Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Early-Stage Venture Investing, sponsored by Morrison & Foerster. This event was in New York on Wednesday, Jan 31, 2007.
Mr. Barash has close to four decades of comprehensive experience regarding venture capital and entrepreneurism. Mr. Barash holds an MBA from the Columbia University Business School and a chemical engineering degree from Drexel University. As President of Vencon, a venture capital firm, Mr. Barash has created numerous high technology ventures. He has a broad experience in the growth of enterprises and advises on the complexities and implementation of long range business planning and the management of company growth particularly those firms experiencing high growth, which are usually vulnerable to improper asset deployment. He has acted as chairman of industrial companies. Vencon has been involved in renewable energy, electronics materials and semiconductors since the early 1980’s. In other affiliations, Mr.Barash was an executive in strategic planning and M&A activities with industrial companies including W.R. Grace and EBS Industries, which owned subsidiaries in electric power, chemicals, and engineering construction. Barash was Director of Planning of BASF, a $40 billion manufacturing business. At Belco Petroleum Company, an international petroleum and coal producer, Barash was Assistant to the President. During the early 1970’s, Barash was Director of Economic Studies for the Price Commission, a White House initiative to stabilize pricing.
"The November 2008 Perfect Venture Conference, IV, was perfectly organized. There were many opportunities for us to talk to the entrepreneurs as one on one, other networking, and listen to pitches. Of major importance, there was ample room to meet for private conversations, at one's convenience, rather than being crammed together as is the common situation with most such conferences. Thank you FundingPost for being sensitive to the needs of venture capitalists."
- Irvin Barash, Vencon Management, Inc.
Mr. Tirabassi joined Dolphin Equity Partners in 1999. He serves on the board of eight portfolio companies: Airband, EpicCycle, Gomez, MaxPreps, SilverCarrot, The Guild, Vercuity and VitalStream. He is a former board member of and continues to be involved in InQ. Before joining the Dolphin team, Mr. Tirabassi was in product development and marketing at Diamond Lane Communications, Inc., a venture capital-backed DSL hardware manufacturer that was subsequently acquired by Nokia Corporation. Prior to his experience at Diamond Lane, he was an early employee at FutureBrand, a strategic marketing consulting firm subsequently acquired by Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). At FutureBrand, Mr. Tirabassi focused on the telecommunications and financial services industries, providing branding, marketing and strategy consultation to large corporations in the United States and abroad.
|Vishal Savani, Affiliate Partner, Jina Ventures, Inc
Vishal Savani is an affiliate partner of Jina Ventures Inc. Over the past few years, he has advised firms in the media, technology, consumer products, hospitality, and education industries in the United States, India, Taiwan, Macedonia, El Salvador, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. His recent engagements include assisting an innovative dairy product manufacturer in pursuing new market opportunities, formulating an India market entry strategy for a leading US-based hotel developer, and supporting a global motion picture distributor in identifying and pursuing new revenue channels.
Previously, Mr. Savani was a Director at World Links, a World Bank spin-off focused on leveraging technology to improve global education. In addition, Mr. Savani directed World Links’ India operations, launched in partnership with the World Economic Forum and financed by Accenture, JPMorganChase, and Microsoft. Before joining World Links, Mr. Savani was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting. Mr. Savani began his career as a member of the Financial Advisory Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Mr. Savani holds a BA in Political Science & Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Morgan is a Managing Partner of the firm and brings over 15 years of experience with information technology companies as an investor, investment banker and finance executive. He focuses primarily on investments in application and infrastructure software, with an emphasis on security, data management and data integration.
Morgan currently serves on the Board, or is a Board observer, of Actional, Gamma Technologies, Immunix (acquired by Novell), Saqqara, and Siperian. Prior investments and Board seats include NetSec (acquired by MCI), Security Focus (acquired by Symantec) and Sanera Systems (acquired by McData).
Marc is responsible for evaluating private equity investments and investment strategies for the firm. Marc and Doug Hamilton have co-invested together since 1999. Prior to joining the firm, Marc was a Vice President at Mellon Ventures, a $1.4 billion private equity partnership. At Mellon Ventures, Marc structured venture capital, subordinated debt and leveraged buyout transactions across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Mellon Ventures, Marc worked in the Investment Banking group of Legg Mason, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions for middle market and emerging growth companies. Marc graduated magna cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Marc is a Co-founder of the New York Private Equity Network (NYPEN), the definitive private equity leadership and networking organization in New York City.
Sita Vasan has worked for Intel Capital's Strategic Investment team for the past 9 years. During this time, she has closed over 60 venture capital investments in the media, semiconductor, wireless, enterprise software, storage, and optical sectors. She now focuses on digital home investments based in NYC. She has 15 years of prior investment banking experience where she worked in London for Orion Royal Bank & Bank of Tokyo, in Paris as Vice President and head of Banque Indosuez’s Foreign Swap Marketing team and at the private sector arm of the World Bank, International Finance Corp (IFC). At IFC she managed the Client Derivative Management team and worked in the Telecom / Infrastructure project finance team. Her education includes an MBA from Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) and BA from Bryn Mawr College.
He is also the Managing Partner of Activate’s predecessor funds - Milestone Venture Partners - which he co-founded in 1999. Mr. Pietri has developed significant expertise and relationships in the Digital Heath sector targeted by the Fund. He has originated and/or guided over ten portfolio companies to successful exits, including numerous software and data businesses. His earlier financial experience includes co-heading the Technology and Communications Investment Banking Group at Legacy Securities, where he performed a broad range of capital raising, M&A and other financial advisory services. Mr. Pietri was also a member of Legacy’s direct investment team, which provided mezzanine and growth equity through its affiliate, Legacy Capital Partners. Mr. Pietri also has control investment experience, having worked as an Associate at Callier Interest, a private equity firm focused on middle market industrial distributors and manufacturers.
Prior to his investment experience, Mr. Pietri ran IT consulting and direct sales for CompuSystems, an Atlanta-based ERP software and services firm focused on industrial distributors and manufacturers. Prior to CompuSystems, Mr Pietri worked in the voice processing software industry for Innovative Technology and Call Response Automation.
Mr. Pietri holds a B.A., cum laude, in English from Duke University and, while working full-time for CompuSystems, he earned his M.B.A. from the two-year Executive MBA Program at the Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University, graduating first in his class. He is also a CFA charterholder. Mr. Pietri is an advisory board member of the Healthcare Advisory Board for the Partnership for NYC.process consulting while working for innovative Technology and CompuSystems. Mr. Pietri received his BA (cum laude) in English from Duke University in 1989, and his MBA from the Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University, where he graduated first in his class. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Moderator: Lisa A. Weiss, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
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