VC  ABS Ventures

     Office Locations:

950 Winter Street, Suite 2600
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-250-0400



  • Expansion
  • Growth



  • Communications & Networking
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Medical Device
  • Software & Internet



    ABS Ventures has been helping entrepreneurs build companies since 1982 when the first ABS Fund was formed in association with Alex. Brown & Sons, an investment banking and brokerage firm located in Baltimore. In 1987 a group of Alex Brown employees, led by Bruns Grayson, formed an independent company to manage the ABS Ventures funds. In 2003, Deutsche Bank decided to exit private equity of all kinds, including venture capital. In conjunction with Bill Burgess, Managing Partner of Deutsche Bank Venture Partners, ABS Ventures engineered a partial buy-out of Deutsche Bank's direct venture investments, including select interests it owned through ABS Ventures. ABS currently manages over $320 million in assets. Principal areas of investment have been Information Technology and Health Care, with particular focus on software, data communications, business services, health care IT and medical devices. The firm's typical investment size has been $5-$15 million. ABS Ventures invests in large, rapidly growing companies that have either complete or near-complete management teams with deep experience and strong performance track records. In cases where the team is not complete, ABS is able to provide candidates with the necessary skill set to help the company move forward.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Bill Burgess Managing Partner
    Bruns Grayson Managing Partner
    Scott Yaphe General Partner
    Susan Adams CFO
    Thayer Swartwood Principal


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Applied Identity
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      Intact Medical
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      Persystent Software
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      Rib-X Pharmaceuticals
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      The Active Network
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      Vesta GMS
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