Today is an exciting day for Point Judith Capital as we continue to expand our universe of entrepreneurs. It is specifically meaningful for me as today is the first time we have backed an entrepreneur from my alma mater, Bowdoin College. We have funded many entrepreneurs from Columbia, MIT, Harvard, Stanford, etc. and there are many great Bowdoin entrepreneurs I know that we would like to fund, but timing and circumstances have not aligned until now.
We announced the funding of CoachUp, the leading web platform for athletes to find private coaches to help them achieve their full competitive potential. CoachUp’s founder and CEO is Jordan Fliegel, Bowdoin class of 2008. I first met Jordan at HubSpot (whose CMO is Mike Volpe, Bowdoin class of 1997) during a Bowdoin to Boston Tech Trek reception (see below). Jordan is an outstanding entrepreneur who in just 2 years has taken an idea and turned it into a thriving business serving tens of thousands of customers. The incredible team he has built at CoachUp includes founders, CEOs and CTOs of Zipcar and Kayak, two of the most successful consumer Internet companies in Boston that have achieved over $2 billion of value.
Three years ago, I started thinking about the intersection of entrepreneurship, liberal arts and specifically my alma mater, Bowdoin College. and I was inspired by MIT and their interest in the entrepreneurial success of their alumni, I did some research and wrote about the Bowdoin and Liberal Arts Entrepreneur.
Since then, I have helped bring nearly 150 Bowdoin students to Boston to visit some of the leading Internet, technology and entrepreneurial alumni and their companies including Akamai, CoachUp, EMC, Eze Software, HubSpot, and MassChallenge on the annual Bowdoin to Boston Tech Trek. Entrepreneurship interest has also manifested itself in a new course offered at Bowdoin that is spearheaded by Bowdoin entrepreneur, Arlyn Davich.
There are many other great Bowdoin entrepreneurs that I look forward to having the chance to invest with in the future including Mike Volpe, Andy Palmer, Ben Wolin, Tom Davidson, and many more. The Bowdoin entrepreneurial ecosystem is filled with extraordinarily talented people with whom great things are not only possible, but are likely.