WHO WE ARE
Essential Capital is an early stage venture firm that invests in founders with a mission to build companies that fight humanity’s biggest challenges. Together, our team believes in the power of entrepreneurship and new technologies to radically shift the course of history.
Michael co-founded Essential Capital along with Adam Huda & Stacy Stubblefield to directly address the largest existential threats facing humanity. Having managed sales, business development, and corporate development across a range of different stage businesses – from pre-revenue startups as the first sales hire to growth Series A-B companies, he brings a hands-on operator focus to EC and deep expertise partnering with founders to help them define & execute on go-to-market strategy. Michael is responsible for setting the investment focus & thesis of Essential Capital.
Adam joined Essential Capital as an Operating Partner working alongside Michael Costigan & Stacy Stubblefield to further his passion for helping early stage companies navigate the complexities of technical team building and engineering management. He previously built and scaled full-stack (web, iOS, & Android) teams at startups and public companies with the specific focus of decreasing the time taken to get MVPs to market. Adam brings a ‘been there done that’ approach to technical challenges & an auxiliary CTO capacity to our portfolio startups.
Stacy joined Essential Capital as an Operating Partner working alongside Michael Costigan and Adam Huda to help portfolio founders build high value, high growth companies. In 2005 Stacy co-founded TeleSign Corporation where she led Product Strategy and scaled the business to over 100M in revenue. TeleSign was recently acquired by BICS for 230M. As an entrepreneur, Stacy has lived the full lifecycle of a venture-backed startup – from seed stage to successful exit. Stacy’s deep operational expertise & track record of success has made her a recognizable authority in the SaaS world.