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First Round Capital

First Round Capital

U.S-based venture capital firm investing on early-stage startups.

First Round Capital is a venture capital firm founded in 2004 by Joshua Kopelman and Howard Morgan. The firm is primarily based in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, although it also operates from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; and San Francisco, California. As recent as February 2019, the firm is holding 210 companies in its portfolio and has sold off their shares in 202 companies. The firm’s most recent investment is in February 2019 for Castle, a network management software providing services in user security and account takeover prevention.

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First Round Capital has invested in companies that are based in the United States. The firm prefers to fund companies that require capital in the seed and early stage. The firm tends to fund startups that are in the consumer-facing and Internet-enabled businesses (both B2C or B2B). The firm has managed to raise a total amount of $738 million in funds since its funding round in 2008. Its most recent funding series raised a total of $175 million in September 2016, and since October 2018 it is collecting capital for its next funding series, which was targeted to raise at least $200 million.

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Funded Companies

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Sano is a technology company making a biometric sensor that provides users with information about how their body metabolizes glucose.

Uber Technologies Inc. is a transportation network company (TNC) headquartered in San Francisco, California.

A technology company that has developed solutions for making and receiving payments. It was founded in 2009 and is located in San Francisco, California.

An industrial biotech company developing a commercial bioprocess for manufacturing bio-based malonic acid.

An insurance technology company offering automobile insurance at a base rate combined with payments for miles driven.

Roblox provides an online entertainment platform that allows users to build and play games and share them with others.

Planet Labs is a satellite imaging company, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, which offers monitoring with daily updates. It was founded in 2010.

Airware is an enterprise drone analytics company that enables businesses to harness aerial data and integrate it with existing information and workflows to improve efficiency, productivity and safety. The company provides aerial insights drone solutions for insurance, mining, construction and other industry.

Lob is a company developing and building APIs for automating mail and customer communications with print media. It participated in the S13 cohort of Y Combinator.

Refinery29 is a New York-based fashion company.

June is a consumer electronics company making home automation products, most notably a smart oven called the June Oven.

Liftopia is a San Francisco-based company founded by Ron Schneidermann.

Wearable device company founded in 2012 based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The company was previously called Thalmic and changed their name to North in 2018.

The Climate Corporation (Climate) is a digital agriculture company that is a subsidiary of Bayer. The Climate Corporation, founded in 2006 and based in San Francisco, examines weather, soil and field data.

Carbon Engineering is building technologies to capture CO2 directly from the atmosphere, and to use that CO2 in the synthesis of clean transportation fuels that displace crude oil.

One Kings Lane is an e-commerce company founded by Alison G Pincus.

A company making modern office furniture and office supplies.

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Christina Kelly

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Christine O'Neill

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Emily Carten lynch

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Hayley Bay Barna

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Heston Berkman

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Howard L Morgan

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Josh Kopelman

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Kasie Clifford

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Kate Hyman

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Josh Constine
June 29, 2019
TechCrunch
Startups depend on the angel lifecycle. A few flush post-exit individuals put the first cash into a fresh venture. With some skill and plenty of luck, the early team grows the company into a big success. It sells or goes public and those team members earn a fortune. They then pay it forward by investing [...]

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