Kobie is a Partner at Upfront. He joined the firm in June 2016 after having previously worked at Silicon Valley based Accel, where he led investments including UserTesting, Campaign Monitor, AdRoll and Invoca (also an Upfront portfolio company). Prior to Accel, Kobie was the Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion ecommerce players based in Los Angeles.Kobie brings to Upfront expertise in SaaS businesses and marketing technologies. He has deep knowledge of emerging sectors including VR and AR and was an early personal investor in Oculus, later sold to Facebook for $2B. Earlier in his career, Kobie helped found OpenView Venture Partners and was an investor at Insight Venture Partners where he sourced notable early investments in Exact Target (acquired by Salesforce for $2.5B) and Instructure (NYSE: INST).Kobie graduated from Harvard University where he was captain of the track team, a multi Ivy league champion sprinter and still current school record holder.Current and Past Investments:- AdRoll- Bevy Labs- Campaign Monitor- Cordial- Exact Target (acquired by Salesforce.com)- Imceda (acquired by Quest Software)- Instructure (IPO - NYSE: INST)- Invoca- Jagex (acquired by Zhongji Holding)- Loyalty Lab (acquired by Tibco)- MetaCX- The Mighty- Monetate- Oculus VR (acquired by Facebook)- Openpath- Osmo- The Wave- UserTestingView the profile
Lu is the co-founder and CEO of GOAT Group, the world’s largest marketplace for authentic sneakers. Lu co-founded GOAT in 2015 to help solve the issue of counterfeit sneakers in the industry, and has since raised $200 million in venture capital, growing the business to over 12 million users and over 600 employees.As CEO, Lu has helped build GOAT into the most trusted source to discover, buy and sell authentic sneakers and oversees the business, vision, and strategy of the company. The platform offers the greatest selection of sneakers available globally through company-operated retail stores, e-commerce sites and mobile apps under the GOAT and Flight Club brands.Prior to GOAT, Lu worked on various gaming apps, specialty food franchises and social dining app Grubwithus.Lu holds a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and was part of Y Combinator’s Winter class of 2011.View the profile
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