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Dave Lerner

Dave is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and Director of Entrepreneurship @ Columbia University. He is also the host of @venturestudio where he engages with entrepreneurs, investors, founders and other vibrant members of the New York entrepreneurial ecosystem and beyond.

One of his latest projects is @startupgenome, where, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and Endeavor Global, they are mapping the entire world’s entire early-stage investment and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

He’s also Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School and was the Director of Columbia’s Venture Lab for seven years where he spun-out 70+ technology start-ups.

His personal blog,, explores the worlds of university entrepreneurship, angel/venture investing, and startups and he’s a frequent contributor to Amex OPENForum, Forbes, and Business Insider, whose SAI group recently named him one of the “top 100 most influential New Yorkers in the digital business community” and “one of NYC’s top 100 early stage investors”.

He serves on the Board of New York Tech Meetup, as Board Member the Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School, and as a Board Member of both the New York Venture Community and Columbia Venture Community.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Upverter 3/2014Seed$2.3M6
Contently 1/2014Series B$9M5
Skyscraper 12/2012Seed$500k13
numberFire 1/2012Seed$750k7



  1. Upverter Raises $2.3M To Be The Online Collaboration Layer For Hardware Engineering ( [edit]
  2. With A Fresh $9M, Contently Looks To Position Itself At The Front Of The New Content Marketing Movement ( [edit]
  3. Blog Advertising Service Skyscraper Raises $500K Seed Round Led By Howard Lindzon And Tom Peterson Of Social Leverage ( [edit]
  4. NumberFire Pockets $750K To Help You Rule Your Fantasy Sports Leagues ( [edit]
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