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  • Recap from Boston and NYC Founder Events!

    We were happy to host many LaunchCapital founders at recent events in Boston and NYC. Bringing together founders and friends to share challenges and perspectives and to create relationships/collaborations that will be helpful over time. The event started in Boston, where LaunchCapital was started back in 2008.  We had portfolio companies represented from every class… Continue

  • Pritzker/Vlock Family Office & Co-Founder Elon Boms Announce Increased Investment in LaunchCapital

    Billionaire Investors Karen Pritzker and Michael Vlock, with Co-Founder Elon Boms, innovated the seed investing industry in 2008 with the introduction of LaunchCapital LLC, one of the first venture capital firms in the historically fragmented seed investment market. Almost 10 years later, they’re doubling down on a decade of tremendous success to bring new value… Continue

  • Why your revenue projections aren’t big enough for some VCs

    I just read a great post over the weekend by Michael Dempsey: Why your startup idea isn’t big enough for some VCs. In the post, Michael explains how VCs think through whether or not you’re startup is big enough for them to invest in. In short, VC returns follow a power law distribution meaning that… Continue

  • Why We Prefer Priced Rounds

    In the past several years LaunchCapital has seen a significant increase in the use of convertible notes at the seed stage. The initial rationale for their usage made sense given the seed fundraising . But, as the standardization of seed stage terms has improved markedly in the past several years, the value of a priced round… Continue

  • Talking It Up: Launch Capital and Betaworks Voicecamp 2017

    “Alexa, turn on kitchen.” “Alexa, timer set 16 minutes.” It may seem like I’m talking to air, but I’m not; these are words I utter literally every day to my Amazon Echo in my kitchen. I’ve had my Echo since it first came out and I hopped onto its waitlist for purchase. When it first… Continue

  • Hiring an Investment Analyst

    UPDATE JAN 20, 2017: We have closed applications for the LaunchCapital Investment Analyst position and have begun reviewing applications. We received many qualified applicants and would like to thank you for the time each of you invested in learning about LaunchCapital. LaunchCapital (“LC”) is hiring an investment analyst to join our team in our New Haven office. The… Continue

  • Finding the Next Big Thing: The Pace of Sector Growth is Fast and Furious

    Back in 2011 when I first joined Launch Capital, we started a project to see if we could find untapped markets that would prove to be huge markets and produce huge wins but find them early enough so that we could get ahead of the wave and get our bet(s) in before everyone else figured… Continue

  • Qualities of an Awesome Investor

    Some of our team and I were having a chat about what does it take to be an awesome investor. When I first started investing back in 2006, I was arrogant enough to think that, being a veteran from Yahoo and having worked on so many web products, that I was good enough to invest… Continue

  • Early Stage Investing Take 2: CBInsights Updates Their Funnel and We Update Our Model

    Earlier this year, I wrote Angel Investing at Today’s Market Rates is a Losing Proposition where I presented a model for angel investing and showed that essentially index investing into the early stage set of startups at a market rate of about $6M pre-money put you at a loss after 5-6 years of about 22.6%…. Continue

  • How to Ace Your Entrepreneur Class

    Last Thursday I had the pleasure of dropping in on the Designer Entrepreneur class over at CCA. My longtime friend and colleague Christina Wodtke invited me to talk a bit about startup investing and help critique some of their recent pitch work. As I watched the pitches and listened to the students present, I thought… Continue