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Many Aussie founders have flocked to Silicon Valley in the hopes of accelerating their startups growth and become the next global entrepreneur. But fewer Australians have landed in the Valley as a VC, investing in huge global businesses.
We’re thrilled to host one of our most successful guests to date, Ash Fontana, an Aussie-born serial entrepreneur and General Partner at US VC firm, Zetta Venture Partners. Best known as an investor raising $100M for Zetta Venture Partners and trailblazing the startup investing platform, AngelList, Ash first started out as a founder, dating back to 2004.
His first startup, Formal Guide, was a profitable directory and event planning platform which helped him fund 5 years at college. In 2011, Ash founded Topguest in San Francisco, a loyalty program for frequent travellers which was acquired for an 8 figure transaction 18 months later.
Ash turned to investing in 2012, driving the crowdfunding and business side of AngelList – an online platform deemed ‘the most successful startup investing platform in the world’, where Ash managed $130M and juggled as many as 250 funds at a time. There, he launched online investing, created the first startup ‘index fund’ and curated investment opportunities across 500,000 companies. He also ran AngelList’s international expansion and led angel investments in Canva, Mixmax and others.
Ash is now Managing Director and General Partner at Zetta Venture Partners, focused on backing intelligent software startups. In 2016, he raised $100M for Zetta VP and to date, they have had four exits, one of which Ash sat on the board on (Kaggle), which was acquired in 2017 by Google.
We’re excited for Ash’s return to Sydney to talk to us over breakfast about his extensive experience as a successful founder turned investor, as well as achieving success in Silicon Valley. Don’t miss out on hearing from a fantastic guest and meeting other great people in the ecosystem.
More about the Ash Fontana
Ash’s first venture into startups dates back to 2004, where he founded the profitable event planning web platform, Formal Guide. Three years later, he started his professional career at Macquarie Capital where he was a top-ranked analyst in private equity, investment banking and equity research. In 2011, Ash dived back into startups and co-founded Topguest in San Francisco which was acquired for an 8 figure transaction 18 months later.
He started his professional career at Macquarie Capital, where he was a top-ranked analyst in private equity, investment banking and equity research. Academically, he graduated with First Class honors in law and finance on five scholarships from the University of Sydney.