Tyson Baber is a Partner on our Investment Team and manages a range of activities, including deal selection, due diligence and post-investment support. In addition to serving on the boards of several portfolio companies, Tyson provides expertise and guidance in the areas of business alliances, investment analysis and exit strategy. Combining deep knowledge of both business and legal matters, Tyson is well versed in contracts, negotiations, transaction structure, strategic partnerships, licensing, royalties, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic minority equity investments. He plays an important role in our applied analytics workshops and leads Georgian Data Union, a consortium of portfolio companies that share aggregated, anonymized data for benchmarking and advancing other common operational objectives. Prior to joining Georgian Partners, Tyson worked for IBM, where he led acquisitions, strategic partnerships and divestitures for the Business Analytics segment of IBM Software Group. Tyson led several acquisitions for IBM, including Cognos and SPSS. In addition, Tyson led the creation and first investments of the IBM Watson venture fund. Tyson holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flager Business School, where he graduated with highest honors and was Beta Gamma Sigma. Tyson also earned a Juris Doctor from the UNC School of Law.
James Belfer founded Cartuna in 2015 to service a gap in the marketplace for a centralized adult animation destination for digital and mobile audiences. James Belfer began his career in media producing and investing into independent film in 2009. This resulted to 9 feature film credits under his company Dogfish Pictures. In 2012 he launched an accelerator program for content creators producing a variety of projects such as feature films, digital series, graphic novels, social media series, and more. In 2013 he received his MBA from NYU Stern in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Digital Marketing, and Business Analytics. He is also a former associate of TechStars Boulder.