About the Firm

Hanover has a 20-year record of building energy and cloud businesses from scratch into successful enterprises with winning, no-hype financial profiles and quantitatively driven management.

Our portfolio comprises companies pursuing transformative solutions through defensible technology. We operate two series of funds: one focusing on cloud computing and enterprise software, and another focused on energy and resource technologies.

We are seasoned investor-operators with experience building companies and advising founders. We perform technical and team diligence, and provide value at make-or-break points in a company’s growth. 

Together with our proprietary network of leaders from business and academia, we empower founders to lead effective teams and deploy powerful technology.

Hanover

Value to Founders

We tend to meet sophisticated founders and assess their engineering claims with confidence and speed. Our real work begins only after we make our investment — a claim many investors make, but one on which only the enduring platforms follow through.

At its core, Hanover is about simple machines. We help companies deliver to customers more output for less input, and do so at world-class cost. Our core operational values are designed to create and maintain market leadership. They are described here. Some founders need a lot of help. Others don’t. We customize our level of involvement to each company’s need.

Hanover Team
Joseph Malchow
Partner
Joseph Malchow

Joe founded Hanover in 2018. As the founding member of the fund, he is the chairman of the investment committee. He focuses on software and systems, and has extensive experience selecting and supporting early stage companies and founders—and seeing them through to IPO.

Allison Ball
Partner
Allison Ball

Allison joined the partnership in 2020, bringing deep experience operating, growing and advising technology companies. During her time at Facebook, she led teams across operations, partnerships and product, and has successfully led projects across all phases of growth.

Hanover Advisors
T.J. Rodgers
Founder, Cypress Semiconductor
Quality, Engineering
T.J. Rodgers
Arne Ballantine
Founder, Ohmium
Hydrogen, Fuel cells
Arne Ballantine
Raghu Belur
Founder, Enphase Energy
Ecosystem architecture
Raghu Belur
Nick Stork
Founder, Archaea Energy
Gas processing, cost
Nick Stork
Badri Kothandaraman
CEO, Enphase Energy
Quality, Service
Badri Kothandaraman
Ali Keshavarzi
Professor, Stanford University
EE, Software-defined compute
Ali Keshavarzi
Martin Fornage
Founder, Enphase Energy
Power Systems
Martin Fornage
Dave Ranhoff
CCO, Enphase Energy
Sales, Business Development
Dave Ranhoff
Jeff McNeil
Fmr. COO, Enphase Energy
Operations
Jeff McNeil
Andy Klump
Founder, Clean Energy Associates
Policy, Supply Chain
Andy Klump
Nick Santhanam
Fmr. Managing Partner, McKinsey
Operational Transformation
Nick Santhanam
Jon Doochin
CEO Soligent
Distribution, Channel
Jon Doochin
Eric Branderiz
Fmr. CAO, Tesla, Fmr. CFO, Enphase
Financial Controls, R6Q, IR
Eric Branderiz
Brian McCarthy
CCO, Archaea Energy
Partnership economics and project finance
Brian McCarthy
Ashok Lahiri
CTO, Enovix
Battery design
Ashok Lahiri
Ahmad Chatila
Chairman, FTC Solar
Operations
Ahmad Chatila

The best way to reach us is in person or through an introduction. For general inquiries, send us a message through our Contact page.

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Allison Ball
HNVR Team
Allison Ball
Partner
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Allison joined Hanover in 2020, continuing our work in supporting exceptional technology entrepreneurs through investment and hands-on action. Allison began her career at Goldman Sachs and went on to lead teams across product, partnerships and operations at Facebook and VSCO. She holds an A.B. from Princeton University.

Allison draws on extensive experience building and leading high-performing teams to achieve challenging engineering and business goals. She helps executives build strong, multi-disciplinary software development organizations that deliver transformative products and grow them to high scale. Through a focus on data-driven prioritization and decision-making, she leads teams to deliver to spec, maximize customer impact, and achieve ambitious growth goals.

Allison led product at VSCO from 2018 to 2020, where she built and led teams across Product, Data Science, Research and Product Operations, including Customer Support and Trust and Safety. By implementing a data-driven approach to product strategy, her teams drove subscriber growth of 2.5x over two years to reach 2.5M paying subscribers with a renewal rate of over 60% in core markets. She oversaw the introduction of video to the VSCO platform and implemented critical growth tactics driving both new subscriptions and renewals.

Prior to joining VSCO, Allison served in a number of leadership roles across Facebook during critical phases of the company’s growth. Starting in 2016, she led Facebook Messenger growth teams, helping Messenger surpass one billion monthly active users. In her work on Messenger, Allison’s engineering teams effectively employed machine learning to develop highly personalized experiences that drove increased adoption, engagement and retention. 
In 2013, Allison created Facebook’s first product team focused on public figures and content creators. She successfully introduced verification badges to the Facebook platform, launched a stand alone app for creators and created Facebook Live, which would eventually be rolled out to all Facebook users. She also led the engineering effort to use AI to intelligently rank content. She holds a number of patents related to her work in this space.

Prior to joining the product organization at Facebook, Allison led teams in partnerships and operations, developing global authenticity policies related to real name and real identity enforcement on the platform, and worked with media companies and public figures to build and leverage their presence on Facebook.

Allison began her career at Goldman Sachs in the Leveraged Finance group of Investment Banking. She supported public debt offerings in partnership with private equity sponsors across a spectrum of industries, including technology, consumer packaged goods, auto, retail and transportation.

Originally from Austin, Allison is a 2004 graduate of Princeton University. She lives in Dallas, Texas and focuses on companies across the U.S.