"M8" is short for "mate", which is Australian for "friend".

Early-stage venture capital is all about helping bring out the full potential of the founders and their business. It stands to reason that if we like spending time with the founders (and they like spending time with us) we'll be more successful at helping unlock that potential and building that business.

More on that topic in this blog post.

You can pronounce our name as "em-eight ventures" or "mate ventures" — we're interested to see what becomes the default over time.