Transforming innovative technology into valuable businesses

Aran partners have been successfully commercializing technology around the world for over 20 years. We help entrepreneurs overcome the many obstacles to creating value, not with presentations and platitudes, but by rolling up our sleeves as part of the team. We invest in high potential technology-based businesses through Level 8 Ventures.

Ann Arbor | Cambridge, UK | San Francisco

Who We Are

We are an eclectic group of entrepreneurs, engineers and recovering bankers from North America, Europe and Asia. We have enjoyed successful private and public exits, but we also carry the scars and learning from our failures. We are intellectually curious, frequently contrarian and results-orientated.  With locations in Ann Arbor, Cambridge and San Francisco, you benefit from the combined experience of our global network.

Ann Arbor

Cambridge

San Francisco

What We Do

We enable your business to reach its full potential.  Frequently by becoming part of your team to achieve defined goals.  This may be one day a week for a month, or multiple professionals full time for a year or more.

TECHNOLOGY

We love science and technology, more so when it addresses substantial needs better than the alternatives.  We bring decades of hands-on experience across a wide variety of disciplines from software development to chemical engineering.

STRATEGY

We can wheel out the MBA models and academic theory, but what sets us apart is the combination of deep technical knowledge and years of experience guiding high-growth businesses.  We have a good sense of what is likely to work.

FINANCE

We have raised debt and equity as officers, advisers and investors, and can help you put a rational capital structure in place.  We make equity investments in North American and European technology companies though Level 8 Ventures.

Plan

Quickly understanding the real problems and challenges is key.  We are, and expect you to be, brutally honest while we take a deep dive into your business and jointly determine focus areas and priorities.  Using our network and experience we help you assemble the essential financial, human and other resources needed.

Accelerate

With your technology and business model validated by paying customers, now is the time to pull away from the pack.  We add new capabilities to your organization, transfer our experience to your team and leave as soon as we are no longer needed.  These are discrete projects requiring specialized skills for a short period of time, typically one to six months.

Harvest

The time may be right for a change. Perhaps you want to step back from day to day management, partially or fully cash out, or realize value locked in non-core operations or IP.  Providing a fresh perspective, we identify and quantify the alternatives and can rapidly implement the chosen option minimizing disruption and maximizing shareholder value.