BJ Lackland

BJ Lackland has spent nearly 20 years as an investor in and executive at startups, raising or investing over $200 million. As an investor he’s been a VC, an angel, and former CEO of Lighter Capital, where he oversaw over 550 alternative investments in early stage tech companies. As an executive, he’s been on the executive team of three companies, including as the CFO of a public energy tech company. Connect with him on LinkedIn, and follow him on Twitter @bjlackland.

3 Core Values We Believe in SMB Online Lending

Here are three core values that Lighter Capital believes in helping to drive the online lending industry forward. We call it Capital-as-a Service, a way of providing capital that better serves the entrepreneurs.

How to Pick High-Quality Angel Investors: 5 Things to Look For

The range of quality among angel investors is massive — and can massively impact your company. Here are 5 top attributes of quality angel investors.

3 Hard Truths About Getting VC Introductions

Personal connections play a huge part in how entrepreneurs get VC introductions, especially when getting an equity investment from VCs or angels.

VC Highlights the Funding Gap Lighter Capital Fills so Well

Too often, a startup launches and gets some traction, but struggles to find $200K-$1M to ramp things up or attract a VC to lead a Series A. We fill the gap.

What We Look for When Funding Early-Stage Technology Companies

Lighter Capital CEO BJ Lackland on why we think app and SaaS companies make great investments, and what we look for when funding early-stage tech startups.

Why Do Banks Hate SaaS Companies?

You have a great tech business that is generating revenue. So why can't you get a bank to give you money to grow?