Kara Nortman

Kara Nortman

Kara is a Partner at Upfront Ventures, Southern California’s largest early-stage venture capital firm. Some of her notable investments include Parachute Home, Fleetsmith (acq. by Apple), Open Raven, Stem, Territory, and Strive, with over 50% of her portfolio led by women CEOs. Kara is also a founding member of All Raise, a VC-led group dedicated to increased diversity in funders and founders and serves on the board of TIME’S UP. Before Upfront, Kara co-founded the children's e-commerce company Moonfrye and also spent seven years at IAC where she co-headed the M&A group and acted as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Urbanspoon and Citysearch. During her tenure at IAC she oversaw the initial investment in Tinder. Earlier in her career, she also spent time at Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, and Battery Ventures.  She received her AB in Politics from Princeton University and her MBA from Stanford University. Kara resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters.


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