The Designer Fund- Demo Day #2

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The Designer Fund- Demo Day #2

  1. 1. “We’re a community of designers who invest in designer founders through mentorship, angelfunding & access to our network” designerfund.com PRIVATE
  2. 2. “We’re like AngelList for designers”designerfund.com PRIVATE
  3. 3. Who’s Behind The Designer Fund?Our 40+ angels and mentors range from early stage designers at YouTube,Facebook, Google, and Twitter to designers at IDEO, Cooper, Jump Associates,and Method to current designers at startups like Path and Flipboard. Angels & MentorsAngels include Christina Brodbeck (founding designer at YouTube), BenBlumenfeld (Design lead at Facebook), Dave Morin (founder of Path, co-inventor of Facebook Platform & Connect), Scott Belsky (Founder of Behance),Michal Kopec (Design lead at Cisco), Michael Dearing (Harrison Metal) PRIVATE
  4. 4. Who’s Behind The Designer Fund?Our 40+ angels and mentors range from early stage designers at YouTube,Facebook, Google, and Twitter to designers at IDEO, Cooper, Jump Associates,and Method to current designers at startups like Path and Flipboard. Angels & MentorsAngels include Christina Brodbeck (founding designer at YouTube), BenBlumenfeld (Design lead at Facebook), Dave Morin (founder of Path, co-inventor of Facebook Platform & Connect), Scott Belsky (Founder of Behance),Michal Kopec (Design lead at Cisco), Michael Dearing (Harrison Metal) PRIVATE
  5. 5. Assertion #1Differentiated brand & experience designis critical to achieving meaningful impact PRIVATE
  6. 6. Assertion #1 “Design, not just visual, is an essentialpart of great startups” Vinod Khosla, KV PRIVATE
  7. 7. But, The Problem Is... San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection PRIVATE
  8. 8. Sourcing Designers & Connecting Is Hard “Great” StartupDesigners Ecosystem
  9. 9. The Solution:Community FirstWe’re focused on creating the BEST community of designer founders, angels & mentors Designer Founders Awesomeness of # of Entrepreneurial Designers PRIVATE
  10. 10. With A Magnetic Feedback Loop 2. 1.Aspiring Startup Startup DesignerDesigners Success PRIVATE
  11. 11. But, What Is The Designer Fund?“The aggregation point of the best entrepreneurial designers in the world,” Chi-Hua Chien, KPCB The Designer Fund
  12. 12. Really, What Is The Designer Fund?NOT another incubator, instead, we’re acomplementary extension to existing funds The Designer Fund
  13. 13. How Does It Work?
  14. 14. How Does It Work? SourceNon-Profit
  15. 15. How Does It Work? Source Fund AngelsNon-Profit & Mentors
  16. 16. How Does It Work? Source Fund Refer Angels SponsoringNon-Profit & Mentors Partners
  17. 17. Who’s SponsoringOur Construction? PRIVATE
  18. 18. Contact: enrique@500startups.comAwesome Can You StartupDesigners Help Sponsor? Ecosystem
  19. 19. Thank you!Enrique Allen is committed to making The Designer Fund a sustainable community-driveninvestment vehicle to help designers create businesses with meaningful impact. Previously hewas the founding designer at 500 Startups an early stage seed fund & accelerator in SiliconValley. To date, he’s been a designer in residence with over 40 startups (6 acquired) includingprevious portfolios with Facebook’s fbFund & Venrock. Enrique is a Bay Area Native whocontinues to teach at the Stanford d.school & contribute research with Stanford PersuasiveTechnology Lab. As a secret agent for world peace, Enrique meditates, makes public art &plays soccer. PRIVATE

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