Cowboy Ventures

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    Cowboy Ventures is a seed-stage focused fund investing in digital startups. We seek to back exceptional founders who are building products that “re-imagine” work and personal life in large and growing markets. We're based in Palo Alto, CA, and invest across the United States.
    TypePrivate
    Founded2012
    HQPalo Alto, CA, US
    Websitecowboy.vc

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    Employees (est.) (Jan 2021)23(+54%)
    Cybersecurity ratingBMore

    Key People/Management at Cowboy Ventures

    Aileen Lee

    Aileen Lee

    Founder & Managing Partner
    Michelle McHargue

    Michelle McHargue

    Talent Partner
    Ted Wang

    Ted Wang

    Partner
    Amanda Robson

    Amanda Robson

    Principal
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    Cowboy Ventures Office Locations

    Cowboy Ventures has offices in Palo Alto, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas and in 17 other locations
    Palo Alto, CA, US (HQ)
    525 Lytton Ave
    Chicago, IL, US
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Columbus, OH, US
    Columbus, OH, USA
    Dallas, TX, US
    Dallas, TX, USA
    Denver, CO, US
    Denver, CO, USA
    Floral Park, NY, US
    Floral Park, NY 11003, USA
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    Cowboy Ventures Financials and Metrics

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    Founding Date

    2012

    Cowboy Ventures Cybersecurity Score

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    84/100

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    Cowboy Ventures News and Updates

    Emotional wellness startup Aura raises $2.7 million from Cowboy Ventures and Reach Capital

    Aura, an app for emotional well-being, has raised a $2.7 million seed round co-led by Cowboy Ventures and Reach Capital, with participation from others. When Aura first launched a couple of years ago, it’s bread and butter was short, three-to-seven-minute meditations based on your current mood — be …

    Cowboy Ventures just rounded up $95 million for its third fund

    Cowboy Ventures, the early-stage venture firm launched in 2012 by longtime VC Aileen Lee, has lassoed $95 million in capital commitments for its third fund, up from the $55 million that it raised for its second fund and more than twice what it raised for its $40 million debut fund. That investors ar…

    Cowboy Ventures Blogs

    What we’re looking to fund: a new generation of ed tech for K-12 students

    By: AileenLee & Jomayra Herrera2020 was an unprecedented year for the education sector. Distance learning (or sadly in some cases, lack thereof) created an incredible opportunity for educators and entrepreneurs to rethink how to deliver instruction. It also highlighted many opportunities for imp…

    Finally, We’re Automating Compliance

    By Ted Wang & Amanda RobsonToday, the Cowboy team is excited to announce our investment in Drata, the first company bringing a true automation-first approach to achieving and maintaining compliance. At Cowboy, we invest in what we lovingly refer to as unsexy tech and so when we met a team that w…

    Measuring what Matters: Resources to help you track progress towards DEI

    At Cowboy Ventures, we know diverse teams perform better and we are excited about the opportunity to make our workplaces more inclusive for everyone.Earlier this year, we took a step back as a team to think about how we could better support portfolio companies as they work to create teams and workpl…

    It’s not the AI, stupid: Why we invested in Modern Logic

    By Ted WangFintech companies today face a difficult problem. They need to make fast decisions to approve good customers quickly, while making sure they’re fighting off bad actors, and complying with a complex set of rules, policies, and requirements set by regulators and bank partners. Unfortunately…

    Breaking Into & Thriving in VC

    By Jomayra Herrera & Amanda RobsonAt Cowboy Ventures, we believe everyone should have access to knowledge on how to get into venture capital and be successful. This information should not be limited to a privileged few. That’s why Jomayra and Amanda on our team created a set of resources — in a …

    We’re partnering with LaunchNotes!

    By Aileen Lee & Amanda Robson  We’re excited to announce Cowboy Ventures has partnered with the incredible team at LaunchNotes on their seed round! LaunchNotes is focused on a top pain point for product managers and product marketers – managing the information flow and collaboration between tech…
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    Cowboy Ventures Frequently Asked Questions

    • When was Cowboy Ventures founded?

      Cowboy Ventures was founded in 2012.

    • Who are Cowboy Ventures key executives?

      Cowboy Ventures's key executives are Aileen Lee, Michelle McHargue and Ted Wang.

    • How many employees does Cowboy Ventures have?

      Cowboy Ventures has 23 employees.

    • Who are Cowboy Ventures competitors?

      Competitors of Cowboy Ventures include Helios Investment Partners, Blindspot and The Gores Group.

    • Where is Cowboy Ventures headquarters?

      Cowboy Ventures headquarters is located at 525 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto.

    • Where are Cowboy Ventures offices?

      Cowboy Ventures has offices in Palo Alto, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas and in 17 other locations.

    • How many offices does Cowboy Ventures have?

      Cowboy Ventures has 21 offices.