Biography: Jeff is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and entrepreneurial experience are in consumer, Internet commerce, marketing services, software and wireless start-ups.
Jeff’s popular blog on helping demystify the venture business for entrepreneurs, “Seeing Both Sides”, can be found at www.seeingbothsides.com, which is syndicated by BusinessWeek.com, Reuters.com, PE Hub and others. Jeff’s book on venture capital and entrepreneurship, Mastering the VC Game is an insider’s guide for entrepreneurs on financing and company-building.
Jeff co-founded Upromise (acquired by Sallie Mae), a loyalty marketing and financial services firm with 11 million members that currently manages $20 billion in college savings assets, where he served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Director. Prior to Upromise, Jeff was an executive at Open Market, an Internet commerce software leader that went public in 1996 and grew to nearly $100 million in revenues. During his five-year tenure, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development, Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services and head of Product Management. Prior to Open Market, Jeff was with the strategy consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group, and served on the executive team of Athena Design, an object-oriented software start-up.
Jeff holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar.
Biography: As a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures, Jeff focuses on wireless, digital media and consumer marketing technologies. He has led investments for the firm in LinkedIn, Targetspot, ScoreBig and BlipNetworks. He also serves as a board member of a number of companies and industry associations including; Loc-Aid, Bzz Agent, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Jeff was co-founder, President & CEO of m-Qube, Inc., a Bain Capital Ventures portfolio company acquired by VeriSign Inc. He led the company from start-up to becoming the leader in the North American marketplace for the management, delivery and billing of mobile content and applications. The company was named in 2005 by the Boston Business Journal as the fasted growing business in New England. Jeff was voted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in New England and his business success and contributions to non-profits were recognized when he was named to the BBJ’s “40 under 40” list.
Jeff also held positions as Founder and President of Transactive Solutions/ Zooba, a consumer internet content and marketing company that was acquired by Bertlesmann. He was Chief Operating Officer of Travelers/NETPlus, a direct marketing and sales business in the financial services sector and spent a couple of years as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on multimedia and convergence technologies. Jeff received an M.B.A from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College.
Christopher P. Michel
Biography: In addition to being an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, Chris is the Managing Director of Nautilus Ventures, a fund focused on supporting entrepreneurs in building great companies. He is also the Founder of Affinity Labs, a digital media company managing a portfolio of leading online professional communities. In 2008, Affinity Labs was acquired by Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW).
Prior to founding Affinity Labs, he founded Military.com, the nation’s largest military membership organization. Military.com connects its 12 million members to the lifelong benefits of military service and provides public and private sector clients efficient access to the military market. Members trust Military.com for career, education and financial services. In 2004, Military.com was also acquired by Monster.
Chris also served as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy. While on active duty, Chris flew as a P-3 Navigator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in support of maritime interdiction operations in the Red Sea, NATO enforcement operations in the Adriatic, and counter-narcotics missions in Central America. Following his operational tour, Chris worked in the Pentagon as Aide to the Chief of the Naval Reserve.
Chris earned his commission from the NROTC program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high distinction and as the Distinguished Naval Graduate. In addition, he holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of The Military Advantage, published by Simon & Schuster in 2005.
Gary G. Mueller
Biography: Gary G. Mueller is Chairman and CEO of Institutional Investor, a premier media company covering the financial services industry. Institutional Investor has over 20 publications, 10 institutes and numerous conferences, events and websites. Its titles include Institutional Investor, Alpha, The Journal of Portfolio Management, and Global Money Management. Mr Mueller is also founder and Chairman of ISI Emerging Markets (www.securities.com), one of the most comprehensive and widely-used on-line financial and business information services for the emerging markets. Mr. Mueller founded ISI in 1994 and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 2002, and as Chairman since. ISI is headquartered in New York City, employs 550 people, and has offices in thirty countries. Mr. Mueller is also Chairman of Information Management Network (www.imn.org), a leading conference company serving various areas of finance, including the high-growth index and ETF investment management market as well as the real estate finance sector.
Mr. Mueller is a graduate of Harvard College (1988) and Harvard Business School (1994). Mr. Mueller was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Frankfurt, Germany (1988-1990).
Biography: Eric Ries is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology and the author of the popular entrepreneurship blog Startup Lessons Learned. He previously co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of IMVU. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech and in 2009 he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership.
He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups,and has worked as a consultant to a number of startups, companies, and venture capital firms.
He is the co-author of several books including The Black Art of Java Game Programming (Waite Group Press, 1996). While an undergraduate at Yale Unviersity, he co-founded Catalyst Recruiting. Although Catalyst folded with the dot-com crash, Ries continued his entrepreneurial career as a Senior Software Engineer at There.com, leading efforts in agile software development and user-generated content.
T. Gary Rogers
Biography: T. Gary Rogers is Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He is the immediate past Chairman of Levi Strauss & Co. and was Chairman and CEO of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream for thirty years. He is a director of Shorenstein Properties, Stanislaus Food Products and the University of California San Francisco Foundation.
Mr. Rogers has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is currently a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Advisory Council of the University of California at Berkeley and a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard Business School.
Rogers also holds or has held numerous public service leadership positions and is the benefactor of the Rogers Family Foundation, which supports a wide range of education, health-related, and athletic charities.
Jeffrey C. Walker
Biography: Jeffrey C. Walker is ex-Chairman and CEO of CCMP Capital (CCMP). CCMP is the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity group with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. He was previously also Vice Chairman of JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of the JPMorgan Foundation. Before co-founding JPMorgan Partners in 1984, Mr. Walker worked in the Investment Banking and Finance Divisions of Chemical Bank and the Audit and Consulting Divisions of Arthur Young & Co. Mr. Walker is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. He graduated with a BS from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
He is a Director of 1-800-Flowers (Nasdaq-FLWS). He was previously Vice Chairman of the National Association of Small Business Investment Corporations and served on other corporate boards including House of Blues, Parker Pen, Harbor Point Reinsurance, Gymboree, Guitar Center, Tenax Corporation, Harris Chemicals, Six Flags Amusement Parks, Doane Pet Care, Axis Insurance, Backe Communications and Somerset Pharmaceuticals. He personally focused on retail, consumer, media/entertainment and financial services deals
Gwill E. York
Biography: Gwill York has spent the last 26 years in a variety of positions in the venture capital community, the last 22 focused exclusively on venture lending. She directs the firm’s East Coast investment activities, national Life Science investment activities, and provides oversight of other operational activities for the Lighthouse Funds. Since co-founding Lighthouse, she has led the firm’s investments in companies such as Millennium Pharmaceuticals, StorageNetworks, DataSage, Corvis, Speechworks, Curis, and Sirocco Systems.
Prior to co-founding Lighthouse in June 1994, Ms. York was a senior vice president with Comdisco Ventures where she directed and managed East Coast investment activities. She joined Comdisco Ventures in 1988 having been recruited to establish its East Coast presence. During her tenure, Comdisco Ventures successfully launched its national presence and became the market leader in the venture lending industry in both market share and profitability.
She holds an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is an active member of the community and is involved with several not-for-profit organizations.
Biography: Royce is a co-founder and Managing Partner at ABRY Partners, LLC. ABRY Partners is a 21-year old private equity firm focusing on the media, communications and business services sector. The firm has completed over $20 billion of leveraged investment transactions and operates various funds investing private equity, mezzanine capital and senior debt in these targeted sectors.
Royce currently serves on the boards of Nexstar Broadcasting Group (Nasdaq: NXST), Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, Talent Partners and USA mobility (Nasdaq: USMO) and has previously been a director of numerous public and private companies.
Royce holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.