J. Matthew Lyons
Matt practices corporate and securities law, where he specializes in representing private and public technology and other emerging growth companies. Matt advises companies, entrepreneurs and investors on forming and operating businesses, raising capital through private and public offerings, buying and selling companies, and on complying with the periodic reporting and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements of the federal securities laws. He also regularly counsels companies and their boards on corporate governance and executive compensation matters. He also represents and maintains relationships with a number of prominent venture capital, private equity and investment banking firms, and he has participated in the formation of several venture capital funds.
Matt has consistently been named as one of the leading lawyers in Texas for the area of Technology: Corporate and Commercial in the Chambers USA Rankings. He has also been Martindale-Hubbell "PeerReview Rated" for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. In 2005, Matt was named a Texas Rising Star in the area of Securities and Corporate Finance by Texas Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly.
Clearstone Venture Partners
A successful and experienced early stage venture investor across a variety of enterprise and consumer facing technology companies, Jim has established himself as a leading investor based in Southern California. Since joining Clearstone early in its formation, Jim has applied his experience and industry contacts to help companies deliver a strong record of venture performance. Jim’s invests nationwide and his work at Clearstone focuses on information technology investments, with particular interest in consumer Internet, gaming, application software, and Internet enabled business processes. On several occasions Forbes Magazine has recognized Jim on its “Midas List” as one of the top Venture Capitalists in the United States.
Jim joined Clearstone Venture Partners in 1998 from Austin Ventures, a leading venture fund, where he spent three years supporting investments in a variety of early stage companies. Jim also worked with IdeaLab, the incubator, in the late 90’s, helping to guide and fund a variety of early Internet companies.
Jim led Clearstone’s current investments in SupplyFrame, Vast, LeisureLink, UserTesting, and eCinity and is an investor in, and on the board of, two incubators - The Hive (big data) and The Fabric (cloud networking). Jim actively represented Clearstone’s early stage, “pre-revenue,” investments in former portfolio companies PayPal (acquired by eBay as a public company), United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD), Internet Brands (NASDAQ:INET before being taken private), Integrien (acquired by VMWare), Jump Networks (acquired by Microsoft), Comet Systems (acquired by Miva), TriVida (acquired by BeFree) and Composite Software (acquired by Cisco). Jim is an angel investor in and advisor to many companies and on the board of the Los Angeles Venture Association.
Jim holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MBA from the McCombs School at the University of Texas at Austin. You can follow Jim’s thoughts on market trends, investing, and venture capital on his blog www.jimarmstrong.vc, on his video series www.clearstone.com/jim, and on twitter @jimarmstrongvc.
Kevin Lalande is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Santé Ventures, an early-stage life science and healthcare venture capital company based in Austin, Texas. Prior to Santé, Kevin spent seven years with Austin Ventures, a prominent venture firm with $4 billion under management. Before joining Austin Ventures, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he served U.S. and European clients. Previously, Kevin founded, built and sold three successful companies: NetProfit, sold to a privately held advertising agency in 1996; Serus, sold to Netopia (Nasdaq: NTPA) in 1998; and TimeMarker, sold to PrimeHoldings (OTCBB: PRIM) in 2001. Kevin received an MBA with highest distinction (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School and holds a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering.
Susquehanna Growth Equity
Shamit Mehta is a Vice President with Susquehanna Growth Equity. He focuses on software/SaaS, Healthcare IT and Information Services businesses. He works with SGE’s investments in MMIT, HMP Communications, Skybox Security and Versafe. Prior to joining SGE, Shamit was with Great Hill Partners where he focused on software, business services, transaction processing and post-secondary sectors. Preceding Great Hill, Shamit was with Deutsche Bank’s TMT investment banking practice.
Shamit’s prior investments include Passport Health Communications, Freightquote.com, PayChoice, Nuemont University, Anthem Institute and SecureWorks (acquired by Dell). Shamit received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and graduated cum laude from Carnegie Mellon with a B.S. in Information Decision Systems and Industrial Management and an M.S. in Information Management Systems.
Iron Gate Capital
Ryan Pollock joined Iron Gate Capital in March 2013 as a Managing Director. Prior to joining Iron Gate Capital, Mr. Pollock was a Managing Director at Meritage Funds, a Private Equity and Venture Capital firm based in Denver, Colorado.
Mr. Pollock has a strong operating background and held several management positions at Investec Asset Management, a $60 billion global investment company based in London. Mr. Pollock holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, a graduate degree in International Economics, Politics and Philosophy from Oxford University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association board of directors, an executive coach to MBA students at The Daniels College of Business at Denver University, and the founder and Chairman of Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA.
Senior Managing Director
Glenn joined Guggenheim Securities in February 2013 to help drive and build out the Firm’s Investment Banking platform. Prior to joining Guggenheim Securities, Glenn was a Partner at The Raine Group, Senior Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking, Americas and CEO of Nomura Securities North America, Head of Investment Banking Asia-Pacific for Nomura and Head of Investment Banking Asia-Pacific for Lehman Brothers. At Lehman, and subsequently Nomura, the investment banking division that Glenn led achieved a number one ranking in Asia-Pacific M&A. Glenn began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1991, became Co-Head of the Internet Group in 2000, Co-Head of the US Media business in 2003 and Co-Head of the Global Media Group in 2005. Over his career, Glenn has executed deals well in excess of $100 billion for a global roster of marquee clients. Glenn was recognized by Asia Atlas Awards as the 2009 Asia M&A Banker of the Year. Glenn is a Founder and Chairman of the Valerie Fund Endowment and serves as a Member of the Board of Visitors for the Duke University Medical School, as well as a member of the Board of the Valerie Fund. Glenn received a BA in Economics and History from Duke University in 1991.
During more than 20 years on Wall Street, Glenn has advised a wide variety of domestic and international clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs/split-offs, restructurings, recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, takeover defense, proxy contests, private placements, debt and equity financings as well as dozens of IPOs.
Dr. Robert Parrino
Lamar Savings Centennial Professor of Finance
McCombs School of Business
Dr. Robert Parrino is the Lamar Savings Centennial Professor of Finance and Founding Director of the Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst Center for Private Equity Finance at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to the University of Texas, he has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Rochester, and IMADEC University in Vienna.
Dr. Parrino holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has been a guest speaker at numerous Financial Analyst Society meetings. Dr. Parrino is also co-founder of the National Forum for Corporate Finance and the Financial Research Association and is associate editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance and the Journal of Financial Research. His research includes work on corporate governance, financial policies, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as research on private-equity markets. Dr. Parrino has published his research in a number of journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Portfolio Management and Financial Management. He has won numerous awards for both teaching and research. Before entering the academic profession, Dr. Parrino was president of Sprigg Lane Financial Inc. and on the Corporate Business Planning and Development staff at Marriott Corp.
He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, an M.B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.S. and Ph.D. in applied economics and finance from University of Rochester.
Scott is co-head of Capital Analytics, with responsibilities for CA’s transparency initiative as well as key client relationships and overall management of the firm. Capital Analytics is a private equity administrator working with both general partners and limited partners. Capital Analytics is wholly owned by Neuberger Berman. Prior to joining Capital Analytics in 2006, Scott was partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the financial services practice. Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 1997, he was chief of operations and CFO of JMJ Holdings and its lead subsidiary, Western Fidelity Insurance Company, during their successful turnaround. He began his career with KPMG and was named a partner in the firm. Scott has a B.A. in Economics and Business from Hendrix College and a Masters in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University.
Director, Private Equity
Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Neil Randall is a Director in the Private Equity Group at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. He has primary responsibility for the group’s $6 billion large buyout portfolio and assists in the strategy and development of the venture/growth, credit, and mid/small buyout portfolios. Prior to joining TRS in 2007, Neil was an associate at Convergent Investors, an early stage venture capital firm. At Convergent, he focused on evaluating new investments as well as portfolio management, which included a secondment as Director of Business Development to one of its portfolio companies, TeraVicta Technologies. Previously, he also worked in the Enterprise Systems Group at Dell and the Capital Markets group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received a BBA and MS, Finance from Texas A&M University.
Brien P. Smith
Brien P. Smith is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and a leader of the Firm’s Private Equity Private Investment Portfolios (“PIP”) practice. Mr. Smith is a member of PIP, Co-Investment, and Private Debt Investment Committees within the Private Equity practice. NB is an employee-controlled independent asset management firm with a heritage dating from 1939 and assets under management (“AUM”) of approximately $230 billion. NB Alternative Advisers leads the firm’s private equity activity and traces its roots back to the early 1980’s. NB Alternatives Advisers currently manages over $20 billion of commitments with PIP comprising over $10 billion of this amount. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman in 2001, Mr. Smith worked in the private equity sector serving in a number of roles for Mason Best Company, L.P., and its affiliates. Mr. Smith began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. where he focused on the financial services sector in the southwest. Mr. Smith sits on the Limited Partner Advisory Boards of a number of investment relationships on behalf of Neuberger Berman private equity funds. Mr. Smith also sits on the Red McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also currently a director of National Autotech, Inc. and has also served on a number of other boards of directors. Mr. Smith received a Master’s in Professional Accounting and a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Triton Ventures, LLC
Laura Kilcrease is founder and managing director of Triton Ventures, LLC, a venture capital fund investing in spinout and early-stage technology companies. With more than 25 years of hands-on experience in commercializing technology, Ms. Kilcrease has a deep understanding of how to cultivate new opportunities to “grow businesses around businesses” as well as how to deconstruct and reconstruct business models to achieve significant results.
Ms. Kilcrease founded Triton Ventures in January of 1999 to provide management and operational leadership to emerging technology-based spinout companies formed to acquire and commercialize technology developed by Fortune 500 companies and other large domestic and foreign corporations, universities, and government or private research institutions. As managing director of the firm, she sources, structures, performs due diligence for, negotiates, and manages venture capital investments focused on information technology, energy-related technologies, advanced materials, and communications. She provides ongoing counsel to portfolio companies regarding management teams, industry and financial marketplace issues, introduction of strategic and investment partners, and positioning the company for public offering, merger, or sale. She has served as director on the boards (including audit and compensation committees) of portfolio companies Applied Science Fiction, Charitygift, Exterprise, Hart Intercivic, and LNNi.
Ms. Kilcrease was one of the key participants in changing the economic landscape of Central Texas into the high tech environment that is widely recognized today. From 1992 to 1997 she served as executive director of The University of Texas IC2 Institute’s Center for Commercialization and Enterprise (C2E), which developed commercialization strategies for universities, government laboratories and research consortia, and R&D departments of major corporations. The largest of these projects, the NASA Ames Technology Commercialization Center in Sunnyvale, California, spun out 32 new businesses that raised over $55 million in venture capital in three years.
While at IC2, Ms. Kilcrease also co-developed and launched the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), serving as its founding executive director from 1989 to 1996. The ATI was one of the country’s first technology business incubators, designed to identify and build innovative new business models commercializing technology developed in university research, start-up companies spun-out from Fortune 500 companies, and other emerging businesses. Under her leadership, the ATI selected and established over 70 technology-based companies that created nearly 1,500 jobs and secured approximately $170 million in funding.
Ms. Kilcrease also launched The Capital Network, one of the largest “business angel” investor networks in the United States with over $150 million in completed transactions, and co-founded and launched the Austin Technology Council, a premier networking organization that cultivated the growth of the Austin economy.
Prior to her work with C2E, Ms. Kilcrease spent almost 20 years in executive management, operating, merging, acquiring, turning around, or selling high technology companies for both Fortune 100 companies as well as emerging firms.
From 1985 to 1988 she was chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Nova Graphics International Corporation, a venture-backed software company based in Austin. From 1975 to 1984 she was financial and sales manager of Control Data Corporation in London, where she was responsible for financial reporting, forecasting, and planning for six major business units in the European headquarters of this Fortune 1000 company.
An active member of the community, Ms. Kilcrease has given her time and expertise to a number of nonprofit boards, including the Women’s Leadership Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the Beyster Institute, World Congress for Information Technology 2006, and the IC² Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, among many others.
She has often been recognized for her outstanding achievements and has received numerous honors and awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award, and UT’s McCombs School of Business Women in Business Leadership Conference Trailblazer Award.
Born in London, Ms. Kilcrease has been a permanent resident of the United States since 1984. She received her certification as a Chartered Management Accountant in the U.K. in 1980 and an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992.
John J. Paulos, PhD
Investor and Director
Central Texas Angel Network
John J. Paulos is now an active Angel Investor and a Director of the Central Texas Angel Network with prior experience in technical and business management and academia. From 2004 to 2008 he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Industrial Products Division of Cirrus Logic. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Engineering for Cicada Semiconductor, an Austin start-up acquired by Vitesse Semiconductor in 2004. Dr. Paulos started his career as a faculty member of North Carolina State University, leaving as a tenured Associate Professor in 1993. Dr. Paulos holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Live Oak Ventures
Venu Shamapant is a co-founder of LiveOak Venture Partners, an Austin, TX based early stage venture capital firm that focuses on technology and technology driven services companies based in Texas and the Southwest. At LiveOak, Venu focuses on investments across a wide variety of sectors including Mobile, Software, Tech-enabled services and Systems. His current investments include Veros Systems and NSS Labs.
Prior to LiveOak, Venu was a General Partner at Austin Ventures where he invested in over ten companies producing more than $1B in exit values to date. He was an early investor in and sat on the Board of Directors of LifeSize Communications (acquired by Logitech), Spatial Wireless (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent), Navini Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), Mavenir Systems (NYSE:MVNR) and Sipera Systems (acquired by Avaya Communications). Prior to joining Austin Ventures, he was with McKinsey & Co. serving clients in the enterprise systems and software markets. He started his professional career as a software developer and engineering lead at Mentor Graphics.
Venu received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Osmania University, India. Venu is one of the founding members of TiE-Austin. He is also a founding Board Member of Austin Speech Labs, a non-profit focused on providing affordable speech and cognitive therapy for stroke survivors.