Investors And Advisors

Investors and Advisors
Steven J. Murray - Partner, SOFTBANK Capital

Steven Murray joined SOFTBANK Capital in 1997 and has more than 14 years of experience in managing investments, mergers and acquisitions, finance and accounting for growth-orientated technology companies. In addition to his investment sourcing, evaluation and management responsibilities within SB Capital, he is also the CFO for the SOFTBANK group that manages substantially all of SOFTBANK’s global activities outside of Japan.

Steven has been the principal executive responsible for several billion dollars of complex structured transactions and monetization strategies to maximize investment value during his tenure at SOFTBANK. These transactions have included structured loans, initial and secondary public offerings, mergers, private asset and stock sales, public market block stock sales, and long-term collars. He started his career in the Audit Department of Deloitte & Touche where he worked with some of the firm’s most prestigious and acquisitive clients including KKR, Primark and Harcourt General.

Steven serves on the boards of several private companies, including Webhire, National Leisure Group, Viacore and BERJ. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from Boston College.

Wayne Weisman - Partner, SCP Private Equity

Wayne Weisman has been a partner at SCP since its inception and his experience in private equity and venture capital investing dates to 1987.

He joined Churchill Investment Partners, Inc. as a managing director in 1990, and became Vice President and a member of the board of directors of CIP Capital at its founding. From 1992 to 1994 he served as Executive Vice President of Affinity Biotech, Inc. where he had responsibility for strategic alliances, financial strategy, and mergers and acquisitions and oversaw its IPO and merger into the company that became IBAH, Inc. From 1987 to 1990, Wayne operated a management and financial advisory firm.

Wayne began his career at the Philadelphia law firm of Saul, Ewing, Remick & Saul. He is a director or chairman of several companies, including CinemaStar, Inc., Gigared S.A. and Deep Breeze, Ltd, and he was until recently a director of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He also serves on the investment committee of Vitalife Life Sciences Fund.

Wayne graduated cum laude with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Steve Case - Co-Founder, Revolution Growth

Steve Case is one of America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. Steve co-founded America Online in 1985, and under his leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company and helped drive the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society.

In 2005, Steve founded Revolution LLC, which is focused on investing in and building disruptive, innovative, consumer-facing companies including LivingSocial, Zipcar and Exclusive Resorts. Steve co-leads Revolution Growth, a private equity fund focused on building significant, game-changing companies.

Steve also chairs the Startup America Partnership and is a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, two efforts focused on celebrating and accelerating entrepreneurship. In addition, Steve chairs the Case Foundation, a private family foundation, which he founded in 1997 with his wife Jean.

Ted Leonsis - Co-Founder, Revolution Growth

Ted Leonsis is a nationally renowned entrepreneur, investor, and business-builder. He sits on the board of directors of several leading companies ranging from American Express to Groupon. Ted co-leads Revolution Growth, a private equity fund focused on building significant, game-changing companies and currently sits on the board of directors of Clearspring, Resonate Networks and FedBid Inc.

Leonsis retired from active management of AOL in 2006, where during the previous 13 years he was an inspirational leader and held a number of senior positions, including vice chairman and president, and worked closely with Steve Case for a decade to build AOL into the world’s leading internet company with a market value at its peak in excess of $100 billion.

Leonsis has been named Washington’s Businessman of the Year, a Washingtonian of the Year, one of the 20 most influential people in sports, and one of the top 10 entrepreneurs of the year. Leonsis blogs daily at TedsTake.com.

Chris Holden - General Partner, Court Square Ventures

Chris Holden brings more than 25 years of early-stage investing and company-building experience to Court Square, including 11 years with News Corporation in a variety of senior operating, strategy, and executive management roles.

From 1995 to 2000 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Kesmai Corporation, a wholly owned software and technology subsidiary of News Corp, which he sold to Electronic Arts and America Online. Prior to becoming CEO of Kesmai, Chris was vice president of News Technology Group. He also served on News Corp’s Global Interactive Strategy Taskforce, was a member of the executive team that created iGuide, and was a senior executive with the News Digital Media Group. Prior to joining the News Technology Group, he co-founded the Advanced Media Group for HarperCollins Publishers in New York and served as corporate vice president. While at News Corp, Chris served as a director of numerous private companies in the IT, software, and media sectors.

Chris left News Corp in 2000 to co-found Court Square Ventures. He has been a board member in CSV I portfolio companies CSTV (sold to CBS), Logic Library (sold to SOA Software), and Verance (still operating). Currently, he is a director of CSV II portfolio companies Emerging Media Group, Grab Networks, Echo360, and Mobile Posse. He serves on the board of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, the University of Virginia Patent Foundation, and was appointed by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University. He is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School and Davidson College.

Xander Perry - General Partner, Anthem Capital

Xander Perry joined the Anthem team in 1998 and has over 15 years business experience with emphasis on telecommunications, information technology and venture capital investing. Before joining Anthem, Xander worked with Advent International in Boston where he assisted with the private equity firm’s investments in energy and technology companies. Prior to his career in venture capital Xander designed and implemented software systems and telecommunications solutions for MCI, BellSouth and other Fortune 500 companies. He spent four years with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) where he was aligned with the firm’s IT/telecom and Telecommunications industry groups.

Xander acquired his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and his Bachelors Degree from Emory University.

Gregga Baxter - Head of Private Equity, Falcon Private Equity

Gregga Baxter has been with Falcon Private Equity for more than 20 years and was a founding member of the firm’s investment banking practice in London. Gregg has been involved as an investor with Affiliated Computer Services (NYSE:ACS); Dataplex (acquired); AdvaCare Inc. (IPO and subsequently acquired); Tidel Engineering Inc (Nasdaq: ATMS); Graham Engineering (recapitalization and subsequently acquired); and Peter Piper Pizza (acquired). Gregga represents the firm on the boards of eMotion, Inc., Visual Insights, Inc. and White Rock Networks.

He is also a director of ProVen Private Equity. Gregga started his career in finance at JP Morgan. He holds a BA (Hons) and MA in Modern History from Oxford University.