Competitive Returns, Unrivaled Transparency
We value transparency and report our returns quarterly. See how our net unrealized returns compare to industry benchmarks.
The total net unrealized return of FundersClub 2012 investments
was 21.96x (69% net IRR)* as of December 31, 2018.
The total net unrealized return of FundersClub 2013 investments
was 8.79x (50% net IRR)* as of December 31, 2018.
The total net unrealized return of FundersClub 2014 investments
was 1.42x (9% net IRR)* as of December 31, 2018.
The total net unrealized return of FundersClub 2015 investments
was 1.3x (9% net IRR)* as of December 31, 2018.
The total net unrealized return of FundersClub 2016 investments
was 1.86x (28% net IRR)* as of December 31, 2018.
The total net unrealized return of FundersClub 2017 investments
was 1.46x (27% net IRR)* as of December 31, 2018.
Unrealized investment returns in VC take years to stabilize and put into context. VC benchmarking firm Cambridge Associates begins to publish benchmark returns data for a given vintage year after 2 full years have elapsed. FundersClub has adopted this practice for our own vintage reporting.
* Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Any historical returns or unrealized returns may not reflect actual returns or future performance. All securities involve risk and may result in loss, and startup investing is particularly risky and may result in total loss. We do not provide investment advice to investors. For an explanation of how we calculate unrealized returns, read our methodology
. Net figures are reported net of all fees, expenses, and carried interest. FundersClub waived fees/expenses and did not assess carried interest for a small minority of its early funds. Full Disclosure
** Data in graph reflects net multiples and net IRRs for the vintage year displayed, updated as of the date of the most recent Cambridge Associates VC Index report, Dec 31, 2017. The capital in FundersClub's funds is frequently deployed in less than one year of fund operation. Venture funds in the Cambridge Associates VC Index report frequently deploy their capital over the course of multiple years. As such, the corresponding vintage returns are not directly comparable.
Understand Why IRR Changes Over Time
Unrealized IRR changes over time as companies and the markets rise and fall, as information becomes known that previously was unknown, and with the passage of time. Unrealized IRR often peaks within the first couple of years of initial investment. A positive initial return doesn’t guarantee a positive realized return.
Example IRR of a VC fund
Source: Kauffman Foundation
Note: This graph does not represent actual FundersClub data, nor is it a projection of future FundersClub returns. This graph represents VC returns generally. Results for FundersClub may vary.
See the Compounding Effects of IRR
IRR can be a difficult concept to understand. View the effects of different IRRs on a theoretical portfolio of $100k over a period of 10 years using the interactive graph below.
** S&P 500 10 Yr Total Return is for the period 9/30/06 to 9/30/16.
Note: IRR graphing tool provided to illustrate the compounding impact of IRR and relative comparison of user-inputted IRR values to selected historical benchmarks. No correlation between user-inputted IRR values and actual returns on FundersClub is represented or claimed.
Top Follow-on Investors
Top VCs including Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, and Kleiner Perkins have invested over $3B in companies first funded by FundersClub.
While many of our most successful startups continue to grow, deferring an IPO or acquisition to the future, FundersClub has already overseen a steady stream of profitable exits.