The Matrix — Morpheus asks Neo which path he wants to take

Time to Dive Down the Rabbit Hole

Why I’ve decided to start another company.

Aaron Batalion
2 min readJun 19, 2018


I’m sincerely grateful to have joined Lightspeed in 2015 and after leading many investments, most still unannounced, it’s time for me to listen to that voice in my head which thinks about building products every day.

That is why I’ve personally decided to transition into a Venture Partner role at Lightspeed and focus on my real passion: building teams and products that millions of people love. I’m incredibly energized to go back to building — it’s in my blood and I miss it.

Most recently I’ve worked, along with Adam Goldberg, to drive Lightspeed’s recent crypto/blockchain efforts and look forward to announcing the investments we’ve made in the sector, both large and small. I’ve been writing /speaking about the space since 2013 and firmly believe the core technology has the potential to impact the world in ways most can’t currently imagine. When the iPhone launched, no one could have imagined Uber or AirBnb. We’re at a similar moment in history right now.

I believe it’s time to dive down the crypto rabbit hole… completely.

I want to thank all of the incredible founders and teams I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to meet, invest in and work alongside on their journeys. I will continue to sit on these boards, support all of these teams, and am so excited for the world to see these companies launch, grow, and thrive.

I also want to thank the entire team at Lightspeed. I’ve learned so much being on the other side of the table… but at this moment in history, I need to get back in the game.

Stay Hungry.



Aaron Batalion

NewCo. Past: Partner, @LightspeedVP. Founder/CTO, LivingSocial. Tweeting at @abatalion