A New York VC Spotlight: Matt Witheiler



Tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, and now a Venture Capitalist, Matt Witheiler began his career with Flybridge Capital Partners as a Senior Associate in July of 2008.

Flybridge Capital Partners funds startup/seed and early stage companies with investments ranging from $0.5 million to $15 million dollars.

In 2010, he was promoted to Principal, then to General Partner in March of 2014. He currently represents Flybridge on the boards of Convoke Systems, Dragon Innovation, and The Capital Network. In addition, he is an observer on the boards for Carnival Labs, DataXu, and Sand 9.

Prior to his success with Flybridge, Witheiler patented the method and apparatus for the display of a digital video signal while he was a Product Manager with ATI Technologies. Before ATI Technologies, Witheimer was a co-owner and Senior Hardware Editor for AnandTech.com.

He received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2008.

Witheiler recently moved to New York City with his wife and dog from Boston, and he keeps an active blog, where he discusses and comments on the world of technology.

Venture Firm:
Flybridge Capital Partners, General Partner

Sector Focus:
Consumer Tech, Enterprise IT, technology

Selected Investments:
Carnival Labs, Convoke Systems, Dragon Innovation

Flybridge Capital Partners, Convoke Systems, Dragon Innovation, The Capital Network, Carnival Labs, DataXu, Sand 9

Hardware, Financial Technology, Education Technology

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Memorable Quotations:
On the most important things entrepreneurs should know: “When choosing a business and business model that may need venture capital funding, three aspects are particularly important: targeting a big market, having unique insight into how the business will win in that market, and surrounding yourself with a high quality, passionate, relevant team to attack that market.”

On Startups: “The most important thing to do is for entrepreneurs to talk to people who’ve built hardware products and taken them to market before. Do the work upfront, and set expectations properly based on historical trends.”

On what’s different for today’s entrepreneurs from entrepreneurs five years ago: “I think the main differences are that it’s less expensive to get a business off the ground today and it’s easier to get seed/angel funding. These two are closely tied together: since a business can leverage the cloud to get up and running less expensively than in the past, it makes sense that financing dollars flow into companies earlier than they have in the past given more can be proven on the same amount of capital.”

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