Michael Lazerow Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Status
  • Active
  • Professionals
  • 1
  • Investments
  • 57
  • Portfolio
  • 20
  • Exits
  • 28

Michael Lazerow General Information


Mr. Michael Lazerow is a Founder and Investor at Lazerow Ventures. He serves as Board Member at Mercato. He also is a Co-Founder and serves as a Partner and Member of the Investment Committee at Velvet Sea Ventures. He was a Board Member of MapAnything. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor, writer and painter best-known as the founder of Buddy Media, a social marketing software company that was purchased by Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) in 2012 for $800 million. He most recently served as Salesforce's chief strategy officer. During his three years at the company, Salesforce grew its annual revenue run rate to $6 billion from $2 billion and was named the most innovative company in the world by Forbes Magazine for three consecutive years. Prior to Salesforce and Buddy Media, he founded GOLF.com, purchased by Time Warner's Time division in January 2006. And as an undergraduate at Northwestern University, he started UWIRE, an Associated Press-like network of more than 850 student-run newspapers, purchased by CBS. With 65 early-stage investments, including Buzzfeed, Domo, Mashable and Dash Radio, he is one of the most prolific tech investors in New York City, where he spends much of his time cheerleading, providing therapy to and coaching entrepreneurs. He and his wife Kass are avid philanthropists through the Kass and Michael Lazerow Family Foundation. Their support and leadership of Cycle for Survival has helped raise more than $76.5 million for cancer research to fund 100+ clinical trials and research studies. Other interests include clean water (charity: water) and education (Donors Choose). He was the recipient of Ernest & Young's coveted Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011 and Kass and Michael were given the Leader of the Future Award by the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute alongside legendary CEOs Alan Mulally (Ford, Boeing) and AG Lafley (Procter & Gamble). Additional honors include Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40, Crain's New York 40 Under 40, Number 1 on the Silicon Alley 100 and the Ad Age Digital A-List. He earned a bachelors and masters degree in journalism from Northwestern. His writing about technology, advertising, startups, investing and life has appeared in Ad Age, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company and more than a dozen newspapers, including Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald. He also serves as an Executive Chairman at Olympia Media Group.

Contact Information

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • New York, NY
  • United States

Michael Lazerow Investments (57)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Howard 01-Dec-2018 Seed Round 00.00 Hotels and Resorts Startup 0000000 0000000
0000 29-Aug-2017 0000 00000 00.00 Specialty Retail Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
000000 000000 18-May-2017 0000 00000 000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
00000 14-Mar-2017 0000 00000 00.00 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
00000000000 13-Jan-2017 00000 00000 000.00 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
00000000 29-Jun-2016 00000 00000 00.00 Network Management Software Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
00000 04-May-2016 00000 00000 0000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
000 0000000 28-Apr-2016 00000 00000 0000 Information Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
Mashable 31-Mar-2016 Later Stage VC 0000 Publishing Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
NewCo (Media and Information Services) 07-Mar-2016 Seed Round 00.00 Other Commercial Services Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
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Michael Lazerow Exits (28)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
MapAnything 01-May-2019 Merger/Acquisition 00000
0000 01-Jan-2019 000000000000000000
0000000 12-Dec-2018 000000000000000000
00000 21-Nov-2018 000000000000000000
0000000 (000000000 08-Nov-2018 000000000000000000
0000000000 27-Aug-2018 000000000000000000 000.00
000000 00000 00000 02-Aug-2018 000000000000000000
0000 29-Jun-2018 000 00000
Routehappy 01-Feb-2018 Merger/Acquisition
Mashable 05-Dec-2017 Out of Business
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Michael Lazerow Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Michael Lazerow Angel Investor 00 0 0 New York, NY
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Michael Lazerow Co-Investors (53)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Compound 1 0 Series chart Industry bar
Greycroft 0 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Harbert Management 0 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Miramar Digital Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
XG Ventures 0 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
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