Board of Directors
Michael Moe is co-founder of GSV Capital and the GSV family of companies. In addition to his responsibilities as GSVC's Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO, and President. He has also been a principal and managing member of GSV Asset Management since the company's inception in 2010.
Michael is well known and regarded as one of the world's preeminent authorities on growth investing. His insights are routinely solicited by everyone from CNBC to Barron's to Congress. Recognized as one of the best and brightest investors on Wall Street, his honors include Institutional Investor's "All American" research team, The Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" award, and being named by Business Week as "one of the best stock pickers in the country."
He has also written extensively about investing in the emerging growth equity markets. His acclaimed 2006 book Finding the Next Starbucks details Michael's investment process and philosophy which he's refined over more than two decades in the investment community.
Prior to starting GSV, Michael co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies. Before ThinkEquity, he held positions as Head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch and Head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities.
An enthusiastic and accomplished entrepreneur, Michael shares his expertise with a wide range of worthy organizations ranging from the Center for Education Reform to the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame.
- Member, CFA Society of San Francisco
- Advisory Board, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP)
- Board of Directors, Center for Education Reform
- National Advisory Board, Community in Schools
- Board of Directors, SharesPost
- Board of Directors, ePals
- Board of Directors, Churchill Club
- Board of Directors, National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame
- BA in Political Science + Economics from the University of Minnesota
"The entrepreneur, as a creator of the new and a destroyer of the old, is constantly in conflict with convention. He inhabits a world where belief precedes results, and where the best possibilities are usually invisible to others. His world is dominated by denial, rejection, difficulty, and doubt. And although as an innovator, he is unceasingly imitated when successful, he always remains an outsider to the 'establishment.'"
- TED FORSTMANN, FINANCIAL BUSINESS INNOVATOR
Bill Campbell joined our board of directors in 2012. Mr. Campbell assumed his role as chairman of the Intuit board of directors in August 1998. He previously served as Intuit's president and chief executive officer from 1994 to 1998 and as chief executive officer from September 1999 until January 2000. During Campbell's tenure, Intuit solidified its position as the clear leader in tax, personal finance and small business accounting software. During that time, the company also invented a new class of Web-based finance businesses delivered through Quicken.com, Intuit's website.
For the three years before joining Intuit, Campbell was the president and chief executive officer of GO Corp., a pen-based computing software company. Previously, he founded and served as president and chief executive officer of Claris Corp., which was purchased by Apple Computer Inc. in 1990. Before starting Claris, Campbell was Apple's executive vice president, group executive of the United States. He joined Apple in July 1983 as vice president of marketing and added the title of vice president of sales in January 1984. In September 1984, his duties were expanded to include distribution, service and support when he was promoted to executive vice president. In June 1985, Campbell was named group executive of the United States and has served on Apple’s board of directors since August 1997.
Campbell joined Apple from Eastman Kodak Co. where his last assignment was general manager of consumer products for Kodak Europe. Prior to joining Kodak, he was vice president of J. Walter Thompson, a New York-based advertising agency. Before entering the technology industry, Campbell was the head football coach at Columbia University for six years, and has been chairman of the university's Board of Trustees since 2005. He is also a director of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree from Columbia University.
Catherine J. Friedman has served as an independent consultant serving public and private growth companies since 2006. Prior to that, Ms. Friedman held the position of Managing Director at Morgan Stanley from 1997 to 2006 and Head of West Coast Healthcare and Co-Head of the Biotechnology Practice at Morgan Stanley from 1993 to 2006. Ms. Friedman has been a director of Board of XenoPort Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, since 2007 and also serves on its Audit and Governance Committees. Ms. Friedman joined the Board of Enteromedics, a publicly traded medical device company in 2007 and also serves as the Chair of its Audit Committee. She has been a Board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula for seven years, where she serves on the Executive and Program committees. Ms. Friedman is a member of the Board of Trustees for Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton. She is a graduate of Harvard University and received an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Mr. Potter has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Potter is currently the President and Chief Investment Officer of Wildcat Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor. From August 2009 through August 2011, Mr. Potter served as the Chief Investment Officer of Salt Creek Hospitality, a private acquirer and owner of hospitality related assets. From December 2002 through July 2009, Mr. Potter was a Managing Director — Soros Private Equity at Soros Fund Management LLC (“SFM”) where, from May 2005 through July 2009, Mr. Potter served as co-head of the Private Equity group and a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee. From September 1998 until joining SFM in 2002, Mr. Potter was a Managing Director of Alpine Consolidated LLC, a private merchant bank, and from April 1996 through September 1998, Mr. Potter founded and served as a Managing Director of Capstone Partners LLC, a private merchant bank. Prior to founding Capstone Partners, Mr. Potter was an attorney specializing in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Mr. Potter is currently a member of the board of directors of Solar Senior Capital, Ltd., Solar Capital Ltd. and GSV Capital, each a business development company, and Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc. (“CRMB”), and has previously served as a board member of several other public companies. He also serves on the boards of three private companies, including Hilton Worldwide. Mr. Potter has a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law. Our Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Potter’s experience practicing as a corporate lawyer provides valuable insight to the Board of Directors on regulatory and risk management issues, and that his tenure in private equity investments and service as a director of both public and private companies provides industry-specific knowledge and expertise to our Board of Directors, and that therefore he is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.