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Upon the successful completion of the separation from Pequot Capital Management, Pequot Ventures will become FirstMark Capital. At FirstMark Capital, we will continue to invest in technologies which will define the future. Our portfolio will reflect an investment focus on partnering with great entrepreneurs with innovative, high-growth businesses. Our competitive advantage will come from our distinct sector focus, including: Applications & Services, Infrastructure, Emerging Media & Advertising, and Data & Analytics.
We will continue to invest in entrepreneurs and opportunities worldwide, though we will remain among the most active investors in New York City.
Our investment approach will be founded on partnership; we will collaborate with entrepreneurs and management teams to build exceptional and sustainable businesses. Led by investment and operations veterans with decades of leadership experience in both investing and entrepreneurship, FirstMark Capital will be uniquely qualified to offer both expansive industry insight as well as significant operational expertise.
We will continue to stay at the forefront of the complex, fast-changing industries in which we invest. From innovative or disruptive technologies to solutions that meet unique customer demands, our team is constantly evaluating fundamental market shifts that could lead to new opportunities.
FirstMark Capital will actively seek innovative entrepreneurs and companies that are ready to make their mark. We will keep you informed of the many positive developments we anticipate in the months ahead.
FirstMark Capital (formerly Pequot Ventures)
Divya Gugnani, a Vice President, joined Pequot Ventures in 2006, where she focuses on information technology investments. Previously, Ms. Gugnani was at Millennium Technology Ventures, where she made secondary direct investments in information technology and software companies.
Prior to Millennium, Divya was an associate at iFormation Group, a joint venture between The Boston Consulting Group, General Atlantic Partners, and Goldman Sachs. iFormation Group partnered with leading Global 2000 enterprises to acquire, develop, and build new businesses. At iFormation, she worked on several financings for site59, a web-based travel site, and the eventual sale of the business to Travelocity. Divya also engaged in the operational build of ipValue, an intellectual property commercialization firm, and provided the management team with ongoing strategic, financial, and recruiting guidance.
Prior to joining iFormation Group, Divya was an associate at Investcorp International, a premier source of private equity capital for companies in North America and Europe. At Investcorp, she executed leveraged transactions across a wide array of industries. Divya was also responsible for equity and debt transactions for CSK Auto, a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories. Divya began her professional career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs, where she focused on mergers & acquisitions in both the High Technology and Real Estate industry groups.
Divya received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. She also holds a degree from the French Culinary Institute.
Divya serves on the Board of Directors of Superior Access Insurance Services and Swingtide.
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