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81 Best & Most Active Houston Investment Partners

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Investment Partners play an important role in the startup ecosystem. We have curated a list of the top Houston Investment Partners. We have tried to select a variety of different types of investors across a variety of niches.

This list is designed to show off the investors with exceptional track records, industry experience and a unique understanding of the ecosystem.

Top Houston Investment Partners

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.


Matt Mullenweg

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Matt Mullenweg is a co-founder of WordPress, an open-source blogging platform on the web. He is also the founder of Automattic, the company …


Ratan Tata

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Heading the Tata Group since 1991, Ratan Tata is the Chairman of Tata Sons, holding company of the Tata Group and major Group companies incl…


Michael Dell

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Michael Dell is the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Dell, the company he founded with $1000 in 1984 at the…


Russell Gordy

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Russell Gordy joined the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners in October 2013. Mr. Gordy brings extensive oil and gas industry…


Kirk Coburn

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Coburn is an entrepreneur and active investor who founded three successful companies before starting SURGE, the world’s leading mentor-drive…


Blair Garrou

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Since the late 90’s, Blair Garrou has focused on funding, operating and incubating startup software companies. Blair’s current investments …


Shayne Higdon

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Shayne is the General Manager of the Mid-market and Enterprise Treasury BU at HighRadius. In recent years, he has held senior leadership rol…


Brad Jenkins

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed, Venture

Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor, Angel Investor, Founder


Shantanu Agarwal

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Shantanu Agarwal – President & Co-Founder @ Susteon


Meagan Crawford

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Meagan is one of the leading female voices in the space industry and an experienced space startup executive and founder. She is the host of …


Aziz Gilani

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Aziz Gilani is the Managing Director at Mercury Fund.


Beyoncé Knowles

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, actress, songwriter, record producer, director, model, dancer, fashion designer and bu…


Marc Geller

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Marc Geller is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sternhill Partners. He has been managing venture capital funds since 1995. Prior to the f…


Dan Watkins

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Seed

Dr. Watkins is a Managing Director of DFJ Mercury, a venture capital firm focused on seed and early-stage investments in the sciences and so…


Juliana Garaizar

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Juliana Garaizar – Launch Director, Houston @ Greentown Labs


Kemal Farid

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Kemal Farid


David Steakley

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

David Steakley is an investor in real estate and private equity in Houston. David was a partner at the consulting firm Accenture, focusing …


Iain Cooper

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Iain Cooper is the Manager of Corporate Venturing at Schlumberger Limited since September 2007 in Mergers and Acquisitions Group in Houston,…


Jon Nordby

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jon Nordby


Margaret-Mary Wilson

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Margaret-Mary Wilson is an Executive Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer at UnitedHealth Group.


Neal Dikeman

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Seed, Venture

Neal Dikeman – Partner @ Energy Transition Ventures


William E Cohn

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

William Cohn is the Vice President, Medical Device Companies at Johnson & Johnson.


John Filla

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

John Filla


Adam Flikerski

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Adam Flikerski co-founded BlackGold Capital Management LP in 2006 and serves as a Managing Partner as well as Portfolio Manager. Flikerski s…


W. Benjamin Moreland

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

W. Benjamin (Ben) Moreland was appointed Executive Vice Chairman of Crown Castle in June 2016. Crown Castle (NYSE: CCI), a provider of wirel…


Robert Tucci

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Robert Tucci is the Managing Director at Texas Halo Fund.


Mark Poag

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Mark brings to Fitz Gate Ventures 16+ years of experience as an experienced entrepreneur and executive with a proven track record of success…


Jay Zeidman

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jay Zeidman is a Managing Partner at Altitude Ventures.


Daniel Carter

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Daniel Carter is Investment Director at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, serving Saudi Aramco’s corporate venturing activities. He has finance…


Jim McCormick

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jim McCormick is a Vice President, US Lubricants Sales for Shell.


Jim Cohen

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

Jim Cohen is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fitz Gate Ventures, an early stage VC fund investing a majority of its capital in startups …


Ryan Gurney

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Ryan Gurney – Managing Partner @ Montrose Lane (fka Cottonwood Venture Partners)


Desikan Sundararajan

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Desikan Sundararajan


Chip Davis

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Chip Davis is a managing partner at Houston Ventures, L.P., an investment firm that funds companies that apply technology solutions in the e…


Troy Thacker

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Thacker has over 20 years of financial and executive experience across the energy industry. He most recently, from 2014 to 2017, served as t…


Morag Watson

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Morag Watson is the Vice President of Digital Innovation at BP. In this role, Morag leads a team focused on identifying the application of e…


Taha Jangda

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Taha started his journey at the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the world’s largest medical center. During his time with TMC, he took part in th…


W. George Coyle

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

George is one of the longest-tenured venture capital investors in the Energy technology industry. He founded and led three corporate venture…


Shaun Healey

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Shaun brings over 16 years’ experience in technology development, management and commercialization. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry-Molecula…


Alan “Al” Carnrite

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Alan “Al” Carnrite is the Chief Executive Officer of The Carnrite Group, which he founded in 1991. Al has over 30 years of experience and is…


Leslie Goldman

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Leslie Goldman


Janet Gurwitch

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Seed

Janet Gurwitch


Wil VanLoh

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Venture

Wil VanLoh


Barbara Burger

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Barbara Burger


Michael Skelly

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Michael Skelly


Leo Womack

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Leo Womack


Nancy T. Chang

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Nancy T. Chang, Ph.D. has served as a Director at Ansun since 2011. Since 2007, Dr. Chang has served as the President of Apex Enterprises, I…


Jeremy Arendt

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jeremy Arendt – Managing Partner @ Montrose Lane (fka Cottonwood Venture Partners)


Adam Day

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Adam Day is a General Partner at Golden Section Ventures.


Rodolfo Elias Dieck

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Rodolfo Elias Dieck is a Managing Director at Proeza Ventures.


Heath Butler

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Heath Butler is a Network Partner at Mercury Fund, where he manages the organization’s network platform, including corporate, service provid…


Daniel Weingeist

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Weingeist is a managing partner for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisor’s energy private equity activities. He focuses on identifying investment …


Dan Parsley

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Dan Parsley


James Dreibelbis

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

James Dreibelbis


Rob Johnson

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Rob has 18 years of experience in the energy industry with roles in trading, marketing and principal investments. Rob spent the last nine ye…


Jeff Nadalo

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jeff Nadalo


John Hanten

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

John is a retired Venture Executive from Chevron Technology Ventures. He was responsible for identifying and executing venture capital inves…


Casey Cunningham

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Casey Cunningham, MD is the Chief Scientific Officer of Santé Ventures and the Chief Medical Officer of two portfolio companies, Terapio and…


Gray Hall

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Gray Hall has served as a director since May 2014. Hall has been the Chairman, President and CEO of Alert Logic since July 2009 and is a 24-…


James Wallis

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

James Wallis joined the Lime Rock Partners team in 2007 and became a Managing Director in 2016. Since joining the Lime Rock Partners team, h…


Doug Foshee

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Doug Foshee is a Owner at Sallyport Investments, LLC.


Harry Bushong

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Venture

Harry Bushong


Bob Grazer

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Bob Grazer is a Venture Executive at Chevron Technology Ventures since November 2012. Previously, Bob was the Manager of Information managem…


Swapnil Agarwal

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Swapnil Agarwal


Giancarlo Savini

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Giancarlo Savini, Implementation Manager at Shell Ventures.


Luis Alcoser

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Luis Alcoser – Board Observer @ Silicon MicroGravity


Cory Steffek

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Prior to joining Ara Partners, Mr. Steffek was the Managing Director of North America at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (“SAEV”), the corporat…


Brian V. Iversen

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Brian V. Iversen – Founder & Managing Director @ Cimbria Capital


Bobby Sawicki

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Bobby Sawicki is a Partner at Crosstimbers Capital Group.


Philippe Tanguy

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Philippe Tanguy – Board Member @ Houston Angel Network


David Habachy

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

David S. Habachy joined Warburg Pincus in 2017 and focuses on energy investments. Previously, he was a Managing Director and a member of th…


David Beerbower

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Private Equity

David Beerbower


Matt Anstead

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Matt Anstead has 14 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Energy Ventures, Mr. Anstead was a Vice President with Simmons & Company …


Sue Lehrer

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Sue Lehrer


Michael D. Smith

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Michael D. Smith


Paul Pryzant

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Paul Pryzant – Partner @ Seyfarth Shaw


Fred Brazelton

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Fred Brazelton is the CEO of Platform Partners.


Christopher Riley

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Christopher Riley


James Marshall

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

RETIRED


Fred Lummis

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Fred Lummis


Ben Mayberry

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Ben Mayberry

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