Karlin Ventures is an
early-stage venture capital
fund based in Los Angeles.
Karlin Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund based in Los Angeles.
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We are value-add partners helping entrepreneurs who take contrarian approaches to create impactful solutions to big, interesting problems. Karlin Ventures is an affiliate of Karlin Asset Management, a private investment firm managing over $1.4 billion of unleveraged equity capital.
Focus on enterprise software, commerce platforms and marketplaces but are open to exciting ideas in other verticals.
Typical investments range from $250,000 to $2,000,000. Prefer co-investor roles and will participate in follow-on rounds.
U.S.-based companies, preferably on the West Coast.
Proof-of-concept in place (post-revenue or with secured contracts). Requiring less than $5,000,000 and three years to reach break-even point.
What They’re Saying
Karlin is a fantastic partner. They're always super helpful and willing to lend a hand.
The folks from Karlin have been incredibly helpful and supportive. From providing great intro's & connections to helping dig through numbers, they're there whenever we need them.
CEO, The Noun Project
Karlin is value-add from day 1 and we are thrilled to have them as an investor.
The Karlin Ventures team was instrumental in the success of Gyft. Very active involvement from day one and always stepping up when we need them - I highly endorse them for any entrepreneur!
The Karlin investment team is resourceful, respectful and attentive to entrepreneurs' needs beyond just financing. I've always enjoyed working with them and appreciated their efforts in trying to help in every way possible. They are the good guys!
CEO, Retention Science
Karlin Ventures adds value beyond financing. They not only help their portfolio companies execute but are well connected and entrepreneur friendly.
Karlin Fellows is an elite fellowship program for both members of the Karlin Ventures portfolio and other emerging industry leaders in LA's tech community.
1 Year / 4 Workshops / 50+ Rising Industry Leaders
TX is an Advisor of Karlin Ventures and has been involved in the startup space since his college days.He started an online textbook retail company while in college, served as the CFO for an electric vehicle startup, Lit Motors, and worked for Innovation Endeavors, a seed stage venture fund backed by Eric Schmidt. Prior to Innovation Endeavors, TX worked for McKinsey & Co in their London office where he was part of their financial institutions and consumer goods practices. TX received a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics (summa cum laude) from Wesleyan University. TX is also an Associate of Chartered Accountants (U.K.) affiliate.
David A. CohenCEO, Karlin Asset Management
David A. Cohen serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at Karlin Asset Management, which he co-founded in 2005. David has more than 30 years of principal investing experience in public and private securities, real estate, and private equity across a broad spectrum of industries. His career has spanned investment banking at Lazard Freres & Co. to senior executive roles at large private corporations and investment firms. He is a frequent speaker and thought leader on distressed investing, risk management, asset allocation, and contrarian thinking. He serves in executive leadership roles or board positions with a variety of non-profit organizations in the areas of education, public policy, medical research, and animal welfare. David holds degrees from Boston University (B.S. in Engineering, summa cum laude) and Cambridge University (M.Phil.) and completed graduate work at Sydney University as a Rotary Foundation Scholar.
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