Paul is the founder of four companies including Ahpah Software (a computer security firm acquired by InterTrust); Tribe (one of the world’s first social networks), and Aggregate Knowledge (a big data advertising attribution company acquired in 2014 by Neustar). Paul’s early online gaming innovations in multi-player user experience from almost 20 years ago are the inspiration for several of the modern social gaming offerings. He is the holder of over a dozen core patents covering social networking and big data.
Prior to forming Bullpen, he was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, and uDemy. Paul founded Bullpen in 2010 and has led several of its key investments including FanDuel, Namely, Ipsy, SpotHero, Classy, and Airmap. Paul holds a BS in Mathematics from Lehigh University and a Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University.
INC. | Uber has been living a public relations nightmare in recent weeks, including accusations of inappropriate handling of user data, widespread sexual harassment, and stealing intellectual property from a Google spin-off. The good news coming out of all this bad news: Several important lessons can be learned from Uber's plight. Take it from Bullpen Capital Partner Paul Martino who says decades of watching CEOs run companies gives him a unique perspective on Uber's publicity problems.
THE PHILLY INQUIRER | A shoeless Paul Martino opened the door to his imposing Doylestown home and led a visitor past the office where he keeps his hippo collection and then down into the basement to the poker table.
THE PHILLY INQUIRER | If Philadelphia’s new political start-up, Jefferson’s List, takes off, its founders just might have President Trump to thank. And entrepreneurial guru and venture capitalist Paul Martino.
FORTUNE | The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute answers to timely questions about entrepreneurship and careers. Today’s answer to the question, "When’s the best time to look for investors?" is written by Paul Martino, general partner at Bullpen Capital.
THE BUSINESS JOURNALS | An increased number of small venture-backed businesses got caught in the type of bind last year that is exactly what Paul Martino said he co-founded Menlo Park-based Bullpen Capital to ease. They couldn’t raise a Series A funding round despite revenue numbers that would have easily attracted investors a few years ago. In the following TechFlash Q&A, Martino discusses the situation and how Bullpen helps some founders who get caught in a widening Series A gap.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son's declaration in Trump Tower that he was investing $50 billion in the U.S. sounded like a big bet on President-elect Donald Trump. The reality is that SoftBank has been all-in on the U.S. for years.
Record numbers of startups are failing to advance from their seed round to Series A. This glitch in the funding ecosystem is older than you may realize.
Cincinnati startup catalyst Cintrifuse invested in a Silicon Valley venture fund that has stakes in big-name companies. Cintrifuse's Early Stage Capital Fund, also known as the Syndicate Fund, invested in Menlo Park, Calif.-based Bullpen Capital. The nature of Cintrifuse's investment in Bullpen was not disclosed.
These are the best of times to get a company off the ground. Seed capital is available from more sources than ever, including accelerators, pre-seed funds, crowdfund sites, and friends and family, all before an institutional seed fund takes notice.
Hundreds of investors reviewed pitches from Airbnb, Instacart, and Uber when these companies were nascent startups and chose, ignominiously, to pass. But even great investors can miss big opportunities. It’s part of the profession. Investors can misread the market, misjudge the founders or simply believe an opportunity is overpriced...