BoldStart Ventures

BoldStart Ventures

BOLDstart Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in providing seed, startup, and early stage investments.

Company Overview

BOLDstart Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in providing seed, startup, and early stage investments. The firm provides micro-venture capital funding. It seeks to invest in companies in technology, Internet, enterprise software and services, mobile, software-as-a-service, smart data and cloud computing markets. The firm typically invests between $ 0.5 million and $ 1 million. The firm typically invests $ 0.25 million to $ 0.3 million in seed rounds and another $ 0.3 million to $ 0.5 million in Series A deals. BOLDstart Ventures was founded in 2010 and is based in New York, New York with an additional office in New York.

History

BOLDstart Ventures is a New York-based, micro-VC fund that seeks to partner with and provide seed funding to bold entrepreneurs in the Internet, mobile, and cloud computing markets. BoldStart was founded in 2010 and is based in New York. The founding members are Dward G. Sim (Managing Partner, Founding Partner, General Partner & Founder) Eliot Durbin (Managing Partner & General Partner), Jeffrey P. Leventhal (Venture Partner), Andrew Toy (Advisor) and Guy Podjarny (Advisor).

BoldStart Ventures has funded over 60 enterprise startups, for example, BigID, Security Scorecard, snyk.io, Kustomer, Divide (sold to Google), Goinstant (sold to Salesforce), blaze.io (sold to Akamai), and Rapportive (sold to LinkedIn). BoldStart has partnered with Fortune 500 CIOs, CTOs, and CISOs.

They connect company executives and enterprise-focused companies. BoldStart collaborates with senior Fortune 500 executives about their technology priorities and attempts to help identify startup partners to serve those goals. These partnerships are intended to enable enterprises to test, iterate, and implement emerging software.

Investments

Boldstart Ventures has made 90 investments. One investment was on Feb 14, 2019, when they invested $13.5M in Pinpoint.The firm has raised a total of $105.6M across 4 funds, their latest being Boldstart Ventures IV. This fund was announced on Sep 21, 2018, and raised a total of $40.7M.They partner with and provide seed funding to entrepreneurs in the Internet, mobile, and cloud computing markets.

Timeline

February 14, 2019

Their most recent investment was on Feb 14, 2019, when they invested $13.5M in Pinpoint.

September 21, 2018

This fund was announced on Sep 21, 2018 and raised a total of $40.7M.

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location

A company offering an email client designed to be the fastest email experience. The company was founded by Conrad Irwin, Rahul Vohra, and Vivek Sodera in 2015 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

A software company making a workplace email communication platform for remote and office work.

A technology company offering software development security platform using open source code.

Catalytic, a powerful automation cloud, frees employees to focus energies on meaningful work by improving recurring business processes.

Pinpoint is an Austin, Texas-based company.

Plain Vanilla is an Iceland-based company.

Sendence is a New York City-based software development company.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
75,000,000
40,650,000
September 21, 2018
15,000,000
10,720,000
March 21, 2013
30,000,000
20,325,000
July 28, 2015
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Andrew Toy

Advisor

Bernardo de Albergaria

Advisor

Bradford Oberwager

Investor

Darren Craft

Investor

Dr. J.R. Reagan

Advisor

Edward G. Sim

Managing Partner, Founding Partner, General Partner & Founder

Eliot Durbin

Managing Partner & General Partner

Greg Colella

Employee

Guy Podjarny

Advisor

Jeffrey P. Leventhal

Venture Partner

Max Kayen

Employee

Michael Weider

Advisor

Mortimer Sackler

Investor

Rahim Fazal

Advisor

Rahul Vohra

Advisor

Ryan Craft

Investor

Sean Chou

Investor

Vince Beese

Investor

Zachary Aarons

Investor

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Boldstart Ventures locks down $47 million for fund three

Connie Loizos

Web

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

E12: Boldstart Ed Sim: 20yrs& 50+ enterprise, father fled N.Korea, NYC deep tech, being 1st $ in

Dec 17, 2017

March 2013 NY Enterprise Technology Meetup - fireside chat with VC Ed Sim

Mar 14, 2013

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

AskWonder

BidID

Blaze

BlockDaemon

Catalytic

ChangeTip

Clay

Coherent Path

Dark

Divide

Dropout Labs

Emissary

Fortress

Front

GoInstant

GoTOMeeting

Greenplum

Handshake

HYPR

Init.Ai

IOpipe

Jyve

Klipfolio

Kustomer

LivePerson

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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Connie Loizos
June 13, 2020
TechCrunch
Last week, we suggested that for a truly diverse venture industry, the limited partners who provide investing capital to VCs -- institutions like universities and hospital systems -- need to start incorporating diversity mandates into their work. Say a venture firm wanted to secure a commitment from the University of Texas System; it would first [...]

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