Starting Line

Investor type Micro VC
Founders Ezra Galston


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Total investments 19
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 14
Rounds per year 4.75
Lead investments 3
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Key employees 1
Stages of investment

Areas of investment

  • Financial Services
  • Cryptocurrency
  • FinTech
  • Information Technology
  • Bitcoin

In 2018 was created Starting Line, which is appeared as VC. The main office of represented VC is situated in the Chicago. The venture was found in North America in United States.

This organization was formed by Ezra Galston. The overall number of key employees were 1.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 6-7 partakers. Despite the Starting Line, startups are often financed by Social Starts, Paul Hedrick, Origin Ventures. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Ezra Galston, Origin Ventures, Jeff Weiner. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Lightspeed Venture Partners, digi Ventures, The Chernin Group.

Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 1 and less years to get the investment from the fund. The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 4 or 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little. For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Unchained Capital, Clyde, Made In Cookware Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Social Media, Marketplace.

Considering the real fund results, this VC is 20 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The fund is constantly included in 2-6 deals per year. The high activity for fund was in 2018. Deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars are the general things for fund.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


$35M05 Dec 2021 Chicago, Illinois, United States


Food and Beverage
$6M03 Dec 2021 New York, New York, United States


$44M29 Sep 2021 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Mobile Apps
$1M01 Sep 2021 Minnesota, United States


App Discovery
$60M12 Aug 2021 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Unchained Capital

Financial Services
$25M04 Jun 2021 Austin, Texas, United States


Meeting Software
$1M09 Mar 2021 San Francisco, California, United States

Unchained Capital

Financial Services
$5M01 Mar 2021 Austin, Texas, United States

Health Care
Mobile Apps
$14M26 Jun 2020 Los Angeles, California, United States
Klover Announces $60M Series A Financing

– Klover, which is democratizing access to modern financial services by leveraging consumers’ permissioned data, today announced the close of $60m in new funding.
– The round led by Mercato Partners Traverse Fund participation from new and existing investors including Lightbank, Core Innovation Capital and Starting Line.
– The company intends to use the funds to expand the sales, marketing, engineering and product teams aggressively, grow their 1.5 million user base, and broaden the services and value to their consumers.

Unchained Capital Raises $25M in Series A Funding

– Unchained Capital, Inc. from Austin TX is building a full-suite financial services platform for individuals and businesses that store long-term wealth in bitcoin and demand private key ownership.
– The company raised $25M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by NYDIG and parent company Stone Ridge Holdings Group with participation from existing investors Ecliptic Capital, Starting Line, Stronghold Resource Partners, TVP Bitcoin Venture Fund, Ten31, and Platform Ventures.


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