A New York VC Spotlight: Andy Dunn



Andy Dunn is a Chicago-born, Stanford University-educated entrepreneur who is now making quite the name for himself here on the east coast and beyond. Dunn is the co-founder and CEO of Bonobos, an apparel brand known for offering well-crafted, great-fitting clothing and a top-notch shopping experience that’s simple and painless. Today, Bonobos is the largest apparel brand in the U.S. ever launched on the Internet.

After the success of Bonobos, Dunn decided to turn his entrepreneurial spirit into a business itself and founded Red Swan, a venture capital firm that looks to “invest in amazing humans.” And that is exactly what they are doing. With over 40 businesses in its portfolio, including some well-known growing successes like Warby Parker, it’s no surprise that Dunn is a busy man.

In addition to his work at Bonobos and Red Swan, Dunn acts as an advisor for some new ventures, including Madison Reed and the Bouqs Company. He also is a board member at Bonobos and Hinge.

As one of Crain’s New York Business 2013 40 Under 40 members, Dunn’s future looks very bright. Dunn is a self-proclaimed lover of apex predators, yes, including the gummy bear, and believes that the future is discovered as much as it is made. If the past is any indication, Dunn will likely continue to discover and make an entrepreneurial future for himself – and others – that is bright and promising.

VC Firm:
Red Swan – Founder

Sector Focus:
Analytics, Consumer Internet, E-Commerce, Enterprise Software, Fashion, Health Care, Mobile, Mobile Commerce, Social Commerce

Selected Investments:
Birchbox, Wealthfront, Chloe + Isabel, Warby Parker, TaskRabbit, Coinbase, Matterport, Wanelo, Hailo, Floored, Nomi, Cover, Keychain Logistics, Sunglass, Thanx, Scopely, EverTrue, Bottlenose, RJMetrics, SeatGeek, Spree Commerce, Cambrian Genomics, RelayRides, OrderAhead, Harry’s, ID.me, Hinge, Artivest, Trumaker, Betterment, Cabify, BucketFeet, PolicyMic, Aidin, LayerVault, Weddington Way, Interior Define, Whistle Labs


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Memorable Quotes: 
On the success of Bonobos: “I don’t live with the feeling that I have a successful venture. I live with the feeling that I have a great brand and a great team, but still have to prove that we can build a great business.”



About the author: Caroline Jordan

Caroline Jordan is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. In her spare time, she is a crossword freak and always hungry for a great book. She is also currently a copy-editing intern for AlleyWatch.

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