What will
be written

We seek the defining stories of our time – in industry, economy, and the frontier.

We believe in hero(in)es unlocking the potential in science, industry, and humanity.

We back founders whose narratives may be woven into the larger fabric of history.

Our capital and energies are dedicated to these endeavors and what will be written of them.

Cantos is a pre-Seed and Seed-stage venture capital firm that invests at the intersection of industry and technology – with a focus on industrial automation (esp. machine intelligence in manufacturing and logistics), distributed ledgers (esp. within finance and healthcare), and the near frontier (esp. bio, energy, and orbital).

We are thesis-driven but not thesis-defined. We are institutionally minded but founder-paced. We are drawn to audaciousness but value execution above vision. We are 100% Seed-aligned, cannot yet lead but neither do we follow. We will bring other investors to the table. We punch above our weight. We stay one step ahead of Sand Hill. We adapt with technology. What we have backed in the past may not indicate our current interests. We evolve.

INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION

distributed ledgers

Current interests

emergent technology

AgriData

digital crop
estimation

AgriData has developed a hardware + software crop estimation technology based on computer vision.

agridata.ai

Alice

AI construction
engineering

ALICE is an intelligent software to help plan and schedule construction projects faster and cheaper by automating and optimizing crucial processes.

alicetechnologies.com

Arable

decision based
agriculture

From crop monitoring and point precision weather to cloud technology, Arable provides a complete approach to crop management in one reliable device and software solution.

arable.com

Bigfinite

data for drug
production

Bigfinite makes a SaaS platform for acquiring, visualizing, and recording regulated data from manufacturing sites. It analyzes that data in real time to detect inefficiencies and discovering the causes of those inefficiencies.

bigfinite.com

Catalog

Infinite data
archives

Catalog Technologies is developing next generation technology to store digital information in DNA molecules. Their vision is to fit the information content of entire data centers into the palm of your hand.

catalogdna.com

Collider

rapid, versatile
3d printing

Collider designs and develops technologies that advance and simplify the process of making things.They believe a better future contains the global human right to more creative access – one where your ideas, products and solutions can collide with the world faster.

collidertech.com

Dataspine

machine learning
workflow

Dataspine enables data science and engineering teams to seamlessly build, deploy, monitor & scale their models & production pipelines using their existing tools and workflows – without the in-house technical debt and ops overhead.

dataspine.xyz

Dharma

tokenized
credit

Dharma is a generic, permissionless protocol for issuing, underwriting, and administering debt instruments as cryptographic tokens.

dharma.io

Ethic

sustainable
investing

Ethic is a data-driven 
technology platform that creates simple, 
custom-built, returns-driven passive portfolios 
for sustainability-focused investors.

ethic.investments

Helium

electronic health
records 2.0

Helium Health provides smart, rugged all-in-one emergency health records for the developing world. Their hassle-free technology brings 10x more efficiency to patient records and hospital management.

heliumhealthcare.com

Legit

natural language processing for ip

Legit Patents reconnects scientists, creators and engineers to the patent system. Their AI powered software guides brilliant users through the process of describing their work, poking and prodding them to create the best idea possible.

legit.ai

Lively

401(k) for
healthcare

Lively's Health Savings Account platform is enabling individuals to optimize their healthcare spending, maximize their savings, and better their livelihood.

livelyme.com

Lightyear.io

Commercializing Stellar

Lightyear helps financial entities join the Stellar network, bringing global financial access via its lightning-fast distributed ledger.

lightyear.io

Maxwell

mortages made
delightful

Maxwell is on a mission to revolutionize the $8.5T residential mortgage market by empowering mortgage lenders to be more successful by intelligently automating their workflow with homebuyers and real estate agents.

himaxwell.com

OpenToken

easily support
token projects

OpenToken is an open and intuitive way to support next generation token projects that are changing how we think about decentralized ecosystems.

opentoken.com

Opus12

profitable carbon
reduction

Opus12 has developed a device that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels with only water and electricity as inputs, They seek to reduce the carbon footprint of the world’s heaviest emitters, while creating a new revenue stream from what is discarded today as a waste product.

opus-12.com

Patch

reimagining
insurance

Patch helps consumers use their ancillary health insurance benefits at the point of sale. As healthcare becomes more of a retail experience, Patch eases the burden on consumers and providers, allowing them to access and use ancillary benefits in online and in-store workflows. 

getpatch.com

Prellis

high fidelity 3d
bio-printing

Prellis Biologics is engineering human tissue using a laser-based 3D printing technology capable of vasculature-level definition.

prellisbio.com

Qwil

finance for freelancers

Qwil helps independent contractors, freelancers and small businesses track, collect and save their earnings.

qwil.co

Shipamax

Software for ship
chartering

Shipamax is bringing the ship chartering process into the digital age, replacing the thousands of unnecessary emails, excel files and instant messages between players required for each ship booking.

shipamax.com

Solugen

Plant-based
biotech

Solugen is replacing petroleum based products with plant-derived substitutes, taking advantage of bio-inspired reactions to use plant material as a low-cost feedstock to produce novel products.

solugen.co

Space Tango

space as a
service

Space Tango's ISS-based system streamlines and simplifies the unique environment that microgravity offers to discover and commercialize solutions for applications on earth.

spacetango.com

Standard
Cyborg

Standard Cyborg's OS is the complete solution for scanning, modeling, and fabrication of custom prosthetics and orthotics.

standardcyborg.com

Symbio

Industrial robotics systems

Symbio is dedicated to strengthening industrial automation systems through the development of robotics and artificial intelligence technologies.

standardcyborg.com

Vence

autonomous farm
management

Vence is bringing artificial intelligence to the livestock industry to optimize farming activities and increase animal well-being.

vence.io

Visolis

carbon negative
materials

Visolis' technology enables bio-based production of carbon-negative, high-performance polymers at lower costs than petrochemical processes.

visolis

Vendor
Registry

Vendor Registry is redefining the way local governments and their vendors do business in the $500B public procurement market. They provide an online registration and bid notification system that solves the pain of both governments and vendors.

vendorregistry.com