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Camp One

/kamp wuhn/ noun

a temporary staging point where climbers spend a short
period of time before moving up to Advanced Base Camp Two.

Fund Overview

Camp One seeks high-growth emerging companies across several key industry themes which may include, among others, social media, mobility, financial technology and payments, cloud computing and software-as-a-service.

Camp One funds start-ups that are managed by exceptional core teams of entrepreneurs, are focused on large markets, or that have business models that disrupt entire industries.

 

Sherpas

  • Robert Claassen

  • Thomas P. Brown

  • Madding King III

  • J. Rainer Twiford

  • Rob Claassen is a principal at Camp One Ventures, LLC. A Silicon Valley veteran, he has over 17 years of experience working with great entrepreneurs to build lasting technology companies. In 2007, Rob was the founding partner of the Silicon Valley corporate practice for a leading global corporate law firm and prior to that was a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he was chair of their Capital Markets group. During his career, Rob has been an active early-stage investor in a number of businesses including Mint.com (acquired by Intuit, Nasdaq: INTU), Moreover (aquired by Verisign, Nasdaq: VRSN), Aarki, Credit Sesame and Cornerstone OnDemand (Nasdaq: COSD). Mr. Claassen holds a B.S. in Mathematical Economics and a J.D. order of the coif from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Tom Brown is a consultant for Camp One Ventures, LLC. He has more than fifteen years experience in the payment industry, including a stint at Visa U.S.A. Inc., where he worked on the company’s reorganization and eventual IPO (NYSE: V). Tom has counseled a number of the market leaders in the payment industry and has been described by the Financial Times as charting the future of mobile payments. He is a partner at a global law firm with offices in, among other places, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul and Bejing, and serves as co-chair of the firm’s global payment systems practice. He serves as a non-lawyer advisor to a number of companies, including Zooz, LevelMoney, and Upstart. Mr. Brown holds a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

  • Madding King is a principal at Camp One Ventures, LLC.  He is also the President of Brookline Group, a FINRA registered Broker-Dealer, and holds the FINRA Series 3,6,7,24 and 66 designations.  Formerly, Madding served as a Proprietary/Independent Trader at the Chicago Board of Trade from 1998 through February 2007 where he focused on fixed income derivatives.  He has served as a board member for multiple private companies ranging in scope from technology to wireless communications and life sciences. Mr. King received a B.A. with extensive work in Business Administration and Economics from Vanderbilt University in 1997.

  • Rainer Twiford is a principal at Camp One Ventures, LLC. Rainer focuses on structuring private equity and venture capital financing, having completed transactions in healthcare, technology, and biotechnology. He was a founder of Key Holding Group, LLC, a behavioral health business sold to a public company for $230mm in the Fall of 2005. Rainer has served on the board of several private companies, one NYSE traded company (Care Investment Trust) and several charitable organizations. Rainer was formerly a partners with Trammell Crow Company and practiced law in New Orleans. Mr. Twiford has a B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Mississippi, a M.A. from the University of Akron and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Sherpas

  • Robert Claassen

    Rob Claassen is a principal at Camp One Ventures, LLC. A Silicon Valley veteran, he has over 17 years of experience working with great entrepreneurs to build lasting technology companies. In 2007, Rob was the founding partner of the Silicon Valley corporate practice for a leading global corporate law firm and prior to that was a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he was chair of their Capital Markets group. During his career, Rob has been an active early-stage investor in a number of businesses including Mint.com (acquired by Intuit, Nasdaq: INTU), Moreover (aquired by Verisign, Nasdaq: VRSN), Aarki, Credit Sesame and Cornerstone OnDemand (Nasdaq: COSD). Mr. Claassen holds a B.S. in Mathematical Economics and a J.D. order of the coif from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Thomas P. Brown

    Tom Brown is a consultant for Camp One Ventures, LLC. He has more than fifteen years experience in the payment industry, including a stint at Visa U.S.A. Inc., where he worked on the company’s reorganization and eventual IPO (NYSE: V). Tom has counseled a number of the market leaders in the payment industry and has been described by the Financial Times as charting the future of mobile payments. He is a partner at a global law firm with offices in, among other places, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul and Bejing, and serves as co-chair of the firm’s global payment systems practice. He serves as a non-lawyer advisor to a number of companies, including Zooz, LevelMoney, and Upstart. Mr. Brown holds a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

  • Madding King III

    Madding King is a principal at Camp One Ventures, LLC.  He is also the President of Brookline Group, a FINRA registered Broker-Dealer, and holds the FINRA Series 3,6,7,24 and 66 designations.  Formerly, Madding served as a Proprietary/Independent Trader at the Chicago Board of Trade from 1998 through February 2007 where he focused on fixed income derivatives.  He has served as a board member for multiple private companies ranging in scope from technology to wireless communications and life sciences. Mr. King received a B.A. with extensive work in Business Administration and Economics from Vanderbilt University in 1997.

  • J. Rainer Twiford

    Rainer Twiford is a principal at Camp One Ventures, LLC. Rainer focuses on structuring private equity and venture capital financing, having completed transactions in healthcare, technology, and biotechnology. He was a founder of Key Holding Group, LLC, a behavioral health business sold to a public company for $230mm in the Fall of 2005. Rainer has served on the board of several private companies, one NYSE traded company (Care Investment Trust) and several charitable organizations. Rainer was formerly a partners with Trammell Crow Company and practiced law in New Orleans. Mr. Twiford has a B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Mississippi, a M.A. from the University of Akron and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Strategy

Camp One Ventures seeks to combine the unique expertise, insights and relationships that the team possesses from their years of advising early stage companies with the core team’s investment experience.

The synergies among the Camp One team create unparalleled access into the realm of early stage technology investments, and bring to investors a unique opportunity to participate in exciting growth companies that would otherwise be reserved for Sand Hill Road insiders.

Camp One Ventures will leverage the local team’s client base, founder referral network, and proximity to Stanford and Silicon Valley to identify early stage companies. We want to keep a hands-on relationship with the company and help build out the team, as well as make introductions and utilize the local team’s venture capital network to help portfolio companies raise subsequent financing.

Potential Partner Companies

Our ideal partner company has the following characteristics:

  • Pre or early revenue
  • Low capital requirements to get to high margin revenue
  • Potential exponential revenue growth opportunity
  • Located in Silicon Valley/San Francisco
  • Have business plan and/or technological differentiation
  • Have “buy-in” from established players or users (i.e. strategic partnership or user growth)
  • “Financeable” core team

Contact Us

Robert Claassen

1117 South California Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94304
p: (650) 320-1884
f: (650) 320-1984
e: rob@camponeventures.com

Thomas P. Brown

55 Second Street, 24th Floor
San Francisco, California 94105
p: (415) 856-7248
f: (415) 856-7348
e: tom@camponeventures.com

Madding King III

2501 20th Place South, Suite 275
Birmingham, Alabama 35223
p: (205) 202-1083
f: (205) 639-5678
e: madding@camponeventures.com

J. Rainer Twiford

2501 20th Place South, Suite 275
Birmingham, Alabama 35223
p: (205) 202-1083
f: (205) 639-5678
e: rainer@camponeventures.com