July 14, 2016
Ryan Lawler is no longer with 500 Startups, PitchBook has confirmed.
Lawler joined the firm as a venture partner in August 2015 after spending three years at TechCrunch, holding the title of senior editor before leaving to join the VC industry. He sourced deals for 500’s global seed fund and recruited companies to participate in the firm's well-regarded accelerator program.
A firm spokesperson said in a statement: “Ryan did some great work with 500 over the past year, and we appreciate all his efforts. ... [We] wish him well with his next project(s)!”
Lawler's departure takes one name off the list of journalists-turned-VCs, a group that has grown notably longer in the past six years. Led by two of the most notable bloggers of this tech boom—Michael Arrington and Om Malik—we’ve seen more than a handful follow suit, trading in writing about startup financings for actually writing the checks. This news comes just a couple months after Arrington announced he would be taking a step back from full-time investing at CrunchFund, a VC firm he started after being ousted from TechCrunch following its 2010 acquisition by AOL.
Lawler told PitchBook that his future plans are to be determined.