Spark Capital partners with imaginative entrepreneurs who are driven to move people with the products and experiences they create.
We are a venture capital firm that invests in startups led by creative thinkers. We partner with entrepreneurs who make products and services for consumers as well as business people. We are proud supporters of companies such as 1stDibs, AdMeld, Oculus, Superpedestrian, Tumblr, Twitter, Warby Parker, and Wayfair.
We have offices in the Back Bay in Boston, SoHo in New York City, and SoMA in San Francisco.
Spark Capital was founded in 2005. Today, we manage nearly $2 billion across five funds, including an early-stage venture fund and a growth fund.
Art + people + technology.
We believe the world can never get enough of magical products and experiences. Making them requires a balance of art and technology, as well as a maniacal focus on delivering joy to the people who use them. When a product is truly special, it leaves an indelible mark. You feel it. It changes you.
“Beauty is something that burns the hand when you touch it.” ― Yukio Mishima
The people who make those products are creative, high-energy, and have a sharp intellect. They are technologists with the heart of an artist. They have imagination, guts, and drive. They have unique insights into how people work and play, and they aim to touch the lives of hundreds of millions of people. They might be equally as likely to be inspired by the work of Frank Gehry and Damien Hirst as Jonathan Ive and Yves Behar or Larry Page and Elon Musk. We think working with those people is about as much fun as you can have in this world.
HOW WE INVEST
At Spark Capital, we take risks on visionary people and products that move us—market and model be damned. We look for three things: Founder/Product/Vision. The traditional VC approach (Team/Market/Model) doesn’t work for us. When you invest at the early stages, the model may not yet exist; often the company is creating an entirely new market.
When we are considering a new opportunity, we spend time using the product and getting to know the founders. We expect that the product, itself, may evolve over time, so the founder’s long-term vision is a critical component. We view each product as an extension of the founder and an expression of his or her vision. Just like Tumblr is a reflection of David Karp’s view on the world, Twitter is a reflection of the point of view of its founders: Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Ev Williams.
We have seen that when a product is the perfect balance of art + people + tech, users catch on. Desire builds among a particular audience, momentum picks up, and the market becomes clear. Once you are able to see the ways in which people are using the product, it becomes easier to determine how it should be sold. That’s when our growth fund can help us deepen our commitment to our founders and support the ones we missed the first time around.
WHAT WE OFFER
We aim to be the best, most loyal long-term partner to entrepreneurs. We are founder-first, even when it may not be in our best interest.
This is personal. We invest with our minds, our eyes, and our hearts. We eschew the institution and choose to service founders one-on-one. We are available, open, trusted consiglieres to all of the people who build the companies in which we invest—especially when they feel they have nowhere else to turn. We are our companies’ most active, vocal users.
We are building a community and resources for everyone at the companies we invest in, from CEOs to customer support teams and designers.
WYSIWYG: We don’t hide our intentions, opinions or motives.