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Designer Fund

Designer Fund

Designer Fund invests in early-stage startups who have designers in their founding team.

Company Overview

Designer Fund is an early-stage investor in tech startups including Stripe, Gusto, and Omada Health. The Designer Fund is a venture capital and private equity firm specializing in start-ups and later stage companies post series A financing. The firm typically invests in companies co-founded by designers and also in education, energy, environment, food, health, creativity, and productivity sectors. The firm gives non-equity grants at a minimum of $5000, angel funding at a minimum of $5000 for 0.5% equity, and co-investments with partners in amounts between $0.05 million and $0.1 million for an equity stake between 5% and 10%. The firm invests between $100,000 and $1 million.

History

The Designer Fund was founded in 2011 by Ben Blumenfeld and Enrique Allen and is based in San Francisco, California.Designer Fund is a community of designers who invest in designer founders through mentorship, funding, and access to the network.

Investments

Designer Fund has made 32 investments. One of their investments was on Mar 1, 2019, when they invested $1M in Primer. Designer Fund has raised a total of $20M in a single venture fund, Designer Fund I. This fund was announced on May 2, 2016, and raised a total of $20M.

Designer Fund specializes in helping design products and scale design teams through their professional development programs Bridge and Designer Founder Guild. Their community includes designer founders and design leaders from companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Dropbox.

Timeline

March 1, 2019
Primer.

$1M in

May 2, 2016
Designer Fund I

$20M.

Funding Rounds

Invested in

Patents

Funding Rounds Participated In

Further Resources

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

3 Ways to be a Better Design Leader - Design Insights from Designer Fund - Medium

Designer Fund

Web

August 8, 2017

A Design Team's Guide to Leveling - Design Insights from Designer Fund - Medium

Designer Fund

Web

August 8, 2017

Approachable, Human Design: How an Illustrator & Letterer Bring the Gusto Brand to Life

Designer Fund

Web

May 10, 2017

Design Critiques: How to Maintain Trust at Scale - Design Insights from Designer Fund - Medium

Designer Fund

Web

August 11, 2017

Design Everything - Designer Fund - Medium

Designer Fund

Web

April 12, 2016

References

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