About

The Best Co-founder You Could Have.

Platform is a Venture Studio. We build startups and, at the right time, spin them out to continue their journey.

Unlike a traditional venture firm, we do not receive pitches. However, part of our mission is to help the next generation of entrepreneurs succeed. If you are interested in becoming a Founder-in-Residence at Platform, please apply.

OS

Platform combines capital, talent, shared services, frameworks, patterns, and best practices to efficiently build startups. We call this Platform OS. It lets us focus on the unique aspects of each company, and avoid burning time on peripheral issues or reinventing the wheel.

In turn, this drives faster customer validation, shorter time-to-market, reduced capital needs, and significantly lower dilution for founders.

Financial

Capital

Fundraising

Modeling

Product Engineering & Validation

Engineering

Design

Growth & GTM

Support

G&A functions

Coaching

Data & Research

Foundation

Culture & Values

Talent & Network

Best Practice

Tao

“tao” means a road, path, way; and hence, the way in which one does something; method, doctrine, principle.

Our tao is a guiding ethos for everything we do at platform and forms the cultural DNA for every company we start.

We respect hard work, but we worship results. Working hard is necessary but not sufficient. Don’t confuse working hard with getting results.

Focus. Do a few things well, rather than many things poorly. Spend your time every day doing the things that give you the most leverage to achieve the results you need.

Show decisive pragmatism. Fight for what you believe in, but not everything has to be a fight. Most decisions are reversible. The best decision is a made decision. Analysis paralysis burns time, and time is precious.

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People

Jeremy Burton
Co-Founder & CEO

Jeremy Burton is a 10x serial entrepreneur and has enjoyed building startups for over 30 years. He started his first company at age 14.

Over his career, Jeremy has worn many different hats, spanning engineering, product design, corporate development, sales, and venture investments.

Most recently, he co-founded Wonolo, the leading on-demand staffing company, where he served as CTO and board member. Wonolo is funded by Sequoia and Bain Capital Ventures, and has a distributed team spanning five countries.

Tim Connors
Co-Founder & Founding Investor

Tim Connors is Founder and Managing Partner at PivotNorth Capital, an early-stage software-focused venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, CA. Tim has co-founded six companies, coached founders to produce $30B+ in market cap, and been part of 6 unicorns. Tim has engineering degrees from Notre Dame and Stanford, and an MBA from Harvard. Tim was named to the 2020 Midas List of the top 100 VCs in the world.

Tim loves to be the first investor in a company and serve as founder coach from day 1 to help founders build solutions that wow customers and to build businesses that have compelling unit economics and enduring value.

Lissette Arias
Head of Design

Lissette is an optimistic and passionate design leader and systems thinker with over fifteen years of experience owning creative vision, strategy, and execution of B2B and B2C omni-channel solutions, from concept to launch.

Her work encompasses digital products, design systems, wayfinding systems, print, branding, and interactive experiences for some of the world’s most well-known companies and for millions of users.

Challenging the status quo comes naturally to her, and promoting equity, inclusivity, and diversity is always top of mind. She’s a rebel with a (social) cause, because at times, that is exactly what it takes.

Brennan Cheung
Lead Engineer

Brennan Cheung is a technology enthusiast that loves working on early stage-startups. He started programming at the age of 7.

Brennan has worked as a Technical Lead at multiple startups where he helped take companies from initial concept to MVP to enterprise deployments.

Brennan is passionate about amplifying developer productivity through novel programming paradigms, programming language design, frameworks, and innovative UX.

Brennan occupies his spare time with photography and playing piano, guitar, and singing.

Carol Alexander
Executive Assistant

Carol brings 20 years of C-level executive assistant experience to her role at Platform.

Past workplaces range from a public policy think tank to one of the world’s leading aluminum manufacturing companies.

She honed her organization, coordination, and follow-up skills over 19 years on the work-from-home stage, wrangling three sons, juggling a freelance writing gig, and volunteering in her community.

Her current hobbies include (in no particular order of importance) pickleball, hiking, road trips, and reading.

Carol refuses to give up on learning to bake artisan bread but currently, she is no good at it — won’t stop, can’t stop.