Alpha Partners Technology Merger Corp.
- Software, Technology, Healthcare, Ecommerce, FinTech, Mobility, Transportation
Matt Krna has served as our CEO since our inception in February 2021. Matt will lead, with Mike, our Partner outreach and evaluation activities. He is currently a Venture Partner at Alpha Partners and the founder and Managing Partner of Ladera Venture Partners. He has over 20 years of private equity and venture capital investment experience. Matt was most recently co-founder and Managing Partner of Princeville Global, a San Francisco and Hong Kong-based growth-stage fund focused on backing breakout-stage technology companies around the world. At Princeville, he helped raise over $450 million and led investments in and served on the boards of companies including Doctor on Demand, a leading telemedicine company, and Remitly, a provider of global remittance services. Before Princeville Global, Matt was a Partner at Princeville Global’s predecessor fund SoftBank Princeville, a $250 million growth-stage technology investment fund affiliated with SoftBank Group. There he was involved in investments including BigCommerce (Nasdaq: BIGC), Criteo (Nasdaq: CRTO), Fitbit (NYSE: FIT; acquired by Google for $2.1 billion), Kabbage (acquired by American Express for $850 million), Kony (acquired by Temenos), and others. During his tenure at SoftBank Princeville, Matt was also an active advisor to SoftBank Group, Alibaba Group, and YAHOO! Japan and was a member of Sprint Corp.’s venture advisory board. Prior to SoftBank Princeville, Matt held investment roles at Investor AB and Canaan Partners, and was an investment banker at Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. From 2014 to 2019, Matt also served as a member of the Board of Directors of IgnitionOne, Inc., a software company focusing on cloud-based digital marketing technology. Matt graduated Harvard University in three years with a cum laude AB degree in history; he was also a member of the varsity swim team. Matt will serve the Company in a full-time capacity. We believe Matt’s experience as a Venture Partner at Alpha Partners and the founder and Managing Partner of Ladera Venture Partners makes him well qualified to serve as CEO.
Sean O’Brien has served as Chief Financial Officer since our inception in February 2021. Sean currently serves as Venture Partner, Operations at Alpha Partners. 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. Mr. O’Brien also co-founded and served as Managing Director of Brinson Patrick Securities Corporation until 2006. There, he served in roles including Co-Head of Investment Banking as well as Director of Capital Markets and Business Development. At Brinson Patrick, Mr. O’Brien helped develop and pioneer the “at-the-market” equity offering, providing a new capital alternative to public companies, including equity REITs, and later with numerous others, including Fortune 500 companies. Sean graduated from Yale University with a BA in history. Sean will serve the Company in a full-time capacity. We believe Sean’s experience as Venture Partner, Operations at Alpha Partners makes him well qualified to serve as Chief Financial Officer.
Michael D. Ryan is a director on our board and a board chair . Mike will lead our Partner outreach and evaluation activities, working closely with Matt. He is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Bullet Point Network (BPN). BPN provides research and software to Alpha Partners’ current Funds and special purpose vehicles. Mike is a co-investor in many of Alpha’s portfolio companies and is a Fund LP. An active private investor, entrepreneur and board member, Mike has almost 30 years of investment, capital markets and management experience and is the CIO of MDR Capital, his family office. Before founding Bullet Point Network, Mike served as Head of Public Equity and Absolute Return at the Harvard University endowment, Head of Global Securities (overseeing equities, fixed income, currencies and 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, and where he became a partner in 1998. Mike has served as a director, committee chair, and board chair on numerous corporate and non-profit boards. Mike graduated summa cum laude with a BA in economics from Yale University where he was an academic All-American in basketball. We believe Mike’s experience as Co-Founder and CEO of BPN makes him well qualified to serve as a director on our board and a board chair.
Steve Brotman has served as a director of our board . Steve is the founder and Managing Partner at Alpha Partners. Steve also serves as a Senior 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 (GSAVP), Greenhill & Co’s venture capital unit (which was spun out as Tribeca Venture Partners), a technology- and business information services-focused venture capital fund. Prior to GSAVP, Steve founded Silicon Alley Venture Partners. At his prior funds, Steve led investments in over 20 companies and was among the first institutional investors in LivePerson (Nasdaq: LPSN, market cap $4.7 billion currently) and Medidata Solutions (formerly public Nasdaq: MDSO before being acquired by Dassault Systèmes for $5.8 billion). Prior to starting his venture career, Steve was also the co-founder of a venture-backed company, AdOne, the pioneer online classified advertising platform. AdOne was backed by Venrock and acquired by Hearst. Steve graduated from Duke University with an Economic Degree and has a JD/MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Between graduate and undergraduate studies, Steve was trained as a COBOL/DB2 programmer for Accenture.
Steve will assist Matt and Mike’s origination efforts, leveraging the extended Alpha team and our network of 500+ VC firms to originate suitable opportunities amongst their 27,651 portfolio company universe. Subsequent to the business combination, Steve’s relationship network will be tapped to assist our partner in myriad ways, from business development to sourcing potential acquisition opportunities. With Mike, Steve will lead efforts to develop allied institutional relationships in support of the transaction. We believe Steve’s experience as a Senior Advisor to the Pritzker Group’s venture arm, Pritzker Group Venture Capital makes him well qualified to serve as a director.
Scott Grimes will serve as a director upon completion of this offering. He is the co-Founder, Executive Board Chair and former CEO of Cardlytics (Nasdaq:CDLX), having previously served as the company’s CEO from inception to March 2020 including for the company’s initial public offering in February 2018. Before co-founding Cardlytics, Scott was Senior Vice President and General Manager, Payments at Capital One Financial Corporation. Earlier, Scott was a Senior Vice President at FreeMarkets Inc., and a Principal at McKinsey & Company. From 2014 to 2020, Scott also served as a member of the Board of Directors for electric services company Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG). Scott graduated from Union College with a degree in electrical engineering and has an MBA for the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We believe Scott’s experience as the co-Founder, Executive Board Chair and former CEO of Cardlytics makes him well qualified to serve as a director.
John Rice will serve as a director upon completion of this offering. He is the Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a national non-profit organization that fights racial and economic disparities by empowering a new generation of diverse leaders. MLT has partnerships with many of the leading companies in the technology sector and elsewhere and John personally advises many CEOs on how to attract, develop and retain diverse talent.Building on more than 15 years of experience and deep partnerships in developing and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, MLT launched the MLT Black Equity at Work Certification, a first-of-its-kind, clear standard and roadmap for companies. Prior to MLT, John was an executive with the National Basketball Association, and with the Walt Disney Company in new business development and marketing. John serves on the board of Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD). John received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. We believe John’s experience as the Founder and CEO of MLT makes him well qualified to serve as a director.
Marcie Vu will serve as a director upon completion of this offering. She is the former co-Head of the Consumer Technology Group at Qatalyst Partners, a premier technology M&A advisory group. Prior to Qatalyst, Marcie was Head of Consumer Internet Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. Marcie has approximately 21 years of investment banking experience at Qatalyst, Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers advising internet, mobile, software and telecommunications clients on transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $100 billion. She advised on the IPOs of Alibaba.com, Facebook, Google, Green Dot, LinkedIn, Pandora, Yandex and Zynga, among others. Marcie’s M&A experience includes advising Admob on its sale to Google, Amazon on its acquisition of Quidsi, CNET on its sale to CBS, Ebates on its sale to Rakuten, eBay on its acquisitions of Gmarket and Rent.com, Elance on its merger with oDesk, Electronic Arts on its acquisition of JAMDAT Mobile, Expedia on its sale to IAC, Flurry on its sale to Yahoo!, Glassdoor on its sale to Recruit, Honey on its sale to Paypal LinkedIn on its sale to Microsoft, MyFitnessPal on its sale to UnderArmour, OpenTable on its sale to Priceline, Orbitz on its sale to Expedia, RetailMeNot on its sale to Harland Clarke, Shipt on its sale to Target, Tellme on its sale to Microsoft, and Zappos on its sale to Amazon. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2002, she worked at Yahoo! for two years in mobile and instant messenger product management. In 2010, Ms. Vu was featured in Investment Dealers’ Digest’s “Forty Under 40: Dealmaking, The Next Generation.” Marcie received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. We believe Marcie’s experience as the former co-Head of the Consumer Technology Group at Qatalyst Partners, a premier technology M&A advisory group, makes her well qualified to serve as a director.
Tracy R. Wolstencroft will serve as a director upon completion of this offering. He is the former President and CEO, and subsequently Board Chair, of Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII). Previously, Tracy was a longstanding Partner of Goldman Sachs where he led a broad range of the firm’s investment banking business around the world including in the United States, Asia, and Latin America. During a 25-year career, he was a member of the firm-wide partnership committee and the investment banking operating committee. A longtime trustee of the National Geographic Society, he recently served as President and CEO during the transition to the Walt Disney Company as the Society’s new joint venture partner for its commercial media business. Tracy has a BA in mathematics from Bowdoin College. We believe Tracy’s experience as the former President and CEO, and subsequently Board Chair, of Heidrick & Struggles makes him well qualified to serve as a director.