Building the next generation of innovative, tech-enabled companies

About Us

If you’re an entrepreneur with an amazing product and loyal customers, then you’ve taken your company from 0 to 1. At Aquila, we can help you take it from 1 to 10.

When the internet was still in its infancy, our founder Mark E. Watson III sensed that technology was going to significantly transform business and the economy, just like it had previously triggered major industrial revolutions. So, in 1998, Mark co-founded Aquila Capital Partners to support and invest in companies that leverage potentially transformative technologies.

With expertise in investment, capital allocation, and strategy, Aquila has been helping innovative entrepreneurs build and scale their companies for over 25 years, by providing both financial and intellectual capital. Using an entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur approach, we help with all things funding, strategy, and scaling but also with navigating through shifting environments and world crises.

Areas of Investment


Fin/InsureTech


BioTech


AI


DTC Brands

Specialities

Funding: seed and early stage, from $1m to $150m in revenue

Product development and go-to-market strategy

Scaling and business strategy

Management and supply chain

Principal Founder

Mark E. Watson III

For over 25 years, Mark E. Watson III has been an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor. Throughout his career, Watson ran 2 public companies—saving one from insolvency and turning it into a market leader with $10 billion in assets—acquired dozens of companies, both public and private, hired thousands of people, and navigated through major world crises.

Through his investment firm Aquila Capital Partners, which he cofounded in 1998, Watson supports the next generation of entrepreneurs who build innovative, technology-enabled companies.

Recent Investments

Insuretech Portfolio
Fintech Portfolio
Consumer Portfolio
Tech Portfolio
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Galderma to Acquire Award-winning ALASTIN Skincare®

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Paycheck Vs. Ownership: One Entrepreneur’s Secret For Building Wealth

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Global Video Live Streaming Solution Market Size 2021-2028, By Types, Applications & Top Key Players – Brightcove, Haivision, IBM, Ooyala, Vbrick

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NFT-Backed Loans? Kraken Is On It!

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57 promising fintechs building important behind-the-scenes tech for Wall Street, according to top investors

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Year in Review: Beauty M&A Recap 2021

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The 15 Best Face Washes for Dry Skin, According to Dermatologists

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Choosing the best toner for oily skin: 8 options

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Paycheck vs. Ownership: One Entrepreneur’s Secret for Building Wealth

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Paycheck Vs. Ownership: One Entrepreneur’s Secret For Building Wealth

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Is This The Best Sugar Free Canned Cocktail?

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Kraken CEO reverses $100K BTC 2021 forecast: Crypto winter now possible

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Kraken CEO: Bitcoin Under $40,000 Is a Buying Opportunity

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Outsourcing Your Marketing? Here’s Why You’re Not Alone (and What Opportunities You Have to Gain)

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Catching Up On Cloud Infrastructure Startups After The HashiCorp IPO

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Dermatologist Dr. Ava On Winter Skincare Secrets & The Biggest Skincare Misconceptions

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GrubMarket plans for NYPS and more growth in 2022

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Coinbase vs. Kraken: How the staking rewards compare

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Three FinTech Trends to Watch in 2022

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Funding wrap: Nearly $73M raised for trucking tech, dairy-free ice cream, raw dog food

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Fintech Plaid Obtains ISO27001 and ISO27701 Certifications

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As seen on SA Live – Friday, December 10, 2021

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These 3 Austin companies pulled in $45 million to fuel their growth

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Venture capital firms set aside $1 billion for women-led startups. Here’s how it’s going

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Netskope names Raphaël Bousquet as senior VP for EMEA and LATAM

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UNION Raises $22M for POS That Allows Diners to Order From Their Phone

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The State of SPACs in InsurTech

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Formula for Success with Mark Watson

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Voice AI Technology to Increase as Hotel Operators Prepare for Upsurge in Guest Requests, According to NLX

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National Security Capital Advisors (NSCA) advises Freedom Consulting Group on its Recapitalization to Fund Growth

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Plaid salaries revealed: Here’s how much the $13.4 billion fintech startup pays its employees

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Galderma buys U.S. skincare firm Alastin ahead of potential Zurich IPO

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Paycheck Vs. Ownership: One Entrepreneur’s Secret For Building Wealth

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GrubMarket Makes Yet Another Acquisition, but This One is Different

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Can Plaid succeed where card giants fall short?

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Paladin expands to the U.K.

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Managing the potential risks of SPACs

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The SPAC market is always changing, and leaders need to be prepared for what comes next. In this article, Mark E. Watson III outlines the major risks involved in SPACs,...

Netskope Cloud Exchange Streamlines the SOC

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Alastin Skincare Announces Its 2 New U.S. Patents

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Mark Cuban-backed legal startup Paladin expands to the U.K.

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What is Plaid? A Fintech App that Helps You Share Your Data Safely and Securely

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Netskope Cloud Exchange Streamlines the SOC

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What Is Plaid?

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What to Look For in the SPAC Market as it Evolves According to Mark E. Watson III

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CEO and investor Mark E. Watson III discusses why SPACs are still a viable go-to-market strategy, and what company leaders need to know in order to best utilize this...

Plaid announced a new payments partner ecosystem that will extend its existing payments infrastructure

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Embroker Reports: Owners’ and Founders’ Approach to Risk Management Not a Match for Today’s Modern Threats

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Alastin Skincare® Announces Issuance Of Fifth And Sixth U.S. Patent

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ALASTIN Skincare®, Inc. - a specialty aesthetics company dedicated to developing and marketing innovative, clinically-tested physician-dispensed skin care products,...

Inc.’s Founder Friendly Investors – 2021

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We’re pleased to announce that Aquila Capital Partners has been named an honoree on @Inc’s 2021 Founder-Friendly Investors list. This award honors the private equity...

Mark E. Watson III, How To Show Up in Life and Go Do It (episode #188)

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Mark E. Watson dedicates all of his efforts to Aquila Capital Partners, a proprietary capital investment fund with the mission to...

The Dream is Just the Start: How to Find Your Purpose and Make It Reality

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Anyone can have a great idea, but turning that idea into a successful business requires a completely different skill set. Helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into...

Business Transformation: From Insolvency To A $3 Billion Multinational

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In this episode, Mark E. Watson III discusses how he overcame these economic shocks in order to transform a $300 million company nearing insolvency into a $3 billion...

How to Invest $1 Million Right Now

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Where would you invest one million dollars in today’s economic client? In this article, Mark Watson, founder of Aquila Capital Partners, explains why investing in...

True Evolution in Insurance? Not Yet

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True innovation in the insurance industry is still a ways away. We must move beyond tweaking our products and procedures and learn to better serve our customers.

The Future Of Work In Post-Pandemic America

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The pandemic changed the way we think about work. In a post-pandemic world, what is the future of work? Our everyday business strategies have changed, causing companies...

How to Effectively Scale Your Business: A Case Study With Mark E Watson

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Building a business isn’t easy, but according to investor and entrepreneur Mark E. Watson III, scaling a company involves one potentially surprising factor: simplicity....

Remote Team Communication Should Be Strategic and Outcome Based

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Entrepreneur, leader, and CEO of Aquila Capital Partners, Mark Watson, shares that the key to success for remote leaders is to understand the importance for...

An Interview with Mark E. Watson III, Founding Partner, Aquila Capital Partners

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Mark Watson most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Argo Group. He first invested in Argo’s predecessor company, Argonaut Group, in 1998. He joined the board...

5 Timeless Tips For Fail-Proof Resilience

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When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, it caused 1,800 deaths and some USD125 billion in damage, flooding about 80% of New Orleans, Louisiana. At the time, it...

How Big Corporations Scored Coronavirus Relief Funds and Small Businesses Lost Out

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If we want to save millions of jobs, protect livelihoods, and plant the seeds for a robust economic recovery, Congress and the White House need to do much more to...

ALASTIN Skincare’s New Technology Helps Accelerate Recovery.

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ALASTIN Skincare®’s INhance Post-Injection Serum with TriHex Technology® Helps Accelerate Recovery from Post-Injection Bruising and Swelling

Mark Watson proposes government reinsurance backstop for pandemic

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Attempts to stimulate the US economy amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will not work without the introduction of a government reinsurance backstop for pandemic,...

Next Stimulus Package Won’t Work Without an Overhaul of Government Reinsurance

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The $2 trillion stimulus package — amounting to roughly 10 percent of GDP — represents a prodigious attempt at addressing a severe economic downturn and assisting...

Business Transformation: From Insolvency to a $3 Billion Multinational

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Mark E. Watson III is an entrepreneur who has been investing in innovative companies for over three decades.

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Taking Entrepreneurs to the Next Level: The Mission Behind Aquila Capital Partners

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Starting a business presents unique challenges. Entrepreneurs often have difficulty finding the right mentors and people in their...

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