Stellar Business Award

Esalen Ventures, LLC Wins Best Early Stage Investor in Global

Esalen Ventures, LLC logo: Thomas Vorisek

Why Esalen Ventures, LLC Was Selected as the Winner

After careful review, the Stellar Business Award Committee has chosen Esalen Ventures, LLC as the award recipient. The company, under the leadership of Thomas Vorisek, has demonstrated exceptional commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. Vorisek’s extensive experience in various sectors, including Ad Tech, Digital Media, Video, Disruptive Publishing, FinServ, Blockchain, AI-ML, and Supply Chain Finance, among others, has enabled him to make strategic investments in over 110 startups. His mentorship at UC Berkeley Sky Deck and his role as an advisor, coach, and brand evangelist have been instrumental in fostering a culture of innovation and growth. Furthermore, his strengths in creating compelling brand narratives, marketing/sales strategy execution, and risk analysis have been pivotal in driving the success of Esalen Ventures. His commitment to investing in innovative ideas with clear indicators is commendable and aligns with the values of the Stellar Business Awards. 

They displayed all of the qualities that we at Stellar Business look for when determining excellence. These qualities include outstanding growth, service to their community, and excellent business practices. We determined that they excel in these criteria as the top Early Stage Investor in Global. 

About Esalen Ventures, LLC

I’ve invested directly to cap table in over 110 start-ups, have led syndicates, and mentored at UC Berkeley Sky Deck. LP in 8 PE Funds. A former 20-year career in general, digital, and lastly mobile advertising.

Today, we congratulate Esalen Ventures, LLC for winning this year’s annual Stellar Business Award for Early Stage Investor in Global. Our selection committee reviewed several outstanding companies for this award, and we decided unanimously that they are the official winners. 

Competition in Early Stage Investor

– AngelList
– Y Combinator
– 500 Startups
– Techstars
– Founders Fund
– Sequoia Capital
– Andreessen Horowitz
– Greylock Partners
– Accel Partners
– Kleiner Perkins

Esalen Ventures, LLC Reviews

Our team at Stellar Business reviews companies based on several factors, including online reviews, the ability to deliver results, interactions with leadership, and more. Based on these metrics, we then create a weighted overall score.

When giving reviews, we interviewed Thomas Vorisek about their success in the Global area. We also looked at what their customers were saying on Google and other trusted review sites. Because Esalen Ventures, LLC maintains consistently stellar reviews, they received strong consideration for this award.

Best Business Consulting in Global

Esalen Ventures, LLC quickly became our strongest applicant in Global. They displayed excellent customer service, and an ability to deliver and maintain high reviews in their community. So, Stellar Business would like to endorse them as the top Early Stage Investor in Global. We believe that their outstanding ability to serve their clients in Global makes them a long-time favorite provider. 

Thomas Vorisek Recognized as Founder and managing partner of Esalen Ventures, LLC


Early-stage angel investor via direct, syndicate, spv, or funds. Advisor-mentor, coach, fundraiser, connector, and brand evangelist. Focus: It starts with the founders and alignment. I like Innovative ideas with clear indicators. Ad Tech, Digital Media, Video, Disruptive Publishing, FinServ, Blockchain, AI-ML, Supply Chain Finance, Mobile, SaaS, Social Media Platform Marketplace, Ad Fraud Security, Analytics-Optimization-Data Science, Robotics, CleanTech, Frontier/Deep/health Tech, B2B-B2C-DTC-E-Commerce, Consumer Apps Average Deal Size: $10-25K direct and equal follow on; LP Capital Commitment median is $125K. Depends on the product and scope of the relationship Previous Experience: Currently active angel making an average of 6 direct investments at various stages ((pre-seed to series C), 2 LP agreements in Seed to Series B Funds with $50-100M in AUM, participate in SPV’s (LP or Lead) and acquire shares in late stage, pre- ipo via secondary market. I’m a board member, accelerator, and portfolio co. advisor, angel group member, and mentor-advise start-ups weekly. Strengths: Investor Pitch Decks, Creating cohesive and compelling brand narrative and story, marketing/sales strategy and execution, fundraising, risk analysis, and friend to founders. Formerly 20+ year Advertising and Technology Executive: 4x executive team member, management, business unit ownership with start-up to blue chip companies. B2B, B2C, E-commerce Strategic account planning & sales methodology-direct & indirect sales of emerging and disruptive technologies. Experienced GTM having built territories from Zero to $10M more than once. Specialties: Traditional, digital, mobile, social and video advertising. Top Tier Agency and Publishing roles in account management, global brand marketing strategy, product launches, and channel strategy. Brands: Adobe, Autodesk, Novell, Dockers, PowerBar, AT&T, Nestle, Idealab, PetSmart,,,,, CitySearch, Overture >Leadership >Executive Team >Board Presentations >Co-founder (FBC Sports Marketing) >Team building, evaluation, teaching, coaching >Branding, identity and dm, etc. >Sports Marketing >Print, digital, and mobile advertising sales >Search engine marketing/analysis/analytics >Product launches >PR/Events >P&L >Financial modeling-valuation >Sales team training, compensation/quota development/revenue forecasting, analysis >Excellent presentation, written and oral communication skills >Excel, PPT, Word, CRM

Best Business Consulting in Global

To confirm them as the official winner of our Stellar Business Award for Excellence in Global, we made the following announcements:

  • This public post on our website highlights them as the winner

  • A public announcement on our LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook page 

  • Provided a physical certificate signed by our committee

  • Assured that there are no other winners for the category of Early Stage Investor in Global

  • Sent a physical Stellar Business trophy to symbolize this award

We encourage you to visit our award winner’s business website to learn more about how they can help you with Early Stage Investor in Global. Link below.

Contact: Thomas Vorisek

Stellar Business