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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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Abdul Ly

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Ben Cmejla

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Ben Standefer

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Bill Trenchard

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Brett Berson

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Camille Ricketts

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CeCe Cheng

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Charlie O'Donnell

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Chauncey Kerr Hamilton

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Chris Fralic

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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

Employee

Kevin Deggelman

Employee

Kevin Kaiser

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Lucy Brady

Employee

Nat Turner

Employee

Paul Barnes

Employee

Phineas Barnes

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Mike Butcher
May 20, 2021
TechCrunch
We live in a world where companies have to send out 'gifts' to individuals. Chocolate bars. Bottles of wine. You name it. Companies are gifting it. But right now, that operation is buried in a marketing department on a spreadsheet, as is mostly pretty disorganized. A handful of startups realized it could be done better [...]
Mike Butcher
May 20, 2021
TechCrunch
We live in a world where companies have to send out 'gifts' to individuals. Chocolate bars. Bottles of wine. You name it. Companies are gifting it. But right now, that operation is buried in a marketing department on a spreadsheet, as is mostly pretty disorganized. A handful of startups realized it could be done better [...]
Annie Siebert
February 26, 2021
TechCrunch
Research shows that diverse teams, companies and founders pay, so why are all of the VC home runs from white men, or Asian men in Asia, plus a few Asian men in the U.S.?
Chris Metinko
December 17, 2020
Crunchbase News
Anomalo has closed a $5.95 million seed round to help companies validate the data they use
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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