Founders Fund

Founded 2005
Founders Ken Howery Luke Nosek

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Total investments 527
Average round size
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The average size of a deal this fund participated in
$37M
Portfolio companies 437
Rounds per year 32.94
Lead investments 89
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
0.35
Exits 100
Key employees 9
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture
Private Equity
Seed

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Health Care
  • Machine Learning
  • Internet
  • FinTech
Summary

In 2005 was created Founders Fund, which is appeared as VC. The main department of described VC is located in the San Francisco. The fund was located in North America if to be more exact in United States.

This organization was formed by Ken Howery, Luke Nosek. The overall number of key employees were 9.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 6-7 participants. Despite the Founders Fund, startups are often financed by Susa Ventures, Social Capital, Slow Ventures. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Western Technology Investment, Tuesday Capital, Scott Banister. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Union Square Ventures, Streamlined Ventures, RRE Ventures.

The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. In case when startup counts 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to get the investment is meager. 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 various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Facebook, Spotify, Airbnb Besides, a startup needs to be aged 2-3 years to get the investment from the fund. Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Health Care, Mobile.

The high activity for fund was in 2018. The fund is generally included in 25-48 deals every year. Speaking about the real fund results, this VC is 6 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. This Founders Fund works on 14 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. The increased amount of exits for fund were in 2019. The common things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The average startup value when the investment from Founders Fund is more than 1 billion dollars.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRoundRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Wave Mobile Money

Financial Services
FinTech
Mobile Payments
1
$200M07 Sep 2021 Senegal, Dakar

Eight Sleep

Consumer Electronics
Health Care
Product Design
Wellness
1
$86M30 Aug 2021 United States, New York

Workstream

Human Resources
Recruiting
SaaS
Software
Telecommunications
1
$48M26 Aug 2021 United States, San Francisco

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Health Care
Personal Health
Wellness
1
$100M25 Aug 2021 United States, New York

Arevo

3D Printing
Computer
Manufacturing
Robotics
Software
n/a
$25M19 Aug 2021 United States, Milpitas

Osaro

Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
Robotics
Software
1
$30M18 Aug 2021 United States, San Francisco

Modern Animal

Animal Feed
Health Care
Medical
Veterinary
1
$35M30 Jul 2021 United States, Los Angeles

Even

Health Care
Health Diagnostics
Hospital
1
$5M23 Jul 2021 India, Bangalore

Traba

Local
Marketplace
Staffing Agency
1
$3M22 Jul 2021 United States, Miami
News
Mexico’s Kavak drives away with $700M in new funding, doubling its valuation to $8.7B
– Kavak, a Mexico City-based startup that operates a pre-owned car marketplace in Latin America, announced that it has raised a massive $700 million in a Series E round that more than doubles the company’s valuation to $8.7 billion. – Cambridge, Massachusetts-based General Catalyst led Kavak’s Series E, which brings the company’s total raised to over $1.5 billion since its 2016 inception. – Tiger Global, Spruce House, D1, SEA, Founders Fund, Ribbit Capital, SoftBank and others also participated in the latest fin... Read more
9am.health launches with $3.7M to tackle virtual diabetes care
– 9am.health, a virtual diabetes clinic, raised $3.7m seed funding. – The round was led by Founders Fund, Define Ventures, Speedinvest and iSeed Ventures. – The company plans to target the 1 in 3 people living with diabetes in the United States. Read more

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