About

Our Mission is to build a community of Resolute Founders who: share a certain entrepreneurial spirit and energy; are driven by a need to work on things that matter; are unafraid to dream big; are founders whom we think have a better chance than most to actually achieve those dreams; and who believe being connected to a group of like-minded founders will help them succeed.

What We Do

  • Resolute is a lead investor for seed-stage companies. Our typical investment is in the neighborhood of $500,000, although we are very comfortable writing smaller checks for very early “pre-seed” opportunities with founders we find especially compelling.
  • Post investment, we see it as our job to help our founders navigate the path up to and through a successful venture round. We take this job seriously, and are proud of the success our founders have raising follow-on financings. While creating long term sustainable value is the ultimate measure of success, research shows that the leading cause of death for startups is running out of cash. We want to help you avoid that.
  • Our “services layer” is our community of founders. By joining Resolute, you opt into a peer group that appreciates the value of a founder network.

How We Do It

  • We have a well developed view of who we are and who we aren’t, and a very clear and consistent style of working with founders.
  • We make investment decisions quickly. We invest in people as opposed to ideas, and typically discern whether you are a “Resolute Founder” within a couple weeks of meeting.
  • We prefer developing real relationships with our founders as opposed to operating in a Board/Management dynamic. We don’t like board meetings, or any meetings for that matter. Our goal is to earn a founder’s trust as an advisor and confidante, so you feel we are on your team. We want to be the call you make when you have that “oh shit moment” in the middle of the night and don’t want to be all alone with that problem.
  • We will work with you closely on particular aspects of the journey from seed to series A: developing milestones and thinking through organizational, strategic and business model questions. And, in particular, preparing for and closing a successful venture round.
  • But we also have a clear view on when not to “help.” We will leave you alone to build and test when that is the phase you are in.
  • Because we know we are not the single best resource for many of the questions and challenges you face, we will work hard to connect you with other founders who are.

Who We Are

Michael Hirshland

Co-founder, Resolute Ventures

Mike Hirshland is the Co-founder of Resolute Ventures. He has been an investor and contributor to the early stage ecosystem for 15 years.

Throughout this time Mike has consistently been a leader in bringing members of the startup community together.  Most notably, Mike created Dogpatch Labs, the community which helped launch over 350 companies including Instagram.  Mike also created the renowned Digital Media Summit at Jackson Hole, attended by many of the leading founders between 2005-20011.  As an early stage investor, Mike was a partner with Polaris Venture Partners from 1999-2011, where he was the original seed investor behind Automattic, and backed other companies including Q1 Labs (acquired by IBM for $600 million), Quantcast and KISSmetrics.  Mike has four children, and in addition to watching their sporting events is an avid (though mediocre) skier and tennis player.

Raanan Bar-Cohen

Co-founder, Resolute Ventures

Raanan Bar-Cohen has over 18 years experience as an entrepreneur and innovator in the startup and digital media space.

Raanan Bar-Cohen is a General Partner at Resolute Ventures and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining Resolute, Raanan was at Automattic/WordPress.com for seven years, most recently running corp dev and partnerships.

Prior to Automattic, Raanan worked at Dow Jones, Time Inc, and ran his own web agency back in the 1.0 days. Remember enhanced CDs?

Matt Meeker

Venture Partner

Matt Meeker is co-founder and CEO of Bark & Co, the New York based startup behind BarkBox, BarkCare and The BarkPost. Matt steers the marketing, community and finance aspects of the company.

Matt is an entrepreneur who has founded four companies. In 2002, he co-founded Meetup.com where he currently serves as advisor. He is an integral component of the New York startup community acting as board member or advisor to multiple early stage companies. Prior to Bark & Co Matt was Entrepreneur in Residence at DogPatch Labs, a New York-based co-working space run by Polaris Ventures.

Matt lives in Brooklyn New York with his wife Tiffany and their Great Dane, Hugo.


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