Michael Dempsey | Michael Dempsey
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Michael Dempsey, Mike Dempsey, Frontier Tech, CB Insights, Crane Partners, Startups, Tech
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  • 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.
  • Investing in Frontier Technology startups at Compound

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.


After CB Insights, I joined the investment team at Rothenberg Ventures to help seed-stage Frontier Tech startups. I led our investment team in the sectors of Space, Robotics, Drones, and Autonomous Vehicles, while also investing in enabling technologies surrounding autonomy. Investments include Auro Robotics, Ursa Space, Vantage Robotics, and more.

I’ve since continued to invest at the seed stage at Compound in a variety of areas including those mentioned above as well as food tech, synthetic biology, and more.

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.


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


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


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


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


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



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Select Posts, Analysis, & Commentary in the Press

Why Is Uber Losing Money? – Vice, December 2016

The case for the iCar: Why an Apple car isn’t crazy – CNBC, October 2016

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