Welcoming Kyle Harrison

We're thrilled to announce that Kyle has joined our investing team as General Partner.

Eric Tarczynski

May 13, 2022

I met Kyle Harrison 26 days after starting Contrary.

As with most of the early days, it was a matter of hustle and luck. I’d cold emailed him, wanting to build my network in Utah and BYU.

But unlike most cold emails, this one worked.

I’ll never forget how selfless Kyle was during our first conversation. He had no reason to help me – I was a nobody, and he surely wasn’t going to get anything out of this bargain.

And yet he went out of his way to help, introducing me to people like John Koelliker (whose company, Leland, we backed five years later) and the team at Album VC, among a dozen others.

We became fast friends and stayed close, with Kyle becoming an early advisor to Contrary six years ago.

And while our paths diverged for a few years, with me crisscrossing the country and Kyle doing true late-stage growth investing at TCV, a year and a half ago we went on a walk in San Francisco. While catching up on life, the conversation (inevitably) steered itself back to work, the future of venture, and what we both wanted out of our careers.

We believed deeply that venture was changing – fast – and that an opportunity existed to build one of the best venture firms of our generation.

It would be focused on identifying the brightest people in the world – first – and building infrastructure to relentlessly support those people for their entire careers.

Given Kyle had spent the better part of seven years across Index, Coatue, and TCV focused on working with founders later in their journeys, he’d play an integral role in building out this infrastructure.

A year and a half of sales efforts later (and with massive thanks to his wife Camden and children Dax, Jed, and Eve), I’m thrilled to share that Kyle Harrison has joined Contrary as a General Partner to co-found our later-stage practice.

There couldn’t be a better person at the helm. Welcome, Kyle!

— Eric

Disclosure: Nothing presented within this article is intended to constitute legal, business, investment or tax advice, and under no circumstances should any information provided herein be used or considered as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy an interest in any investment fund managed by Contrary LLC (“Contrary”) nor does such information constitute an offer to provide investment advisory services. Information provided reflects Contrary’s views as of a time, whereby such views are subject to change at any point and Contrary shall not be obligated to provide notice of any change. Companies mentioned in this article may be a representative sample of portfolio companies in which Contrary has invested in which the author believes such companies fit the objective criteria stated in commentary, which do not reflect all investments made by Contrary. No assumptions should be made that investments listed above were or will be profitable. Due to various risks and uncertainties, actual events, results or the actual experience may differ materially from those reflected or contemplated in these statements. Nothing contained in this article may be relied upon as a guarantee or assurance as to the future success of any particular company. Past performance is not indicative of future results. A list of investments made by funds managed by Contrary (excluding investments for which the issuer has not provided permission for Contrary to disclose publicly as well as unannounced investments in publicly traded digital assets) is available at www.contrary.com/investments.

Certain information contained in here has been obtained from third-party sources, including from portfolio companies of funds managed by Contrary. While taken from sources believed to be reliable, Contrary has not independently verified such information and makes no representations about the enduring accuracy of the information or its appropriateness for a given situation. Charts and graphs provided within are for informational purposes solely and should not be relied upon when making any investment decision. Please see www.contrary.com/legal for additional important information.