Invest with Zach Coelius
$1.6M
Syndicate Backing
$230K ($1K)
Typical Investments
6
Deals Last 12 Months
Note from Zach

I invest in three types of deals. The first group are founders I know well; in this business founders are everything. I am very comfortable backing super stars based on little more then their involvement (though that rarely happens as they almost always have a great idea.)

The second group is comprised of companies in sectors where I have a great deal of experience such as ad tech, marketing, email, enterprise saas, some consumer tech and data. I look hard for original, defensible ideas that have the potential to get huge. I would rather lose on a bunch of companies then to miss out on one of the big ones. This is a business of swinging for home runs and being comfortable with striking out. Cruise Automation is a great example of this strategy. When we invested in Cruise a lot of folks thought it was a weird investment; six months later it was sold to GM for or a billion dollars. Also, one of the greatest advantages of Angel List is that it enables significant diversification to have a better chance of getting into one of the winners. I don't consider myself an index investor (in the public markets I have a 30.9% IRR over the last seven years), but I love the value of smart diversification.

The third group are deals that I get access to as a result of my network where a great VC or angel whose investing I respect is leading the round and I can get a small allocation. Basically a smart follower strategy. In those deals I like to put in a small amount of capital and syndicate the rest so that you all can share. Another great way to diversify in the hunt for the nonlinear returns. In 2016 we invested along side A16Z, Greylock, NEA, Founders Fund, Resolute, Accomplice and many other great VC firms.

Dealflow

As a ten year startup CEO I built a very large network of founders, angels, VCs and friends. All of my deal flow comes from those relationships.

Investments
Syndicated
Exit
Acquired by General Motors for $1B in 2016
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Backers
Kevin Weil
Head of Product at Instagram. Former SVP of Product at Twitter. Former big data engineer. Ultra-marathons, particle physics, diet mountain dew, hadoop, lolcats.
Jack Chou
Entrepreneur
Head of Product @Pinterest. Previous: startup founder Pensive Labs. Ads business @LinkedIn. Before that: @Google, @Oracle, @Stanford University.
Jason Calacanis
Angel
Investor in 150 startups, including Uber.com & Thumbtack (first rounds). www.jasonssyndicate.com www.calacanis.com www.launch.co www.launchangelsummit.com
Saar Gur
VC
Venture Capitalist at @CRV
Auren Hoffman
Entrepreneur
CEO @SafeGraph . fmr CEO and fndr: @LiveRamp. board: @Siftery .fmr board: @BrightRoll
Jeff Fagnan
VC
Founder at @Accomplice; founder of TUGG / @Veracode / @BOSS Syndicate / @Maiden Lane / board of @AngelList @Tugg
Roy Rodenstein
Angel
Investor Crashlytics (acq. Twitter), Rapportive (acq. LinkedIn). CEO TrueLens, co-founder Going.com (acq. AOL), co-founder Hacker Angels. MIT Media Lab '00.
David E. Weekly
Entrepreneur
Google PM heading R&D lab; formerly @Facebook; Founded: @Neuron.VC, @Drone.VC, @PBworks, @Hacker Dojo, and more. Award-winning startup advisor. Coder.
References
Tremendous experience in ad tech as a CEO and Founder, Advisor and Investor in the sector.

Zach knows both the technical issues and the business issues better than almost anyone
Gil Penchina @ IDG Ventures
For Zach Coelius's work at Zach Coelius @ Flight.vc
Zach is the total advisor. From product to go-to-market to company building, Zach's instincts are second to none and he is always there when you need him. He has been high impact thus far. Can't say enough.
Ant Taylor
For Zach Coelius's work with Lyte
Zach has been there from the beginning and is one of the true pioneers of the programmatic/RTB/ad data space.
Mark Shedletsky
For Zach Coelius's work with Vertical Mass
Zach was my business partner and co-founder at Triggit. Zach's amazing ability to understand, and see markets emerge before they become obvious enabled us to be early to market with multiple products. He is an extraordinarily charismatic thinker, leader, and speaker. Zach also has a...more
Zach makes big deals happen. Amazing influence.
Zach really digs in and gets operational.
Paul DeJoe
For Zach Coelius's work with Cavalry
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