NYVP end of 2021 update; our most active year yet!
We made 16 new investments and 5 follow on investments this year — below is only what is publicly announced.
*NYVP we invest $25-$50k at pre/seed at <$10M valuations (priced/SAFE/note) to start. We’re opportunistic but stay away from bio/healthcare/insurance and only 70% are based in NY, regardless of our name :)
2021 was definitely a busy year:
- I moved to Long Island
- Had a baby
- Hosted 30 virtual Active Investor Upstreams, interviewed 20 VCs and introduced 700+ investors digitally
- Snuck in an amazing in-person dinner with 20+ investors
- Sent out 68 newsletters to my Active Investor list of 400 (800+ in slack)
- Met with ~700 founders (lots of Zooms)
- We invested in Saas, CPG, consumer, social, creator, food/restaurant, Ai/ML/MV, education, death, carbon-neutral, work (used to be future of work), cyber, health/wellness, customer success and had three pivots into crypto
- Where did our investments come from? 5 warm intros via VC/angel/operator, 4 through portfolio founders, 4 proactive via Techstars (3) and ondeck, 2 cold emails, 1 previous founder we backed
We would also love to invest in more climate/sustainability/carbon reduction startups as well. Let's finally co-invest together in 2022!
- I stepped up my meme game which now has 1M+ views combined
- Kidas raises $2M to protect kids online from cyberbullying while playing games / in the metaverse — we found them through the Techstars Comcast Accelerator
Kidas Funding Announcement
Kidas Raises $2 Million to Bring Safety tools to the Metaverse and Children's PC gaming.
- Upstream raises $2.75M Seed — we invested in their previous pre-seed too
Upstream, a Miami-based professional networking platform, raises a $2.75M seed round
If you're reading this, there's a pretty good chance you have a LinkedIn profile with your digital resume and hundreds…
- Upstream Launches their Collective- a DAO as a Service which we’re very excited about as web3/metaverse keeps growing
Discover Collectives | Upstream
Upstream is the best place to grow your professional community. Manage your community with ease using our unique…
- Lance (banking for freelancers) raises $2.8M — we found them through Techstars Barclay
Here's the 21-page pitch deck Lance, a digital bank for freelancers, used to raise a $2.8 million…
For freelancers, keeping track of finances is often a second job in and of itself. Revenue streams can be volatile and…
- Thrive Fantasy (sports prop bets) $3M Series A — we previously invested in the seed too
ThriveFantasy Closes $3M Funding Round as Platform Continues to Experience Sizable Growth
Thrive announces Scott Secord of Cardinal Sports Capital Inc. as new Board Member and a lead investor in the round NEW…
- Kreatures of Habit launched their protein oatmeal and raises $2.2M
Celebrity chef Michael Chernow whips up new lifestyle brand, Kreatures of Habit, raises $2.2M
Michael Chernow is already known as a restaurateur, chef, television host and entrepreneur, but now he can also add…
- Uizard (design no code) $15M Series A from Insight Partners — we invested in their pre-seed and seed previously (Thanks LDV)
Uizard Raises $15M in Series A Funding Led by Global ScaleUp Investor Insight Partners | News &…
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Aug. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - Copenhagen-based Uizard, the world's first AI-powered digital design…
- Fi (Smart dog collar) raised $30M Series B — we invested in their seed round
Connected pet collar company Fi raises a $30M Series B
Pet tech company Fi today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series B. The round, led by Chuck Murphy of…
- StrongDM (database management) Series B from Tiger, GV and Sequoia — we invested in the pre-seed, seed and Series A previously
strongDM Raises $54M Series B Led by Tiger Global to Transform Secure Infrastructure Access…
BURLINGAME, CA September 15, 2021 - strongDM, the infrastructure access platform, today announced it closed a $54…
- Secfi raises $700M to buy pre-IPO shares
Announcing our $700M in total financing capital from Serengeti Asset Management to help employees…
I'm thrilled to announce Secfi's second investment facility from Serengeti Asset Management for $150 million. It…
- Superlocal goes $LOCAL — think foursquare but with crypto incentives
- Popchew creates food brands for creators, partners with SZN (4.6M Youtube subscribers)
How Startup Popchew Is Feeding Creators' Restaurant Ambitions
At a certain point, many creators want to do more than earn money from videos and sponsored posts: They want to own…
— order them here www.wingszn.com
- Brian launched his Science Literacy Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 social-impact organization whose mission is to investigate, create, and fund scalable initiatives and programs, providing new paths to Science Literacy.
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