We help bold founders build extraordinary companies.

We look for founders with a capital efficient mindset who will achieve more with less. We have seen it before where founders will use extra money to hire more engineers rather than pay themselves more. This matters.

Our focus is on early stage companies in the USA, Canada and Europe. We are happy to partner with founders early and be the first investor or invest as part of a larger syndicate in pre-seed, seed, Series A & B rounds.

Our partners have been early investors in companies that have created $60bn+ in value including: Supercell, Pinterest, Docusign, MongoDB, Unity, Newbridge Networks & Juniper Networks.

Once we invest then we really dig in to genuinely help our founders in every possible way from recruiting to product to strategy to fundraising, etc. Just ask any founders we have invested in before. We make a difference by challenging our founders to be the best they can to enable their companies to truly perform.

General Partners

Chris J. Albinson is based in San Francisco and is the co-founder of the C100, MIE, FCC, and Panorama Capital. Chris is currently Managing Director & Co-Founder of Panorama Capital, Chairman of the Board at Ninth Decimal, an investor in DocuSign, Pinterest, Turo, Stance, 33Across, and an Angel investor in Uberflip, People.AI, and 4 stealth companies. Exits include: DocuSign (IPO), Ticketfly (acquired), Elemental Technology (acquired), Good Technology (acquired), PasswordBox (acquired). Previously, Chris was a General Partner at JP Morgan Partners and General Partner & Founder of Founders Circle Capital. Chris also helped grow four startups, most recently as Chief Strategy Officer for Digital Island (IPO & acquired by Cable & Wireless).

Paul Heydon has spent 29 years as a Founder, operator, investor, and advisor.  BGF is Paul’s 6th startup. Most recently he was a Co-Founder and General Partner at LVP. Paul was an early investor in Supercell and Unity. He also led investments on behalf of LVP in Reach Robotics, AppOnboard, Gawkbox, Downstream, Shark Punch, Dojo Madness and Radiant Entertainment (acquired by Riot Games). Previously, he was an investment banker at Avista Partners, Commerzbank Securities & ING Barings. He has both a HBA & MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Luis Robles is an experienced technology investor and entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in Silicon Valley. He was a partner on the early-stage investment team at Sequoia Capital where he worked on enterprise, cloud, security, and big data  opportunities. He championed the firm’s investments in MongoDB, ThousandEyes, SpringPath, and CoreOS. After Sequoia he was a co-founder and VP, Products of Diamanti (an enterprise data center infrastructure company) and he has remained an active participant in the seed / angel investing ecosystem. Earlier in his career, Luis was an early member of the software engineering and product management staff at VMware, leading products that became important contributors to its IPO. He holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford in computer science, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Luis is based in San Francisco, California.

Team

Nick Harrison
Associate

Nick Harrison is based Ottawa, Canada. Most recently, he led channel sales and international growth strategy at Toronto-based Turnstyle Solutions (acquired by Yelp). He also founded and ran an independent theatre company called Trivial Theatre as Artistic Director, after ten years as an actor and performer. While earning an HBA degree at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Nick worked as a researcher for Chris at Founders Circle Capital.

Robert Elensky
Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Robert Elensky is our EIR focused on the fintech, insurtech and machine learning/AI. Robert is also an active COO for Senso.AI, and is based in Toronto. Previously, Robert held CEO and Chairman positions in both public and private companies across 5 continents. His deep expertise was gained through senior operating roles, consulting engagements, investments, joint ventures, acquisitions and the creation of fintech companies. Robert has successfully completed consulting engagements for industry, corporate and government leaders in emerging and developed countries. Robert graduated with an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a BA Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Portfolio

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