Lightview Capital’s founders bring a strong mix of both investment and operating experience. As founders of both operating companies and investment firms, they appreciate the effort it takes to start, scale, and drive a business to a successful and meaningful exit. To date, over half of the founders’ 20+ investments in growth companies have led to IPOs or strategic exits yielding a combined enterprise value in excess of $1 billion.
Richard Erickson is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Lightview Capital (formerly known as Red Oak Growth Partners). Mr. Erickson is a proven technology operating executive and investor with over 33 years of combined operating and investment experience. Prior to Lightview, he served as General Partner with Updata Partners, a growth equity investment fund focused on market leading software, internet and business services companies. While at Updata, Rich Erickson served on the Board of Directors for Acclaris (sold to Towers Watson), Jobs2Web (sold to SAP), Redvision (sold to First American), Interactions, and RES Software.
In his 22 year plus operating career, Erickson held numerous positions as a technology executive at industry leading public and private Software and Services companies including; Alphanet Solutions (ALPH-NASDAQ) – sold to Ciber (CBR-NYSE), iXL (IXL-NASDAQ) – sold to Scient (SCNT-NASDAQ), Excelan (EXLN-NASDAQ), and Digital Network Associates. His deep operating experience as an entrepreneur, senior executive and CEO provide a unique perspective in adding value to high growth companies. Rich graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Rich Erickson currently serves on the board of directors of Acuant, NexusTek and The Clarke Companies.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Conor Mullett is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Lightview Capital (formerly known as Red Oak Growth Partners) and brings over 20 years of private equity experience, including leading and monetizing investments in buyouts, growth equity and venture capital. Prior to forming Lightview in 2012, Conor was Co-Founder and General Partner of Updata Partners, a growth equity firm with $450 million AUM where he was involved in all aspects of firm management. While at Updata, Mullett was involved in a host of investments including serving on the Board of Directors for eSecurity (sold to Novell), Getpaid (sold to Sunguard), Netkey (sold to NCR), Jobs2Web (sold to SAP), iContact (sold to Vocus), Pulsepoint, Amber Road (IPO: AMBR), Ordermotion (sold to Netsuite), Foresee (sold to Answers.com) and Pet360 (sold to Petsmart).
Prior to Updata, Conor was in the Private Equity Group of William E. Simon & Sons family office with over $1 billion AUM, where he sourced, closed and managed control-oriented buyouts of middle market companies. Conor also worked in the Corporate Finance Group of GE Capital which provided debt financing solutions to equity sponsors acquiring public and private companies. Conor graduated from the College of William & Mary and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.
Conor Mullett currently serves on the Board of Directors for Acuant, NexusTek, and The Clarke Companies.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Sam Elsaadi is a Senior Associate at Lightview Capital, where he contributes to all aspects of the investment process, including transaction sourcing, business and financial due diligence, deal structuring, negotiation, documentation, and post-close value creation. Prior to joining Lightview Capital, Sam worked in the M&A team at IMS Health (a TPG Capital, CPP, and Leonard Green portfolio company), focused on a consolidation in the healthcare information technology space.
Prior to IMS Health, Sam worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, and recapitalizations. Sam graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan with a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the Ross School of Business and a B.A. in Regional Studies from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Josh Guggenheim is an Associate at Lightview Capital, contributing to transaction sourcing, due diligence, financial analysis and post-close operational improvements. Prior to Lightview Capital, he worked as a turnaround consultant for Alvarez and Marsal’s Private Equity practice. Josh started his career in an emerging markets role within Deutsche Bank’s Equity Capital Markets division.
He graduated with honors from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics.
Mauro Castro is an Associate Intern at Lightview Capital, contributing to transaction sourcing, due diligence and financial analysis. Prior to Lightview Capital, he worked as as an Investment Banking Analyst at Seale & Associates and recently completed an internship at Halmos Capital Partners. Mauro started his career as an Analyst at Citigroup.
He graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is currently pursuing his MBA at Columbia Business School.
Chairman of Insite Software
Tony Abena is the Chairman of Insite Software and is a leader with extensive experience, and consistent track record, successfully building and scaling information services and software companies across a number of industries, stages and business models. Currently, Insite is a leading provider of the “Connected Commerce Platform”. Previously, Mr. Abena was Chief Operating Officer of Deloitte Investments and Managing Director, Deloitte New-venture Accelerator, an internal $500 million venture capital fund for Deloitte, the world’s largest professional services firm. Prior to that, Mr. Abena was President of the Business Law division of Thomson Reuters, and he was also CTO and COO at techies.com, an online technology talent recruitment company that PC Week recognized as the #1 technology recruitment website. Earlier, he served in a variety of senior leadership roles including President, Gartner Institute at Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. He has been a key director and/or investor in three (3) technology start-ups that have achieved successful exits (Jobs2Web, PatentCore, and Docalytics), and currently sits on the board of of MyAlerts.com. Mr. Abena earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Chairman of Insite Software
CEO of MyAlerts
Doug Berg is a highly successful software entrepreneur who has started multiple companies in the marketing & technology industry raising/achieving $100+ million dollar valuations and serving hundreds of millions of users online. Currently Mr. Berg is CEO of MyAlerts, a venture backed company in the eCommerce technology sector. Previously, he was founder and Chief Recruiting Geek of Minneapolis-based Jobs2Web which sold in 2012 to SuccessFactors/SAP for over $100 million. Jobs2Web created a new category of interactive marketing within the recruiting vertical, and made the Inc 500 list 3-years in a row…during a recession.
Mr. Berg has worked with hundreds of major companies to guide their online strategies including the largest technology, banking, insurance, financial, healthcare, retail, and international consulting companies, and helps them utilize new technologies within their interactive strategy. Mr. Berg attended St. Cloud State University.
CEO of MyAlerts
Michael Carus is an accomplished executive and investor specializing in growing and scaling technology and data-enabled services businesses. Michael served as President of RedVision, a premier tech-enabled service provider of title reports and real property data solutions which grew from 20 to 500+ employees during his tenure. Prior to RedVision, Michael was a General Partner of Jersualem Venture Partners (JVP), a leading venture capital firm, where he led numerous technology investments. Previously, Michael was COO and CFO of Fundtech (Nasdaq: FNDT), a web banking and e-payment solutions provider. At Fundtech, Michael was instrumental in the growth of the company and led its initial public and secondary offerings at values approaching $500 million.
Michael is a CPA and graduated with a B.A. in Accounting from Ithaca College in New York.
Marty Fahey is a seasoned CEO with a successful track record in growing best-of-class technology companies in emerging markets. He has held executive positions in a wide range of technology organizations and has lead multiple successful SaaS-based companies including OrderMotion (acquired by NetSuite) and Webhire (acquired by Kenexa). Mr. Fahey has extensive experience building, scaling and monetizing businesses with deep experience in eCommerce and Human Capital Management. Earlier in his career, he was with Lotus Development where he served as General Manager of the Spreadsheet Division and General Manager of the Advanced Products Group. Mr. Fahey serves on the board/advisory boards of DRYNC, ReacHIRE, and HubLogix.
Mr. Fahey graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA and earned his CPA while at KPMG.
Joe Falkenstein is a seasoned strategic finance professional with 30 years of experience operating and supporting technology-oriented, private equity-backed, growth companies. Most recently, Mr. Falkenstein was the Chief Operating Officer and CFO at Pet360, Inc., which was sold to PetSmart for $160 million. At Pet360, Mr. Falkenstein was responsible for strategy, finance, administration and operations in a high-growth environment, helping to take revenue from $30 million to $90 million. Prior to Pet360 Mr. Falkenstein was the co-founder and managing general partner of NJTC Ventures, a top-quartile early-stage, technology-focused venture fund, realizing 4x for its investors. Mr. Falkenstein has held numerous Board of Directors positions over the last two decades and has significant experience working with executive teams on strategy, positioning, analytics and operational initiates. He is an expert in M&A transactions and corporate finance. Prior to NJTC Ventures, Mr. Falkenstein was a partner with Arthur Andersen in their Philadelphia growth-company practice.
Mr. Falkenstein is a CPA and graduate of Temple University.
CEO of 2nd Stage Partners
Larry S. Freed serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of 2nd Stage Partners. Mr. Freed founded and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ForeSee Results, Inc., and was responsible for managing its strategy and growth. He has more than 20 years experience in senior management and in directing eCommerce and technology initiatives. Previously, Mr. Freed held several senior executive positions at Compuware Corporation, leading a variety of e-commerce and professional services programs. Most recently, he served as Vice President of e-Business, where he was responsible for directing the national e-Business practice and for the design, development and implementation of e-Business strategies for numerous companies. Before joining Compuware, Mr. Freed held various positions including Chief Technology Officer at Bank One (formerly First Chicago NBD and NBD Bank). Mr. Freed serves as a Director and the executive committee of the Ann Arbor IT Zone, and previously held leadership positions at ASC X12, a national EDI standards group, and various other industry groups. He continues to serve as Director of ForeSee Results, Inc., and has been a Director at Intradiem, Inc. since June 2014 and Spigit, Inc. since February 2016.
Mr. Freed graduated from University of Michigan in 1983 with a B.S. in Computer Science and received an M.B.A. from Wayne State University in 1992.
CEO of 2nd Stage Partners
CEO of Mongo DB
Dev Ittycheria is the CEO of MongoDB, a leader in next generation database technology, and has a strong mix of entrepreneurial, operational and investing experience. Before MongoDB, Mr. Ittycheria was a Managing Director at OpenView Venture Partners, and before that he was a Venture Partner at Greylock Partners. Previously, he was a founder/CEO of BladeLogic. There, he took the company public in 2007, and just one year later sold it to BMC Software for approximately $900 million. After the acquisition he served as President of BMC Software, where he directly led a business with $1.4 billion in annual revenue and more than 4,000 employees. Earlier in his career Mr. Ittycheria was founder/CEO of Applica, one of the first venture-backed cloud companies. He eventually merged the business with Breakaway Solutions and the combined company went public in 1999. He began his professional career at large and growth-stage telecom companies developing advanced broadband services. He also serves as an advisor and/or board member to a number of next-generation software companies as well as leading venture capital and private equity firms.
Mr. Ittycheria received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, and was recognized by the School of Engineering as its 2010 Alumnus of the Year.
CEO of Mongo DB
VP of Aspire Financial Services
Dipankar Mandal is the Executive Vice President and CIO of Aspire Financial Services, a proprietary technology platform provider of smart retirement solutions. Previously, Mr. Mandal was the founder and President of Acclaris, the industry leader in CDH Financial Technology and Services, which was listed multiple times in Inc. 500|5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. Mr. Mandal founded the company in 2001, built the technology, was instrumental in the acquisition of all key/anchor clients, and grew the company to 600+ employees in 2 countries and 5 locations supporting more than 1.8 million active account holders. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mandal was the CTO/SVP at Ceridian, and held various technology leadership roles of increasing responsibility at AT&T, Bell Labs, Modi/Rank Xerox, and other companies.
Mr. Mandal earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Electronics, and Telecommunications from Jadavpur University.
VP of Aspire Financial Services
Timothy L. Murray is an accomplished executive with decades of experience leading successful public and private companies. Most recently, Mr. Murray was President and Chief Operating Officer of K-12 (NYSE: LRN). Previously he held CEO positions at Pulsepoint, Inc., Datran Media, Dialogic Inc., Cross Match Technologies, and Riversoft Plc. Mr. Murray began his career at AT&T, where he held a number of positions, including President of Business Network Services, a $22 billion business unit. Mr. Murray is currently Chairman of the Board of Middlebury Interactive Languages, the Executive Chairman at Voxy, the CEO of Redline Speed Worx and a Director of The Clarke Companies.
Mr. Murray received a BS and MS in Management and Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Steve Simcox is a senior healthcare professional and entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in delivering outstanding programming to consumers and healthcare professionals. Mr. Simcox brings a passion for building grassroots education and awareness movements for patients and consumers in his role as Managing Partner of HealthTalker, widely recognized as the innovators in Word of Mouth programming for the healthcare industry. During his thirty year tenure there, MediMedia was the worldwide leader in Patient Education, creating long-term commercial partnerships with the American Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Harvard Health Publications, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the National Cancer Institute. Mr. Simcox led the explosive growth of MediMedia from 50 employees to over 2,000 employees during his tenure, operating ten collaborating divisions within MediMedia. Mr. Simcox has significant equity and strategic transaction experience as a CEO, including a sale to strategic buyer Vivendi in 1999, a $600 million leveraged international buyout with private equity partners The Carlyle Group, Cinven Partners, and APAX Partners. He co-led the $600 million sale of MediMedia’s International businesses to Reed Elsevier and UBM respectively, and led a $625 million buyout of MediMedia’s US Business with VC Partners. He also led divestiture transactions of MediMedia Information Technologies to Susquehanna Growth Equity and the group’s Animal Health Division to strategic buyer Veterinary Corporation of America.
Mr. Simcox holds a degree in Economics from Princeton University
David Weiss is a seasoned executive with over 25 years in the software business. From 2002 until 2011, Mr. Weiss served as President and CEO of Numara Software, Inc, (formerly Blue Ocean Software) where he led the company to significant growth through both product and market expansion. Prior to Numara, Mr. Weiss served as Vice President of worldwide marketing for Citrix Systems, Inc. during its rapid expansion from a small, private company to a global leader in remote access software solutions. Mr. Weiss was also part of the founding team of a VC-funded software company in the late 1990s, and additionally spent 7 years at Lotus and 5 years at IBM in various sales, marketing and technical positions in the US and Europe. Mr. Weiss is a Director at InfoVista, SRSsoft, DigiCert, Medeanalytics, PowerPlan, iPipeline, Infogix, and Empirix.
A graduate of Duke University, Mr. Weiss holds degrees in computer science and economics.