A few weeks ago, I asked on Twitter about who the best-known DTC (Direct-to-Consumer) angels and investors are. I wasn’t able to find a comprehensive list, and the reason this came up, is that a lot of early stage DTC founders I meet with to talk about shipping, will inevitably ask me for fundraising advice.
Most of Shippo’s investors are focused on B2B, SaaS and API tools. There’s not a lot of overlap with DTC investments. Honestly, in my view DTC founders should want to raise from DTC experts.
Since tweeting about the question, several DTC founders have emailed me to share the list of DTC angels and VCs.
I’ve sorted them into angels, early stage and later stage investors. My next post on this topic will be focused on the kinds of metrics each stage of investor would want to see from a DTC company seeking funding.
If you are a DTC company seeking funding (Bonus points if you are using Shippo, or thinking about it!), feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a DTC investor interested in shipping or in getting connected to amazing DTC founders, drop me a line as well. I want to figure out how to connect more of the DTC founders I speak with to the right kind of capital.
To get connected, check out the lists below. If you are not on a list and would like to be, ping me as we build out a definitive list of early stage DTC investors here.