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    Nat Burgess


    Nat Burgess, Techstrat founder, has been an M&A adviser 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 early advisor to Tune, Pointinside and others.

    Nat currently serves as a board advisor and business development VP for Grijjy, an R&D company that is reinventing the interface that consumers use to browse and discover video content.  Nat’s history in digital video dates back to his sale of Cinax, and early web video encoding company, and his work with Morgan Freeman on Clickstar.

    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.

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    Ed Ossie

    Sector Professional

    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.

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    Richard Horsman

    Sector Professional

    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.

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    Ravi Koka

    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.

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    Michael Bolotin

    Senior Associate

    Michael joined TechStrat in 2017 as a Senior Associate, supporting clients through all stages of the M&A process. Earlier in his consulting and business development career, Michael helped companies across industries and geographies to grow effectively and efficiently. He holds an MBA from IE Business School and an undergraduate degree in Finance from Washington State University. When he’s not helping TechStrat’s clients, Michael spends his time traveling, reading, and baking granola.

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    Steve Peltier

    Lead Advisor - Financial Diligence

    Steve joined TechStrat’s Advisory Committee in 2018 as the lead advisor for financial due diligence.

    Steve was a professional accountant with a predecessor firm to what became KPMG, one of the world’s leading professional services firms and among the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms in the United States.


    He later became the President and CEO of ICS Advent Corporation, and President and CEO of Nefsis Corporation; both successful San Diego, California-based technology developers.

    Steve has led multiple M&A efforts – including the sale of ICS Advent, and later Nefsis to Brother in Japan.

    Steve is an avid hiker and traveler, and a fluent French speaker.

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    Eric Harber

    Sector Advisor for e-Commerce and Multi-Sized Marketplaces

    Eric joined TechStrat’s Advisory Committee in 2018 as a Sector Professional for Communications APIs and Cloud Communications Solutions.
    Eric is CEO of Flowroute, which provides carrier-quality voice and messaging capabilities via the Company’s patented HyperNetwork.  Flowroute serves CPaaS, SaaS, and marketing communications companies that programmatically consume communications resources through software.  Eric led the sale of Flowroute to West, a global multi-billion dollar company, in 2018.

    Eric previously led a software company from < $1M to over $25M in annual revenues, took it public and eventually successfully sold it.
    He has worked on multiple successful products, companies, and exits including acquisitions of ~$300M, $70M, and an IPO with $1 Billion+ valuation.
    In addition to extensive experience in emerging technology companies, Eric is also an experienced leader in public companies including Citigroup (C), Accenture (ACN), Amdocs (DOX) and Amazon (AMZN).

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    Anastasiia Usmanova

    Analyst Team Lead

    Anastasiia is an Analyst Team Lead 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.
    Anastasiia holds a MSC in Education and Wellness from the Philosophy Department of the University of Ukraine.

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    Vladimir Savoskin


    Vladimir is 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.
    Vladimir graduated from Enterprise Economy Department of the University of Ukraine, where he majored in Business Management.

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    Julia Tsemokh


    Julia joined TechStrat in 2016. Currently, she is an Analyst, where she analyzes markets, company data, contacts and industry trends. Julia has involved 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.
    Julia received her degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Department of Sociology at the National Ukrainian University.

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