“I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly.”
Leonardo da Vinci
Skycatcher is an investment management firm with a single, relentless mission: to invest in building the next generation of the Internet—the Internet of digital worlds. This can mean the metaverse, virtual worlds, digital assets, blockchains, or video games—however you define them, we believe digital worlds will overtake analog worlds in the coming decades. This shift will transform the Internet from one in which we simply consume information to one where value creation becomes borderless and engagement is deeply intertwined with our social lives.
It is during times like these, times of great disruption and change, that life-changing new platforms and businesses are created, and this is what we seek to capture, power, and support. We do this through deep fundamental due diligence, acting as business owners alongside our founders and management teams. Moreover, we aren’t just investors, but we also truly live in the products underlying our investments—so much so that we’ve built our own virtual world to capture our vision of the next 50+ years.
The Skycatcher name is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, the polymath whose favorite field of study was likely aviation, and who felt himself destined to build a machine that would allow man to fly. It was a lofty ambition for the 15th century, and yet Leonardo’s research process was firmly grounded. He started by simply observing the inventions of nature—the wings of bats, the shoulder joints of birds, etc.—then drew them on paper with the perceptive power of a portrait painter. Fusing his knowledge of anatomy with his skill at engineering and construction, he then theorized how the bodies of animals might be recreated by the hand of man. Part by part he progressed, until he created a flying machine prototype that prefigured nearly all forms of modern air transport—four centuries before they became a reality. Our name pays quiet tribute to Leonardo’s great qualities: the grand scale of his ambitions, the hands-on modesty of his methods, the interconnecting of ideas from different disciplines, and most of all, the thirst to understand things at their most fundamental level.