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My Next Chapter

September 15, 2011

vcmike

Effective today, I will be leaving Polaris Venture Partners, and setting out to launch a new seed firm.

While I am excited by the prospect of building something new, it is difficult to leave the partnership I have been part of for 12 years.  I feel lucky to have had the chance to learn the venture business from two of the industry’s finest practitioners, and to have worked with a remarkable group of partners.  But over the past few years I have grown a passion for working with young entrepreneurs at the very earliest stage of conceiving and launching a venture. I have certainly had the chance to do that at Polaris, whether it be through Dogpatch Labs or making seed investments, but now I’ve decided I want to make this my exclusive focus.

My Polaris partners and I have both come to the conclusion that pursuing this focus is best done in a vehicle other than Polaris funds.  While Polaris will certainly continue to dedicate a significant portion of its funds to seed investing through Dogpatch Labs, and other similar efforts, I want to focus exclusively on super-early seed stage investments.  Polaris’s diversified strategy has been and will continue to be an incredibly successful formula, but my partners and I have come to realize that a dedicated seed fund is the best platform from which to pursue my passion for the super early stage.

I am deeply gratified that Polaris is supporting the formation of my new venture, and look forward to what I hope will be numerous opportunities to co-invest with my Polaris partners

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  1. September 15, 2011

    wow. congrats on the big step.

  2. September 15, 2011

    Hey Mike,

    Best of luck with the new fund.

  3. September 15, 2011

    Congrats Mike! I think I might have your first mobile app for the new fund. A mobile loyalty program! 510.333.9887

  4. Jason #
    September 15, 2011

    Congratulations Mike! I am a 3rd Year Law Student and aspiring Venture Capitalist. Like you, very early seed stage investing is my biggest passion. Do you need any help? What free time, skills, and experience I have, I am happy to offer to you. Best of luck with the new venture, and if you are looking for a nights and weekends type of person to help get off the ground, please let me know – thurston819@gmail.com

  5. September 15, 2011

    Congrats Mike! Are you moving to the west coast or are you still going to fly back and forth.

  6. September 15, 2011

    Best of luck with your new fund, Mike. Let’s co-invest!

  7. Colin Brauns #
    September 15, 2011

    Congratulations on your new fund! We’re a unique startup incubator here in Cambridge, MA and would be interested in talking with you further about your investment philosophy for these early-stage companies.

  8. September 15, 2011

    Best of luck Mike. Congrats on your new venture. You rock bud. :)

  9. Bob Hirshland #
    September 15, 2011

    Congratulations to my baby brother. Wishing you tremendous success on your next endeavor. I might add that this is my frist response on a blog. Seems like an appropriate time to start.

  10. tim dibble #
    September 15, 2011

    congrats Bud!

  11. September 15, 2011

    Congratulations. Always fun to do your own thing.

  12. Terence Kawaja #
    September 15, 2011

    Congratulations and best of luck Mike. Going out on your own…..hmmm…..now that’s a good idea!

  13. September 15, 2011

    Congratulations Mike! It’s a very exciting time!

  14. dean denhart #
    September 15, 2011

    Hey Mike….good luck…..sometime in the future our paths should cross again!

  15. September 15, 2011

    Really excited for you. Congratulations!

  16. September 16, 2011

    Congrats! We haven’t met but several friends speak highly of you.

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  18. Nirav Tolia #
    September 16, 2011

    Congrats! You’re a great investor and great guy and no doubt will be very successful in your new gig!

  19. September 16, 2011

    Will be great to see you more out here!

  20. September 16, 2011

    Congrats! It’s always fun to get in at the beginning.

  21. Ramesh #
    September 16, 2011

    Congrats Mike. I like what you do to inspire budding entrepreneurs. One more great step. Best wishes.

  22. michael arrington #
    September 16, 2011

    Congratulations on this next step, Mike! I look forward to working with you.

  23. September 16, 2011

    Great feeling. Enjoy it and Godspeed.

  24. September 16, 2011

    Congrats Mike. I saw you at TC Disrupt, just in passing. Guess I should have stopped and talked :-) I like seed stage too. That is where the action is, and if you choose well, the best financial return.

    Good luck!!

  25. September 16, 2011

    it’s an exciting move mike! congrats.

  26. September 16, 2011

    nice work. i am sure you will enjoy it.

  27. September 16, 2011

    We’re certain that you’ve learned quite a great deal during your tenure at Polaris, and that Polaris gained a great deal from having you aboard . Best wishes to you as you embark on this new entrepreneurial odyssey.

  28. September 16, 2011

    Congrats and good luck buddy. :)

  29. September 16, 2011

    Congrats Mike. Now you will know what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. Wishing you much success.

  30. Don MacKenzie #
    September 17, 2011

    Hi Mike
    Congrats on your move and the very best of luck with the new venture.

  31. September 17, 2011

    Great news, Mike! Do you plan to focus on startups in the Boston/Cambridge area, or also other geographies? What about Europe?

  32. September 17, 2011

    Congrats Mike- great news

  33. September 17, 2011

    Well done Mike!!!

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  37. October 6, 2011

    Just catching up on this news, would love to hear more next time you’re in LA. Congrats on the move!

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