David Arcara is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Laconia Capital Group. He serves as a Board Member at Ocrolus. He served as a Member at New York Angels. He is the co-managing member of the General Partner and the Management Company. Arcara has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. Arcara has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as part of the founding team, nearly $100 million dollars of angel and venture funding. In 2010, Arcara founded Rubber Soul Ventures to contribute his personal capital and operational expertise to emerging digital technology companies and entrepreneurs. Rubber Soul Ventures currently has a portfolio of over a dozen early stage ventures based primarily in the Northeast corridor including LeagueApps, LocalVox, Page Science and Wymsee. Arcara was also the co-founder of TalkSix, a consumer facing interactive streaming video start-up with a significant B-to-B component. Arcara has also served as General Manager of Imaginova Corporation's digital publishing division, including the flagship property Space.com, founded by CNN's Lou Dobbs and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Earlier in Arcara's career, he co-founded Alliance Custom Communications, to create custom content for marketers seeking to enhance their brands' customer engagement. Arcara was ultimately approached by Random House Publishing to re-launch and lead the business as Random House Custom Media. Arcara was also a co-founder of UGO Networks, which ultimately consisted of over 500 independent affiliate web publishers reaching over 15 million users a month and became one of the nation's largest 18 to 34 male-targeted online entertainment content networks. The UGO founding team was among those pioneering the concept of an online ad-supported publishing network. Arcara served as UGO's Executive Vice President and led multiple operating functions including affiliate network development, sales, and marketing. UGO was purchased by Hearst Corporation in 2006 for approximately $100 million. In 1992, Arcara formed DJA Media, Inc., which focused on turning around underperforming radio stations by improving product and sales. In 1996, DJA Media formed Radio Enterprise, Inc., a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications, through which Clear Channel provided financing to allow Radio Enterprise to expand to a total of four stations under Arcara's leadership. Radio Enterprise was sold to Clear Channel in 1998 after more than doubling its asset value at the peak of government-deregulated consolidation. Arcara is a member of New York Angels, one of the country's leading angel investor organizations, as well as Harvard Business School Angels. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, and holds his MBA from Harvard Business School.
SunTx Capital Partners makes private equity investments in middle market companies focused in the Sunbelt region including: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The firm will also selectively consider opportunities outside this region. Since the firm's inception in 2001, SunTx has invested over $600 million. The partners do not invest in start up or early stage companies and target companies with enterprise values ranging from $50 million to $150 million. However, companies of smaller size may be considered for platform add-on acquisitions. The industry focus for SunTx is manufacturing, distribution and services, with participation in the following transactions: consolidation opportunities, management buyouts, growth equity, generational transitions, acquisitions or recapitalizations.
Daniel Darling is the Founder and serves as a Managing Director at Darling Ventures. He serves as a board member at AppVision and Human. He has more than 7 years of background in product and market strategy for mobile and adtech companies in the US, Australia and Japan. Daniel started his career in digital advertising and moved progressively into mobile product development before launching Darling Ventures in 2013. He has founded companies, grown startups to acquisition and led product innovation at public technology corporations. He is a specialist in business strategy and bringing products to market for mobile technology companies. Daniel has a degree in Economics and Social Sciences form The University of Sydney as well as executive education from both Berkeley HAAS and Stanford GSB.
Zachary Aarons is a Co-Founder and serves as General Partner at MetaProp NYC. Zach Aarons has been working at the intersection of real estate and venture capital for the past decade. Zach is the most active early-stage PropTech investor in the United States, having funded over 60 startups in the space as an individual as well as 40 startups (and counting) through MetaProp NYC's venture capital funds. In addition to early-stage investing, Zach has worked on large scale mixed-use development projects in cities like Boston and Los Angeles with Millennium Partners. He has experience with real estate development, commercial asset management, property marketing, and commercial leasing. Prior to joining Millennium and founding MetaProp NYC, Zach was a Senior Associate at ENIAC Ventures, a seed-stage mobile technology fund and the founder of Travelgoat, an online and offline walking tour business. He began his career as an analyst at boutique investment bank Peter J. Solomon Company. Outside of work, Zach currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Tenement Museum. Zach is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He serves on the Technology Committee for the Real Estate Board of New York and the Technology and Real Estate Council for the Urban Land Institute. Previously, Zach was the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for The Lowline and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. from Brown University in Ancient Studies and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. Zach has been featured in dozens of international publications and media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Real Deal, Curbed, Commercial Observer, Propmodo, The Information, TechCrunch, Bisnow, Forbes, The Real Estate Weekly, Crain's, and Cheddar. He is a frequent speaker at global PropTech events including the Urban Land Institute, MIPIM, Realcomm, Argus Connect, SuperReturn International, and the Columbia/Goodwin Real Estate Capital Markets Conference.
Adam Schwartz is the Founder serves as Chief Executive Officer at Articulate Global. He is an Advisor of Merida Capital Partners. He is a Board Member of New Frontier Data. He founded Articulate in 2002 with a vision to create innovative technologies that make it easier for the world to learn. Under his direction, Articulate has grown from a groundbreaking idea into an award-winning company that was recognized by Deloitte as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America. Schwartz is an active angel investor in more than 100 innovative tech companies and serves on the boards of Embedly, Videolicious, and others.
Vinny Lingham is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Office at Civic. He is a Co-Founder and serves as a General Partner at Newtown Partners. He serves as an Advisor at Blockchain Capital. He is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded the digital gift card platform, Gyft, which was acquired by First Data Corporation in 2014. After over a decade of experience in e-commerce, he realized that no-one had a universal solution to tackle identity fraud for consumers. He also serves as General Partner in crypto-token fund Multicoin Capital.
Investing in A.I. (& Big Data) • Blockchain ... Palo Alto - California, U.S.A.
• DeepSig Inc.:
$1500000 (Seed Round)
Palo Alto - California, U.S.A.
A.I. (& Big Data) • Blockchain (& Cryptos) • Analytics • Cloud Services (& Infrastructure) • Payments • Online Social
Ben Davenport is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Technology Officer at BitGo. He was the Co-Founder and served as the Chief Executive Officer at Beluga. He is a technology entrepreneur and investor who has been deeply involved with Bitcoin since mid-2011. Prior to BitGo, Ben co-founded Beluga, which was sold to Facebook in 2011 and became Facebook Messenger. Prior to Beluga, Ben worked in engineering at Google and Microsoft, and spent several years doing algorithmic trading at high-frequency firm Hudson River Trading. He holds CS degrees from Princeton and the University of Washington. He also serves as Advisor at SignalFire. He is an Angel Investor.
Investing in Retail (& E-Commerce) • Analyti... San Francisco Bay Are..., U.S.A.
$140000000 (Series B)
$55000000 (Series A)
San Francisco Bay Area - San Francisco California - Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Retail (& E-Commerce) • Analytics • Consumer
David Spector is a Co-Founder and serves as the Co-Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at ThirdLove. He is an active angel investor in the Bay Area. He serves as an advisor, board member and investor to numerous companies. He was formerly a Partner at Sequoia Capital. He holds a MBA from MIT (Sloan) and a BA in Development Economics from Tulane University.
David Paul serves as a Partner at Canal Partners. Prior to joining Canal Partners, he served as director of DWP Investments, and as an investor in residence at Tallwave Capital. In this role, Paul will lead the charge on deal sourcing, executing due diligence on potential investment opportunities, participate on the board of directors of certain portfolio companies, and provide portfolio support and governance. Paul was also the founder and CEO of South Florida Home Care, a boutique home care and geriatric care management agency. He sold the company in 2016 to a national strategic buyer- Home Care Associates. Paul holds an MBA from Northeastern University, with a specialization in entrepreneurship and innovation, and a bachelor of science in Human Services from Springfield College. He is also the founder of Sunsets and Seagrapes, an annual fundraiser for the New Day Adult Care Center in South Florida.
I wear a few hats at Chicago Ventures. But let's start with a bit about who we are:CV is an early stage venture firm that leads seed stage investments outside of Silicon Valley. We believe that enduring companies can be built anywhere, and have made nearly 100 investments that validate that our thesis is playing out. Check out our portfolio companies here: http://chicagoventures.com/portfolio/We have dedicated resources over the past 7 years to operationally support the companies we invest in - this is what we call Platform, or "post-investment," and is where I come in. I work with CV's portfolio companies on areas like matchmaking talent; connecting into customers; marketing, communication and PR; and building community, content, and events to help scale up and skill up more efficiently.Outside of Platform, I also own Investor Relations, and our Marketing, Communications and Brand.In 2018 I launched the non-profit Chicago:Blend, a collaborative effort of venture capitalists in Chicago who know that diverse teams and inclusive environments are critical foundations for both the startups we invest in and our own venture firms.I'm also a Kauffman Fellow Class 23; and serve as a Governing Board member at Lookingglass Theatre [a Tony-award winning theatre that focuses on the spectacular and the physical].I started swimming when I was 5 and got hooked on triathlons in 2012.
Rashmi Gopinath serves as Investing Partner at M12. She is an Angel Investor. She also serves as an Investing Partner at Synack. She leads enterprise software investments for Microsoft Ventures in the Bay Area. She brings a combination of strong venture capital and startup operating experience. Previously, Rashmi was an Investment Director at Intel Capital focused on investing in cloud, infrastructure, and big data companies. She also led global business development for high-growth startups Couchbase and BlueData. Prior to that, she held business development and product development positions at GE and Oracle. Rashmi has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Mumbai in India.