Driven by fascination with consumer behavior, love for the entrepreneurial journey and belief in the power of progress.
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. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at Nordstrom, Inc (NYSE: JWN).
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, included on Forbes' Midas List for the past 5 years, 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.