we’re thematic investors
backing product focused founders in these areas:
Re-imagined for mobile-first capabilities and interface. learn more
SaaS 1.0 was built for the desktop; the next generation applications being built mobile-first, prioritizing contextually-based and UI-driven development / functionality.
(not big data...) algorithms to turn data into actionable insight.learn more
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.
Googlization of IT
Enterprises run their IT stack like Google.learn more
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.
Escape velocity created through viral/social graphlearn more
Value of of product/service increases exponentially with each new node added to system.
Who are we?
meet the team
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.
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.