Advisory Group and Entrepreneur Program

Catalyst Advisory Group

Serving as a valuable resource across the portfolio, the Catalyst Advisory Group consists of successful entrepreneurs and executives who support our investment process by identifying investable opportunities, assisting in the due diligence process, and supporting the growth of our portfolio companies post-investment.

Catalyst Advisory Group members support our portfolio companies in a variety of ways – including but not limited to serving on a board of directors, sourcing executives to supplement management teams, providing strategic counsel, and arranging senior-level customer or M&A introductions.

  • John Alchin

    Comcast Executive, CFO (Retired), Comcast Corporation

    Mr. Alchin served as Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Financial Officer of Comcast Corporation from 1990 through year end 2007. Mr. Alchin managed Comcast’s capital formation activities, including equity and debt placements in domestic and international markets. He was also responsible for investor relations and treasury cash management functions.

    Before joining Comcast Mr. Alchin was a Managing Director of Toronto Dominion Bank. He was active in founding the bank’s U.S. Communications Finance Group in 1980, which rapidly became the largest lender to the cable television industry.

    In 2007, 2006 and 2004 Mr. Alchin was named among America’s Best CFOs by Institutional Investor magazine. In 2005 he was recognized as CFO to Watch by Treasury and Risk Management magazine, and in 2004 he received the CFO of the Year award from the Broadcast Cable Financial Management Association.

    Mr. Alchin earned his B.A. and his M.B.A. degrees from the University of Toronto. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Ralph Lauren Corporation and BNY Mellon Trust Funds. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) and is chairman of the PMA Finance Committee. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member of MANNA (Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) and on the board of Xplornet Communications Inc.

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  • Michael Azeez

    President, Unitel Wireless

    Mr. Azeez previously served as President and Founder of Unitel, an operator of telephone systems in various rural areas across the United States. Currently, he is the managing partner for Vermeil Wines.

    He is a former Vice President and General Manager of American Cellular Network Corp. (ultimately sold to Comcast Corp.) where he was responsible for business development and implementation of operations at various locations. He is a past board member of the Cellular Telephone Industry Association, and is a current board member of Tribal Planet, InsPro Technologies, and Acrometis Software Solutions. Mr. Azeez is an active private equity investor in the technology sector.
    Mr. Azeez earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Denver.

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  • Daniel Bergstein

    Chairman, Varcode

    Mr. Bergstein has been an active participant in the telecom and media industries for more than 35 years as an attorney, investor and businessman. He is Chairman of Varcode, Ltd., an Israel-based technology company and President and CEO of JED Communications Associates, Inc. He was the founder and headed the Telecommunications and Media Practice at Paul Hastings, one of the largest global law firms.  Mr. Bergstein was a principal founder, Director and former Chairman of Fairpoint Communications, Inc., listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He was also a co-founder of Cequel III, LLC (a well-regarded management company), Suddenlink Communications (a national cable television operator), Tierpoint Communications (data centers), and AAT Communications (a cell tower company).  He was also a founder, early investor and board member of several private software and energy companies.

    Mr. Bergstein is a graduate of the City University of New York and received a Juris Doctor from The Brooklyn Law School of New York City.

  • Julian Brodsky

    Vice Chairman, Comcast Corporation

    Mr. Brodsky is a Founder of Comcast Corporation.  He has retired as a Director and Vice Chairman. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Comcast and also founded and served as Chairman of Comcast Interactive Capital Group, an in-house venture capital fund now known as Comcast Ventures.

    Mr. Brodsky is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

    He is a Director of the RBB Fund, Inc., a mutual fund and Amdocs Limited. In the past Mr. Brodsky has served on a number of public company and nonprofit boards.

    Mr. Brodsky graduated from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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  • Stephen Chandler

    Managing Partner, Notion Capital

    An entrepreneur, investor and company builder, with 20 years experience in forming, funding, running, advising and investing in technology businesses. A co-founder of over ten businesses with involvement in dozens more, Mr. Chandler has helped a number of leading tech companies to develop and execute winning market strategies, either as an external professional advisor, a non-executive director, or as a member of their senior leadership team.

    Currently Co-founder and Managing Partner at Notion Capital, a London headquartered venture capital firm focused on Cloud Computing and Software-as-a-Service; and a board director of several high-potential tech companies. Also Co-founder and Chairman of SeedCloud, the seed incubator which helps great technology ideas become successful businesses.

    Previously President, EMEA and CFO at MessageLabs, the global leader in SaaS messaging security acquired by Symantec in 2008 for $700m.

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  • Brian Deevy

    Former CEO, Daniels & Associates

    Mr. Deevy is a member of the Board of Directors, and Audit Committee Chair of Liberty Media Corporation, and a member of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee Chair of The Daniels Fund.  He is a founding partner and member of the Advisory Board of the Catalyst Investors Funds, and serves on the Board of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation.

    Mr. Deevy was the Head of RBC Capital Markets’ Communications, Media & Entertainment (CME) Group. Mr. Deevy was responsible for strategic development of the CME Group’s business, which included mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital formation, and financial advisory engagements. He also directed the group’s efforts on behalf of clients across sectors of the communications industry worldwide including cable, satellite/DBS, programming services, wireline and wireless telecom, telecom infrastructure, Internet communications, web hosting, Internet content, radio and TV broadcasting, out-of-home advertising, publishing, software and technology. During his tenure with Daniels and RBC Capital Markets, he led the firm to more than 2,000 completed transactions in these sectors valued at over $185 billion.


    In addition to his financial expertise, Mr. Deevy is recognized as one of the cable industry’s most prominent leaders; he was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers and received the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Associates. Prior to joining Daniels, Mr. Deevy was with Continental Illinois National Bank. He received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth.


  • Chris DeMarche

    VP of Engineering, MotionDSP

    With more than 30 years of experience in large scale operations, software development and wireless & IP network  technologies, Mr. DeMarche currently consults and serves on several boards. He co-founded Verio in 1996 and served as its CTO until 2000, a year after its merger into NTT. Prior to Verio, he was senior VP and acting CTO for Nextel Corporation/OneComm.

    Mr. DeMarche earned his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and his M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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  • John Dwyer

    President and CEO, Interop Technologies

    Mr. Dwyer is President and CEO of Interop Technologies, a global provider of advanced communications networks and managed services for the mobile ecosystem.  Mr. Dwyer has leveraged his lengthy wireless operator and management expertise to lead Interop to a strong market position in North America and increasing success internationally. Interop Technologies specializes in cloud-based solutions that enable operators to quickly and easily launch advanced ip communication offerings.  By virtualizing all the functions of a complete ip network, Interop eases the financial and technical burden on operators’ resources to truly meet the demands of its customers.

    Before founding Interop Technologies in 2002, Mr. Dwyer served for three years as Chief Operating Officer of Wireless One Network until its successful sale in 2001. Previously, Mr. Dwyer spent seven years with Ameritech Cellular in Chicago, where he held corporate engineering and product management positions before becoming the Company’s Director of National Accounts. Mr. Dwyer received a B.S. degree from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from Benedictine University.

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  • David Eisenberg

    Founder & CEO, Floored

    Mr. Eisenberg is the SVP of Digital & Technology atat CBRE, which acquired Floored, the business he founded, the leading technology company providing 3D and virtual reality software to the real estate industry. Floored was the output of Mr. Eisenberg’s research at Accel Partners, where he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 2012. Prior to Accel, he served as the Head of Product Marketing at TellApart (purchased by Twitter in 2015) and as Chief of Staff at Bonobos, the first vertically integrated, digitally-native, men’s brand.

    Mr. Eisenberg is also an active early-stage investor. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Red Swan Ventures where he has invested in businesses like Warby Parker, Coinbase, Oscar Health, and over 60 others. His portfolio is available at He also manages one of the most active angel investing syndicates on the AngelList platform.

    Mr. Eisenberg received his BA in Psychology from Harvard University.

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  • Jonathan Ewert

    CEO, CapZone Analytics

    Jonathan Ewert is CEO of CapZone Analytics, providing leading financial,
    advisory, and corporate professionals with quantitative market data, analysis,
    and compliance solutions to facilitate capital flows into US Opportunity Zones
    created under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

    Prior to CapZone, Jonathan served in executive leadership roles of two
    portfolio companies of United Communications Group. As Chief Executive
    Officer of Wellesley Information Services, Jonathan led the company through
    a business transformation and successful exit to a group of private investors.
    While serving as CEO of Wellesley Information Services, Jonathan also
    served as President and Chief Revenue Officer of Placeable, a marketing
    automation SaaS company, where he led the company’s corporate
    development strategy through to exit.

    Previously, Jonathan served in CEO, Executive Chairman, and Board of Director roles for several
    portfolio companies of Catalyst Investors, a middle-market growth equity firm based in New York
    where he continues to serve on the Advisory Board. Jonathan has served on advisory boards for
    Google and Bloomberg, as well as a Director of several US and foreign corporations.

    Prior to Catalyst, Jonathan served as SVP of Corporate Development for LookSmart (Nasdaq:
    LOOK), and as CEO of ePALS (TSXV: SLN). He earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1986 from
    the College of the Holy Cross.

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  • Josh Felser

    Co-Founder, Freestyle Capital

    Josh is a successful entrepreneur and investor with a passion for startups, music and the environment. He is a cofounder of Freestyle, an early stage venture capital firm. He also recently cofounded #Climate, a non-profit dedicated to using technology and social media to help mitigate climate change. Prior to Freestyle, he started two successful Internet companies, Spinner and Grouper, which were acquired by AOL Time Warner and Sony for $320 million and $65 million, respectively. Josh graduated from Duke and Fuqua, where he’s currently on the board of Fuqua’s Center for Entrepreneurship and on Duke’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Task Force.

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  • Scott Fisher

    Partner, Fisher Capital Partners
    Mr. Fisher is a partner of Fisher Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity and real estate investment firm. Prior to Fisher Capital, he was employed by The Bank of New York in New York and Colorado where he worked in the corporate lending, commercial credit, and commercial leasing department. He presently serves on the board of General Communication, Inc. (GNCMA-NASDAQ) a leading integrated facilities-based provider in Alaska offering local, long-distance, cable, wireless, data, and Internet services to business, government, and residential customers. Mr. Fisher received his BS in Finance from the University of Wyoming and his MBA from the university of Denver.
  • Harold Furchtgott-Roth

    President, Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises

    Mr. Furchtgott-Roth, former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he founded the Center on the Economics of the Internet. He is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and president of Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises, an economics consulting firm. He co-founded a wireless company and has consulted to scores of businesses. He serves on various advisory committees. He is the author or coauthor of four books and over 50 professional papers and journal articles. His scores of op-eds and columns have been widely published.

    Mr. Furchtgott-Roth received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and a B.S in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Marc Gabelli

    Managing Director, Gabelli Group Capital Partners

    Mr. Gabelli is an executive at the Gabelli Group, which controls several financial service companies including GAMCO Investors (GBL:NYSE) and Associated Capital (AC:NYSE). Mr. Gabelli is an investment manager with a focus on global, catalyst-driven value investing. He has managed a variety of portfolios, including the #1 ranked global equity fund for the period from 1994 through 2000 and several five-star mutual funds.

    Mr. Gabelli received his B.A. in Economics from Boston College. He holds an MBA from MIT, and the SEP diploma from Stanford University. He is a member of The New York Society of Securities Analysts.

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  • Mike Kalogris

    Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Arete Capital Partners
    Mike Kalogris is co-Founder and Managing Partner of Arete Capital Partners, a private investment company investing in projects that provide an improved quality of life and opportunities for the people, communities and environments they impact.
    Since 1988 Mr. Kalogris has consistently distinguished himself as a leader in the highly competitive wireless industry. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SunCom Wireless, a company he also founded. There he led the company’s development, establishing SunCom Wireless as the first member of the AT&T Wireless Services Inc. network of affiliates as well as one of the leading wireless services carriers in the Southeast. He previously served as Chairman of Triton Cellular Partners, L.P., which specialized in acquiring and operating rural cellular properties. Mr. Kalogris earlier served as President and CEO of Horizon Cellular Group, which became the fifth-largest independent cellular company in the U.S. Prior to Horizon, Mr. Kalogris served as President and CEO of Metrophone, a cellular carrier in Philadelphia, the nation’s fourth-largest market. Mr. Kalogris has served on the board of directors of Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) since 1990 where he has held many offices including serving as its Chairman.
    Prior to joining the wireless industry, Mr. Kalogris spent 17 years at the IBM Corporation where he held positions in sales, marketing, product development and corporate finance. He was the youngest member of IBM Acorn Taskforce, which launched the original IBM personal computer. Later he launched the first American-made IBM P.C. printer and “token ring” local area network technology, which linked personal computers for the first time. He also developed the first retail strategy for IBM and realigned four business units into a single division. In 1988 he received the prestigious President’s Award for his work in the marketing and distribution of IBM personal computers and related products.
    Mr. Kalogris received a B.S. in economics and secondary education from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in business policy from Columbia University.
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  • Doug Luke

    President & CEO LJH Partners
    Mr. Luke is President and CEO of HL Capital, Inc., a private investment company with diversified interests in marketable securities and private equity. From 1991–1998, Mr. Luke served as President and CEO of WLD Enterprises, Inc., a diversified private investment and management company. Prior to being recruited by WLD, Mr. Luke served Rothschild Inc., the North American office of the French and English Rothschild families, for twelve years as a Managing Director, Officer and General Partner of its private equity investment partnerships.

    Mr. Luke was a Director of Regency Centers Corporation, an NYSE-listed leading national grocery-anchored community shopping center company; and MeadWestvaco Corporation, an NYSE-listed major paper manufacturing, packaging and specialty chemicals company. Mr. Luke is a Trustee of theTrustee Emeritus of NOLS, Adirondack Nature Conservancy/Land Trust, and Adirondack Council.
    Mr. Luke earned B.A. in Foreign Affairs from The University of Virginia in 1964 and his MBA from The Darden School at The University of Virginia in 1966. He is the current director of the Virginia Athletic Foundation (The University of Virginia).

  • Greg Marchbanks

    CEO, Prime IX Investments

    Greg Marchbanks began his career with Century Development Corporation in Houston, Texas, a major commercial real estate development firm.  He then joined Prime Cable in 1982 and later served as CEO before the company was sold in 2000. He directed Prime Cable to diversify its interests into other communications businesses outside the cable industry. He also serves as the CEO of Prime II Investments, a holding company of private equity investments.

    Through the Marchbanks Company, Greg has investments in real estate and early stage private equity. In 2006, he joined forces with Liz Lambert, the creator of the renowned Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas, and Bill Gernstein to form Bunkhouse Group LLC, a unique boutique hotel management and consulting group. Greg received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • John McKinley

    Former CTO, AOL

    John McKinley is the CEO of  This is his second senior care startup.  The first, OurParents, had a successful exit to RealPage.  He is an active and successful early-stage investor, whose current company,, utilizes innovative wireless technology to allow seniors to live independently longer.

    Over the last six years, companies in his portfolio have successful exits to such acquirers as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, RealPage, AOL, Zynga and others.John also has run a number of large tech organizations.  Most recently, John McKinley served as the Chief Technology Officer for News Corporation, in charge of shaping the overall technology strategy of the corporation, where his team launched a number of critically acclaimed apps for Fox, Fox Sports, BTN, FX, and American Idol, among others.

    John was founder and President of Digital Services for AOL ,where he developed and launched numerous award-winning wireless and online services businesses.  He also served as AOL’s CTO.

    Previously, Mr. McKinley was Executive Vice President and head of Global Technology and Services for Merrill Lynch where he oversaw the creation of the top rated ML Direct and ML Online services.

    John has been an advisor to or member of the Boards of Directors at Equifax, Powerset, MessageLabs, Xoopit, Proxicom, MyQVO, ObjectVideo, and Reputation Institute.

    Mr. McKinley is a graduate of the Wharton School.

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  • Michael Morini

    CEO, WorkForce Software

    As the Chief Executive Officer of WorkForce Software, Mike Morini’s leadership style is focused around what he calls the 3C’s: culture, customers and community. Mike is a 30‐year software veteran experienced in growing and scaling enterprise software companies.

    With an extensive background building out global cloud‐based platforms, he has helped
    shape and guide multiple fast‐growth companies in the cloud arena. Before joining
    WorkForce Software, Mike held previous CEO, President and COO positions at SAP, Aria
    Systems, OutlookSoft, InterWorld, and Verbind.

    Prior to life in software, he was a former Buffalo Bills free agent in the NFL and a 3rd round draft choice of the NJ Generals in the USFL‐ where he learned that recognizing your strengths are just as important as recognizing your weaknesses. While he did not exactly make it into the NFL Hall of Fame or even a regular season play, his successful career as a college and professional athlete really instilled in him the magic of the power of teamwork. As a result, he is a tremendous team player, and believes that teamwork makes the dream work. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree at Colgate University and currently lives between NY & LA.
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  • Brian Perkins

    Principal, Brian Perkins Ventures

    Mr. Perkins retired from Johnson & Johnson after a 32-year career. While at J&J, he held various positions including J&J Executive Committee member, Worldwide Chairman of Consumer Pharmaceuticals & Nutritionals, President of McNeil Consumer Products, Corporate Vice President/Head of Global Marketing Group and Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Foundation. In these roles, Mr. Perkins worked on numerous iconic brands including Tylenol, the Johnson & Johnson corporate equity, Johnson’s Baby, Listerine, Imodium, Acuvue, Splenda and Neutrogena.

    Currently, Mr. Perkins invests in and actively partners with exceptional entrepreneurs and management teams in consumer tech/media and health/fitness. He leverages his experience and network of partners in the areas of brand building and capital formation to support these start-up companies. Mr. Perkins holds a BA from Rutgers University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is past chair of the Rutgers University Board of Overseers and also past chair of The Ad Council.


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  • John Scarpa

    Director, Unitel Wireless

    Mr. Scarpa co-founded Unitel Wireless Communications, a former telephone systems operator that acquired, built and managed RSA cellular markets until the company’s sale to Dobson Communications in the late nineties. Prior to co-founding Unitel, Mr. Scarpa co-founded and served as president and COO of American Cellular Network Corporation which was licensed to operate cellular systems in the northeastern U.S.

    Mr. Scarpa currently serves on the board of Unitel and has also served on the boards of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, the Telecator Network of America and the New Jersey Cable TV Association.
    Mr. Scarpa is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

  • David Schaeffer

    CEO, Cogent Communications
    Mr. Schaeffer founded Cogent Communications, a multi-national Tier I service provider in August 1999 and serves as the CEO. Under his leadership, Cogent became the third-largest Internet Service Provider in the U.S. within three years. Mr. Schaeffer has led the efforts of nine successful acquisitions, propelling Cogent’s network into Canada and, most recently, into Europe.
    Mr. Schaeffer has successfully founded and operated six other businesses prior to Cogent. These businesses span a wide array of industries from communications to commercial real estate. His diverse background and entrepreneurial successes have enabled him to build management teams that constructed and operate the only facilities-based, non-oversubscribed international network of its kind.

    Mr. Schaeffer holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Maryland, where he was also a Ph.D. candidate in Economics.

  • Michael Schwartz

    Founder, Schwartz & Company, LLP

    Mr. Schwartz was CFO of JLL Partners, a private equity firm making control investments in middle market companies, from March 2001 through December 2015. A CPA, he is the founder and managing partner of Schwartz & Company, LLP, a regional Certified Public Accounting Firm with a focus on accounting and tax matters for private equity firms and their portfolio companies.


    Mr. Schwartz holds a Bachelor Degree in both Accounting and Education from City University of New York, a Masters Degree in Taxation from C.W. Post Long Island University and a Masters in Education of Science from the City University of New York.


  • Brian Selander

    President, ownable

    Brian Selander is the president of eCommerce company ownable. He was previously the President and COO of a digital media company that was acquired in 2018, the Executive Vice President / Offensive Coordinator of a digital sports network he helped launch and grow to over 270 million fans, followers, and subscribers and was Managing Director of a management consulting firm that was acquired by a multi-billion dollar global IT firm where he served as National Director of its spend management solutions practice.

    Mr. Selander’s public service includes times as a Chief Strategy Officer to a Governor, Communications Director to a United States Senator, multi-state director on a presidential campaign and reporter at a Gannett-owned newspaper. He is on the board of two rapidly growing companies, the advisory boards of and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation and was the Entrepreneur in Residence at a venture capital fund.

    Mr. Selander graduated with a B.A. from Rutgers University, earned a Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania where he taught for several years, and completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard.

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  • Jeffrey Smulyan

    Chairman, Emmis Communications

    Mr. Smulyan serves as Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ EMMS), an Indianapolis-based radio and publishing company with operations in 9 U.S. markets. Mr. Smulyan formed and became principal shareholder of Emmis in 1980. A public company since 1994 (Nasdaq:EMMS), Emmis owns and operates 16 FM and 3 AM radio stations in the nation’s largest markets.  Emmis owns the two top hip-hop brands in the world, KPWR Power 106 in Los Angeles and HOT 97 in New York City. In 1994, Smulyan was named by The White House to head the U.S. Delegation to the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union. As a United States Ambassador, he represented the U.S. in various bilateral meetings, negotiating a landmark agreement between Israel and the PLO.

    A cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California with a BA in History and Telecommunications, Smulyan earned a Juris Doctor degree from USC School of Law, where he served as Note and Comment Editor of the USC Law Review.

  • Walter Turek

    Director, Windstream Communications

    Since 2011, Mr. Turek has served as Executive Chairman of Ascentis Corporation, a provider of human resources software and solutions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ:WIN) and Spark Networks, Inc. (NYSEMKT:LOV). He was previously Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) from 2002 to 2009. Mr. Turek has also served on the Board of Directors of Mykonos Software, Inc. a provider of fraud and theft security solutions for internet websites; Greenway Medical Technologies Inc. (NYSE:GWAY); and Earthlink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:ELNK) as well as in audit and compensation committee chairman and member roles.


  • Ben White

    Partner, Notion Capital

    Mr. White is one of the best known technology entrepreneurs in the UK having co-founded three businesses helping to grow them all into market leaders each with revenues in excess of $100M. In 1993, Mr. White co-founded RBR Networks, an IT distributor that specialized in Cisco. By 1998 RBR had become Cisco’s largest distributor in Europe, with revenues in excess of $160M, and towards the end of that year was acquired by Datatec.

    At the same time he co-founded Star Internet in 1995 as one of the UK’s first ISPs. Mr. White served as Star’s CEO from 1995 to 2000 and 2006 to 2008, establishing the company as one of the UK’s largest ISPs. Mr. White led a management buy-out of the company in 2007.  In 2012 Star was sold to Claranet for £55M. In 2000, Mr. White co-founded MessageLabs to scale up the anti-virus technology developed within Star. He served as the CEO of MessageLabs until 2006. In 2008 MessageLabs was acquired by Symantec for approximately $700M. Upon completion of the acquisition Mr. White stepped down from the MessageLabs board to devote his time to Notion Capital, a SaaS focused venture fund where together with his general fund responsibilities, he focused on strategy, product and technology within portfolio companies.

    Mr White is currently spending his time developing a handful of exciting tech companies who focus on eCommerce and next generation email products, with which he has invested personally and holds active board seats.

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  • Jos White

    Partner, Notion Capital

    Jos is an entrepreneur turned investor and currently a partner at Notion Capital, a venture capital firm focused on enterprise SaaS/Cloud. He is also an angel investor.

    Before Notion Jos co-founded, built and exited three businesses with his brother Ben – RBR Networks, Star and MessageLabs. Star was one of the UK’s first ISP’s and was acquired by Claranet for $88m. MessageLabs, founded in 2000, was the first company in the world to deliver anti-virus and anti-spam in the Cloud and apply a more data driven, predictive approach to identifying malware. In 2008 MessageLabs was acquired by Symantec for $700m, a landmark transaction in the emerging software-as-a service (‘SaaS’) sector.

    In 2010, Jos co-founded Notion with three other partners to invest in the B2B SaaS/Cloud market across Europe. The team believe that their experience of scaling large, global SaaS/Cloud businesses gives them an ‘unfair advantage’ for evaluating deals and supporting portfolio companies. Notion now has more than $300m in funds under management and an exciting portfolio of companies that includes Adbrain, Currency Cloud, Duedil, GoCardless, Move Guides, NewVoiceMedia, Tradeshift and Workable. Jos is also an active angel investor and has invested in companies such as Bench, Gamechanger, JustWorks, Splash, The Book of Everyone, Tripplemint and Tylko.

    Jos lives in London with his wife, Annabel, and three children Freddie, Ophelia and Sammy. When he’s not working he loves to run, read, golf and cook.

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