Left Lane Capital, a Brooklyn, NY-based global venture capital and growth equity firm investing in technology and internet companies, has appointed Chris Taylor as its Chief Growth Officer.
Taylor joins Left Lane’s Accelerate team adding strategic and operational value to portfolio companies as they scale. He will also help Left Lane in evaluating the marketing capabilities of potential investment targets.
With over 20 years of experience, Taylor’scareer combines marketing and strategy consulting. He started his career at Mars & Co before transitioning to marketing at E*TRADE. Since then, Taylor has led marketing teams at 1800Flowers, Automattic (WordPress.com), and most recently, SmartAsset, where he helped the company surpass $100m in revenue.
Left Lane has been expanding its platform team, also referred to as “Accelerate”, to support its portfolio with value-add resources. Two additional key members are Erica Amatori, VP of Platform, and Alex Wu, VP of Talent.
Erica Amatori has spearheaded Left Lane’s US and International Fast Growth Summits, which have had 500+ attendees and featured key functional leaders on panels around current growth topics. She has also established Dispatch, Left Lane’s private network for portfolio executives and organizes Left Lane’s CEO Summits.
Alex Wu brings deep experience from True Search and VMG to lead executive placements and organizational structuring throughout Left Lane’s portfolio.
Left Lane Capital’s other hires in 2023 include Elizabeth Donovan in Investor Relations, Alice Inchauspé in Platform, Julia Knutson in Talent, and five new investors across the Brooklyn and London based offices. Gomathi Ramalingam was also hired as Head of Data Engineering, underscoring Left Lane’s dedication toward leveraging data in its sourcing, underwriting, and portfolio support capacities.
Founded in 2019, and led by Harley Miller, CEO & Managing Partner, Left Lane Capital is a global venture capital and growth equity firm investing in internet and technology companies with a consumer orientation. Left Lane’s mission is to partner with entrepreneurs who create category-defining companies across growth sectors of the economy, including software, healthcare, e-commerce, consumer, fintech, edtech, and other industries. So far, the firm has invested in more than 65 companies worldwide. Select investments include GoStudent, M1 Finance, Wayflyer, Bilt, Masterworks, Blank Street, Talkiatry, Tovala, and more.