Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Summer Angel and VC Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP. This event was in New York on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.
Mike Majors is an Investment Partner based in Boston, MA. He focuses on investments in the industrial space, including industrial automation, drive technologies, building technologies, lighting and mobility.
Before joining Siemens Venture Capital, Mike was the CFO at Indeed.com, a search engine for jobs, and a Venture Partner at StarVest Partners, a New York City based venture capital firm focusing on SaaS investments. Prior to that, Mike was the CFO at Visible World, a provider of targeted television advertising solutions backed by Comcast, Time Warner, and WPP.
While a Vice President at BEV Capital, a consumer, digital media, and software focused venture capital fund, Mike led investments in and worked with companies including Retail Solutions (acquired by VeriSign), MaxPreps (acquired by CBS), and ProfitLogic (acquired by Oracle). Earlier in his career, Mike was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.
Mike received a PhD in control systems from Cambridge University and a BSE in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.
He also co-founded Activate’s predecessor funds - Milestone Venture Partners - in 1999. He brings over 40 years of diversified venture investment experience, beginning with Patricof & Co. (now APAX) where he worked for seven years beginning in 1974 as its third employee. While at Patricof & Co., Mr. Goodman, headed a small business investment company which invested in the final private financing round raised by Apple Computer in the summer of 1979. After APAX, Mr. Goodman worked for 17 years at Hambros Bank Ltd., where his responsibilities expanded to include managing both the U.K. bank’s U.S. venture and merchant banking operations. During his tenure with Hambros Bank Ltd., Mr. Goodman also was responsible for supervising the creation of new Hambros-sponsored fund products, including Cross Atlantic Partners I, II and III (a series of biomedical venture funds for which he served as the Chairman of the General Partner and a member of the Advisory Board) and Crescent Private Capital, L.P. (a private equity fund for which he served as a member of the investment committee). He also assisted in the launching of Hambros Venture Funds in Japan, Australia and Israel.
Prior to his investment experience, Mr. Goodman managed WBAI FM, an educationally-licensed, listener-sponsored FM radio station in NYC. Before managing WBAI, Mr. Goodman was the co-CEO of an investment unit of the Bedford Stuyvesant Development & Services Corporation in Brooklyn, NY, which made SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses in the community.
Mr. Goodman’s professional career began with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. After his release from active duty, he joined his family’s high-fashion retailing business, Bergdorf Goodman, in New York City, where he was active in many areas of the business. He worked closely with his father on the sale of the business to Carter Hawley Hale Stores, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company in 1972.
Mr. Goodman is a former Board Chair and a current life Trustee of the Board of the Choate Rosemary Hall School in Wallingford, CT. He also serves on the Board of FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology), a college with 9,000 students, within the New York State system. Additionally, Mr. Goodman serves as a Trustee of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization which supports college student civic engagement by encouraging voter registration and social entrepreneurship. He was a founding director of the Board of DonorsChoose, a non-profit organization that allows individual donors to select and fund projects that are posted on its website by public school teachers throughout the U.S.
Mr. Goodman holds a B.A. in English literature from Yale College and a M.S. from Columbia University Business School.
Paul Cianciolo is an Associate at FirstMark Capital, where he leads the firm’s deal sourcing and evaluation team. He primarily focuses on investments within the emerging media & advertising and vertical applications & services sectors. Prior to joining FirstMark, Paul spent a summer as an Analyst at New York City-based investment bank Allen & Company, where he worked in mergers and acquisitions within the sports and media sectors. Paul graduated from Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business with a B.S. and an MBA in Finance.
Robert (Bob) Gailus is an experienced venture investor and advisor. He was a founding member in 1983 of Schroder Ventures / U.S., the venture affiliate of Schroders, the London merchant bank. During the 1983-1993 time period, Mr. Gailus was one of four partners, initially in Silicon Valley and then New York City that managed $92 million and made 53 venture investments. Eight of the 22 IT investments and 10 of the 13 bio/healthcare companies became publicly traded companies (including Opcom/VMX (original voicemail patents) which merged in Octel and was acquired by Lucent for $1.3Bin stock; and Stratacom which commercialized fast-packet switching and was acquired by CICSO for $3B in stock). In 1994 Bob founded Software Technology Venture Partners (“STVP”) in New York City to invest in and advise IT companies in the Boston to NYC corridor, and in 2000 Bob joined with Bob Levenson, a successful entrepreneur and Fortune 500 operating executive (ADP, Medco and First Data Corp.), and formed LENOX Capital Group, L.L.C., to invest in early-stage IT technology and service companies. Since 1994, he has invested in 14 early-stage ventures. Five of the companies (DynamicWeb, VIE Systems, Epicon, ServiceSoft and SolidWorks) have become public through acquisition, and a sixth has filed its registration for an IPO. Robert, a former member of the New York Angels, has been the Venture Advisor to OgdenCAP in New York City since 2007.
"FundingPost has been a great source of early-stage investment opportunities! The companies that showcase through FundingPost cover a wide range of addressable markets, technologies and services, often from areas of the country that we do not have time to cover."
- Bob Gailus, New York Angels
For more than 13 years, Michael Kelley has been executing and managing principal investments in venture capital and real estate. He is the founder and principal of Formation Capital, Inc. (“Formation”), which currently manages in excess of $50 million in equity invested in 30 investments. Formation’s venture portfolio includes Foxfire Printing and Packaging, iProcess Online and Performance Systems Development. Formation also manages investments in multi-family developments utilizing the Low-income Housing Tax Credit. At Formation he personally developed an online fund management system that allows all stakeholders to collaborate, upload or access information based on permissions. Prior to Formation, Mr. Kelley was a principal with HK Special Situations Group, where he provided advisory services to the US Small Business Administration regarding a troubled Small Business Investment Company. He was also a principal with GSA Management and with Intrust USA. At Intrust he was responsible for raising and investing 4 real estate tax credit funds and one venture capital fund. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Innovation Fund, Mr. Kelley sits on the boards of Foxfire Printing, Early Stage East, and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Mr. Kelley received his BA degree in History magna cum laude from the University of Delaware.
Jeanne M. Sullivan has been investing in and growing tech companies for many years. She is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners. StarVest is a New York-based
venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management and invests in technologyenabled business services companies. Jeanne has more than 20 years of
venture capital experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology
companies. As a General Partner of StarVest Partners and previously with Olivetti Ventures, Ms. Sullivan has served on the boards of many technology companies. Ms.
Sullivan has extensive experience creating "go to market" plans for early- and expansion-stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, a keen understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends. Prior to her venture experience, Jeanne gained her experience in AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles.
Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of "How to get the wallets out of investors' pocket".
Jeanne serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association and serves as a member of the Astia Global Board of Trustees, an organization that empowers women entrepreneurs. Forebes reently cited Sullivan as "One of the women VCs changing the world". Follow Jeanne: @Gianna212
Moderator: Shon E. Glusky, Partner, Bingham McCutchen
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