Authenticity, conviction & partnerships.

Counterpart Ventures is a life cycle venture capital firm, focused on investing in authentic relationships built on implicit trust with our founders.

We embrace an innovative and flexible funding model which creatively aligns with the needs of our portfolio companies.  We help build companies by providing meaningful access to real customers and strategic partnerships.

We invest in B2B SaaS, mobility and marketplace technologies which target nontrivial problems or fill missing gaps in large markets. We don’t require social proof by blindly following other investors, when we have conviction we are all in.

Today’s VC landscape is increasingly divided by micro and mega funds. Counterpart Ventures is uniquely positioned to price and lead rounds where others cannot or simply will not.



Our Name

Counterpart: one of two, corresponding to another, part of something bigger.

We aspire to be the “first call of founders”, obsessive in working alongside them and maniacal when the chips are down. The two words within our name reflect our code and responsibility:

Counter: meaning contrarian in nature and choosing to create our own style.

Part: knowing that we are joined at the hip with our partners.

Our thoughtful logo is indicative of the event in which two parts come together, joined by a + symbol to emphasize positivity and progression.

Telling Stories

We believe in the importance of telling stories with everything we do.

We enjoy telling stories just as much as we do creating them. The actions we take, which represent us as a whole and not an individual, will determine how we are remembered in years to come. Therefore, as a group all members of the team play an integral role in creating memorable stories.

It is the founders we work with, those who share our values, who begin the stories. We only help them along their way. When we sit down with a founder we introduce Counterpart and what our vision is, then ask to hear the founder’s story. In doing so, we search for what we call the weird factor, what makes you so unique and perhaps why others don’t believe in you. We like founders with a little bit of weird and believe it is the foundation for a great story.



Just win baby. We exert passion and demand excellence in everything we do. We deliver with unwavering conviction.


Show grit and determination. When the front door is closed, go in through the window.


We aren't always right and believe it is good practice to acknowledge when we're not. We believe in teamwork above all else and don't take ourselves too seriously.


There is no substitute for hard work or elevator to the top. Everyone must walk across the coals at some point in their life.


We don’t sit on the fence. We believe that brutal, honest feedback is the best kind of feedback.


VC is a human business. Earn respect and build trust with your peers.


The same people you will meet 12 months from now. Authenticity worked for George Costanza so it can work for us too.



Trust the process.

We believe in teamwork and that everyone has a role to play. Intellect is nothing without hard work, a little bit of luck and executing on fortunate timing. We model ourselves on those who perservere, challenge the status quo and are not afraid to admit when they are wrong.

Patrick Eggen

Founding General Partner

Previously Patrick was the Managing Director of Qualcomm Ventures North America where he led all U.S. investments ($500M AUM) and scaled the U.S. fund to 80+ investments across all stages and sectors. He also elevated the group to think with the mindset of a financial VC based on pure financial returns, domain expertise and activist investor role (leading rounds and taking board seats). He drove key thought leadership around all current core investment themes ranging from hardware, software, adjacent verticals and frontier tech. Based on last 13 years of direct venture investment experience, personally involved in 100+ transactions and 30+ exits.

Patrick opened and led Qualcomm Ventures’ SF/Bay Area practice. Additionally he founded Qualcomm’s Global Early Stage Fund, focused on Seed and Series A opportunities. This Early Stage Fund was the first of its kind in any Corporate Venture Capital organization. Under his leadership, he scaled the Fund to 70+ investments, which include big wins such as Cruise Automation (acquired by GM), 99 (acquired by Didi) and Zoom (IPO:ZM).

Patrick led the Zoom investment which was the largest absolute return in QCV history. He actively sourced or served as a Board Member/Observer for QCV investments in Clarifai, Cloudflare, Matterport, Noom, OpenSignal, Particle, Plivo, Sense360, Sparta Science, and Swift Nav. Additionally he worked very closely and co-sponsored Ring (acquired by AMZN) and Waze (acquired by GOOG). Prior investments (exits) include Aicent, Avaak (acquired by NTGR), Divide (acquired by GOOG), Clicker (acquired by CBS), Magisto (acquired by IAC), Starmaker, Tempo.AI (acquired by CRM), ThinkNear (acquired by TNAV) and Viewdle (acquired by GOOG).

Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, Patrick worked for Citigroup Investment Banking unit in their Chicago, London and Hong Kong offices. He was a member of their Global Telecommunications team, involved in both M&A advisory roles and capital-raising transactions. Patrick has an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. from Northwestern University.

Joe Saijo

Founding General Partner

Joe’s background is in IT where he started his career as a software engineer in Japan and then worked with Hitachi.

From 2007-2011 Joe was the Manager of Business Development at Hitachi and from 2014-2017 he served as the President and Managing Partner at Recruit Strategic Partners, the CVC vehicle of Recruit Holdings, Japan’s largest HR/media company.

Joe was responsible for the investment and portfolio strategy of Recruit Strategic Partners, managing over 100 portfolio companies worldwide (40 of which were based in the US).

Joe shifted the organization’s geographic focus towards the US market, and successfully invested in 30 startups over a 3.5 year period in San Francisco. Whilst at Recruit Strategic Partners, his most notable investments include 99designs, Fitmob(acquired by ClassPass), Savioke, Alignable, DocuSign, Udacity, ShipBob and Palo Alto Networks(NYSE: PANW).

Joe was responsible for transforming Recruit’s investment arm to a disciplined and agile CVC unit with a fast decision-making process, thesis and financially driven strategy. Joe also helped Recruit’s portfolio companies develop their businesses in Japan through his network.

Joe’s expertise is in B2B SaaS and marketplace technologies.

Mikey Kailis

Head of Operations & Senior Associate

Mikey grew up in Perth, Western Australia where he attended the University of Notre Dame (BA) & University of Western Australia (MCom). Mikey worked as a journalist after completing his Bachelor of Arts in 2011. Following journalism he studied business management and began working with and advising startups, most recently in the mining and resources industry. From 2013 to 2015 he helped manage an Asia Pacific wide competition aimed at identifying and funding promising seed stage startups by providing access to capital and Silicon Valley investors.  

From 2015 to 2018 Mikey worked with global mining and resources companies to address the sector’s challenges in Australia, North America and Africa. Mikey identified promising startups building new technologies to solve the sector’s challenges and helped establish pilot projects. He worked with innovation and digital transformation teams and holds a keen interest in bringing about disruption to industries such as mining, agriculture, logistics and transport.

Mikey enjoys advising entrepreneurs and startups solving real-world problems. He takes an active role in growing early stage companies by getting hands on with Counterpart’s founders, brokering introductions to customers and scaling quickly but methodically.

Mikey moved from Perth to San Francisco in 2018 and helps manage Counterpart’s portfolio, general operations, deal flow, marketing and corporate venture capital network Counter Club.

He is an die hard Manchester United fan and avid long distance runner.



What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Our contrarian nature is summed up in our belief that venture capital is ripe for new and creative funding models.

We aim to inject the optimal amount of capital, conscious of founder dilution yet arming founders with the right dry powder to scale their business quickly to the next level. We ignore status quo and aim to strike the right balance between investor and founder. Our funding model is built on the principal that we are aligned on Day 1.

We source for exciting investment opportunities via our trusted networks built over decades of experience.

We look for maniacal founders, relentless on scaling their companies.

As a trusted and engaged partner, the most valuable service we offer to our founders is access to strategic customers via our corporate network. Here we are uniquely differentiated from other traditional venture investors.

Funding Model

We assert that in order to be differentiated from other funds and exist for the long run we must provide a unique method of deploying capital to founders.

Our Funding Model intends to take the following shape:

1. VC is evolving. We see opportunity in the market given the dearth of mid-market funds.

2. We play in all 4 quarters. We embrace a stage-agnostic model which can flex across the life cycle of a company, offering a wide range of investing sizes across any and all stages, leading and pricing deals.

3. We do things differently. We do not subscribe to the traditional VC playbook. We aim to inject the optimal capital infusion which is considerate of founder dilution, appropriate capital needs and healthy amount to hit your milestones.

4. We aren’t afraid to make the first move. When we have conviction we are all in. We are not reactionary investors. We are not afraid to price and lead deals and more importantly we step up first.

We typically invest at a $2-6m range with an emphasis on speed, conviction and partnership. We believe it is within this range where we can be effective as a mid-market fund and unique to the founders we work with.

Promise to Founders

We want to make a promise to founders, both those we invest in and those we meet:

  • We will not check our phones during our meetings. Your time is valuable and we will respect that.
  • We will provide direct and explicit feedback. We are not always right and happy to admit when we are wrong.
  • We will get back to you in an expeditious manner. This means “yes” or “no”, we don’t like maybes. Maybes are meh. When we do say “no” we will tell you why and suggest other options for you to pursue.

Furthermore, we promise to work tirelessly with our founders to deliver what we set out to when we initially invest.

Counter Club

The Counter Club is a network of corporate venture capitalists brought together by common challenges and opportunities to share, learn and collaborate. We organize events, broker introductions and open up our CVC Playbook to both nascent and mature corporate VCs.

Counterpart Ventures serves as a trusted, unbiased external advisor to corporate investors providing knowledge, expertise and advice in contentious situations.

The Counter Club congregates at our annual Counter conference, held in San Francisco.  Attendance is invite-only to provide an intimate forum, permitting healthy dialogue between corporate investors. We also host smaller events throughout the year for our members which are educational in nature, aimed at encouraging best practice within CVC.

View all of our events here: http://counterpartvc.eventbrite.com/

Login to the Counter Club Slack group: https://counter-club.slack.com/

Our corporate network includes the below select firms and funds:

301 Inc. | 3M Ventures | 7-Ventures | ABB Technology Ventures | Adidas | Airbus Ventures | Alliance Ventures | Allstate Strategic Ventures | Amazon Alexa Fund | AMEX Ventures | Anthem Ventures | Applied Ventures | BASF Venture Capital | Bayer Growth Ventures | Bloomberg Beta | BMW iVentures | Boeing Horizon X | BP Ventures | Capital One Growth Ventures | Cargill Ventures | Caterpillar Ventures | Centrica Ventures | Chevron Technology Ventures | Citi Ventures | Comcast Ventures | Convivialité Ventures | Danone Manifesto Ventures | De Beers Group | Decibel | Delek Corp | Dell Technologies Capital | Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures | Disney | Distill Ventures | DivCo West | DNV GL Ventures | Dolby Family Ventures | Echo Health Ventures | Estee Lauder Ventures | GV | HearstLab | Hella Ventures | HOLT Ventures | HP Technology Ventures | Hyundai CRADLE | Hyundai Mobis Ventures | In-Q-Tel | Independence Blue Cross | Intact Ventures | Intel Capital | iRobot Ventures | JetBlue Ventures | Johnson Controls Ventures | Johnson & Johnson Ventures | Johnsonville Holdings|  Karcher New Ventures | KDDI | Kimberly Clark | Koch Disruptive Technologies | LG Technology Ventures | LINE Corp | Lowe’s Ventures | LVMH Luxury Ventures | M12 | Maersk Growth | Mayo Clinic Ventures |  McKesson Ventures | Molex Ventures | Mondalez Ventures | Mouro Capital | Munich Re Ventures | NAB Ventures | National Grid Partners | Nationwide Ventures | Next47 | NGP Capital | Nike | Northwell Ventures | Northwestern Mutual | Orange Digital Ventures | Oshkosh Corp | P&G | PepsiCo Ventures Group | Porsche Ventures | Prologis Ventures | Rich Products Corporate Venture Fund | Rite-Hite | Salesforce Ventures | Samsung Venture Investment | Samsung Catalyst Fund | Santander InnoVentures | SE Ventures | Shell Ventures | Singtel Innov8 Ventures | SK Telecom | Sony Innovation Fund | Synchrony Ventures | TDK Ventures | TELUS Ventures | Tishman Speyer | Toyota AI Ventures | Tyson Ventures | UL Ventures | Unilever Ventures | USAA | Verizon Ventures | Visa Ventures | Volvo Cars Tech Fund | Volvo Group Venture Capital | Watsco Ventures | Wells Fargo Strategic Capital | Woolworths | Xilinx Ventures | Zalando | ZX Ventures

If you are a corporate venture capitalist and interested in joining the Counter Club please contact us: contactus@counterpart.vc


We are pleased to have played host and organized the VC networking event Syndicate several times in the past. At Syndicate, we match fellow VCs up for rapid fire 1-1 conversations based on a common focus between investors, for the purpose of sharing deal flow. Investors use this as an opportunity to share a thesis and perhaps find a co-investor for a deal they are currently working on. The event has been a big success with the following funds in attendance:

Acrew Capital | Activate Capital | Amasia Ventures | AmFam Ventures | Avanta Ventures | A3 Ventures | Basis Set Ventures | Bloomberg Beta | BMW iVentures | Bowery Capital | Brick & Mortar Ventures | Brookfield Growth Partners | Builders VC | Canaan Partners | Capital One Ventures | Centrica Ventures | Clearvision Ventures | Crosslink Capital | Darling Ventures | DN Capital | Energy Impact Partners | EQT Ventures | Fika Ventures | G2VP | Floodgate Capital | HAX / SOSV | HP Technology Ventures | ICONIQ Capital | Innovation Endeavors | Javelin Venture Partners | JetBlue Technology Ventures | Lightspeed Partners | Mobis Ventures | Olive Capital | OMERS Ventures | Orange Ventures | Piva Capital | Prefix Capital | Sageview Capital | Salesforce Impact Fund | Scale Venture Partners | Scrum Ventures | Shell Ventures | SK Telecom Ventures | T Fund | TDK Ventures | Telstra Ventures | Toyota AI Ventures | Upshot Ventures | Valia Ventures | Volvo Ventures | The Westly Group.

View a list of our past events here.



Blog Posts

Coming out of our shell…
29 August 2019

“Reflecting on the Zoom investment:
Getting it Right & Wrong”
by Patrick Eggen
26 April 2019

Read more on our Medium page.

Get in touch

Unlike Kramer and Newman, we won’t be reversing our peephole anytime soon but you can get in touch with us here:


500 3rd Street, Suite 240
San Francisco,
CA, 94017