An early stage seed investment fund
Social Leverage is a partnership that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs in the technology space. We partner with promising companies, bringing our own entrepreneurial expertise, relationships, and marketing experience to the fore. Our portfolio companies benefit from our hands on involvement in all stages of development. More pointedly, social leverage is about leveraging our extensive network of industry relationships and expertise to help grow great companies and build great products.
We have a unique reputation for finding top-notch founder talent.
With more than 30 years of combined investment management experience, we are known for identifying industry trends.
We spend a substantial amount of time with prospective founders in both social and professional settings.
We host unique events such as “Lindzonpalooza” and “Stocktoberfest”, which brings together our ecosystem to network and learn.
Social Leverage offers a repeatable, methodical and systematically proven approach to investing in new ventures.We look for founders with domain experience and an investment premise that caters to powerful demographic trends, visibility on revenue models, and an investment group we can be proud of. In some cases, we will be happy to put together that group.
We specialize in the following domains:
We surface investment ideas through the popular StockTwits API.
Howard has more than 20 years experience in the financial community acting in both an entrepreneurial and investing capacity. With a unique vision for starting, managing, and successfully advising innovative companies, Lindzon is the public-face of the Social Leverage entities. In 2008 Lindzon co-founded StockTwits, recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by FastCompany and one of the “50 best websites” by Time (where he invented the “cashtag”). Previously, Lindzon created more than 400 original videos on Wallstrip, acquired by $CBS in 2007. Lindzon stepped down from his operational role as CEO of StockTwits on December 31, 2013, to focus on the next phase of Social Leverage. As acting Chairman, Lindzon’s connection to StockTwits along with his hedge fund experience, give Social Leverage access to a community of professionals who can evaluate fintech opportunities.
Tom is a General Partner and Co-Founder of Social Leverage. In 2011, Tom and Howard were recognized by Institutional Investor as one of the “super angels,” where they were depicted as helping to reorganize early-stage investing with disciplined capital, uniform investing rules and a sense of community that traditional venture capital took notice of. In 2012, they subsequently raised their second small micro-VC fund. With 90+ investments closed, Peterson manages the day-to-day business of Social Leverage and assists portfolio companies in need with operational and corporate development expertise. He has a strong fiduciary presence with experience as President & COO of NASDAQ (NTRL) prior to leading the privatization of the company.
Gary is a seasoned serial entrepreneur, having been a part of four founding teams in both consumer and B2B companies over the past 18 years. Most recently, he spent 3 years with Salesforce.com as the Desk.com COO after his company, Assistly, was acquired in 2011. Previously, Gary was with AOL after his prior startup (Goowy Media) was acquired in early 2008. Gary has managed various technology and go to market teams including business operations, customer service, client implementation and success, engineering and quality assurance. He brings broad knowledge across all facets of growing a business from startup into a mature organization.Gary has been an active investor in early stage companies since 2011, with over 20 investments, including notable companies like Getaround, Hello, Inc., Stitch Labs and Zenpayroll.
The shopping and browsing experience gets a lot of attention from online retailers. After all, they want to make it easy for you to click BUY. Unfortunately, once you’ve checked out, the experience gets pretty unpredictable. How long do I have to wait to get my package? Where is it now? What if I have to return it? Will it be a pain in the neck? Sometimes it feels like they stop caring about my experience as soon as I’ve paid.
As the economy recovers, investors are seeking new avenues for solid returns. One popular option is to lend on peer-to-peer marketplaces like Prosper, LendingClub, Funding Circle, and Kabbage.
Farmers are the cornerstone of America and a huge part of what makes this country great. Unfortunately when harvest season comes, the industry encounters major cashflow challenges.
We’ve seen price optimization in the on demand economy as well. Also referred to as yield management, companies like Uber have excelled at raking in more money for themselves and their drivers with surge pricing. What about the vacation rental market?
Robinhood announced their Series B today of $50 million. We are very excited to be able to participate in the round as we did as Angels and the Series A.
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