“We then look to help the Founders with strategic opportunities and follow-on capital from our network,” wrote Crowdfunder CEO Chance Barnett in a email. “With this milestone, our mission of democratizing early-stage venture finance now extends beyond our platform and includes an innovative fund model. With our Fund, we’re opening up access to investing alongside the world’s leading VCs, in the same round/terms…Our model is accelerating our growth, and today we’re already at 74 investor-led deals in our portfolio.”
Barnett noted that the Fund had been privately rolled out several months ago, investing with deals alongside Silicon Valley giants including Andreessen Horowitz, Lowercase Capital, SV Angel, NEA, Kapor Capital, Arena Ventures, Structure Capital, Rothenberg Ventures, CrunchFund, Greylock and 500 Startups.
Crowdfunder gains access to deals through a combination of direct referrals from investors, startups which qualify via our Platform, and through direct outreach by our team to Founders, cited Barnett in the email,
“Once a VC Index firm invests, we are able to quickly qualify a startup for investment from the Fund. The Fund is highly diversified, targeting hundreds of early-stage deals per year. Rather than trying to pick big winning investments (the ‘unicorns’) at the Seed stage, we listen to the data, which suggests that the winning strategy is to follow top VCs into their deals, but diversify much more than they do,” added Barnett. “We then leverage our Platform and data to scale our portfolio companies and help these Founders be more successful over the long term.”
Campaigns publicly featured which are nearing their goals on Crowdfunder include Selfie With Me, which features data capture via green screen photo booths w/ facial recognition technology; MyCrowd QA, a Next Gen Testing Solution for Websites and Mobile Apps; and GoCoin, a global leader in blockchain payments and loyalty innovations.
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