FirstMark Horizon Acquisition Corp.
Our mission is to drive long-term value creation by actively supporting the next-generation of iconic public companies. We seek to serve as a bridge between entrepreneurs and public investors by providing a compelling alternative path to access public markets.
We are seasoned technology investors who have spent decades successfully guiding companies from inception through IPO, with $2.2 billion in total capital committments. FirstMark has backed entrepreneurs that have created leading companies, including Shopify, Pinterest, Riot Games, DraftKings, Airbnb, Upwork, Discord, InVision, Dataiku, Pendo, Starry, JustWorks, Ro, Carta, and more.
Our Platform is a proprietary suite of events, resources, executive networks, and software designed to accelerate the success of companies backed by FirstMark. In particular, the Platform provides emerging technology companies with access to:
(1) recruiting services (including Board, executive, and non-executive talent recruitment); (2) go-to-market support through access to commercial and partnership opportunities with Fortune 1000 companies and strategic tech partners; and (3) operational support via access to private forums and networks of world-class operating leaders, who provide ongoing and on-demand company-building guidance.
Our Management Team
Richard Heitzmann, our Chief Executive Officer and Director, has served as a Founder and Partner of FirstMark since 2008 and brings over 20 years of relevant investment experience. At FirstMark, he focuses on consumer and enterprise investments in media, commerce, gaming, software as a service and consumer services. Rick has led investments in market leaders such as Pinterest (NYSE: PINS), Airbnb, StubHub (acquired by eBay), First Advantage (Nasdaq: FADV, acquired by First American), Tapad (acquired by Telenor), DraftKings (Nasdaq: DKNG), Riot Games (acquired by Tencent), Ro, Imperfect Foods, Discord, Carta, Omaze and Dashlane. Mr. Heitzmann served as the lead partner in each of these investments and was pivotal in driving value accretive outcomes.
Prior to founding FirstMark, Mr. Heitzmann served as a Partner at Pequot Ventures from 1999 to 2008. In addition, Mr. Heitzmann was a founding member of the senior management team at First Advantage (Nasdaq: FADV) from 2003 to 2004 which he helped grow and sell to First American (NYSE: FAF). In 2020, Mr. Heitzmann was named to the Forbes’ Midas List as one of the world’s top venture capitalists. In addition, he has been recognized by CB Insights and the New York Times as a Top 100 Venture Capitalist globally . Rick holds a B.S.in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a M.B.A from The Harvard Business School.
Amish Jani, our President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, has served as a Founder and Partner of FirstMark since 2008 and has been an active venture capitalist for over 20 years. At FirstMark, he invests broadly across the cloud software and internet landscape, including software as a service applications, commerce, technology infrastructure and more. He has invested in industry-defining companies including Shopify (NYSE: SHOP), InVision, Tracelink, Starry, Pendo, Schoology (acquired by PowerSchool), Boomi (acquired by Dell), IMImobile (LSE: IMI), Aveksa (acquired by EMC), and more.
Prior to founding FirstMark, Mr. Jani served as a Partner with Pequot Ventures from 2000 to 2008. Mr. Jani has been recognized by CB Insights and the New York Times as a Top 100 Venture Capitalist globally. Mr. Jani holds both a B.S. (summa cum laude) and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.