Hambleton Lord

Managing Director, Launchpad Venture Group and Co-Founder at Seraf

Cambridge, Massachusetts (Greater Boston Area)
Venture Capital & Private Equity

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Hambleton Lord's Overview

  • Board Member at Qstream
  • Director, Software Development at Polygen Corp

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Hambleton Lord's Summary

Hambleton (Ham) Lord has over 30 years experience in the software industry founding and building industry leading companies. Currently, Ham is the Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group. Launchpad is a Boston-based angel group that focuses on seed stage technology companies. He manages the group’s deal flow, due diligence and investing activities. He is also the Co-Founder of Seraf, a software company that develops professional portfolio management tools for investors in early stage companies. Ham is an active angel investor and advisor to early stage companies. He is a board member for Qstream and Cambridge Trust and a board observer for Repsly, Building Engines and EveryScape.

Ham co-founded data visualization vendor, Advanced Visual Systems. Ham helped launch two computational chemistry companies, MicroChem Technologies and Polygen. These companies were early developers of drug discovery tools, and were part of an industry wide acquisition roll-up that resulted in Accelrys. Ham graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Computer Science from Brown University.

Hambleton Lord's Experience

Managing Director

Launchpad Venture Group

January 2002Present (12 years 10 months)

Launchpad Venture Group is a Boston-based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies. We are looking for innovative, technology-driven startup companies addressing a significant market opportunity where our investment can make a difference. Launchpad is the largest angel investing group in the Northeast, with a broad base of very active members coming from a variety of backgrounds and professions, including the technology, financial service, industrial and life science communities. As a group, we are well connected to potential customers, service providers, partners and future sources of financing.



Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Investment Management industry

August 2013Present (1 year 3 months) Cambirdge, MA

Co-Founder of software company Seraf-Investor.com. Seraf is a professional portfolio management tool for investors in early stage companies. Our solution enables seed investors to organize, track, analyze, optimize, and value their portfolios. Seraf puts the power of organization and analysis in their hands, and it puts organized records within the grasp of their advisors and family.

Public Company; 201-500 employees; catc; Banking industry

May 2012Present (2 years 6 months) Cambridge, MA

Board Member


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

August 2011Present (3 years 3 months)

Qstream is a real-time learning analytics platform developed at Harvard University that uses a simple but powerful question and answer system pushed to a users mobile device.

Board Member

Building Engines, Inc.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Real Estate industry

July 2002October 2011 (9 years 4 months)

Building Engines' Property and Tenant Management System captures, communicates, assigsn and reports on all the elements that impact the tenant experience, as well as operating efficiency and profitability. It simplifies operational complexities by improving visibility, extracting information, and speeding tenant communications. The results include a better tenant experience, higher operating efficiency, increases on the top line and higher NOI.

Public Company; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

January 1992June 1998 (6 years 6 months)

Software Engineer

Stellar Computer

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Hardware industry

February 1989December 1991 (2 years 11 months)

Director, Software Development

Polygen Corp

July 1985February 1989 (3 years 8 months)

Hambleton Lord's Skills & Expertise

  1. Start-ups
  2. Venture Capital
  3. Business Strategy
  4. Angel Investing
  5. Entrepreneurship
  6. Strategic Partnerships
  7. Investments
  8. Business Development
  9. Finance
  10. Due Diligence
  11. Mobile Devices
  12. Mergers & Acquisitions
  13. SaaS
  14. Management Consulting
  15. Mergers
  16. Strategic Planning
  17. Enterprise Software
  18. Software Development
  19. Product Management
  20. Cleantech
  21. Executive Management
  22. Management
  23. Leadership
  24. Private Equity
  25. Go-to-market Strategy
  26. Strategy
  27. Corporate Development
  28. Venture Financing
  29. Financial Modeling
  30. Marketing
  31. Investment Banking
  32. Marketing Strategy
  33. Product Marketing
  34. Valuation

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Hambleton Lord's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Member of Corporate Board

      Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
      • Science and Technology
      April 2012 present (2 years 7 months)
    • Chair of Investment Committee, Trustee

      Charles River School
      • Education
      September 2000 May 2009 (8 years 9 months)
    • Trustee, Treasurer

      Cape Cod Conservatory
      • Education
      2003 2007 (4 years)
  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Education
      • Science and Technology

Hambleton Lord's Education

Brown University

ScB, Computer Science


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