Martin is a venture partner at Ignition Partners, private investor and consultant who works with early stage software start-ups. Martin was the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Loudeye Technologies, Inc. (NASDQ: LOUD), a pioneer in digital media production, distribution, and applications. Through his leadership, the company grew to be one of the largest providers of digital media enabling solutions for the Internet.
Prior to Loudeye, Martin spent six years with the dark forces of Microsoft and four with blue suits and white shirts of Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Martin was one of the first Accenture consultants to break the strict formal dress code and wear jeans, a tee-shirt and flip-flops to work, one of the earliest in a string of broken rules which litter and distinguish his career. Martin and his wife Alex were profiled in the 1997 Harley movie “Biker Dreams” and are involved in a number of charities through the Martin and Alex Tobias Foundation.
Kevin is co-founder of Cascadia Capital, where he leads strategic development including public relations, marketing, and general business development. In the past 18 months Cascadia has closed more than $400 Million in transactions in the Pacific Northwest spanning both Corporate Finance, M&A; and restructuring. With 32 banking professionals and a staff of 40, the team at Cascadia maintains an active perspective on the financing scene both locally and nationally. Kevin is currently a director of the Washington State Technology Alliance and has served as a director of the Washington Software Alliance, the Alliance of Angels, and several private technology companies. Kevin holds a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington.
Dave is a partner at OVP Partners with more than 20 years of operating experience in the software and communications markets. He began his career in 1979 as one of the early team members at Solectron, a $16 billion market leader in electronics manufacturing. He went on to join McKinsey & Co. Technology Practice in Chicago, and later ran marketing at Mentor Graphics. Dave was also founder and managing partner of The Ascent Group: a strategy consult serving firms like Intel, Microsoft, Sun, Bell Atlantic, and Fujitsu. During his tenure as an OVP partner, he served on the board of @mobile prior to its acquisition by software.com. He served until 2002 on the board of HNC Software (NASDAQ:HNCS, now NYSE:FIC). BA, Biology, University of California, Berkeley; MM, Kellogg School at Northwestern University.