builder. GP at Atlas Venture & Bolt.
Nine years as first round lead investor & board member with a focus on companies evolving the cultural conversation. Built Bolt’s venture capital practice and community presence over two successful funds. Founder of Women In Hardware.
Founding team & early operator/CEO at four emerging tech startups. Nine years as first round lead investor, company builder, & board member at Allied Minds & Bolt.
Creative Technologist Council
Masters of their craft, able to define and redefine the bounds of their domain—not simply work within them.
Their subject matter expertise is interdisciplinary and deeply impactful during the magic early days of building products and companies.
Kickstarter Co-founder, Lost Arts, Moon Creative Lab
CEO Blue Lake Packaging, Apple Director Manufacturing Ops and Sustainability
Apple iPhone/iPod VP Engineering
Chair of UCSD Institute for Supply Chain & Innovation, Google X, Apple, Foxconn
Host of Well Made podcast, Lumi Co-founder/CPO
Founding Partner Schox Patent Group
MIT Media Lab, School for Poetic Computaton
Eternal CEO / Co-founder
Founding Officer Filecoin Foundation
Founder LOT2046, Lapka
Fictiv COO, Apple, Space X, Motorola
Apple Director iPod Eng, General Magic
General Counsel Neurolink, Medium
Bobbie Co-founder, Airbnb
Abstract Co-founder, Twitter
Co-founder and Creative Director Box Clever
Dyson, Microsoft Hololens, Apple Silicon
Tinybop CEO / Co-founder
Founder and Creative Director at Level
Sanrio CEO, Pokemon, LINE, DeNA, Mitsubishi
VP Eng Desktop Metal, Kiva, Amazon Robotics
Founder and Creative Director SOME DAYS, Nike, COLLINS
Google, VSCO, Vine, Drip, Trash, Last.fm
DeWi Alliance, VHX, Vimeo, Kickstarter
Founder Fictive Kin, Lager
Bobbie Co-founder, Airbnb
Co-founder / CTO ThingWorx, Wonderware, Microsoft Azure IoT
Interdisciplinary in nature, creative technologists have unique insights into unexplored areas of opportunity.
They craft transformative product experiences, inspire teams along the way, and build companies we can be proud of.
The products and systems they design often defy comfortable categorization.
- Cloud democratizing AI, deep learning, & limitless data storage
- Crypto protocols & blockchain enabling decentralized applications, networks, and currencies
- Edge computing & system-on-chips putting secure, on-device AI & ML in your pocket
- Capable, cheap sensors & next gen mobile networks changing the economics of data collection & analytics
- On-demand, additive mfg & agile, data-driven supply chain accelerating design cycles & mass customization
- Gen Z gaining disposable income & joining the workforce; Millennials becoming key corporate decision makers
- Remote work & collaboration becoming the norm, reshaping community and work structures
- Erosion of trust in traditional institutions and pending regulation of Big Tech
- Consciousness raising around ad-based attention economy, data privacy, and income inequality
- Consumer demand for climate crisis action influencing enterprises