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Blackbird Ventures

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders Bill Bartee Larry Marshall Niki Scevak Richard Baker


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Total investments 217
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 133
Rounds per year 19.73
Lead investments 34
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 9
Key employees 1
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Information Technology
  • SaaS
  • Internet
  • Artificial Intelligence

In 2005 was created Blackbird Ventures, which is appeared as VC. The main office of represented VC is situated in the La Jolla. The venture was found in North America in United States.

The current fund was established by Neil Senturia. The overall number of key employees were 1.

The important activity for fund was in 2017. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. This Blackbird Ventures works on 23 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 investment rounds annually. The real fund results show that this VC is 30 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies. The average startup value when the investment from Blackbird Ventures is 100-500 millions dollars. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The increased amount of exits for fund were in 2018.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Blackbird Ventures, startups are often financed by Index Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Southern Cross Venture Partners. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Index Ventures, Sean Parker, Sapphire Ventures. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Blackbird Ventures (Australia), SOSV, Qualgro VC.

Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Bugcrowd, Dealstruck, Applied. Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 6-10 years to get the investment from the fund. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Real Time, Marketing Automation. The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


$2M15 Dec 2022 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Information Technology
$21M13 Dec 2022 Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

SafeStack Academy

Cyber Security
Developer Tools
$2M05 Dec 2022 Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand


Health Care
$8M11 Nov 2022 Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia


Product Management
$2M07 Nov 2022 Australia, Isabela, Philippines


$10M03 Nov 2022 San Francisco, California, United States

Sundrive Solar

Renewable Energy
$15M12 Oct 2022 Wollongong City Council, New South Wales, Australia


$25M15 Sep 2022 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Employee Benefits
Human Resources
$1M08 Sep 2022 Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Canva Raises USD $200M in Funding; Valued at USD 40 Billion Valuation

– Canva – a global visual communications platform based in Sidney, Australia – raised USD $200m in a funding round which valued the company at USD $40b.
– The round was led by T. Rowe Price with participation from new and existing strategic investors Franklin Templeton, Sequoia Capital Global Equities, Bessemer Venture Partners, Greenoaks Capital, Dragoneer Investments, Blackbird, Felicis, and AirTree Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to accelerate growth, including expanding its team of more than 2,000 employees, which it is expected to double in the year ahead.

Mushroom-based meat alternative startup Fable Food raises $6.5M AUD, will launch in the US

– Sydney-based Fable Food, a plant-based food startup, raised $6.5m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Blackbird Ventures and joined by AgFunder, Aera VC, Better Bite Ventures, Ban Choon Marketing and former Sequoia Capital partner Warren Hogarth.
– The company plans to launch in the United States by the end of this year.


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