14 May Aspect Ventures Raises $150 Million for First Fund (Fortune)
Accel and DFJ veterans close debut fund to back early-stage mobility companies.
Aspect Venture Partners, the VC firm formed last year by Jennifer Fonstad (ex-DFJ) and Theresia Gouw (ex-Accel Partners), has closed its debut fund with $150 million in capital commitments.
It’s a bit more money than other successful two-partner VC firms have raised for their first funds — First Round Capital, Union Square Ventures, etc. — but that largely reflects this era’s increased deal sizes. The investment strategy is to help alleviate he so-called Series A crunch, by either leading Series A rounds or partnering with larger firms.
“We’re targeting $2 million to $5 million checks, but wanted to be small enough to also be able to work with a bigger platform firm if it’s a $10 million round — and there are a lot more of those now than there used to be,” Gouw explains. “We’ll also devote around 20% of the fund to seed deals with the intention of then leading the A round.”
Targeted companies will focus on mobility, whether that be via an app, mobile security or elsewhere down in the infrastructure layers.
The two partners already have backed around a dozen companies — including BaubleBar, ForeScout, The Muse, Birchbox and UrbanSitter — with their own money, and will contribute those portfolio companies to the fund.