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About Michael Moe

Michael Moe is co-founder of GSV Asset Management, as well its CEO and Chief Investment Officer. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO, and President of GSV Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: GSVC) since the company’s inception in 2011.

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.

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—
    2U, AlwaysOn, Center for Education Reform, Churchill Club, ePals, NestGSV, National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame, SharesPost
  • Advisory Board Member— 
Community in Schools, Avenues: The World School, Coursera, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), NASDAQ Private Markets, Parchment
  • BA in Political Science + Economics from the University of Minnesota
    CFA Charter holder

About Mark W. Flynn

Mark W. Flynn joined GSV Asset Management as Co-Managing Partner in March 2013. In addition, he is currently President of GSV Capital 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.

Mr. Flynn 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.

Mark is a graduate of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN and holds an MBA from Harvard University.

  • Served as a regent at St. John’s University
  • Previously chairman of The Preserve Company
  • Previously a Board Member—
the DAPER Fund at Stanford University
  • Graduate of Saint John’s University
  • MBA from Harvard University

About William Tanona, CFA

Bill Tanona is a partner at GSV Asset management. He was appointed GSV Capital’s Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary in June 2014.

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.

Bill’s leadership includes:

  • Financial advisory board of St. John’s High School (Shrewsbury, MA)
  • President’s Advisory Council at Villanova University

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 Li Jiang

Li Jiang joined GSV Asset Management as an Associate in May 2012. Prior to GSV, Li served as an analyst at William Blair, a growth-focused investment banking firm where he completed both mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt financing for clients in the healthcare, consumer goods and business services sectors. He has also completed internships at Morgan Stanley in global capital markets and Goldman Sachs in investment management. As a student at Northwestern University, Li was an entrepreneur, founding and leading a student storage and shipping company and growing it into the largest student company as well as a Preferred Vendor on campus.

Li’s academic credentials include a BA from Northwestern University.

  • Advisor—Energy from Thorium Foundation, Supplies for Dreams, Inc.
  • Lifetime Member, Net Impact
  • Co-founder + former manager of Campus Solutions, Inc.
  • BA in Economics from Northwestern University
  • FINRA Series 79 + 63 licenses

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 Debbie Elsen

Debbie Elsen joined GSV Asset Management as an Associate in June 2012. Debbie attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and studied sociology. Prior to joining the GSV Asset Management team, she worked at Casto Travel where she facilitated the complex travel schedules and itineraries for executives at Montgomery Securities and Thomas Weisel Partners.

Debbie has been involved in:

  • Working with the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos, CA
  • Relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina Victims

About Suzee Han

Suzee Han joined GSV Asset Management as an Analyst in August 2015.

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.