Alexander Lloyd (venture capitalist)

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Alexander Lloyd
File:Alexander Lloyd.jpg
Born New York City, New York
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
Wharton School (MBA)
Occupation
  • Managing partner in Accelerator Ventures
  • Financial backer in Zappos.com

Alexander Lloyd is a venture capitalist who is the founder and managing partner of Accelerator Ventures, a venture fund focused on seed-stage investments.

Early life and education

Born in New York City, Lloyd was raised in Paris, France, and is fluent in French. He earned a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School.[1][2]

Early career

Lloyd began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he spent three years as a financial analyst. He went on to be Business Development Manager in Microsoft's Silicon Valley office responsible for Microsoft's relationships with the West Coast venture capital and startup community.[2]

In 2003, Lloyd became a venture partner at Rustic Canyon Partners, where he oversaw the development of that firm's seed-stage investment strategy.[3]

Lloyd has also worked as a Product Manager in SGI’s workstation division and has held marketing positions at Activation and Apple.[2]

Accelerator Ventures

Lloyd is the founder and managing partner of Accelerator Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture fund focused on early stage investments in technology companies.[3][4]

According to Business Insider, among the companies in his portfolio are Artspace, Cloudmark, Zappos.com, Zimbio, and Zynga.[4][3] Accelerator Ventures has also invested in Socket, WellTemplate:Dn, Roqbot, DataPop, Appboy, Fundly, Gigwalk, DoubleDutch, Marketfish, and CarWoo![5] In addition, Lloyd is listed as investor in Smartling.com.[6]

Accelerator Ventures describes itself as bringing to entrepreneurs a “strong understanding of technology, capital, and venture markets” and as “actively help[ing] companies with financing strategy, business development, customer introductions and management team development.” Its goal is “to invest at the earliest stages of a company’s fund raising efforts and to leverage our domain expertise in order to help companies get on the path toward profitability. We leverage our network of angel investors, early stage funds and venture capital firms in order to meet the funding needs of our portfolio companies.”

Accelerator Ventures typically “invests in the earliest stages of a company. Investments fall into two categories: Startups that want to build up and prove their business before getting institutional venture capital Startups whose capital requirements are too small for institutional venture capital, typically raising less than $2 Million in the life of the company. Both of these funding models are very startup friendly and focus on maximizing the returns for both the entrepreneur and Accelerator Ventures.”[5]

Lloyd is said to prefer “companies in Silicon Valley, New York, and Seattle focused in the IT and internet sectors. His areas of expertise and where he aims to help portfolio companies include VC fund-raising, social gaming, and marketing automation.”[7]

Lloyd's colleagues at Accelerator Ventures include Venture Partner Benjamin T. Smith and Entrepreneur-in-Residence John Paul Milciunas.[8]

Lloyd participated in the New England Venture Summit on December 5, 2012, taking part in a panel discussion about “Startup Challenges,” the point of which was the importance of “early-stage planning, choosing the right advisors, and managing expectations.”[9]

Other professional activities

Lloyd is listed as a mentor in MuckerLab’s mentor network, which “brings together some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors and executives in Southern California and Silicon Valley. They are here to work side-by-side with each class of companies to help them succeed.”[10]

Philanthropy

Lloyd is heavily involved in arts and education. He joined the board of SlideLuck and has previously sat on the boards of SF Camerawork and Junior Achievement of San Francisco, as well as the Contemporary Extension of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA). In 1998 he founded the San Francisco Media Arts Council (SMAC) and for 3 years he served as a commissioner for the San Francisco Art Commission,[2] a position to which he was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsroom.[3]

References

  1. "Entrepreneurship Venture Initiation Program". Wharton. http://vip.wharton.upenn.edu/mentors/sf.html. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Team". Team. Accelerator Ventures. http://www.acceleratorventures.com/team. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Our Company". Insync Software info. Insync Software Inc.. http://www.insyncinfo.com/INSYNCboardod.asp. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Alyson Shontell (21 June 2012). "The Angel 100: New York’s Top Early Stage Investors". Business Insider. Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/new-york-early-stage-tech-startup-investors-2012-6?op=1. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Accelerator Ventures". CrunchBase.com. CrunchBase. http://www.crunchbase.com/financial-organization/accelerator-ventures. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  6. "Our Investors". Smartling.com. Smartling. http://www.smartling.com/investors. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  7. "Alexander Lloyd". ChubbyBrain.com. CB Information Services. http://www.chubbybrain.com/investors/alexander-lloyd#axzz2EkGDVrng. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  8. "Company Overview of Accelerator Ventures". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=2760380. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  9. "The New England Venture Summit". The New England Venture Summit. Youngstartup.com. http://www.youngstartup.com/newengland2012/agenda.php. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  10. "Mentors". MuckerLab. MuckerLab. http://www.muckerlab.com/mentors/. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

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