Investor Panelists TechBUZZ Spring 2014



 

 
LINDA BOLAND ABRAHAM
Co-Founder
comScore
Linda Boland Abraham is a founding member of comScore's executive team and helped guide the company's growth since its inception in 1999 to its current position as a global leader in digital measurement and analytics. Ms. Abraham has held leadership roles in sales, client service, product management; most recently, served as CMO. comScore went public in 2007 (NASDAQ:SCOR.) and today has a global footprint of 32 offices across 23 countries, and has over 1,100 employees and 2,300 customers worldwide. @linda_abraham



 
MIKE COOLEY
Vice President
Sprint Ventures
Mike Cooley is Vice President of Sprint New Ventures, where he is responsible for identifying and monetizing new products and services that will achieve maximum financial results for the enterprise, and partnering cross-functionally with other organizations to commercialize and take these new products to market. He leads Pinsight Media +, a subsidiary of Sprint, that is focused on growing the mobile advertising, analytics, offers and commerce business. 
 



 
TOM DANN
Managing Director of Equity Funds
Maryland Venture Fund
Thomas Dann, an experienced venture investor and previously founder and managing director of CastleHaven Advisors oversees the 17-year-old State Venture program, which has invested into scores of start-up and early stage companies, generating a $61 million return, 2,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in private investment. He also directs investments through the State's InvestMaryland program, which seeds early-stage companies through the Venture Fund and private venture firms. 

 





DERIC EMRY
General Partner
ABS Capital Partners
Deric is a General Partner at ABS Capital Partners and his investment interests and experience are in media and communications companies. Deric enjoys working with dynamic entrepreneurs in companies that are transforming these industries. Prior to joining ABS Capital, Deric was part of Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown's Media & Communications Investment Banking team from 1996 to 1999. Currently, Deric sits on the boards of Defy Media, IgnitionOne, Tarpon Towers, Zoom Media
and Ignite. Previous investments have included NeuStar, Course Advisor and 360i.
@ABSCapital
 






 
DAYNA GRAYSON
Partner
NEA
Dayna joined NEA in 2012 and focuses on investments in business-to-business companies including SaaS, digital, media, financial technology and business services.  She is a Director of OnShape Technologies and SocialRadar.  Dayna founded the NEA Studio in 2013 where entrepreneurs with non traditional backgrounds, such as design, work in residence with NEA.  Prior to joining NEA, she was an investor at North Bridge Venture Partners in Boston where she started her career in product design and development with companies such as Blackbaud. She active advises startups pre-funding and has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School. 
 
@NEAVC @daynagrayson
 




 
WILLIAM HEFLIN
Managing Director
Kinetic Ventures
Mr. Heflin joined Kinetic Ventures in 1990.  His investment activities focus on communication and information technologies and software.  He has led investments in Cerent (acquired by Cisco; NASDAQ: CSCO), NetCore (acquired by Tellabs; NASDAQ: TLAB), Corvis (IPO, then acquired Broadwing), Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN), Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), Calix (NYSE: CALX), Coraid, Aztek Networks (Acquired by GENBAND), and SwiftTest among others. Previously, he was with IBM Corporation where he sold manufacturing and engineering computer solutions to small and medium-sized businesses and Fortune 500 customers.
 





 
JIM PASTORIZA
Managing Partner
TDF Ventures
Jim joined TDF early in 2004 and is the Managing Partner at the Fund. He has more than two decades in the Communications and Technology sector initially in operating positions and the last 17 in venture capital. Before joining TDF Ventures, Jim was a partner at J.P. Morgan Communications Partners at their Telecom, Media and Technology Fund in San Francisco, CA. Before JPMorgan, he was a Partner at AT&T Ventures. Jim has led investments in over 15 exits via acquisition or public offerings. Prior to venture capital, Jim held operational positions at AT&T and Lucent Technologies.
 




 
DENIS SEYNHAEVE
Managing Partner
Force V Partners
Denis Seynhaeve is a Member of Blu Investors and Managing Partner of Force V Partners, LLC, which provides financing to early-stage companies located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. He has more than 22 years of experience as a full-time angel, having invested in more than 40 startups. He is currently director at 3CLogic, Current Analysis, Apex, South49, and Groupsite.com. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. Previously, he was the CEO of Delsey, Inc, and held management positions at Cartier SA and Nestle.