About LaunchCapital

Elon Boms Managing Director


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.

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Bill McCullen Chief Investment Officer


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.

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Dave Shen Director, SF Bay Area


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.

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Konstantine Drakonakis Director, New Haven


Konstantine is an experienced early stage investor focused on proprietary technologies in the tri-state NY region. As an "Entrepreneurial Engineer", Konstantine gravitates to technology companies within the software, med-tech and green-tech markets. He holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Vermont. He is a board certified Professional Engineer and is a member of the National Civil Engineering Honors Society. Konstantine lives in New Haven with his wife, son and daughter. When he can, he finds a Zen moment in his garden.

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Tom Egan Principal


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.

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John Lanahan Senior Associate


As an associate, John is responsible for performing due diligence on potential opportunities, sourcing new deal flow, and aiding current portfolio companies' industry research and mentorship.  He is primarily interested in companies with strong teams, an initial revenue model, and proof of concept. He graduated from Middlebury College in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics and has a finance background.  John is an avid sports fan and a former Division III college athlete that refuses to hang up his cleats, even though it may be in his best interest.  Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, John is one of the very few diehard Jaguar fans out there.

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Ed Coady Associate


Edward first started working with LaunchCapital as a summer analyst in 2010. After graduating from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science, he joined as a full time analyst in 2012. As an analyst, Edward is responsible for performing due diligence, financial modeling, researching emerging trends and discovering new companies. Edward has always been captivated by the intersection of technology and culture and is excited to meet entrepreneurs looking to disrupt the status quo. As an avid golfer Edward finds it hard to believe that Rory Mcllroy is the same age.

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Peter Stein Associate


Peter joined LaunchCapital as an associate in the fall of 2015 to assist with the research/due diligence efforts and to source new deal flow in New York. He previously honed his marketing and data analytics skills in the sports industry, with experience at Repucom, Bloomberg Sports, and the New York Yankees. A former collegiate tennis player and high school coach, Peter is passionate about sports both as a fan and entrepreneur. His undergraduate thesis at Amherst College examined race in the game of baseball and he later earned his Masters in Sports Business from NYU in 2014. Peter is also a former English teacher and Marketer at a private New England boarding school, and values the perspective he gained regarding millennial behavior towards technology and social media.

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Jonathan Shambroom Venture Partner


Jonathan is a veteran operator and serial entrepreneur. He has over 20 years of experience in Bay Area consumer tech startups building products, teams, and managing companies. His eight companies include five exits and span a variety of industries: Travel (Switchfly, ZOZI), Social (Ning, Tagged, Evite), Video (Crackle), and Events (When.com). Jonathan has also started his own energy bar company (ZEGO) and is an active angel investor and advisor. Jonathan received his BA in English from Connecticut College. After 24 years in San Francisco, Jonathan, his wife, and 2 year-old son now live in Westport, CT. Jonathan still has more miles on his bicycles than his car.

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Heather Onstott Venture Partner


With over 20 years of credit and small business experience, Heather joined LaunchCapital in 2009 to help create the Small Business division.  As a venture partner to LaunchCapital, Heather acts as an advisor to both portfolio companies and other area startups, specializing in financial modeling and pricing strategies.  Heather earned her BA at Wofford College and her MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.  An avid Red Sox fan (WORLD SERIES, BABY!!) and enthusiastic traveler, Heather lives in the Cambridge area with her husband and son

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Elizabeth Swartz Office Manager


Elizabeth draws on her studio art background to find her sense of order and attention to detail to keep the LaunchCapital team organized. When not project managing or painting, you will likely find her with her husband at a hockey rink (near or very, very far) cheering on one of her three children.

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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.


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Launch backed us when the business was not much more than a vision—their foresight and courage was highly refreshing.

Jules Pieri, Founder & CEO of Daily Grommet

LaunchCapital has been an exceptional investor - Bill and Elon are easy to work with and they leverage their extensive networks to connect us with partners and customers.

Raj Aggarwal, CEO at Localytics

The breadth and quality of Launch's portfolio is what sets it apart. It's a national network of first rate entrepreneurs, all willing and able to help each other out with introductions, feedback, and support.

Lawrence Coburn, CEO of DoubleDutch