Michael Lazerow Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Professionals
  • 1

  • Investments
  • 58

  • Portfolio
  • 14

  • Exits
  • 35


Michael Lazerow General Information


Mr. Michael Lazerow is the Founder and Investor at Lazerow Ventures. He also is a Co-Founder and serves as a Managing Director & Partner at Velvet Sea Ventures. He is the Founder of L3 investment fund. He serves as Board Member at Elementus, The Odyssey, Pixel Vault, KarmaCheck, and Mercato. He is a Co-Founder & serves as Board Member at SuperF3st. He is an Angel Investor. 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 have 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 he 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 bachelor's and master's 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, and 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 (58)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Mint Songs 14-May-2021 Seed Round 000 Financial Software Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
000000 (0000000000 01-Dec-2018 0000 00000 00.00 Hotels and Resorts Out of Business 0000000 0000000
0000 29-Aug-2017 0000 00000 00.00 Publishing 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/Not Profitable 0000000 0000000
The Odyssey 28-Apr-2016 Later Stage VC 0000 Publishing Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
Mashable 31-Mar-2016 Later Stage VC 0000 Publishing Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
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Michael Lazerow Exits (35)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Namely 06-Sep-2022 Merger/Acquisition
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0000000000 01-Feb-2022 000000000000000000
0000 03-Jan-2022 000000000000000000 00000
00000000 03-Dec-2021 0000000 000000 000.00
00000 17-Nov-2021 000 00000
000000 (0000000000 15-May-2021 000 00 00000000
00000000000 01-May-2019 000000000000000000 00000
Kiip (Media and Information Services (B2B)) 01-Jan-2019 Merger/Acquisition
Siftery 12-Dec-2018 Merger/Acquisition
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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 (4)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
AAF Management 1 0 Series chart Industry bar
East West Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Freestyle Capital 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Goodwater Capital 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
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