We back exceptional founders with a strong, product-oriented mindset who are looking to build a large, sustainable enterprise.

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We are investors with commitment, awareness, and above all, hands-on experience.

Gambit Ventures was formed to establish a foothold in the ever-growing landscape of both digital media and mobile by partnering with standout tech entrepreneurs. We seek to back exceptional founders with a strong, product-oriented mindset who are looking to build a large, sustainable enterprise.

Our firsthand experience allows us to offer the capital, tactical and strategic guidance, as well as access to a powerful business network, that are invaluable to early-stage companies. This immersive approach to investing in our partners is the special sauce that makes Gambit unique from traditional venture capital firms. Our team members have founded or co-founded 7 companies, helped run 4 companies, have been responsible for exits exceeding eight-figures, and currently serve as senior employees at companies valued over $1B, collectively.

We primarily make early stage investments ranging from $25k - $150k in digital media and mobile technology companies located in the New York City area, that are focused on building audiences to be leveraged for market research and/or paid media.

  • Combined Entrepreneurial Experience

    17 Years

  • Experience as Founder

    7 Companies

  • Experience Together As Business Partners

    5 Years

  • Number of COmbined Exits

    4 Companies

keith-lev-office Our team understands what it takes to turn an innovative idea into a company, and turn a company into a market-transforming business. Beyond having talented entrepreneurs and compelling technology, this success requires investors with commitment, awareness, and above all, hands-on experience. It requires investors who have stood in the same entrepreneurial shoes and started companies from scratch on a leap of faith. And it requires investors who are willing to work shoulder-to-shoulder, provide the right balance of strategic guidance, mentorship, and operating leverage to their partners. We work vigorously to get our companies to the next major milestone while employing Gambit’s resources to ensure that the team can execute on building a culture and product that promotes growth.

General Partners

The Partners, Keith Petri and Lev Ekster, Esq., bring close to 20 years of experience working with early stage companies helping in multiple capacities.
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Keith Petri

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Keith Petri has been actively working at the intersection of business and technology for 7 years.

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Lev Ekster, Esq.

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Currently Lev is admitted to practice law in New York State and serves as the Director of Business Development for a National Hospitality Brand.

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