Duncan HillGeneral Partner
Duncan is a Founding General Partner at Mantella Venture Partners. Duncan previously served as executive director at Chango (acq. Rubicon Project ’15), executive director at SurfEasy (acq opera ’15), executive director at RapidMind (acq Intel ’09), executive Investor at Pushlife (acq Google ’11), executive director at Brave Commerce (acq. Rogers Media ’12), advisory board of Opalis (acq Microsoft ’09), and as Entrepreneur in Residence at Ventures West. Duncan currently serves on the board of CrowdCare, and is and investor and advisor at Ritual, Joist, Flixel, Unata, ChatKit and PebblePost.
Prior to his move into hands-on venture investing, Duncan was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Think Dynamics, a developer of data centre automation software, which was acquired by IBM in 2003. Think Dynamics has become an integral part of IBM’s Tivoli portfolio and Blue Cloud initiative. Duncan served as an IBM executive until June 2005 guiding market and technology strategy for Tivoli’s on demand automation software portfolio.
Prior to founding Think Dynamics, Duncan established a data centre consulting practice that delivered enterprise systems architecture and management services to customers that included Virgin, Norwich Union, one2one, Millipore, ADP and Teleglobe in the UK, USA and Canada.
Duncan holds a BMath in Computer Science and Combinatorics & Optimization from the University of Waterloo.
Robin AxonGeneral Partner
Robin is a Founding General Partner at Mantella Venture Partners. Robin was previously a partner at Ventures West where he was a part of the IT and communications team with a focus on wireless technology investments.
Prior to joining Ventures West, Robin was at MD Robotics (formerly Spar Aerospace) and the Canadian Space Agency where he helped to prepare the Canadarm2 for installation onto the International Space Station.
Robin has served on the boards of a number of technology companies including: Ritual, CrowdCare, Unata, ChatKit, PushLife (acq Google ’11), Brave Commerce (acq Rogers ’12), QuickPlay Media (acq Madison Dearborn ’12), RapidMind (acq Intel ’09), AudienceView, Fortiva (acq Proofpoint ’08), Chantry Networks (acq Siemens ’04), Belair Networks and Instrumar. Robin is a founder of CVCA´s Young Venture Capitalists (YVC) Committee.
Robin holds a B.A.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto and a MBA from Queen´s University.
RitualFresh Local Food Fast
Ritual’s mobile order & pay platform enables users to order ahead coffee and food to be picked up just-in-time. No waiting, no payment, just Fresh Local Food Fast.
WysdomApplied AI Customer Support Platform
AI-based natural language self-care platform enabling service providers to deliver a great customer experience while drastically reducing support costs.
Pebble PostProgrammatic Direct Mail
PebblePost matches online actions with offline demographics to send timely, intent-driven direct mail.
ChatKitConversational Marketing Platform
Chatkit is an AI platform that empowers brands to have one-on-one conversations with their customers.
FixelLiving photos made easy
Cinemagraph Pro is the award-winning pro tool designed exclusively for creating amazing cinemagraphs.
Wisk SolutionsBeverage inventory analytics platform
Wisk Solutions is the most advanced beverage analytics solution on the market for restaurants, bars and hotels.
JoistMobile Trades Contractor Platform
Joist enables trades contractors to create estimates, send invoices and manage jobs while on the road.
Changoprogrammatic advertising platform
Acquired: Rubicon Apr’15
Chango is a programmatic advertising platform that connects marketers with their exact target audience across all devices and media formats.
Unata1-to-1 Omni-Commerce Platform
ACQUIRED: INSTACART Jan’18
Omni-channel commerce platform that leverages machine learning to power 1-to-1 experiences for major retailers
Surf EasyOnline Privacy
Acquired: Opera Mar’15
SurfEasy provides easy to use consumer solutions for protecting personal online privacy and security.
PushLifeMobile Commerce Platform
Acquired: Google Apr’11
PushLife is a Mobile Entertainment & Commerce Platform for Mobile Operators.
Brave CommerceMobile Commerce Platform
Acquired: Rogers Media Mar’12
North America’s first mobile commerce platform connecting mobile operators with local merchants offering daily deals.
GallopPrescriptive Mobile Marketing Platform
Acquired: Big Viking Games Jan’16
Gallop’s platform leverages data science and in-app behavioural analytics to help mobile publishers find and optimize the most valuable users for their applications.
Acquired: Private Investor Nov’13
Shopcaster was an eCommerce platform for local bricks and mortar retailers.