Michael Dempsey | Michael Dempsey
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Michael Dempsey, Mike Dempsey, Rothenberg Ventures, Frontier Tech, CB Insights, Crane Partners, Startups, Tech
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ABOUT


  • Los Angeles -> Boston -> NYC
  • Obsessed with tech, media, and cocktails.
  • NYU Alum with a B.A. in Economics.
  • 2.5 years as analyst at Crane Partners, a multi-strategy hedge fund with focus on private investments and derivatives. Led all early-stage technology investments.
  • ~2 years as an early employee at CB Insights focusing on research and data analysis around private company financings.
  • Currently investing in Frontier Technology startups at Rothenberg Ventures

My name is Michael Dempsey. I was born in LA, grew up in Boston, and currently reside in NYC.

 

I graduated from New York University with a degree in Economics a semester early in December 2011. Upon graduation, I spent 2.5 years at a multi-strategy hedge fund called Crane Partners. As the only analyst on a team of less than 6, I was able to take on a fair amount of responsibility and learn a lot through the relatively unique investment strategies that the fund employs. In general,  I learned to both financially and operationally analyze entire industries from OEMs to “tier 3+” players from the scope of multiple asset classes including private equity, venture capital, and public investments, while also gaining experience with the internal management of portfolio companies. Eventually, I developed a thesis to invest in early-stage technology companies, sat on the board of Doctor.com (one of my first investments), and led all early-stage tech investments for the fund.

 

From there I went on to join CB Insights, a structured data and predictive analytics startup as one of the first 15 employees. At CB Insights I developed unique analyses around the previously opaque industry that is venture capital in the form of private client reports, quarterly industry reports, and research pieces for our company blog. There I categorized the area of Frontier Tech, in addition to focusing on food tech and international venture capital.

 

Currently I invest in Frontier Tech startups at Rothenberg Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund.

 

When I’m not looking for the next moonshot, you can find me writing, taking photos, enjoying a well-balanced cocktail, playing music, golf, or basketball, and exploring whatever city I am in.

WHAT I DO

Passion is what drives people. These are some of my passions.

  • RESEARCH

    I open-source my notes, thoughts, and half-baked ideas on a near-daily basis.

  • BLOGGING

    I write about technology, entrepreneurship, media, and a variety of other things on my blog.

  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    I take photos with a Sony DSLT, Fuji X10, and a mobile phone

  • INVESTING

    Early-stage venture capital to private equity to public markets.

EXPLORE

SELECT WRITTEN WORK

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PRESS

Select Posts, Analysis, & Commentary in the Press

How a Vietnamese Refugee Is Rethinking Food Delivery in America – Bloomberg, January 2016

DoorDash Inks First Non-Restaurant Delivery Deal With 7-Eleven (Sans Slurpees) – Forbes, September 2015

More than $2 Billion Invested in Space Companies since 2012 – Space News, August 2015

Startups attract billions for ‘frontier tech’ – San Diego Union Tribute, August 2015

Snapchat Lost a Ton of Money Last Year – Gawker, August 2015

Internal Documents Show BuzzFeed’s Skyrocketing Investment in Editorial – Gawker, August 2015

Here Are the Internal Documents that Prove Uber Is a Money Loser – Gawker, August 2015

VC-backed companies raise $2.3 billion in April-June – The Times of India, July 2015

Venture capitalists are spending like it’s 1999 – Crain’s New York, July 2015

Asian Tech Start-Ups Quietly Earn Backing – New York Times, July 2015

Tiger cubs sharpen their claws – Institutional Asset Manager, June 2015

Dubai Used-Car Startup Turns to U.S. Seeking $1 Billion Value – Bloomberg Business, June 2015

Munchery’s Recipe for Winning Online Food Delivery – Inc., June 2015

Episode 36: Venture Capital Asia with Michael Dempsey – Analyse Asia, June 2015

The Big Business of Drones – Fox Business, June 2015

Unicorn Sugar Crash – Pando, May 2015

Why a new food tech wave is shaking up the industry – Food Dive, May 2015

How the 2014 CNBC Disruptors cashed in – CNBC, May 2015

Indian online grocery business: breaking the mould – India Tech Online, May 2015

New York almost first for tech IPOs, M&As – Crain’s New York, January 2015

Venture capital firm gives marijuana industry a shot of credibility – Los Angeles Times, January 2015

As It Leans Starboard, Will Darden Sink? – Covering Companies, October 2014