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ABOUT

Who we are

We're a group of business leaders who have joined forces to empower a new generation of inspiring businesses.

What we do

We invest together in early stage companies with brilliant, passionate leaders. We rally around the companies we invest in, supporting them with unique expertise and strategic guidance.

What we're looking for

We review founder-led companies, at seed and early A rounds, across a broad range of industries, with a bias towards passionate entrepreneurs who are supported by teams with substantial domain expertise. We look for products and services that demonstrate clear purpose, market demand and massive potential. We love teams that leverage consumer intelligence and operational excellence to establish and grow a direct, one-to-one connection with consumers. We work with businesses that are prepared to benefit meaningfully from our support.

 

OUR GROUP

The lunch table

We're always hungry for the next great idea – pull up a seat at our table and tell us what you have cooking.

 
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Ross Martin

GENERAL PARTNER

President & CXO, Known

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Sanjay Gupta

EVP, Head of Client Solutions and Outcomes, TIAA

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Ken Hertz

Founder, memBrain, LLC

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Jeff Kingsley

President & COO, Known

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Sean Moran

Former Head of Ad Sales, Viacom

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Carl Stern

Former Chairman,

Boston Consulting Group

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Dan Riess

EVP, Chief Growth Officer, Univision

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Jesse Angelo

President of Global News & Entertainment, Vice

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Carla Hassan

Global CMO, JP Morgan Chase

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Amy Israel

EVP, Scripted Programming, Showtime

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Lisa Licht

Former CMO, Live Nation Concerts

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Jason Ostheimer

Co-Founder/Partner, Advancit Capital

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Nicholas Tran

Head of Global Marketing, TikTok

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Katie Bayne

Founder & President, Bayne Advisors
 

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Tariq Hassan

Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald's

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Alexander Jutkowitz

CEO, Group SJR

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Udi Miron

CEO/President, Ananey

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Kern Schireson

Chairman & CEO, Known

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Mark Weinstein

Senior Vice President & Global Head of Marketing, Hilton

OUR PORTFOLIO

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Blackbird Air is an on-demand smartphone app designed to make affordable private and semi-private air travel accessible to everyone.

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Religion of Sports engages global audiences with premium sports content.

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Sundays is a new kind of food for dogs that’s uniquely air-dried to be healthier, tastier, and easier.

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Wolves is a unique California whiskey from an equally unique creative group, both based in California.

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Jupiter is a direct-to-consumer anti-dandruff haircare brand.

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The first omni-channel platform for jewelry. With Gemist you can design your own jewelry and try it on at-home or in-store before you buy.

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Qonsent - The privacy enablement and engagement platform.

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Chatdesk helps companies use messaging and analytics to deliver sales and improve customer care.

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Brightland - rich, extra virgin olive oils handcrafted in California.

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Sphere is a revolutionary app boasting a curated ecosystem of over 170+ vetted personal and professional coaches. 

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Nomadica - a women owned and operated wine company based in LA, that curates wine from around the world. 

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MikMak is an enterprise marketing eCommerce platform that enables brands to create thumb-stopping shopping experiences.

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Pathwater - The first-ever bottled water in a reusable and recyclable bottle.

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Postcard - is a digital platform that enables Millennials to easily create and share travel lists, while also offering previously unavailable recommendations from their most trusted sources. 

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FAQ

You're out to build the future? Awesome!

We can't wait to hear what you're up to. Here's a bit about how we work:

What's the best way to pitch you?

Great ideas come from everywhere. That's why we work closely to share ideas and opportunities with one another. We treasure referrals from our friends and colleagues, and we're quick to respond to them. If it looks like your business might be a fit, our process typically begins with a phone conversation, which helps us learn more. Following the call, partners review each opportunity, and you can expect to hear from us promptly. Consideration by our investment committee is the final step before we make an investment decision.

Do you favor certain industries? 

Nope. A new generation of entrepreneurs is re-creating the world in its image, right before our eyes. Not just a few industries — all of them. Advancements in data science, technology, and analytics have made it possible for us to see patterns and anticipate shifts in consumer behavior. Our experience across a broad array of industries has taught us a lot about the dynamics of business and culture, and we turn that experience into a competitive advantage for us and for the companies we invest in.

What's the size of your average investment?

Lunch is a strategic investor in seed and early series A rounds. Our check sizes typically range from $150–250K. A considerable portion of the fund is reserved for follow-on investing.

How do you support the companies in which you invest?

We love this question. When we invest in a business, we believe in its promise for massive growth and success, and we dedicate ourselves to the work of helping to make it happen. As a team of leaders in consumer products, live events, management consulting, finance, technology, advertising, data, operations, media and entertainment, and more, we're uniquely positioned to advise our entrepreneurs and their teams. We invest in companies for whom we believe Lunch Partners can make a meaningful difference.

Why are you called Lunch Partners?

We're a diverse group of characters from all walks of business and life. When we can, we like to have lunch together, learn from one another, and find ways to team up on things we believe in. Lunch Partners seemed like a good way to describe our vibe. And lunch, in general, is just awesome.

 
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