About LaunchCapital

Elon Boms Founder

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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Cliff Sirlin Managing Director

Cliff Sirlin recently joined LaunchCapital as the Managing Director. Cliff is a career entrepreneur and early stage investor who has founded, invested in and operated a portfolio of high growth businesses. Immediately prior to his role with LaunchCapital, Cliff was the CEO of the Domino Media Group. Cliff’s career has been focused on creating marketplaces and disrupting inefficient supply chains. The companies he has co-founded and invested in have spanned a broad diversity of industries, including technology, energy, food services, e-commerce, media and real estate. Some of his recent investments have included InVision, Pond5, Living Social, Big Fuel, Seamless and many others. Cliff received his law degree from New York University School of Law and undergraduate degree from Colgate University. Cliff lives in Westport, CT, with wife and their two children. Cliff is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and all watersports!

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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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Jason Gray Vice President, Portfolio Operations

Jason sources and evaluates investments across the country and heads portfolio company support efforts. Previously at hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, Jason is also a veteran of the Obama and Clinton presidential campaigns. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a BA & MA summa cum laude from Brandeis University.

Alice Linnehan-Smith Controller

Alice is results oriented and a highly rated finance professional with solid experience in operations, budgeting and strategic planning. A native of Connecticut, Alice has spent most of her career in Manhattan working in management roles for various industries, primarily entertainment and publishing. While in NYC, Alice attended the City University of New York and graduated with a B.A. Cum Laude and has also earned an MBA from Fordham University Graduate School of Business. She too holds a Green Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma. Alice recently relocated back to her home state and lives on the shoreline of Connecticut with her husband (and cat) as empty nesters. Alice has the good fortune of bike riding ocean side during the summer and watching the New England Patriots in the beach “off season".

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Tom Egan Principal

Tom is a principal at LaunchCapital.  Since joining the team in 2009, he has spent the last 7+ years leading the diligence efforts, building out the internal research processes, and developing investment strategies for LaunchCapital.  As Principal, Tom leads his own investments with a particular focus on companies that are using data to address large problems in markets that are underserved by technology.  He is an active board member/observer with REsurety, Karmic Labs, and Gridcure, among others.  A former operator and high school teacher, he brings a combination of operating experience, empathy for the entrepreneur, and a commitment to clear communication and knowledge sharing to all of his interactions with founders.  Tom earned his BA in Economics from Middlebury College.  A native New Yorker, Tom evens out the Yankees fan contingent at LaunchCapital.

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Konstantine Drakonakis Venture Partner

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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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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Woody Benson Venture Partner

Woody recently joined LaunchCapital as a Venture Partner based in Boston. Woody’s 35 year tech career has been half spent on the operational side (Apple Computer, Sony Corporation, Lotus Development, Shiva Corporation & MCK Communications) and half on the investing side (Lazard Technology Partners, Prism VentureWorks and now LaunchCapital). He has seen wave after wave of new technology and innovation and is considered a business partner and company builder by his CEOs. He has been named Mass Telecom CEO of the Year and Top 50 VC by AlwaysOn Media. He has been fortunate enough to be involved with several IPO stories. Benson is an Executive in Residence at Bentley University and co-founder of the Corporate Immersion Institute, an EFMD award winning graduate program. Woody also hosts a weekly radio show on Bloomberg discussing Alternative Investing with a focus on Venture Capital. Woody is a native of Swampscott, MA and graduated from Governor Dummer Academy & Bentley University. He and Beth, his wife of 29 years, reside in Boston's Seaport and on Cape Cod. Woody has two grown children and is an avid golfer and boater.

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Stefan Pepe Venture Partner

Stefan has almost 20 years of consumer-facing internet experience with executive leadership roles at Amazon, Zynga, Gilt Groupe, Ideeli and Domino Media Group. Stefan is currently a Board Director at Domino Media Group and Door to Door Organics. He holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from the University of Vermont.

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Edward Coady Junior Venture Partner

Edward sources prospective investments, supports portfolio companies, and drives industry and market research efforts at Launch. Edward specializes in exploring overlooked markets - sourcing companies in Agricultural technology and Waste Management among others. Edward joined LaunchCapital as a full time research analyst in 2012 after graduating from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science. 

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Board of Directors

Michael Vlock and Karen 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 including LaunchCapital LLC, and real estate. 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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After working together for 18 months, we built so much trust together that we proactively added LaunchCapital to our Board of Directors.

TJ Sassani, CEO & Founder of zozi

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