We help early stage companies find their way

Quest Values

Quest Venture Partners believes in entrepreneurialism and the magnificent achievements the right team of individuals can accomplish. We invest in early stage companies with great ideas, and even greater people behind them. We typically are the first institutional money in, investing between $100k-$1.5mm, with our sweet spot being around $500k.


We help early stage companies find their way


Skype acquires Qik

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Skype today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Qik, a provider of mobile video software and services that enable individuals to capture, instantly share and preserve great moments on video from anywhere. Qik has 60 employees, and is headquartered in Redwood City, California and has an office in Moscow, Russia. The transaction is expected to close in January 2011. Terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed. Qik was founded in 2006 and offers innovative and…

He who dares wins

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He who dares… Ever seen birds on a wire or a fence? They stand on the edge, perched, observing everything above and in front of them. They cluster and group, finding comfort in numbers. Each all face the same direction waiting for the next opportunity orthreat. If you look closer you will often notice in a large group, one, maybe two exceptions. They are the odd birds, the ones who dare face the opposite direction. They dare not to fall…

The reality of investing and exiting in the Internet age

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There has been a lot of discussion about building billion dollar vs <=$50MM exit opportunities. Everyone from Dave McClure, to Techcrunch’s Michael Arrington have weighed in on the debate. To quote Sarah Lacy from her Techcrunch post There’s the obvious macro-economic answer: Everyone selling too early is bad, because no new tech giants are created.

It isn’t luck, it’s timing

Quest VP Team

Andrew Ogawa

Managing Partner and Founder

Maarten ‘t Hooft

Managing Partner and Founder

Marcus Ogawa

Managing Partner and Founder

Andrew Ogawa is a Managing Partner and founder of Quest Venture Partners since its inception in late 2007. Andrew is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities and closing seed and A rounds. Andrew’s expertise are in automotive transportation, procurement, corporate strategy and implementation of turnaround activities.
Andrew has 11 years experience at Daimler AG, working in Stuttgart, Detroit and Tokyo within the divisions of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler and Global Procurement & Supply responsible in various capacities for…

Maarten spent over 6 years at Google with 4 of those years on the Android team. On the Android team he was responsible for the European launch of the G1 (first Android phone), and was the technical program manager for the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 7 devices. Maarten has a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and brings to QVP over 12 years experience within Silicon Valley. Maarten has been working in, and advising, both start-ups and large companies. Prior to joining Google, Maarten was working at Mercury software focusing…

Marcus Ogawa is a Managing Partner and founder of Quest Venture Partners since its inception in late 2007. Marcus is responsible for finding new investment opportunities, evaluating and closing seed / A rounds and working closely with the management teams of Quest Venture Partners portfolio companies. Marcus’ expertise are in new digital media, Mobile, and Video. He currently serves on the board of directors for Retailigence Inc and serves as board adviser and observer for Highlightcam Inc, and Genwi Inc.

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