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Amplifier Ventures managing director Jonathan Aberman jams out with his band “Two Car Garage”
Amplifier Ventures managing director Jonathan Aberman jams out with his band “Two Car Living Room” every few months in Northern Virginia. The rest of his waking hours are spent searching for the earliest of early stage companies looking for VC. Since 2006, he’s been writing $50K to $100K seed checks out of an $8M fund raised from institutional investors and angels. So far his portfolio has 14 companies, including Sponto, Ozmosis, and CardStar. A former investment banker and economist, Jonathan became a VC after working as managing partner of Pillsbury’s Northern Virginia office and then managing partner of Fenwick & West’s east coast office. While working VC transactions, Jonathan realized that dishing out business advice was more appealing than the legal advice.
Small Act CEO Casey Golden (at the white board) and his executive team are part of Amplifier’s portfolio.
Small Act CEO Casey Golden (at the white board) and his executive team are part of Amplifier’s portfolio. Jonathan, who teaches about a dozen business classes a year at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, says he spends a lot of time turning down companies looking for capital. It’s not for lack of interest, but lack of funds. The father of two (one in high school and the other at Cambridge) will invest in 2-3 companies with his current fund and then will raise another in the fall. So how does one get into the Amplifier portfolio? Referrals are a big help and a willingness to take lots of help and direction are a bonus.

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