SPEAKER SHORT BIOS
L. Krakoff : Mr. Krakoff is a Partner of
JEGI Capital. Roger has over 15 years of venture capital,
equity investing and operating experience in the enterprise
software, IT and information services industries. He has particular
interest in and experience with application software and business
services and database companies. Roger is a Director of Aprimo
Software and Intraspect Software.
Most recently Roger served as a Managing Director
in Veronis Suhler's Business & Professional Information
Group where he focused on business information companies,
particularly those in the areas of IT, marketing services
and vertical market solutions. During his time there he also
led the private equity fund's investing efforts in the healthcare
information market including the take private purchase of
HCIA and subsequent merger with the Sachs Group and acquisition
of HBSI. He also led the firm's effort in venture investing
related to both the media industries as well as the Fund's
Roger was previously Vice President of Business
Development and Marketing at WebLine Communications, a web-based
application software company serving the collaborative messaging
market. During that time, he secured the company's second
round of financing and established strategic business relationships
with major telephony companies including Aspect, Lucent, Nortel
and Geotel. The company was subsequently sold to Cisco Systems
in 1999 for $325 million.
Mr. Krakoff was Vice President of Corporate
Development and Strategic Marketing from 1995 to 1997 at Stream
International, a $2 billion business services subsidiary of
R. R. Donnelley & Sons. He directed all acquisitions and
divestiture activities for Stream, overseeing the sale of
more than $100 million in assets, as well as securing board
approval for a corporate restructuring plan and an IPO of
the company's $180 million Outsource Technical Support Division.
Additionally, he directed the launch of the company's Internet
retail sales web site, Stream.com
Mr. Krakoff also spent five years at Dun &
Bradstreet Corporation in a variety of senior management,
marketing and business development positions. During his time
there, he launched information companies in the small business
and database marketing arenas and formed new ventures in Eastern
Europe and Asia. Roger led the firm's investment and expansion
efforts into such new markets as decision support, supply
chain management, and application outsourcing. While at D
& B, Roger participated in a number of acquisition and
divestiture activities across the corporation's business lines.
He began his career with IBM in the areas of finance, planning
and product management.
Roger earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business
School, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and a Bachelor
of Arts in International Relations and Economics from Tufts
F. Barry : Mr. Barry is the managing partner
of Prospect Street Ventures and chairman of the firm's investment
committee. Mr. Barry has more than 20 years of venture capital,
private equity, and related experience with utilities and
the energy industry. He has led Prospect Street investments
in healthcare, information technology, energy and many other
In addition to overseeing Prospect Street Ventures,
Mr. Barry is actively involved in the operations of PSV portfolio
companies, often joining their boards of directors, and has
served on the boards of twelve technology companies. Mr. Barry
serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mathematics
Foundation of America, a non-profit foundation that enhances
opportunities in mathematics education for students from diverse
backgrounds. Mr. Barry has served as Chairman and CEO of BondNet
Trading Systems, Inc., the first electronic fixed-income inter-dealer
From 1988 to 1989, Mr. Barry managed the Investment
Banking Department of L.F. Rothschild and Co, focusing on
private equity and venture capital. From 1983 to 1988, Mr.
Barry was a senior investment banker at Merrill Lynch where
he executed more than $3 billion in financings for project
finance, utility, merchant banking, and general corporate
finance clients. From 1979 to 1983, Mr. Barry was an attorney
at Davis Polk & Wardwell where he advised utilities and
their commercial and investment bankers. From 1978 to 1979,
Mr. Barry served as Law Clerk to Circuit Judge J. Edward Lumbard
of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New
Mr. Barry graduated magna cum laude with an
A.B. from Princeton University in 1974. He graduated cum laude
with a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1978, where
he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Geoffrey W. Smith: Mr. Smith is a Managing
Director at The Ascent Group, LLC, a venture firm investing
in seed-stage biomedical technology companies.
Previously, Geoff co-founded Interbind, Inc.,
a developer of data and process integration software, and
served as its CEO until its sale. Geoff is also the founder
of Alterity Partners, LLC, a healthcare and IT-focused investment
bank. Prior to starting Interbind and Alterity, Geoff was
instrumental as a member of senior management in raising over
$200 million in equity from the public and private markets
for technology companies. These companies included AHT Corporation,
a provider of Internet-based clinical e-commerce and outcomes
software and EarthWeb, a provider of online services for the
Geoff currently serves on the Board of Directors
of Biomerix Corporation and the Board of Advisors for Vista
Research, LLC and the AppleCare Foundation.
Earlier in his career, Geoff was a corporate
attorney in New York City with White & Case and O'Sullivan,
Graev & Karabell. Prior to receiving his law degree, he
served as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School.
Geoff received a B.A. with honors from Williams
College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law
ARYx Therapeutics, Biomerix Corporation, CardioVention,
Inc. and MicroDisc Technologies, Inc.
Thomas Pennell: Mr. Pennell established
Pennell Venture Partners ("PVP") in 1997 and has
been responsible for all aspects of selecting, managing and
successfully harvesting investments in a first-generation
venture capital fund. Through Pennell Venture Partners Marathon
Fund, L.P. and its successor fund, Marathon Fund II, PVP has
invested in over a dozen information technology
companies over the last several years.
Thomas currently sits on the board of directors
of Online Benefits (benefits communication), WAM Systems (supply
chain planning) and Centiv (point of purchase advertisement
Prior to establishing PVP, Thomas, who received
a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from NYU¹s
Stern School of Business, held positions in venture capital
and small business finance with Chase Manhattan Bank, Endeavor
Capital Management and Access Capital.
Critical Mention (08/03).
Jay S. Rand: Mr. Rand is a partner in
Morrison & Foerster's New York office and a member of
the firm's Corporate Group. Mr. Rand's practice has been focused
on the representation of emerging and growth-stage companies,
private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
His clients include private equity funds (both buyout funds
and venture capital funds), as well as companies in the information
technology, media (old and new), telecommunications, software,
hardware and life science industries. He is recognized as
one of New York's leading practitioners in the area of private
equity financing, and in 1999 was named by the Silicon Alley
Reporter as one of Silicon Alley's "Top 50 Supporters,"
a list comprised of leading service providers to New York's
new media and technology community. Mr. Rand also has experience
in strategic investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint
ventures, and private and public securities offerings.
Mr. Rand graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Johns
Hopkins University in 1983, and received his J.D. degree from
the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1987, where
he was an editor of the Comparative Labor Law Journal.
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