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FirstMark Capital Announces $650M Across Two Funds

New York’s FirstMark Capital announced on Tuesday two new funds totaling $650 million.

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FirstMark V and FirstMark Opportunity Fund III will be used to invest in early-stage technology companies. While the firm invests in startups across the United States, Canada and Europe, it places the vast majority of its bets on companies closer to home. Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Ottawa, Columbus and Washington, D.C. are all part of its East Coast ecosystem.

“Turbulent times are often the catalyst for deep change—be it product, technological, organizational, societal or otherwise,” the firm said in a statement. “We believe innovation can play a huge role in redefining what’s possible, and we look forward to working with the next generation of entrepreneurs changing the world for the better.”

FirstMark, which was founded in 2008, has invested in companies that have gone on to earn unicorn status or go public, including Pinterest, Shopify, Discord and Airbnb.

According to TechCrunch, FirstMark V will be a $380 million fund to invest in early-stage companies and the Opportunity Fund III will be a $270 million fund for follow-on investments and certain growth-stage investments. That makes FirstMark V the firm’s largest fund yet, according to Crunchbase data.

The firm invests across consumer, enterprise and “frontiers,” that is, areas like genomics and cryptocurrency. Its most recent investments include Hyperscience, Bonusly and Ezra AI, according to Crunchbase.

FirstMark also operates the FirstMark Platform, which has more than 50,000 members, to connect founders with expertise, support and customers.

Illustration: Li-Anne Dias.

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