Revolution Continues to Expand Investment Teams

Colin Greenspon joins Rise of the Rest® Seed Fund as a Partner
Revolution Ventures Adds Associate Alex Shtarkman


Washington, D.C. – May 23, 2018 – Today, Revolution announced the addition of Colin Greenspon as a Partner on Revolution’s newest fund, the $150 million Rise of the Rest® Seed Fund. Colin joins Revolution from Mithril, a San Francisco growth-stage venture fund co-founded by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan. In his new role at Revolution, Colin will leverage his experience as a global investor and his passion for working with early-stage companies to source deals and invest in startups from Rise of the Rest cities. He will join existing Partners on the fund Mary Grove, David Hall, and Anna Mason, who are led by Revolution Chairman and CEO Steve Case and Managing Partner J.D. Vance.

“I am excited for Colin to join our growing team in Washington, D.C. and help us invest catalytic capital in rising cities,” said J.D. Vance, Managing Partner on Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. “His investment experience and desire to work with early-stage startups will be a great addition as we continue to seek out the top companies in these cities.”

“I’m thrilled to partner with Steve, J.D. and the entire Rise of the Rest team to invest in companies that will use technology to transform our most important industries. There are many companies all over the country using technology to build great businesses in many diverse industries and I look forward to helping Rise of the Rest source and nurture these investments,” said Colin Greenspon.

While he was a Managing Director at Mithril, he helped lead and manage investments in companies such as Adimab, Avitide, Neurable, Performance Horizon, and SilverRail. During his career, he has invested globally across many sectors, including biotechnology, neuroscience, commercial rail, and enterprise software. Given his passion for helping early-stage companies, he is an Advisor to i.Lab, The University of Virginia’s technology accelerator. He also serves as Senior Technical Advisor to China Beige Book, a provider of large-scale independent data on the Chinese economy and received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law.

Also joining the Revolution team is Alex Shtarkman who joins as an Associate at Revolution Ventures, the $200 million venture fund that focuses on Series A and Series B investments. He will join partners David Golden, Tige Savage, and Clara Sieg and will focus on identifying, investing in and helping to build innovative and impactful early-stage companies. Prior to joining Revolution, he was an Associate in the Consumer Investment Banking Group at Raymond James & Associates where he advised numerous industry-leading consumer products, retail, e-commerce and restaurant companies in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

Shtarkman received his B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Economics and Entrepreneurship and Management from the Johns Hopkins University with Phi Beta Kappa honors as well as a M.A. in International Finance and International Law from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

About Revolution
A Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded in 2005, Revolution’s mission is to help build disruptive, innovative companies that offer consumers more choice, convenience, and control in their lives. The new Rise of the Rest Seed fund complements the existing Revolution Growth and Revolution Ventures funds. Revolution’s funds now exceed $1.3 billion and are positioned to back startups at nearly every stage of their lifecycle. For more information, please visit: or follow us on Twitter @Revolution.

Meredith Balenske