VC  Upfront Ventures

http://www.upfront.com





     Office Locations:

1333 2nd St., Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-785-5100
Fax: 310-785-5111

 

Stages:

  • Early
  • Growth
  • Seed


 

Industries:

  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Information Technology
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Software & Internet

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    Description:

    Formerly known as GRP Partners, Upfront Ventures was formed in 1996 and now manages approximately $1 billion on behalf of more than 150 limited partners in North America and Europe. With offices in Santa Monica, Upfront currently seeks investment opportunities in North America and Europe, although the firm will consider opportunities on other continents. Upfront's initial investment is typically $5-$20 million and generally invests $1-$10 million at the Seed or Series A round. Upfront prefers technology-enabled content businesses, with a particular emphasis on video. The firm's traditional markets have been: Consumer & Retail Innovation, Digital Media & Performance-based Marketing, SaaS & Cloud Infrastructure, and Mobile Applications & Infrastructure. Upfront's last fund was the single best performing fund in the United States according to an independent industry database. Upfront raised (June of 2017) $400 million for its sixth early stage venture capital fund.


     

    Funds:


      Fund Name


      Amount


      Date

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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
       
       
       
    COMPANY STAGEREVENUE
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Revenue
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    $2M-$7M
    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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    Chang Xu Associate
    Dana Kibler CFO
    Greg Bettinelli Partner
    Kara Nortman Partner
    Kevin Zhang Partner

     

    Recent Funding Events (trailing 12 months):


      Date


      Name


      State


      Amount


      Stage


      08/03/2018


      inVia Robotics


      CA


      $20,000,000


      Series B


      07/17/2018


      Openpath


      CA


      $20,000,000


      Series B


      06/28/2018


      Parachute Home


      CA


      $30,000,000


      Series C


      06/27/2018


      Cordial


      CA


      $15,000,000


      Series B


      06/25/2018


      Tact


      CA


      $27,000,000


      Series C


      05/21/2018


      Nanit


      NY


      $14,000,000


      Series B


      05/17/2018


      Cloudvirga


      CA


      $50,000,000


      Series C


      04/10/2018


      Fleetsmith


      CA


      $7,700,000


      Series A


      02/08/2018


      Vreal


      WA


      $11,700,000


      Series A


      11/16/2017


      Inboard Technology


      CA


      $8,000,000


      Series A


      10/25/2017


      Jiko


      NY


      $7,700,000


      Series A


      09/14/2017


      Happy Returns


      CA


      $4,000,000


      Series A


     

    Portfolio companies include:


      6SensorLabs
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      Adly
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      Aventail
        web link


      awe.sm
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      Bedrock
        web link


      Burstly
        web link


      ChowNow
        web link


      Cloudvirga
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      Cordial
        web link


      DataSift
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      Deliv
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      Eagle Crest Energy
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      Emida
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      Envestnet
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      Epoxy
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      FabFitFun
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      Ferris
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      Fleetsmith
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      GOAT
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      Gradient X
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      Grove Labs
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      GumGum
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      Happy Returns
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      HDI
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      Health Data Vision
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      HealthAllies
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      HopSkipDrive
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      Inboard Technology
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      inVia Robotics
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      Invoca
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      Jamba Juice
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      Jiko
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      Kidlandia
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      Kyriba
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      Little Black Bag
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      Maker
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      MakeSpace
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      mFoundry
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      Mobiclip
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      Moonfrye
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      MyTime
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      Nanit
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      Navdy
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      NuOrder
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      OnTech
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      Openpath
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      Osmo
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      Parachute Home
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      Pathmatics
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      Power Supply
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      ResponseLogix
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      Retention Science
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      RingRevenue
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      Seamless Receipts
        web link


      Sense360
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      Seriously
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      Shots
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      Silversheet
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      Skurt
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      Skyline
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      Starbucks Coffee
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      Stem Disintermedia
        web link


      Tact
        web link


      Teforia
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      thredUP.com
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      Token.ai
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      uBeam
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      UNIFIED
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      uParts
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      Vreal
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      Walker & Company Brands
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      WaveCrest
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