Our Story

Arafura Ventures was formed by Joe Kennedy and Marc Philips for the specific purpose of establishing an investment fund focused on US based technology startups and early stage Internet software companies.

Arafura Ventures is based in Palo Alto, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, California. The Valley is perhaps the most exciting place in the world, incredibly rich in talent, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship. It's the world centre of technical minds and innovation and continues to spawn high growth and incredibly successful companies. The Valley also has pretty good soil for growing vege's, if you're into that.

The name Arafura comes from a body of water that borders Australia's North. In a world where marine ecosystems and fish stocks are generally collapsing, the Arafura Sea stands out as among the richest marine fisheries in the world. It also has crocodiles, sharks and deadly Jelly fish. If you swim in the Arafura, you are essentially becoming part of the food chain.

We're not exactly sure of the parallels between our company and the Arafura Sea, but we like the sound of it.