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Northwestern University, MS

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Michael Lazerow

Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four successful internet-based media companies. He has a passion for creating, managing and growing companies from the ground up.

Michael’s first foray into entrepreneurship came with the founding of University Wire, an Associated Press-like network of more than 700 student-run newspapers that is now owned by CBS Corp. In 1997, Michael sold U-Wire to Student Advantage, the nation’s leading student membership organization linking 1.5 million students through one affinity card program. As a member of the Student Advantage management team, Michael helped grow Student Advantage from a handful of employees into the premier media and marketing company in the college market with more than 300 employees and $80 million in annual revenue.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Mashable 3/2014Series A$14M6
Appboy 11/2013Series A$7.6M8
Carnival 8/2013Seed$2.4M8
Namely 6/2013Series A$3.35M5
Bitium 4/2013Seed$2.4M12
BuzzFeed 1/2013Series D$19.3M6
Namely 10/2012Seed$750k9
Flashnotes 10/2012Seed$1.8M7
Scopely 9/2012Venture Round$8.5M18
Twice 8/2012Venture Round$4M14 7/2012Series A$2.2M5
Have to Have 6/2012Angel9
ChatID 1/2012Seed$2M16
Namely 1/2012Angel$1M14
Savored 1/2011Series A$3M4



  1. Mashable Finalizes $14M First Outside Funding Round ( [edit]
  2. Appboy Raises $7.6M Series A To Bring Marketing Automation Tools To Mobile Apps ( [edit]
  3. Agency-turned-platform Carnival Labs snags $2.4 million to help brands manage all their apps ( [edit]
  4. True Ventures Leads $3.35 Million Series A Investment in Namely ( [edit]
  5. Bitium nets $2.4 million, rolls out an elegant solution to provisioning SaaS apps in the enterprise ( [edit]
  6. Social Publishing FTW: With 40M Users, Jonah Peretti’s BuzzFeed Raises Another $19.3M Led By NEA ( [edit]
  7. Namely raises Lerer Ventures-led seed round to expand HR tools beyond ad agencies ( [edit]
  8. Crowdsourcing In The Classroom: Flashnotes Gets $1.8M Seed Round From Atlas, Softbank And Angels For Its Study Marketplace ( [edit]
  9. Confirmed: Scopely’s New $8.5M Funding Round Was Not Wrapped In Bacon ( [edit]
  10. Disrupt San Francisco Early Bird Special news Comment 0 inShare14 Twice Raises $4M From IA, SV Angel And CrunchFund For Its Concierge-Style Secondhand Clothing Marketplace ( [edit]
  11. Raises $2.2 Million More To Rebuild Its Video Discovery Platform From The Ground Up ( [edit]
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  13. SEC ( [edit]
  14. Industry Biggies Back New Ad Talent Platform ( [edit]
  15. Restaurant Reservation Startup VillageVines Raises $3 Million ( [edit]
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