Thrive Capital is an American venture capital firm based in New York City. It focuses on software and internet investments.[4] The firm was founded by Joshua Kushner who is also co-founder of Oscar Health and minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.[5][6]

Thrive Capital Management, LLC
Company typePrivate
IndustryVenture Capital
Founded2010; 14 years ago (2010)[1][2]
FounderJoshua Kushner
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, U.S.
Key people
Nitin Nohria, (Executive chair)
ProductsInvestments
AUMUS$16 billion (2022)
Number of employees
57 (2022)
Websitethrivecap.com
Footnotes / references
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History edit

Joshua Kushner founded Thrive Capital in 2010, at 24 years old.[4][5][6][1] Joel Cutler and General Catalyst provided the initial $5 million in seed money for the firm in 2010 as well as introduced investors to the firm and Kushner.[6]

In 2011, the firm launched its first institutional fund, raising another $40 million from Princeton University, Wellcome Trust, Peter Thiel and other investors.[4][5][6] General Catalyst served as the core LP yet again for this second funding round.[1]

Following the 2016 election, Jared Kushner was appointed as Senior Advisor to the President.[7] Jared sold his entire Thrive Capital stake to avoid conflict of interest between him and the Trump administration.[8][9][10]

In May 2021, Petershill Partners had invested around $120 million in Thrive Capital for a 3% stake,[5][11] which valued the firm at $3.6 billion.[5][11] In September 2021, the firm registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.[12] The firm stated as part of its regulatory filing that it planned to use some funds to investment in public companies and crypto assets.[12]

In 2021, ten of Thrive's portfolio companies went public, including Affirm and Nubank.[1]

In 2022, Nitin Nohria was brought on as the firm's first executive chair.[1]

In January 2023, a group of five investors, Bob Iger, Mukesh Ambani, Henry Kravis, Xavier Niel and Jorge Paulo Lemann, acquired a 3.3% stake of Thrive Capital.[13][14] This put Thrive at a $5.3 billion valuation - a 50% increase from when Goldman Sachs paid $175 million for the same stake in 2021.[1]

The firm is noted for being an early investors in several high-profile technology platforms such as Instagram, GitHub, Spotify and Twitch.[5][6] Thrive has also invested in Stripe, Airtable, Glossier, Plaid, Anduril, Ramp, and OpenAI.[1][15][16]

Funds edit

Fund[17] Vintage Year Committed Capital ($m)
Thrive Capital Partners I 2009 USD 10
Thrive Capital Partners II 2011 USD 40
Thrive Capital Partners III 2012 USD 150
Thrive Capital Partners IV 2014 USD 400
Thrive Capital Partners V 2016 USD 700
Thrive Capital Partners VI 2018 USD 1,000
Thrive Capital Partners VII[18] 2021 USD 2,000
Thrive Capital Partners VIII[19][20] 2022 USD 3,000

Notable investments edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Abram Brown; Kate Clark (February 24, 2023). "Josh Kushner's Budding Empire". The Information. Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  2. ^ Matt Durot (April 5, 2022). "Thrive's Josh Kushner: The Other Brother Becomes Family's First Billionaire". Forbes. Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  3. ^ "Form ADV" (PDF). SEC. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e Rusli, Evelyn M. (August 22, 2011). "Joshua Kushner's Thrive Capital Raises $40 Million". DealBook. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "How Joshua Kushner – not Jared – became his family's first billionaire". South China Morning Post. May 9, 2022. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Durot, Matt. "Thrive's Josh Kushner: The Other Brother Becomes Family's First Billionaire". Forbes. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  7. ^ "ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS ON WHITE HOUSE OFFICE PERSONNEL" (PDF). Trump White House Archives. June 30, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  8. ^ Bertoni, Steven. "Josh Kushner's Complex World: How Jared's Liberal Brother Runs A Billion Dollar Fund In Trump Era". Forbes. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  9. ^ Singh, Yuliya Chernova and Preeti (January 25, 2021). "Joshua Kushner's Thrive Capital Goes for Mega-Fundraise". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  10. ^ Disis, Jill (April 18, 2017). "Jared Kushner is still selling off business assets". CNNMoney. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Goldman Sachs Is Said to Invest in Josh Kushner's Thrive Capital". Bloomberg.com. May 19, 2021. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  12. ^ a b Chernova, Yuliya (November 29, 2021). "Josh Kushner's Thrive Capital Gains More Flexibility to Invest in Crypto, Public Stocks". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  13. ^ Hayes, Dade (January 24, 2023). "Bob Iger Joins Investors Taking Minority Stake In Venture Firm Thrive Capital". Deadline. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  14. ^ Jin, Berber (January 24, 2023). "WSJ News Exclusive | Robert Iger, Henry Kravis to Buy Minority Stake in Thrive Capital". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  15. ^ Jon Victor; Erin Woo (April 17, 2023). "OpenAI Wraps Up Tender as AI Talent War Heats Up". The Information. Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  16. ^ Azevedo, Mary Ann (August 22, 2023). "Fintech startup Ramp raises $300M at a 28% lower valuation of $5.8B". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 19, 2023.
  17. ^ "Thrive Capital | Palico". www.palico.com. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  18. ^ "Joshua Kushner's Thrive Capital raises $2 billion for latest funds". Reuters. February 11, 2021. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  19. ^ Loizos, Connie (February 17, 2022). "New York's Thrive Capital closes its eighth fund with a whopping $3 billion". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g Chernova, Yuliya (February 17, 2022). "Thrive Capital Reloads With $3 Billion in New Funds". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  21. ^ Cutler, Kim-Mai (March 24, 2015). "Cadre Raises $18.3M From Thrive, General Catalyst To Build Software For Big Commercial Real Estate". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  22. ^ "Hiring Software Juggernaut Greenhouse Swallows $35M Series C | TechCrunch". September 4, 2015. Archived from the original on September 4, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  23. ^ Higgins, Tim (October 10, 2017). "SoftBank Leads $164 Million Bet on Digital-Mapping Startup Mapbox". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  24. ^ O'Hear, Steve (February 23, 2017). "Confirmed: UK challenger bank Monzo raises £19.5M with another £2.5M in crowdfunding planned". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  25. ^ Shontell, Alyson. "An Admirable New Startup, Neverware, Has Raised $1 Million To Try And Save Schools A Lot Of Money". Business Insider. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  26. ^ "OpenGov Receives $4M for Transparency Software". SiliconANGLE. July 3, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  27. ^ Buhr, Sarah (January 19, 2016). "Patreon Gains $30 Million Series B Funding To Support Growth". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  28. ^ "David and Alan Tisch raise $7.5 million for stealthy startup Spring". Fortune. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  29. ^ Lawler, Ryan (May 19, 2014). "Whisper Confirms $36M In New Funding, Adds Related Posts, Categories, And Explore Feature To App". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 23, 2022.

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