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Enrique Allen

Enrique Allen

Co-Director, Designer Fund

Enrique Allen's philosophy is that good designers are essential to creating successful startups. To that end, Allen started Designer Fund, an investment partner that helps designers create businesses with meaningful impact. The fund focuses on making seed stage tech investments and specializes in building the best community of entrepreneurial designers and producing a premier design education program, Bridge, that connects mid to senior level designers with top startups like Pinterest, Airbnb, and Square. Previously, Allen was a designer at venture capital firms including 500 Startups, Facebook’s fbFund, and Venrock where he helped invest in companies like Wildfire (acquired by Google) and Behance (acquired by Adobe). As a Stanford University alum, he continues to teach dmedia at the Stanford design school.

These companies are asking for people who don’t even exist right now, a handful of designers in the world that can produce what they’re looking for.