Founders Fund

Founders Fund

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Headquarters Location

United States, San Francisco


Founders Fund was established in 2005, and is a well known VC. The fund is located in United States, North America. The primary office of this VC is located in San Francisco.

Facebook, Spotify, Airbnb are amongst the various portfolio companies of this fund. The fund has no an exact preference in the amount of founders of companies in its portfolio. If there are 5+ founders in the start-up, the probability of getting the investment is low. The country of its foundation and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. Besides this, the fund also invested in 15 other countries. Among the most popular investment industries for the fund are Health Care, Mobile. However, the fund’s focus is not limited to this, since there are 103 more areas of investment. Also, a start-up has to be aged 2-3 years to expect investment from this fund.

The fund typically invests in rounds with 6-7 participants. Along with Founders Fund, start-ups are often financed by Susa Ventures, Social Capital, Slow Ventures as well as 429 other investors. Other VCs who often invest in the same rounds are Western Technology Investment, Tuesday Capital, Scott Banister, the total number of co-investors is 425. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually supported by Union Square Ventures, Streamlined Ventures, RRE Ventures, out of 329 investors from our database.

This VC was founded by Ken Howery, Luke Nosek. The overall number of key employees in the fund's team is 9.

In terms of the fund's performance, this VC has 6 percentage points more exits when compared to other organizations. The fund generally invests in 25-48 deals every year. The fund's activity peaked in 2018. In addition, the fund was active in 2019. The average start-up valuation at the time of investment from Founders Fund is more than 1 billion dollars. The most common rounds for this fund are in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. Founders Fund participates, on average, in 14 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments in other funds. We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2019.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


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:; User name format in descending order of probability: first, first last

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

98.9% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]


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

19.8% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]


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

4.9 years

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

0.75 out of 1

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


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


Number of Hectocorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $100B]


Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]


Funds Investing in Previous

Susa Ventures, Social Capital, Slow Ventures

Funds Investing in Following

Union Square Ventures, Streamlined Ventures, RRE Ventures

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