Starting Line - Unicorn Nest

Starting Line

Starting Line

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Headquarters Location

United States, Chicago


Starting Line was established in 2018, and is a well known VC. The VC's location is in North America, United States. The main office of this VC is situated in Chicago.

The fund's activity peaked in 2018. Additionally, in 2019 the fund was active. Deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars are most common for this fund. In real terms, this VC performs 20 percentage points more exits than other funds. The fund typically enters into 2-6 deals annually.

The fund usually invests in rounds together with 6-7 others. Along with Starting Line, start-ups are often financed by Social Starts, Paul Hedrick, Origin Ventures. Other VCs who often invest in the same rounds are Ezra Galston, Origin Ventures, Jeff Weiner, the total number of co-investors is 1. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually supported by Lightspeed Venture Partners, digi Ventures, The Chernin Group.

Unchained Capital, Clyde, Made In Cookware are amongst the various portfolio companies of this fund. Among the most popular investment industries for the fund are Social Media, Marketplace. However, the fund’s focus is not limited to this, since there are 8 more areas of investment. The fund has no an exact preference in the amount of founders of companies in its portfolio. When a start-up has 4 or 5+ founders, the probability of closing the deal is low. The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. Moreover, a start-up needs to be 1 and less years old to get investment from this fund.

This VC was founded by Ezra Galston. The overall number of key employee in the fund's team is 1.

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

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

100.0% 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]

16.7% of cases

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

18.7 years

Funds Investing in Previous

Social Starts, Origin Ventures

Funds Investing Together

Origin Ventures

Funds Investing in Following

Lightspeed Venture Partners, digi Ventures, The Chernin Group

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