Nicolas Sauvage


Investment Areas:

Computing & Mobility


Nicolas Sauvage is the President of TDK Ventures. Nicolas Sauvage is committed to invest and serve entrepreneurs – the ultimate Impact Scalers – to build innovative and meaningful solutions in Digital, Energy & Environmental Transformations that will bring positive impact to society and the planet.

Nicolas believes in the value of focusing on what really matters in one’s life and removing the noise around us as much as possible; he created the concept of the “8 words” to capture in just 8 words what matters the most to someone, and prioritize their life’s choices and activities, every day. His 8 words starts with his wife: “Sheila first. Scaling Impact Scalers. Patience and Impatience.” and are engraved on his iPad.

Nicolas is an alumnus of the Stanford GSB, INSEAD, London Business School, and microelectronics ISEN school.

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Portfolio Companies Served

Board Observer
Analog Inference is building the most advanced line of AI inference accelerators ever seen using their novel in-memory compute technology.
Board Director
AutoFlight is pioneering the all-electric, sustainable air transportation of both human and freight.
Board Director
Faction develops driverless vehicles that have the speed and performance of cars, but at the cost of a motorcycle, to reduce emissions, avoid gridlock, and improve energy use.
GenCell has developed an off-the-grid or back-up power solution that runs completely on hydrogen or ammonia fuel and can operate and tolerate across the gambit of environmental conditions.
Groq has developed a new and innovative compute technology that separates performance from latency allowing uncompromisingly exceptional results.
Board Observer
Metalenz brings state of the art upgrades to optics across the board (agility, versatility, and resolution) with improved performance at lower manufacturing cost.
SLD Laser is using highly efficient blue lasers embedded onto a chip with high performance phosphorus, they have created a laser light source with 100x greater luminance than LEDs, 10x the contrast, 10x the distance, and 1/10th the beam angle.
Starship is the world leader in autonomous delivery robots, serving over 10,000 deliveries per day.
Wheels is bringing safety, convenience, and sustainability to micromobility at last, with high-tech, all-electric scooters.
Former Board Observer
XCOM exclusively licensed its wireless systems business, and transitioned several team members to GlobalStar.

Entrepreneurs First

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.”
— Teddy Roosevelt