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
Steve Bard is co-founder of GSV Capital, as well as GSV Asset Management. Steve fills a variety of critical roles at GSV Capital: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary. He has also been Chief Operating Officer and a managing member of GSV Asset Management since the company's inception in 2010.
The relationship between Steve and GSV co-founder Michael Moe dates back to 1995. In addition to deep experience as investment professionals, the two share a passion for investing and innovation-pursuits that form the heart of GSV's identity and mission.
Steve's resume includes nearly a decade as Chief Operating Officer of Fuller & Thaler Asset Management, where he was also a member of the board of directors. Among his accomplishments there, Steve built out and managed the firm's non-investment team and infrastructure. Prior to that, he managed the west coast for Fidelity Management Trust Company (now Pyramis Global Advisors) and held senior consultant and business development roles at Hewitt Associates and New York Life Investment Management.
His academic credentials include a BS from Duke University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
- Board Member and Investment Committee Chair, CFA Society of San Francisco
- Trustee, Crystal Springs Uplands School
- Advisory Board Member, Purisima West Funds
- Advisory Board Member, Blue Chip Exec
- Past Board Member, Fuller + Thaler Asset Management
- Past Board Member, Hillsborough Schools Foundation
- Past Chair, The Olympic Club Investment & Endowment Committee
- MBA from the University of California, Berkeley
- BS from Duke University
- CFA charter holder
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
- ALAN KAY, PIONEERING COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Luben Pampoulov is Vice President of GSV Capital, along with a leader of several other companies in the GSV family.
Born in Bulgaria and raised there and in Austria, Luben offers unique perspective on some of the world's most promising emerging and frontier economies. His professional credentials are complemented by his experience as an elite tennis player: competing on the professional ATP Tour, as national champion in Austria and Bulgaria, and leading UCLA as its captain and number one player to win the NCAA Championship in 2005.
In the business world, Luben has served as principal and co-portfolio manager of GSV Asset Management alongside GSV co-founders Michael Moe and Steve Bard since the company's inception in 2010. And since 2009, he has been sharing research and investment ideas through GSV Media, a research firm focused on rapidly-growing, non-public companies, of which he is a principal and co-founder.
He joined Michael at GSV after their years together at ThinkEquity Partners, where they managed money and delivered compelling investment results. Prior to his roles as analyst and co-portfolio manager at ThinkEquity, he earned his BA in International Economics and Management from UCLA.
- Series 7 General Securities Registered Representative
- National tennis champion, Austria and Bulgaria
- NCAA tennis champion
- BA in International Economics and Management from the University of California at Los Angeles
"Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting."
- NAPOLEON HILL, AUTHOR + ADVISOR