WE ARE 2048 VENTURES
We invest in exceptional first-time founders who are building companies differentiated through technology.
Why we exist
At 2048 Ventures our mission is to partner with exceptional first-time founders, to provide capital and hands-on help at the earliest stage. We are happy to be the first institutional check, and leverage our network of advisors and investors to help you take your startup to the next level.
Where we invest
2048 Ventures is based in NYC, but we are geo-agnostic in terms of where we invest. Most of our investments will be in NYC, Boston and emerging cities like Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Austin, Nashville and New Orleans.
What we look for
We are looking for founders who are creating companies that have differentiation and defensibility through technology. We look for founder-market-fit, vision, and early product and customer traction. We are mostly focused on B2B enterprise, SaaS, AI/ML, fin-tech, health-tech, cyber security, dev tools, hardware and consumer businesses differentiated through technology.
Who we are
Alex Iskold is a co-founder and Managing Partner at 2048 Ventures. Prior to 2048, Alex spent 5 years at Techstars as the Managing Director of NYC program, where he invested in and helped over 100 startups. Alex was previously founder and CEO of Info Lab (acquired by IBM), founder and CEO of GetGlue (backed by USV, RRE, Time Warner), Chief Architect of distributed computing startup DataSynapse, and a software engineer at Goldman Sachs, D.E.Shaw and Thinkmap.
Alex also taught award-winning undergraduate computer science class at NYU. He holds a B.S. in Math with Honors from Lehigh University and M.S. in Computer Science from NYU. Alex writes one of the top startup blogs called Startup Hacks. You can email Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org, see Alex's connections on Linkedin, and follow him on Twitter @alexiskold.
Paul Sethi is a co-founder and Managing Partner at 2048. Prior to 2048, Paul was CEO of Redbooks for 7 years (acquired by List Partners), a leading sales intelligence platform for marketing decision makers. They developed an advanced ML/NLP practice, with a real-time alerts and data extraction engine built for enterprise (now, Robuzz).
Earlier in his career, Paul was Partner/Analyst at Iroquois Capital, focused on small-mid market technology companies. He has been a first-check angel for over a decade, serves as Advisor to Transfix, OpenFortune and AllTheRooms, and graduated with honors from Wharton (UPenn) and Columbia. You can email Paul at email@example.com, see Paul's connections on Linkedin, and follow him on Twitter @paulsethi, but don’t expect much from him there.
Get in touch
We would love to hear from first-time founders creating companies that have differentiation and defensibility through technology.