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