Valhalla Partners is a trusted partner and advisor to technology entrepreneurs in their quest to build world-class companies.The firm's management team has invested in more than 100 leading companies over the last twenty years, roughly half of them in the mid-Atlantic region, and has produced almost $1 billion of investment proceeds.The depth of Valhalla Partners' venture and operating experience makes it a trusted partner for entrepreneurs looking to build their companies both smarter and faster. The firm is structured to maximize the time its Partners spend working cooperatively with entrepreneurs to add value to their companies. Portfolio companies benefit from access to the broad skills, contacts and resources of the entire Valhalla team.Valhalla Partners works hard every day to earn its reputation as a quality partner for visionary entrepreneurs who dare to innovate, challenge and fundamentally change the dynamics of new and existing markets.
Gene is recognized as one of the top value-added investors and board members in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has over twenty-five years of experience in senior leadership roles at venture capital firms and technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Prior to co-founding Valhalla Partners, Gene was the founder and Managing Director of FBR Technology Venture Partners ("FBRTVP"). The FBRTVP Funds produced seven IPO's including webMethods, the most successful software IPO in history.
Gene is a Director of VisualCV, Inc, BlueStripe Software, EnterpriseDB, Parature and ExaDigm. He also led Valhalla's investment in Rivermine Software, LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP) andRealOps (acquired by BMC Software). He is also a Director of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and a co-founder of The MINDSHARE Program, a leading organization for technology entrepreneurs in the Greater Washington area.
Prior to founding FBRTVP, Gene spent 16 years in senior operating roles with technology companies, including four early-stage ventures, all of which ultimately went public.
Gene received a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola College (Executive Program) and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University.
Past investments include webMethods, Proxicom, LifeMinders, CareerBuilder, and Call Technologies.
Mid- Atlantic Venture Association's (director) mission is to facilitate private equity investing in the mid-Atlantic region and represent the collective interests of venture capitalists with investment interests in the mid-Atlantic. With more than 500 venture capital professionals from 125 firms, our members collectively manage more than $90 billion in capital.
MindShare's (co-founder) mission is to help CEOs from the most promising technology and life sciences growth companies in the Greater Washington Metropolitan region build long-term, sustainable companies by creating opportunities and a sense of community as well as fostering teamwork in collegial environment.
Sep 1982 - May 1984
MBA (Executive Program)
Sep 1973 - May 1977
Gene has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities including Harvard, Wharton, James Madison, George Mason, and Chicago and regularly gives speeches on entrepreneurship in Mid-Atlantic region.
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