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Naila Jahan is a Middlebury College student working as VCET’s Undergraduate Associate. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on Economics. Naila is an alumna of Middlebury College’s MiddCORE program, a challenge-based program designed to build key skills needed to become effective leaders and creative problem solvers. Prior to joining the team as the undergraduate associate, Naila was an intern at VCET through the MiddCOREplus summer internship program. At VCET, Naila manages VCET@Midd, assists portfolio companies, manages social media, organizes events, and works with VCET on a wide variety of other projects.

@TechCrib

VCET President, Fund Manager, and Investment Committee Member

With over 20 years involved in capital markets, early stage technology firms and venture investing, David is deeply experienced with economic development, working with entrepreneurs on technology commercialization and business formation, early stage ventures, and business growth strategies. Since June 2007, David has served as President and CEO of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) which is an independent non-profit organization offering venture capital, coworking spaces, start-up mentoring and networking. His blog on entrepreneurship and technology is www.TechCrib.org.

Prior to VCET, David operated Aggregate Capital Partners which provides management consulting, strategic planning, private capital and new venture development services. He also served in Governor Howard Dean’s Administration from 1992-1997, including a role as Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development and prior to that worked as an asset/liability analyst and portfolio trader at BayBanks from 1988-1991.

In addition to serving on VCET portfolio company Boards, David has served as Board Director, Investor or Adviser to several Vermont companies and non-profit organizations including Cynosure, Union Street Media (Internet Services), JSmart Technologies (Mobile Gaming and Social Networking Firm Acquired by SK Group in 2004), OneMade (E-Commerce Platform Acquired by AOL Time Warner in 2003), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Assembly of Overseers (2005-2008), Vermont Tech Enterprise Center (2003-Present), The Vermont Business and Education Partnership (1994-1997), UVM’s Vermont Regional Alumni Board (2007 to 2009), and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (2001-2005), among others.

In 1988, David earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and then ten years later in 1998, he earned a M.B.A. in one-year from Babson College focusing on Entrepreneurship and Venture Finance. He lives in Stowe, Vermont.

VCET and portfolio firms benefit from an exceptional, volunteer Venture Capital Advisory Board. These world-class Advisers add significant organizational capacity, market savvy, networking linkages and venture capital expertise. VCET is honored to have assistance from the following individuals:

David Aronoff

Flybridge Capital Partners

David is a General Partner at Flybridge in Boston and NYC with investment focus in the semiconductor, enterprise systems and security sectors. David is from the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont and a UVM graduate. He blogs at www.geekvc.com

Jamie Goldstein

Pillar

Founder of Pillar. Prior to founding Pillar in 2016, Jamie was a partner at North Bridge and co-founder of PureSpeech, a venture backed speech recognition software and applications firm and as well as an early employee with Symmetrix, a provider of manufacturing execution software. Jamie’s investment interests include software, storage, wireless, semiconductor and materials companies.

Evan Lovell

Virgin Management Limited

Evan is a Partner at Virgin Management Limited and founder of the $500M Virgin Green Fund formed with Sir Richard Branson. Prior to this, Evan was a partner in TPG’s Aqua Fund, which focused in the water and renewable energy sectors. Evan is a UVM graduate and lives in Vermont.

Jim MacIntyre

Serial Technology Entrepreneur and Product Labs Founder

Jim is a serial entrepreneur with over a 20 year track record for technology innovation. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of pioneering web analytics and optimization firm, Visual Sciences, which he sold to Omniture. Jim is a native Vermonter and UVM graduate.

Bill Maris

Founder and CEO of GV

Bill is the founding CEO of GV (formerly Google Ventures). Previously he founded and sold Burlee in South Burlington and he was a portfolio manager for Investor AB, one of the world’s largest industrial holding companies, where he co-managed the biotechnology and health care portfolios. He is a Middlebury College graduate.

Sim Simeonov

Founder and CTO of Swoop

Sim is the founder and CTO of Swoop, a search advertising provider. He was chief architect at Macromedia (now Adobe) and at Allaire, one of the first large internet platform companies. His innovations include: the first web application server (ColdFusion), the best open-source web services engine (Apache Axis) and the first rich internet application platform (Flash/Flex). Sim is a former Venture Partner at Polaris Ventures in Boston. Check him out at www.fastignite.com.

 

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For over 20 years, David has been involved in capital markets, early stage technology firms, and venture investing. David is deeply experienced with economic development, working with entrepreneurs, early stage ventures, and business growth strategies. Since June 2007, David has served as President and CEO of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) which is an independent non-profit organization offering venture capital, coworking spaces, start-up mentoring and networking. His blog on entrepreneurship and technology is www.TechCrib.org.  His full biography is here.

Ken is the Managing Director of Merritt & Merritt, a boutique corporate, securities and intellectual property law firm based in Burlington, Vermont. His practice is focused on the representation of venture capital funds, private equity funds and angel investors as well as emerging growth companies in mergers, acquisitions and private placements and public offerings of debt and equity securities as well as the formation and governance activities of privately-and publicly-held companies, non-profit organizations, venture capital firms and private equity funds.

Ken is active in multiple professional organizations and various angel and investor groups, including, Investors’ Circle, North Country Angels and Granite State Angels. He is the founder and President of the Vermont Venture Network, which meets monthly to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and others involved in the entrepreneurial process. He is currently the Chair of the Vermont Investors Forum; a member of the Advisory Board of Investors’ Circle based in Durham, NC; a member of the Investment Committee of the Patient Capital Collaborative based in Boston, MA, and a member of Earthrise Capital Fund Investor Advisory Committee based in New York City. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Vermont Hi-Tech Initiative and the Vermont Patent and Trademark Depository Library and was a participant in the Leadership Champlain Program sponsored by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute.

Meet Jim

As a serial entrepreneur and investment professional, Jim has had an operational role in 12 new companies, seven of which he was a founder. As a financier, Jim has launched more than a dozen funds and has invested in more than 25 companies. These ventures span a breadth of industries ranging from financial services to technology hardware. In 2005 he founded Middlebury Alternative Investments Advisors, LLP in London as an Advisory firm to pursue many of the opportunities in the alternatives and early stage enterprises. More than $100M has been raised through 2008. In 2003, he and partners formed Caydal, LLC to begin an aggressive program of private investing around the world. This team has committed more than $10M in capital to 17 companies many of which were at the seed-stage. Jim sits on six Boards of Directors in the US, Ireland, Switzerland, and Dubai.

Prior to his most recent international work, he had launched successful US-based businesses. Jim’s particular area of expertise is in the development of financial services boutiques. He has assisted in the founding of dozens of firms in research, money management, and venture capital. He helped to found and was on the Investment Board of Fresh Tracks Capital Fund I and is a Founding Partner in the Inflexion Fund of Florida. Jim founded Middlebury Capital, LLC in January of 2002 as a regulated NASD Broker-dealer. Based out of Middlebury, it has affiliates in New York and New Jersey. Middlebury Capital, LLC has raised several hundred millions of dollars through 2008, and has invested in deals ranging from $5M to $50M. Jim participated in the founding of the Global Fund Advisors Network, a collection of capital markets firms in more than a dozen countries dedicated to bringing high quality alternative investments to institutional investors.

Jim remains a founding supporter of the Project on Creativity and Innovation, a nationally leading student-entrepreneur program; MiddCORE, a 4-week student entrepreneurship intensive; and Midd Equity Partners, to facilitate carried interest donation to Middlebury College. Jim resides in Weybridge, VT and is a Middlebury College alumnus.