Lucas Nelson


Lucas Nelson is a Principal at Gotham Ventures and is a proud geek; a hacker turned venture capitalist.

After working in operating and investing roles on the West Coast, Lucas was recruited back east to join Gotham Ventures and participate in the burgeoning startup ecosystem of New York. Prior to this he was a Senior Manager for Product Security at Adobe, where he worked to develop the strategy and led the execution for Adobe’s proactive security solutions as part of their secure development lifecycle. While in Silicon Valley he also worked as an Investment Associate at US Venture Partners where he focused on deal sourcing and due diligence in cloud computing and security companies. Lucas first got involved in the New York startup community as a programmer in 1999 and worked for three startups: i33, FlashBase and @Stake, which were all successfully acquired.

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College2009

Masters of Business Administrtion, Business Administration

Purdue University1999

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Gotham Ventures


Gotham Ventures is a venture capital firm based in New York City. We work with the visionaries of today to create the successes of tomorrow. We invest in early-stage information technology startups based in our backyard. We are proud to be an active partner, leveraging our expertise and relationships to provide substantial value to our portfolio companies. Gotham Ventures is part of the DFJ Network, the largest venture capital network in the world.

From: August 2011 to present

Authored/Edited Books

The Art of Software Security Testing: Identifying Software Security Flaws