Founder and Managing Partner
Steve Brotman, an entrepreneur, investor, and fund manager, is the founder and Managing Partner at Alpha Partners. Steve also serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Pritzker Group‘s venture arm, Pritzker Group Venture Capital.
Prior to Alpha Partners, Steve was the co-founder and Managing Director of Greenhill SAVP, Greenhill & Co’s venture capital unit (which was spun out as Tribeca Venture Partners), a technology- and business information services-focused venture capital fund with $100 Million under management. Prior to GSAVP, Steve founded Silicon Alley Venture Partners with $15 million assets under management. At his prior funds, Steve invested in 30 portfolio companies and was among the first institutional investors in LivePerson (Nasdaq: LPSN) and Medidata Solutions (Nasdaq: MDSO).
Steve was also the co-founder of a venture-backed company, AdOne, the pioneer online classified advertising platform. AdOne was Steve’s first entrepreneurial effort, which started life as an assignment in an Entrepreneurship class at Columbia Business School. AdOne signed over one third of the newspaper industry, 500 newspapers, and was acquired by a newspaper consortium led by Hearst. During his entrepreneurial and VC firm career, Steve has been recognized a few times: as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award as well as being named in Crain’s Tech 100, Top 25 Players Shaping Silicon Alley and Top 40 under 40 among New York business leaders.
Steve has previously served on the boards of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Critical Mention, DataSynapse (Observer), Medidata (Observer) and Truveris, among others. Steve has been a mentor with the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Blueprint Health, Startup Health, Columbia Business School Lang and Greenhouse Funds. Steve received a joint M.B.A. / J.D from Washington University / Columbia and a B.A. in economics from Duke University.
Co-founder and Managing Partner
As Alpha’s Co-founding Partner, Brian builds and works with our vast early stage venture network to source and evaluate investment opportunities. Brian also advises Pritzker Group Venture Capital on deal origination and relationships.
Prior to Alpha Partners, Brian was the founder and CEO of Preclick, (sold to Smilebox), where he developed photo software licensed worldwide by HP, 3M, Sandisk, Walmart, Costco, CVS, and Walgreens. Prior to Preclick, Mr. Smiga was CEO at 3Path, an early Dropbox, an Intel and Goldman-Sachs backed startup, and the SVP of Marketing at 1ClickCharge, where his product launch resulted in a sale of the company to CMGi.
Since first working with Mr. Brotman at 1ClickCharge, Mr. Smiga advised Brotman-backed portfolio companies: Altruik, Headliner, Knovel, and Mobile Commons. In the 1990s, Mr. Smiga began his career as a developer at Booz & Co, and in Silicon Valley was the founder of Portfolio Software and Actioneer, where he co-authored six collaboration software patents and licensed top-rated software to Apple, IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, AOL, 3Com, Acco, and others. Brian received a BA in Liberal Arts from Swarthmore College, and a Masters of Philosophy in Literature from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. Brian is the founder of TEDxAsburyPark, the top-ranked TEDx conference on the US east coast.
As a Senior Associate at Alpha Partners, Dan diligences investment opportunities, manages Alpha’s venture network and provides support for Alpha’s portfolio companies. Dan also sources Seed through Series B deals, and curates events in NYC, for the venture capital arm of the Pritzker Group, whom Alpha advises.
Prior to joining Alpha Partners, Dan was an investment banking analyst at Peter J. Solomon Company (PJSC). While at PJSC, Dan advised on transactions including Skullcandy’s sale to Mill Road Capital and Tractor Supply Company’s acquisition of Petsense. Prior to his time at PJSC, Dan was a Municipal Credit Summer Analyst at Brown Brothers Harriman. Dan also has experience working internationally, having worked as a Venture Lending Summer Analyst at Viola Credit in Tel Aviv.
Dan received his B.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
As a Senior Associate at Alpha Partners, Jesse is the lead planner of Alpha’s venture capital network operations and deal flow. He is also a contributor to Alpha’s sector intelligence and outlook, content marketing, and event marketing.
Prior to joining Alpha Partners, Jesse built a financial advisory practice at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, specializing in corporate stock plans and asset allocation. He helped families turn stock options into reliable retirement plans and managed over $15 million in public and private investments. Jesse completed graduate internships at Alpha Partners and Delphi Venture Capital.
Jesse received his M.B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.S. in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
As the Associate at Alpha Partners, Sam evaluates investment opportunities, contributes to quantitative and qualitative fund analysis, and manages Alpha’s venture network. He is also the lead Associate for Alpha Partners Technology Merger Corp (APTMC), Alpha Partners’ Special Purpose Acquisition Company.
Prior to joining Alpha Partners, Sam obtained operator experience building and expanding CPG startups. He managed a restaurant in Manhattan where he launched a private label beer brand and auxiliary speakeasy. He also directed operations and logistics for a multimillion-dollar chain of restaurants, overseeing the opening of two locations in Logan Airport. Sam completed a graduate internship with Alpha Partners.
Sam received his M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from The University of Kansas and a B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College.
Director of Investor Relations
Prior to Alpha Partners, Darmante was an LP Research Associate at Private Equity International. At PEI he researched LP’s and assisted in building out their LP-GP fundraising program. Prior to his time at PEI, he worked at Yelp.
Darmante received his B.S in Economics from Temple University.
Investor Relations and Operations Manager
As an Investor Relations and Operations Manager at Alpha Partners, Michela handles internal operations for the firm and provides support to the Managing Directors.
Prior to joining Alpha Partners, Michela worked in the hospitality industry managing well known restaurant chains in Tampa, Florida. In 2017, Michela moved to New York City to follow her dreams of working in the financial industries. Her hospitality experience has helped along the way as she prides herself on being extremely organized and client focused.
Michela Bracich received her B.S. in Public Policy and Administration from St. Petersburg College.
Videesha Böckle has over a decade of work experience in the areas of business/product development, sales, corporate innovation and venture capital. Before moving to Berlin she worked as an Associate for London-based Venture Capital fund PROfounders Capital. She was formerly the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Berlin headquartered early stage investor Signals Venture Capital backed by one of Germany’s leading insurance companies and worked as a Principal for Redstone, an organisation pioneering the co-GP fund model and “Venture Capital as a Service” in Europe. She was awarded a Digital Policy Fellowship to investigate pressing policy or regulatory issues for the transatlantic digital economy by the German Marshall Fund of the United States a public policy think tank. At the start of her career she worked as a Credit Analyst for Lehman Brothers and transitioned to a generalist Private Banking role with exposure to product and business development at Barclays Wealth in London and Singapore.
As an Advisor and limited partner to Alpha Partners, Daniel provides legal, corporate structure, governance, and venture best practices advice. Daniel was an formerly a Managing Director at SoundView Technology Group (NASDAQ:SNDV), which sold to Charles Schwab; Head of Venture Capital Funds at SoundView and Wit Capital; and a co-founder of Dawntreader Ventures. Currently, Daniel is the Co-Chair of the Venture Capital and Emerging Practice group at the law firm of Mintz Levin, a law Professor at NYU Law School, and an Advisor and Board member of a number of leading private technology companies.
Charlie is a partner with SilverTech Ventures, the technology investment arm of Silverstein Properties. Charlie previously served as a partner in BRM Capital, and led its US activities. Before joining BRM, Charlie spent fifteen years (culminating as Chairman) with the M&A boutique, Broadview, where he advised on more than 100 acquisitions of software/Internet companies.
Chris joined Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 1996 and has served as its Managing Partner since 1998. During this time, he has led the organization and capital formation for 7 technology venture funds and has led or overseen investments in more than 150 companies. For more than 20 years, Chris has assisted management teams in building businesses, including helping guide strategy, execution and overall value creation, and optimizing liquidity events. As an active investor and board member, Chris works closely with companies providing general management, finance and operational assistance.
His prior experience includes the corporate finance departments of two regional investment banking firms, The Chicago Corporation and Kemper Securities, Inc. As a banker, Chris focused on technology-related transactions including public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and financial advisory. Prior to becoming a banker, he worked in the merger and acquisition group of KPMG Peat Marwick where he coordinated business valuations and divestiture engagements.
Chris currently serves on the boards of Advantage Optics, BASELAYER Technology, and IO Data Centers. In addition, Chris serves on several non-profit boards including the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Brown University Sports Foundation, the National Venture Capital Association as well as a Development Council Member for US Soccer Federation. Chris also serves as a mentor and advisor to numerous accelerators, funds and individual entrepreneurs. Chris received a ScB. degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
As an Advisor and limited partner to Alpha Partners, Erik brings more than twenty years of technology venture capital investment success and operational experience both in the US and abroad. Erik served as the co-founder and General Partner of Pequot Ventures, the direct venture investment arm of Pequot Capital Management, with close to $2.0 billion under management across five technology PE/VC funds, and one early stage healthcare fund. Erik serves on the Eli Whitney Investment Advisory Committee of Connecticut Innovations, the State of Connecticut venture fund and resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.
At Alpha Partners, Matt Krna serves as Venture Partner.
Matt was most recently co-founder and Managing Partner of Princeville Global, a San Francisco and Hong Kong-based successor fund to SoftBank Princeville focused on backing breakout-stage technology companies around the world. There, he helped raise over $500 million and led investments in and served on the boards of Doctor on Demand, a leading telemedicine company; Remitly, a provider of global remittance services; and Tripping, a provider of vacation rental metasearch solutions (acquired by HomeToGo).
Before Princeville Global, Matt was a Partner at SoftBank Princeville, a growth-stage venture fund affiliated with SoftBank Group. There he was involved in investments including BigCommerce (NASDAQ: BIGC), Fitbit (NYSE: FIT), Criteo (NASDAQ: CRTO), Kabbage (acquired by American Express for $850M), Kony (acq. by Temenos), and others. During his tenure at Softbank Princeville, Matt was also an active advisor to SoftBank Group, Alibaba, and YAHOO! Japan and was a member of Sprint’s venture advisory board.
Earlier, Matt was a Vice President at Investor Growth Capital, the growth-stage venture arm of Investor AB, and an investment professional at Canaan Partners, an early-stage US-based venture fund. He began his career as a technology investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
Matt received an A.B. in History with honors from Harvard after three years of study and was a member of the varsity swim team.
At Alpha Partners, Mike Ryan serves as Venture Partner.
Mike is the Co-Founder of Bullet Point Network. An active entrepreneur, and board member, Mike has almost 30 years of investment, capital markets, and management experience.
Mike has been the CIO of MDR Capital, his family office, since 2009. Before founding Bullet Point Network, Mike served as Head of Public Equity and Absolute Return at the Harvard endowment, Head of Global Securities (overseeing equities, fixed income, currencies & commodities) at Credit Suisse, and Partner and Head of Global Equity Products at Goldman Sachs, where he spent the first 18 years of his career.
Mike has served as a director, committee chair, and board chair on numerous corporate and non-profit boards. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in economics and was an Academic All-American in basketball.
At Alpha Partners, Sean O’Brien serves as Venture Partner, Operations.
Mr. O’Brien, a 25+ year financial markets industry veteran, is a co-founder and Managing Director of Vreeland Asset Management, an investment advisory business formed in 1993.
At Vreeland, Mr. O’Brien launched and managed a number of funds and strategies in the equity, real estate and private investment space. He has served in roles that include Chief Investment Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Investor Relations. At Vreeland, he pioneered the expanded use of dividend reinvestment and stock purchase plans with institutional investors, transfer agents and public companies including Southern Company, Annaly Capital, Progress Energy and others. He also developed and originated a new convertible private placement structure for public growth companies and managed a number of tax-related dividend strategies for institutional investors.
Mr. O’Brien also co-founded and served as Managing Director of Brinson Patrick Securities Corporation. There, he served as Co-Head of Investment Banking as well as Director of Capital Markets and Business Development. At Brinson Patrick, Mr. O’Brien developed and pioneered the “at-the-market” equity offering, creating a new capital alternative for public companies, including the first equity REIT, Centerpoint Properties and later with numerous others, including Fortune 500 companies like Kinder Morgan and CMS Energy. Mr. O’Brien sold his share of the business in 2006.
Prior to Brinson Patrick, Mr. O’Brien served as Director of Advertising, Special Reports for International Medical News Group, a division of Capital Cities/ABC.
Mr. O’Brien earned his B.A. in history from Yale University and has served on the Board of Directors for the Yale Alumni Fund and as a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. O’Brien has five children and resides in Westfield, NJ where he met Mr. Brotman and his family.
Sa’ad Shah is the co-founder and managing partner of Noetic, a venture capital firm that seeks to invest in emerging and early stage psychedelic based wellness, therapeutic and pharmaceutical companies around the world. Sa’ad has spent the last 22 years in capital markets and asset management industry with a focus on alternative investment strategies. Prior to co-founding Noetic, Sa’ad was a managing director at The Carlyle Group. Sa’ad is also a the co-founder and managing partner at Grey House Partners, venture partner at Alpha Partners, an affiliate partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC and a venture advisor to Learn Capital LLC. He is also a filmmaker, scriptwriter and producer, and a board member of The Necessary Angel Theatre in Toronto and Council of Advisors for The Wende Museum in Los Angeles. Sa’ad graduated with a BA Economics and Political Science from Columbia University.