Kirsten comes to NFC with a career of actively partnering with founders and their teams to help them accelerate growth and achieve their vision. With years of experience on the investor side and a decade of experience as an operator in companies large and small, she has a high level of empathy and experience to lend to NFC and our portfolio companies. Having built the majority of her career in the Boulder/Denver area, she will help NFC further cement our footprint in the Colorado market.
Prior to joining NFC, Kirsten served as a Senior Associate with Blackhorn Ventures, based in Denver. Blackhorn is a high-velocity early stage industrial-focused firm investing pre-seed through Series A. At Blackhorn, Kirsten focused on new investment opportunities, modeling and forecasting at the portfolio company, fund and firm levels, and providing operational and coaching support for Blackhorn’s portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Blackhorn, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence with the Techstars Accelerator where she helped source and select the next class of companies for the Boulder cohort. Kirsten still serves as a Mentor for the Techstars Boulder program. Previously, she helped launch Flytedesk, a 2015 Techstars advertising technology startup as Head of Finance and Operations.
She has a double BA in mathematics and philosophy, and an MBA focused in entrepreneurial finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she was voted the “most outstanding student”. She’s also a former competitive big mountain skier having competed on the Freeskiing World Tour and in the Colorado Freeride Championships.
Besides startups and skiing, Kirsten is passionate about spending time outdoors with her husband Ben and daughter Riley. She’s also a big soccer fan, classically trained pianist, and enthusiastic amateur gluten free baker. She’s looking forward to getting her family integrated into the Bozeman ecosystem.