We co-founded, built and scaled the largest consumer-facing online resource in the addiction treatment industry. Led by Rehabs.com, Recovery Brands (RB) helped millions of visitors change their lives while helping treatment operators grow their businesses. In 2015, we led the successful transaction and acquisition of RB by a publicly-traded healthcare company.
Capital & Creativity
At Thermal, we’re out to create thriving economies through the marriage of creativity and capital. Economies where ideas are empowered to bring real change to the world. Creating these economies starts by giving founders the fuel they need to get out of the starting gate.
At Thermal, we understand the needs of today’s founders because we’re founders ourselves. Where other firms fuel businesses, we fuel the people behind them, and the driving force that turns ideas into wildly successful brands.
At Thermal, we fuel ambition.
Projects We’ve Fueled
Digital and inbound marketing is in our DNA. For years, we ran a highly-skilled and successful digital marketing agency based in Santa Monica, CA. The strategic leadership and digital marketing innovation born at RankLab are now integral to every Thermal project. In a rare transaction, we scaled and sold the agency to a public healthcare company in 2015.
Bookcase-sized farms making it easy to grow produce where you live, work and eat.
Sprout Therapy is a tech-forward provider of in-home ABA Therapy for children with autism.
A dockles e-bike sharing company for last-mile mobility
Premium, light THC products including vaporizers in three delicious flavors
A Tech Company Using The Blockchain To Create, Issue, And Trade Financial Instruments
Making healthy eating easier with fast, easy, no-mess recipes
A social equity incubator operating retail cannabis stores in Los Angeles
Bringing doctor-directed, invisible aligner therapy to the consumer's doorstep
The largest marketplace for wholesale cannabis
A dominant cannabis enterprise in the emerging industry
NANA is the world’s first comprehensive, integrated solution for mental health care
Empowering scalable brands with a positive social impact
A data platform driving the next generation of medicines
Enterprise security platform with real-time fraud protection
Market-leading products that make texting and talking free
AI-driven robots assisting restaurant chefs with food making
A ridesharing app that matches drivers with passengers
Where influencers share their best work
Changing tech support and the way people buy new technology
Bringing live sports to fans worldwide via digital media
Restaurant and retail marketing driven by buying behavior
A subscription marketplace to find and book fitness classes
Digital media for the live entertainment & touring industry
A fully integrated seed-to-sale cannabis brand
Cloud Cover Music
A leading provider of the music in retail and businesses
Revolutionizing the way people discover, buy and share wine
The highest quality medical apparel in the world
An agency helping brands with content-driven growth strategy
An app for customers to buy, store, send & redeem gift cards
Mineral is a cannabinoid focused wellness brand based in Austin, TX
Nosara Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in online marketplaces globally.
REIT focused on cannabis retail and industrial properties
A next-generation corporate innovation venture fund
Commercial real estate investment & operating company
Managing Crypto Asset Hedge Funds
A diversified holding and branding development company
We provide venture investment at early and growth stages, when we can add an unfair advantage to projects that excite us. Whether through strategy, positioning or acquisition, we use our considerable experience in digital and growth to create value—lots of it—for customers, investors, and the ecosystem as a whole. These are the most thrilling times for any company, and we love fueling that excitement.
Helping founders grow their businesses by way of investment is great. But it’s not enough. Ventures need operational expertise if they hope to achieve next-level success. We provide that expertise via incubator services for projects whose needs match our unique skill set. Leveraging our partner network, we provide the right mix of guidance and autonomy to get businesses up to speed and onto bigger things.
Consulting & Advising
We’ve always believed that you do well by doing good for others. And we want to see our friends and partners succeed. So we lend our skills by way of consulting or advising, even when we don’t have a direct interest in the business. Much of the advising we do is for the companies we have an early role in, while the goal of our consulting work is simply to add value wherever we can.
Who We Work With
Early Stage Brands
Experienced operators with exciting new ventures we find uniquely promising.
Companies with traction & healthy unit economics that need to scale big and scale fast.
Kick-ass savants in performance marketing, media planning, social, SEO, UX/UI, CRO, etc.
Firms looking to collaborate and co-invest on projects where our skill set can add value.
Investors seeking unique ventures managed by industry pros and offering amazing returns.
Founder & CEO
Abhilash Patel is a serial entrepreneur, venture investor, speaker, author, and advisor. He works with companies he believes in, helping them to grow and thrive. Abhilash has advised multiple growing startups including a venture capital fund. He’s also actively involved with several Los Angeles charities and is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council. Abhilash has been mentioned and/or published in Huffington Post, Forbes, Inc., and more.
Garrett has a proven track record of driving growth, streamlining operations, and implementing innovative business development strategies at scale. He spent 10 years developing a variety of start-ups until he founded The Vitality Group, a management consulting agency. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University where he studied Entrepreneurship & Management while playing varsity lacrosse from 2004-2008.
Buck is a technologist and early stage venture investor with a successful history of building businesses at the leading edge of technology and in transformative high-growth markets, such as robotics, digital media, and consumer products. His operating expertise was honed during his time as a management consultant, working on Capitol Hill in Senator Arlen Spector’s office, and as an Army Blackhawk Pilot.
Get In Touch
Are you a founder, operator, owner or investor with ambition to burn? We want to hear from you.
Got mad marketing skills? Want to help us create thriving economies through the marriage of creativity and capital? Shoot us your resume and cover letter: