As our current investment team came together in 2017, we aligned our investment focus to a theme -- advancing how we work so that we can live. As work became increasingly flexible, remote, and asynchronous we needed better tools that were collaborative, integrated with existing tools, were high on UI/UX and focused on daily work use cases.
With this focus, it’s fitting that the first investment that I led at Kleiner Perkins was Figma’s Series B.
Dylan Field became part of the Kleiner Perkins family as a member of the inaugural KP Fellows class more than a decade ago. While enrolled as an undergraduate at Brown University, a Summer as a KP Fellow with Flipboard sparked his passion for product design.
During his time as a KP fellow at Flipboard, Dylan worked in product design. It was there and then that he began to develop a sense of how the design process could be improved. One glaring example was how files were shared back and forth between team members – an uncollaborative process and version control nightmare. A few years later, the first design tool built on the browser was born. It would change not only how designers worked; it would ultimately change the role of design.
Soon after we decided to lead Figma’s Series B after observing tremendous love for the product from a small set of early users.
Figma addressed the overarching workflow of designers, and then fundamentally changed the role of design. They’ve made designing collaborative, inclusive and fun. We use Figma at Kleiner Perkins to do just about everything from building our website, to planning office remodels, and organizing events, and no one on our team would claim to be a classically trained designer.
It's this spirit that has made Figma more than a company – it’s a connected community of empowered creators.
We couldn’t be more proud of the team, and look forward to what they will accomplish as part of the Adobe family.
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