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Miles Lasater

Purpose Built Ventures

Miles is a company founder turned investor. He is Founding Partner of Purpose Built Ventures where he invests at the earliest stages in companies working to increase human wellbeing & opportunity and improve the public sphere. He also serves as a Venture Partner at F-Prime Capital, which is a technology venture fund affiliated with Fidelity Investments that has a focus on enterprise IT and FinTech.

Miles co-founded Higher One (NYSE: ONE) while in college and grew the higher education FinTech business to over $200M in revenue and $1B in market cap on $16M of venture financing. He served variously as Chairman, President, and COO including leading product, technology, operations, and marketing. Miles went on to start two other venture-backed startups: SeeClickFix (SaaS for local government) and OneUni (higher education via smartphone).

Miles is an active investor and advisor, backing companies such as Honor, Remix, Notable Health, and Thunder. At the Yale School of Management, Miles co-created and taught a course on managing software development which was the first of its kind. He is co-founder of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society, and former Board member of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Miles graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's in computer science.

Miles is chair of the board of tech nonprofit Curious Learning, which focuses on childhood literacy via open source software. He has served on the board of other nonprofits including Yale New Haven Hospital and Venture for America. He co-founded the Yale Humanist Community and was founding board member for MakeHaven, New Haven's makerspace. He is a husband, father of four children, and a book addict.

Miles is a member of the Class of 23, serving his fellowship at Purpose Built Ventures and F-Prime Capital.