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Charlie O’Donnell

Charlie O'Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn--where he was born and raised. Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of The Wing, Canary, Hungryroot, Ample Hills, Clubhouse, Imagen, and goTenna among others.

Charlie has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies. Nick Bilton identifies him as an influence on early Twitter investors in his book, Hatching Twitter. Dennis Crowley credits him as having helped kick off the first funding of Foursquare before other VCs had said yes. At First Round Capital, he helped source the firm's investments in Singleplatform (sold to Constant Contact), Moat (Sold to Oracle) and GroupMe (sold to Skype). Charlie discovered GroupMe at the hackathon where the service had been built. He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), Moat, chloe + isabel, and Refinery29.

Charlie O’Donnell
Charlie O’Donnell
Partner
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
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Lauren Magnuson

Lauren is the Director of Operations at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. She manages events, community, communications, and special projects for the firm. She is not involved in investment decisions. Prior to joining the BBV team in 2017, she worked for six years in the field of international education and travel. Lauren received an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Boston University in 2008.

Lauren Magnuson
Lauren Magnuson
Director of Operations
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures