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Firebrand Ventures closes $40M seed fund for ‘authentic’ founders in emerging communities; adds Leo Morton as advisor

Aug 26, 2021

Leo Morton, DeBruce Companies A year after two prominent venture capital firms announced their merger, the consolidated Firebrand Ventures II is officially closed — reaching its $40 million target and having already invested in startups from Detroit, Seattle and Toronto. John Fein and Chris Marks, Firebrand Ventures “Several years ago we raised our first funds — Boulder-based Blue Note Ventures and Kansas City-based Firebrand Ventures I — because we each saw a huge opportunity to invest in authentic leaders based in emerging startup communities,” said John Fein, managing partner at Firebrand, and Chris Marks, managing director, in a joint statement from the Kansas City firm . “ By the time we joined forces in 2020, the ‘work from anywhere’ trend was in full swing and was validation of our approach. In addition to geography, it’s been a top priority to invest in founders who share our core values such as integrity, transparency, and partnership.” Some of Firebrand I’s notable, previously announced investments include such companies as Kansas City-based Replica and Des Moines’ Dwolla. Joining Firebrand in the second fund, Leo Morton is taking an advisory board role with the firm following decades in a wide range of engineering, manufacturing, education, financial, and civic leadership positions. He currently is president and chief operating officer of DeBruce Companies, a private investment firm managing a diverse portfolio of private equity and other asset class investments across a broad range of industries, including biotech, energy, manufacturing, technology, and real estate. Claire Hansen, Firebrand Ventures Firebrand also announced the opening of a new Austin office, led by a new principal at the firm. Claire Hansen is a leader in the Austin startup community and has worked alongside startups and investors there since 2015, Fein and Marks detailed. She also previously served as the investment director of the Central Texas Angel Network and as the coordinator for Capital Factory’s accelerator program. “Prior to joining Firebrand, Claire worked for the U.S. Army as a founding member of Army Futures Command’s Corporate Ventures unit,” Fein and Marks said. “There she was not only responsible for deal flow but also introducing and deploying startup diligence strategies among Army stakeholders. The Austin office gives Firebrand a third presence outside Fein’s office in Kansas City and Marks’ homebase in Boulder. As was the case for the Firebrand I fund, the majority of the limited partners in Firebrand II are based in Kansas City, Fein said. “The final closing of Firebrand II reflects the trusting relationships we have built with our existing LPs, as well as the track record of success created by our respective first funds,” Fein and Marks said. “Like many successful startups, a venture capital firm’s journey is a long one. While we’re still at the beginning, we’ve been very deliberate about the people we surround ourselves with. We’ll always be attracted to high-integrity, high-EQ people and we hope the feeling is mutual.” Facebook Comments

Chris Marks Investments

2 Investments

Chris Marks has made 2 investments. Their latest investment was in Thirdfort as part of their Angel - II on April 4, 2021.

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Chris Marks Investments Activity

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Amount

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4/12/2021

Angel - II

Thirdfort

$1.7M

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12/27/2012

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$99M

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4/12/2021

12/27/2012

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Angel - II

Seed VC

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Thirdfort

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$1.7M

$99M

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Yes

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Chris Marks Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Chris Marks has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was VictorOps on June 11, 2018.

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6/11/2018

Acquired

$991

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6/11/2018

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Acquired

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$991

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3

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