Lawrence Lenihan Jr. is a Founder, CEO and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital. Prior to founding FirstMark Capital, Larry founded Pequot Ventures in 1996. He is responsible for investments in the data and analytics as well as the vertical applications and services sectors. He serves as a member of FirstMark Capital’s Investment Committee and has been directly involved in the formation of each private equity and venture capital fund established by Pequot Ventures and FirstMark Capital since its inception. Prior to FirstMark, Lenihan was a Principal at Broadview Associates, L.L.C. (now part of Jefferies & Co.), one of the leading mergers and acquisitions advisory firms focused on the information technology industry. Before joining Broadview, he held several operational positions at IBM, and led the development and launch of one of the first transactional multimedia systems for the retail industry.
Mr. Lenihan sits on the boards of Dovetail Insurance, Duck Creek Technologies Europe, Ltd., EagleEye Analytics, SecondMarket, Superior Access Insurance Services and TraceLink. He served as Chairman of the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering Devil Venture Fund. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at New York University, where he teaches a course on venture capital and entrepreneurship called “Ready, FIRE, Aim: New Entrepreneurial Strategies for a New Business Environment.” He also participates in an advisory role for many New York City initiatives such as the NYC Seed Fund and the NYC Economic Development Corporation’s strategy for revitalizing New York City’s financial sector through new business formation.
Mr. Lenihan holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University.