From our founders

The entrepreneur has to be a true believer. You look at these great, successful companies that have been built in the world…they start them because they’re on a mission. I always begin there. If people are not passionate, it never works.

Michael Marks

founding managing partner


How we invest

  • Exclusive deal flow

    Our deals are primarily sourced through our proprietary channels, including an exclusive network of CXOs, entrepreneurs, academia, investment ecosystem and known founders. Our relationships enable the firm to re-frame company opportunities to maximize unique industry advantages and global penetration.

  • Investment focus

    Our investments are driven by our belief that semiconductors and systems fuel innovation in the technology stack. Celesta creates cohesive fund portfolios with a focus on foundational technologies in Semiconductors, Communications, Software/Cloud, and Life Sciences/Healthcare.

  • Value & Velocity

    We seek companies that leverage emerging technologies, have the potential to scale globally, deliver new mechanisms of engagement, are margin accretive, and can scale-up asset-light. Our investment professionals leverage their domain expertise, operational and entrepreneurial experience, and network of relationships, to drive value and velocity for our portfolio companies.

  • Sequential financing

    We prepare our portfolio companies for each investment stage by engaging the right co-investors, identifying sequential investors, and aligning investment time horizons. “Step Change” is a critical criteria of our selection process and is followed through consistently during periodic targeted reviews with our portfolio companies.

Intellectual capital

Intellectual capital





Scale partners

Scale partners

How we partner

The driving force behind our success: powerful relationships inside and out. Through close mentorship, we build long-term value for founders and investors.

We take a hands-on approach to building our portfolio companies. We leverage our network to recruit top executive talent, facilitate commercial relationships with technology ecosystem leaders, strategize best exit outcomes, and provide strategic insight through our advisor network.

  • Seed to growth

    Assembling motivated founders to target unique market opportunities

  • Develop partnerships

    Helping forge partnerships that are value accretive

  • Augment teams

    Driving tough talent decisions to tackle growth challenges

  • Improve operations

    Drive product and operations strategies