Ed Zimmerman Chair, Tech Group

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Ed’s Mostly Paris/Music Focused Blog: http://edgrapenutzimm.blogspot.com
Ed's recurring VC/Start-up blog for the Wall Street Journal: Ed in dot stipple & verbose prose

Ed is a venture lawyer. He represents start-ups and growth companies in raising money, selling the company or cashing out the founders, and depending on market conditions, public offerings. He puts his money where his mouth is (he’s angel invested in more than 30 companies and invested as an LP in several venture funds). One of his VC clients called the companies Ed likes to help “tinkertoy internet companies” (as opposed to heavy core tech and drug discovery companies) and that suits Ed fine. Digital media, e-commerce, social media, fin tech, SaaS, cloud/virtualization, enterprise software and adtech are, apparently, all tinkertoys.

Growing up, Ed never got invited to the cool parties, so now he throws his own parties…which means founding a bunch of stuff including: www.FirstGrowthVN.com (an accelerator for start-ups which doesn’t charge or take equity), the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler, www.AngelVineVC.com (which, to be honest, struggled with its identity but now has found product market fit and kicks serious butt), www.HoopAPaluza.org (a charity for kids that Ed & his wife co-founded, which has given away a ton of cash and which enables parents to team up with their own kids to do hands-on charity work), and www.GrapeArborVC.com (through which he makes his angel investments – some on the positive and others on the negative side of his personal balance sheet). He teaches VC & Angel Investing to MBA candidates at Columbia Business School (his son thinks that’s cool because Lou Gehrig went to Columbia; they don’t really dwell on Lou’s dropping out) and has lectured at Harvard Business School, Wharton, and Paris-based Sciences Po. (Ed is obsessed with Paris. His friends call him pretentious. He’s been called worse.)

Despite looks which left him date-less in high school (his personality probably didn’t help), Ed actually appears on TV from time to time. Here are some links to Ed pontificating on air (appearances to the contrary, he does own more than this one lucky blue shirt): http://bit.ly/TodEdBBG and http://bloom.bg/yBovdN and http://wapo.st/IyjAL0. Ed's looks are, however, perfect for radio. NPR (which Ed loves) was smart enough to realize this and gave him this spot on Studio360 on Father's Day 2012 in which Ed talks about his father's love of opera and how that brought them closer together: Studio 360. Ed has been memorialized in a dot stipple (which he thinks makes him look even more bald than he is) in connection with the weekly posts he writes for the Wall Street Journal's blog about start-ups and venture capital called The Accelerators. You can see Ed's bald-stipple and verbose prose here.

Ed has been named to a bunch of lists which have almost impressed his mom (she’s never forgiven him for not applying to med school). Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business gave Ed the highest ranking in Corporate & in M&A, noting:

"One of the best venture capital lawyers in the country - period," is how clients describe Edward Zimmerman; with a practice covering the East and the West Coast, Zimmerman enjoys a superb reputation across America, and has also worked on deals abroad. "A great businessperson's lawyer..." "He knows how to get deals done in a way that best serves the interests of his clients while at the same time fostering good working relationships with the other side." (2007 edition)

Anyone who has spent any time with Ed knows that he really likes to talk about and drink wine -- so much so that Ed was the host of Radio Uncorked, a wine radio show produced by Infinity Broadcasting and aired on KYOU Radio. In June 2007 at the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot in France, Ed was inducted as a Chevalier in the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, where he is a member of (but can't necessarily pronounce) the Chapitre de la Vigne en Fleur. Ed has worked harvest (briefly) in California and France and been involved in (didn't screw up) the vinification of a wine granted a perfect 100 point score by Robert Parker. These adventures, and Ed's unhealthy obsession with wine, are the subject of the opening pages of In Search of Bacchus (by James Beard Award Foundation Finalist George Taber).

Ed serves on the National Venture Capital Association's Model Documents Project, where, every spring, he is part of a select team of VC lawyers revising the industry standard VC deal documents and drinking bad coffee in dark conference rooms. Despite having been fired for cause from numerous jobs before working as a Lowenstein Summer Associate in 1991, Ed has maintained this job for a really long time. He is, however, totally open to offers, particularly if they involve making wine in Burgundy or being the front man for the Replacements or the Jam.

Since 1994 Ed has been pro bono counsel to, and (for a while) a board member of, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Ed graduated from Haverford College (Phi Beta Kappa 1989) and U Penn Law (1992). He speaks one language, doesn’t golf but, at least for now, can still crush his adolescent children in basketball. (Ed’s favorite punctuation mark is the parenthesis).

Press Mentions

Ed Zimmerman is featured in pando.com as the founder and Chair of First Growth Venture Network. The article refers to FirstGrowth as “New York’s best accelerator. . .with a stellar reputation” , Pando.com , December 26, 2013
In an Interview on Bloomberg TV’s "Money Moves with Deirdre Bolton," Lowenstein Sandler Tech Group Chair Ed Zimmerman discusses proprietary deal flow in venture capital post-JOBS Act. , Bloomberg TV’s Money Moves with Deirdre Bolton , September 23, 2013
In an interview on Bloomberg TV's "Money Moves with Deirdre Bolton," Lowenstein Sandler Tech Group Chair Ed Zimmerman discusses IPOs and how the JOBS Act will impact venture & growth funding. , Bloomberg TV’s Money Moves with Deirdre Bolton , September 23, 2013
In an interview on Bloomberg TV’s "Money Moves with Deirdre Bolton," Lowenstein Sandler Tech Group Chair Ed Zimmerman discusses the current crunch in venture capital, billion dollar startups, and the e-commerce business model, citing successful examples including firm client Birchbox.com and Warby Parker. , Bloomberg TV's Money Moves with Deirdre Bolton , February 5, 2013
In an interview on Bloomberg TV's "Money Moves," Ed Zimmerman discusses Acqui-hires, Cloud computing, venture-backed IPOs and other topics. Todd Papaioannou, founder/CEO of our client, Continuuity, joined Ed for part of the segment. , Bloomberg TV , July 12, 2012
Ed Zimmerman, Chair of Lowenstein's Tech Group & active angel investor quoted by Reuters on Facebook's mergers and acquisitions strategy and the Facebook/Instagram deal. , Reuters , April 11, 2012
Gary Wingens, Kathi Rawnsley and Ed Zimmerman discuss the strategic growth of Lowenstein Sandler's Palo Alto office. , Daily Journal , June 16, 2011
Lowenstein's Tech Group Chair, Ed Zimmerman, is profiled in Legal Bisnow for his work with venture funds and rapidly growing startup companies in NYC and Silicon Valley. , LegalBisnow , February 15, 2011
In a San Francisco Chronicle article, First Growth Venture Network, founded by Ed Zimmerman, Kathi Rawnsley and Raymond P. Thek, is highlighted for giving the New York venture capital community access to talent, fellow entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors. , San Francisco Chronicle, Business Insider , July 7, 2010
Ed Zimmerman advises entrepreneurs on venture capital. , The New York Times
Ed Zimmerman discusses investment bank involvement surrounding 2005's largest private equity transactions Alternative Universe. , Alternative Universe , January 2, 2006
Ed Zimmerman comments on the standardization of legal documents in the venture capital community for PrivateEquityCentral.Net. , PrivateEquityCentral.Net , December 9, 2005

Related Areas

Corporate Finance & Securities
Mergers & Acquisitions
The Tech Group
Venture Capital, Angel Investing, and M&A


University of Pennsylvania Law School ( J.D. , 1992 ) , Comment Editor, Journal of International Business Law
Haverford College ( B.A. , 1989 ) , Phi Beta Kappa, John P. Garrett Prize

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