Blake Lezenski is the Filecoin Program Manager at Outlier Ventures, responsible for ensuring the program runs seamlessly from initial recruitment to successful fundraising.
Blake Lezenski is the Filecoin Program Manager at Outlier Ventures, responsible for ensuring the program runs seamlessly from initial recruitment to successful fundraising. Blake joined Outlier Ventures in June 2021 coming from an impressive background in VC, sales and operations.
Currently, Blake directs the Filecoin Base Camp team and manages program associates along with guiding a quarterly cohort of between 6-10 startups. Blake is also responsible for establishing best practices in building program-specific deal flow. He oversees a variety of key strategic partnerships with Outlier Ventures such as the relationship with Protocol Labs.
Earlier in his career, Blake worked with InnoEnergy VC as an investment manager where he built a pipeline of cleantech startups for the InnoEnergy fund, helping expand the company’s presence to 13 countries. He selected and prepared teams for the investment and established partnerships with enterprise energy firms starting in Eastern Europe followed by the Middle East and Latin America.
In 2017, Blake switched industries and launched Beyond Capital, a consultancy firm advising founders, investors and companies on how to leverage blockchain technology to achieve their strategic goals. One of Blake’s first clients was the former Minister of Digitisation of Poland. After learning computer programming in Indonesia, Blake got recruited by Uber and moved to Colombia to help grow Uber Eats in Central America and the Caribbean. Focusing on automation and business intelligence, Blake single-handedly designed a solution that generated an additional $160,000 of profit for the company in its first month of operation. He led the scaleup and implementation efforts within all of Latin America as well as the first data monetization project in the history of Uber.
Blake’s personal winning track record of angel investing helped him formulate a robust knowledge base and experience around fundraising and how to best support early stage technology founders. His portfolio includes Zelf, iDal, Wealthon, Dapi, Meme.com, Fragcolor and others.