Nat Burgess, Techstrat founder, has been an M&A advisor since 1989, an angel investor and startup mentor since 1994, and a lawyer since 1998. Prior to being appointed Chairman of the World Financial Symposium and President of Corum, he worked for Morgan Stanley’s M&A group, helped Activision put the first generation of multiplayer games on the Internet, and interned with the Enforcement Division of the SEC.
As an M&A advisor Nat has managed transactions with Microsoft, Google, Intel, Symantec, and many other leading companies across the US, Europe, the Nordics, Asia, and Latin America. He has also raised capital from Vista Equity Partners, Intel Capital, Carlyle Group, Marlin Equity, and many other leading private equity firms. He is a sell side specialist with a 20+ year focus on technology. His tombstones include the sale of Ghost to Symantec, the sale of Olaworks to Intel, the sale of Instantiations to Google, the sale of Caligari to Microsoft, the sale of Atego to PTC, and the sale of Esterel Technologies to Ansys.
As an Angel investor Nat was a founding investor in Cequint, participated in two follow-on rounds, and organized additional funding from Japanese investors. Cequint was sold in 2009 to TNS for $112 million. Nat also assisted two startups that sold to Google (Phatbits and PicNik), and was an angel investor and advisory board member for SiteScout (sold to an investor group). As an advisory board member he helped HasOffers raise a Series A round from Accel.
Nat is a frequent guest on CNBC and a nationally recognized speaker at industry conferences such as the World Financial Symposiums and the RSA Security conference, among others. In addition to his professional activities, he and his wife founded the Lopez Strings Workshop for promising young musicians, and actively support their children’s schools.
Nat holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese literature from Yale College, and a JD from the UCLA school of law. He attended Kansai Gaidai University and ICU in Japan, and has lived and worked in Tokyo, New York and Paris. He is currently based in Seattle.
Ed joined TechStrat’s Advisory Committee in 2016 as a Sector Professional.
Ed has over 25 years of international experience serving high-growth technology companies, spending the last 20 years in chief operating and chief executive roles. Ed is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Majesco, driving the company’s growth strategy, key operational initiatives and corporate development.
Prior to joining Majesco, Ed was Vice President and Director at Corum Group, a Global M&A Advisory firm focused on the Technology segment.
During this same time period he also served on the Majesco Executive Advisory Board.
Before Corum Group, Ed served in a variety of roles at Innovation Group PLC from 2001-2010 such as Group President, Chief Operating Officer Technology and Executive Director. Prior to 2001, along with his investment partner the Halifax Capital Group he led the sale of MTW Corporation to Innovation Group as MTW CEO. Earlier in his career he spent several years at Texas Instruments and was Division Manager and Vice President for the Software Group.
Ed has a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University and attended Executive Programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Richard has extensive experience building and exiting private and public companies, and has worked on prior exits with the TechStrat team. He joined Techstrat in 2016 as a Sector Professional.
Richard has over 25 years’ Executive leadership and sales and management experience in the software, SAS and supply chain markets. He is currently Executive Chairman at Gardien Group, a leading provider of leading-edge front-end tooling solutions for the global PCB industry. He is also Non-Executive Chairman at another communications company Toople Plc.
Prior to joining Gardien Group, Richard was, Chairman and CEO at Atego. He restructured that company and then sold it to Parametric Technologies.
Before Atego Richard was CEO of publicly traded Cybit Holdings, Commercial Director at Global Telematics, and Sales Director at Baan UK.
Earlier in his career, he led the sales in several companies including Dun & Bradstreet Software, Manugistics, ASK Computer Systems and Memory Computer UK Limited. Richard has an undergraduate degree from Plumpton Agricultural College. When he is not building companies and negotiating deals, he tends to his beef and sheep farm in Surrey, UK.
Sector Advisor for Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Systems
Ravi Koka joined TechStrat in 2016 as a Sector Professional for Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Systems.
Ravi is the Founder & CEO of Stocksnips, a digital app that crawls, aggregates and analyzes news related to public companies and delivers sentiment analysis in seconds.
Ravi Koka was a Partner and CTO Insurance products at Polaris Financial Technology Limited, a leading provider of enterprise software for the banking and insurance industry.
Prior to this he founded SEEC Inc. and successfully completed SEEC’s IPO on Nasdaq in 1997. Koka started his career with System Development Corporation (originally a division of RAND) and was an adjunct associate professor at CMU. Polaris Software labs acquired SEEC in 2008.
Anastasiia is an Analyst with TechStrat, focused on managing CRM activity, coordinating Company activities, and engaging with partners and clients. Anastasiia is also responsible for tracking the status of client projects, preparing weekly status reports and managing TechStrat’s weekly staff meetings. Anastasiia is also attached to client engagements with responsibilities for preparing client presentations, partner candidate lists, precedent transactions lists and financial workbooks.
Before joining the TechStrat team, Anastasiia has worked for the Ukrainian outsourced software development company Dev-Pro.net as a Business Development Assistant. She participated in a full-cycle of pre-sales operations, cooperating with clients at all stages of engagement. In this role she worked with Salesforce and related analytical tools, and helped prepare statistical analysis of marketing data used for lead generation.
Anastasiia holds a MSC in Education and Wellness from the Philosophy Department of the University of Ukraine.
Vladimir works as an Analyst on TechStrat’s Analyst team, which he joined in 2016. As an Analyst, he does background research on clients, their competitors, and their markets. He works on offering documents, including partner candidate lists and detailed launch meeting agendas. Vladimir also conducts deep research on strategic contacts within large technology companies.
Before joining TechStrat, Vladimir served as a web researcher at the Ukrainian IT company Dev-Pro.net. For three years, Vladimir has been performing data analysis, technical research, SEO work, and writing reports. He also acted as a Research Team Lead Deputy, managing a team of researchers.
Vladimir graduated from Enterprise Economy Department of the University of Ukraine, where he majored in Business Management.
Julia joined TechStrat in 2016. Currently, she works as an analyst, where she analyzes markets, company data, contacts and industry trends. Julia has worked on engagements in Social Networking, Real Estate and Enterprise Software. In addition to core research, Julia also prepares research reports that serve as the basis of executive summaries and other offering documents. She has also completed projects in the areas of capital raise and private equity.
Prior to working at TechStrat, Julia was a Web Researcher in Dev-Pro.net, a Ukrainian outsource software development company. She was responsible for monitoring, collecting and analyzing data, conducting web research of different types, including competitive analysis, comparative software company analysis, and copywriting. She completed a white paper on Big Data that has been published on multiple web sites.
Julia received her degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Department of Sociology at the National Ukrainian University.