In conjunction with the annual Midas List, TrueBridge and Forbes partnered again this year to publish the Brink List highlighting talented, emerging investors making a name for themselves in the increasingly competitive world of venture capital. Nominees are evaluated based on qualitative and quantitative measures that weigh an investor’s momentum, position, reputation, and other variables. This year, we once again enlisted the expertise of a panel of investors previously named to the Brink List to provide their insight into the selection process: Jesse Beyroutey of IA Ventures, Mar Hershenson of Pear Ventures, and Elliot Robinson of Bessemer Venture Partners.
Our 2022 list of up-and-coming investors represents a diverse range of problem-solvers whose unique experiences, backgrounds, and expertise position them to take center stage in the world of VC. We expect them to continue to drive trends and shape the future of the industry as we head into a year that potentially could be quite different than 2021. We’re pleased to present this year’s Brink List.
Founder & Managing Partner
Key Deals: BigID, Blockdaemon, Kustomer, SecurityScorecard, Snyk, Superhuman
Ed is a seasoned VC with over 25 years of experience leading first-round investments and a passion for working with developer-first, engineering-driven founders. He founded boldstart in 2010 and has served as a day-one partner and board member or observer for cutting-edge tech names including Common Paper, Env0, and Spectro Cloud.
In 2021, Ed continued to see many of his early bets come to fruition, with Snyk, BigID and Dooly raising over $400 million in the past twelve months alone.
Previously, he co-founded Dawntreader Ventures where he worked with companies like Divide (acquired by Google), Greenplum (acquired by EMC), and GoToMeeting (acquired by Citrix). He learned to code and build quantitative trading models at JP Morgan, where he worked in the structured derivatives group and helped develop a real-time trading application for global asset allocation. In 2017, he co-founded MState, an enterprise blockchain lab, in partnership with IBM. MState seed investments include Fireblocks and Amberdata. He graduated from Harvard in 1993 and was a four-year letterman on the men’s lacrosse team.