We invest
in

Early stage capital for technical founders building technical tools

CORE BELIEFS

All companies are software companies

Some of them haven't realized it yet though

Developer time is precious

And it needs to be used on value-add projects

The stack matters

We don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to software, we prefer best-in-class tools

Bottoms-up adoption wins

A product-led approach is key to winning the hearts and minds of technical users

CURRENT PORTFOLIO

Our sweet spot is a preseed or seed round for a company building something to free up a developer to focus on value-add activities

Hoss

Developer experience platform

March 2020

Acquired by Niantic

Freshpaint

Codelessly connect your site to your marketing and analytics stack

March 2020

Buf

API management and schema design platform

May 2020

Cortex Labs

Cloud infrastructure for machine learning at scale

August 2020

Acquired by Databricks

Parabeac

Turn changes in your design files into pull requests for Flutter apps

December 2020

Swell

Infinitely flexible headless e-commerce platform

December 2020

Octane

Monetization platform for usage-based software

March 2021

Acquired by Stripe

Canonic

A low-code platform to craft APIs in minutes

March 2021

Wasp

A simple language for developing full-stack web apps with less code

April 2021

Axiom

Browser automation. Quickly, without code

May 2021

stealth

Stealth company in the financial ledger database space

July 2021

CatalyzeX

Discover AI models & code to catalyze your projects

July 2021

Single Origin

Learned semantic intelligence and optimize global queries

September 2021

stealth

Stealth company in the data engineering space

October 2021

Cased

Use AI to solve production problems faster

November 2021

Model-Prime

Enterprise-grade robotics infrastructure

December 2021

Architect

Dependency-aware continuous delivery platform

December 2021

Quiltt

Low-code fintech infrastructure

December 2021

Unify

The best LLM on every prompt

January 2022

Digma

Observability for developers

February 2022

Jamsocket

Tools for building browser-based applications

March 2022

stealth

Stealth company in the dynamic configuration space

April 2022

Wilderness Labs

Secure IOT for every developer

June 2022

stealth

Stealth company redefining the client/server boundary

June 2022

Shuttle

Build backends. Fast.

December 2022

Athenic AI

The natural language interface for cloud data

December 2022

stealth

Stealth company in the customer support tooling space

February 2023

Oxen

Data mangement for machine learning datasets

March 2023

Poolside

The best code you never wrote

July 2023

Availabl

Plug-and-play AWS monitoring

August 2023

Buddy

The simplest way to offer insurance on the internet

September 2023

Argilla

Open source platform for fine-tuning LLMS

October 2023

Acquired by Hugging Face

vlt

A new home for JavaScript packages

December 2023

YearOne

Growing software engineers, one lesson at a time

March 2024

FOUNDER

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Taylor Clauson

Founder & Managing Partner

I started Abstraction Capital after a few years of teaching myself how to code. To be clear, no one is going to hire me as a developer, but I realized over the years that the plumbing behind software is both exciting and full of opportunity.

Prior to Abstraction, I spent 7 years at a Kansas City based firm called OpenAir Equity Partners, investing in and building IoT and data companies. My career includes time spent in economic development and a stint at a cleantech startup; I was lucky enough to be in Class 23 of the Kauffman Fellows Program.

I love to read, learn new things, and be outdoors.