Ken Lerer can’t seem to stop getting his hands on money this year. First, Lerer Ventures, the namesake VC firm he runs with his son, closed $25 million from friends and family offices in May to follow up on his successful $8.5 million vehicle that closed in 2010. Now Lerer is also closing in on completing his Bedrocket Media Ventures seed fund, a vehicle that will contain about $11.5 million, according to a recent S.E.C. filing.
Despite getting its first investment July 28, the fund is nearly closed—with just $2.5 million that still needs to be gathered.
In an interview with AllThingsD, Lerer said the video studio and incubator would create content that can be used on the Web and on standard television. With Lerer’s track record, entrepreneurs will likely be eager to work with him. He was co-founder and chairman of the Huffington Post, which AOL acquired earlier this year for $315 million.
It’s been a busy year for Lerer. The AOL acquisition of the Huffington Post brought to the VC former HuffPo CEO Eric Hippeau, who left after the deal. This stoked ambitions of raising an even bigger fund. So far this year, deals have included Lerer Ventures’ teaming with NEA and Greycroft to back Pulse, the application company. Group Commerce, which Lerer Ventures had previously supported, also raised another $10 million to develop its daily deals operation at a higher valuation than the VC’s initial investment, peHUB reported.
And Lerer Ventures still has other irons in the fire. His investments include AdKeeper, Adapt.ly, AxialMarket, UberMedia and OnSwipe, to name a few.
Things have been looking up not just for the senior Lerer this year. Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer, the junior Lerer, also works on investments with Lerer Ventures and recently took to the Interwebs to declare his site is closing in on $40 million in revenue this year. UPDATE: A source told peHUB that Ben Lerer will also be working with Bedrocket as an advisor.
It is not clear what, if any, involvement Ben Lerer will have with the Bedrocket project. His name was not provided on the company’s most recent filing. The only ones listed were Brian Bedol, who has built and sold a pair of networks, and former hedge fund manager and Boston Celtics investor Jim Palotta. With friends like the one the senior Lerer has, it is no wonder his second investment fund this year gained traction so quickly. Past investors include Chris Dixon and Ron Conway.
Ken Lerer could not be reached for comment.