Who we are

We’ve been finding and working with the world’s best startups and forward-thinking enterprises for 25 years.

Our partners are technology insiders with years of experience building and running DEMO and TechCrunch, and growing Business 2.0, Fortune, and Fast Company.

We have an unparalleled track record of analyzing technology trends and picking technology winners. Coupled with our deep global network of the world’s top startup founders, venture capitalists, incubators, and engineers, we can bring to bear the right startups, products, and technologies to solve our clients’ hardest problems.

Erick Schonfeld

Founding Partner

Erick has been discovering and working with startups his entire professional career as a technology journalist, startup event producer, and founder. Erick is a co-founder of TouchCast, the leading interactive video platform, and a partner at bMuse, a startup studio in New York City. He is the former Executive Producer of the DEMO conferences and former Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch (where he helped conceive, lead and select startups for the Disrupt conferences, among other duties). Prior to TechCrunch, which he joined as Co-Editor in 2007, Erick was Editor-at-Large for Business 2.0 magazine, and a senior writer at Fortune magazine covering technology.

Neal Silverman

Founding Partner

Neal has in-depth knowledge of both emerging technologies and the technology needs of larger enterprises. He served 15 years as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of DEMO—the world-renowned launching pad for emerging technology. Neal oversaw the expansion into international events, online development, and its professional services practice. He led the the expansion of the DEMO brand into China, Singapore, Africa, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Russia, and Brazil. Prior to joining DEMO (part of IDG Enterprise), Neal held executive management positions at Fast Company Magazine, US News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, and CMGI.

Sean Walter

CTO and Head of Product

Sean has spent the past 20 years specializing in enterprise and consumer design, development, and user experience. During this time, Sean has helped grow eight technology startups—including Actifio, Cybric, CloudHealth, and Verdasys—from inception and very early stage through multiple rounds of venture funding and successful exits. Sean has helped startups raise over $300 million in venture funding and built products resulting in over $5 billion in value.