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Forerunner Ventures

Forerunner Ventures

San Francisco-based venture capital firm investing on e-commerce based from SF and Bay area.

Forerunner Ventures is a venture capital firm founded in 2009. The firm was established by Kirsten Green. Its headquarters is located in San Francisco, California. As of February 2019, Forerunner Ventures has 49 companies in its portfolio and has sold its ownership in 29 companies. The firm’s most recent investment was for Ritual in February 2019; a company providing vegan-friendly and gluten-free food supplement products.

Funding

Forerunner Ventures focuses on funding companies that are based in the Bay and San Francisco area. The firm specializes in financing companies in the commerce industry, both those in the business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) areas. It provides funding for companies in the seed and early-stage level of development. With its most recent funding round held in October 2018, the firm has managed to collect $658.6 million in funds. During this round, Forerunner Ventures raised a total of $360 million.

Timeline

Funded Companies

34 Results
Company
Company
Description
Description
Website
Website
Industry
Industry
Location
Location

A bank offering online banking services with no user no bank fees, and an option to receive direct deposit up to two days early. Chris Britt and Ryan King founded Chime in 2013, and the company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Lyft is an American transportation network company. It designs, markets and operates a mobile application for matching drivers with passengers.

A retail company that combines shopping with socializing. It was founded in 2017 and is located in Dallas, Texas. 

Sproutling is a hardware company founded by Chris Bruce.

Shop trendy, fashionable & boutique plus size women's fashion online at 11 Honoré. The runway, edited. Sizes 12 to 24

Faire is a curated boutique wholesale marketplace connecting local retailers with thousands of emerging and established brands.

KiwiCo is an e-commerce company founded by Sandra Oh Lin.

Glossier is a direct-to-consumer beauty company founded as a beauty blog by Emily Weiss.

Now Faire, is a startup company providing a platform connecting independent retailers with makers and manufacturers

Prose is a company founded by Arnaud Plas, Nicolas Mussat and Paul Michaux.

A company that produces luggage.

Hims is an online shop for men's wellness and personal care, providing medical grade solutions for men's hair loss, ED, skin care, etc.

Trendabl is a company founded by Jon Alagem.

The Farmer's Dog is an e-commerce company founded by Jonathan Yoni Regev.

Curated is an outsourcing company founded by George Raptis.

MakerSights is a San Francisco-based company.

Associated investment funds

10 Results
Investment Fund
Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Location
Date signed
Date signed
360,000,000
360,000,000
October 9, 2018
3,341,250
3,341,250
December 16, 2012
4,600,000
4,600,000
October 10, 2018
122,000,000
122,000,000
July 5, 2016
41,670,000
41,670,000
July 30, 2012
55,530,303
55,530,303
December 24, 2013

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Andrew Adams

Employee



Brian O'Malley

Partner



Elyse Colen

Employee



Eurie Kim

Partner



Jason Bornstein

Principal



Jennifer Mariska

Head of Operations and Finance



Kirsten Green

Founder/Managing Partner



Michael Kim

Investor



Nicole Johnson

Principal



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