BARRY M. WEINMAN, Managing Director and Co-Founding Partner Emeritus
Barry Weinman has been making venture capital investments, principally in Silicon Valley, since 1980. He is Co-Founder and former Managing Director of Allegis Capital and AVI Capital. Barry and his partners in Allegis and prior funds have helped over 70 private companies go public. Barry has led and participated in investments resulting in over $25 billion in market value, including: Palm (NASDAQ), Cypress Semiconductor (NYSE), Caere (NASDAQ), Cadnetix (NASDAQ), Columbia/HCA (NYSE), Women.com (NASDAQ), Medscape (NASDAQ), Liveworld (NASDAQ), InfoGear (CSCO), Be Inc (NASDAQ), Quokka (NASDAQ), and XOMA (NASDAQ).
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Barry held management positions with AT&T, IBM, and Fairchild Semiconductor. He co-founded Interactive Applications Inc., the first on-line manufacturing software and services company, merged it with Boole & Babbage which went on to have an Initial Public Offering. In 2005 he became Chairman of DragonBridge Capital a Merchant Bank and Venture Fund in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
Barry holds a B.S. from Clarkson College of Technology, and an M.A. from the London School of Economics / University of Southern California.
BILL CLEARY, Senior Partner and Owner at Cleary & Partners
Bill Cleary attended school in New York (SUNY Buffalo), receiving degrees in Social Science with an emphasis in anthropology. In addition, he participated in the Fullbright-Hays program in Cairo, Egypt (Ain Shams University). Mr. Cleary began his marketing career in New York City in 1979, working on such formidable brands as Pepsi®, Pizza Hut® and Welch® Foods. In 1981 he joined Apple Computer and moved to Cupertino, California.
He worked there for four years, and played an instrumental role in the development of marketing programs, including sales promotional efforts, advertising and merchandising. In 1986 he began working for Activision, as the VP of Mktg. In 1987 he founded Cleary Communications, which later became CKS Group. While at CKS he worked with partners Tom Suiter and Mark Kvamme in building an extraordinary company, that helped launch major web-based brands; including eBay, Amazon, Excite and Yahoo.
Mr. Cleary is currently involved with Cleary & Partners, a small marketing firm based in Saratoga, California. In addition he sits on numerous boards; including Santa Clara University (business school), SUNY at Stony Brook (Human Origins, Dr. Richard Leakey), Wildlife Direct (Nairobi, Kenya), PGP and the Hillbrook School. Mr. Cleary continues to work with web-based companies—and he is currently seeking companies to work with in the various “green sectors.”
PETER FRIEDMAN, Chairman and CEO
Peter Friedman is a social media visionary and veteran with 28 years experience in the space (16 at LiveWorld, Inc. and 12 at Apple). He’s provided multiple global brands with strategic social media guidance and delivered hundreds of social media programs for them in multiple countries and languages. These include Apple’s industry wide social network, AppleLink; MINI Cooper’s Member’s Lounge; Unilever’s Dove Campaign For Real Beauty; HBO’s original show character-driven web site community; the American Express Member’s Project, and Walmart’s Facebook and Twitter programs.
Peter founded LiveWorld, raised over $100 Million in private rounds and an IPO, grew the company to hundreds of employees, and managed its downsizing, survival, and re-invention through multiple market crashes, recessions, and resurgences.
Prior to LiveWorld, Peter was Vice President & General Manager of Apple’s Internet Services Division, overseeing the creation and management of social media services such as AppleLink, eWorld, AOL, and Salon. During his 12-year tenure at Apple, his responsibilities also included managing Business Systems Marketing and product line management in the Macintosh division. He brings a unique combination of strategic thinking, vision, and hands-on operational skill, as well as a blend of marketing, social media and technology expertise.
Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in American History from Brown University, and a Masters In Business Administration from The Harvard Business School.
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