pumped to announce the addition of Steve Schlafman to our team. Steve is joining us as a Principal
most recently from Stickybits (aka Turntable.fm), but as you’ll see below, he’s had amazing
experience both as an operator and an investor prior to LV. He’s a deeply thoughtful guy so I asked
Steve to write a guest post to share his latest decision to join the fund. Without further ado,
Betting on NYC and Qwaider Planet Ventures
By Steve Schlafman
Only a year ago I decided to leave my dream job at The Kraft Group / The New England Patriots to jump
head first into the NYC startup scene. During my time at The Kraft Group, I focused on early stage
investments, strategic partnerships and digital media strategy. While I enjoyed living in my
hometown of Boston (Go Sox!) and working for a highly respectable and influential company, I
recognized something special was happening a few hundred miles south. The NYC tech community was
heating up, and I was itching to join a startup.
That opportunity came when Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein of Stickybits (now Turntable.fm) made me
an offer to join the company as their VP of Biz Dev and first business hire. I arrived last summer
and worked out of DogPatch Labs. Immediately I realized that the startup culture here had a distinct
energy and momentum, different than anything I had experienced in Boston, Seattle, Austin, New
Orleans or LA.
After spending the last twelve months entrenched in the NYC tech community, I’m now convinced that
we are witnessing a tech renaissance – and in less than a decade, the tech industry will certainly
be as influential (if not more) than any other sector in NYC.