Where did the name Diatom come from?

Diatoms are tiny creatures that have huge impacts.  They are beautiful unicellular organisms that multiply quickly and form the foundation of the food chain in the world's oceans and fresh water.  Diatoms photosynthesize carbon dioxide, water and sunlight to create oxygen and sugars, providing an estimated 45% of the oceans' primary production of organic compounds by living organisms.  Although mostly unseen, diatoms harness the Earth's sunlight and nutrients to fuel all of the Earth's living systems, and by their sheer number may cycle as much carbon on Earth as do all rainforests combined.

At Diatom Ventures, our Purpose is to help build profitable and enduring businesses that benefit the world. We seek to do so in balance with nature and all company stakeholders.  That sense of responsibility, plus our focus on small but emerging, high-growth businesses, led us to the name Diatom. We think it fits our Purpose well.

Selections from Ernst Haeckel's 1904 Kunstformen der Natur (Artforms of Nature).

Where did you get the photos for the website?

Short answer: Courtesy of the ESA. Long answer: Please see the Photos page. 

How do you fund your investments?

Diatom Ventures is affiliated with a diverse group of institutional and family investors with whom we have longstanding relationships. We invite select additional investors to participate on a deal-by-deal basis, as needed. Occasionally, we co-invest with select larger private equity firms when transaction size warrants and our combined efforts can bring unique strengths to our portfolio companies.

How can I apply for an investment from your philanthropy fund? 

At present, we are not accepting unsolicited applications for philanthropic investments.