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DescriptionEnterprise. Seed Stage. NYC VC.


BOLDstart II, 3/2014 $16.9M
BOLDstart I, 4/2010 $1M


boldstart HQ
30 Irving Pl
5th Fl
New York, NY, 10003


General Partner
Venture Partner


BOLDstart Ventures

BOLDstart Ventures finances seed stage, mostly enterprise focused technology startups and is based in NYC. A focus on leveraging the best of New York’s Corp, IT, and SaaS market and the high degree of talent engaged with some of the largest information technology spend worldwide (happening here).

With the increased commoditization of technology, and the decrease in costs to start a business, it has become quite clear that small is the new big. Entrepreneurs no longer need huge first rounds of funding but are better off raising smaller initial rounds to prove out their model before raising true venture capital to scale their business.

BOLDstart Ventures was created to take advantage of this new environment by providing professional seed financing to Internet-enabled startups. We focus on ‘mobile-first,’ ‘social-layer,’ and ‘cloud/data infrastructure’ technologies, funding capital efficient and scalable businesses going after big opportunities.

Our portfolio and founders speak for us, stop by and say hello.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Crew 4/2014Venture Round$2.1M5
Klipfolio 2/2014Venture RoundC$1.7M5
Security Scorecard 1/2014Seed$1M3
Plain Vanilla 12/2013Series B$22M5
Crew 12/2013Seed2
Plain Vanilla 11/2013Series A$2M3
Kanvas Labs 11/2013Seed$1M5
Memoir 10/2013Convertible Note6
Yhat 10/2013Seed$1M4
Coherent Path 7/2013Partial Close$795k1
Zillabyte 6/2013Seed4
Handshake 6/2013Seed$1.5M6
Plain Vanilla 4/2013Series A$2.5M6
Preact 3/2013Seed3
Karma Mobility 8/2012Seed$1.2M11
Plain Vanilla 7/2012Seed$1.2M12
GoInstant 9/2011Seed$1.7M9
ShowMe 8/2011Seed$800k8
ThinkNear 8/2011Seed$1.63M14 11/2010Seed$1M3
Divide 10/2010Seed$2M4
LocalResponse 9/2010Venture Round$1M2
Rapportive 8/2010Seed1
PlayHaven 7/2010Seed$1M3
Yipit 6/2010Series A$1.3M11
DoodleDeals Inc. 2/2010Series A$1.27M16
Indiegogo 2/2008Angel1



NY Enterprise Tech Meetup - Keynote Ed Sim

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    BOLDStart Ventures and Greycroft Ventures Backed LocalResponse Launches Public Beta ( [edit]
    PlayHaven gets $1M to help developers promote mobile games ( [edit]
    IndieGoGo Raises $1.5 Million For Its Crowdfunding Platform ( [edit]
    Well-Funded Blaze Software Launches Cloud based Frontend WPO Solution ( [edit]
    Tablet Education Startup ShowMe Raises $800,000 From Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, And Betaworks ( [edit] [edit]
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  5. Klipfolio Secures CDN$1.7M in Funding ( [edit]
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  20. GoInstant Launches With $1.7M For Browser-Sharing Technology ( [edit]
  21. Tablet Education Startup ShowMe Raises $800,000 From Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, And Betaworks ( [edit]
  22. ThinkNear Closes $1.6M Seed Financing ( [edit]
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  26. Gmail Plugin Rapportive Raises Over $1 Million From Gmail Creator, Many Others ( [edit]
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  30. IndieGoGo Making VC Rounds For Film-makers' SocNet ( [edit]
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