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The Anthem team has over 50 years of investing, operational, and entrepreneurial experience. We have founded successful technology companies and have served as trusted advisors to leading companies across a range of industries. Most importantly, we have invested as angel or institutional investors in more than 35 companies with a track record of IPOs and M & A events that have produced exceptional returns for our investors. We bring this collective track record to every investment we make.
We also bring a commitment to hard work and a spirit of true partnership. We are all in this business because we love working with great entrepreneurs.
Anthem Venture Partners
Brian joined Anthem when the first fund was formed in 2000. He currently serves on the board of directors of Blurb, CoCoDot, Meez, Viewdle, and Zag. He is an observer on the board of directors at Solarflare Communications and remains active in several other Anthem investments, including Buzznet and GridIron. Prior to its sale to Intersil, Brian was on the board of directors of Planet A.T.E. Before their merger and IPO, Brian was an observer on the boards of RFMagic and Entropic Communications.
Brian previously worked in the LA office of McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, Brian specialized in corporate strategy and e-commerce and served CEO level clients in healthcare, semiconductors, media, communications, entertainment, and construction in the U.S., South Africa, and Brazil.
Before business school, Brian served as Manager of Technology Integration at The Prudential. The group Brian managed was responsible for evaluating and integrating emerging technologies.
Brian earned his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. At Tuck, Brian was active on the (very) amateur "Tuck Tripods" ice hockey team and honed his snowboarding skills on the Dartmouth Skiway.
Brian attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and earned degrees in both Biology and Economics. His senior economics thesis focused on education reform, and his biology interests included marine biology and the field that is now known as evolutionary psychology. Brian was active in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and helped support himself through college as a lead instructor on Occidental's Vantuna research vessel, where he taught field oceanography and marine biology classes.
Brian is a Southern California native. He grew up in Palos Verdes and has spent most of his professional career in the Los Angeles area. Brian is a die-hard Lakers fan. Before parenthood, he was an active world traveler, SCUBA diver, and snowboarder.
||Meez is a thriving online social entertainment community where over eight million registered users create 3D avatars, play games, send mobile greetings, and connect with friends in a compelling web-based virtual world. Meez offers a comprehensive virtual item-based economy, premium subscriptions, and integrated sponsorship options successfully used by top brands such as Nike, Sony, Snapple and Cover Girl.|
||RF Magic is a fabless semiconductor company that sells complex, highly integrated systems-on-a-chip radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs). The company has a broad suite of products that target consumer electronic devices and included tuners (digital TV, satellite, and cable), band-translating switches, and Wi-Max transceivers.|
||GridIron creates software for digital media professionals. The company's newest product, called "Flow", is a workflow management tool that streamlines the design process for creative professionals working on graphic design, web, and video projects. Flow automatically tracks work from idea to end result and manages all assets across applications. Most importantly, Flow does this without requiring any behavioral changes in its end users.|
||Corus Pharma develops drugs to treat unmet needs in respiratory and infectious diseases. The company's core competencies reside in the identification of drug candidates, rapid clinical development, and efficiently securing FDA approval for products. Corus management brings extensive executive and research experience from companies such as Pathogenesis, Genentech, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.|
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