Designer Fund - Unicorn Nest

Designer Fund

Designer Fund

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Headquarters Location

United States, San Francisco

About

Designer Fund was established in 2011, and is a well known VC. The primary office of this VC is located in San Francisco. The VC's location is in North America, United States.

The fund usually invests in rounds together with more than 10 others. Besides Designer Fund, start-ups are typically funded by Sequoia Capital, Sherpa Capital, SV Angel and 22 more VCs. Other VCs who often invest in the same rounds are Slow Ventures, SV Angel, Kleiner Perkins, the total number of co-investors is 44. The investors in the following rounds are usually Kleiner Perkins, General Catalyst, Andreessen Horowitz, and 17 VCs in total.

Among the most popular investment industries for the fund are FinTech, Software. However, the fund’s focus is not limited to this, since there are 13 more areas of investment. Stripe, Gusto, Omada Health are among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund. The fund has no an exact preference in the amount of founders of companies in its portfolio. If the applying start-up has 1 or 5+ founders, it is very unlikely that funding will be awarded. The average start-up age at the time of investment by this fund is 2-3. The country of its foundation and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. Besides this, the fund also invested in 2 other countries.

This VC was founded by Ben Blumenfeld, Enrique Allen. Besides the listed founders, we have found 2 key employees of this fund in our database.

The fund typically enters into 2-6 deals annually. We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2018. In 2014, the fund's activity was at its peak. Besides, in 2019 the fund was active. Designer Fund participates, on average, in 16 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments in other funds. The most common rounds for this fund are in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. At the time of investment by Designer Fund, a typical start-up valuation would be 500 millions - 1 billion dollars.

Year Founded

2011

Fund Activity

Operative

Mail Rule [rules by which you can get an email of an interesting for you fund employee, knowing only the name and surname of this employee]

Domain name: designerfund.com; User name format in descending order of probability: first

Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

100.0% of cases

Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

20.0% of cases

Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

10.8 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at unicorn-nest.com/dataset-what-we-tweet-vs-what-we-invest]

0.22 out of 1

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.2 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]

2

Number of Decacorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $10B]

1

Funds Investing in Previous
Rounds

Sequoia Capital, Sherpa Capital, SV Angel

Funds Investing Together

Slow Ventures, SV Angel, Kleiner Perkins

Funds Investing in Following
Rounds

Kleiner Perkins, General Catalyst, Andreessen Horowitz

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