Author Archives: Paul Martino

First ever Philly Summer Tech Dinner

For several years us Philly folks have been saying, “we need to all meet-up sometime” as we pass each other on USAir or Amtrak. So finally this summer we made it happen. Bullpen and First Round hosted a great event. About 65 investors and CEOs in the Philly area showed up for an outstanding event […]

Venture Shift is Wednesday – I have a few free tickets available…

We have a few free tickets for the big event on Wednesday. We have an all star line up of speakers and should have a packed house. Email me if you would like to get one of our last tickets. Agenda is here: http://vator.tv/events/ventureshift-july-2013/agenda Here is a quick photo from last year’s event

No, I really DON’T want to see your demo (part 2)…

It’s been slightly over a year since I wrote the following post about not wanting to see product demos and I am somewhat amazed how controversial it was. But with a year of extra data I have a few new insights: (1) Some people are personally offended that I don’t want to see their product […]

Bring Obama’s Tech Targeting to your Startup…

Grassroots Unwired was started 2 years ago by a veteran Democratic political insider named Russ Oster.  He was continually amazed to see that the state of the art technology for door-to-door canvassing was simply pencil and paper, with the occasional clip board. That’s when he decided to automate the process and build one of the […]

Tech Crunch gives Bullpen some credit for predicting series A crunch…

It’s nice to get credit for spotting a trend before it happens. That said, this was not really a tough one to predict. With the massive growth of the super angel (seed) funds and flat lining of the series A funds, a crunch was inevitable. I can’t say that me or my co-founders knew WHEN […]

Tello Acquired by Urban Airship

We are very pleased to see that Urban Airship has acquired one of our porfolio companies: Tello. Tello did a masterful job of launching a new product that generated tremendous buzz. Their new offering called PassTools really sparked interest in the entire Apple Ecosystem. You can read about that launch here: http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/19/tello-launches-passtools-to-help-businesses-build-their-apple-passbook-passes/ Information about the […]

SF Giants owner and Atlanta Braves pitcher explain how Bullpen Capital got its name…

People ask us all the time how we got our name at Bullpen Capital. We’re not just baseball fans, there’s more to it than that. We asked two of Bullpen Capital’s good friends Dan Scheinman (co-owner of the SF Giants) and Chad Durbin (relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves) to help us make a short […]