SignalFire is a venture capital and private equity firm built on a real-time data platform.

SignalFire is a venture capital and private equity firm that is headquartered in San Francisco, California and was founded in 2012 by Chris Farmer and Ilya Kirnos. SignalFire combines their data analysis platform with traditional portfolio services to make their investment decisions. SignalFire also offers a talent recruitment platform that helps companies with: recruitment process optimization, leadership development & mentorship, executive recruiting, technical recruiting, talent research, advisor network, community development, and a talent sourcing tool.


As of January 31, 2019 SignalFire claims to have $375 million under their management.

Seed fund

SignalFire's Seed Fund is made for investing up to $5 million in series A funding for early stage startup companies. The fund closed in 2014 with $53 million in capital that was invested into 8 startup companies.

Breakout fund and SignalFire Fund II

In 2017 Signal fire raised 101.6 million in capital for its Breakout Fund and SignalFire Fund II.


Funded Companies


OneSignal is a multi-platform service for pushing notifications and emails.

A mobile financial services platform made for people without access to traditional banking services. It was founded in 2014 and has headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Zume Pizza is a food delivery company operating an automated pizza delivery platform. It offers pizza without artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup.

Zendrive is a smartphone-based data analytics and transportation safety platform.

Grabr is a peer-to-peer platform for shopping and cross border delivery.

Scope AR is an augmented reality company. It develops AR solutions for remote tasks, employee training, product and equipment assembly, maintenance and repair, field and customer support.

Zero is a mobile banking application with a card that acts like a debit card while earning cash back on purchases.

Through vision and voice, Lighthouse eliminates common problems with Internet-based cameras such as, false alerts triggered by shadows and pets, and scrubbing through video.

Osso VR is a virtual reality surgical training platform. is an online video creation platform that is integrated with Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Slack, and Vimeo.

AnchorFree, also known as HotSpot Shield, is a VPN platform for mobile devices and computers.

Transposit is a San Francisco-based data integration company.

Leaseable is a software company founded by Lisa Tran, Cameron Steele, Chris Hsu and Beth Phillips.

Jyve is a skills as a service platform for enterprises in need of in-store skilled labour.

PIVOT is a fitness trainer application.

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Adam Vogel

Managing Director, Data Science

Chris Farmer

Co-Founder, Managing Director & CEO

Ilya Kirnos

Co-Founder, Managing Director & CTO

Laurent Parmentier

Managing Director, Head of Portfolio Operations

Mike Mangini

Managing Director & Head of Talent

Tony Huie

Managing Director

Walter Kortschak

Managing Director & Executive Chairman

Wayne Hu

Managing Director, Seed Fund

Yujin Chung

Managing Director & Head of Market Development

Further reading


Seed Fund SignalFire Emerges With $53 Million

Lizette Chapman


SignalFire Raises $330 Million for Data-Centric Venture Capital

Tomio Geron


This Upstart Is Using A Bridgewater-Style Data Approach To Beat Traditional VCs To Key Hires--And Deals

Alex Konrad


Watch Out, VCs: Chris Farmer Plans To Massively Disrupt The Industry

Connie Loizos


We are thrilled to publicly announce SignalFire's talent platform!

Michael Mangini


Documentaries, videos and podcasts



Josh Constine
April 27, 2020
How do you leave the place that made you? You figure out what it made you for. TechCrunch made me a part of the startup ecosystem I love. Now it's time to put that love into action to help a new generation of entrepreneurs build their dreams and tell their stories. So it's "TC to [...]
Eric Eldon
April 18, 2020
Cities around the world have become home this decade to distributed tech teams and homegrown startup successes. Each of these additional layers of experience and specialization help to make each local community stronger, like what began happening in Silicon Valley many decades ago. Now layoffs are striking deep into these fragile, complex ecosystems. Yes, companies [...]
Connie Loizos
December 9, 2019
SignalfFire, a six-year-old, San Francisco-based venture firm that prides itself on mining what it says is more actionable data about, well, the world, has just raised a pair of funds that total $500 million in capital commitments. One of the vehicles is a $200 million "seed" fund that SignalFire will use to write checks up [...]
May 24, 2019
PlanetSc ale, the first company to allow businesses to operationalize Vitess, today announced $22 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from SignalFire and others. This latest investment will fuel PlanetScale's growth, allowing the company to expand its team and continue to develop products for enterprises to scale, organize, access and get value from their burgeoning data. Co-founders Jitendra Vaidya (CEO) and Sugu Sougoumarane (CTO) are infrastructu...


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