Kara Nortman

Managing Partner
Upfront Ventures

Kara is a managing partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest venture capital firm based in Los Angeles. Some of her notable investments include Parachute Home, Time by Ping, Endgame, Stem, Open Raven, Britive, and Fleetsmith (acquired by Apple in 2020).

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 is also a founding member of All Raise, a VC-led group dedicated to increased diversity in funders and founders and is a founder of LA’s women’s soccer team, Angel City Football Club. Kara resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters.

My Sessions

Women Who Paved The Way in Tech

Sunset Terrace

The tech industry is growing and diversifying, with women leading the charge. In this panel, Kara Nortman and Robyn Ward, two leaders who paved the way for increasing opportunities for women in the industry, will discuss their personal and professional journeys. They will highlight the challenges women leaders face, their strategies for self-promotion and self-confidence, […]