Brian Devaney

Chief of Staff

I’ve always been drawn to technology. Whether tinkering on our computer at age 5 or writing my senior economics thesis on the development of the internet as a general purpose technology, it’s been a through line and steady source of fascination for my entire life. I feel especially lucky to be at First Round, where we have a front row seat to new technologies and industries as they are formed.

In my role as Chief of Staff, I work alongside partner Bill Trenchard in our San Francisco office to evaluate new investments, run the diligence process and help founders on their path to building lasting companies.

Prior to First Round, I helped build and scale a new line of business at Strava, the social network for athletes. I led Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Strava Metro, working with city planners to enable data-driven decision making based on trillions of GPS tracked data points. Before Strava, I explored my interest in business operations as a strategy consultant working with marketing and sales leaders at New Breed Marketing, a top Hubspot partner agency. I began my career as an analyst with a focus on technology for EverBank, a leading internet bank.

I graduated from the University of Vermont where I studied Economics and Computer Science and raced for the cycling team. When I’m not at First Round, you can find me exploring new roads on my bike, perfecting my Kuub skills, or cooking with little to no regard for recipes.