xFund

xFund

A venture capital company that specializes in funding entrepreneurs with multidisciplinary skills. It was founded in 2014 and has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California.

Xfund is a California-based venture capital firm that creates partnerships between venture capital companies and research universities in the United States as well as internationally. Products in which the company has invested includes headphones, data analytics firms, and personal genomics. Xfund has also invested in multiple industries, such as healthcare IT, online education, and the Internet of Things.

Product

The company focuses on funding early-stage and seed-stage start-ups. It targets entrepreneurs who have a liberal arts background and posses technical skills. Companies that are in Xfund's portfolio include 23andMe, Halo, Kensho, Nebula Genomics, and more.

Funds

The company has raised two funds and is in the process of raising a third. The Xfund 2 raised $100 million in 2014. The Xfund 3 was announced in 2019 and has a stated goal of $100 million.

History

Xfund was founded by Patrick Chung and Hugo Van Vuuren. In 2017, Brandon Farwell took Hugo Van Vuuren's place at the company.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Halo Neuroscience

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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Brandon Farwell

Partner

Hugo Van Vuuren

Co-Founder

Patrick Chung

Co-Founder and Partner

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Harvard-based Xfund Closes A $100M Second Fund

Catherine Shu

Web

December 4, 2014

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Xfund Takes on the Boston Tech Scene

May 10, 2016

Companies

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CEO
Location
Products/Services

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