Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Charlie O'Donnell


Charlie O'Donnell has been an active member of the NYC startup community for nearly 20 years, with a reputation of being the most accessible early stage investor in New York. After being hired as the first analyst at Union Square Ventures and helping to open First Round Capital's first NYC office as a Principal, he founded Brooklyn Bridge Ventures in 2012. He helped source First Round's investments in GroupMe (acq. by Skype), SinglePlatform (acq. by Constant Contact), Moat (acq. by Oracle) and Backupify (acq. by Datto).

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Notable Investments

Petal, Brigit, Hungryroot, Imagen, Clubhouse

Questions & Answers

Origin Story: In a couple sentences, how would you describe your path to becoming an investor?

Apprenticed my way up at firms like Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital. Took me nine years between joining the industry and being able to lead my first deal.

Investment Approach: What are the key factors you consider when evaluating a founding team?

Founder/Challenge Fit and whether they've done their homework properly and thoroughly.

What's your style and approach when it comes to working with founders post-investment? What are the characteristics of founders you've worked well with?

Active. There to ask the not so stupid questions. I work best with transparent founders that are willing to share enough information to help me understand how things are going.

If I'm coming to pitch to you or your firm, what's the one piece of advice you'd give me?

It's your meeting. Own the time.

How would you describe your own personal mission and values, and how do they impact the way you invest?

I like leaving things better than I found them.

What do you like best about investing in NYC, and what’s your outlook on the future of NYC tech?

Where else would you ever want to live?