Elon co-founded LaunchCapital in January 2008 to help entrepreneurs gain quick access to seed capital and mentorship. With a passion for working with industry disruptors and teams that have a strong business development focus, Elon has been involved in over 90 deals across a wide range of industries and geographies. He holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA in Economics from George Washington University. His prior work experience includes brand management, strategy consulting and finance. Elon lives in Connecticut with his wife, 2 young daughters, and very shaggy dog.
Bill is an experienced private investor, with over 7 years backing companies in the networking, semiconductor, clean energy and online markets. Bill has been in/around the Boston startup scene for close to 15 years, previously holding senior level roles at companies such as Sycamore Networks. Bill received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Bill is a lifelong Bostonian who currently lives in the suburbs with his wife and 3 children. When he has time he enjoys playing basketball and cycling.
Dave is a mentor and strategist to internet/tech/mobile startups of all sorts, with a focus on product/UX strategy and development. He is focusing on investments in the Bay area and NYC. Prior to joining the LaunchCapital team, Dave was an angel investor since 2006. He was an early Yahoo! employee where he ran UX for almost 9 years and has worked on physical products at Apple and frogdesign.
Tom is a principal at LaunchCapital and a mentor to many early startups in the local community. In addition to his diligence work, Tom is often found at TechStars where he serves as an advisor. Tom is a former high school economics teacher turned entrepreneur. Prior to joining LaunchCapital, Tom lived through the full life cycle of a VC-backed startup. Tom earned his BA in Economics from Middlebury College. A native New Yorker, Tom evens out the Yankee fan contingent at LaunchCapital.
Board of Directors
Michael Vlock and Karen Pritzker
Mr. Vlock and Ms. Pritzker run the Pritzker/Vlock family office. The enterprise owns and
manages a broad portfolio of public equities, consumer, biotech, industrial and
medical equipment and technology businesses, several venture funds, real
estate, and has substantial private equity ownership of Global Hyatt
Corporation, TransUnion LLC, Triton Container International Corporation and
the Marmon Group. They are involved in numerous national philanthropic
efforts individually and through their family foundation with emphasis on literacy,
education, medicine, theatre and land preservation.
Ms. Pritzker received a B.A. from Northwestern University.
Mr. Vlock received a B.A. from Hampshire College and a J.D. from
Boston College School of Law.