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Santo PolitiGeneral Partner, Spark Capital
Nostalgic engineer, constant tinkerer, full-time dreamer. Santo Politi is a Founder and General Partner of Spark Capital. He has led Spark’s investments in eToro,Convert Media, Genie, Orchard, Qriously, Storenvy, Triggit and Zazma. He also led Spark’s previous investments in Adap.TV (acquired by AOL), Admeld (acquired by Google), CT-100/CNET (acquired by CBS), IPWireless (acquired by General Dynamics), KickApps (acquired by KIT Digital), Lexity (acquired by Yahoo!), Oculus (acquired by Facebook), and OneRiot (acquired by Walmart). He served as a board member of5Min (acquired by AOL) and thePlatform (acquired by Comcast). Santo was previously a Partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV) where he led investments in BigBand Networks (NASDAQ: BBND), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola) and Groove Mobile (acquired by LiveWire). Prior to Charles River Ventures, Santo served as President of New Media for Blockbuster Entertainment (NYSE: BBI). Santo also previously co-founded BT Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm affiliated with Bankers Trust where he led successful investments in Aether Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: AETH), DigitalThink (NASDAQ: DTHK) and Novatel Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVTL). Santo previously held various engineering and management positions at Matsushita Electric Industrial, Panasonic and Weston Instruments. Santo holds an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from NJIT and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dan CiporinGeneral Partner, Canaan Partners
Dan Ciporin is General Partner at Canaan Partners and has been involved in the ecommerce and fintech sectors for more than 20 years, and before turning to the world of venture investing was Chairman and CEO of Shopping.com, one of the world’s largest online comparison shopping sites. Dan led the company from zero to $100M+ in just five years and took it public in 2004, after which it was acquired by eBay in 2005 for over $600mm. Dan was also chairman of the Internet Lab, a US-Israeli incubator for early-stage consumer Internet startups, as well as Senior VP of MasterCard International, where he managed all online global debit products. At Canaan, Dan has an abiding interest in all things ecommerce and fintech, with a special love for marketplaces. He sits on the board of LendingClub, the world’s leading marketplace for peer-to-peer loans with a mission to fundamentally transform consumer credit and banking. He’s also a board member for ShopKeep, the complete POS butt-based platform which enables any merchant to have a register and manage their entire business simply by purchasing an iPad; CircleUp, which provides equity based crowdfunding for high-growth consumer companies; and Orchard, which seamlessly allows any investor to plug into any marketplace lender in the world. Dan also joined the board of Joor, a company that sits at the intersection of luxury brands and retailers by operating one of the largest wholesale luxury apparel marketplaces in the world.
Thrive Capital is a private equity and venture capital firm focused on technology and media investments. Since its founding in 2009, Thrive has invested in companies including Instagram, Twitch, Warby Parker, Oscar, Spotify and Harry’s.
Nigel MorrisManaging Partner, QED Investors
Nigel Morris is the managing partner of QED Investors, a direct investment fund focused on high-growth companies that leverage the power of data strategies. In addition, he works in an advisory capacity with General Atlantic Partners and Oliver Wyman Consulting. He serves on the board of numerous for-profit companies, including Red Ventures, Klarna, CANCapital, MediaMath, Prosper, and borro. He is also on the board of the Brookings Institution, National Geographic Ventures, ideas42, and the London Business School. Previously, Nigel co-founded Capital One Financial Services in 1994. Under Nigel’s leadership, Capital One pioneered an information-based strategy that fundamentally transformed the consumer lending industry. Combining advanced statistical marketing techniques with nascent information technologies, the company reduced costs to conventional borrowers, extended capital to overlooked consumers, expanded internationally, and produced extraordinary returns for investors. During Nigel’s ten-year tenure, Capital One’s sales grew at a compound annual rate of more than 40%. Over this same decade, earnings per share growth and return on equity both exceeded 20% per year, a financial performance attained by only a handful of American companies. Upon his retirement in 2004, Capital One’s 15,000 employees across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom managed over $80 billion of loans for 50 million customers. Generating over $1.5 billion in earnings, Capital One had successfully transitioned from an emerging start-up into an established public company valued at over $20 billion. Nigel has a BSC in Psychology from the East London University and a MBA with distinction from London Business School, where he is also a Fellow. Nigel lives with his wife and four children in Virginia.
Hans MorrisManaging Partner, Nyca Partners
Hans Morris, Managing Partner, Nyca http://nycapartners.com/ Hans Morris is a director of portfolio companies Lending Club and Cardworks. Previously, he was Managing Director at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, where he continues to act as Special Advisor and director for KCG and XP Investimentos. Hans also served as President of Visa while it completed its reorganization and 2008 IPO, which remains one of the largest in history. Before that, he spent over two decades at Citigroup in various roles, including CFO of Markets and Banking. Hans is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
John MackFormer CEO of Morgan Stanley
John J. Mack is a Senior Advisor of both Morgan Stanley and KKR. He retired as Chairman of the Board of Morgan Stanley at the end of 2011 and also served as Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley from June 2005 until December 2009. John first joined Morgan Stanley in 1972 as a bond trader, rose steadily to manage the firm’s fixed income division from 1985 to 1992, served as the company’s CEO from 2005 to 2010, and as chairman from 2005 to 2011. He is credited for steering Morgan Stanley through the financial crisis, maintaining the firm’s independence and overseeing the firm’s conversion to a bank holding company. Before rejoining Morgan Stanley as Chairman and CEO in June 2005, he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Group and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse First Boston.
Vikram PanditFormer CEO of Citigroup
Mr. Vikram S. Pandit is a Co-Founder of Portman Square Capital LLP. Mr. Pandit served as the Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Finance Canada Inc. since December 11, 2007. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Citigroup, Inc. from December 11, 2007 to October 16, 2012 and its Principal Financial Officer. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Europe Middle East and Africa at Citigroup, Inc. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Citibank, National Association. He served as an Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Group AG. He was a Co-Founder of Old Lane, LP. He served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Alternative Investments at Citigroup Alternative Investments LLC. He served as the Head of Institutional Clients Group & investment banking business at Citigroup, Inc. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of Institutional Securities, a Division of Morgan Stanley from September 2000 to March 30, 2005. He served as the President of Institutional Securities at Morgan Stanley from December 2003 to March 30, 2005. He served as Co-President of Institutional Securities at Morgan Stanley since September 2000. Mr. Pandit began his career at Morgan Stanley as an associate in 1983. He has been Director of Bombardier Inc. since 2014. He serves as a Director of Institute Of International Finance, Inc. He serves as a Member of Board of Trustees of Columbia University. He serves as a Member of Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School. He serves as a Trustee at Columbia University and a Member of Governing Board at Indian School of Business. He served as a Director of The Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. He served as Director of Institutional Clients Group at Citi Markets & Banking since July 2010. He served as a Director of Citigroup, Inc. from December 2007 to October 2012. He served as Director at Citigroup Finance Canada Inc. since 2007. He serves as a Member of Committee On Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households at Reserve Bank of India. Mr. Pandit earned a PhD in Finance from Columbia University in 1986. He received an MS degree in 1977 and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1976 from Columbia.
Tom GlocerFormer CEO of Thomson Reuters; Founder and Managing Partners of Angelic Ventures
Tom Glocer is the former Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Mr. Glocer joined Reuters Group in 1993 as Vice President and Deputy Counsel, Reuters America. He held a number of senior leadership positions at Reuters, including President of Reuters LatAm and Reuters America, before being named CEO of Reuters Group PLC in July 2001. He is a director of Merck & Co., Inc. and the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, the International Advisory Board of British American Business Inc., the Columbia College Board of Visitors, the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University, the Advisory Board of the Judge Institute of Management at Cambridge University, the European Business Leaders Council, the Corporate Advisory Board of Tate Britain and the Madison Council of the Library of Congress. Mr. Glocer is also involved in several public education initiatives in New York City and London. Mr. Glocer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Mr Glocer is married with two children and Luna the Bullmastiff, and lives in New York City. He writes his own blog at www.tomglocer.com.
Jon WinkelriedFormer President & Co-Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs
Jon was formerly with the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. for more than 27 years when he retired in 2009 as President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. He currently manages his family office, JW Capital Partners with investments across a range of industries including technology, real estate, healthcare, and natural resources. Jon is a strategic advisor and partner at Thrive Capital, a New York based venture capital firm focused on technology investing. In addition to his investing activities Jon is also an advisor to the credit opportunities fund (TSSP) at TPG Capital, LP. Jon has served as a trustee at the University of Chicago from 2006 to 2012, was elected to the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University in 2012 and serves on the Board of Overseers for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Jon received an A.B. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1981 and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago in 1982.
Max LevchinCEO of Affirm & Former CTO of Paypal
Max Levchin is the CEO of “Affirm”, the next generation financial services company offering consumer credit at the point of sale and Chairman of “Glow”, a women’s reproductive health company. Both companies were created and launched from his San Francisco based innovation and investment lab, “HVF”. Max was one of the original cofounders of PayPal where he served as the CTO until its acquisition by Ebay in 2002. In 2004, he helped start Yelp, the ratings and review service where he is currently the Chairman of the Board. That same year he founded “Slide”, a personal media-sharing service for social networking sites where he was CEO until the company was sold to Google in 2010. He also serves on several boards including Yahoo!, Yelp and Evernote and is an active investor in early stage startups.
Doug AtkinCo-Founder of Efficient Frontiers & Former CEO of Instinet
Douglas Atkin has been an investor, analyst and senior executive in the financial technology industry for over 20 years. He presently manages the GPM-Center Court Fund at Guggenheim Partners. Doug began his career at Instinet where he rose through the ranks to become the company’s CEO, leading its successful $450mm IPO in 2001. He was a Co-founder of Efficient Frontiers, a consulting firm specializing in trading technology, regulation, and market-structure. Doug was also the CEO of Majestic Research which was sold to ITG (NYSE: ITG) in 2010. Doug was selected as one of the Top New Yorkers by New York Magazine for his leading role in redefining the financial marketplace, and Institutional Investor profiled him as one of the top 30 individuals making the greatest impact on e-finance. In addition, Doug sits on the Board of Selerity Financial and the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation. Doug is a graduate of Tufts University and holds a BA in Economics. He is married with two children, and an avid collector of photography.
Ben BarokasCo-Founder of Admeld & General Manager at Google
Ben is an Entrepreneur and Angel Investor in start up technology companies developing, transforming, and disrupting global business models. Currently General Manager of Google’s Global Marketplace Development team. Prior to Google Ben was the founding CEO of Admeld. Per 6/14 Google’s 10th Largest acquisition . Prior to the Admeld – Google transaction, Ben ran business, sales and operation globally. Before founding Admeld, Ben was Vice President, Advertising at JumpTV. There he created a Multi-Cultural IPTV Video Ad Network. Ben also spent 6 years at AOL running ad product development and operations for AOL’s Audience Advertising business.
Anthony AbenanteFormer CEO of Instinet
Mr. Anthony L. Abenante serves as an Executive Advisor at Aquiline Capital Partners LLC. Mr. Abenante has been a Senior Advisor at KCG Holdings, Inc., since March 2014. He served as a Co-Chief Executive Officer of Instinet, LLC since June 2007 and Instinet Incorporated until May 2011. He joined Instinet from Nomura Securities International, Inc., in August 2003, where he served as Managing Director and Head of U.S. Equity Sales and Trading for the past four years. Prior to joining Nomura Securities International, Inc., he served for ten years with Investment Technology Group, Inc., serving in several senior management roles including as Director and Head of Institutional Sales. Mr. Abenante started his career at Morgan Stanley and worked in trading technology until joining ITG in December 1993. He was an associate in the information technology department of Morgan Stanley & Co. He has nearly 25 years of experience at leading financial technology and brokerage firms. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Christian LawlessManaging Partner of Conversion Capital
Christian Lawless is the Founder and Managing Partner of Conversion Capital. Founded in 2012, Conversion is a Venture Capital Firm focused on the multi-trillion dollar financial services industry. We invest in transformational companies that create lower cost, more efficient and scalable high volume business models through a paradigm shift in behavior or technological innovation. We partner with visionary entrepreneurs and technical teams where we can effect substantial growth through our expertise and global network of institutional clients.
Howard LindzonGeneral Partner, Social Leverage & Former CEO of Stocktwits
Howard Lindzon is a General Partner at Social Leverage and has more than twenty years experience in the financial community acting in both an entrepreneurial and investing capacity. With a unique vision for starting, managing, and successfully advising innovative companies, Lindzon is the public-face of the Social Leverage entities. Mr. Lindzon is Co-Founder and Chairman of StockTwits, which was recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by FastCompany and one of the “50 best websites” by Time magazine (where he invented the “cashtag”). Lindzon created more than 400 original videos on Wallstrip, which was acquired by $CBS in 2007.
Charlie O'DonnellGeneral Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
Charlie O’Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures and loves it that way. The fund makes seed investments and the first venture firm located in Brooklyn–where he was born and raised. The longest he has been outside of the five boroughs of New York City is three weeks. Charlie has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies. Nick Bilton identifies him as an influence on early Twitter investors in his book, Hatching Twitter. Dennis Crowley credits him as having helped kick off the first funding of Foursquare before other VCs had said yes. At First Round Capital, he sourced the firm’s investments in Singleplatform (sold to Constant Contact) and GroupMe (sold to Skype). Charlie discovered GroupMe at the hackathon where the service had been built. He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), chloe + isabel, Refinery29, Docracy, and Salescrunch.
Donald ButlerManaging Director Thomvest Ventures
Donald Butler is a Managing Director with Thomvest Ventures. Don works with entrepreneurs in the financial technology, advertising technology, and enterprise software-as-a-service markets. Don currently serves on the Board of Directors for companies in each of these focus areas including Apsalar, DataXu, and Vungle (in the adtech space), Kabbage (in the fintech space), and Axcient and NetBase (in the enterprise SaaS space). Don’s prior investments include Lending Club (NYSE: LC), FlashSoft (acquired by SanDisk), GuardianEdge (acquired by Symantec), and Okena (acquired by Cisco). Prior to Thomvest, Don led the Asian business development efforts for several start-up companies in the multidimensional data analysis and networking industries as part of his work with Asia Pacific Ventures. He also spent three years as an Analyst with Lehman Brothers, where he worked with clients in the software and semiconductor industries. Don received a B.A. in Chinese from UCLA and M.A.s in both East Asian Studies and Political Science from Stanford University.
Michael BarrettCEO of Millennial Media & Former CRO of Yahoo! and GeoCities
Michael Barrett joined Millennial Media as CEO in January of 2014. Prior to that he was Global CRO for Yahoo!. In 2008 he joined Admeld as CEO and led the company until its acquisition by Google in 2012 for $400 million. Prior to Admeld/Google he was at Fox Interactive Media, where he was Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer and oversaw worldwide revenue for all properties, including MySpace, IGN, FoxSports.com, Fox.com, AmericanIdol.com and Scout.com. Before Fox, Mr. Barrett held senior sales positions at interactive leaders AOL Media Netw orks, GeoCities/Yahoo! and Disney Online. Prior to joining Disney, he held senior positions with glMeredith Publishing, Newsweek Magazine and Family PC Magazine.
Victory Park Capital
Victory Park Capital is a privately held registered investment advisor dedicated to alternative investing through the management of its investment vehicles.
As specialists in credit and private equity investments, VPC focuses on middle market companies across a diversified range of industries. Whether as a lender or a control investor, VPC seeks to identify opportunities where it believes the potential for reward outweighs the risks entailed.
Founded in 2007, VPC is headquartered in Chicago with additional resources in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
Thomvest is a $250mm early to growth stage venture fund focused on investing in advertising technology, financial technology, and security. Most of the startups Thomvest invests in are on the West Coast, primarily in Silicon Valley.
Thomvest invests their own capital which allows them to take a long term view and play an active role in our companies.