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 and the Chairman of GSV Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: GSVC).
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), Curious, GSVlabs (Co-Founder), Course Hero, Class Dojo (Observer), Parchment (Observer), SharesPost, StormWind, 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).
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.
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.
Allison Green joined GSV Asset Management as a Vice President and Controller in July 2017.
Allison was most recently the Controller at Rise Companies Corp, parent company of Fundrise, a Washington DC-based crowdfunded real estate investment platform, where she led financial reporting of the parent company to a successful SEC Regulation A+ Tier 2 crowdfunded IPO. Prior to Rise, Allison was the Controller at the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital following her time as a ProInspire Fellow at the Council working on modernizing the financial aspects of the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale, the largest girl-run business in the world.
Prior to the ProInspire Fellowship, Allison was a member of the Fund Management and Coinvestment teams at The Carlyle Group, focusing on Europe and US Real Estate and Energy Funds. While at The Carlyle Group, Allison founded the Young Professionals Employee Resource Group. Allison began her career at Deloitte & Touche in Los Angeles as an audit associate focused on financial services clients.
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.
Suzee Han joined GSV Asset Management as an Associate in August 2015. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University and teaches “Global Silicon Valley” (ENTREP 395) — a class that provides students a lens to the future and puts them at the intersection of the World’s biggest opportunities.
Suzee graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Biological Sciences concentrating in Molecular Biology. During her time at Northwestern, Suzee lead EPIC, the undergraduate entrepreneurship student group and created and ran programs such as an entrepreneurship development program, a business pitch competition, and an intercollegiate hackathon.
Emily Ha joined GSV Asset Management as an Analyst in October 2017.
Emily graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Psychology in 2015. Emily returned to her hometown in the Bay Area and worked one-on-one with students with learning disabilities at the Wunderling Learning Center. She then became part of the GSV family at GSVlabs, a global innovation platform in the heart of Silicon Valley, before joining GSV Asset Management.
Ben Fife joined GSV Asset Management as an Investment Associate in June 2018. Prior to GSV, Ben served as an analyst at Credit Suisse, where he focused on capital markets financing and M&A advisory within the energy industry. At Credit Suisse, he also worked with alternative investment companies to provide strategic and transaction advisory.
Ben graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Economics. During his time at Amherst, Ben was captain of the tennis team, an All-American player and helped the team win a National Championship in 2014.
Jackson Stone joined GSV Asset Management as an Investment Associate in August 2018. Prior to GSV, Jackson served as an investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets, where he focused on capital markets financing and M&A advisory within the Technology Coverage Group.
Jackson graduated from Duke University with a BS in Economics. During his time at Duke, Jackson was involved in the Duke Investment Club and the Club Basketball team.
Rob DeMaso joined GSV Asset Management as a Staff Accountant in July 2018. Prior to GSV, Rob worked as an associate at Frank Rimerman, where he worked on several early stage companies providing bookkeeping and CFO services. At Frank Rimerman, he also rotated through different departments, working on tax returns through the busy season and completing several audits.
Rob graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Accounting. During his time at SDSU, Rob served as a director for the Student Accounting Society and was the sixth man of the year in consecutive years for his intramural basketball team.
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