Upfront Ventures

Upfront Ventures comes from various backgrounds across technology sectors as entrepreneurs, operators, and investors. The Company invests in businesses that are technology led. The industries it focuses on include: Digital Media, Commerce Technology and Marketplaces, Consumer Goods and Services and SaaS. Upfront Ventures invests nationwide, and occasionally in Europe and Canada. 

The Company typically writes its first checks at the Seed or Series A round, reserving follow-on capital for future rounds of financing. While it's not afraid of the occasional B or C round, its current active fund is about $300 million – so Upfront Ventures is not the place to turn for your $50 million raise. Each of the Company's funds are made up of 30-35 portfolio companies which means it makes an average of 10-12 investments into new companies every year. Upfront Ventures also regularly makes follow-on investments into its existing portfolio.

Type
Investor
HQ
Santa Monica, US
Founded
1996
Upfront Ventures was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Santa Monica, US

Key People at Upfront Ventures

Yves Sisteron

Yves Sisteron

Managing Partner
Mark Suster

Mark Suster

Managing Partner
Dana Kibler

Dana Kibler

CFO
Stuart Lander

Stuart Lander

COO
Greg Bettinelli

Greg Bettinelli

Partner
Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Partner
Kara Nortman

Kara Nortman

Partner
Kobie Fuller

Kobie Fuller

Partner
Hamet Watt

Hamet Watt

Board Partner
Steven Shafran

Steven Shafran

Board Partner
Wes Nichols

Wes Nichols

Board Partner
Brett Queener

Brett Queener

Board Partner
Julian Kelly

Julian Kelly

Analyst
Chang Xu

Chang Xu

Associate
Michael Carney

Michael Carney

Associate
Kerry Bennett

Kerry Bennett

Head of Marketing
Riley McCluskey

Riley McCluskey

Associate
Kyle Taylor

Kyle Taylor

Platform

Upfront Ventures Office Locations

Upfront Ventures has an office in Santa Monica
Santa Monica, US (HQ)
1314 7th St

Upfront Ventures Investment Portfolio

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Upfront Ventures News and Updates

Qordoba Raises $5M Series A Round for Machine Learning Localization

PRESS RELEASE: Qordoba, the creators of the first machine-learning solution for localization, has raised $5M in Series A funding from Upfront Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here:...

Prepared food distribution service Power Supply rebrands as Territory and raises $6.7 million

 If you thought the world didn’t need another prepared food distribution and delivery service, apparently you’d be wrong, as the newly minted startup Territory has managed to pull in $6.7 million for its healthier eating options. The company formerly known as Power Supply raised the money as it look…

Emerging AI: 7 Industries Including Law, HR, Travel And Media Where AI Is Making An Impact

Artificial Intelligence is being hailed as the new linchpin of the tech industry. Although machine learning algorithms have been around for decades, the advances in hardware processing capabilities and access to big data have ushered in a new era of … Continued

Token, with $2.5 million in funding, wants to help you find the perfect gift

 There is nothing better than giving someone the perfect gift. So it’s only natural that giving the wrong gift, for which you searched tirelessly and still came up short, is one of the worst feelings in the world. That’s where Token comes in. The startup, launching publicly today from the Human Vent…

Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

 Physical tracking in shops has been a global trend since at least 2013. Using a cell phone’s location data and video monitoring, retailers have been tracking customers’ movements through stores in an effort to regain some of the ground lost to the online retail experience. At least, that’s the argu…

MakeSpace raises $30 million to store your belongings

 If you live in New York, you’ve seen the subway ads. MakeSpace wants to free your apartment of clutter. And now the self-storage startup is getting $30 million to execute on their vision. This follows another $17.5 million raised last year. Venture capitalists from 8VC, Upfront Ventures, Harmony Pa…
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