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Philosophy

  • Collaborative & ACCRETIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH OUR COMPANIES
  • Entrepreneur-Friendly…We Are Entrepreneurs investing in Entrepreneurs
  • TIME IS THE MOST FINITE CONSTRAINT
    IN THE COMPANY BUILDING PROCESS
  • Build Trust & Make Sure Entrepreneurs and Investors have ALIGNED INTERESTS
  • BEING GOOD PEOPLE – EVERYONE ENJOYS WORKING TOGETHER
  • BUILDING A COMPANY SHOULD BE FUN

Focus

    People
  • Experienced Entrepreneurs with Vision, Ambition, Passion and Execution
  • Track Record of Operational Success
    Product
  • Unique solution in a Large Market
  • Sustainable & Defensible
  • Initial Product / Market Fit Established
  • Product Complete with clear Product Roadmap
    Themes
  • Capital Efficient
  • Data as an Asset
  • Recurring / Transaction-Based Revenue Model
  • Media & Ecommerce
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Enterprise Software
  • Financial Technology
  • Data & Analytics
  • Vertical Applications
  • Healthcare IT
  • Mobile
  • Series A / Series B
  • Revenue run rate of $1mm+
  • Collaborative Investor
  • Lead or Partner
  • East Coast HQ
  • $1 - 5mm Initial Check
  • ~$3 - $5mm Aggregate Investment Per Company

Team

Contact

For inquiries please contact Wendy Coya at

wendy.coya@vocapventures.com

Vinny Olmstead

Managing Director
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Vinny is a Co-Founder and Partner at Vocap Investment Partners based in the firm’s Vero Beach office, and is a Board Member for Apollidon Learning, Bridgevine, Essess, and formerly Sundrop Mobile before its sale to Mercury Payment Systems.

Vinny has a unique blend of investing, operating, and strategy experience that spans more than 20 years professionally; and more than 30 years when factoring in his entrepreneurial roots, which began in his teens. Prior to Vocap, Vinny was CEO of Bridgevine, an advertising technology company focused on customer acquisition and recognized by the INC 500/5000 the past 6 years in a row. Vinny remains involved as an Executive Board member, and advisor to the incumbent CEO to continue Bridgevine’s ascent in advertising technology. Prior to Bridgevine, Vinny was VP of Corporate Development at 360networks, a fiber optic telecommunications company that went public in the spring of 2000. Prior to 360networks, Vinny spent 8 years as a consultant including 4 years as Partner at Mercer Consulting (division of Marsh McLennan); and with KPMG Peat Marwick. Vinny spent two years at Coopers and Lybrand.

Vinny is also on the board of the Riverside Theatre, the Indian River Education Foundation, and is Florida Chapter Chair for Young Presidents Organization. Vinny has an MBA & MHS (Master of Health Science) from the University of Florida, and BS of Accounting from Flagler College. In his spare time, Vinny enjoys travelling to unique places with his wife and three children and playing tennis.


Wendy Coya

Vice President
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Wendy is a Vice President at Vocap Investment Partners based in the firm’s Vero Beach office.

Prior to joining Vocap Wendy was the Director of Finance at Bridgevine, an advertising technology company focused on customer acquisition, where her role included several rounds of fundraising, extensive financial modeling and analysis, and as a founding employee was instrumental in the substantial growth of the company. Before joining Bridgevine Wendy was a Senior Accountant at Kimley Horn & Associates.

Wendy holds a BS from University of Miami’s School of Business with focus on Finance and Contract Law. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters, cycling and running.


Mike Becker

Managing Director
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Mike loves the entrepreneurial process and has over 20 years of investing, technology and operations experience, much of it working with growth stage companies.  Prior to joining Vocap, Mike served as the COO of Triton Digital’s Applications & Services Division.  During his tenure at Triton, he lead the integration of multiple acquisitions and built a 100+ person Product, Technology, and Client Services team that delivered SaaS loyalty marketing, contesting, research, and gamification solutions to an expanding international client base.  Prior to Triton Digital, Mike was a founder and COO of Enticent, a leading SaaS provider of loyalty marketing and audience relationship management tools for media companies.  Mike helped to lead the company through three rounds of venture financing and a successful exit with the sale to Triton Digital.  In addition to these roles, Mike has served as a Partner with Summit Investors, an investment partnership focusing on private and public investment opportunities.  He also held positions with Kurt Salmon Associates and Andersen Consulting, where he worked on management consulting projects related to strategy, operations, and technology implementation.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children.  When he is not working with Vocap’s partner companies, you can often find him outdoors coaching a lacrosse game or on the links in futile pursuit of a future Senior PGA Tour Card.


Matt Avril

Advisor
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Experience: President, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide; CFO, Vistana; KPMG
Board Seats: API Technologies, Zentila
Education:  BS of Accounting, Miami University
Interests:  accomplished golfer


Brian Barefoot

Advisor
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Experience: President, Babson College; CEO, NeoVision Hypersystems; EVP, PaineWebber; SVP/MD, Merrill Lynch
Board Seats: BigBelly Solar, Cynosure, Array Health Solutions, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ma.
Education:  BA Finance, Babson College; MBA, Pace University
Interests:  vicious slice on the tennis court, and current Mayor of Indian River Shores


Michael Leitner

Advisor
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Experience: Senior VP of Corp Development, Wiltel Communications; CEO, Globenet Communications; SVP Corp Dev, 360networks; VP Corp Dev, Microsoft;
Board Seats: Integra Telecom, Primacom GmbH, Wild Blue (former), Online Resources Corp. (former), Ticket Master (former), Bridgevine (former)
Education:  BA Economics, UCLA; MBA, Michigan
Interests:  adventure junkie, cpa


Cameron McCaskill

Advisor
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Experience: VP of Business Development for Intellon; VP Operations TriNet Services, CalenderCentral; President/Founder, Bio Control
Distinctions:  Successful Exits from Intellon,Atheros and TriNet Services
Education:  BS Industrial Engineering, Florida; MBA, Florida
Interests:  biking, tennis and fishing


Ray Oglethorpe

Advisor
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Experience: President, AOL; COO, Redgate Communications; Executive, Harris Corp; Executive, IBM
Board Seats: ProPhotonix, Workspace.com(former); Bridgevine(former)
Education:  Electrical Engineering, Arizona; MBA, George Washington
Interests:  passionate about child education; golf and skiing


Bryan Rubin

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Experience: VP, Highbridge Principal Strategies; Director Corp Dev, Adelphia Communications; Director Corp Dev, 360networks; Financial Analyst, DLJ
Board Observer Seats (former): OnePhone, Wasserman Media, Hibernia Networks, MediaXstream
Education:  Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Michigan
Interests:  ultra distance trail runner; avid Michigan and Cleveland fan


Russ Thomas

Advisor
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Experience: CEO, Gold Standard
Board Seats/Committees: [Insert]
Education:  BA Political Science, Virginia Tech; Juris Doctorate, Virginia
Interests:  biking, routing against the University of Florida


Greg Stanger

Advisor
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Experience: CFO, Chegg; Venture Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures; CFO, Expedia, Corp Dev exec at Microsoft.
Board Seats:
(former) Kayak, Netflix Drugstore.com, Bridgevine and (current) Yosemite Conservancy, Rocketship Education
Education: 
BAEconomics, Williams College; MBA, Berkeley
Interests:
  golf, education, kids’ sports


Patrick J. Welsh

Limited Partner
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Pat Welsh co-founded Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and focuses on investments in the information/business services industry. Previously, he spent eight years with Citicorp Venture Capital and was President at the time of his departure. Mr. Welsh graduated from Rutgers University in 1965 and received an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1969.