Ayaz ul Haque serves as Managing Director at Exalt Capital Partners. A boutique advisory and principal investment firm, Exalt Capital Partners is a subsidiary of Exalt Capital Management, a privately owned investment manager. Exalt Capital Management manages a series of hedge funds that employ fundamental analysis to make investments in the public markets primarily in the United States, and more recently, through Exalt Capital Partners, in the private equity markets. Exalt Capital Partners specializes in growth investments across the globe, with a particular emphasis on the emerging markets, in venture capital backed revenue-stage companies that have achieved market validation and are well-positioned to be leaders in their markets. On a highly selective basis, Exalt Capital Partners also looks at early-stage investment opportunities where we feel our strategic advisory angle can significantly enhance deal value. Our focus, in this context, is generally on deals that combine technology/innovation with various service sectors and on businesses that are looking to build the next global franchises. Ayaz specializes in investing in companies at various stages of development (early, expansion, growth, secondary market transactions as well as special situations/roll-ups ), particularly targeting investments in Internet and digital media, communications and wireless, enterprise IT, financial services, consumer/retail and education. Ayaz possesses broad investing, operating, and transaction experience in private and public companies. His current investments/board affiliations include: Acceptly, Assured Labor, buzzArab, CaliberVantage, Coho Solar, EdEqual, Envision Telecom Group, Hungrybuzz, inmobly, Ovagen, Secret Builders, Simularity, Teamly and Vufind. Previous investments/board affiliations include: Clickmarks, Cyanea, Ember, Friendi Mobile, HiSoft, IXI Mobile, Manthan Systems, Naseeb Networks, Pachube, Seventymm, Techpacific and Visto. Prior to joining Exalt Capital Partners, Ayaz was a Managing Director with ePlanet Ventures and a Director with Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet Ventures focusing principally on expansion and later-stage investments in the United States, MENA as well as in India. Notable DFJ ePlanet investments include Baidu, Skype and Focus Media. Prior to joining DFJ ePlanet, Ayaz was the Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at Crosby Financial Holdings in London, where he managed the cross-border corporate finance advisory and investment initiatives of one of the leading Asia-focused specialist investment banks. While at Crosby, Ayaz focused on both mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments and worked in London, Bangkok, Singapore and Seoul covering various sectors including technology, media, telecom, financial services, transportation, aviation and manufacturing. Prior to his involvement with Crosby Financial Holdings, Ayaz served as an Associate Director of Corporate Finance at Peregrine Investments, a pan-Asian investment bank, where he was responsible for developing Peregrine's corporate finance and private equity businesses in the Middle East, and identifying and evaluating Middle East to Asia investment opportunities. Previously, Ayaz was an Associate in the Corporate Finance Group of Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York, where he was involved in the execution of North American and Asian transactions. Ayaz is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College holding a B.A. in Economics.
Launch Tennessee is a venture capital firm focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in Tennessee. The firm invests in early-stage, high growth, technology-enabled companies through its INCITE Co-Investment Fund. It invests in the information technology, technology, healthcare, digital media, ed-tech, transportation, energy and sustainability, healthcare IT and gaming sectors.
Jon Nordmark At Iterate Studio, Jon creates digital solutions for enterprise level clients. This usually involves discovering, curating and validating startup technologies in Europe, Asia and North America. Large organizations include retailers and well known brands, media and entertainment companies, governments, agriculture and energy companies, transportation companies and more. Prior to Iterate, Jon was the founding CEO of eBags which grew for 8 years at a 34% CAGR (through early 2008, Jon’s departure). eBags, an innovator, wrote its own software to drop ship from ~400 warehouses (1999), accept ~1.4 million consumer reviews (1999), A/B split test website features (2000) and enter the UK / EU (2003). eBags also built and sold 6pm.com to Zappos, while running CaseLogic.com and TUMI.com in the US, UK, Germany and Japan. Today, Jon serves as eBags Chairman. Between eBags and Iterate, Jon was CEO of UsingMiles (acquired 2013), an aggregator of 400 loyalty programs and meta-search for air-hotel. He’s advised many startups, including Runa (acquired by Staples, 2013). Jon also sits on the following boards: Colorado Innovation Network and Eastern Europe’s premier Tech Accelerator, Happy Farm.
Correlation Ventures is a venture capital firm that focuses on investing in companies operating in the information technology, consumer products and services, healthcare, retail, big data and transportation sectors. The firm leverages analytics to offer venture capitalists and entrepreneurs more options when they are seeking additional funding. It was founded in 2006 and is based in San Diego, California.
Zach Ware is a Co-Founder & serves as Managing Partner at VTF Capital. As Managing Partner Zach, in addition to helping find and support awesome companies, gets to do the boring internal stuff. He's founded several companies including SHIFT, a massive transportation operation and technology company which nearly killed him. Before that he was Head of Product at Zappos.com and built its current campus. Previously he led distribution and later ecommerce for The Republic of Tea. His background includes leadership in real estate development and government relations.
Oleg Uritsky is the Co-Founder and serves as Managing Partner at Fort Point Angels. A successful and innovative entrepreneur, Uritsky is an investor in the transportation, health care, real estate and venture fund industries. He owned and operated a fleet of Boston taxi medallions and other ground transportation services and was a widely recognized spokesperson advocating on behalf of taxi-fleet owners before government regulatory agencies. Uritsky sold taxi medallions in 2012 at near peak values. He was also principal of a network of community-based health care centers in Massachusetts that were acquired by Civitis Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:CIVI) in 2014. In the real estate sector, he invests in multi-unit rental and commercial properties in Boston and the surrounding suburbs, including subsidized housing developments. His real estate portfolio consists of 900+ rental units. A hands-on businessperson who started the majority of his companies with his own funds, Uritsky exhibits a disciplined approach to the risks and rewards of launching new ventures. Exit returns and valuations of his overall equity portfolio from inception measures in tens of multiples. During his regulatory legal career, Uritsky worked for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He received a joint JD/MBA degree from Northeastern University and completed postgraduate studies in monetary economics and corporate finance at Harvard University. Uritsky is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and New York. He is a member of Boston Economic Club, Harvard Club and Committee on Foreign Relations. He has traveled extensively throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Middle East and South America. An avid reader of non-fiction business and history literature, Uritsky lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Hans Hickler is an angel investor. He is the Founder and serves as CEO & Executive Advisor of Strategic Leadership at Ellipsis Advisors. He serves as a Board Member of Lumini. He serves as a Board Advisor at Lanetix. Hans Hickler serves as Board Member at KleenGel Medical. Hans Hickler serves as Board Member at VenX Medical and MEla Artisans. He joined DHL in 2005, and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of DHL Global Customer Solutions, responsible for the customer relationship management of the group's largest customers. Prior to that, Hickler served as Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express in the United States. In that position, he focused on building out the DHL Express US network and implementing numerous service initiatives. In this capacity, he devised strategies to bolster the company's standing in the express shipping industry and also implemented a recognized Customer Experience Initiative aimed to deepen customer engagement and enhance customers' experiences. Hickler started his career in the ocean transportation business, and for the next 20 years he held senior positions including Sales, General Management, CIO for the NOL Group and CEO of APL Logistics. Hickler has served on the boards of several startup ventures in the automotive, technology and medical device sectors. He holds a Ba in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a degree from Aiglon College.
HBM Holdings is a private equity firm that acquires middle-market companies based in North America. The firm invests in the industrial, energy, aerospace, medical manufacturing, mineral, mining material and transportation equipment sectors.
Robert Delman serves as Managing Director at Golden Seeds, where he co-manages national deal flow and manages the organization's Office Hours program. He is also an angel investor. In addition, he is a lead instructor for the Golden Seeds Knowledge Institute. Rob serves as an advisor to the Startup Lab and The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia University where he has co-taught the MBA-level classes. He has extensive experience as an investor in early-stage companies. Previously, Rob was a principal and President of Delco International Ltd., a successful manufacturing and distribution company of tableware products for the food service and transportation industries. Rob holds a BS in Marketing from Syracuse University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Matt Shobe is a Co-Founder and serves as CXO at Mighty AI. He is the company's licensed drone operator and general transportation junkie. He also serves as an Advisor at Sensu. From University of Washington he did MS (Master of Science) in Engineering and from Purdue University he did BA in English.
Quin Garcia is the founder and Managing Director of Autotech Ventures. Raised in Silicon Valley, Quin is a lifelong “car guy” who has spent his career solving transportation problems with technology. He has dedicated his career to using technology to create safe, equitable, convenient, clean transportation for all. Autotech Ventures is a transportation-focused venture capital firm that bridges between startups and corporations. The firm’s two funds, with over $200m in assets under management, have invested in dozens of mobility startups such as Lyft, Outdoorsy, Volta Charging, Spothero, and Frontier Car Group. Quin has served as a Board Director, Board Observer, or Advisory Board member at numerous mobility startups, including Lyft, Peloton Technology, Deepscale, Connected Signals, and Frontier Car Group. As a venture capitalist, Quin is most energized by enabling the success of mobility entrepreneurs by advising them on business development, recruitment and fundraising. The 20+ mobility startups that Quin has been involved with since 2007 have grown to over $20B in valuation. In 2007-2012, Quin was a founding team member of Better Place, an audacious startup hatched via the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program to eliminate global oil dependence by deploying electric vehicle recharging infrastructure across nations. Beginning in 2005, Quin was a management consultant at Strategic Management Solutions, primarily serving Fortune 500 automaker and consumer electronic clients. Quin is a frequent speaker on mobility tech at leading conferences including the North American International Auto Show, ITS America, South By Southwest, and Collision Conference. He is also a guest lecturer on mobility venture capital at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Quin has been featured in the BBC, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wired, Fortune and MIT Technology Review.
Tsing Capital is the cleantech venture capital firm that invests in the areas of new energy, energy efficiency, environmental protection, cleaner production, sustainable transportation, new materials and sustainable agriculture. It was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.
The Carlyle Group is a private equity firm and business development company that originates, structures and acts as lead equity and debt investor in leveraged buyouts, management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups and growth capital financing. The company focuses on a wide range of sectors which includes aerospace and defense, automotive and transportation, consumer and retail, energy and power, healthcare, industrial, technology and business services, and telecommunications and media. It was founded in 1987 and is based in Washington, District of Columbia with additional offices across North America, South America, Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.