Partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
- Greater New York City Area
- Venture Capital & Private Equity
Charlie O'Donnell's Overview
- Partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
- Adjunct Professor at NYU-Poly
- Board Member/Co-Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse
- Founder at nextNY
- Fordham University
- Regis High School
Charlie O'Donnell's Summary
Charlie O'Donnell has been an active member of the NYC startup community for nearly a decade in roles ranging from venture investor to founder. He has venture experience at two of the top firms in the country, Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital, and founded an innovative Big Data startup in the careers space called Path101. He sourced First Round's investments in GroupMe, which sold to Skype in 2011, and SinglePlatform, which sold to Constant Contact in 2012.
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. His blog, This is Going to Be BIG!, is one of the ten most widely read VC blogs in the country. He has spoken at SXSW and Techcrunch Disrupt.
Charlie started his career at General Motors Asset Management's Private Equity Group (now Performance Equity), where he did investment analysis work on late stage VC investments, buyouts and secondary fund investments. He co-led two secondary portfolio transactions totaling over $100+ million in value.
A NYC native, he has taught entrepreneurship and various other business and technology courses at Fordham University for the six years and will be teaching at NYU-Poly starting in 2013. Charlie competes in triathlons, bikes to work, and founded the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse a free kayaking program on the East River.
Specialties: Early stage venture capital, media, marketing, consumer businesses, financial services, general private equity, social networking, Facebook, blogging, interactive advertising, careers, recruiting, career education
Charlie O'Donnell's Experience
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
January 2012 – Present (2 years 9 months) Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures seeks to make investments in early and seed stage technology companies in the “Greater Brooklyn Area” (which includes Manhattan and other boroughs) across a variety of information technology sectors. It will also have the capability to lead or co-lead seed rounds and will be based out of the NYU-Poly Incubator in DUMBO.
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
June 2013 – Present (1 year 4 months) Brooklyn, NY
Teaching DM9103C Media Technology Entrepreneurship.
Public Company; 51-200 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
January 2010 – Present (4 years 9 months)
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse is a public kayaking and rowing program run out of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park.
February 2006 – Present (8 years 8 months)
Founded nextNY, a fun way to connect both socially and professionally with young people who have a stake in future of tech and new media in New York City. Participants generally have less than ten years experience and we especially welcome recent graduates who are just starting their careers.
Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry
May 2005 – December 2012 (7 years 8 months)
I have designed and taught several graduate and undergraduate level courses including: Introduction to Business Blogging, Management for the MySpace Generation, and Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Mindset.
Partnership; 11-50 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry
November 2010 – January 2012 (1 year 3 months) New York, NY
Board Observer on Backupify (Board Member until $4.5 mil raise)
Board Member/Observer on chloe + isabel
Board Observer on Salescrunch
Board Observer on SinglePlatform
Board Observer on Refinery29
Board Member on Docracy
Chief Evangelizing Investor (unofficial) for GroupMe
Friend to all FRC Portfolio Companies
Partnership; 11-50 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry
October 2009 – November 2010 (1 year 2 months)
Evaluating venture investment opportunities in early stage technology companies in New York City. Establishing a more substantive New York presence for FRC, including a more permanent office.
August 2007 – October 2009 (2 years 3 months)
Path101 aims to be the go to place for career discovery, goal setting, and success for college students. It will provide a paced, easy to use, and fun experience that helps students learn about their opportunity set, as well as build and leverage their network.
We are actively seeking dedicated and passionate development talent.
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Management Consulting industry
February 2008 – September 2009 (1 year 8 months)
Helping ITAC build on FastTrac and other programs that they've offered entrepreneurs for 10+ years in order to become a premiere destination for NYC startups looking to build their businesses.
Director of Consumer Products
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry
July 2006 – June 2007 (1 year)
- Responsible for Voki consumer avatar platform. (www.voki.com). Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking Flash-based character.
- Created product vision, functional specifications, and initial business and marketing strategy.
- Coordinated the company's technical and creative resources to help get the product from idea to launch.
Union Square Ventures
February 2005 – July 2006 (1 year 6 months)
-Help screen new business opportunities in the IT-enabled services space
-Research active deals by performing competition analysis
-Maintain financial models
-Track industry trends and help proactively seek out new opportunities
-Streamline and innovate related to our investment process and team collaboration
Investment Analyst, Private Markets
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Investment Management industry
February 2001 – February 2005 (4 years 1 month)
-First undergraduate analyst hired by private markets business unit.
-Responsible for portfolio analytics and research for $5.5 billion private equity portfolio of venture capital, global buyouts, distressed and mezzanine debt.
-Led efforts to apply more quantitative approaches to private market portfolio analytics and reporting.
-Co-led secondary investment team that sourced, valued, and executed $500 million in secondary purchases of venture, buyout and mezzanine limited partnership interests.
-Provided analytical support to multiple investment deal teams responsible for due diligence of both partnership and direct investments.
Charlie O'Donnell's Skills & Expertise
- Venture Capital
- Business Planning
- Public Speaking
- Social Networking
- Private Equity
- Business Strategy
- Angel Investing
- Business Development
- Product Management
- Strategic Partnerships
- Corporate Development
- University Teaching
- Digital Media
- Mobile Devices
- Social Media
Charlie O'Donnell's Education
1997 – 2001
Regis High School
September 1993 – June 1997
Charlie O'Donnell's Additional Information
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