Enrique Allen

Co-Director, Designer Fund

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)

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Enrique Allen's Overview

  • Co-Director, Co-Founder at Designer Fund
  • Lecturer, Co-Instructor at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford
  • Researcher, Mobile and Video Applications at Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab
  • Resident Designer at fbFund
  • Social Media Consultant at Weigend Associates LLC
  • Product Designer at Venrock
  • Product Designer at AskMeGo

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Enrique Allen's Experience

Co-Director, Co-Founder

Designer Fund

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Design industry

April 2011Present (3 years 6 months) San Francisco

Enrique Allen is the Co-Director of Designer Fund where he helps designers create businesses with meaningful impact. The fund invests between $100K - $1MM in startups cofounded by designers and produces a design education program called Bridge that connects experienced designers with top companies like Airbnb, Pinterest and Dropbox.

Previously Enrique 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 Bay Area native and Stanford University alum, he continues to teach dmedia, one of the most popular courses at the Stanford design school.

Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Design industry

August 2009Present (5 years 2 months) Stanford

Lecturer & Co-Instructor:

Alumnus & Coach:

Former TAt:

Designer, Venture Advisor

500 Startups

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

July 2010November 2012 (2 years 5 months) Mountain View

500 Startups is an early-stage seed fund and accelerator program located in Mountain View, CA. We invest primarily in consumer & SMB internet startups, and related web infrastructure services. Our initial investment size is typically $25K-$250K.

Selected areas of interest include financial services & e-commerce, search/social/mobile platforms, personal & business productivity, education & language, family & healthcare, web infrastructure, and tribbles.

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2010June 2010 (6 months)


IT and Web Designer

Mural Music & Arts Project

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

20062010 (4 years) East Palo Alto

Researcher, Mobile and Video Applications

Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab

20062010 (4 years) Stanford

Former TA:

Published research in Persuasive2011
Author in http://texting4health.org

Founding team of:


Resident Designer


May 2009September 2009 (5 months)

Designed Facebook's founding incubator program.

fbFund is a $10M seed fund and joint venture run by Facebook, Founders Fund, and Accel Partners. Investment capital for the fund is provided by both Accel and Founders Fund. For the current fbFund REV 2009 incubator program (our third company competition), selected companies are eligible to receive up to $100K in equity investment.

Social Media Consultant

Weigend Associates LLC

April 2008June 2009 (1 year 3 months)

Consulting services to former Amazon.com Chief Scientist, Andreas Weigend

Social Media TA for Stanford STATS 252 Data Mining and E-Business course: http://socialdatarevolution.com

Product Designer


Partnership; 11-50 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

June 2008January 2009 (8 months)

Product Designer


Partnership; 11-50 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

June 2008December 2008 (7 months)

Enrique Allen's Education

Stanford University

MS candidate, Management Science & Engineering, Product Design


Stanford University

BA, Human Biology, Human Computer Interaction


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