Ed Sim

Ed Sim

Founder and General Partner

If you ain’t first you’re last.

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Ed Sim is the founder of boldstart ventures, a true believer and partner from Inception for developer first, enterprise infrastructure, and SaaS founders. He loves working with engineering-driven founders with bold ideas and laser-sharp focus on product well before writing their first lines of code.

Ed has been in the trenches with Snyk, Kustomer (sold to Meta), BigID, Blockdaemon, Superhuman, Security Scorecard, Front and so many more from Inception. Ed also co-founded MState in 2017, an enterprise blockchain lab in partnership with IBM, where seed investments include Fireblocks and Amberdata. He is a true partner from inception—helping bold founders start, scale, exit and have fun along the way.

Ed has been recognized as a Top 10 investor on the Forbes Midas Seed List for the last 2 years and also as the No.1 seed investor in the Business Insider Seed 100. Ed also writes a widely followed weekly newsletter, What’s 🔥 in Enterprise IT/VC, where you can get insider knowledge on VC, startups, and what’s next in enterprise software.

Prior to boldstart, Ed was a Co-Founder of Dawntreader Ventures, where he led inception investments in Greenplum (sold to EMC, Pivotal—IPO), GoToMeeting (sold to Citrix), and LivePerson (IPO). Previous to that, he worked at J.P. Morgan, where he learned how to code and build quantitative trading models. Ed graduated from Harvard College and was a four-year letterman on the men’s lacrosse team.

Fun facts:

Favorite food: Mexican food, breakfast burritos
Favorite arcade game: Donkey Kong Jr., Galaga
Favorite cartoon character: Underdog
Favorite music: Numb/Encore – Linkin Park & Jay Z
Favorite emoji: fire 🔥 muscle 💪 punch 👊 astonishment 😲, but admit there isn’t an emoji I don’t love.