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Hi.  We’re bōldstart ventures, investors in technology startups with a focus on enterprise. NYC based.

About usOur portfolio

seed

stage

venture

capital

Hi.  We’re bōldstart ventures, investors in technology startups with a focus on enterprise. NYC based.

About usOur portfolio

Seed

stage 

venture

capital

Hi.  We’re bōldstart ventures, investors in technology startups with a focus on enterprise. NYC based.

About usOur portfolio

we’re thematic investors

backing product focused founders in these areas:

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SaaS 2.0

Re-imagined for mobile-first capabilities and interface.
SaaS 1.0 was built for the desktop; the next generation applications being built mobile-first, prioritizing contextually-based and UI-driven development / functionality.

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Smart Data

(not big data...)  algorithms to turn data into actionable insight.
Era of Big Data is over, next wave is delivering intelligent and actionable insight driven by core algorithms and enabled by  innovations in back / front end processing and storage.

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Googlization of IT

Enterprises run their IT stack like Google.
Demanding the benefits of a Google-like infrastructure as their own, the ability to rapidly deploy consumer-grade apps at scale, cheaply, easily, and in the cloud.

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Network Effect

Escape velocity created through viral/social graph
Value of of product/service increases exponentially with each new node added to system.

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learn more about boldstart’s ethos: 2014

our portfolio

boldstart’s investments

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EngageInbox

Simple Email
Checkout

Rapportive

Social CRM for the Inbox
(acq. by Linkedin)

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LivePerson

Nasdaq: LPSN

IPO

SaaS provider of live chat and customer support. One of the first SaaS companies to go public.

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Greenplum

Acq. by EMC

big data platform, pioneered data warehousing using commodity computers & open source software.

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247 Media

Acq. by WPP / IPO

one of the first ad networks and pioneers of category

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GoToMeeting

Acq. by Citrix

now citrix online, one of first collaboritive meeting platforms delivered as a service.

media

networksDemos

social feed

what’s happening

Product Demos

what our founders are building:

Who are we?

meet the team

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Ed Sim

Founding Partner

  • LivePerson (Nasdaq: LPSN)

  • GoToMeeting (acq. by Citrix)

  • Greemplum (acq. by EMC)

  • Ed loves to work with engineering driven founders with a laser sharp focus on product. Early believer in SaaS having led first round investments in todays market leaders like LivePerson (Nasdaq: LPSN) and GoToMeeting (acq. by Citrix).

    Over 18 yrs has led many seed and first rounds and helped a number of entrepreneurs successfully scale from seed to market leader including Greenplum (sold to EMC), GoToMyPC/GoToMeeting (sold to Citrix and now Citrix Online), 24/7 Media (public and then sold to WPP Group), Answers.com (Nasdaq: ANSW), LivePerson (Nasdaq: LPSN), Gizmo5 (sold to Google), Moreover Technologies(sold to Verisign), Flashbase (sold to Doubleclick), and Fotolog (sold to HiMedia). 

    Founded BOLDstart Ventures and co-founded Dawntreader Ventures.  Ed has a BA in Economics from Harvard and was a member of the varsity lacrosse team.
    In his spare time he cherishes spending time with his family and coaching/playing lacrosse. He started his venture capital career in 1996 with Prospect Street Ventures and subsequently co-founded Dawntreader Ventures in 1998 and founded BOLDstart Ventures in 2010. Ed has a BA in Economics from Harvard and was a member of the varsity lacrosse team.

  • Twitter: @EdSim 
     AngelList: Angel.co/EdSim

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Eliot Durbin

General Partner

  • Klout (Acq. by Lithium) 

  • Spinback (acq. by Buddy Media)

  • Look.io (acq. by LivePerson)

  • Eliot enjoys working with founders to launch products and has been investing in startups for over 9 years. He’s passionate about working with teams on marketing, product, and financing strategies. 

    His investments include; Retention Science, SpinBack (acq. Buddy Media), Look.io (acq. LivePerson), YieldMo, Anchor Intelligence (acq. Comscore), and Klout (acq. Lithium), BareSnacks, EksoBionics (otcqb: EKSO), and is also active investor / mentor @ TechStars (NYC) & Amplify.LA.

    Prior to BOLDstart, Eliot cofounded Penny Black in 2008; a private investment firm in NYC investing across broad range of sectors.  

    Eliot previously founded Templates.com, an online software retailer that was acquired 2002.

    He subsequently worked at the Permal Group, a multi-billion dollar global fund of hedge funds (acquired by Legg Mason in 2006).

    Eliot is a graduate of Georgetown University with post-graduate study at Columbia University. He enjoys house music, surfing, and lives downtown in New York City.

  • Twitter: @ETDurbin
    AngelList: Angel.co/ETDurbin

Our advisory board

rockstars of the highest caliber

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Jim Pitkow

Search pioneer & FOUNDER

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Matt Nordby

CRO, playboy enterprises

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Bernardo De Albergaria

CITRIX ONLINE

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 Todd Papaioannou

CTO @ SPLUNK

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Marty Brodbeck

cto
pearson 

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Andrew Toy

Co-FOUNDER, 
DIVIDE (acq. google)

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Rahim Fizal

Co-FOUNDER, INVOLVR (ACQ. ORACLE)

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Marc Brown

MD, corp dev & GLOBAL HEAD M&A

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Rahul Vohra

FOUNDER rapportive
(acq. linkedin)

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Justin 
Wohlstadter

VENTURE PARTNER 

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Matt
Robinson

VENTURE PARTNER

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Amy Kalokerinos

Alliances DigitasLBi

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Vince Beese

CRO & ADVISOR

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Steve  Shuhet

VENTURE PARTNER 

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Matt
Robinson

VENTURE PARTNER

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Amy Kalokerinos

Alliances DigitasLBi

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