Upside Partnership is a true seed-stage investment firm building a portfolio of purpose-built founders creating high potential companies. By making each founder a partner in the fund, we create a community of people who uniquely understand each other’s challenges and participate in each other’s success.

ABOUT

Our mission is to form trusted partnerships with founders as they begin to craft meaningful, lasting businesses and to create a community where each member is building toward the others’ success.

There has been a change in seed funding. Funds are getting larger and larger, which has driven a shift in fund economics and ownership targets. At Upside Partnership, we’ve purposefully built a smaller fund, which allows us to be thoughtful and deeply involved on a person-to-person level at a company’s most nascent stage.

FOUNDER

Kent Goldman is the founder of Upside Partnership, a true seed-stage investment firm. Kent has been partnering with founders since seed investing became a category. He has had the opportunity to work alongside founders who have spawned more than 200 companies.

Kent was formerly a partner at First Round Capital, where he led investments such as Airware, Artillery, Cabana (acquired by Twitter), Cluster, Hotel Tonight, HotPotato (acquired by Facebook), Liftopia, MemSQL, MessageMe, Path, Storenvy and Threadflip. He also served on the board of Mashery (acquired by Intel).

Earlier in his career, Kent was a member of Yahoo!’s corporate development team. He also led business strategy for Yahoo! Products, generating $1 billion in annual revenue.

Kent Goldman

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COMPANIES

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NEWS

7.10.2014 | TechCrunch | Kent Goldman’s New Seed-Stage Fund Is A Partnership Where Founders Share In The Upside

When Kent Goldman left First Round Capital earlier this year, he did so with plans to start his own investment firm. Now he’s ready to talk about the firm, which is called Upside Partnership and just closed on $30 million to invest in seed-stage startups. (more)

7.10.2014 | The New York Times | New Venture Capital Fund Gives Entrepreneurs a Cut of the Profit

Venture capitalists tend to promise lots of advantages when they court technology entrepreneurs, saying they can offer expert advice and a network of contacts. (more)

7.10.2014 | The Wall Street Journal | Upside Partnership Closes $30M Fund, Offers Seed Capital, Stake in Portfolio

Former First Round Capital Partner Kent Goldman announced he’s closed a $30 million maiden fund for Upside Partnership. (more)

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