We are one of the first true Venture Science Capital companies
and we have double-blind, published, university and private-sector led tests
verifying the efficacy of our New Venture Assessor (NVA).

Our x Factor

Labx Ventures is leading an entirely different investment strategy called Venture Science Capital—driven by pure science, algorithms and rules engines—within the start-up and emerging growth venture investment industry.  We take out the subjectivity and base scores on empirical data that uses a set of rules and principles garnered from academic and statistical methods about what makes a company a likely success or failure. In published double-blind university testing, our New Venture Assessor (NVA) successfully selected—with over 90% accuracy—which companies would bring profitable exits to investors.  Our platform, our powerful assessor tool and our funds unite to create the new Venture Science Capital investment paradigm. 

What the x Means in Labx

We wanted a name that was CORE to our business model.  X is the variable or the unknown number.   Our Lab process with our New Venture Assessor (NVA) formulates that number or score we call the xScore, or X for short. 

NVA  +  xScore  +  Lab =  Labx


The back story behind Labx began years ago when a group of venture entrepreneurs and angels began collaborating on an idea. They wanted to crack the code to picking winning companies.  

Clark Straw 
Chairman of the Board





Master of Science
Admin. Sciences & Management, University of Texas, Dallas                                            

Bachelor of Science
Electrical Engineering, Texas Tech University                                        

Technology Special Purpose Funds (x3)
Managing General Partner 

Leading BioSciences
Chairman of the Board, CEO & Investor                                                


Hitachi Data Systems                                       
Executive Vice President & Corporate Officer                                  

Hewlett Packard
General Manager U.S. Sales & Support for HP computers
General Mgr. Worldwide Alliances & Channels (HP computers)
General Manager Western Region Operations (HP computers)
General Manager Texas Area for all HP products






Chip F. Parker  
President, Chief Operations Officer






Technology Special Purpose Funds (x4)
General Partner

Leading BioSciences
Co-founder, Board Member and Investor

InLab Ventures
Founder, Executive Director

Keiretsu Forum
Founding Member, President of Southern California Chapters (x5)

Leading Ventures




Tech Coast Initiative


Realm Internet

Tim Penkala  
Interim Chief Financial Officer






Chief Financial Officer

Bachelor of Science, Accounting
University of Notre Dame

Registered Investment Advisor
Certified Public Accountant





Investment Banker
Certified Financial Planner

Asset & Fund Manager
Over 100 syndications

Angel Investor
Over 15 start-ups







Mark J. Jones
Director of Systems Engineering







Master of Business Administration
San Diego State

Master of Science
Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins

Bachelor of Science
Engineering, UC Berkeley

United States Navy
Lieutenant, Naval Reactors Officer


Silver Bridge Technologies LLC
Chief Technical Officer

Field Intelligence Inc.
Chief Technical Officer

Quake Global, Inc.
Chief Technical Officer







Steve Curtis 
Director of Marketing







Adjunct Professor
Stanford Graduate School of Business-Marketing Innovation/Creativity

Gammon Games
Co-founder, Sold to Atari

WSJ, Price/Waterhouse
First Thought-Leader                     

Procter & Gamble
Senior Consultant, new business, multimillion-dollar projects  

Levi Stroller

Velcro Dart Board





Paramount Studios
Senior Management (Licensing of Star Trek Properties)

USC Marshall School of Business
Chair (“The Road to Growth” Conference)

Buckeye International
Award:  Marketing Man of the Year

Master of Business Admin.
University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science
Marketing & Finance, University of Southern California








Gary Rubens
Lead NVA Development






Master of Education
Science Curriculum Development, University of Texas, Arlington

Bachelor of Arts
Psychology, University of California, Irvine (Biology minor)

Aim for the Sun Microsolar
Founder, Inventor (patent holder)

California Coast Commercial
Founder, Owner:  Commercial Brokerage Co.




Wm. S Hart School District
Chemistry, Biology & Geoscience Instructor

Fillmore Unified School Dist.
Science Department Co-chair, Chemistry & Biology Instructor

United States Coast Guard
Training & Administration Officer, Instructor, Command Duty Officer








Lisa López Cassidy
Director of Operations & Special Projects







Joe Simoni
Principal, Venture Analyst & Chairman of the Business Board of Advisors







Eric Neitzel
Principal & NVA Development







Armen Derderian
Principal & Director of Strategic Alliances







Bill Fairchild
Joe Siemienowski

Gary Cadenhead, PhD, University of Texas, McCombs School of Business

AI and Analytics
Gary Fogel, PhD, CEO, Natural Selections, Inc.

Group Genius
Matt Taylor, CEO, MG Taylor Corporation

Decision Support System
James Taylor, CEO, Decision Management Solutions, Inc.


Labx Ventures is based in San Diego, one of America’s top-tier start-up, emerging growth and venture capital investment communities.  San Diego is a center of high-tech innovation and is home to the brightest thought leaders and science innovation centers, including…

The University of California, San Diego

The Scripps Research Institute

The San Diego Supercomputer Center

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology Call


• San Diego is home to over 100,000 R&D jobs generating over $14 billion in economic impact

• San Diego is the # 1 City for patents filed per population in the US and # 2 worldwide

• San Diego had more than 400 startups launched annually the last two years

• San Diego ranks in the top 10 metro areas nationally for startups

• San Diego has the highest pre-money VC valuations in the country

• As of August 2018, the UCSD faculty researchers and alumni have won twenty-seven Nobel Prizes

• As to talent attraction & retention, San Diego is one of the best locations to live, work and play


Our investment strategies and our investments will reach far beyond Southern California’s Tech Coast to make a global impact and Labx Ventures is proud to be based in of one of America’s science and technology hubs, San Diego, California.

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