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Michael Lazerow

Velvet Sea Ventures

Michael Lazerow is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a 30-year track record of successful startups and early-stage investments. Lazerow co-founded Buddy Media in 2007, a social media marketing platform that was acquired by Salesforce.com for $745 million, where he served as chief strategy officer. He has invested in about 100 early-stage companies, including Facebook, Scopely and Liquid Death, making him one of the most prolific tech investors in New York City. Michael currently serves as a co-founder and general partner of Velvet Sea Ventures. An avid philanthropist, Michael and his wife Kass established the Kass and Mike Lazerow Family Foundation and were recognized with the Game Changer Award by Cycle for Survival for their leadership in helping to raise more than $350 million for breakthrough cancer research programs. The couple was also awarded the Leader of the Future Award by the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute.