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Rough Draft Ventures

Investor type Micro VC
Founders Bilal Zuberi Nitesh Banta Peter Boyce II Zachary Hamed


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Total investments 156
Average round size
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Portfolio companies 137
Rounds per year 15.60
Lead investments 4
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Exits 15
Key employees 4
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Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Health Care
  • Internet
  • Machine Learning

In 2012 was created Rough Draft Ventures, which is appeared as VC. The venture was found in North America in United States. The main department of described VC is located in the Cambridge.

The current fund was established by Bilal Zuberi, Nitesh Banta, Peter Boyce II, Zach Hamed. The overall number of key employees were 4.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 participants. Despite the Rough Draft Ventures, startups are often financed by MIT delta v, Dorm Room Fund, The Brandery. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Y Combinator, SV Angel, Slow Ventures. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Y Combinator, Techstars, Sound Ventures.

Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence. Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 1 and less years to get the investment from the fund. For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Mark43, Smarking, Sigma Ratings. 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.

The important activity for fund was in 2014. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The fund is constantly included in 7-12 investment rounds annually. Opposing the other organizations, this Rough Draft Ventures works on 18 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments. The real fund results show that this VC is 13 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other companies. Deals in the range of 100 thousands - 1 million dollars are the general things for fund. The top amount of exits for fund were in 2016.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Financial Services
Identity Management
$2M19 Sep 2022 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Out Of The Box Education

31 Mar 2022 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


Health Care
Mobile Apps
$800K01 Mar 2022 Newport Beach, California, United States


$1M01 Oct 2021 -


$2M01 Jul 2021 Berkeley, California, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Developer APIs
Human Resources
$2M01 Mar 2021 Los Angeles, California, United States


Food and Beverage
01 Jan 2021 New York, New York, United States


Financial Services
17 Dec 2020 San Francisco, California, United States


Food and Beverage
Health Care
$8M04 Dec 2020 New York, New York, United States


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