Matt Mazzeo

Managing Director, Lowercase Capital

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON February 29, 2016


Hi, Product Hunt team! I'm Matt Mazzeo, Managing Director of Lowercase Capital. My partner @sacca and I find, back, and support early stage teams across the startup landscape. We invest across almost every segment. A few of our more recent investments are Mobcrush, Mark43, Dubsmash, Medium, Makespace, InVenture, Digital Genius, Slack, and Next Games in addition to the teams at Uber, Stripe, Twitter, Instagram, and Docker. Before Lowercase, I was an agent at Creative Artists Agency, helping clients at one of the largest entertainement and sports agencies build businesses in tech. Die hard LA Kings and Lakers fan. Part time LA sushi tour guide.
Philip Kuklis@philipkuklis · Co-Founder, Hubble
Hey Matt, thanks for doing this AMA! How did you meet @sacca?
Sar Haribhakti@sarthakgh · Learning
Hey Matt. What's your advice for young folks that are trying to break into VC? What kind of experiences should they be focusing on? Thanks!
Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
Very looking forward to having you on @twentyminutevc in advance would love to hear how your investment decision making process has altered since the time you started with Lowercase? Looking forward to speaking in person!
Jason Martin@jasonkmartin · Director of Growth, Branch Messenger
Hey Matt, where do you find yourself getting the most deal flow these days? Personal intro's, AngelList, social chatter (Product Hunt), etc?
Noah Buscher@nhbschr · 18 / lincoln / 🏳️‍🌈
What advice do you have for aspiring teens looking to make quality startups? What do you value most in companies you invest in?
Danny Fiorentini@dannyfiorentini · Founder of @MuzeekHQ
Hey Matt - thanks for taking the time today. Considering your background at CAA: [True!] or [False!] - The live music industry's internal technology will evolve dramatically; 'build vs buy' data/infrastructure is at a significant inflection point, particularly for large operations. (Why, or why not?)
Andrew Parker@andrewparkr · Founder of Givebuy
Hi Matt, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. What has been your biggest career regret? Your greatest accomplishment?
Matt Mayberry@mattmayberry · Hacking Human Behavior at @BoundlessAI
Hi Matt - There is a ton of investment opportunity outside of tech in industries like real estate or traditional brick and mortar stores. Have you ever considered raising a new Lowercase fund or making adjustments to your investment strategy to tackle non-tech related ideas?
Seth Louey@sethlouey · 🙌 2017 & 2016 Maker of the Year Nominee
Welcome Matt! I know that you've expressed interest in the eSports scene. Have you had interest investing in any eSports companies out there? Where do you see potential eSports growth?
Michael Andrew Wagner@michaelwagner · Analyst
Hi Mr. Matt Mazzeo !, - Aside from direct approaches from companies, how do you typically find investment opportunities ? - Are there generally accepted valuation methods to purchasing an equity stake with an early stage seed, or is it more of a perceived equilibrium verbal bid between the two parties? (early stage DCF w/ exponential rev growth and cost scale?)
Theoharis Dimarhos@theo_dimarhos · Marketing+Biz Dev at AngelouEconomics
As a former agent, what's the best way to reach a celebrity for a collaboration?
jack rometty@rometty_ · student
Hey Matt!! I'm a huge fan of how public you are with advice. Because of that, I'm going to try something different today. How are you doing? Need any help from a stranger on the internet? :)
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein ·
What are the most common pitch mistakes entrepreneurs make when trying to raise money from Lowercase Capital?
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein ·
I always love asking VCs this: Bessemer Venture Partners' anti-portfolio lists companies that the firm didn't invest in, but in hindsight should have (e.g. Apple, Telsa, etc.). What are some notable companies you missed/didn't see the potential at the time?
Patrick M. Hodgdon@patrickh · Storytelling & Go-To Market Strategy 💡🚀📈
Hey Matt, thanks for all the wisdom you share via social! If you had to leave the investor side of the table and start your own startup, what would you go build?
Patrick M. Hodgdon@patrickh · Storytelling & Go-To Market Strategy 💡🚀📈
Will anyone from team Lowercase be parachuting into @Launch festival this week?
Vinay Mimani@wiredmau5 · Founder : trbble
Hey! What made you invest in Dubsmash? Also, what are your thoughts on Music startups, i.e. what's could be your biggest aversion to invest in one? Any advice for someone who is about to cold-email you :) Thank you for your time!
Patrick M. Hodgdon@patrickh · Storytelling & Go-To Market Strategy 💡🚀📈
What's the biggest differentiator of being backed by Lowercase vs. another investor or firm?
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein ·
What can Hollywood and Silicon Valley learn from each other?