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Venture Trailblazers, featuring James Currier (Founding Partner at NFX)

June 12 @ 7:45 am - 10:00 am

James Currier is the Founding Partner at NFX; was an angel investor in DoorDash, Lyft, and Patreon; and is one of world’s foremost experts on growth and network effects. On this edition of Venture Trailblazers, James will join us to discuss the impact of tools in venture, the arc of the industry, and the shift from ‘inbound VC’ to ‘outbound VC’ he believes is underway. Venture Trailblazers is an exclusive event series that connects leading investors, founders, and ecosystem leaders from across the globe to discuss the latest trends in startups and venture capital.

About the Speaker
 – James Currier

James Currier is one of Silicon Valley’s foremost experts in growth and network effects. With a remarkable track record as a five-time founder and angel investor in groundbreaking companies like DoorDash, Lyft, and Patreon, James brings unparalleled insights into scaling startups.

As a Founding Partner at NFX, a premier early-stage venture capital firm, James has spearheaded investments in companies that leverage network effects to drive exponential growth. Under his leadership, NFX has raised multiple funds, totaling over $425 million, focusing on seed-stage companies in the SF Bay Area and Israel.

James’s entrepreneurial journey is nothing short of extraordinary. He co-founded Tickle, one of the internet’s first successful user-generated content platforms, growing it to 150 million users before its acquisition by Monster for $110 million. His subsequent ventures include Wonderhill (online gaming, merged with Kabam), IronPearl (growth analytics SaaS, acquired by PayPal), and Jiff (enterprise healthcare software, merged with Castlight).

Renowned for his pioneering work in viral marketing, A/B testing, and crowdsourcing, James has helped over 10 companies achieve more than 10 million users. His strategic acumen and innovative growth techniques have been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Beyond his professional achievements, James is an adventure seeker, having sailed across the North Atlantic and South Pacific. He is a father of four, a musician, and deeply interested in psychology, language, and innovative learning models.

Venture Trailblazers is presented by the Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator; and VC Lab, the leading venture capital accelerator for emerging managers worldwide.
This event is reserved for the Founder Institute and VC Lab networks: including Local Leaders, Alumni, Mentors, Investors, Partners, and Enrolled Founders/ Fund Managers.