Nick Moran is the founder and General Partner at New Stack Ventures.  Prior to New Stack, Nick spent time as both an investor and an operator.  He worked in M&A for Danaher, a science and technology conglomerate.  And subsequently, Nick developed one of the most successful products in the company’s history, a novel way of testing compounds in drinking water.
New Stack Ventures is an early-stage venture firm investing in remarkable founders, creating markets at the intersection of Hardware and Software.  New Stack invests out of a fund and also leads the largest AngelList syndicate in the midwest; a group of over 150+ angels that co-invest in New Stack deals.


Origin of The Full Ratchet

I’m Nick Moran and I created The Full Ratchet in early 2014. I started angel investing in 2013 and found the startup fundraising/investing process to be confusing, at best. The industry was a black-box with land mines everywhere. Yet, I observed that venture drives significant value across both public and private markets. And the most inspiring, thought-provoking people that I had interacted with were startup entrepreneurs.

After a year of coffee chats with VCs and Angels, it became clear that I could learn the most from conversations with the experts. And why not record the conversations to help others in a similar situation?  A few months later The Full Ratchet was created; where I interview the investor experts on everything from “What is an Angel?” to “What ratios and monthly recurring revenue levels are expected for a Series A SaaS investment?” Thanks for visiting and shoot me a note if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions! nick at fullratchet dot net.


Nick’s Bio

Nick Moran The Full Ratchet New Stack VenturesNick is a co-founder and Managing Director of New Stack Ventures. He has held positions in Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategy and Product Management.  Nick has experience across a range of verticals, including Industrial Automation, Robotics, Aerospace and Defense, Renewable Energy and Water Analytics.

He holds an MBA degree from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Administration, and a Bachelors of Science in Operations Management and Business Process Management from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.

His path to venture began while working in M&A. He spent time employing a private equity-centric approach toward large-asset acquisition. This function, with aggressive bottom-line tactics, was not the ideal fit. Rather, Nick enjoyed the “Open Innovation” side of M&A, where early-stage technologies were cultivated and growth was the focus.

This led Nick to take a new role leading breakthrough product management.  With funding and an R&D team of chemists and engineers, they set out to re-invent the water analytics workflow.  Over the next three years, from ideation through launch, they developed a new system for drinking water testing.  This hardware device + consumable + software solution (razor/razorblade+SaaS) automates the measurement of compounds in water.  It went on to become one of the most successful products in the company’s history.

Since this experience, Nick has focused on investing in entrepreneurs tackling similar problems.

Our Investment Thesis

At New Stack, we invest in remarkable founders, creating markets at the intersection of Hardware and Software.

These businesses are often categorized as:
Smart Hardware, IoT, and Connected Devices
STAGE: Pre-Seed & Seed
BUSINESS MODEL: Businesses with a recurring revenue stream
THEMES we look for in startups:
  • TRACTABLE: Tools that give non-experts, expert capabilities
  • DEMOCRATIZATION: Platforms that enable users to build & drive value
  • ACCESS TO IDLE SUPPLY: Providing access to existing, inaccessible supply
  • CUSTOMER EXPANSION: Increased usage can be increasingly monetized
  • NETWORK EFFECTS: Product value & exit barriers increase as users increase

If you are a startup founder, looking for funding, click here.

More from Nick

Nick is interviewed on his thesis and investment philosophy on Bootstrapping in America:


Nick is interviewed by Matt Ward on The Syndicate Podcast:  Why IoT is #1 and the Midwest is the best place for Startups

Nick is interviewed by Colin Keeley on Tech In Chicago:  What a Startup Looks Like & Deal Sourcing with a Podcast

Nick is interviewed on FactFruit about what Venture Capital is and how it works:  Part 1 (interview starts at 5:18 after news segment), Part 2 (interview resumes at 4:09)

Nick delivers the Keynote at Startup Conference, SandboxLIVE:  Demystifying VC & Building Startup Ecosystems

Nick is interviewed on the Angel Investing Podcast about Angels, Groups, Syndicates, and Funds:  The Pros and Cons of Angel Syndicates

Our other sites:

New Stack Ventures

Moran Capital Partners

Venture Weekly