Javaughn Lawrence

Hometown – Coral Springs, FL
Undergrad – Yale University, BA, Economics and Sociology
Current – Entrepreneur in Residence, prehype; Fellow, On Deck

Javaughn is an investor at Eniac Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm. Eniac Ventures is a $100m fund that investors in audacious entrepreneurs building the future with technology; it’s portfolio includes Airbnb, Soundcloud, Boxed and Anchor. In his role, he sources, diligences and acts as a board observer for some of Eniac’s portfolio companies. His primarily investment areas include artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and emerging markets. For his work, he’s been recognized as’s 31 under 31 in Venture Capital. 

Prior to Eniac Ventures, Javaughn worked in strategy and operations at Linkedin; while at Linkedin, he co-founded one of the largest monthly conferences (now at 5000 members) focused on machine learning. His first job after college was as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he provided analytical insights to Fortune 500 executives in retail, telecom, and defense. 

Javaughn is 2010 Ron Brown Scholar. He graduated from Yale where he studied economics and statistics. He credits his time at Yale and Ron Brown with not only giving him the right mental models and nurturing to thrive but also the freedom to explore new ideas and create outside the classroom. Part of this freedom allowed him to co-found 3 start-ups while at Yale in foreign affairs broadcasting, textbook trading and e-commerce. He lives in San Francisco, where he enjoys long bike rides, playing board games and hosting friends for dinner parties.