Charlie O'Donnell is more than a venture capitalist. He's deeply committed to all things NYC, always on the lookout for innovative ways to help the city he loves. Lately, he's working on a podcast designed to help fellow voters learn about the NYC mayoral candidates. Tune in this episode of "More Than a Fallback" to hear about Charlie's superpowers and the way he's leveraged them in business, and beyond.
#281: Charlie O'Donnell, Founder and General Partner of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Managing $30M Across Three Funds, on His Two Decades of Experience in the New York Tech Startup Scene, Deal Sourcing, Startup Ecosystems, and the Democratization of Tech
Just Go Grind with Justin Gordon
Charlie O'Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn--where he was born and raised. Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of The Wing, Canary, Hungryroot, Ample Hills, Clubhouse, Imagen, and goTenna among others. Charlie has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies. Nick Bilton identifies him as an influence on early Twitter investors in his book, Hatching Twitter. Dennis Crowley credits him as having helped kick off the first funding of Foursquare before other VCs had said yes. Working in venture capital since 2001, he apprenticed his way through the asset class with analyst roles on the original Union Square Ventures team as well as at the General Motors pension fund--a long time limited partner in many top tier funds. Charlie is one of only a dozen individuals to be named to Business Insider's 100 Most Influential People in NY Tech five or more times. He served on the founding board of the New York Tech Meetup and is one of the group's first 100 members. He was recently named to City & State Magazine’s Tech Power 50. His blog, This is Going to Be BIG!, is one of the ten most widely read VC blogs in the country and over 13,000 people read his weekly NYC tech newsletter. He has spoken at SXSW and Techcrunch Disrupt. Some of the Topics Covered by Charlie O'Donnell in this Episode How Charlie started his career at GM and what he learned there How he ended up joining Union Square Ventures early on and why he decided to get into VC, particularly working in tech in New York Deciding to start his own fund Raising his first fund--how he failed at first and what he learned Having 50 investors in his first fund The challenge Charlie ran into when fundraising at first due to the nature of his network and how he overcame it How raising for his second fund compared to the first experience How Charlie approaches deal sourcing Taking the Pre-Series A Offsite event online at the beginning of the pandemic Curating and choreographing events to maximize value for the audience How Charlie approaches blogging and how it plays into his role as a VC Making yourself findable Charlie's perspective on the future of learning and work Startup ecosystems and what it takes to make one successful Sign up for The Grind, for actionable insights and stories from successful entrepreneurs delivered to your inbox once per week: https://www.justgogrind.com/newsletter/ Listen to all episodes of the Just Go Grind Podcast: https://www.justgogrind.com/podcast/ Follow Justin Gordon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justingordon212 Follow Justin Gordon on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justingordon8/
#28 Raising Money As VCs Ft. Charlie O'Donnell, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
Our guest for this episode is Charlie O'Donnell. Charlie is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn - where Charlie was born and raised. Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of The Wing, Canary, Hungryroot, Ample Hills, Clubhouse, Imagen, and goTenna among others. Charlie has a reputation for picking out great companies really early on, as he did with Twitter and Foursquare. He is one of only a dozen individuals to be named to Business Insider's 100 Most Influential People in NY Tech five or more times. In this episode we talk to him about early 2000s, the dotcom crash, his experiences of raising money as a first-time fund manager and how he pitched to Limited Partners (LPs). This episode can be a great resource to listeners looking to break into the VC industry. You can read more about Charlie, here and also read his blog: This Is Going To Be Big.
Charlie O'Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures) on his investment in SinglePlatform
The Art of VC
WOW are you in for a treat. Charlie O'Donnell joins me in this one and we dive into his background, quantitative decision making, strategy for a $10 - $20 MM fund, and Charlie's investment in SinglePlatform. Charlie has an awesome background stemming from his early days at the General Motor's pension fund and then learning at Union Square Ventures as well as First Round Capital. He is currently raising and deploying his third fund at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. In this episode we mention Charlie's blog a lot... so I'll just link the whole thing here. It's worth checking out, but if you don't feel like sifting through, I'll link my favorite ones below (: Why do you win? The Uber that Never Was The Double Standard of Female CEOs Moving Fast and Breaking Things In all honesty, this SinglePlatform story is one of the coolest things I've heard in a while. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conor-robbins/message
Charlie O'Donnell | Sole GP @ Brooklyn Bridge Ventures | Lessons from 20 Years in VC
The New York Startup
Charlie O'Donnell is the sole partner and founder of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, a very well known VC and the first in Brooklyn, which invests in New York based startups at the seed and pre-seed rounds (first $750k). With nearly twenty years of experience in the industry (Union Square Ventures, First Round Capital, and the GM pension fund), Charlie shares key insights around startup investing. -"Portfolio Thinker" vs. individual deal focus -Why "great team" is thrown around too much -Is diligence a waste of time? -The problem with angel investing -2020: Year of the Twitter DM Pitch! -New York Bullshit
Miniseries - Episode 3: Charlie O'Donnell & Russ Wilcox discuss Covid-19 as it relates to VC
The Uncovered Podcast
In the latest episode of our miniseries Rob May and Matt Hayes chat with guests, and fellow VCs, Charlie O’Donnell, Partner and Founder of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures based in NYC, and Russ Wilcox, General Partner at Pillar VC based in Boston. During this raw and uncut conversation Russ and Charlie discuss how they have managed Covid-19 within their own portfolio and what advice they have for startups managing this volatile economic landscape (recorded on March 25th 2020). Topics covered include: Short term vs. long term advice for founders & entrepreneurs based on their cash flow position Advice for those who were planning on raising capital with less than 6 months of runway What kind of companies or investments they are looking at right now and why The rare opportunities you can find during this pandemic and strategies for capitalizing on those todayThe metrics VCs will look at when evaluating potential new investments during a recessionWhat kind of signals to look for to reveal when the economy may return to normalcy What type of marketing you should be doubling down on during this pandemic Predictions on the economic landscape post Covid-19 and the type of companies that may come out the other side stronger than beforeShow notes: Charlie O'Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn--where he was born and raised. Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of The Wing, Canary, Hungryroot, Ample Hills, Clubhouse, Imagen, and goTenna among others. Learn more about Charlie here: http://www.brooklynbridge.vc/charlie-odonnellRuss Wilcox has 20 years of start-up operating experience, having founded three companies and raised $150 million in private capital. Learn more on Russ here: https://www.pillar.vc/team/russ-wilcox/Highlighted Quotes: “VC can be more useful to help make decisions about cuts, runway, openings in the venture market and I think that is where we can bring some perspective” - Charlie O’Donnell, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures “We have all gone through a lot of chaos in the last few weeks, and I think that there will be, even once Covid-19 has been managed, a lasting appreciation for reliability, simplicity, and things you can count on. Consumer products that appeal to that side are likely to do well” - Russ WIlcox, Pillar VC“In the venture business, if you are doing startups everybody is in a different cycle in cash flow and when their next round is going to be. Based on whether you thought your round was just 90 days away or 90 months away, you have a very different outlook and different strategy” - Russ Wilcox, Pillar VCHave comments or feedback on the podcast? Send them to email@example.com – Thanks!
FF 005 - Charlie O'Donnell, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
Funding Frequency: Venture Capital | Startups | Science
Charlie O’Donnell is the founder and sole partner of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. We discuss how Charlie’s involvement in early investments at Union Square Ventures into Twitter and Foursquare impacted his career, the process of starting a venture capital firm and raising funds, and the important points he likes to see startup founders convey in a pitch.
Charlie O'Donnell from Brooklyn Bridge Ventures on misconceptions about angel investment versus VC, reasons to avoid raising money from friends and family, and who should pitch him for investment
Movers and Shakers with April Wachtel
Charlie O’Donnell has been an active member of the NY startup community for over 15 years, with a reputation of being the most accessible early stage investor in New York. His fund, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures has made over 60 investments since it was founded, often leading or co-leading investments in a wide variety of startups including The Wing, Petal, Clubhouse, Hungryroot, and Ample Hills Creamery, among others. In today's podcast we discuss: Misconceptions about angel investment versus VC. Reasons to avoid raising money from friends and family. Why raising small amounts of capital is as difficult as raising large amounts. Who should pitch him for investment. And so much more. If you’ve listened to previous episodes, you’ll notice there’s a recurring theme around what it takes to bring an idea into the world. I think many of the principles are universal- you have a great idea, you see a need, you find your audience, and so on. However, what I think is not very clear to the average person is how money affects the business you build, how quickly you get started and grow, the culture of your company, and so forth. If you listened to the last episode with Ryan Chethiyawardana, he says at the end that money is NOT the barrier to launching your idea, and I couldn’t agree more. So, in today’s episode, we do a deep dive into financing, and look at some of the questions startup founders may have as they’re trying to launch and grow their businesses. Social handles Find Brooklyn Bridge Ventures http://www.brooklynbridge.vc Follow Charlie At @ceonyc on Twitter and Instagram Read his blog “This is Going to be Big”
How To Reverse Engineer VC Funding with Charlie O'Donnell
The Venture Podcast with Lambros Photios
How do you get funding from a VC? One of the best tactics, as I discuss with top NYC VC Charlie O'Donnell, is by reverse engineering it. Here we discuss a solid strategy to give you the best shot.Charlie is one of only a dozen individuals to be named to Business Insider's 100 Most Influential People in New York Tech 5 times or more, with a reputation of being the most accessible early stage investor in New York.Connect with Lambros Photios of Station Five on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Charlie O’Donnell helps early stage companies establish their footing and build momentum through his investment business, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. Charlie's Blog: https://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com/ Charlie's investments: http://www.brooklynbridge.vc/investments