TAMPA, FL (January 18, 2023) – Florida Funders, recognized as the top VC in the Southeast region by Pitchbook and CB Insights, announces that Saxon Baum, Ryan Whittemore, and Michael Kadow have been promoted to Partner. They have emerged as leaders within the firm with their dedication to maintaining Florida Funders as a standout VC in the Southeast and bringing the fund’s influence nationwide.
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Saxon Baum previously served as Vice President of Investor Relations, where he sourced new investors and raised capital for early-stage companies. As Partner, Saxon will continue to oversee investor relations, and will also focus on scouting impressive founders and startups.
Ryan Whittemore is the former Chief Investment Officer at Florida Funders, where he oversaw the firm’s investment strategy and will continue to do so in his new role as Partner.
Michael Kadow, VP of Finance and Operations, will be promoted to Partner, where he will primarily develop and implement the firm’s financial management strategy and strategic goals.
“I’m immensely proud to watch the new generation of professionals make their mark in venture and continue to evolve Florida Funders’ commitment to investing in the best talent,” commented Tom Wallace, Managing Partner at Florida Funders. “They have each brought extensive value to the firm and I’m excited to see the firm’s growth under their leadership.”
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue growing with Florida Funders,” said Saxon Baum, Partner at Florida Funders. “None of this would have been possible without the invaluable mentorship Tom and the other partners provided.”
In the last four years, Florida Funders reviewed more than 3,600 deals and invested in 96, their contribution totaling $146,042,843. To date, the firm has invested in 209 companies and is continuing to find, fund, and build the next generation of tech companies.
Florida Funders is constantly and actively looking to grow and add investors to their network. They have fully deployed their Fund 1 and closed their $60M Fund 2 in the last year. They have already made over 40 investments from that fund and are hard at work seeking new investment opportunities. For more information on Florida Funders, please visit floridafunders.com. Keep up with the latest news from Florida Funders on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
About Florida Funders, LLC
Recognized as the top VC in the Southeast region by Pitchbook, Florida Funders is a venture capital firm and angel network that invests in early-stage technology companies in Florida and beyond. The Florida Funders platform creates a unique experience that educates our community of investors, provides transparency during the funding process, fosters communication across the ecosystem, and empowers the strategic relationships that drive investments. Our experienced team is composed of investors, entrepreneurs and advisors focused on being the most respected and impactful early-stage tech investment firm in the U.S. To learn more, visit floridafunders.com.
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