|Venture Fund Member Profile
StarVest differentiates itself through its expertise and deep domain knowledge of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), a key area of opportunity for StarVest. We have e invested in as many successful SaaS companies as StarVest, or started investing in as early a time frame (beginning 1999).
When we invest in geographic areas that are less well served by either national or local venture firms (such as Ohio, Arizona, Chicago), we find that our industry expertise is a major attraction for potential portfolio companies. This is because we have more extensive domain knowledge than most other venture funds, and we can provide potential partnership and customer introductions through our contacts in the New York that are in their industries or target customer base. These potential portfolio companies value having a New York-based investor with extensive relationships within the advertising, financial services, media, publishing industries with a wide network of Fortune 1000 executives. We can either be complementary with or provide an alternative to a regional investor.
StarVest also distinguishes itself from its competition by making significant customer and partnership introductions -- what growing companies need most.
Laura is an experienced entrepreneur and private equity investor. She has founded three successful entities, was an early identifier of the growth in digital media and has invested for over a decade in technology-enabled business services companies. As a founding partner of StarVest, she has been active with StarVest's investments in Connected Corporation (acquired by Iron Mountain in 2004), MessageOne (software-as-a-service company acquired by Dell Computer in 2008), Newgistics- now the leader in returns management, iCrossing-now the largest privately-held digital marketing services company and Fieldglass (leading human capital management software-as-a-service company). Laura was the Founding Chairman of the New York New Media Association Angel Investors Program,
a professional nonprofit organization in which she assisted hundreds of early-stage New York area companies in accessing initial capital.
Laura has a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is a member of the Gotham Chapter of the Young President's Organization (since 2003).
||Blazent puts IT into a business-oriented perspective. With proven integration and cleansing technologies, a reliable data set can be tapped with confidence. The Blazent platform lets you leverage advanced analytics to consistently measure and track the real bottom line.|
||Fieldglass, Inc. offers InSite, a Web-based enterprise application, used by industry leading Fortune 500 companies to manage the complexities of services procurement.|
||Perquest, Inc. Founded in 2001 by a team of payroll software experts, Perquest Inc.ís mission is to provide a high-quality payroll service to smaller employers.|
||Tibersoft Corporation enables foodservice operators, manufacturers, and distributors to share real-time product purchase, sales, and contract data. By supporting all supply chain participants, Tibersoft helps customers form tighter, more transparent relationships with one another, resulting in substantial benefits to each.|
Laura participated in the FundingPost event: Perfect Venture Conference V
on November 12, 2009 in NY, Sponsored by Duane Morris, Shelowitz & Associates, TriNet
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