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Kirsten Green
Founding Partner

Combining a unique and unconventional blend of professional history and acquired investment experience, Kirsten launched San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures in 2010, where she serves as Founder and Managing Partner.

In an unpredictable consumer landscape, Kirsten’s 20+ years of evaluation and investment success stems from a combination of product savvy, consumer insight and a thesis-driven approach that has been the basis of all her investments — from pre-revenue startups to multi-billion-dollar enterprises. As a founder, Kirsten has led efforts to raise over $1B+ from leading institutional investors and invest in more than 100 companies. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Glossier, Ritual, Faire, The Yes, Hims & Hers, Curated, and Modern Fertility. She also served on the board of Dollar Shave Club and Bonobos, two Forerunner portfolio companies with notable sale transactions.

Kirsten has been honored in Time’s 100 Most Influential People, named a Top 20 Venture Capitalists by The New York Times in 2018 & 2017, is part of Forbes' 2020, 2019, 2018 & 2017 Midas Lists, in addition to being named in the magazine’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She was named VC of the Year at TechCrunch’s 2017 Crunchies Awards and listed on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment list. Kirsten is a founding member of the female mentorship collective, All Raise, and actively champions women in the tech industry.

Prior to Forerunner, Kirsten was an equity research analyst and investor at Banc of America Securities, formerly Montgomery Securities, covering publicly-traded retail and consumer stocks. Kirsten graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Business Economics, and has earned a CPA license and a CFA certification.

Quotes
“The venture industry does not reward those who stay in the moment. I thrive in the balance of dreaming years in the future and walking that back to today where the signals are just enough to support a nascent business to emerge.”
“Growing up, friends joked that they would go to “Kirsten’s couch” to get advice. I was someone people confided in when working through problems. I feel good when people around me are comfortable being themselves; it’s a core value that brings me such fulfillment and joy when working with founders.”
Human needs:
Investing where people demand change

Since our founding nearly ten years ago, Forerunner Ventures has been an agent of change, championing the companies who aim to rewrite the rules of culture by meeting evolved consumer expectations through modern, technology-advantaged business models.  

Moment House:
Future Proofing Events for Fans
Meet the rest of the Forerunner team
Our team brings a special combination of EQ and IQ that sets us apart. We view the world through an expanded lens that enables us to have the diversity of perspectives needed to challenge industry norms and spot the unexpected.