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History of Venture First

We've only been around for a decade but we've been busy.


Founder and CEO, John Shumate, began valuing venture stage companies from his hospital bed to pay the bills when he was receiving a stem cell transplant.


CEOs and VCs like John’s work and business grows. Will Baumgardner joins Venture First as first employee.


Client CEO asks John to serve as factional CFO. This was the genesis for our CFO Services vertical and the beginning of a 5-year partnership with first client company.


Depth of valuation products expand with hiring of first practice-lead; Venture First secures first office space in NuLu, entrepreneurial hub of Louisville.


Accounting services added to Venture First’s product offering to fully integrate client’s needs and increase efficiency in CFO reporting.


Venture First moves into current headquarters located in downtown Louisville, KY.


Venture First expands footprint to South FL, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.


Venture First launches a portfolio of targeted niche funds to fill funding gaps and to reward forward-thinking investors in the venture and alternatives markets.