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Pitching and Closing: Everything You Need to Know About Business Development, Partnerships, and Making Deals that Matter by Ellen DaSilva, Alexander Taub

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CHAPTER 40

THE ULTIMATE CONNECTOR: CHARLIE O’DONNELL

Key Notes

Name: Charlie O’Donnell

Company: Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Role: Founder, venture capitalist

Previous companies: General Motors, Union Square Ventures, First Round Capital

CHARLIE O’DONNELL is a New Yorker through and through. He has spent most of his storied career working in venture capital. After college, he worked with VCs from the pension fund side while working at GM. While he was there, he met Fred Wilson and Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures (USV), who were pitching to his team. O’Donnell wasn’t able to secure an investment from GM for USV, so instead he joined the firm at the height of the resurgence of New York City’s tech community. He is best known for having discovered ...

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