Freitag, 26. April 2013

Upstart Is New And Very Different!


Fund individuals, a new perspective!





Their first upstarts are funded by the following backers


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Upstart allows you to raise capital in exchange for a small portion of your future income. It’s a new and very different service, but it's not for everybody. By becoming an upstart, you are telling the world and your backers that you want to build a compelling and worthwhile career. And you’re committed to repaying the backers who have taken a chance on you.







In celebration of our first birthday as a company, we created this birthday cardto show you what we’ve been up to. Today we’re happy to announce:


  • We’ve closed a $5.9M Series A funding round (in addition to $1.75M raised in April 2012)
  • New Upstart investors include Founder’s Fund, Khosla Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Eric Schmidt, Marc Benioff, and Scott Banister.
  • Since launching in November, more than $1M in funding offers have been made to upstarts.
  • We’ve published more than 80 upstart and 135 backer profiles to our site. 555 unique funding offers have been made to date.


We’re also excited to announce two new advisors who are joining Upstart:

  • Bob Kerrey, Former Governor of Nebraska, US Senator, President of The New School, US Navy Seal, and Executive Chairman of the Minerva Institute
  • Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva.org and founder & CEO of ProFounder


We’re just getting started, but we’d like to thank all those who have helped us come this far!


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