A New York VC Spotlight: Brad Burnham

A New York VC Spotlight: Brad Burnham



Brad Burnham graduated from Wesleyan University in 1977 with a degree in political science.  Soon after, in 1979, he went on to begin his career in information technology by taking a job at AT&T.  After working in sales, marketing and business development for several years, Burnham created and was named CEO of Echo Logic, AT&T’s first venture, which inspired the creation of the independent venture capital branch of the company, called AT&T Ventures.

When Echo Logic was sold in 1993, Burnham joined AT&T Ventures as an Executive in Residence.  In 1994, Burnham became a Principal.  Two years later, he went on to become a General Partner.  A few notable investments that Burnham was responsible for include Argon Networks, Audible, Avesta Technologies, Classic Sports Network, Multex Systems, Physicians Online and Paytrust.

During his time with AT&T Ventures, Burnham helped co-found TACODA, Inc., which was purchased by AOL/Time Warner in 1997.  Burnham enjoyed working on the progression of TACODA so much that it inspired him to form Union Square Ventures, where he is currently a managing partner.  Union Square Ventures is a venture capital based firm in New York City that strives to support startups offering a service that has the potential to significantly impact important markets.  He also currently serves on the boards of Tumblr, Stack Exchange, DuckDuckGo, DuoLingo, Flurry, GetGlue, SimulMedia, Meetup, YieldMo, Pinch Media, UpCompany and Bug Labs.

VC Firm:

Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures (Founded in 2004)

Sector Focus:

Media, Marketing, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Healthcare.

Selected Investments:

10gen, amee, Canvas, CircleUp, Codeacademy, Coinbase, Disqus, Dwolla, Etsy, Firebase, Foursquare, Funding Circle, Hailo, Kickstarter, Kik, Kitchensurfing, Lending Club, Shapeways, Skillshare, SoundCloud, Twilio, Zemanta


Stack Exchange
Pinch Media
Bug Labs

Expertise Areas:

Information Technology, Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Finance, General Management.

Blogs, Twitter & Websites:


Memorable Quotes:

On being a venture capitalist:  “I think every VC enjoys participating in helping to build disruptive companies.  I’m excited to be in the next wave of capital that will get us back to the kinds of 10x returns we expect.”

Advice for startup founders:  “Create something simple.  Let the market pull you in.”

About the author: Lisa Seylar

Lisa Seylar is a recent graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is passionate about writing and editing, and she is excited to be currently interning with AlleyWatch to jumpstart her career in copyediting.

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