One of the most important things that we have built at FirstMark Capital is our platform and community. It is an infrastructure that connects and empowers hundreds of employees across our portfolio companies and tens of thousands of people in the NYC ecosystem to world class content, relationships, customers and expertise.
Every journey has its start, and ours began shortly after we launched FirstMark Capital in 2008 and held our inaugural Marketing Summit. The idea was simple: marketing was evolving rapidly, the channels through which customers and consumers engaged were changing, and those that moved to take advantage could build unfair scale ahead of others. If we could get the best minds talking about leading technologies and their approaches, the entire portfolio could benefit.
One of the earliest speakers at our Marketing Summit was Jon Miller, the co-founder of Marketo, who evangelized a new way of thinking about customers, content, and marketing automation. Jon and I stayed in touch over the years, becoming an advisor and friend to several of our portfolio companies. Marketo, of course, went on to become a powerhouse in marketing automation and is a $1B+ public company today.
Fast forward 6 years and I’m delighted to announce that we are leading a $10MM Series A financing for Engagio, a new company created by Jon Miller and his co-founder Brian Babcock. I have gotten to know Brian more recently, but he has a fantastic and very relevant background for what Engagio is doing from both the ad tech and big data worlds, having been an early engineer at successful companies like RocketFuel and Platfora. Jon and Brian in fact worked together at Epiphany in the 90s, which was one of the early pioneers in the world of marketing software.
Engagio is at the start of its mission but is building a new software platform focused on Account Based Marketing. Jon has written an entire post dedicated to the topic here. Said simply, Engagio provides one place for B2B marketers to understand all the campaigns, touch points, and interactions a company has with a target customer and plan the optimal ways to engage them over time.
We are excited to be joined by many of Marketo’s prior investors, including Storm Ventures and Bruce Cleveland/Doug Pepper, alongside First Round Capital and Amplify. Stay tuned for much, much more!