About Echo360

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At Echo360, we believe that improved outcomes start with great moments in the classroom. Developed by educators, Echo360 helps instructors capture and extend those moments to improve student engagement before, during and after class. Through our technology platform, students have 24/7 access to classroom discussion, presentation materials, and the lecture itself. We generate data that helps instructors and institutions identify problems early and take action.

Our Executive Team


Fred Singer

CEO

Fred Singer

CEO

Fred Singer is an Internet pioneer and entrepreneur whose career and philanthropic activities have spanned a broad range of interests from education, media, arts, science and veteran affairs.

Before Echo360, Fred was a Senior Advisor to Masayoshi Son, President and CEO of SoftBank and Chairman of Sprint’s Board of Directors. Fred was also active as a venture partner at SoftBank Capital in the US.

Fred held a number of senior roles at AOL including Chief Operating Officer of AOL Studios/Interactive Services, Chief Operating Officer for ICQ (instant messaging) and Senior Vice President of Emerging Products. Prior to AOL, Fred was a founder of the Washington Post Online Service (now WashingtonPost.com) and a Consultant with Bain & Company.

Fred has served on a number of business, charitable and educational boards including DoubleClick, Motley Fool Company, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (International Committee), Queens University School of Business, and Upper Canada College. His current board work includes Intact Financial Corporation, the Langley School and “Warrior to Cyber Warrior”, a non-profit that helps wounded warriors find meaningful training and careers in cyber security. He was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 2013 “Tech Titans”. Fred earned the “Venture Deal of the Year” award by the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth as a result of funding by Revolution Growth in 2012.

Fred holds an MBA from Harvard as well as an LLB, an MA in Philosophy, a BA with Distinction in Philosophy, and a BA with Honors in Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada.

Tony Abate

Chief Operating Officer

Tony Abate

Chief Operating Officer

Tony Abate brings more than 20 years of experience in the technology, digital media and converged services fields to Echo360 and over the course of his career, Tony has served in a variety of product management, senior executive, investment and advisory roles.

As an investor at Battery Ventures and Whitney & Co, Tony served on the board of several venture-backed start-ups. His seasoned guidance on how to profitably scale in nascent markets helped companies like Homestore, RelevantKnowledge, and Cbeyond Communications go from concept to a successful IPO or exit.

As a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and Mercator Partners, Tony advised publicly traded companies and venture-backed start-ups on how best to capitalize on the ensuing business opportunities of digitization and convergence. Tony began his career in the US Air Force, where he developed an advanced computer platform for the then-classified stealth aircraft program.

Tony graduated summa cum laude with a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and holds an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

He was honored as the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s “2013 CFO of the Year.”

Dr. Bradley Fordham

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Bradley Fordham

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Bradley Fordham is a pioneering technologist and veteran technology executive with over 20 years experience building and leading innovative product teams. He is responsible for the company’s overall technology vision – driving research and development initiatives and collaboration, and overseeing the global engineering organization.

Prior to joining Echo360, Dr. Fordham served as Chief Technology Officer for various technology companies including Amplify, Online Insight, Ravello Solutions, and OneSoft and held key leadership positions in advanced technology and product development with TMX Finance, Xiocom Wireless, Oracle Corporation, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), AT&T and GE. He was a Professor of Database Theory and Software Engineering and has advised and consulted with NASA, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and several other U.S. government agencies and Fortune 100 global technology companies.

Dr. Fordham is an author and frequent speaker on Internet and educational technologies, advanced software architectures, agile software development at scale, e-commerce, big data and real-time analytics, adaptive systems, and automated customer understanding. He was a presenter at the groundbreaking First International Workshop on Technological Challenges of Electronic Commerce at the IBM Center for Advanced Studies.

Dr. Fordham holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He received a B.S. in Computer Science as well as a B.A. in Spanish from Furman University.

Shana Jackson

VP, Human Resources

Shana Jackson

VP, Human Resources

Shana Jackson leads the Echo360 Human Resources department, including responsibility for the design and development of HR strategies and processes that drive the Echo360 business objectives and foster the company’s culture. Shana’s background includes all aspects of HR, recruiting and HR program management, most recently in the education industry.

Prior to joining Echo360, Shana led HR and talent acquisition initiatives at The Teaching Company, producer of The Great Courses. She began her career in Human Resources at NVR, a national homebuilder/mortgage company based in Reston, starting out in the University Recruiting group before moving into HR Business Partner roles. Additionally, Shana held an HR management role at Claraview, a division of Teradata.

Shana is a graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, VA where she earned a B.A. in Business with a concentration in Marketing. She also holds HR professional certifications from HRCI and SHRM.

Dr. Perry Samson

Head of Teaching Innovation

Dr. Perry Samson

Head of Teaching Innovation

Perry Samson, founder of LectureTools, is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan. He holds an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship at the University of Michigan in recognition of “outstanding contributions to undergraduate education” and is the recipient of one of the inaugural “Teaching Innovation Awards” at the University of Michigan. In 2010 he was named “Distinguished Professor of the Year” in the State of Michigan.

Bill Holding

Executive Vice President, Product

Bill Holding

Executive Vice President, Product

Bill Holding is focused on future growth strategy and developing corporate relationships for Echo360.

Most recently, Bill was the President of Anystream, where he led the company through significant growth and the second-generation release of its industry-leading Agility platform.

Prior to Anystream, Bill was Vice President of Marketing and International for Into Networks. Before Into Networks, Bill served as Director of Business Development and Group Product Manager in the desktop products division of Avid Technology. Early in his career, Bill worked as a Product Manager at Microsoft and as an Account Executive at Young & Rubicam Advertising.

Bill holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an M.St. in Modern History from Oxford University, and a BA in History from Emory University.

Autumn Taylor

VP, Marketing

Autumn Taylor

VP, Marketing

Autumn Taylor leads the Echo360 marketing department and oversees marketing strategy and initiatives that drive business growth. She is passionate about the role of technology in helping to reshape education globally and develop lifelong learners.

Prior to joining Echo360, Autumn worked for nearly 12 years in the education technology space – most recently, as head of marketing for Chalkable. In this role, she oversaw the rebranding of the company and the launch of several new products, including a learning management system. She has also held various marketing leadership and general management roles at Blackboard Analytics, K12 Inc. and Discovery Communications.

Autumn began her career at Andersen Consulting, where she advised clients in various industries on how to reengineer processes and apply technology to gain efficiencies and competitive advantage. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Peterson

Senior Vice President of Customer Success

Michael Peterson

Senior Vice President of Customer Success

Michael Peterson leads the Echo360 customer success program, which drives customer delight and educational outcomes as the central themes in delivery of lecture capture, active learning, and analytical services. His responsibilities include service deployment, user training and best practices, technical support, and long-term customer satisfaction with a focus on the critical academic success factors of educational institutions worldwide.

Michael joined Echo360 from GridPoint, a provider of cloud-based, energy-related SaaS services where he served as Vice President of Strategic Account Management. Previously, he was Vice President of Customer Experience at Neustar – a cloud-based, mission-critical registry and data service provider to the telecom industry.

He also brings education industry experience to Echo360 from his management of the Digital Equipment Corporation education initiative (“TEI”) program and leverages his background in the global Internet from his tenure as Vice President of Corporate Development at Internet Carrier PSINet. He began his career in international trade policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce which led to a formative experience in Honeywell’s public policy and International divisions.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied international relations, European history, and computer science. He resides in Vienna, VA with his wife and three children and is based at Echo360 headquarters in Reston, VA.

Chris Huff

SVP, Worldwide Sales

Chris Huff

SVP, Worldwide Sales

Chris Huff has more than 20 years of sales and business development leadership experience in public and venture-backed technology companies, and has built and scaled direct sales organizations, as well as indirect sales channels. Chris’ career includes more than 12 years of international sales management experience during which he has generated significant and sustained revenue streams in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Echo360, Chris served as Vice President of Sales for JacobsRimell Ltd., a UK-based provider of advanced IP provisioning software solutions to the telecom. Before JacobsRimell, Chris was the Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at UK-based Cerebrus Solutions Ltd. Chris has also held sales and business development executive positions at TeleKnowledge, Saville Systems, Comshare and IBM.

Chris received a BA in History from Dartmouth College.

Jonathan Merril, MD

Chief Medical eLearning Officer

Jonathan Merril, MD

Chief Medical eLearning Officer

Dr. Merril is a world-renowned expert in eLearning for healthcare and has published over 150 academic papers in this field.

Dr. Merril’s professional career has focused on the use of technology to enhance medical education. He has a passion for advancing medical education and holds several patents in the field of the digital capture and distribution of lectures.

He works with over 50 non-profit medical associations, patient advocacy groups, hospitals and other healthcare organizations to provide optimized platforms for the dissemination of the latest healthcare information. He has pioneered electronic patient education and the provision of interactive mobile health care apps.

He was a founder of a surgical simulation company (Immersion Medical) in 1987, a division of Immersion Corp. (NASDAQ: IMMR), he pioneered the use of computer based real-time, three-dimensional simulation as applied to the enhancement of medical procedure training. The software that his team created won Discovery Magazine’s award for Innovation and has been featured in National and International Publications and Press including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, as well as trade and professional peer reviewed medical publications. Today, Immersion Medical’s PC based simulators are being used in medical centers world-wide.

Dr. Merril has been a principle investigator on several large-scale government efforts using interactive education to enhance the treatment of battlefield trauma during the ‘golden hour’ of time, in which a healthcare provider has the greatest opportunity to effect life saving techniques at the front lines of a war.

Dr. Merril advanced the state of the art in medical education with the formation of Medical Consumer Media (MCM) in 1995, a company that focused on the development of educational tools to enhance medical education through the use of the Internet. MCM went on to create the first media streaming grand-rounds lectures on the web in 1996 as well as the first medical conference (the 1996 Conference on Retrovirology and Opportunistic Infection).

Dr. Merril earned his M.D. from The George Washington University Medical Center. He completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at The Washington Hospital Center and completed a three-year fellowship in medical informatics at The George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Merril is a graduate of Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) with majors in both Biology and Chemistry. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The George Washington University Medical Center.

Board of Directors

Fred Singer is an Internet pioneer and entrepreneur whose career and philanthropic activities have spanned a broad range of interests from media, arts, education, science and veteran affairs. In addition to his role as CEO of Echo360, Fred also serves as Chairman of Grab Media.

Before Echo360 and Grab Media, Fred was a Senior Advisor to Masayoshi Son, President and CEO of Softbank Corporation in Japan and was also active as a venture partner at Softbank Capital in the US.

Prior to Softbank, Fred held a number of senior roles at AOL including Chief Operating Officer of AOL Studios/Interactive Services, Chief Operating Officer for ICQ (instant messaging) and Senior Vice President of Emerging Products. Prior to AOL, Fred was a founder of the Washington Post Online Service (now WashingtonPost.com) and a Consultant with Bain & Company.

Fred has served on a number of business, charitable and educational boards including DoubleClick, Motley Fool Company,Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (International Committee), Queens School of Business, and Upper Canada College. His current board work includes the Langley School and “Warriors to Cyber Warriors” which focuses on helping wounded warriors find meaningful training and careers in cybersecurity.

Fred holds an MBA from Harvard as well as an LLB, an MA in Philosophy, a BA with Distinction in Philosophy, and a BA with Honors in Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada.

Professor of English John Casteen became President of the University of Virginia in August 1990. As president, he oversaw a major restructuring of the University’s administrative and governance structures, one of the largest capital funds campaigns ever undertaken, significant improvements in academic programs, and major expansions of the University’s physical facilities.

Before becoming president of UVA, John served as president of the University of Connecticut from 1985-1990. Prior to the University of Connecticut, he served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education and taught English at the University of California (Berkeley) and the University of Virginia. He also served as UVA’s Dean of Admission from 1975 to 1982.

John has been a director of the American Council on Education, a director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, trustee and chair of the College Entrance Examination Board, commissioner of the Education Commission of the States, member of the Board of Control for the Southern Regional Education Board, commissioner of the New England Board of Higher Education, and chair of the Association of Governing Board’s council of presidents. From 1991 to 1993, he chaired the National Board on Oceans and Atmosphere. In 1997, John completed a term as chair of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as well as a term as president of SACS. In 2000-2002, he chaired the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). He recently completed a term as chair of the Association of American Universities (AAU). John is currently a member of AAU’s Institutional Data Committee.

John’s business career has included service as a director of Connecticut Bank and Trust Company (CBT), New England Education Loan Marketing Corporation (Nellie Mae), Sallie Mae, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Connecticut, Inc., Calico, the College Construction Loan Insurance Association (Connie Lee), Allied Concrete Company, Jefferson Bankshares, Inc., and Wachovia Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and a member and chair of the Jefferson Science Associates, LLC. Currently, he serves as chair of Universitas 21 and is a member of the Board of Directors of U21 Global Pte Ltd. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of SAGE Publications, Inc. and the Virginia University Research Partnership Board.

John’s work in academia and in the greater community has been recognized by numerous organizations including the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the National Institute of Social Sciences, the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Most recently, Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Government and Public Affairs presented John with the Excellence in Virginia Government Lifetime Achievement Award.

John holds three degrees in English from the University of Virginia (a BA with high honors, an MA, and a Ph.D).

Mr. Weisman is a Founder and Managing Partner of SCP Vitalife Partners, and a Partner of SCP Partners, with more than $1 billion under management in a series of venture capital investment funds. He has been a member of the investment committee of Vitalife Life Sciences Fund since its inception, and has worked closely with Vitalife since SCP Partners became Vitalife’s U.S. sponsor in 2002. He has extensive experience in venture capital investing, particularly in the life sciences area, dating back to 1990.

Mr. Weisman has been a Partner of SCP Partners since its inception in 1996. SCP is a multistage private equity manager with $830 million under management in two funds. He has led SCP’s efforts in the life sciences area, which include investments in the U.S. and Israel. He has also led several other technology investments for SCP. Mr. Weisman serves as chairman of the board or a director of several portfolio companies.

In 1990, Mr. Weisman became Vice President and a member of the board of directors of CIP Capital L.P., a Small Business Investment Company licensed by the SBA. Mr. Weisman led many of the successful life science investments made by CIP. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Weisman operated a management and financial advisory firm focusing on the reorganization and turnaround of troubled companies. He began his career in 1982 practicing reorganization law at a large Philadelphia law firm.

Mr. Weisman is a Director or Chairman of several companies, including Recro Pharma, ReWalk Robotics and LZ Therapeutics.

Mr. Weisman received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is the Chairman of the board of trustees of Young Scholars Charter School, an inner-city public school serving approximately 250 economically disadvantaged children.

Donn Davis co-leads Revolution Growth, which invests in and helps build innovative and impactful companies. Prior to founding Revolution LLC with Steve Case in 2005, Donn was a senior executive at America Online and AOL Time Warner. Donn served as COO and then President of the AOL Interactive Properties Group, driving the mission to expand beyond the core AOL Service with new brands and new strategies.

Donn served as CEO of Exclusive Resorts LLC from 2004 to 2007. He built Exclusive Resorts from a start-up to the #1 market leader, and defined an entirely new segment of luxury hospitality called the destination club. From 1992 to 1998, Donn served in numerous senior roles at Tribune Company. He was the founder and President of Tribune Ventures, pioneering the concept of strategic corporate venture capital and delivering an overall 55% IRR. Previously, as Senior Counsel, he structured and negotiated dozens of acquisitions and strategic partnerships in publishing, broadcasting, and digital media.

In addition to Echo360, Donn sits on the board of directors of Zipcar and Everyday Health.

Evan Morgan is a Director at Revolution Growth, a Washington DC-based private equity firm which invests in and actively helps build disruptive, innovative, and significant new consumer companies.

Prior to joining Revolution Growth, Evan was an Associate at the Carlyle Group and a member of the U.S. Growth Capital team. During his time at Carlyle, Evan also worked closely with members of Carlyle’s executive team on corporate strategy initiatives including new product offerings and fund formation. Before the Carlyle Group, Evan was an investment banking analyst at Financo, Inc. a boutique consumer/retail-focused M&A firm based in New York City.

Evan is a founding member of Charter Board Partners, a DC-based charitable organization backed by the New School Venture Fund and the Walton Foundation that focuses on board development for charter schools in the District of Columbia.

Evan received a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Janet Hill is a principal in Hill Family Advisors, where she oversees the family’s assets and investments.  She retired in 2010 as the co-owner and Vice President of Alexander & Associates, Inc., a corporate consulting firm in Washington, D.C., after 30 years in management and ownership.

Mrs. Hill currently serves on the boards of The Wendy’s Company, Dean Foods, Inc. and Carlyle Group. She is also a Vice President of Hill Ventures, Inc., her son’s real estate investment business.  She retired from the following boards when the companies were sold: Tambrands, Houghton Mifflin, Sprint, and Security Capital Group.  She served as a public member of the New York Cotton Exchange for six years.  Mrs. Hill is a member of the Board of Trustees of Duke University and was personally appointed to the Board of the Kennedy Center by President Obama.  She is a commissioner of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and a member of the board of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Mrs. Hill formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Wellesley College and the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary.  She served on the Board of Visitors of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University for 18 years.

From 1978 until 1981, Mrs. Hill was the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.  She was involved in all major decisions of the Secretariat during that period.  Prior to her work for the Army, she was a scientist with a private consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. area. Mrs. Hill holds degrees in Mathematics from Wellesley College (BA) and the University of Chicago (MAT).  She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana.  She is married to Calvin Hill, a Yale graduate, retired professional athlete in the NFL and a consultant to the Dallas Cowboys.  Their only child, Grant, is a Duke graduate, a retired professional athlete with the NBA and present owner of two private equity firms. He is currently a studio host on TNT and the host of Inside Stuff on NBATV.   He and his wife, Tamia, a seven-time Grammy-nominated singer, are the parents of two daughters.

Rohit Seth is a Partner of Duchossois Capital Management. His current focus is on applied technology investments to the education, healthcare, and a few other select vertical markets. He is based out of Austin, TX, where he manages the Texas office.

He previously served as a Vice President of The Duchossois Group and General Partner at Duchossois Technology Partners. In these capacities, he has assumed executive roles within portfolio companies, led growth initiatives across the operating companies, started new businesses, and pursued new investments and acquisitions.  Recently, he became a U.S. patent holder for his work with Brivo Systems on integrating social network identities to control internet of things devices (U.S. patent #8,881,252).

Rohit currently serves on the Boards of Echo360, Skylight Systems, Life360, and BrivoLabs. He is also on the advisory board at Opternative.  He has broad technology investment experience which spans the enterprise, communications, consumer, and emerging technology sectors. He previously served on the Boards of or was an investor in: SmartSignal (acquired by GE), AppIQ (acquired by Hewlett Packard), Crossbeam Systems (acquired by Thoma Bravo), Topspin (acquired by Cisco), Sandburst (acquired by Broadcom), Sipera (acquired bv Avaya), ALIS (acquired by Carl Zeiss, Inc), Aveso (acquired by Gemalto), NetEffect (acquired by Intel), AirWalk (acquired by UBEE), Pintail (acquired by Salland), and Surface Logix (acquired by Nano Terra).

Before joining DTEC, Rohit was Intel Capital’s Regional Manager for the Northeast U.S. and led Enterprise and Consumer sector efforts at Dell Ventures and Corporate Development. Rohit’s venture capital experience started as one of the original associates at HotBank/Seed Capital, SOFTBANK’s early stage VC affiliate. Rohit has also worked as an engineer with Texas Instruments and Andersen Consulting and as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company and Alliance Consulting Group.

Rohit graduated from Yale University with a double major B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Economics. He completed his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and SM in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University.

Investors and Advisors

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 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 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.

Todd has written two books on Transformative Companies: East of Wall Street, a work of business fiction, and Built for Change: Essential Traits of Transformative Companies (Praeger Publishing).

He is a frequent speaker on capital formation and entrepreneurship, has appeared on the Lou Dobbs Show and CNN, and has been a keynote speaker at Fortune Magazine’s Growth Summit. He serves in leadership roles for the Young Presidents Organization and serves on numerous boards.

He earned his BBA from the University of Texas-Austin and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

As Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for SWaN & Legend, Todd brings a successful approach to private equity investing and a focus on identifying and helping to build transformative companies that not only succeed, but transform their industries, their markets and the world around them. During his 20+ year career, he has been involved in financing more than 130 venture and growth stage companies.

In 2005, Todd founded and served as Managing Partner of Legend Ventures, a private investment firm targeting New Media and Information Technology opportunities, which merged with SWaN Investors in 2012, becoming SWaN & Legend Venture Partners. He serves on the boards of Anonymous Content, La Lumiere, China Senior Care, and MyOwnMed. He is also a board observer on CustomInk, Optoro, Social Radar, Quad Learning and Think Food Group.