|Fund II, 6/2012||$35M|
Bullpen Capital A new early-stage fund has formed to make follow-on investments in the slew of companies that have recently raised seed and angel funds.
Bullpen Capital is an early-stage venture fund being formed to make follow-on investments in Internet technology companies that have been initially funded by super-angel capital efficient funds. Extending the capital efficient model beyond the seed stage keeps options open for the founders and investors.
The rise of the super-angels is a capital market response to a new technology trend: the rise of the lean venture, typically an Internet service deploying fast-to-market technology which enables rapid market validation before large capital requirements. The super-angels are emerging as a natural response to a decades long over-sizing of venture firms, built more to fund the semiconductor factories of the past than Internet firms of today.
Bullpen works with its super-angel partners to:
The lean model does not depend on the lightning strike of finding the rocket-ship that is immediately successful after its seed round. Almost every rocket-ship has a rocky start, requiring post-seed nurturing before ascending. This usually entails one or more â€œpivotsâ€, in which a companyâ€™s basic direction must be changed to find its market. These changes are wrenching, and require additional capital before proof points are met. Bullpenâ€™s major role is to lead post-seed stage rounds that support these pivots.
|Jump Ramp Games||10/2013||Series B||$3M||4|
|Solve Media||6/2013||Series B||$6M||6|
|GCLABS (Gamechanger LABS)||12/2012||Venture Round||$3.8M||3|
|Ness Computing||7/2011||Series A||$5M||4|