VC  FireStarter

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C/O Viewpoints Network
222 West Hubbard, Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 773-230-5259



  • Early
  • Growth



  • Communications & Networking
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Software & Internet
  • Storage & Hardware



    FireStarter is an early stage investment fund focused on helping technology companies grow. FireStarter Fund is an angel group operating like a traditional venture fund, with more than $5.7 million in committed capital from its members. Each member committed either $100,000 or $200,000. Unlike a traditional venture fund, FireStarter Fund is a self-managed fund, so there are no carried interests or fees paid to anyone. The fund can invest in companies anywhere in the United States. Firestarter Fund can make €" and has made €" investments as small as $25,000 to as large as $500,000 in any one company, and expects its typical cumulative investment in a portfolio company to be between $150,000 and $350,000 over the life of the fund. In addition to the fund's investment, each member is free to invest individually in any portfolio company. FireStarter Fund will invest in digital media & marketing, software as a service, & e-commerce (with a focus on web social, mobile and big data). The fund is free to invest in any stage of development. When the fund makes its initial investment, FireStarter expects most portfolio companies to be at or near revenue generation, with the business strategy in place and technology very well along in its development. FireStarter Fund expects most of its investments to be in the series A and B rounds. FireStarter Fund was formed in January 2012 by Matt Moog with Brian Hand, Troy Henikoff, Sam Yagan and 40 other digital entrepreneurs.



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    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Brian Hand Co-Founder
    Dan Hess Member/Investor
    Larry Kaplan Member
    Matt Moog Founder
    Steve Farsht Member


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