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Raised in Paris, Scott Birnbaum launched his fourth entrepreneurial venture Epok, an information sharing and collaboration platform, while he was pursuing his undergraduate degree at Georgetown. After the company was acquired seven years later, Birnbaum kept a promise to himself and his grandmother and didn't launch another business; instead, he enrolled in law school. After earning his law degree at Fordham, Birnbaum spent a few years focused on M&A and project finance at White & Case. A few years later Birnbaum joined CBS focusing on strategy and partnerships, where exposed to a large number of entrepreneurs looking to partner with CBS Local. During this time he began to angel invest and later formally founded Red Sea Ventures.
Fast forward to today, Red Sea Ventures has invested in several category-defining companies and the portfolio includes four unicorns while the majority of NYC early-stage investors that got their start around the same time are still looking for their first. The portfolio largely focuses on consumer names and includes investments in Nest, AllBirds, Ample Hills Creamery, sweetgreen, and Joor. As a past operator, Birnbaum is always mindful that the firm is able to provide the guidance and support needed for early-stage companies outside of just the investment.
Outside of professional activities, Birnbaum serves as the Board Director for Seeds of Peace, a non-profit that catalyzes new generations of leaders in communities that are divided by conflict.