Funds that lead seeds

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Invests in the brilliant people who bring ideas that matter to life. Founded in 2005, True Ventures has already invested $3.8B across 350+ teams.

True Ventures will only enter on the initial round of capital but will have reserves and continue to follow on in their existing portfolio. They target 20% + ownership on the initial investment.
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Early-stage venture fund specializing in the craft of building great companies. They assembled a team of senior operators and investors with one goal: to help founders build great companies.
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Called First Round for a reason. Your first money in is one thing. But so are your first hires, your first product and your first customers. They've helped Notion, Roblox, Uber, Square, and 300 others tackle these firsts and more. First round is building the world’s best product for founders who are just getting started.
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Early-stage VC firm focused on helping software engineers and designers with their first seed checks.
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VC fund founded in 2018, investing in early-stage companies and breakout companies. They provide value add by providing proprietary talent and introducing their founders to relevant industry experts.
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Invests in technical founders building the next generation of applications, tools, and platforms for developers, data teams, ML engineers, and everything in between.
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$300M AUM fund that leads pre-seed and seed rounds in fintech companies globally. They take a pretty broad view on fintech, and many vertical SaaS and marketplace businesses fit in their purview too. They genuinely believe that our companies make the world better; fintech is a great way to improve people's lives.
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Operating under the belief that execution solves all problems, XYZ is a venture firm that invests in early-stage founders to help them go faster. They aim to support entrepreneurs in building enduring companies in established, as well as tech-forgotten industries such as insurance and the public sector.
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Homebrew is a seed-stage fund that provides operational expertise for entrepreneurs building the bottom-up economy. They invest in mission-driven founders who embrace big – big ideas, big impact, big risk.
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No project is too early for Wing. They invest early, before it's obvious, often before product or revenue. They also put substantial capital and strategic resources into each company throughout its lifecycle.
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Global, technology-focused investment firm with offices in the U.S., Europe, and Israel. They practice a collaborative, research-focused style of investing and regularly make early, growth, and buyout investments in the same tech sector.
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VC for AI-Native Startups. They help technical founders turn machine-learning models into market-leading companies.
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Partners with great entrepreneurs driven by technical insights—before traditional venture firms are willing.
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VC fund led by notable investors including Howard Morgan backing global entrepreneurs in the field of information technology.
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Technology and life sciences investment firm that builds and invests in the world’s most ambitious companies. 8VC partners with elite founders to build transformational technologies that create long-term economic and societal value.
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Broadly, a venture we back offers one or more of the factors: 1. Significant technology or business model innovation 2. “Black Swan” ideas with significant upside or a significantly better mousetrap 3. Large markets, either existing or newly enabled by the innovation at hand 4. Short innovation cycles 5. Upfront risk
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SF-based venture capital firm investing in science and technology companies solving difficult problems. The firm invests at all stages across a wide variety of sectors. Founders Fund pursues a founder-friendly investment strategy, providing maximum support with minimum interference.
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Global venture capital firm investing in technology and healthcare
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With more than 135 IPOs and 200 portfolio companies in the enterprise, consumer and healthcare spaces, Bessemer supports founders and CEOs from their early days through every stage of growth. Bessemer’s global portfolio has included Pinterest, Shopify, Twilio, Yelp, LinkedIn, PagerDuty, DocuSign, Wix, Fiverr and Toast and has more than $20 billion of assets under management.
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Fund based in London, San Francisco and Geneva, helping entrepreneurs turn bold ideas into transformative international businesses. Index covers every investment stage, from earliest seed through to explosive growth.
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Invests in products we love, people, crazy, dreams, design, details, brains, reality, unreality, reinvention, new markets, weird stuff, guts, independence, hustle, distinction, art, humanness, idealists, oddities, optimism, communities, creation, surprises, technologists with the heart of an artist, each other.
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Partners with companies and founders trying to change the world, who want to upend paradigms, not just chase incremental progress. Over the past two decades, Lux has expanded from their New York City roots to Silicon Valley, and built a $4 billion AUM firm of more than 30 full-time professionals, with a wide spectrum of technical backgrounds and the versatility to invest at any stage.
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SF-based hard tech seed fund managing $300M+ AUM. As engineers themselves, they specialize in leading initial funding for founders tackling new technical opportunities. With a selective few new deals a year and 2/3 of their funds in reserve, they are committed to being a long-term partner, supporting each funding round and bridging any gaps in between.
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Believes that iconic companies transcend boundaries: they can be built anywhere, by anyone, and in any corner of the economy, from curing rare diseases at scale to powering global payments for organizations of all sizes. They partner with founders around the world, across sectors, and at various stages, primarily before success is obvious.
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Believes that entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of progress, and they exist to help them realize their visions for a better world. Therefore, they invest in businesses with strong compounding moats, such as proprietary data, economies of scale and network effects.
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Launched as Google Ventures in 2009, GV originated as an independent venture capital firm for innovative founders. With Alphabet as their sole limited partner, they focus all our energy on meeting and supporting founders at the earliest stages of company-building.
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Majority Black-owned firm focused on startups shaping culture, increasing access and resources to underserved communities, and meeting consumer and industry needs.
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$500 million seed-stage venture firm that commits early, helps with the hard stuff, and sticks around.
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Helps early-stage founders with the capital and tools they need to build ideas into category-defining companies.
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We back ambitious founders who actively seek to change the status quo.
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$175M early-stage fund focused on consumer technology and the consumerization of enterprise technology.
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Invests in early-stage investments in technology companies with conviction since 1970.
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Backs bold entrepreneurs building the future through technology.
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$50M seed-stage operator fund led by Raymond Tonsing. Thesis and stage agnostic firm. They typically partner with founders at the inception stage and invest throughout the life of the company.
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Move the world further, faster, with quiet capital by investing in technology businesses early to create long-term value.
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Day one partner for developer first, SaaS, & crypto infrastructure founders.
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Building with you from day zero. They lead investments in software startups, supporting founders from idea to IPO. Unusual Ventures' expert team of operators works alongside you on everything from recruiting to sales to improve your odds of success.
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Accelerator, mentorship community, and VC fund led by Ali Partovi.
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VC arm of the German tech incubator Rocket Internet. Their platform offers their founders all the support they need to scale.
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Investing in the first institutional round of investment for software and hardware companies.
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Invests in seed to growth-stage startups that uses tech to disrupt existing markets or create entirely new ones.
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Helps the daring build legendary companies, from idea to IPO and beyond.
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Invests in entrepreneurs that focus on consumer, crypto, and enterprise software companies across all stages.
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Partners with exceptional entrepreneurs starting at the earliest stages of the climb.
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First partner to exceptional teams everywhere.
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Believes that creating something of true significance starts with seeing things others do not.
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Partners with early-stage founders building iconic businesses that transform industries and shape our future. Currently investing out of their recently raised two new funds totaling $347M: theor $194M Fund IV and $153M Select Fund I.
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Fund established by operators for operators.
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Venture capital firm that backs up outlier founders at the earliest stages.
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Boston venture capital firm that supports founders with early-stage and seed VC funding, investing in their professional & personal growth.
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46 year old VC firm with >$5bn AUM investing in innovation-driven companies.
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VC fund created to push the conventional boundaries of early-stage investing. They combine the speed, agility, and independent risk-taking traditionally found in the best venture firms while offering differentiated access to the scale, entrepreneurial talent, and deep customer relationships found in one of the largest tech companies in the world.
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Early-stage, multi-thematic firm investing in purpose-driven founders reimagining the building blocks of life and society.
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VC firm that provides investable assets for diverse angel investors to fund tomorrow's companies.
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Funds founders solving impactful problems in forgotten industries using revolutionary technology.
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Invests in early-stage technology companies that fundamentally transform the way people work. They believe artificial intelligence delivers core value by improving productivity for all parts of the economy; from factories to offices.
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Helps their founders build a generational company by adding incredible connections, experience, sleeve-rolled up help, and a human touch. They are looking for founders who have a unique insight into a problem, are targeting a large and growing market, are obsessed with building an outstanding product and customer experience, and have a plan to execute on their opportunity.
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Focuses on early stage investments in technology companies. Founded by Mike Maples Jr. and Ann Miura-Ko.
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VC fund that focuses on understanding the mindset of the modern consumer.
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Freestyle has been investing for over 12 years and was one of the first firms started by Founders. Their GPs, Dave & Jenny each have over 25 years in tech, both successfully exiting multiple times. Freestyle boasts a portfolio of 130+ companies.
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Google's AI-focused early-stage venture fund.
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A community of over 250 diverse teams, across 30 states and 19 countries, sharing one common goal: redefining the Internet economy.
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Seed specialists that partner with founders at the earliest stages to turn great ideas into category-defining companies. Pear VC is a top-performing fund. In the last decade, they have had 3 IPOs, 8 companies valued over $1B, and hav emany more category-defining companies in the making.
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Seed-focused venture capital firm, founded by builders, built with software, in order to be the very best at supporting founders that are changing the world.
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Early-stage fund that wants to be with its founders throughout their journey.
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Your go-to Seed investor in the trenches supporting you to close enterprise deals and scale your go-to-market effort with our unmatched New York City hustle.
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VC fund on a mission to change the face of entrepreneurship by investing in 1,000 diverse founders over 20 years.
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Early-stage investments in enterprise cloud and smart data companies.
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Bay Area-based early-stage lead investor in consumer and enterprise-focused founders across North America currently investing out of our ninth early-stage fund ($350M).
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Investing in former science projects with a thesis-driven approach.
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Founded in 1987, Canaan is a long-time early-stage investor currently investing out of their 12th Fund ($800M).
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Backs entrepreneurs who are a lot like them: hungry, thoughtful, tenacious, and looking to solve big problems. They specialize in enterprise and fintech, and that focus has given them experience and expertise to be exceptionally helpful to founders building in those markets.
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Led by 4 technical GPs who met in engineering at UPenn, Eniac is armed with over 80 years of combined experience building their own companies, and are your active partners and roll up their sleeves to work for you. Their companies enjoy support in biz dev, fundraising, networking, ops, PR, and recruitment.
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Invests in companies central to the technology industry and those on the edges of science, society, and culture.
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NYC-Focused VC that accelerates startup founders with access, top-tier talent, & largest community in venture.
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Partners with visionary founders from seed through IPO.
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The first VC firm designed for the new era of builders & creators.
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Max and Nellie Levchin’s venture fund that partners with exceptional founders solving hard problems that require intense curiosity, intellectual depth, and often, science.
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Founded in 2018, Tribe Capital is a $1.6B+ AUM venture capital firm focused on using product and data science to engineer N-of-1 companies and investments.
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Seed-stage investment firm focused on exceptional founders building machine intelligence and data companies.
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Invests in the future of the enterprise. They invest early – primarily Seed and Series A – and look for proven product market fit, disruption in the market, and strong IP.
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Founded in 1995. They are 26 years and 10 flagship funds strong, with over $6B assets under management, 31 IPOs, and 80+ acquisitions.
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M12 invests in early-stage technology companies disrupting the enterprise.
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A venture firm for builders. The firm has $1.5B in total capital committed and has built a community of over 5,000 incredible, driven, ambitious builders.
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Backs extraordinary people capable of changing the status quo, showcasing their success, and working hard behind the scenes to amplify it.
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Led by Ben Ling, previously a GP at Khosla Ventures. Their aim is to help their founders find product market fit then help them scale.
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Bloomberg's early-stage venture fund investing in startups focusing on machine learning.
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$78M generalist fund with offices in SF, NY & MIA
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Founded in 2008, ff VC is a New York-based Seed Stage Fund investing around $350K - $750K for 10% ownership in companies building in sectors they believe in.
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Privately owned hedge fund founded in 1999 investing across different sectors.
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Venture arm of OpenAI. Also runs Converge: a highly selective, five-week program for exceptional engineers, designers, researchers, and product builders using AI to reimagine products and industries.
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Heavybit is an early-stage venture capital firm and the premiere investor in developer-first startups. Since 2013, they’ve worked with numerous Pre-Seed to Series A companies that have redefined how teams build, deploy, secure, and scale mission-critical software.

Heavybit offers team-based structured support and a platform tailored to your specific needs that incorporates their unique partnership, an active community of 600+ domain specific advisors, and fellow Heavybit startup founders.

To learn more: https://www.heavybit.com/faq
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