“In the Studio,” Kent Goldman Discusses First Round Capital’s Platform Approach
"In the Studio" continues after last week's Disrupt conference by hosting a guest who, after various stints in finance, venture capital, and at one of the Valley's storied Internet companies, joined a small but scrappy early-stage venture firm that, in the past few years, has grown into its successes and pioneered new approaches to investing in young technology companies. Kent Goldman, now a Partner at First Round Capital, works alongside six investment professionals and six colleagues who work on the firm's platform initiatives, all spread out between their offices in New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. For an early-stage fund with $135M under management and a portfolio of well over 100 companies, Goldman and his partners needed to find a way to scale their approach. Their solution -- to create a platform -- turned out to be quite forward-thinking.