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PR Exec Leaves Brew Media Relations to Co-Found a Seed Stage Fund in New York City [UPDATED]

Ms. Jean (Photo: LinkedIn)

All roads lead to Silicon Alley, or so it seems these days. You have your Wall Street quant to founder to investor route, your hedge fund to VC route and the Goldman Sachs to seed stage variant. There’s the standard McKinsey analyst to cofounder path, and then the rarer pivot from real estate sales to serial entrepreneur to co-working impressario. We’ve watched the leap from TV news producer to founder. What’s to stop them when even tech bloggers with big swagging … talent at picking companies are crossing the table to get to the other side.

One path you don’t see very often, however, is public relations to angel investing, which is a trajectory Dorothy Jean, vice president at Brew Media Relations, is choosing to pursue with the launch of Liberty City Ventures. Over macaroons in the Flatiron District last week, Ms. Jean–a familiar, smiling presence in startup circles–told Betabeat the fund has raised an undisclosed sum from private investors and already made a couple of investments. Read More