A New York VC Spotlight: Ross Goldstein



Ross Goldstein’s path to venture capitalism began at Morgan Stanley where he rose to become a senior banker in charge of equity financing for technology, telecommunications and media clients.

After 13 years with the bank, he went to work for the Internet advertising company Interactive Imaginations Inc., as the executive vice president and chief financial officer.  He helped guide the company into its successful merger and IPO as 24/7 Media.

In 2000, Goldstein co-founded DFJ Gotham Ventures, an early-stage venture firm, which focuses mainly on investments in information technology startups.  The firm is part of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Global Network, the largest venture capital network in the world.

He holds a BS in Applied Mathematic-Economics from Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

VC Firm:

Managing Director and Co-Founder of DFJ Gotham Ventures (Founded in 2000)


Digital Media, E-Commerce, Financial Technology, Mobile and Network Infrastructure.

Selected Investment:


Interactive Imagination Inc. (predecessor to 24/7 Media) sold to WPP for $649 million
Searchandise Commerce sold to RichRelevance for an undisclosed amount
Drop.io sold to Facebook for an undisclosed amount
Ingenio sold to AT&T for an undisclosed amount
Massive sold to Microsoft for an undisclosed amount


Searchandise Commerce
New York Cares

Expertise Areas:

Information Technology, Digital Advertising, Banking, Accounting.

Blogs, Twitter & Websites:


Memorable Quotes:

On the 3 most important skillsets for an entrepreneur:  “Communication, making clear-headed decisions and being a good judge of other people.”

On what inspires him:  “Wife and family, as well as entrepreneurs who return a 2nd or 3rd time, even if the first couple were failures.”

On the importance of mentors:  “Everyone needs a mentor and one should not be afraid to seek out mentorship.”

On moving from the corporate world to the startup world:  “As a banker turned startup founder turned venture capitalist, when making the switch, I say make sure you know what you are getting into.  It is an exciting, but wild ride.”

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About the author: Stephanie Santana

After receiving a dual degree in magazine journalism and anthropology, Stephanie moved to Korea to teach English to elementary students for two years. During her time there, she started a website for salsa dancing in Korea, BusanSalsafied.com. She is currently an editorial assistant at AlleyWatch and is happy to back in New York at an exciting time for startups.  She likes to document her experiences here: stephaniesantana.tumblr.com.

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