Elon co-founded LaunchCapital in January 2008 to help entrepreneurs gain quick access to seed capital and mentorship. With a passion for working with industry disruptors and teams that have a strong business development focus, Elon has been involved in over 90 deals across a wide range of industries and geographies. He holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA in Economics from George Washington University. His prior work experience includes brand management, strategy consulting and finance. Elon lives in Connecticut with his wife, 2 young daughters, and very shaggy dog.
Bill is an experienced private investor, with over 7 years backing companies in the networking, semiconductor, clean energy and online markets. Bill has been in/around the Boston startup scene for close to 15 years, previously holding senior level roles at companies such as Sycamore Networks. Bill received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Bill is a lifelong Bostonian who currently lives in the suburbs with his wife and 3 children. When he has time he enjoys playing basketball and cycling.
Jonathan is a veteran operator and serial entrepreneur. He has over 20 years of experience in Bay Area consumer tech startups building products, teams, and managing companies. His eight companies include five exits and span a variety of industries: Travel (Switchfly, ZOZI), Social (Ning, Tagged, Evite), Video (Crackle), and Events (When.com). Jonathan has also started his own energy bar company (ZEGO) and is an active angel investor and advisor. Jonathan received his BA in English from Connecticut College. After 24 years in San Francisco, Jonathan, his wife, and 7 month-old son now live in Westport, CT. Jonathan still has more miles on his bicycles than his car.
Dave is a mentor and strategist to internet/tech/mobile startups of all sorts, with a focus on product/UX strategy and development. He is focusing on investments in the Bay area and NYC. Prior to joining the LaunchCapital team, Dave was an angel investor since 2006. He was an early Yahoo! employee where he ran UX for almost 9 years and has worked on physical products at Apple and frogdesign.
With over 20 years of credit and small business experience, Heather joined LaunchCapital in 2009 to help create the Small Business division. As a venture partner to LaunchCapital, Heather acts as an advisor to both portfolio companies and other area startups, specializing in financial modeling and pricing strategies. Heather earned her BA at Wofford College and her MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. An avid Red Sox fan (WORLD SERIES, BABY!!) and enthusiastic traveler, Heather lives in the Cambridge area with her husband and son
Elizabeth draws on her studio art background to find her sense of order and attention to detail to keep the LaunchCapital team organized. When not project managing or painting, you will likely find her with her husband at a hockey rink (near or very, very far) cheering on one of her three children.
Board of Directors
Michael Vlock and Karen Pritzker
Mr. Vlock and Ms. Pritzker run the Pritzker/Vlock family office. The enterprise owns and
manages a broad portfolio of public equities, consumer, biotech, industrial and
medical equipment and technology businesses, several venture funds, real
estate, and has substantial private equity ownership of Global Hyatt
Corporation, TransUnion LLC, Triton Container International Corporation and
the Marmon Group. They are involved in numerous national philanthropic
efforts individually and through their family foundation with emphasis on literacy,
education, medicine, theatre and land preservation.
Ms. Pritzker received a B.A. from Northwestern University.
Mr. Vlock received a B.A. from Hampshire College and a J.D. from
Boston College School of Law.