Slow Ventures

Slow Ventures

A venture capital and private equity firm investing in technology, science, society, and culture.

Slow Ventures is a venture capital and private equity firm investing in technology, science, society, and culture that is headquartered in San Francisco, California and was founded in 2011 by Dave Morin, Kevin Colleran, and Sam Lessin. Notable investments made by Slow Ventures include: Airtable, Gusto, Nest, AngelList, Robinhood, Allbirds, Evernote, and Codecademy.

Investment funds

Third fund

On November 13, 2016 Slow Ventures completed raising capital for their third investment fund with $145 million in funding. The company plans on using the funding to make investments in early stage startup companies, and use over half the funding to make follow-on investments to support companies Slow Ventures has previously invested in.

Fourth seed fund

On April 11, 2019 Slow ventures completed raising capital for their fourth seed fund which will focus on making seed investments in technology startups.

First follow-on opportunity fund

On April 11, 2019 Slow ventures completed raising capital for their first follow-on fund. The company raised $55 million for their follow-on opportunity fund, and the partners of Slow Ventures released the following statement about the fund:

With our first Opportunity Fund, we’re excited to be able to invest additional capital in existing Slow portfolio companies as they scale, while also now being able to invest for the first time in more mature growth-stage companies that we missed earlier on.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
OpenDoor

OpenDoor is a real estate company based in the US.

A software company making a workplace email communication platform for remote and office work.

A company developing a cloud-based collaboration platform for professional teams to build software specific to their line of work or particular project. It was founded in 2013 and is located in San Francisco, California.

An inventory financing platform. It was founded in 2014 and is located in San Francisco, California.

Blanket is a Miami-based sales automation company with a distributed team.

Human Interest (formerly Captain 401) is a company that participated in the S15 cohort of Y Combinator. It offers 401(k) retirement plans for small businesses and startups. It was founded in 2015 and is located in San Francisco, California.

Accion Systems is a company that provides in-space propulsion systems for satellites

An electronics and Internet company that has created mesh networking equipment for home Wi-Fi. It was founded in 2015 and is located in San Francisco, California.

Porter Road is an online butcher service headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee selling pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, delivered. Free of antibiotics, hormones, and GMOs.

ZenBusiness is an Austin, Texas-based company founded in 2015.

Cadre is a New York City-based company which lets people invest in commercial and residential real estate.

Yup Technologies is a San Francisco-based online tutoring company.

OpenPhone is a company designing and developing an application that provides phone numbers for businesses and professionals.

The Relish Media Group is a San Francisco-based company founded by Ashley Wellington-Fahey.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Slow Ventures IV, L.P.
65,000,000
65,000,000
April 29, 2015
145,000,000
145,000,000
November 21, 2016
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Brit Morin

Advisor

Dave Morin

Partner

Kevin Colleran

Partner

Sam Lessin

Founder

Scott Marlette

Founder

Will Quist

Founder

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Slow Ventures launches a new $145M fund and adds Scott Marlette as a partner

Mathew Lynley

Web

The Next Evolution of Slow Ventures - Slow Ventures - Medium

Slow Ventures

Web

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
JD Alois
May 14, 2020
Crowdfund Insider
Click HERE to find out ⭐ Temasek, Paradigm and Slow Ventures Join the Libra Association. | Crowdfund Insider: Global Fintech News, including Crowdfunding, Blockchain and more.
Steven Bertoni, Forbes Staff
November 15, 2018
Forbes
By focusing on design and user experience, Airtable's hot, cloud-based software has taken hold in 80,000 organizations from Netflix to small profits. Can it be the next Microsoft?

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