Gain a unique insight into the inner-workings of a VC investment committee during this pitch event & discussion.
One founder will pitch their business to our guest VC, this month from Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, followed by a discussion with the VC on their thoughts, suggestions, & what they look for in a pitch.
One Betaworks Studios member will be chosen to pitch their company.
IIf you'd like to submit yourself for consideration, please do so in the RSVP form.
Charlie O'Donnell is the sole Partner & Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed & pre-seed investments & was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn--where he was born & raised. Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of The Wing, Canary, Hungryroot, Ample Hills, Clubhouse, Imagen, & goTenna among others.
Charlie has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies. Nick Bilton identifies him as an influence on early Twitter investors in his book, Hatching Twitter. Dennis Crowley credits him as having helped kick off the first funding of Foursquare before other VCs had said yes. At First Round Capital, he helped source the firm's investments in Singleplatform (sold to Constant Contact), Moat (Sold to Oracle) & GroupMe (sold to Skype). Charlie discovered GroupMe at the hackathon where the service had been built. He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), Moat, chloe + isabel, & Refinery29.
Working in venture capital since 2001, he apprenticed his way through the asset class with analyst roles on the original Union Square Ventures team as well as at the General Motors pension fund--a long time limited partner in many top tier funds.
Charlie is one of only a dozen individuals to be named to Business Insider's 100 Most Influential People in NY Tech five or more times. He served on the founding board of the New York Tech Meetup & is one of the group's first 100 members. He was recently named to City & State Magazine's Tech Power 50. His blog, This is Going to Be BIG!, is one of the ten most widely read VC blogs in the country & over 13,000 people read his weekly NYC tech newsletter. He has spoken at SXSW & Techcrunch Disrupt.
Charlie bikes to work, has done four Ironman 70.3s, four marathons, & founded the kayaking program in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The longest he has consecutively been outside of the five boroughs of New York City is three weeks.