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Joe Caruso

For the last 20 years Joe has served as mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served as investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private.

Joe is currently a member of Launchpad Venture Group and was previously a member of Walnut Ventures, Common Angels, eCoast Angels and a principal of Brookwood Partners, all investment groups for early stage companies. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution.

He has served on dozens of boards over the years and is recipient of the Leadership in Private Corporate Governance award from the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter. He is a graduate of Northeastern University (BSEE with honors) and the Harvard Business School (MBA) He has served as advisor to Northeastern’s School of Technological Entrepreneurship, and serves as a mentor for Boston University’s entrepreneurship program, the Boston TechStars program, and Mass Challenge.

Previously, Joe served as interim CEO for companies in need of strategic change - running businesses ranging from 5 to 1,000 employees. Early in his career, he worked at Teradyne and Autex, Inc., and was CEO at Cyborg Corporation, a venture-funded company that was a pioneer in the use of PC’s in laboratory and factory automation. He also has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Former board memberships include: ACT Medical, Acumenta, Adhesive Technologies, American Fantasy Sports, Audiofile, Boston Restaurant Associates, Boston University’s Photonics Center (advisory director), Coffee Connection, Colonial Mills, Common Angels, Corion, Cyborg Corporation, General Analysis, Haymarket Bank, Iconics, i2Chem, Laser Science, Metrisa, MicroE, Nimbit, Qiave Technologies, QD Vision, Quant Funds (trustee); Tytronics, Wwwhoosh, Zentox, the Turnaround Management Association (founding director, New England Chapter), the National Association of Corporate Directors (New England Chapter), the Association for Corporate Growth (New England Chapter) and WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology). Joe has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
ViralGains 3/2014Seed$1.2M15
Zagster 10/2012Venture Round$1M9
docTrackr 10/2012Seed$2M10
Directr 6/2012Seed$1.1M9
Crashlytics 10/2011Seed$1M10
PowerInbox 8/2011Seed$1.1M13
Marginize 8/2010Seed$650k11

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Sources

  1. Silicon Valley Venture Capital Almanac - Source [edit]
  2. Zagster raises $1M to take bike-sharing service nationwide (bizjournals.com) [edit]
  3. DocTrackr Secures $2M From Atlas, Polaris, To Help Secure Your Documents Via The Cloud (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  4. Directr Raises $1.1 Million To Help People Make Beautiful Mobile Movies (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. Crashlytics, A Crash-Reporting Solution For Mobile Developers, Raises $1 Million (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  6. PowerInbox Raises $1.1M (finsmes.com) [edit]
  7. techcrunch.com [edit]
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