My Next Chapter

Effective today, I will be leaving Polaris Venture Partners, and setting out to launch a new seed firm.

While I am excited by the prospect of building something new, it is difficult to leave the partnership I have been part of for 12 years.  I feel lucky to have had the chance to learn the venture business from two of the industry’s finest practitioners, and to have worked with a remarkable group of partners.  But over the past few years I have grown a passion for working with young entrepreneurs at the very earliest stage of conceiving and launching a venture. I have certainly had the chance to do that at Polaris, whether it be through Dogpatch Labs or making seed investments, but now I’ve decided I want to make this my exclusive focus.

My Polaris partners and I have both come to the conclusion that pursuing this focus is best done in a vehicle other than Polaris funds.  While Polaris will certainly continue to dedicate a significant portion of its funds to seed investing through Dogpatch Labs, and other similar efforts, I want to focus exclusively on super-early seed stage investments.  Polaris’s diversified strategy has been and will continue to be an incredibly successful formula, but my partners and I have come to realize that a dedicated seed fund is the best platform from which to pursue my passion for the super early stage.

I am deeply gratified that Polaris is supporting the formation of my new venture, and look forward to what I hope will be numerous opportunities to co-invest with my Polaris partners

44 thoughts on “My Next Chapter”

  1. Congratulations Mike! I am a 3rd Year Law Student and aspiring Venture Capitalist. Like you, very early seed stage investing is my biggest passion. Do you need any help? What free time, skills, and experience I have, I am happy to offer to you. Best of luck with the new venture, and if you are looking for a nights and weekends type of person to help get off the ground, please let me know – thurston819@gmail.com

  2. Congratulations on your new fund! We’re a unique startup incubator here in Cambridge, MA and would be interested in talking with you further about your investment philosophy for these early-stage companies.

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  6. Congrats Mike. I saw you at TC Disrupt, just in passing. Guess I should have stopped and talked 🙂 I like seed stage too. That is where the action is, and if you choose well, the best financial return.

    Good luck!!

  7. We’re certain that you’ve learned quite a great deal during your tenure at Polaris, and that Polaris gained a great deal from having you aboard . Best wishes to you as you embark on this new entrepreneurial odyssey.

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