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From Boston VC to Los Angeles Fashion: The Story Of Kobe Fuller

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Kobie Fuller, a venture capitalist, was born on August 15, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, and spent the majority of his childhood there. Due to his competitive nature, Fuller became interested in sports at a young age and participated in a variety of sports. When he was rejected from the high school basketball team, Fuller turned to track and field. He continued to sprint at Harvard University, where he enrolled in 1998. Fuller had a successful sprinting career at Harvard, finishing races consistently and setting a new indoor school record for the 400 in 2002. He set a record of 48.38 seconds, which is still in use today. He also served as the team’s co-captain.

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Fuller began working at various private equity and digital marketing firms after graduating from Harvard in 2002 with a BA in economics. He rose to the position of Chief Marketing Officer at one of these, Revolve, one of the largest fashion internet commerce firms. He also founded OpenView Venture Partners and was a founding partner of Insight Venture Partners. Fuller was also an early investor in Oculus and Exact Target.

In 2013, Fuller began working at Accel, a venture capital firm in which he was also an early investor. He left in 2016 to join Upfront Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Santa Monica, California, and relocated his family from Boston to Los Angeles to work as a general partner on-site. He was able to put his knowledge of enterprise SAAS (a type of software delivery and licensing that is accessed online via subscriptions) and technologies like VR and AR to good use there.

In 2019, Fuller assisted in the launch of Valance, a network designed to help businesses connect with Black talent in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Fuller is a co-founder and Chairman of Valence, as well as an Upfront Ventures general partner. Fuller was instrumental in the development of Valence due to the scarcity of Black workers in Silicon Valley; only 3% of the total workforce in 2020 was Black. At the time he founded Valance, there were only three Black CEOs on the Fortune 500 list. Fuller founded the network to address this issue and to celebrate the accomplishments of Black women and men in business.

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