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Upfront Ventures

Headquarters Location

United States, Santa Monica


Upfront Ventures is the famous VC, which was founded in 1996. The venture was found in North America in United States. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the Santa Monica.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Upfront Ventures, startups are often financed by Andreessen Horowitz, Accel, SV Angel. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are FirstMark, Collaborative Fund, SV Angel. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Rincon Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, Andreessen Horowitz.

The fund was created by Steve Lebow, Steven Dietz, Yves Sisteron. Besides them, we counted 10 critical employees of this fund in our database.

The important activity for fund was in 2018. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The increased amount of exits for fund were in 2018. This Upfront Ventures works on 12 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. The real fund results show that this VC is 14 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies. The average startup value when the investment from Upfront Ventures is 100-500 millions dollars. The fund is generally included in 7-12 deals every year. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars.

The fund has no exact preference in a number of founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Retail, SaaS. For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 2-3 years to get the investment from the fund. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Dealertrack, Bird Rides, Fair.

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: upfront.com; User name format in descending order of probability: first, first_initial last

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

95.6% 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]

36.8% 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]

3.5 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at unicorn-nest.com/dataset-what-we-tweet-vs-what-we-invest]

0.11 out of 1

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

0.3 out of 1

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


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


Funds Investing in Previous

Andreessen Horowitz, Accel, SV Angel

Funds Investing Together

FirstMark, Collaborative Fund, SV Angel

Funds Investing in Following

Rincon Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, Andreessen Horowitz

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