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At Ludlow we conduct our business not by doing things differently, but by being different. We believe in VC without ego. We prefer to talk straight and get the job done, ignoring the puffery and posturing found elsewhere. We fund the dreams of serial entrepreneurs and startups, turning ideas into companies and established ventures into industry leaders.

We feel privileged to help our companies grow and succeed in bringing their ideas to fruition. It makes us proud to back driven entrepreneurs; real people who find problems and create practical, real-world solutions. We fund companies that don’t just make cool stuff but that create value. We are passionate about seeing businesses succeed and get excited when companies push the boundaries of their industry. We are here to help.

We've proudly invested in the following companies:

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Team and Advisors

Jonathon Triest is the Managing Partner for Ludlow Ventures fund one and two. In 2011, Jonathon was awarded the Crain’s Business award for 20 in their 20s. That same year, he co-founded Funded by Night, a vehicle to help internet startups launch and get discovered. Previously, Triest served as creative director for New York’s Discovery Productions. In 2005 he launched the Atlanta-based Triest Group, a mid-level advertising firm. In addition to his role at Ludlow, Triest is a mentor at numerous technology accelerators including  Silicon Valley's Up West Labs, Cincinnati's The Brandery, and San Francisco's Highway 1. He is a board member of The Trico Foundation, and Venture for America.

Sandy Kronenberg  Sandy serves as a Partner at Ludlow Ventures.  His entrepreneurial career began by founding Netarx – a network integration and services provider to large enterprises.  Netarx focused on advanced technologies including Business Intelligence (BI), Network & Information Security, Virtualization, Storage Area Networks, Unified Communications and Data Center Services.  In 2009, Netarx acquired the VAR business of Analysts International (including Sequoia and Entree Systems).  In 2011 Netarx was acquired by Logicalis (a division of Datatec - Symbol LSE: DTC) and Sandy joined as its Chief Technology Officer. 

Brett deMarrais is a principal at Ludlow Ventures. Prior to joining Ludlow, Brett founded Wedit, a crowd sourced wedding video platform that reduced the cost of wedding videos and made them social. Within the first year of launching the company Wedit had won the top industry awards for customer satisfaction (Brides Choice 2012 and Best of The Knot 2012). Previously, Brett worked at Out of the Blue Entertainment. 

Adam Lisagor is the official E.O.R. (Entrepreneur Out of Residence) at Ludlow and made the videos that introduced the world to Square, Flipboard, Airbnb, the JAMBOX, and most recently, Coin. He runs Sandwich Video from Los Angeles, and aims to do more of the same, but bigger.

Advisors:

Brad Feld is managing director at Foundry Group.  He is co-founder of TechStar’s a mentor driven accelerator, and author of several VC books.  Notable companies that Brad have invested in and/or sat on the boards include Abuzz (acquired by the New York Times), Anyday.com (acquired by Palm), Critical Path, Cyanea (acquired by IBM), Dante Group (Acquired by WEBM), Data Power (acquired by IBM), Feedburner (acquired by GOOG), Feld Group (acquired by EDS), Gist (acquired by RIM), Harmonix (acquired by VIA), NetGenesis, ServiceMagic (acquired by IACI), Service Metrics (acquired by EXDS) and Zynga.

Eric Reis is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup.  He co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2008 he served as a venture advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers before moving on to advise startups independently. Today he serves on the board of directors for Code for America. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Tara.

Jason Nazar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc.com (acquired by Intuit), which provides the best quality and widest selection of documents and resources to start, grow, and manage your small business and professional life. Jason is also the creator and host of Startups Uncensored, the longest running and most widely attended technology gathering in southern California, which regularly brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, techies and investors.  Jason was named one of the "Most Admired CEOs in Los Angeles" by the LA Business Journal, but he's more proud of his three point shot and ping pong skills. 

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