Our barbecues, which started as a casual gathering of friends in 2018 in San Francisco, soon grew to a large monthly event connecting founders and investors.
We raised a fund and still continue this tradition, supporting founders from pre-seed to IPO.
We are committed to investing in companies from formation to pre IPO stages.
This includes writing checks for pre-revenue and pre-pitch deck companies, as well as reserving follow-on capital for Seed and Series A rounds.
BBQ Opportunities provides larger checks in mature companies, Series B onwards, and companies that don't fit the traditional venture capital fund model.
We continue to back our breakout portfolio companies from Pre-Seed and Early-Stage funds when they raise additional rounds
We strategically invest our capital, time, and first-hand entrepreneurial knowledge into our founders, equipping them with proven recipes for growth.
Nemanja is an entrepreneur/founder turned early-stage investor. He founded BBQ Capital in 2018 shortly after moving to San Francisco.
Previously he had co-founded Catapult (video game marketplace) and KBros games (video game publisher)
Nemanja's previous role was business development and brand partnerships, working closely with Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Nvidia. Prior to immigrating to the US Nemanja co-founded a marketing/design Agency KMD works in South Africa that serviced Nedbank Group (financial service group) as their main client.
Benjamin Sack joined BBQ Capital in 2021 and focuses on the firm's investments in early-stage companies.
Most recently, Ben led strategic partnerships at Upwork and previously he was an early employee at a biotech aggregator. Ben started his career with Silicon Valley Bank's Global Fund Banking Group in San Francisco where he underwrote over $100M in venture debt deals.
Ben received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross. In his free time, Ben enjoys running, playing poker, and trying new cuisines.
Lisa Kleinsorge is a GTM leader, advisor and investor. Currently, she is heading up the ecosystem development at Puzzle, a B2B fintech startup.
In the last 15 years, she worked in executive roles at consumer flagships Spotify, Headspace and Twitter.
Lisa has been an Angel since 2018.
Buddy Shakhashir focuses on BBQ’s growth stage deals and opportunities fund.
He founded Platform Ventures in 2018, a growth stage capital advisory firm with investments such as Sweetgreen (IPO, 2021), Postmates (acq. By Uber Eats, 2021) and Reddit, deploying over $100M to date.
In addition, Buddy brings over 10 years experience in the technology industry both as an angel investor and a founder of 2 companies, the first of which was acquired in 2013.
Buddy now splits his time between San Francisco, London and Dubai.
Hadar is a Product Lead at Shopify. He spent the past decade leading product teams at Facebook, Lyft, Postmates (acquired by Uber), Kiva.org, and other startups.
Hadar enjoys helping founders and PMs think through product strategy, growth, marketplaces, regulatory compliance, and technical platforms.
Nebo Radovic is an experienced mobile marketing professional, with leadership experience in the entertainment and technology industries.
He currently holds the position of director of performance marketing at top-grossing mobile game developer Zynga. Prior to Zynga, he was working at N3TWORK, MZ, and Nordeus, highly successful mobile developers, and helped them drive 100s of millions of installs.
The apps from Nordeus and MZ were among the top 10 grossing apps in more than 100 markets worldwide on both Android and iOS. Nebojsa holds a Master of International Marketing degree from Hult International Business school in San Francisco, as well as a Bachelor of Computer Science from the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia.
Sachit Sachdev joined BBQ Capital in 2022 and focuses on the firm's early stage fund processes and operations.
Sachit began his career in consulting (BCG Digital Ventures and Capgemini) before joining BlackRock's strategy and business management team. He has spent time across seed, growth and institutional stage companies bringing a breadth of knowledge in developing scalable processes and structures.
Sachit received a B.A. in Economics with dual minors in Finance and Digital Innovation from the University of Southern California. In his free time, Sachit enjoys football (soccer), trying new foods and traveling.