We've Been Here Before

Our team has a history of success building companies both as founders and investors. We've worked together and built our careers primarily in the deep tech space as both researchers and operators. We're passionate to bring that focus to Tenon Ventures.

Bubba Hagood

Experienced Entrepreneur with 5X Exits
  • Pixtronix – sold to Qualcomm
  • Triib – sold to Advent International
  • ACX (Active Control Experts) – sold to Cymer
  • Continuum Photonics – sold to Polatis
  • Continuum Control Corp - sold to Head Sports
Successful Angel investor
  • Fightcamp
  • VicariousSurgical
  • OneBrief
Unique Skill Set And Network
  • MIT Venture Mentor, former MIT Faculty, Deep Tech Labs (Cambridge University) Fellow
  • Early tech strategy, product-market fit, IP strategy, team building

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Web Presence
Curated Assets
Comprehensive Brand
Logos & Brand

Tony Zona

Deep tech executive & entrepreneur
  • Founder/CEO at Quantum Bridge - sold to Motorola
  • CEO at Pixtronix – sold to Qualcomm
  • Board member at Triib
  • VP and General Manager at Motorola
  • Senior Strategic Advisor at Qualcomm
  • General Partner at Investors Collaborative - Angel Investment Group
Fund Advisor

Jeff McCarthy

deep tech Investor & entrepreneur
  • CEO at New Oak Communications – sold to Nortel
  • Partner at North Bridge Ventures
  • VP at Wellfleet Communications
  • Strategic Advisor at Northeastern University
  • Founder of The McCarthy’s Venture Mentoring Network (VMN) at Northeastern University

Our Successes

With a combined 7 successful exits, we bring a well-rounded experience from both sides of the table. Our deep knowledge of innovation cycles and technical teams has been at the heart of our success in growing technology companies at scale.

Acquired by Qualcomm

Commercialized a low-power display technology for mobile devices based on microfabricated light shutters. Manufactured in partnership with major display manufacturers

Quantum Bridge

Acquired by Motorola

A pioneer in fiber-deep optical networking technologies for last-mile telecommunications systems. It was the basis for what is now known as the Verizon FIOS Internet Service.

Fight Camp

Active Investment

Unique at-home fitness technology for motion tracking  - enabling a social boxing fitness experience with 100k+ users and attracting investments from world champion athletes.

A Team Built To Grow Businesses

7 Exits

Across General & Venture Partners
We've played both founder and investor roles which gives us a unique perspective.


Dollars Raised & Invested Since 2000
We understand the metrics that matter and know how to identify the signal in the noise.

60 Years

Combined Leadership Experience
We're committed to making Tenon Ventures a success, and we'll draw on our extensive experience to do so.
case studies

”Tenon has been an amazing partner. Their experience and capabilities in technology commercialization and company building have been critical for our ongoing growth.”

Jeff Chen
CEO/Founder, NetVirta

See through our lens

Click below to learn about our approach to crafting
the next generation of tech success stories.