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Blacksmith Capital

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders John Burke Phil Black


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Total investments 8
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 5
Rounds per year 0.44
Lead investments 0
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 3
Key employees Soon
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Mobile Apps
  • Gaming
  • Information Technology
  • Blogging Platforms

Blacksmith Capital appeared to be the VC, which was created in 2003. The main office of represented VC is situated in the Palo Alto. The company was established in North America in United States.

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 Software, Messaging. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Automattic, Blue Vector Systems, Sennari. The fund has exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 5 participants. Despite the Blacksmith Capital, startups are often financed by Novak Biddle Venture Partners, Rock Creek Capital, Peter Zandan. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Novak Biddle Venture Partners, Pelion Venture Partners, Radar Partners. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Pelion Venture Partners, Novak Biddle Venture Partners, True Ventures.

When the investment is from Blacksmith Capital the average startup value is more than 1 billion dollars. The common things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. Speaking about the real fund results, this VC is 8 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other organizations. Opposing the other organizations, this Blacksmith Capital works on 9 percentage points more the average amount of lead investments. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2010. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 deals per year. The high activity for fund was in 2005. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity.

This organization was formed by John Burke, Phil Black.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Mobile Apps
$10M06 Sep 2006 Los Angeles, California, United States


Blogging Platforms
Web Design
Web Development
$1M12 Oct 2005 San Francisco, California, United States

Sennari Entertainment

Information Technology
Mobile Apps
$5M26 Sep 2005 Los Angeles, California, United States

MarkLines Co., Ltd.

Public Relations
$4M21 Sep 2005 Mountain View, California, United States

Sennari Entertainment

Information Technology
Mobile Apps
$2M11 May 2005 Los Angeles, California, United States


Mobile Apps
$2M10 May 2005 Los Angeles, California, United States

Service Industry
$8M15 Jan 2004 Virginia, United States


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