Ed's 75+ columns published on the Accelerators & the Experts pages of The Wall Street Journal. Ed serves on the Wall Street Journal’s Panel of Experts.
Ed’s 35+ columns in Forbes
Ed co-founded and runs VentureCrush
Ed represents growth companies and startups, as well as the venture capital, growth and private equity funds that invest in them.
Ed has worked at Lowenstein Sandler since joining the firm as a summer associate in 1991. He co-founded Lowenstein's Tech Group in 1998. Dow Jones ranked Lowenstein among the five most active law firms in America for venture capital and private equity deals (2013).
Ed has been an Adjunct Professor of Venture Capital at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business since 2005. He has personally invested as an angel investor in more than 100 startups and more than 30 venture funds. Ed has published more than 75 columns on tech startups and growth companies (and sometimes wine), mostly on the Accelerators page of The Wall Street Journal, where he currently serves as a WSJ expert panelist, with more than 30 additional articles in Forbes.
Ed co-founded and runs VentureCrush, which also includes VentureCrushFG (formerly known as FirstGrowthVC, which Pando Daily called "New York's best Accelerator") and VentureCrushAV. He is active in political matters, as more fully described below, in the United States and abroad, and was appointed to the Conseil Stratégique de l'Attractivité of France, where he served as part of a 30-member group of international business leaders advising the government and president of France. He has similarly been invited to the White House and the Elysee Palace to meet with senior officials to discuss how America and, separately, France, can enhance their communities of startups and tech investors. Ed has made numerous appearances on television and radio (in the States and in Europe) to comment on startups and the venture markets, as well as a spot on National Public Radio for Father's Day about the fondness he and his late father shared for music. He has also guest lectured at Harvard Business School, Sciences Po, MIT, Wharton, and the London School of Business, and published case studies through Columbia's Graduate School of Business. He has spoken at venture fund annual meetings in Stockholm, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Copenhagen, and works extensively with European and Israeli startups and venture/growth funds.
Ed cares deeply about and advocates on issues concerning the LGBTQ community, race, and women. In February 2014, Ed co-organized (with the Obama White House’s Liaison for LGBT matters) a summit of LGBTQ leaders in the tech community at the White House, and has done other advocacy work for the LGBTQ community (he separately co-organized an event at the White House on the Future of Work & AI in 2016). In the spring of 2014 at VentureCrushNY, Ed announced a pledge against gender bias in tech, which he later published on The Wall Street Journal's Accelerators page and which was subsequently covered in Fortune magazine. Ed was profiled for his advocacy for gender equality in several books, notably Pulitzer Prize winner Joann S. Lublin's "Earning it: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World" (Harper Business 2016).
A passionate wine enthusiast, Ed has written about wine and wine tech and was the host of Radio Uncorked, a wine radio show produced by Infinity Broadcasting and aired on KYOU Radio in the San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma area. 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 the Chapitre de la Vigne en Fleur. Ed has worked harvest (briefly) in France and California, where he was involved in the vinification of a wine granted a perfect 100-point score by Robert Parker. Ed's vinous adventures (and his unhealthy obsession with wine) are the subject of the opening pages of In Search of Bacchus (by James Beard Award Foundation finalist George Taber). He was also profiled in Wine & Spirits (March 2017), for his obsession with Burgundy and written up in Wine Spectator (May 2016).
Ed's accolades as a lawyer include Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business:
"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 Coasts, 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."
Ed and his wife co-founded and ran for nearly a decade the HAPI Foundation, a children's charity, which raised and granted several million dollars. Ed was a board member of and has been outside pro bono counsel to New York Live Arts (formerly Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company) for 25 years.
Ed graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Law (1992) (Comment Editor of the Journal of International Business Law) and Haverford College (Phi Beta Kappa, John Garret Prize 1989), where he hosted a radio show, managed a rock band, and met his wife.