Charlie O’Donnell has been an active member of the NYC venture capital and startup community for ten years in roles ranging from institutional fund investor to venture capitalist to entrepreneur–with a little product management in between. He has venture experience at two of the top venture capital firms in the country, Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital, and sourced First Round’s Investment in GroupMe, which sold to Skype in 2011. The investments he sourced at First Round Capital also include Refinery29, chloe + isabel, Backupify, SinglePlatform, Salescrunch and Docracy.
He also teaches entrepreneurship and the business of technology at Fordham University, his alma mater.
Charlie is, first and foremost, a community builder–believing that great companies thrive within strong networks. He actively helps portfolio companies with recruiting, public relations, and business development by leveraging his network and the community of digital professionals he actively participates in. His blog, This is Going to Be BIG! is ranked #6 among the top VC bloggers and his weekly innovation community newsletter is read by over 5,000 people in the NYC-area.
He founded nextNY in 2006, which has run over 50 events on entrepreneurship and startup education and networking. He served on the original board of the New York Tech Meetup, and is one of the meetup’s first 100 members. He has been named three times to the Alley Insider 100 Most Influential People in NY Tech.
In 2008, Charlie co-founded Path 101, a Business Insider Startup 2009 Conference Finalist. A big data play in the recruiting space, Path 101 was angel funded by Roger Ehrenberg, Josh Stylman, Pete Hershberg, Fred Wilson, Brad Burnham, Scott Heiferman, Shripriya Mahesh, Jeff Jarvis and other high profile investors. It was also the first company to receive funding from NYC Seed.
Charlie started his career at General Motors Asset Management’s Private Equity Group (now PEQM), where he also did investment analysis work on late stage direct investments, buyouts and secondary fund investments. He co-led two secondary portfolio transactions totaling over $100+ million in value.
Charlie competes in triathlons, bikes to work, and runs the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse a free kayaking program on the East River.