Steve Bard is co-founder of GSV Capital, as well as GSV Asset Management.
Steve fills a variety of critical roles at GSV Capital: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary. He has also been Chief Operating Officer and a managing member of GSV Asset Management since the company's inception in 2010.
The relationship between Steve and GSV co-founder Michael Moe dates back to 1995. In addition to deep experience as investment professionals, the two share a passion for investing and innovation-pursuits that form the heart of GSV's identity and mission.
Steve's resume includes nearly a decade as Chief Operating Officer of Fuller & Thaler Asset Management, where he was also a member of the board of directors. Among his accomplishments there, Steve built out and managed the firm's non-investment team and infrastructure. Prior to that, he managed the west coast for Fidelity Management Trust Company (now Pyramis Global Advisors) and held senior consultant and business development roles at Hewitt Associates and New York Life Investment Management.
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Steve's academic credentials include a BS from Duke University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
- Board Member and Investment Committee Chair, CFA Society of San Francisco
- Trustee, Crystal Springs Uplands School
- Advisory Board Member, Purisima West Funds
- Advisory Board Member, Blue Chip Exec
- Past Board Member, Fuller + Thaler Asset Management
- Past Board Member, Hillsborough Schools Foundation
- Past Chair, The Olympic Club Investment & Endowment Committee
- MBA from the University of California, Berkeley
- BS from Duke University
- CFA charterholder
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
Dave Crowder has been involved with GSV Capital as an Advisory Board member since the company's inception.
Dave is engaged with all aspects of GSV's business but focuses primarily on sourcing and managing investments for GSV Capital. He joined GSV in 2011 to help the team pursue the opportunity to build a world-class investment management firm focused on innovation and growth. He worked with GSV co-founder Michael Moe at Montgomery Securities in the mid-1990s and shares with Michael and the GSV team a passion for working with and investing in high growth, venture capital-backed companies that are changing how we live and work.
Dave has spent almost 20 years working as a venture capitalist and investment banker in Silicon Valley. Prior to GSV, Dave was a General Partner of Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, which he co-founded in 2000. Dave played a key role in raising the fund, recruiting the team, and making and managing the fund's investments. He led investments in Aligo (acquired by Corrigo), Arbor Networks (acquired by Danaher), Medsphere and Pivia (acquired by Swan Labs, then F5), among others, and was instrumental in sourcing TWVP's investments in Application Security, BigFix (acquired by IBM), and Control4.
Prior to TWVP, Dave was a founding partner of Thomas Weisel Partners, where he advised and worked with software and Internet companies. Before joining TWP, he was a Senior Managing Director and head of the Software and Internet Group in Investment Banking at Montgomery Securities. While an investment banker, Dave advised and, in several cases, invested in leading software and Internet companies, including Hotels.com (acquired by Expedia), InfoSpace, iWon.com (acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp), OpenTable, Open Text, Overture Services (acquired by Yahoo!), Preview Travel (acquired by Travelocity/Sabre), RealNetworks, Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch (acquired by IAC), and Yahoo!. Prior to Montgomery, he was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
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Dave's academic credentials include an MBA from Harvard Business School.
- Advisory Board Member, SharesPost, Inc.
- Past Co-Chair, Menlo School Annual Fund
- Past Section Co-Chair, Harvard Business School Class of 1993 Annual Fund
- BA in Finance from the University of Utah
- MBA from Harvard Business School
"Never mistake activity for achievement."
Luben Pampoulov is co-founder of GSV Capital, along with a leader of several other companies in the GSV family.
Based on his multinational background from Europe and the U.S., Luben offers unique perspective on some of the world's most promising emerging economies. His professional credentials are complemented by his experience as a world-class tennis player: competing on the ATP Tour, being national champion in Austria and Bulgaria, and leading UCLA as its Captain and #1 player to win the NCAA Championship in 2005.
Luben has worked alongside GSV co-founders Michael Moe and Steve Bard since GSV's inception in 2010. Prior to starting the company, Luben worked for several years with Michael Moe at ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies.
Together with Michael Moe, Luben shares investment ideas and research on innovation, emerging trends, private companies and the growth economy. #A2Apple
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Luben joined Michael at GSV after their years together at ThinkEquity Partners, where they managed money and delivered compelling investment results. Prior to his roles as analyst and co-portfolio manager at ThinkEquity, he earned his BA in International Economics and Management from UCLA.
- Board Observer of Totus Solutions, Inc.
- National tennis champion, Austria + Bulgaria
- NCAA tennis champion
- BA in International Economics and Management from the University of California at Los Angeles
"Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting."
Matthew Hanson joined GSV as a New York-based partner with GSV Asset Management in January 2012.
Prior to GSV, he served as Head of Corporate Finance for ThinkEquity Partners, a growth-focused investment banking boutique founded by Michael Moe and Deborah Quazzo. At ThinkEquity, Matt helped oversee the firm's equity underwriting activity, raising $2.5 billion across 30 transactions. He also managed internal M&A activity and corporate development on behalf of the firm's Management Committee.
He also served as Investment Banker in the Global Corporate & Investment Banking Division at Bank of America Securities, LLC, where he was involved with over $5 billion of M&A, equity, and debt transactions. Matt began his career in the Private Wealth Management Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a Financial Analyst helping to manage $3 billion for ultra-high net worth families, foundations, and charitable trusts.
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Matt's experience is complemented by strong academic credentials, as well as his professional affiliations and certifications.
- Member, Manhattan Institute Young Leaders Circle
- CFA charterholder
- FINRA Series 24, 79, 7 + 66 licenses
- BA in Economics (General Honors) from the University of Chicago
"It is not the critic who counts...The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood."