Columbia Ventures is a private equity firm which also specializes in the venture capital investments. The firm invests in the biomedical, augmented reality, telecommunications, SaaS, manufacturing and real estate development sectors. It was founded in 1989 and is based in Vancouver, Washington.
Miles is the Managing Director of AV8 Ventures and is based in London. He is focused on investments at Seed and Series A in Next Generation Mobility, Big Data and AI, Digital Health and Cybersecurity. AV8 is an independent €150m financial fund investing in Europe and the US, formed in February 2018. Prior to AV8 Ventures Miles lead technology investments at Oxford Capital, he was Managing Director of Qualcomm Ventures ($500M corporate fund with a portfolio of over 130 companies), leading Qualcomm’s investments in Europe. At Qualcomm Ventures Miles lead investments such as Iridigm (acquired by Qualcomm, 10x return), A123 (IPO’d and went on to a $2B valuation, 50x return), Fon, Formula E and Voluntis. While at Qualcomm Miles formed and ran an internal incubator and developed Qualcomm’s effort in Augmented Reality, Wireless Charging and Machine learning and holds 34 patents. He also spent a number of years setting up and running Product Management teams for Mobile Phones and Display groups at Qualcomm. Miles holds an BA in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bristol University and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Outside of work, Miles likes spending time with his wife and two children, outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking as well as classic cars.
Zack Storer, is a senior executive technology and innovation leader. He founded Angel Equity in support of philanthropic ventures driving technology & innovation investments. Current focus areas span [Retail Innovation, Immersive Gaming, Makertech, Fintech, IoT, Energy Automation, Martech, Wellness & Life Improvement]. Mr. Storer led News Corp's(NYSE:NWSA) NAM division with Digital, Product and Technology organizations where he had P&L responsibility for Connected Media(Dynamiq), Digital Incentives(Checkout51, Freedom networks), platforms advancing innovation(blockchain incentives & augmented reality), and agile product development. Zack has years of executive experience spanning communities, personal ventures, IP(NYSE:IP), as well as leading Kroger’s Digital Technology organizations and transformation($120b US Retailer NYSE:KR). He was named IT alumni of the year at UC and has attended Cornell, MIT, and the d.School at Stanford in pursuit of immersive lifetime innovation & growth.