Michael Moe is co-founder of GSV Capital and its Chief Investment Officer. In addition to his responsibilities as GSVC's CIO, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO, and President. He is also co-founder 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: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin Group) details Michael's investment process and philosophy which he's refined over more than two decades in the investment community. A business best-seller, Finding the Next Starbucks has gone through three printings in five languages and been lauded for its insights into investing in premier emerging growth companies.
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.
Mark Flynn was named President of GSV Capital in May 2014. Mark is also Co-Managing Partner of GSV Asset Management and has served as a member of the GSV Capital Board of Directors since 2011.
Previously, Mark managed Trilogy Capital Partners, a Menlo Park California based private investment and consulting firm, since its formation in 1997. Prior to forming Trilogy, he worked in various capacities in the investment banking groups at Salomon Brothers and Volpe, Brown & Whelan. During his investment-banking career he primarily worked with technology and health care companies. At Salomon Brothers, he managed the Global Software and Internet investment banking activities and worked with leading companies such as SAP, Microsoft, Veritas Software, Hewlett-Packard and US Robotics. He has also worked with education companies such as Plato Learning, MEEC, Mastering Computers and KnowledgeNet. Mark has also worked for Arthur Young and Company in the High Technology practice.
Mark has served as a regent at St. John's University, as chairman of The Preserve Company, as a member of the board of directors of the DAPER Fund at Stanford University as well as a number of privately held companies.
On June 20, 2014, Bill Tanona was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary of GSV Capital. Bill was most recently a managing director at Fortress Investment Group. Prior to joining Fortress in 2011, he was at UBS AG from 2010-2011 and has spent over a decade at various global investment banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan as an equity research analyst covering financial institutions. Mr. Tanona graduated from Villanova University's School of Business with an Accounting major. He has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Carl Rizzo was appointed to serve as GSV Capital's Chief Compliance Officer in June 2014. Carl has nearly three decades of working experience in the U.S. asset management industry. Since April 2011, he has been a Director of Alaric Compliance Services, LLC, a 10 year-old firm that provides regulatory compliance support, including independent Chief Compliance Officers, to investment managers and funds registered with the SEC and the NFA/CFTC and to broker-dealers registered with FINRA. Most recently, he has served as Chief Compliance Officer for several SEC-registered investment advisers and a non-GSV affiliated NYSE-listed Business Development Company.
His background includes serving as principal in-house regulatory compliance counsel with several well-known firms in the industry's bank and insurance channels and as a principal compliance consultant participating in over 100 engagements for the compliance departments of a wide variety of asset management firms. Carl began his compliance career serving as Senior and Special Counsel on the staff of the SEC's Division of Investment Management at the Commission's headquarters offices in Washington, D.C.
Luben Pampoulov is co-founder and Partner of GSV Asset Management as well as co-portfolio manager of GSV Capital and the GSV X Fund.
Prior to starting GSV, Luben worked several years with Michael Moe at ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital and emerging growth companies.
Based on his multinational background from Europe and the U.S., Luben offers unique perspective on some of the world's most promising emerging economies. His professional credentials are complemented by his experience as a world-class tennis player—competing on the ATP Tour, being national champion in Austria and Bulgaria, and leading UCLA as its Captain and #1 player to win the NCAA Championship in 2005.
Together with Michael Moe, Luben shares investment ideas and research on Innovation, Emerging Trends, Private Companies, and the Growth Economy in GSV's newsletter, A2Apple.
Matthew Hanson joined GSV as a New York-based partner with GSV Asset Management in January 2012.
Prior to GSV, he served as Head of Corporate Finance for ThinkEquity Partners, a growth-focused investment banking boutique founded by Michael Moe and Deborah Quazzo. At ThinkEquity, Matt helped oversee the firm's equity underwriting activity, raising $2.5 billion across 30 transactions. He also managed internal M&A activity and corporate development on behalf of the firm's Management Committee.
He also served as Investment Banker in the Global Corporate & Investment Banking Division at Bank of America Securities, LLC, where he was involved with over $5 billion of M&A, equity, and debt transactions. Matt began his career in the Private Wealth Management Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a Financial Analyst helping to manage $3 billion for ultra-high net worth families, foundations, and charitable trusts.