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Investments

42

Portfolio Exits

15

Funds

13

About Venture51

Venture51 is an early stage venture capital firm. The firm invests in high technology companies and is based on the premise for a new, modern venture capital firm that supports the most promising founders in high-growth markets.

Venture51 Headquarter Location

315 South Coast Highway 101 Suite U-294

Encinitas, California, 92024,

United States

480-419-3857

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Bullpen Capital, Vator and Venture51 to Host the Post Seed Conference in SF

Oct 21, 2014

Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz Naval Ravikant of AngelList SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Khosla Ventures' Keith Rabois, Andreessen Horowitz's Chris Dixon and AngelList founder Naval Ravikant will be the keynote speakers at the Post Seed Conference, a one-day event that gathers investors, entrepreneurs and the startup press for a discussion on early-stage financing. Hosted by Bullpen Capital, Venture51 and Vator, Post Seed , (formerly known as Venture Shift), will take place in San Francisco on December 2, 2014, at the Cowell Pavilion in Fort Mason. Although startup founders have more seed-stage financing options than ever before, venture capital firms now choose to write big checks much later in a company's life cycle, creating a post-seed gap that can be especially challenging terrain for startups. The Post Seed Conference will gather some of the best and brightest minds in the startup world to discuss this trend and share practical advice for early-stage startups. Major sponsors for the event include Silicon Legal Strategy. Speakers and topics from the conference include:    How are leading early-stage VCs thinking about this gap, and navigating through it? Listen to Keith Rabois, investment partner at Khosla Ventures and former executive at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and Square and Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz and co-founder of Hunch, Founder Collective and SiteAdvisor Crowdfunding platforms are helping to create this gap. Can they help to provide needed capital to fill it? Listen to Naval Ravikant, Founder and CEO of AngelList What does it take to get a true Series A round in 2015? Listen to investors changing the landscape in the early-stages, from Greylock, Storm, Binary, Sprout and press covering venture capital, from Bloomberg West, Thomson Reuters, The Information, StrictlyVC, Homebrew Learn whether pro rata is a right or a privilege. Will $5M be the new $500k in the IoT and Wearables Era? If there are signs of a bubble, how do you avoid paying up? "The Post Seed Conference is the very first event of its kind," said Paul Martino, managing director of Bullpen Capital. "Startups seem to make or break their future in the post-seed gap, but financing is becoming so difficult to secure during this period. We can see this trend having a huge impact on the future of tech entrepreneurship, and we want to see what the best minds have to say about it. "  "This gap is a new phenomenon, making it unfamiliar ground for both entrepreneurs and investors to navigate," said Bambi Francisco Roizen, founder of Vator. "But it's a reality that's not going away. In order to understand how to build the best startups, we need to address how to get through this stage. For early-stage founders and investors, the perspectives on financing and the networking opportunities will be invaluable. " "The Series A 'crunch' is no small matter for startups that are trying to beat overwhelming odds," said Brandon Zeuner at Venture51. "Post Seed is all about giving early-stage entrepreneurs and investors a forum to discuss some of the more pressing issues around fundraising. We want to start the discussion for both entrepreneurs and investors. "   To RSVP for the Post Seed Conference, please visit http://postseed.co/ About Bullpen Capital: Bullpen Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm comprised of former founders, CEOs, and operational executives who have started and/or led 15 technology companies over the last twenty years, including 3 IPOs over a billion dollars. Bullpen specializes in partnering with early-stage companies that have achieved product-market fit but still need time before taking on a very large investment -- here, Bullpen catalyzes a smaller priced round, works with the company for about a year, and helps prepare the company for a big inflection point. Our portfolio reflects this belief and strategy. Bullpen was co-founded by Paul Martino (CEO and founder of Aggregate Knowledge), Duncan Davidson (Founder of Covad, Managing Director at VantagePoint), and Rich Melmon (co-founder of Electronic Arts). About Vator: Founded in 2007 by award-winning veteran finance and tech journalist Bambi Francisco, the  Vator media family includes VatorNews, boasting over 500 contributors writing about the business and trends of high-tech innovation; Vator, one of the largest business networks dedicated to entrepreneurship and investors, Vator Splash, an international startup competition and conference series, Vator Competitions, an online competition management and new investment platform. About Venture51: Venture51 is an early-stage venture capital firm. The firm invests in high technology companies and is based on the premise for a new, modern venture capital firm that supports the most promising founders in high-growth markets. They bring their own entrepreneurial experience, relationships, and marketing/product expertise to the table. They look to back passionate, experienced entrepreneurs who are focused on creating highly scalable technologies and significant value propositions for their customers.

Venture51 Investments

42 Investments

Venture51 has made 42 investments. Their latest investment was in Naked Labs as part of their Series A on August 8, 2018.

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Venture51 Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

8/1/2018

Series A

Naked Labs

$14M

Yes

2

6/26/2018

Series B

HONK Technologies

$18M

No

3

12/15/2017

Series C - III

Life360

$8.49M

No

2

7/27/2017

Series C - II

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$99M

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10

9/15/2016

Series B

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$99M

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10

Date

8/1/2018

6/26/2018

12/15/2017

7/27/2017

9/15/2016

Round

Series A

Series B

Series C - III

Series C - II

Series B

Company

Naked Labs

HONK Technologies

Life360

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Amount

$14M

$18M

$8.49M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

No

No

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Co-Investors

Sources

2

3

2

10

10

Venture51 Portfolio Exits

15 Portfolio Exits

Venture51 has 15 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Classy on January 13, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
Valuations are submitted by companies, mined from state filings or news, provided by VentureSource, or based on a comparables valuation model.

Acquirer

Sources

1/13/2022

Acquired

$99M

6

5/21/2021

Acquired

$99M

5

12/14/2020

Acquired

$99M

3

6/10/2019

Acquired

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$99M

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10

5/20/2019

IPO

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$99M

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10

Date

1/13/2022

5/21/2021

12/14/2020

6/10/2019

5/20/2019

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

IPO

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

6

5

3

10

10

Venture51 Fund History

13 Fund Histories

Venture51 has 13 funds, including RLV51 Fund III.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

10/6/2017

RLV51 Fund III

$6.3M

1

2/14/2017

Venture51 Capital Partners III

$6M

3

7/28/2016

RLV51 Fund II

$4.35M

1

3/3/2016

RLV51 Fund

$99M

10

10/28/2015

DSCV51 Fund

$99M

10

Closing Date

10/6/2017

2/14/2017

7/28/2016

3/3/2016

10/28/2015

Fund

RLV51 Fund III

Venture51 Capital Partners III

RLV51 Fund II

RLV51 Fund

DSCV51 Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

$6.3M

$6M

$4.35M

$99M

$99M

Sources

1

3

1

10

10

Venture51 Team

2 Team Members

Venture51 has 2 team members, including current Managing Partner, Ryan Swagar.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Ryan Swagar

Managing Partner

Current

Brandon Zeuner

Managing Partner

Current

Name

Ryan Swagar

Brandon Zeuner

Work History

Title

Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Status

Current

Current

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