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Early booster of NYC tech Charlie O’Donnell says he’s made his last deal

May 15, 2023

“When you’re in venture capital, you don’t just stop,” he wrote. “You can stop making new investments, but it will take years to actually work through your active portfolio companies.” At his own firm, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, O’Donnell has invested in 105 companies, many in the city, including proptech firm Floored, which CBRE acquired in 2017; novelty vegetable company Ark Foods; direct-to-consumer paint maker Clare; and goTenna, a hardware startup that enables communication even when cell and data service aren’t available. Deals from his time at First Round Capital include GroupMe, Singleplatform, Backupify and Moat. He said one portfolio company founded in New York City—though it is now remote—currently has about $400 million in annual recurring revenue and is likely to file for an initial public offering this year, a welcome liquidity event for a listless IPO market. O’Donnell posted that he will also continue to support and attend some of the tech-industry and networking events that he helped to build into a thriving local ecosystem. “Part of what I’ve always strived to do was to be present and accessible in the community—from the countless panels to the hundreds of neighborhood dinners we’ve organized over the last decade. It was all great fun and I hope it was helpful—and I couldn’t have done it without all the other investors and founders who answered my e-mails roping them into showing up to various office hours events, panels, and other networking events.” The blog post set off reflection among those in the close-knit sector, which has become one of the city’s most important economic drivers. “One thing I came to appreciate after writing the post,” O’Donnell told Crain’s, “was the number of people who I didn’t know who wrote back and were like, ‘I wanted to thank you because eight years ago I found my co-founder or learned something that turned into an opportunity.’ I get so many notes like that.” He said he hoped he had helped demystify an industry whose workings can be opaque to those on the sidelines and created more frequent opportunities for serendipitous meetings among NYC tech types. In 2004, O’Donnell was working for the General Motors pension fund. Brad Burnham and Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures pitched GM to become a limited partner in its fund. The deal didn’t work out, but O’Donnell and Wilson hit it off. “Charlie was the junior guy, the analyst, who did most of the diligence on us,” Wilson wrote on his blog in 2005. “He asked questions that nobody else asked. He found stuff out about us that nobody else knew. He understood the investment thesis and then started hitting us with the questions we were asking ourselves. We were impressed.” O’Donnell worked as an analyst for USV and a principal investor at First Round Capital before venturing out on his own in 2012.

Charlie O'Donnell Investments

1 Investments

Charlie O'Donnell has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in Talla as part of their Seed VC on February 13, 2016.

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Charlie O'Donnell Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

2/13/2016

Seed VC

Talla

$4.03M

Yes

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Date

2/13/2016

Round

Seed VC

Company

Talla

Amount

$4.03M

New?

Yes

Co-Investors

Sources

3

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