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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, angel funding & 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 & Mentors Angels include Christina Brodbeck (founding designer at YouTube), Ben Blumenfeld (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 & Mentors Angels include Christina Brodbeck (founding designer at YouTube), Ben Blumenfeld (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 #1 Differentiated brand & experience design is critical to achieving meaningful impact PRIVATE
  6. 6. Assertion #1 “Design, not just visual, is an essential part 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” Startup Designers Ecosystem
  9. 9. The Solution: Community First We’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 Designer Designers 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 a complementary extension to existing funds The Designer Fund
  13. 13. How Does It Work?
  14. 14. How Does It Work? Source Non-Profit
  15. 15. How Does It Work? Source Fund Angels Non-Profit & Mentors
  16. 16. How Does It Work? Source Fund Refer Angels Sponsoring Non-Profit & Mentors Partners
  17. 17. Who’s Sponsoring Our Construction? PRIVATE
  18. 18. Contact: enrique@500startups.com Awesome Can You Startup Designers Help Sponsor? Ecosystem
  19. 19. Thank you! Enrique Allen is committed to making The Designer Fund a sustainable community-driven investment vehicle to help designers create businesses with meaningful impact. Previously he was the founding designer at 500 Startups an early stage seed fund & accelerator in Silicon Valley. To date, he’s been a designer in residence with over 40 startups (6 acquired) including previous portfolios with Facebook’s fbFund & Venrock. Enrique is a Bay Area Native who continues to teach at the Stanford d.school & contribute research with Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab. As a secret agent for world peace, Enrique meditates, makes public art & plays soccer. PRIVATE

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