Our investment team members have founded over a dozen companies and bring on-the-ground operating expertise from engineering to finance to data science to marketing to legal to communications. We work as a single tactical unit during a critical stage in a company’s life, and companies that receive investment from Bullpen receive support from each and every team member as desired.
Fullpen is a group of subject matter experts, seasoned operators, and functional leaders that we assembled to broaden our knowledge base and to bring diversified insight into new markets and business models. The Fullpen members advise us during the diligence process and are available as mentors to our founders post-investment.
Entrepreneur, investor, and avid Kite-surfer Alexander Mouldovan was CEO and Founder of Crowd Factory, which Raised $12M before selling to Marketo. Marketo had a $1B IPO in 2013 while he served as head of product. Before that he held early stage product roles including at InterTrust which had a $1B IPO based on his products. He has raised and helped raise >$400M including $5M in 2008 for Crowd Factory. Multiple exits including Mashery (acquired for $180M by Intel), Aggregate Knowledge (acquired, $150M), InterTrust (IPO), Marketo (IPO), as well as companies acquired by Salesforce and Sandisk. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he grew up in Scarsdale, NY.
AT is the co-founder of four companies including Zynga ($8B market cap), Madison Reed (raised $120m), Coremetrics (acq: IBM for $377m) and Tribe (acq: Cisco). AT helped Zynga become one of the fastest growing companies in history: $1B in revenue profitably in 5 years.
Prior to Bullpen, AT was an EIR and venture partner at Maveron. Most recently, he was the founding partner of Early Impact Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund. He earned his MBA and BSE from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated nadda cum laude. He's climbed peaks on four continents, and loves time with family and friends.
Chris Douvos founded Ahoy Capital in 2018 to build an intentionally right-sized firm that could pursue investment excellence while prizing a spirit of partnership with all of its constituencies. A pioneering investor in the micro-VC movement, Chris has been a fixture in venture capital for nearly two decades. In addition to successfully identifying and catalyzing nascent funds, he bridges a gap between the providers of capital and the consumers of capital by creating platforms for transparent dialogue. Prior to Ahoy Capital, Chris spearheaded investment efforts at Venture Investment Associates, and The Investment Fund for Foundations. He learned the craft of illiquid investing at Princeton University’s endowment. He started his business career as a strategy consultant at Monitor Company. Chris regularly speaks at industry conferences and business schools, and is a frequent resource for tech and business media. He earned his B.A. with Distinction in history from Yale College in 1994 and an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management in 2001. He was awarded the CFA Charter in 2004.
Chris Tolles is the CEO of Topix, has co-founded three startups, Topix, Spoke and NewHoo (which was acquired by Netscape) & started his career at Sun Microsystems. Chris has a CS/Econ degree from UC San Diego.
As a brand marketer, venture investor, and startup advisor, Dave Knox bridges the worlds of the Fortune 500 and entrepreneurship. Dave is the author of Predicting The Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips, Managing Director of WPP Ventures, and Chief Marketing Officer for Rockfish, a WPP-owned Digital Innovation Partner. Prior to Rockfish, Knox was a seven-year veteran of Procter & Gamble, where he was instrumental in the digital turnaround that led to P&G being named to AdAge’s Digital A-List.
John is an engineer and strategy consultant. John cofounded Hypertec, one of Australia’s most successful startup companies and since coming to the U.S. has worked at and consulted for multiple technology firms. Most recently he co-founded Berkeley Research Group where he is now focused on the development of intellectual property – the patent, copyright, and trade secret framework that allow firms to protect their innovations.
Judson has a deep background in Enterprise Software Sales in each area of it’s discipline: Lead Generation, Business Development, SMB, Mid-Market and Large Enterprise and is currently the Head of North America and APAC Sales at Intercom. Before Intercom, he has run sales teams at large, small and scaling companies such Namely, Work4 and SAP/SuccessFactors. Judson has his BBA from The University of Georgia and has been working with The Bullpen Family since 2018.
Matt is the Chief Business Officer at Lambda School. Before Lambda School, Matt was Head of Product Partnerships at Uber, where he spearheaded global technology partnerships. Prior to Uber, he spent six and a half years at Facebook, as Director of Business Development and the Product Manager for Identity Growth and Games. Matt also co-founded early stage angel fund Graph Ventures.Matt studied Economics and Computer Science at McGill, and later attended Stanford d.school and Business School. Matt is originally from Canada and now lives in San Francisco.
Padma is an engineer turned consumer marketer. She is passionate about using her interdisciplinary experience to help companies create innovative paths to growth and success. She has worked at companies such as GrubHub, Zynga, Netflix, Gap, Sephora, Calix, and Lucent Technologies which gives her a unique perspective on different industries and approaches to reach a company’s full potential.
Ty has served as chief marketing officer at LifeLock since March 2015. Prior to this role, Shay served as chief marketing officer and head of customer experience for SquareTrade, a Bain Capital Portfolio Company. For this leading mobile and consumer electronics protection plans company, Shay owned the end-to-end customer experience and led a team of more than 500 people worldwide, including all of marketing, operations and award-winning customer service.Prior to SquareTrade, Shay was the founder and CEO of FanIQ, a sports social games site that he grew to over 12 million registered users. Previously, Shay was CMO of Hotwire, which he joined prior to launch and grew into a top-five travel site before selling it to IAC (NASDAQ:IACI). Before Hotwire, Shay was a key part of the team that launched Esurance, which was subsequently acquired by Allstate (NYSE:ALL). He started his career in brand management at Clorox and Procter & Gamble.Shay holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated with highest honors.