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.

Brian Eno

“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.”

Brian Eno

General Partners

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.

Axel Bichara

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.

Kate Mcandrew

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.

Matt Thoms

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.

Tyler Mincey

Fifteen years design, 
product, & engineering, including leading teams that built the first iPhone and many generations of iPods. Founding team of Pearl Automation, four years investing at 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.

Design

Charles Adler

Kickstarter 
Co-founder, Lost Arts, Moon Creative Lab

Sustainability

Ying Liu

CEO Blue Lake Packaging, Apple Director Manufacturing Ops and Sustainability

Engineering

David Tupman

Apple iPhone/iPod VP Engineering

Supply Chain

Helen Wang

Chair of UCSD Institute for Supply Chain & Innovation, Google X, Apple, Foxconn

Storytelling

Stephan Ango

Host of Well Made podcast, Lumi 
Co-founder/CPO

IP

Jeff Schox

Founding Partner Schox Patent Group

Creative Code

Zach Lieberman

MIT Media Lab, School for Poetic Computaton

Product

Reggie James

Eternal CEO / 
Co-founder

Ecosystems

Megan Klimen

Founding Officer Filecoin Foundation

Design

Vadik Marmeladov

Founder LOT2046, Lapka

Manufacturing

Jean Olivieri

Fictiv COO, Apple, Space X, Motorola

Engineering

Brian Sander

Apple Director iPod Eng, General Magic

Legal

Alex Feerst

General Counsel Neurolink, Medium

Brand

Laura Modi

Bobbie Co-founder, Airbnb

Design

Josh Brewer

Abstract Co-founder, Twitter

Packaging

Jesse Genet

Lumi Co-founder

Design

Bret Recor

Co-founder and Creative Director Box Clever

Engineering

Barry Corlett

Dyson, Microsoft Hololens, Apple Silicon

Game Design

Raul Gutierrez

Tinybop CEO / 
Co-founder

Design

Nichole Rouillac

Founder and Creative Director at Level

Strategy

Ray Hatoyama

Sanrio CEO, Pokemon, LINE, DeNA, Mitsubishi

Engineering

Matt Verminski

VP Eng Desktop Metal, Kiva, Amazon Robotics

Brand

Steve Reinmuth

Founder and Creative Director SOME DAYS, Nike, COLLINS

Product

Hannah Donovan

Google, VSCO, Vine, Drip, Trash, Last.fm

Engineering

Jamie Wilkinson

DeWi Alliance, VHX, Vimeo, Kickstarter

Product

Cameron Koczon

Founder Fictive Kin, Lager

Work Culture

Sarah Hardy

Bobbie Co-founder, Airbnb

Engineering

Rick Bullotta

Co-founder / CTO ThingWorx, Wonderware, Microsoft Azure IoT

Founders

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.

Technologist

Technology inflection

  • 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

Creative

Cultural change

  • 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