Breakfast with an Investor: Steve Schlafman

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Pondicheri

15 West 27th Street

New York, NY 10001

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About our Guest Investor:

Steve Schlafman has been investing in the NYC tech ecosystem for the last decade. Most recently, Steve was a Partner at Primary Ventures, Principal at RRE Ventures and Lerer Hippeau, where he focused on Seed and Series A investing. Prior to that, Steve was also Director of New Ventures at The Kraft Group, owners of the New England Patriots. He also brought a range of operational experience to Primary. He began his career at Microsoft, where he was a Senior Financial Analyst focused on Corporate Finance, Strategy and M&A. Steve then held a variety of operational roles at NYC-based startups Massive and Stickybits (also known as Turntable.fm).

Steve straddles B2B and B2C with a bias toward the weird. He has a human-centric approach to investing. While at RRE, he led the firm’s investments in Giphy, Bowery Farming, Brightwheel, Groups, Boom Aerospace, Care/of, Citizen, Wag!, theSkimm, Breather, View The Space and many more. At Lerer Hippeau, he helped source the firm’s investments in Bark & Co, SmartThings (sold to Samsung), Percolate, Class Dojo, Zipline, Tulip Retail, Visual Revenue (sold to Outbrain) and many more. Believing in and serving entrepreneurs is his life’s work.

Steve is also a trained executive and performance coach, and that and angel investing is where he is now focusing. He works with founders and executives to help them fulfill their potential as leaders inside and outside their organizations. Steve decided to pursue a coaching certification because he had a strong desire to engage with founders more deeply and develop stronger relationships based on respect, trust, authenticity and vulnerability. He is also married to the solo founder of The Sill, a venture-backed D2C brand for house plants, so, says Schlafman, “there’s virtually no barrier separating my life from entrepreneurship. It’s a constant. I have a completely unfiltered view into the life of a founder; I see the wins, the losses and everything in between. This situation has given me a deeper appreciation for entrepreneurs, the daily battles they endure and the sacrifices they make.”

Steve is a fixture in the NYC venture community and occasionally blogs at schlaf.me. You can also follow him on Twitter where he shares daily musings about leadership, philosophy, technology, NYC and other random topics.

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