The members of the MassVentures investment team are skilled professionals from the venture and finance industries.  Our team has experience across numerous industries including software, healthcare IT, industrial automation & robotics, internet & digital media, and mobile applications and platforms.

Walter M. (Jerry) Bird

Walter M. (Jerry) Bird


Jerry is the president of MassVentures, a firm he joined in 2005. He has over 25 years of experience advising and financing entrepreneurial-driven companies, the past 18 in venture capital.

Throughout his professional career, Jerry has operated both as an investor and an active partner to entrepreneurs building their companies. His direct investment experience covers dozens of companies and in many cases as the lead or co-lead investor. Several of these companies were acquired by significant publicly-traded companies. Among the companies Jerry has been on the board of are e-Travel (acquired by Oracle), (Nasdaq: ANDV, purchased by VA Linux), LinkSoft Technologies (purchased by QuadraMed), NexCen Technologies (purchased by UCMS), and Bitpipe Inc. (purchased by TechTarget).

He currently is a board member or board observer at MassVentures’ portfolio companies Forerun, lifeIMAGE, and Applause (formerly uTest). He also serves on the advisory board of MassDevelopment’s Emerging Technology Fund, and the Board of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center.

He’s on the boards of Massachusetts Audubon, Crossroads for Kids, and the Massachusetts chapter of the Trust for Public Land. In his free time, Jerry spends time in the mountains on his bike or skiing or hiking.

Contact Jerry at:

Charlie Hipwood

Charlie Hipwood

Vice President

Charlie joined MassVentures in 2017 and is a vice president focused on early-stage and seed investment in Massachusetts high-technology companies.

He is a founder and executive with 20+ years of experience in financial services and technology startups (founded Fluent Fintech, STAG Capital Partners, and AI Exchange) and established corporations (JP Morgan and Level 3 Communications). As an entrepreneur, Charlie has deep experience in establishing and managing operations, executing investments, developing products and markets, managing the sales pipeline, raising capital, leading teams, growing revenue, and executing strategy to achieve desired outcomes.

Charlie earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business and a BA from Boston College. In his free time, Charlie enjoys coaching youth sports, community service, and cooking.

Contact Charlie at:

Follow me @charliehipwood

Mary Stack

Accounting and Portfolio Assistant

Contact Mary at:

Gail Cormier

Executive Assistant and Office Operations Manager

Contact Gail at:

John Lawrence


Contact John at: