Announcing Firstbase’s $2M Seed Round and $13M Series A from A16Z and Alpaca Ventures

Chris Herd
5 min readApr 29, 2021


Today is an important day for Firstbase and all of us personally.

We are announcing a $2M Series Seed led by David Goldberg at Alpaca and a $13M Series A led by David Ulevitch at A16Z.

Joining A16Z and Alpaca, are Mike Cardamone and James Murphy (Acceleprise), Karen Page (GP at BCapital Group), Beth Turner (General Partner at SV Angel), Johnny Boufarhat (CEO at Hopin), Mac Reddin (CEO at Commsor), Austin Rief (CEO at Morning Brew), Rob Biederman (Chairman at Catalant), Ryan Simonetti (CEO at Convene), Alana Anderson (GP at BaseCase Capital), Andreas Klinger (GP at Remote First Capital), Adrian Aoun (CEO at Forward Health), Lucy Guo (CEO at Backend Capital), James Watt (CEO at BrewDog), Henry Armistead (VP at Southstreet Partners), Lorimer Ventures, Peggy Mangot (Partner PayPal Ventures), Drew Tunney (CTO at Voro), and Cyan Bannister (GP at Long Journey Ventures).

We couldn’t wish for a better team to have on board as we accelerate into scaling our all-in-one remote worker provisioning platform.

Firstbase lets companies set up, manage, maintain and retrieve all the equipment remote workers need to do great work remotely at the touch of a button. By establishing the infrastructure to set up, support, and scale a remote workforce globally, we empower new ways of working to emerge. For workers, we help deliver a quality of life upgrade an entire generation has been waiting for. Longer-term, we are building a physical world AWS.

Firstbase Founding Story

I missed my daughter walking, laughing, and talking for the first time.

Remote work, for me, was a bridge to a higher quality of life. Becoming a Dad who was able to be there for his daughter while she grew up. More time with the people I care about most. Greater opportunity to do the things that make me happiest. All while continuing to do great, meaningful work.

Me and my co-founder, Trey Bastian, founded a FinTech startup initially. It had to be remote because of the above and also it was the only way we knew we could find, attract and retain great talent. I’m from a small city in Scotland, we knew we couldn’t have a physical location that…



Chris Herd

CEO / Founder / Coach @FirstbaseHQ Empowering people to work in their lives not live at work ✌️✌