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Lazard Technology Partners is a venture firm dedicated to being a capital partner of choice for exceptional management teams with the vision, capacity and commitment to create leading information technology and technology-enabled businesses. Managing over $400 million, we have invested in more than 35 companies since 1998.
To identify outstanding opportunities and help entrepreneurs build world-class companies, we concentrate our efforts on sectors where we have deep experience: communications; infrastructure software; business process applications and services; and technology-enabled financial- or information services companies.
We are committed to supporting our portfolio companies through our operational and transactional experience; broad network of industry and financial relationships; and ability to finance a company through all stages of growth.
Our investments range from seed and first-round financings in early-stage companies to later-stage growth capital, and in initial size from $1 million to $10 million. We differentiate ourselves through our ability to provide life-cycle capital to our portfolio companies.
We have offices in New York and Washington D.C. Particularly for early-stage investments, we prefer companies that are in New England or the Mid-Atlantic region, proximate to our offices.
Lazard Technology Partners
Mr. Burns is an LTP Managing Principal. Mr. Burns co-founded LTP with Russell E. Planitzer in 1998 and has since then headed LTP's Washington DC office. In addition to his LTP responsibilities, Mr. Burns is actively involved with the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association ("MAVA") since 1998. In January 2005, Mr. Burns was elected by the board of directors to a 3-year term as President of MAVA.
From 1982 to 1996, Mr. Burns served in leadership positions at Intersolv, Inc., previously named Sage Software, a company he founded in 1982. Mr. Burns served as president and CEO until October 1996, at which time he became Chairman of the Board. Over this period, Intersolv, Inc. developed and launched market-leading software products in the application development and management space and raised venture capital from leading investors including New Enterprise Associates and JH Whitney. Mr. Burns was CEO of Intersolv, Inc. at the time of Intersolv's IPO in 1986. Subsequently, Intersolv, Inc. was acquired in 1998 by Microfocus, a publicly-traded UK company, in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at approximately $630 million.
Mr. Burns has led LTP investments including SignalSoft, Inc., Compatible Systems Corp. and Terascape, Inc.
Mr. Burns holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business finance from Ohio State University, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. Mr. Burns's areas of investment focus include infrastructure software and business process applications, with particular expertise in security, system software and internet-based applications.
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