Knowledge + Experience

About Michael Moe

Michael Moe is founder of GSV, a modern merchant bank that invests, advises, and partners with the fastest growing, most dynamic companies in the world… the Stars of Tomorrow. He serves as the CEO of GSV Asset Management.

GSV stands for Global Silicon Valley. While it is based in the heart of Silicon Valley, GSV was launched with the belief that the mindset of innovation and entrepreneurship has gone global.

Regarded as a preeminent authority on growth investing, Michael’s honors include Institutional Investor‘s “All American” research team and the Wall Street Journal‘s “Best on the Street” award. He was recognized by Business Week as, “one of the best stock pickers in the country.” In 2006, Michael authored the business best-seller Finding the Next Starbucks (Penguin Group), which has gone through three printings in five languages and has been lauded for its insights into investing in emerging growth companies. Michael published his second book in 2017, The Global Silicon Valley Handbook (Hachette), which highlights the the top innovation hubs around the World.

Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of Coursera (Observer), Course Hero, Class Dojo (Observer), Parchment (Observer), SharesPost, StormWind (Observer), and OZY Media.

Prior to starting GSV, Michael co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focused on venture capital-backed 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. Michael earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

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
  • Board of Directors Member—
    Center for Education Reform, SharesPost, Course Hero
  • Board Observer— 
Coursera, Parchment, OZY Media
  • BA in Political Science + Economics from the University of Minnesota
    CFA Charter holder

About Luben Pampoulov

Luben Pampoulov is co-founder and Partner of GSV Asset Management as well as co-portfolio manager of GSV Capital. 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.

Luben and Michael co-founded 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.

  • National tennis champion, Austria + Bulgaria
  • NCAA tennis champion
  • BA in International Economics + Management from the University of California at Los Angeles
  • FINRA Series 7 license

About Nicholas Franco

Nicholas Franco joined GSV Asset Management as an Associate in April 2014. Prior to GSV, Nicholas served as Vice President of Business Development for ConnectEDU, a venture-backed education technology company where he led new market, product innovation and corporate partnership strategies. Nicholas graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Relations. He serves on the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) National Innovation Committee.

Nick is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University.

  • BA, International Relations
  • Member—Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) National Innovation Committee

About Carl Rizzo

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.

Carl’s educational background includes a law degree from University of Richmond.

  • LL.M in federal securities regulation from Georgetown University
  • J.D. from University of Richmond
  • B.A. from Davidson College

About Stan Zmachynski

Stan Zmachynski joined GSV Asset Management in November 2018.

Most recently, Stan held several growth-focused strategic and finance roles at Wargaming Group, a privately-held global interactive entertainment company, including leading the efforts to establish a corporate Venture Capital fund. During that period, Stan was based out of Europe, splitting his time between Cyprus and Berlin offices. Prior to that, Stan was an investment banking associate at Credit Suisse in New York. Stan has started his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, where he provided tax consulting and M&A related services to a broad range of private equity and brokerage firms.

Stan is a graduate of Brooklyn College (awarded summa cum laude) with a dual degree in Accounting and Business Management & Finance and holds an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management.

Stan is a graduate of the Yale School of Management and Brooklyn College.

  • BS, dual – Accounting and Business Management & Finance
  • MBA, Yale School of Management
  • CPA (inactive), New York State