Managing Director, Venture Capital (MENA, Abu Dhabi, Dubai)
As the founder of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa office of Intel Capital, Feroz ran a team whose objectives were to expand, align and accelerate the frontiers of technology via strategic relationships with companies in the context of driving significant positive financial returns for Intel. In his engagement as a principal investor, Feroz reviewed over 200 deals yearly and led investments in 11 companies and one acquisition (Egypt).
Educated in the US and with work experiences from US, Asia and Europe, Feroz brings a unique global perspective in building businesses. Feroz has been involved in entrepreneurial start-ups in social networking, enterprise software, consumer internet and mobility companies. He has also serves on several boards as an advisor.
Regionally, Feroz has build networks with regional PE houses and investment funds to engage in multi-disciplinary investment platforms and he has served as an independent investment committee member at the Etqaan Sharia Fund (TNI/KAMCO). While at Intel Ireland, Feroz worked on three major acquisitions: DSPC ($1.6B acquisition of CDMA chip developer), Xircom ($748m acquisition of Ethernet connectivity provider) and GIGA ($1.25B acquisition of Gigabit Ethernet chip developer). Post his M&A career, Feroz ran a division focusing on growing Intel’s presence in the emerging markets (including Central Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East, Turkey and Africa) by leading local footprint setups. This led to Feroz being chosen by Intel leadership to build its private equity and venture capital presence in the Middle East.
Feroz founded and opened Intel Capital’s office in Dubai in January of 2008. Feroz holds an electrical engineering degree from The University of Maryland (honors) and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. Feroz is based in Dubai and provides a bridge for relationships that span the global markets. He is a member of the Abu Dhabi Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents Organization, www.ypo.org), A charter member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs, www.tie.org), An Investment Selection Panelist at Endeavor (www.endeavor.org) and belongs to numerous technical and leadership honor societies. Feroz has spoken at Harvard University, ArabNet, TechWadi, WAMDA and many other conferences. Feroz serves on the advisory board and in advisory capacities to Smartstones (www.smartstones.co), SPOTS (www.spotsapp.us), First Global Data (www.firstglobaldata.com), Goodyox (www.goodybox.me) as few of the startups.
Managing Director LDJ Capital Managing Director (Chicago)
Bill Marcus has been involved in the management of several companies in various capacities. From February 2016 to present, he is the senior managing director of HedgeCoVest LLC.He also served as senior managing director of Asset Alliance Corporation (AAC) and Hedge Harbor Incorporated. He also served as senior managing director of Crowd Alliance, an interactive marketplace for investors and entrepreneurs. Before AAC, he had senior management roles at industry-leading institutional brokers. He helped Newedge Group to be the largest institutional futures and options broker globally. At Newedge he is the authority in business development and coordination between and among global offices, staff and the various parent groups within Credit Agricole and SocGen banks.
Prior to Newedge, Marcus worked as top global executive and sales management at leading firms Carr Futures, Calyon Financial, Bear Stearns, Sakura Dellsher Inc, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, and Discount Corporation of New York Futures. He has ongoing access to management of the world’s largest hedge funds, money managers, institutional investors, asset allocators, and wealth management firms. He has spent the past 6 years in investing and advising many early stage entrepreneurial companies in the fields of entertainment, media streaming, technology, promotion, advertising, consumer good, law enforcement, cybersecurity, health, fitness and defense. He specializes in managing complex institutional relationships and people; venture capital and fund raising; building staff, products as well as early, and late stage growing companies; and, relationship, sales management and business development.
Marcus obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees, in Schools of Management (LLP) and Visual & Performing Arts (SPC) fas well as Law & Public Policy and Speech rom the Syracuse University in 1982. He also completed the first year program of his MBA from the Harvard Business School. His interests include climate, energy and water conservation; motion picture as well as live and recorded music industry and related projects/raising capital; as well as consulting and trading.
Director, Venture Capital, Wealth Management, Alternative Investments (NYC)
Michael Felman is a global financial advisory with LDJ Capital and business expert with 10 years of fund advisory clients with over two dozen funds under his umbrella. Mr. Felman represents institutional investors such as family offices, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds and a select group of high net worth individuals and continuously sources deals for them and pins down the right companies both private and public, both domestic and international that may have the best fit for the funds that are our clients.
Mr. Felman has the knowledge and expertise to properly source, structure and evaluate investment opportunities for LDJ Capital’s fund and fund-of-fund clients. We offer 60 years of legal and financial experience that they have come to trust.
However, Mr. Felman did not forget his roots. For over 20 years, Michael Felman was a practicing Attorney helping individuals and small businesses with their legal needs. Today, Michael Felman has been a trusted financial advisor to entrepreneurs, small businesses and large corporations in navigating the sometimes difficult world of the capital markets. We have raised over $300 million dollars for these fund clients. Whether practicing law or finance, Mr. Felman’s and LDJ Capital’s motto has always been “The Client Comes First.”
Michael Felman is President and CEO of MSF Capital Advisors, a global financial advisory firm. His firm represents institutional investors such as family offices, venture capital, private equity, fund of funds, hedge funds and a select group of high net worth individuals. With over 60 years of legal and financial experience, the principals of MSF Capital Advisors have the knowledge and expertise to properly source, structure and evaluate investment opportunities for its clients. For over 20 years, Michael Felman was a practicing Attorney helping individuals and small businesses with their legal needs. Today, Michael Felman has been a trusted financial advisor to investors helping them navigate the sometimes difficult world of the capital markets. On behalf of his clients, he has conducted extensive due diligence on new hedge fund managers using a top down approach. Our clients are looking to capture Alpha while minimizing Beta. The organizational structure as well as the trading strategy of the Hedge Fund is carefully analyzed to first determine the level of transparency within the organization and then to determine the true risk adjusted return.
Director, Venture Capital, Europe & USA (Zug, Lugano, Menlo Park)
George Coelho manages clean energy investor Good Energies’ Venture Capital activities today. Prior to joining Good Energies in 2008, Coelho was a co-founder in 2000 of European venture Fund Balderton Capital (formerly known as Benchmark Capital, Europe). Before founding Benchmark Capital, Europe, he was Vice President, Intel International and led all of Intel Corporation’s strategic Venture Capital investment activities outside the U.S. Preceding that he was a founder of the group which evolved to become Intel Capital and was Assistant Treasurer also running the Mergers and Acquisitions group. Prior to Intel he held senior executive positions with Nomura Securities and UBS in Silicon Valley, involved in corporate finance, including debt, M&A and initial-public-offerings of shares. Coelho has skills in investing ranging from early-stage start-ups to public companies and has been involved in more than 200 investments in 20 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Sample transactions where he has been an early investor include: Broadcom and Citrix (US), PCCW (China), Trend Micro (Japan) and Betfair, LoveFilm and Wonga (UK). Coelho has successfully brought companies to flotation on stock exchanges throughout the world. Today these companies represent over $50 Billion in market capitalization. He also has substantial experience as a Board Director defining strategy and advising on international expansion. He also is hands-on in managing restructuring and turnarounds, M&A, building teams and licensing and protecting intellectual property. Coelho has worked with various host-country Governments on investment and tax incentives for manufacturing plant locations as well as starting software labs. He has been involved in successful technology spin-outs from a number of universities including Cambridge University. Coelho’s expertise also covers international business development for European software and hardware product companies who want to expand into the US and Asian markets. Today he is Chairman of Octo Telematics (UK) and a Board member of Tendril Inc. (USA) and KKB Energy (CH). Coelho holds a B.S. from The American University and an MBA from The George Washington University. Today he is a Trustee of The George Washington University and is an advisor to the School of Business. He is on the Zurich Committee of Human Rights Watch. In 2011 he was awarded the Polish State medal, Pro Memoria. He is a dual US/UK citizen and speaks fluent French as well as some German and Italian.
Chad M. Aaron
Director, Entertainment Tech & Finance (LA)
Currently Chad is the President and Chief Financial Officer of MasterImage 3D, Inc. MasterImage 3D, Inc is a 3D technology company that provides pioneering solutions for theaters, mobile devices and gaming. With digital 3D cinema systems installed in 57 countries, MasterImage 3D is a fast-growing digital 3D cinema system supplier, offering audiences the clearest, sharpest 3D experience while providing exhibitors with a compelling ownership-based pricing model. The company invented, patented and mass-produced the cell-matrix parallax barrier, the leading 3D technology for auto-stereoscopic mobile display. It enabled one of the world’s first glasses-free 3D mobile phones and is in development for devices in 2011. Its 3D camera ASIC empowers users to create 3D content.
Founded in 2004, the company is privately held and headquartered in Hollywood, with offices in the UK, Tokyo and Seoul. Prior to coming on full time at MasterImage 3D, Chad through Lighthouse Capital structured and advised Symphony 3D Technologies on the acquisition of the controlling interest in MasterImage 3D. Prior to Symphony 3D Technologies and becoming the President and CFO of MasterImage Chad was one of the founding partners of Wind Farm Capital which was sold to American Wind Capital. Wind Farm Capital was in the business of financing wind royalties and land assets. Chad was the Financial Director and headed up all financial activities, including arranging various equity, debt or credit facilities to support business operations and acquisitions, developing and implementing strategies for the financing of acquired assets, and structuring new financial products.
Chad is currently a managing partner of Lighthouse Capital Partners which is a family office and merchant banking firm which manages and advises on over $150 million is assets. Lighthouse Capital specializes in creating and managing investments in an asset allocation model. The Companies model stretches across the whole risk profile of a particular clients’ portfolio from fixed income, equity markets to alternative investments. Lighthouse Capital’s focus to its clients is based upon due diligence and access to products and managers. The Lighthouse Capital team has made a name for itself for analyzing and completing transactions and investments in the alternative investment section of client’s portfolios. Prior to forming Lighthouse Capital Partners, Chad was Senior Vice President at Pacific Capital’s Merchant Banking Group, a division of Gary Winnick’s family office from 2004 – 2006, where he specialized in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity financings. Chad’s responsibilities included sourcing deals, corporate analysis and valuation, financial structuring, due diligence and industry research. While at Pacific, he was an integral member of the team that developed and launched a major hedge fund specializing in municipal securities. Other transactions include transactions in the fresh produce, consumer goods, and waste management industries.
Most notably, in his role as an advisor, Chad was instrumental in the successful financing of a large ($200 million) California-based fresh fruit company to a private equity group. Chad has an M.B.A. from the University of Hartford and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Hartford. Chad also attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Chad currently holds a series 7 & 63 securities license.
Venture Capital Partner (Greenwich, CT, NYC)
Joe Rubin is a Founding Partner of ARC Angel Fund, the first Member managed Angel fund in NYC. ARC has 70 Angel members and has invested in 12 companies so far in the early-stage tech, mobile, healthcare IT and web enabled services sectors. Joe is also the Director and Co-Founder of FundingPost.com. FundingPost has been introducing entrepreneurs to investors nationwide for over 11 years through its Online Venture Exchange, Dealflow Magazine and its Venture Capital and Angel Investor Conferences in 22 cities nationwide. Joe has also invested in 11 seed deals over the past 7 years, including Sticky, Inc. (acquired by DeviceVM), Senscient, Revstor, Fly- cast, Giftworks, Virtus Sensors, and CIMA Systems. He spends much of his time coaching and helping early-stage companies, and speaks at events such as the NYC Economic Development Corporation’s Jumpstart and Fast trac Programs, Early Stage East, and Connecticut’s CTech, LIMs MBA program and is a sponsor of the UCLA Private Equity Club. Prior to FundingPost, Joe was instrumental in helping to raise $2.5 Million in angel and venture capital for his dot.com start-up producing a family-friendly network and over 100 flash-based video games which were playable online and sold as a compilation in stores like Comp USA. Joe was also the Webmaster at Knight Securities (NASD: NITE), where he helped to design its online trading platform and website. Prior to working Online, Joe worked in television and design for companies such as NBC and MTV, in addition to doing freelance commercial production. Joe began working in television production, graphic design and 3D animation professionally when he was 15, and graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He now lives in Connecticut with his wife and 2 children.
True Global Ventures, Founder and Director (Singapore, Hong Kong, Palo Alto)
A “citizen of the world” with a Swedish passport, Dušan was awarded the prize Business Angel of the Year in Europe in 2013 by EBAN (European Business Angel Network) after having three positive exits within a week. Previously unheard of in the global angel history. He was also nominated as one of four Business Angels of the Year in Europe 2009 by EBAN. He has worked for more than 20 years within Business Development primarily within Fintech including payments and Media. Half of the time at GE Capital and Monabanq.com and the rest with own ventures/investments. Strong international network in primarily Silicon Valley, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris. Has learnt 6 languages and as many cultures and working habits. Regular Speaker and judge on conferences on more than 100 occasions since 2006. Some of these: 2014: Beijing (Annual Conf. of the Chinese Venture Cap. Ass.), Washington DC (Global 1000), Beijing (GMIC – Mobile Conference), Dublin (EBAN) Manilla, Boston (Sibos – Innotribe) Hong Kong (Hong Kong Start Me Up), Helsinki (EBAN), Silicon Valley (GVF) 2015: Hong Kong (Fintech KPMG Day), Singapore (Fintech Startupbootcamp) Washington D.C (Global 1000) , San Diego (Angel Capital Association), Innovfest (Singapore), Rise (Hong Kong) Solid track record with 7 out of 18 investments exited. All exits related to payments & Fintech. All other investments have reached a first break even point and none has closed down.
Count Erik Wachtmeister
Founder and CEO, Best of All Worlds and A Small World (Stockholm, NYC)
Count Erik Wachtmeister is a Swedish Internet entrepreneur. He is the CEO and founder of the social media websites A Small World and Best of All Worlds. In 2012, he was ranked #31 on GQ Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential men in Britain. As a pioneer in social media, Erik launched A Small World in early 2004 to connect and reconnect friends in real life. Erik believed as early as 1998 that there was a need for a private online platform without commercial bias and information overload. Wachtmeister and his wife launched Best of All Worlds on August 27, 2012, as an invitation-only, free social media website. Wachtmeister serves as CEO. The site is aimed at influential people across a variety of fields, to help users discover people, places and things in a private environment. It offers social suggestions and the ability to connect with like-minded individuals. It allows users to change their account mode to reflect what they are involved in at a given time, with five modes available: professional, social, family, party and private. Erik’s career in finance spanned 16 years with investment banking including Lehman Brothers and Rothschild Inc in London, New York and Los Angeles. He created his own business in 1993, doing private placements for public companies. In 2000, he started Viking Internet, an investment company that he later took public on the LSE. Erik holds a BSFS from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington D.C., and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
VC & Impact Investing (Luxembourg, Brussels, Paris, Geneva)
Hedda Pahlson-Moller is a full-time Business Angel focused on impact investing at the seed capital stage through OMSINT (Omnisource International). She sits on the boards of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), the Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN) and Chameleon Invest, a venture capital fund. Ms. Pahlson-Moller is adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship at Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business for Executive MBAs. She is currently active in building a co-working space and community for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs called ‘the Impactory’, based in Luxembourg. Hedda has an MBA from Copenhagen Business School, an M.A. in Political Economics from Lund University and an undergraduate degree from Brown University. She is also currently enrolled at Nyenrode University’s executive PhDprogramme.
Ad Networks & Venture Capital (LA, SF & Palo Alto)
Mr. Kurt A. Johnson served as the Chief Executive Officer of Razavi Global Media Inc. He served as the President at ValueClick Media, Inc. (also known as Fastclick Inc.) since October 2003 and its Chief Executive Officer since March 2004. He joined ValueClick Media as Chief Financial Officer in October 2003. Mr. Johnson has over 24 years of professional management experience, including public and private company leadership, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, recapitalizations, and venture stage investing.
In September 2004, he relinquished his duties as Chief Financial Officer upon hiring of Fred J. Krupica. From May 1999 to June 2002, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Conversant, Inc. (formerly ValueClick Inc.). From February 1998 to May 1999, Mr. Johnson served as an Investment Banker at Olympic Capital Partners, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and Internet company investments. From March 1995 to January 1998, Mr. Johnson served as Vice President of Investments for Bozarth & Turner Securities, a private investment management firm. From April 1994 to March 1995, he served as Chief Financial Officer of HSD Corp., a privately held industrial automation company. He served as an Investment Banker of Meridian Capital LLC. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Nitro PDF, Inc. He serves as Non-Executive Director of Nitro Software, Inc. He served as a Director of ValueClick Media, Inc. and SocialVibe, Inc. (also known as True[X] Media, Inc.). He served as a Director of media innovation Co., Ltd. and Razavi Global Media Inc. Mr. Johnson is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a BA from Eastern Washington University and an MBA from Gonzaga University. He completed executive programs at the Wharton School of Business.
Director , Portfolio Manager & Private Public Partnerships, Milan & NY
Gianluca Galleto brings to LDJ Capital as Director of Portfolio Manager and Private Public Partnerships, his extensive, multi-faceted experience in business and economic development, private -public partnerships, international negotiations, sales and marketing, corporate and market strategy, business development consulting and capital raising.
He was the director of international affairs at New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) from 2014-2016. During his brief stint in NYCEDC, he was able to build a global network of relationships, most often at the highest level.
He also founded and became president of the D.G. Advisors Inc, a company based in New York City, from 2009 to 2014. With him at the helm, the company advises governments, businesses and nonprofits on global growth.
Prior to establishing his own company, he was the director of business development from 2002 to 2009 at the MUZINCH & CO., INC., based in New York City.
Galleto leverages strong technical background in economics complemented by excellent cross-cultural relationship-building, leadership and management skills. He is an effective multicultural communicator, with a fine sense for negotiation.
He is fluent in English, Italian, and French. He is conversant in Spanish. He is residing in NYC, and has a dual U.S. and Italian citizenship.
He obtained his Laura (M.A, equivalent) with honors Economics, Business and Law in 1993 from the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. In 1997, He graduated from Yale University with an M.A. International Economics under the Fulbright Scholarship Program.
Director, Capital Markets (South America)
Tom Samuelson has had a diverse 25+ year career in finance and capital markets. Tom’s extensive experience has touched all aspects of the financial spectrum including asset management, investment banking and wealth management. Tom is recognized by his peers as an expert in developing market economies and has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Tom was a Director for Grow Advisors concentrating on advising Financial Institutions on adapting FINTECH platforms and marketplaces.
As an asset manager for one of the oldest Hedge Funds in the US, Tom led a team of five as head of the Emerging Markets Investment Portfolio. The experience gave him a deep knowledge of all types of business models from all sectors and all stages including SMEs and start-ups. Tom is a pioneer in Frontiermarkets as one of the first foreigners to invest directly into Vietnam, and Central America. His understanding of how financial markets work around the world is un-paralleled.
Tom has founded two hedge funds and was a financial consultant to one of the largest private equity funds in the world. During his career Tom had had senior investment banking roles with Credit Lyonnais/Agricole, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns and ING Barings.
Tom holds a BA in economics from Columbia University and is a guest lecturer at NYU Stern School of Business. Tom is a dual EU and US resident.