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Upstart Network

Crowdfunding platform that allows college grads to raise capital in exchange for a small share of their income

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Financial Services
  • Location Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded April 2012
  • Employees 10
  • Website

Company Summary

Upstart is a crowdfunding platform that allows individuals to raise capital in exchange for a small share of their income. We address a significant problem - helping heavily indebted recent college graduates pursue their dreams by matching them with mentors and providing a modest amount of economic freedom.


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    Dave Girouard
    Founder and CEO

    Dave founded Upstart after 8 years at Google where he was President of Google Enterprise and VP of Apps. Dave graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in Engineering Sciences and a BE in Computer Engineering. He also received an MBA from the Ross School at the University of Michigan with High Distinction.

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    Scott Wu
    Head of Corporate Development

    Scott joined Upstart after nearly two decades in the private equity, VC and investment banking sectors. He was previously a co-founder of Blue Horizon Equity and FTV Capital, focusing on businesses that sought to revolutionize the financial service industry. He received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MBA from Harvard.


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    Orrick Herrington
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Previous Investors

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    Kleiner Perkins, First Round Capital,
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    Google Ventures, NEA, Crunchfund
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    Mark Cuban, Marc Benioff, Scott Bannister