Here are the Investor speakers you will get to meet at our Mobile, Software and IT Investing Conference, sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP, SocialRadius, The Soho Loft. The event is in Chicago on Thursday, October 11, 2012.
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.
Siemens Venture Capital
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.
Konstantine Drakonakis, P.E., Director of the New Haven Office of LaunchCapital LLC, brings over ten years of environmental and energy technology investment and engineering consulting experience to the LaunchCapital team. LaunchCapital actively engages university startups and entrepreneurs seeking seed and early stage funding in a broad array of industries, including Medical Device, Cleantech, and IT.
Konstantine was the Manager of New Technology Investments and Infrastructure Development at Connecticut Innovations, Inc, which administers the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, prior to opening LaunchCapital's New Haven Office. Konstantine oversaw venture stage
equity investments, project finance for beta and alpha stage technology projects and clean energy infrastructure developments
programs for the CCEF. His project and investment experience covers the full range of cleantech technologies, ranging from renewables, fuel cell and hydrogen generation, and smart-grid and energy storage
technologies, as well as water supply & infrastructure, environmental
remediation technologies, and natural resource management. While at CI, Konstantine structured, financed, and managed multiple emergent renewable energy company projects worth over $11M. He has been very active in the clean energy community, speaking and instructing events
covering renewables and carbon markets, resource management, and investment workshops. Konstantine draws on his experience in environmental and civil engineering project management and consulting
to evaluate technologies for their investment potential as well as the
business model's integrity and feasibility.
Konstantine received his Masters in Environmental Management from Yale
University, with a focus in Industrial Environmental Management and
Industrial Ecology. He earned his civil and environmental engineering
degree from the University of Vermont, and is a member of the National
Civil Engineering Honors Society. He is a co-founder of the Cleantech
in Connecticut Network.
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.
Vencon Management, Inc.
"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.
Steve is the managing director of Open Prairie’s merchant banking practice. With a 25-year history in investment banking, commercial banking, and energy, Steve interacts with all clients within the merchant banking division. Steve’s experience includes executive corporate operations, debt finance, merger and acquisitions, capital raising and restructuring, shareholder transitions and succession planning, asset and stock sales, negotiation and strategic planning in a wide array of industries including oil and gas, retail, real estate development and financial services.
Open Prairie Ventures
• CEO, SNC JJ Holdings, LLC
• CEO, Griffin Companies
• Commercial Banker, Executive Director Walnut Ridge Bank Shares
• Investment Advisor, Bank Division, Vining-Sparks Securities, Inc.
• Investment Advisor (U.S. Bond Division), T.J. Raney & Sons
Education and Qualifications
• BS in Business Administration, Southern Nazarene University
• 19th Century British Economics, St. John’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Liddy offers clients expertise in the financial services, banking, software and manufacturing sectors.
Karter Capital Advisors
As President of Resource Recovery Systems, Inc., one of the pioneers of the municipal recycling industry, Liddy grew sales from $600,000 to $20 million with 13 factories in eight states. The company was sold in 1998 and remains one of the largest parts of the successor firm’s business with many of the original employees still in place.
As CFO at Netkey, a leading enterprise software firm, Liddy raised $15 Million in institutional venture capital. Liddy was responsible for spearheading sales for the new enterprise technology platform to banking and retail clients. Liddy was Vice
President at Morgan Stanley, focusing on financial services for the Banking Industry. Liddy received her MBA from Yale University and a BA in both History and Engineering from Columbia University.
Michael Gruber founded Cornerstone Angels and was the Founder and President of Keiretsu Forum Chicago/Midwest, an angel investment group that launched in Chicago in February 2004. Michael has been active as a trusted advisor, executive, entrepreneur, and investor with early stage companies, including a significant number in Silicon Valley. Michael is particularly interested in media & entertainment, financial services and related technologies, healthcare services & medical devices, and food & beverage opportunities. Michael is a Partner in SCIUS Capital, a boutique investment bank focused on early stage companies with offices in Chicago and New York. Previously, Michael was a Director at Taproot Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm and affiliate of Harbour Group, a private equity and operating holding company. In addition, Michael served as a VP at InsWeb (NASDAQ: INSW), where he was part of the senior management team that brought the company public and prior to that, Gruber was Product Marketing Manager at Intuit Corp (NASDAQ: INTU) where he led the Quicken product line's online financial services, and an Investments and Strategic Alliances Manager at Motorola (NYSE: MOT). Mr. Gruber also has significant experience with Japanese companies having both worked and studied in Japan.
Mr. Gruber holds a B.A degree from University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Japanese studies from Nanzan University in Japan, and an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Michael is an avid outdoor enthusiast and competitive sports player.
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