Mozilla Builders Connect Program

We invest in early stage startups that are working to fix the internet and build a more open and transparent world. We are an innovation lab within Mozilla, part of Mozilla Builders.

The Mission.

Our investment program is designed for companies that don't need or want to be part of a cohorted program right now, but still see a strong benefit in building a long term relationship with Mozilla given a shared mission. We are looking for seed-stage companies that have already launched a product and have some initial traction. On some occasions, we might participate in series A.

Within the wide "Fix the Internet" focus, we are specially interested in working with founders that are innovating around dweb, privacy, browser and crypto. If you are a founder and would like to work with us, here is how to get in touch.

As part of our partnership, we will explore with you if there are some strategic areas in your entrepreneurial journey where we can add strategic value. Here are some of the people in our network that we'll be able to leverage for that: Tanya Soman, Kathy Pham, Holly Liu, Maria Alegre, Mark Mayo, Mitchell Baker, Adam Seligman, Leslie Gray, Lindsey Shepard, Eric Rescorla and more. We also can help you connect with specific engineering, scalability and open source advisors for office hours and advice when/if helpful. Last but not least, we can also make intros among some of you (with respect, we recognize how busy founders are).

We offer optional monthly check ins / office hours, and we run some quarterly events that you might benefit from.

Mentors

Participants in each of our Builders programs will be paired with mentors who have built successful startups and shipped dozens of successful products, including more than 25 #1 App Store Hits that reached 1+ billion people.

Maria Alegre

Maria Alegre

As founder and CEO of Chartboost, Maria built and grew her company from 2 to 100 people. She raised $21M led by Sequoia Capital and built a profitable company that empowers mobile game developers around the world to build successful businesses. Most recently, Maria has spent time in Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya, connecting with African entrepreneurs and building bridges with Silicon Valley.

Holly Liu

Holly Liu

Holly has been a Visiting Partner at Y Combinator working closely with over 200 companies. Prior to that, she founded Kabam, a venture backed mobile gaming company, in 2006 with UC Berkeley alumni. Kabam has built games for beloved franchises such as Marvel, Hobbit and Fast and Furious that has continuously been Top 10 in both iOs and Google Play. Her work has contributed to record revenue growth for Kabam year over year from $0 to $400MM annually, that led Kabam into the unicorn club in 2014. She led the product design for Kabam’s award-winning “Kingdoms of Camelot” franchise, which has grossed over $350 million in less than four years. In 2017 Kabam exited to FoxNext and Netmarble.

Tanya Soman

Tanya Soman

Tanya was a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, one of the most active seed stage venture capital firms in the world. She focuses on seed stage investment opportunities in the consumer space and has worked hands on with 100s of companies globally. Most recently, she launched Silicon Valley Squares, an online pitch show for founders around the world to get feedback on their pitch from Silicon Valley investors. Previously, she worked in AdTech in NYC and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Babson College.

Kathy Pham

Kathy Pham

Kathy is a Computer Scientist and Fellow (past and present) at Mozilla, Harvard, the MIT Media Lab, and Rita Allen Foundation. She has committed herself to the intersection of technology, ethics, and society. With experience in product development, engineering, and healthcare at Google and the US Digital Service in the White House, Kathy has invaluable expertise in creating products with a focus on fairness, justice, and equitability.

Mark Mayo

Mark Mayo

Previously Chief Product Officer for Firefox as well as the technical founder of multiple startups, Mark has mastered the process of taking a product from birth to launch. His experience incubating Node.js at Joyent as well as his 25+ years of experience in technology make him the perfect resource for building tools that matter.