KEC Ventures

KEC Ventures

Early-stage venture capital firm in New York City.

Founded by Jeff Citron in 2011, KEC is an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York City. It is also known as Particle Ventures. The company focuses on entrepreneurs and companies that are building disruptive and innovative companies and invests in a wide range of asset classes.

Funds

Previously a private equity fund, KEC Ventures have raised $165 million across 3 funds. KEC Ventures Fund 1 raised $40 million in 2011, KEC Ventures II raised $60 million in 2014 and KEC Ventures II LP raising $65 million in 2016.

Investments

KEC Ventures invest in companies from very early stage technology enabled startups to late stage traditional private equity transactions as well as pre-IPO private placements in debt, hybrid securities and equity. KEC Ventures portfolio includes companies like Fabletics, feed.fm and Canvs. Exits include Wedding Spot, FireBlade and live video app Kanvas which was purchased by AOL. It make investments in the public and private markets though established third-party managers.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Reonomy

A company offering a software platform for the commercial real estate industry that is leveraging big data and machine learning.

Machine learning
New York
Luminate Health

Luminate Health is a San Francisco-based company founded by Sidd Sinha, Shally Madan and Jessica Hsu.

Healthcare
San Francisco
Bleximo Corp

Company building "quantum accelerators” a type of computing system that work in conjunction with classical computers to solve problems that are impractical or impossible to solve on classical computer alone.

Quantum computing
Berkeley, California
Zillabyte

Zillabyte is a company providing a cloud platform for data analysis.

Application programming interface (API)
San Francisco
FinTech Studios

Fintech Studios is a New York-based financial technology software company in 2014.

Venture capital
New York
TechStyle Fashion Group

Formerly JustFab, TechStyle is a membership fashion commerce company.

Customer relationship management (CRM)
Los Angeles
Teampay

Teampay is a New York-based company founded in 2016.

Software
New York
Fireblade (Company)

Company

Canvs

Company

Fisoc

Company

Austin, Texas
Filip Technologies

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People

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Role
LinkedIn

Chris Fortunato

Principal

Jeff Citron

Managing Partner

Jeff Parkinson

Partner

Josh Lamstein

Mike Falb

VC

Further reading

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Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Date
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Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Aclaimant

David Wald

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Resolution Performance Software

Alteryx

Dean A. Stoecker

Irvine, California, United States

End-to-End data science and analytics platform

Arsenic

Billy Hawkins

Los Angeles, California, United States

Online lifestyle and culture magazine

Art Lifting

Liz Powers

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Benefit Corporation

Ayehu

Gabby Nizri

San Jose, California, United States

IT Automation and Orchestration platform

Bleximo Corp

Alexei Marchenkov

Berkeley, California, United States

Quantum Computing

Buzz Points

Dwayne Spradlin

Austin, Texas, United States

Locally-Focused Customer Loyalty Program

Canvs

Jared Feldman

New York, New York, United States

Emotion analytics

Coeverse

Craig Ulliott

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Interactive coding studio and edtech platform

Drync

Brad Rosen

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

Mobile SaaS platform for liquor retailers.

Elementary Robotics

Arye Barnehama

Pasadena, California, United States

Full-stack robotics company

Fabletics

Don Ressler

El Segundo, California, United States

Athletic Wear & Accessories

Fan Duel

Matthew W. King

New York, New York, United States

Fantasy Sports and Gaming

Feed.fm

Jeff Yasuda

San Francisco, California, United States

Music Powered Commerce

Gem

Micah Winkelspecht

Venice, California, United States

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Brand

Giraffic

Yoel Zanger

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

Streaming Media

Gooten

Brian Rainey

Manhattan, New York, United States

Online marketplace for manufacturing

HoneyBook

Oz Alon

San Francisco, California, United States

Client Management Software for Small Businesses

Jump Ramp Games

New York, New York, United States

Mobile Gaming

Just Fab

Adam Goldenberg

El Segundo, California, United States

Global membership fashion commerce company

Kanvas

Vic Singh

New York, New York, United States

Social Media Platform

Luminate Health

Siddharth Sinha

San Mateo, California, United States

SaaS-based solutions

MaestroQA

Vasu Prathipati

New York, New York, United States

Quality Assurance Software for Customer Care teams

Markett US

Franky Bernstein

Venice, California, United States

Marketing Company

Michael Kors

John D. Idol

Harbor City, California, United States

Global lifestyle brand

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