Kepler Operator’s Fund

We are founders who invest in other founders.

Founders see us as people they want to work with and we’re fortunate to get the opportunity to support such talented builders. If you’re a founder, we’ve been on the same journey you’re on: building a successful business as outsiders without the early advantages of fame or institutional support, and growing that business in a way that earns respect and support from excellent customers, name-brand investors, and incredibly talented employees.
We give relevant advice and treat you the way we’d want to be treated. We won’t be the investors who text you the latest funding announcement for your competitor (🙃) but we will be the ones who introduce you to the lead for your next round, get on the phone with candidates to help you close key hires, and otherwise be available as a sounding board.
Tyler and Julian

How we invest

  • $100k-1M+ in follow-on or growth-stage investments via our syndicate.
  • 24 hour turnaround after you speak with one of us.
  • Cold emails welcome: founders@keplerventures.com

Investments

Wander (pre-seed) is building the infrastructure for people to live and work, anywhere

Founder: John Andrew Entwistle

Series A from QED, Susa, Redpoint, and a16z
Wander (pre-seed) is building the infrastructure for people to live and work, anywhere Founder: John Andrew Entwistle Series A from QED, Susa, Redpoint, and a16z
Loyal (seed+) is giving our best friends more time.

Founder: Celine Halioua

Series A from Khosla, First Round, Box Group, Collaborative Fund, Longevity Fund
Loyal (seed+) is giving our best friends more time. Founder: Celine Halioua Series A from Khosla, First Round, Box Group, Collaborative Fund, Longevity Fund
XMTP (seed) is building the communication network for web3.

Founders: Matt Galligan and Shane Mac 

Series A from a16z Crypto
XMTP (seed) is building the communication network for web3. Founders: Matt Galligan and Shane Mac Series A from a16z Crypto
 
AstroForge (pre-seed) mining asteroids.

Founders: Matt Gialich and Jose Acain 

Seed round from Initialized and 776
AstroForge (pre-seed) mining asteroids. Founders: Matt Gialich and Jose Acain Seed round from Initialized and 776
Arcol (pre-seed, first check) is doing for building design what Figma did for UI design.

Founder: Paul O’Carroll

Seed round from Cowboy Ventures, Dylan Field, and former CEO of Autodesk
Arcol (pre-seed, first check) is doing for building design what Figma did for UI design. Founder: Paul O’Carroll Seed round from Cowboy Ventures, Dylan Field, and former CEO of Autodesk
Only investments where the financing round has been announced are listed.
Levels Pogo Loyal MainStreet Secureframe Motion XMTP Equi Wander Copper Traba CatalyzeX Nestcoin CabinDAO Well Seasoned Matter Overflow Infopop Roo Dynaboard Badaboom Sunroom Rizzle Almanac Leda Health Boundary Layer Technologies Panther Arcol Spot Deca
Astroforge
Otto

We have either preceded or invested alongside...

Kleiner Perkins Founders Fund a16z First Round Khosla Ventures General Catalyst Cowboy Ventures Floodgate Craft Ventures Slow Ventures Redpoint Uncork Capital Tribe Capital Village Global Longevity Fund ...and many more fantastic funds and angels
 
Are you thinking about starting a company or about to make the jump to work on one full-time? We recommend the On Deck Founder Fellowship for exploring starting a company.  Please email julian@beondeck.com if you have any questions about On Deck or would like a referral.
Are you thinking about starting a company or about to make the jump to work on one full-time? We recommend the On Deck Founder Fellowship for exploring starting a company. Please email julian@beondeck.com if you have any questions about On Deck or would like a referral.

Updates from founders we’ve backed:

Jun 1, 2022 - Announcing Otto’s $1.6M Round
May 26, 2022 - Astroforge raises $13M seed round from Initialized and 776
May 17, 2022 - Deca unveils $6.2M seed with Offline Ventures and NFT luminaries
May 8, 2022 - Crowdpad announces seed round from top crypto builders and funds
Mar 17, 2022 - Arcol announced their seed round led by Cowboy Ventures and CEOs of Figma, Autodesk, and Procore
Feb 25, 2022 - Boundary Layer Technologies to launch green hydrofoil containership
Feb 23, 2022 - Secureframe raises $56M led by Accomplice
Feb 9, 2022 - Wander raises $20M Series A led by QED Investors
Jan 19, 2022 - Lattice raises $175M led by Thrive Capital, Elad Gil, Tiger Global, and Dragoneer
Aug 11, 2021 - Tiger Global leads $65M round for Hologram
Sep 23, 2021 - Loyal raises $27M Series A from Khosla Ventures
Apr 26, 2021 - CareRev raises $50M Series A led by Transformation Capital Partners
Apr 6, 2021 - Patreon raises $155M led by Tiger Global
Mar 7, 2021 - Mainstreet raises $60M Series A led by SignalFire