Mark Flynn was named President of GSV Capital in May 2014.
Mark is also Co-Managing Partner of GSV Asset Management and has served as a member of the GSV Capital Board of Directors since 2011.
Previously, Mark managed Trilogy Capital Partners, a Menlo Park California based private investment and consulting firm, since its formation in 1997. Prior to forming Trilogy, he worked in various capacities in the investment banking groups at Salomon Brothers and Volpe, Brown & Whelan. During his investment-banking career he primarily worked with technology and health care companies. At Salomon Brothers, he managed the Global Software and Internet investment banking activities and worked with leading companies such as SAP, Microsoft, Veritas Software, Hewlett-Packard and US Robotics. He has also worked with education companies such as Plato Learning, MEEC, Mastering Computers and KnowledgeNet. Mark has also worked for Arthur Young and Company in the High Technology practice.
Mark has served as a regent at St. John's University, as chairman of The Preserve Company, as a member of the board of directors of the DAPER Fund at Stanford University as well as a number of privately held companies.
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Mark's academic credentials include an MBA from Harvard University.
- Served as a regent at St. John's University
- Previously chairman of The Preserve Company
- Previously a Board Member—
the DAPER Fund at Stanford University
- Graduate of St. John's University
- MBA from Harvard University
"Never mistake activity for achievement."
On June 20, 2014, Bill Tanona was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary of GSV Capital.
Bill was most recently a managing director at Fortress Investment Group. Prior to joining Fortress in 2011, he was at UBS AG from 2010-2011 and has spent over a decade at various global investment banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan as an equity research analyst covering financial institutions. Mr. Tanona graduated from Villanova University's School of Business with an Accounting major. He has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
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Bill is also a member of:
- Financial advisory board of St. John's High School (Shrewsbury, MA)
- President's Advisory Council at Villanova University
Carl Rizzo was appointed to serve as GSV Capital's Chief Compliance Officer in June 2014.
Carl has nearly three decades of working experience in the U.S. asset management industry. Since April 2011, he has been a Director of Alaric Compliance Services, LLC, a 10 year-old firm that provides regulatory compliance support, including independent Chief Compliance Officers, to investment managers and funds registered with the SEC and the NFA/CFTC and to broker-dealers registered with FINRA. Most recently, he has served as Chief Compliance Officer for several SEC-registered investment advisers and a non-GSV affiliated NYSE-listed Business Development Company.
His background includes serving as principal in-house regulatory compliance counsel with several well-known firms in the industry's bank and insurance channels and as a principal compliance consultant participating in over 100 engagements for the compliance departments of a wide variety of asset management firms. Carl began his compliance career serving as Senior and Special Counsel on the staff of the SEC's Division of Investment Management at the Commission's headquarters offices in Washington, D.C.
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Carl's educational background includes:
- LL.M in federal securities regulation from Georgetown University
- J.D. from University of Richmond
- B.A. from Davidson College
Luben Pampoulov is co-founder and Partner of GSV Asset Management as well as co-portfolio manager of GSV Capital and the GSV X Fund.
Prior to starting GSV, Luben worked several years with Michael Moe at ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital and emerging growth companies.
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.
Together with Michael Moe, Luben shares investment ideas and research on Innovation, Emerging Trends, Private Companies, and the Growth Economy in GSV's newsletter, A2Apple.
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Luben and Michael co-founded 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.
- National tennis champion, Austria + Bulgaria
- NCAA tennis champion
- BA in International Economics and Management from the University of California at Los Angeles
- FINRA Series 7 license
"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."
Jay Jacobs joined GSV Capital in February 2015. His primary responsibilities include strategy, relationship management and business development.
Previously, Jay was President and Managing Director for Context Asset Management where he was responsible for launching and building their alternative investment platform. Prior to forming Context, he worked in various capacities including CEO and Portfolio Manager for Thomas Weisel Asset Management and Crossover Venture Partners. Jay was also a Co-Portfolio Manager for internal venture capital portfolios with Thomas Weisel Partners, Dain Rauscher and Wessels Arnold and Henderson.
Jay began his career with three growth-oriented investment banks as Founding Partner, Head of Sales and Syndicate for Wessels Arnold and Henderson, Dain Rauscher Wessels and Thomas Weisel Partners.
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Additionally, Jay was:
- A student, course administrator and frequent guest lecturer for the Applied Security Analysis Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison's Graduate School of Business
- Board Member for UW's Graduate School of Business