Gail Hoffman began her career in the Corporate Finance Department of Dean Witter Reynolds. After receiving her MBA with High Distinction from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Gail joined Boston Ventures Management Inc., a private equity firm focused on the communications and entertainment industries. She was involved in many portfolio companies’ successful acquisitions and divestitures, including Motown Records and The National Enquirer. After leaving the work force to focus on her family, Gail has spent many years working with a number of community-based organizations.
Holding a BS in economics from Tufts University and an MA in economics from Boston University enabled Gene to lay the foundation for his analytical approach to business and investing. Gene spent his entire career in Information Technology including 15 years as CIO for several large companies. Since retiring from NSTAR in 2009; Gene has been an active angel investor and maintains a Board or Advisory relationship with many of his portfolio companies.
Michael Boult currently leads the Business Travel Center of Excellence for Travel Leaders Network. He has gained industry stature and acclaim through several executive-level corporate roles across travel-related businesses, including Chief Commercial Officer of Lanyon, President, and CEO of StarCite, and Founder and CEO of eCLIPSE Advisors – where he developed and deployed new spend management solutions for air, hotel and car categories for 200 multinational clients. Boult also spent 12 years with Rosenbluth International. He has twice been named by Business Travel News as one of the “25 Most Influential Executives in Business Travel.” He was also named as one of the “25 Most Influential Executives in Meetings” by Meetings News. In 2008, Bloomberg Businessweek recognized his achievements in streamlined Meeting Payments as one of their Top 50 Global Innovations.
In addition to a large reservoir of solid business skills and judgment, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and connections in the transportation and distribution space where he spent the bulk of his career. Located in Dallas, Jeff spent 14 years with American Airlines, managed the legal separation of Sabre, Inc. from AA and left to become EVP and Chief Financial Officer of the stand-alone company in 1998. Over his 13 years at Sabre, both as Chief Financial Officer and as EVP Corporate Development, Jeff managed the Sabre initial public offering, completed over 25 acquisitions and divestitures of over $8 billion in value, served on the Board of Travelocity, managed the globalization of the Sabre organization, and completed sale of the company to a group of private equity firms, thereby taking Sabre, Inc. private.
Tyler spent over 12 years as the President, CEO, Director, and owner of Lanyon, a SaaS provider of software for the meetings and events industry. Under his leadership, Lanyon grew from a simple technology company to a profitable, industry-leading company serving 70 percent of the businesses that comprise the Fortune 500 and more than 100,000 hospitality suppliers around the world. He has been named by Business Travel News as one of the “25 Most Influential Executives in Business Travel.”</p> <p>
Mr. Gregg Brockway has been the Chief Executive Officer of Maker Media Inc. since October 2014. After joining OATV as a Venture Partner, Mr. Brockway spent an extensive amount of time with Dougherty and Make: in an advisory capacity. He is an Advisor to Chairish. He was a Co-Founder of Tripit LLC (TripIt, Inc.) and served as its President. He was a Co-founder of Hotwire, Inc. (Hotwire.com) and served as its Chief Product Officer. He served as President of Classic Vacations ...
Ms. Jo Ann Corkran serves as Managing Director at Golden Seeds LLC. Ms. Corkran served as the Chief Investment Officer of Semper Capital Management, L.P. She was an Investment Banking Professional of Credit Suisse Group. Previously, she was a part of Credit Suisse First Boston's Asset Management Division and was responsible for managing fixed income operations in the U.S. She serves as Lead Partner of Golden Seeds Fund 2, L.P. Ms. Corkran serves as a Director at Crimson Hexagon.
Mr. David Krauter serves as the President of Smartertravel and The Independent Traveler, Inc. at TripAdvisor Inc. Mr. Krauter leads the strategy and operations for SmarterTravel (BookingBuddy, Airfarewatchdog, Jetsetter, OneTime, Tingo and Oyster) and Independent Traveler (Independent Traveler, CruiseCritic, and Family Vacation Critic). Mr. Krauter serves as the General Manager for Jetsetter. Mr. Krauter served as the General Manager for SmarterTravel, where he led the launch of Tingo and SniqueAway as well as the acquisitions of Jetsetter and Oyster. He served as Vice President of Product at SmarterTravel, where he led the development and user experience of its websites. Prior to SmarterTravel, he held several roles at TripAdvisor.com and Rue La La (SmartBargains). Earlier on, he focused on creating online products and advertising at CNET Networks, where he served as Director of Global Publishing Services. He has Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Cornell University, where he received his MBA.
Golden Seeds is an investment firm that pursues above-market returns through the empowerment of female entrepreneurs and the people who invest in them. The organization’s angel network is one of the largest and most active in the US. In addition, the organization’s venture capital arm has over $30 million under active management.
Launchpad Venture Group, a Boston-based angel investment group, provides funding and advice to early-stage companies based in the Boston area. Launchpad looks for innovative, technology-driven local startup companies addressing a significant market opportunity where their investment can make a difference.
Thayer Ventures is a Venture Capital firm that invests exclusively in technology companies that focus on the travel and hospitality industry. Representing more than $10 trillion in annual global economic activity, the space is thriving with entrepreneurial activity, and disruptive change is altering the dynamics of the travel business forever
We are a small fund for small companies. We invest early, typically at the angel financing stage, prior to typical venture capital financing, and in concert with other angel funds and groups.