The Germinator, Inc. was started in 2005 by two experienced entrepreneurs from the software industry.

After building several successful companies, we noticed that the investment world for software was changing. Conventional venture investing was becoming less relevant, as many of the large automation trends (ERP, CRM, eCommerce) had reached maturity, and the cost of starting a new company had lowered with the advent of open source platforms and “free” development capabilities.

We agree with MR Rangaswami that software has become a “land of a thousand niches” – developing and exploiting new opportunities required a new mindset.

Germinator was created to spot new opportunities, get in very early, possibly even at foundation stage, and add value to the three key concerns of early stage companies: customer acquisition, product definition and securing funding. We’ve been making investments and taking hands-on roles in young companies ever since…