Selling Group Nine Media, The Evolution of New York's Startup Scene and The Future of Digital Media with Ben Lerer, Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau
Ben Lerer, Managing Partner of Lerer Hippeau. The Consumer VC episode #316
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Our guest today is Ben Lerer. Ben Lerer is a Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau. Lerer Hippeau is a venture capital fund based in New York who were early investors in Warby Parker, Glossier, and Topicals. He also founded Thrillist, an online media website website back in 2004 and was former CEO of Group Nine Media until it was acquired by Vox Media.
Why he ended up selling Group Nine Media
His transition to VC full time
Why Lerer Hippeau started off as only investing in consumer
How NYC’s startup scene has evolved
What’s the current bar investing in consumer businesses
Why his goal is for his companies not to have to raise late rounds
Can an investor kill a company if they don’t exercise their pro-rata rights & more