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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out MA Venture Capital - Early-Stage Event & Workshop, sponsored by Nixon Peabody. This event was in Boston, MA on Tuesday, April 8, 2008.

    Photo of Matthew I. Growney, Managing Partner, Rudyard Partners Matthew Growney
    Founder & Managing Partner
    Rudyard Partners
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    Rudyard Partners
    Matthew has become a well-known and successful investor for both his understanding of new technologies as well as his ability to build compelling new businesses for the commercial marketplace. He has created Rudyard Partners as a vehicle to deliver new products and solutions to both mass market consumers and specialized users alike. His areas of interest promote the creation of the most compelling user experience. Whether on a device or a network, Matthew explores technologies that implement or integrate content and software so that consumer expectations with new innovations can be surpassed. He is also focused on the monetization of old and new media and its interface with various combinations of bits and atoms.

    Before creating Rudyard Partners, Matthew was a Founder & Managing Director of Motorola Ventures (MV), the corporate venture capital arm of Motorola, Inc. Matthew was directly responsible for building investment offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, and Beijing. He co-managed a $350M portfolio of 70+ companies. Matthew created the investment program in 1997 and established it as one of the premier corporate venture practices in the world. He developed MVís investment thesis around monetizing both strategic and financial returns. He focused on emerging networks (3G, 4G, Wireline, Cable), new media, mobile devices, Web 2.0, enterprise software, and material science. He was responsible for making investments in innovative companies like E Ink, A123, Xanboo, Airclic, Cedarpoint Communications, Snaptrack, Camero, Ocean Broadband, and Netomat. He has also served on both the Investment Committee and the Board of Directors for Shanghai NewMargin Ventures, one of the leading domestic venture capital firms in China.

    In November 2005, Matthew was named one of Bostonís ď40 under 40″ by the Boston Business Journal for his professional achievement and community contributions in New England. He has been a featured speaker around the world and contributed to several books both on innovation and venture capital. He is a Visiting Lecturer at Michigan State Universityís Eli Broad School of Business and Dartmouth Collegeís Tuck School of Business. Matthew graduated from Michigan State University (BA) and the New England School of Law (JD). He has also studied Software at Harvard University and Civil Law with Loyola University- New Orleans in Costa Rica. Matthew is fluent in French, speaks Japanese, and is learning Mandarin.

    Photo of Gaurav Tewari, Senior Associate, Highland Capital Partners Gaurav Tewari
    Director
    SAP Ventures
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    SAP Ventures
    Gaurav focuses on growth and later-stage investments within Software/SaaS, Internet, Digital Media, Mobile, and Technology-Enabled Services. Prior to joining SAP Ventures, Gaurav was in the Boston-area with Highland Capital Partners leading growth and early-stage investments, and has held numerous board and board observer seats. Gaurav has led or helped manage investments in Marin Software, Violin Memory, Affine Systems, Beyond the Rack, Cafemom, Coremetrics (IBM), Navic Networks (MSFT), Rent the Runway, StyleFeeder (TWX), and Yipit. Previously, Gaurav was a Corporate Strategy executive at Microsoft Corporation, where he worked with the companyís top leadership to define and implement corporate-wide growth opportunities and acquisitions. Gaurav was also a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he led strategic initiatives for Fortune 500 companies across the high tech, financial services, telecommunications, and energy sectors. He started his career in engineering and product management roles at Microsoft and IBM Research. Gaurav received his MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as Valedictorian (Ford Fellow). He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Gaurav is a co-inventor on 9 issued US technology patents. Prior to joining Highland Capital Partners, Gaurav was a Corporate Strategy Manager at Microsoft Corporation, where he worked with the executive team to define and implement corporate-wide growth opportunities via organic initiatives and acquisitions. Before Microsoft, Gaurav was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he led strategic projects for Fortune 100 companies across a number of verticals, including high tech, financial services, healthcare and energy. At McKinsey, Gaurav extensively advised senior management on investments and divestitures, operational improvement and organizational initiatives, and in developing and executing technology strategies and roadmaps. Gauravís other experiences include working within product management at Microsoft (.NET initiative), within software engineering at IBM and as an investment professional at Mission Ventures. Gaurav holds 7 US technology patents. He has authored 9 published works of research and has spoken at various conferences about location-aware mobile-commerce technologies and business models. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., Computer Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.Eng., Computer Science The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A. (Ford Fellow, Palmer Scholar)

    Photo of Jeffrey M. Hurst, General Partner, Commonwealth Capital Ventures Jeffrey Hurst
    General Partner
    Commonwealth Capital Ventures
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    Commonwealth Capital Ventures
    Jeffrey M. Hurst is a general partner and a co-founder of Commonwealth Capital Ventures. Jeff has more than 20 years of venture capital and private equity experience. He has experience in the communications infrastructure, information technology, and analytical systems industries.

    Before co-founding Commonwealth in 1995, Jeff was a senior vice president with GE Capitalís Corporate Finance Group. Jeff previously served as a managing partner of Cox Partners, a private equity firm, after starting his career with Bankers Trust Company.

    Jeff earned a BA in History and Economics from Duke University and an MBA from Tulane University. Jeff is also a member of the Trinity College Board of Visitors of Duke University.

    Photo of Roger Walton, General Partner, Castile Ventures Roger Walton
    General Partner
    Castile Ventures
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    Castile Ventures
    Roger Walton has an investment focus on advanced computing, component and subsystems, and innovation enabled services. He currently serves or participates on the boards of Sandbridge Technologies and Whaleback Systems. He led Castile's investment and served on the board of Neah Power (OTC BB:NPWS) and was a member of the board of directors at Quantiva (acquired by NetScout) and at Stargus (acquired by C-COR).

    Prior to joining Castile in 2000, Mr. Walton advised start-up and established businesses, both solution vendors and service providers, on market, product/service and partnership strategies. Clients included Comverse, SBC, Altiga, Salix and Xedia. For IT analyst Ovum, he researched and authored several reports on information services markets, developed forecasting models and scenarios for emerging segments, and wrote about a broad range of technologies.

    Previously, Mr. Walton was a senior marketing executive at Netlink and helped craft the strategic roadmap guiding the success of its frame relay solutions. After the acquisition of Netlink by Cabletron in 1996, Mr. Walton joined Cabletron to lead its carrier marketing initiatives. Prior to Netlink, Mr. Walton was a senior executive at Motorola and Octocom Systems, where he was responsible for marketing a wide range of networking products, and has considerable experience working with service providers to define, develop and deploy leading-edge communications systems.

    Mr. Walton holds an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University.

    Photo of Healy Jones, Associate, Atlas Venture Healy Jones
    Associate
    Atlas Venture
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    Atlas Venture
    Healy Jones is an Associate in the technology group, and joined Atlas Venture in 2007. He has been actively involved with several of Atlas' portfolio companies including OwnerIQ, DataXu and VideoIQ.

    Previously Healy was an associate at Summit Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing investments in communications technology and internet services companies. He has also worked as an investment professional at Milestone Partners, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors and Harlingwood Equity Partners, focusing on investments in private, growing technology and services businesses.

    Early in his career Healy was an analyst with Hambrecht & Quist's and JP Morgan's technology investment banking group, where he helped execute several transactions, including IPOs for eSpeed, PEC Solutions and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

    Healy earned an MBA with Honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College in economics and languages. Healy's blog is http://www.startable.com.

    Photo of Gregory A. Hulecki, Managing Partner, FA Technology Ventures Greg Hulecki
    Managing Partner
    FA Technology Ventures
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    FA Technology Ventures
    Greg is a founding member of FA Technology Ventures. Greg has over 22 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience. Prior to joining FA Technology Ventures, Greg was a Managing Director and co-founder of Seacoast Capital, an independent fund providing equity to rapidly growing companies. Greg joined Signal Capital (from which Seacoast was spun-out in 1994) in 1990 after having been a Principal of Capital Growth Partners, a small- to middle-market private equity firm managing US and off shore funds. Greg's extensive venture capital experience includes developing and implementing all aspects of the investment process and ranges across various industries. He began his career in engineering/operating capacities with General Motors and Digital Equipment.

    Greg currently serves on the Boards of IP MobileNet and BinOptics. Additionally he has served on the boards of Softricity (acquired by Microsoft), Concentrix, Community Rehab Centers, Mearthane Products, ClinCare, Xamax Industries, NASCO, and HGP Industries. Greg earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Jeffrey Seltzer
    Angel Investor
    New York Angels
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    New York Angels
    Jeffrey L. Seltzer is Managing Partner of Pierce Yates Ventures which provides venture capital and consulting to the financial services, business services, education and sports industries. He is a member of the board of directors of the New York Angels. Jeff was the Chief Operating Officer of Adirondack Trading Partners from 1999 through the exit of its businesses in 2005. Adirondack was a start up venture formed to capitalize on electronic trading technology through the creation of new securities exchanges and the development of market making capabilities on those exchanges. It was the corporate founder of the International Securities Exchange, now the largest equity options exchange in the U.S., which had its IPO in 2005.

    He joined CIBC World Markets in 1994 and from 1996 to 1999 was Deputy Chairman of its U.S. broker- dealer focusing on the credit, derivatives and wealth management businesses as well as regional strategies for CIBC. Before that Jeff was with Lehman Brothers where he was Managing Director and one of the founders of its Financial Products Group. In eight years at Lehman he played a major role in structuring and executing innovative international financial transactions and the management of the new product development process. Jeff started his career as a securities lawyer in private practice in New York City.

    Jeff is a Special Professor of Law at Hofstra University Law School where he developed and teaches a seminar in Complex Corporate Transactions. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets at Hofstra's Zarb School of Business. Jeff is a member of the Board of Overseers of the University Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania, the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, the Advisory Board of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and the Major Gift Committee of Penn's $3.5 billion capital campaign.

    He served as an advisor for six years to the U.S. Small Business Administration and as a joint advisor on trade policy to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative for four years. He served as Vice Chairman of the Institute for International Bankers and was the founder and Chairman of the Swap and Derivative Products Committee of the Securities Industry Association. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Sports Commission.

    Jeff received a B.S. in Econ. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

    Moderator: Carter S. Bacon, Jr., Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP

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