Geoff Lewis (businessman)

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Geoffrey Lewis Tabachnick

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materQueen's University at Kingston
OccupationVenture capitalist
Years active2012-Present
Known forBedrock Capital, Founders Fund, Narrative Violations
TitleFounder and Managing Partner at Bedrock Capital
  • Sholem Tabachnick (father)
  • Laurette Tabachnick (mother)

Geoffrey Lewis Tabachnick is an American-Canadian venture capitalist, investor and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Bedrock Capital and a former Partner at Founders Fund.

Early Life and education

Lewis was born in Calgary, Canada to Sholem Tabachnick and Laurette Tabachnick, both of whom were teachers.[1] Lewis graduated from Queen's University in 2004 with a Bachelor's Degree.[2]


In 2004, Lewis joined P&G after they offered to sponsor his green card.[1]

In 2008 he joined Peter Thiel's hedge fund Clarium Capital[3], but left to co-found TopGuest a loyalty software company for travel companies that was acquired for in 2011.[4][5][6][7]

Lewis then joined Founders Fund as a Partner after being recruited by Peter Thiel. During his time at Founders Fund Lewis led investments in Lyft, Wish, Privateer Holdings, Nubank and RigUp.[8][9][10] Brendan Kennedy on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2015. Lewis left Founders Fund in 2017 to found Bedrock Capital with Eric Stromberg.[11][12][13] Bedrock currently has approximately $500 million in investment capital.[14] Founders Fund is an investor in Bedrock.[12]

In 2019, Lewis was named as one of the Top 100 Venture Capitalists in the world by The New York Times and CB Insights.[15][16]

Investment Philosophy

Lewis is widely known for his investments in companies considered "narrative violations" a term he coined in 2017.[17][18] In a white paper published on Bedrock's website Lewis wrote "The best time to invest in a company is when it’s most in violation of a popular narrative".[19][18]


Lewis has been critical of President Trump, writing in a Medium post "A world in which President Trump makes any sense at all is not the world I want my grandchildren to inherit".[20] The blog post was in stark contrast to his then-bossPeter Thiel's vocal support of President Trump.[21][22][23]

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 Podcast, Paradox. "Paradox Podcast - #14 — Geoff Lewis — Noble lies and narrative violations". Google Podcasts. Archived from the original on 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  2. "Geoff Lewis Tabachnick, Bedrock Capital GP LLC: Profile and Biography". Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  3. Wellons, Mary Catherine (2012-06-18). "5 Minutes With a Visionary: Geoff Lewis". Archived from the original on 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  4. Rubin, Courtney (2011-12-14). "Topguest Acquired By EzRez". Archived from the original on 2016-07-21. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  5. "Early checkout: Travel startup Topguest acquired by ezRez". VentureBeat. 2011-12-13. Archived from the original on 2016-11-13. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  6. "Travel Rewards Redemption Company ezRez Buys Social Loyalty Check-In App Topguest". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  7. "Topguest Hooks IHG, All-Star Investors [Video]". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  8. Sorkin, Andrew Ross (2019-01-08). "No Tuition, but You Pay a Percentage of Your Income (if You Find a Job) (Published 2019)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2020-08-22. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  9. "Privateer's Brendan Kennedy And Founders Fund's Geoff Lewis To Light Up The Stage At Disrupt NY". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  10. "Geoff Lewis - Founder and Managing Partner @ Bedrock Capital - Crunchbase Person Profile". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  11. "Geoff Lewis has left Founders Fund to start his own fund". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  12. 12.0 12.1 McBride, Sarah (August 18, 2017). "Founders Fund's Geoff Lewis Leaves to Start His Own Fund". Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on 2020-10-28.
  13. "Bedrock Capital raises $122M to fund startups that reject conventional wisdom". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  14. "SEC FORM D". Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  15. "The Top 100 Venture Capital Partners & Firms l CB Insights". CB Insights Research. 2019-03-31. Archived from the original on 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  16. "The narrative on tech investing is changing, says investor". CNBC. 2018-04-24. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  17. "The social media space is ripe for disruption, tech mogul says". CNBC. 2018-12-21. Archived from the original on 2019-04-16. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Griffith, Erin (2019-11-26). "What Makes a 'Narrative Violation'?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2020-10-04. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  19. "Bedrock". Bedrock. Archived from the original on 2020-08-21. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  20. Lewis, Geoff (2018-10-04). "Turn On Reality". Medium. Archived from the original on 2020-02-21. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  21. Swisher, Kara (2016-11-13). "Embrace anti-reality: One of Peter Thiel's partners pens an anti-Trump manifesto that is actually sensible". Vox. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  22. Grothaus, Michael (2016-11-14). "Founders Fund's Geoff Lewis says we must abandon our social media echo chambers after Trump victory". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  23. "Peter Thiel's VC Partner Publishes a Sharp Critique of Donald Trump". Fortune. Archived from the original on 2020-08-06. Retrieved 2020-10-28.

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