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Link Ventures
Investing across the US in tech and D2C internet companies. Based in Kendall Square, Cambridge with @CogoLabs.

Investment insights from Link Managing Director, Lisa Dolan

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During a year when everything we thought we knew about workplaces changed, we’re extremely proud to share that Cogo Labs has been awarded “Best Place to Work” honors by Built in Boston.

Mourning Seth Birnbaum, EverQuote Co-founder and CEO

Seth Birnbaum, EverQuote Co-founder and CEO

Those who are familiar with Link Ventures and Cogo Labs know that we strive to foster a people-focused culture. Yes, we depend on our data assets, but their potential can only be fully realized through the minds and hands of inspired — and inspiring — entrepreneurs. Our focus on teams sparks a camaraderie that makes many team members as tight as some families.

Autumn in our beloved Boston.

This year’s business challenges have certainly changed the way the world thinks about processes. What was “par for the course” in January of 2020 may never again be viewed as our “normal” (new or otherwise); and what we considered as “thinking outside of the box” back in March is now table stakes. Yet as we all approach the time of year when much of the world celebrates a holiday centered around giving thanks, the members of our Link Ventures team realize that we have ample stores of gratitude worth sharing in these final weeks of 2020.

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That was one of the questions posed by Dr. Alex Wissner-Gross at our annual Friends of Link Ventures event last month. He spoke about getting to the point of artificial general intelligence — AI that is so advanced that language models can teach us new language models. We’re very close to that point, according to Dr. Wissner-Gross, because of the availability of large data sets.

Live Q&A between Dr. Wissner-Gross and Link Managing Partner Dave Blundin

What will AI that advanced look like on a practical level? It means, for example, that an AI copywriter would cost approximately 2,500–25,000 percent less than a human writer on a per-word basis. …

Finding ways to make meaning in a complicated year

For the past several years, we have hosted an offsite with portfolio company CEOs and a select group of investors and influencers. It’s a highlight of the business year for us, and one of the ways we use to mark both the passage of time and our own success toward our goals.

Venture firm bringing big data to help startups scale

Link Ventures is pleased to announce its newest investment, modern estate planning startup Trust & Will. We are leading the round with participation from existing investors including Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, WTI, Halogen Ventures, Luma Launch, and Techstars Ventures.

Some of the KSA Board members before a boat ride on the Charles.

Drop into Cambridge’s Kendall Square any time and you’ll see the unique culture at work. More than 30 industry sectors make this area home, chief among them technology. Since it’s also home to Link Ventures, Cogo Labs, and the companies that we are growing, we are quite involved in Kendall Square’s growth and the activities of the Kendall Square Association.

Own Up is disrupting the consumer mortgage industry

OwnUp Co-founders (from left to right): COO Mike Tassone; CTO Brent Shields; CEO Patrick Boyaggi

Some updates following on from our recent funding announcement; over the next 2–3 years, our portfolio will consist of companies launching out of Cogo Labs, as well as companies founded outside our incubator. The Fund’s first investment is an external company that is disrupting the consumer mortgage origination market: Own Up.

Link Ventures, a Cambridge-based venture capital firm, has received more than $100 million in capital commitments for its Link Ventures 2 fund. LV2 will invest in early-stage consumer internet companies, following up on the success of Link’s first fund.

“We are delighted to have such a distinguished list of limited partners who have trusted us with their hard-earned capital and believe in our differentiated big data and technology advantage,” said Link Ventures Founder and Managing Partner Dave Blundin. “We will use this capital to invest in remarkable startups.”

The investment team includes veteran investors and entrepreneurs Rob Chaplinsky, John Werner…

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