Left Lane Capital is a New York-based VC best known for investing in GoStudent, Wayflyer and Masterworks, among others.
Co-founded by Nicolas Heymann and Tobias Saul, Kittl offers browser-based graphic design tools to create logos, labels, postcards and more.Over email, Heymann, co-founder and CEO told me:
With Kittl we allow users to create professional-grade designs fast and easily by removing the barrier of a tough learning curve. Our features are designed to make complex design processes simple and accessible with a few clicks. Our competitors either focus on basic tools that only allow a small range of creative freedom, or they take a lot of training and practice to get good at.
Kittl started out as Heritage Type, founded by Heymann and Saul in 2020, but went on to rebrand after raising a €1.6 million seed round in October 2021.
Notably, given that AI is probably going to replace a lot of these tools fairly soon, Heymann says they plan to “double down on existing AI and machine learning efforts.”
“Kittl’s easy-to-use platform democratizes the creation of professional-grade graphic design,” said Magnus Karnehm, principal at Left Lane Capital, in a statement. “Kittl has grown its user base and user engagement incredibly fast, and this is entirely thanks to their laser focus on creating a platform that spans ideation, creation and ultimately monetization of graphic design.”