- Alumni financial support
- Alumni venture investment
- Access to industry networks
Robert Adelson - Merion, PA
Bob founded Osage Partners in 1990 and has built a track record as a top-performing venture investor. He is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he is a partner in a fourth generation family business. Prior to founding Osage, Bob clerked with the honorable Walter K. Stapleton, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced corporate law at the Philadelphia law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen. Bob's previous venture investments include Zany Brainy, Inphonic, Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ: ICGE), and GHR Systems (acquired by Metavante). He is a graduate of The Yale Law School, where he was an editor of The Yale Law Journal, and of Yale College, from which he graduated summa cum laude. Bob is a trustee of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, and Jefferson Health System. He is also a former President of the Board of Trustees of The Philadelphia School and a past member of The Yale Law School Fund.
Bob resides in Merion, PA, with his wife Marta and his two daughters and son.
Jonathan B. Bulkeley ('82) - New York, NY
From early 2006 through August 2010, Jonathan Bulkeley served as CEO of Scanbuy, a company that develops bar code readers for cell phones. From October 2002 to February 2006 he was Managing Partner of Achilles Partners LLC, an investment, advisory and research firm, and prior to that, chairman and CEO of Lifeminders, Inc., an online direct marketing company. From December 1998 to January 2000, Bulkeley was CEO of barnesandnoble.com. Bulkeley also served as Vice Chair of EDGAR-Online and Chairman of QXL Ricardo, plc. Prior to January 1999, Jonathen was affiliated with America Online, including serving as Managing Director of the online services joint venture of AOL-U.K. and Bertelsmann Online and President of AOL-U.K . Bulkeley currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Readers Digest Association (NYSE: RDA) and US Trusts Excelsior Buyout Fund of Funds, Spark Network Plc, Excelsior Absolute Return Hedge Fund of Funds and Excelsior Real Estate Fund.
Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1982 where he majored in African-American studies and was a resident of Berkeley College. At Yale, he was a member of the varsity lacrosse team and Zeta Psi.
Victoria Elenowitz (P’12, P’13) – New York, NY
Chair, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Advisory Council; Managing Director, Golden Seeds, NY
Vicky was appointed Chair of the newly formed Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Advisory Council in January 2007. She is also a Managing Director of an angel fund, Golden Seeds, in New York. Vicky serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Southampton Bath & Tennis Club and the Director, Co-chair and Founder of the Southampton Bath & Tennis Club Charitable Fund. She is the Chairman of the Board of Bespoke Global, and was a Co-Founder of American Friends of the Royal Court Theatre and a Marketing Manager in Cambridge University’s Development Office in the USA from 1992-1997. Other prior roles Vicky has played include: Marketing Manager at ACT Financial Systems, a developer of large back office accounting systems for derivatives trading; consultant in telecommunications consulting and financial software divisions of Logica Inc, NY and other companies including Bain & Company, Boston and London.
Vicky earned her M.A. Hons. Biological Sciences from Cambridge University, UK and is the parent of two Yale undergraduate students.
Jason B. Konidaris (’93) – New Canaan, CT
Retired - Global Head of Capital Markets, SAC Capital Advisors
Jason is a private investor. He retired in 2011 as Global Head of Capital Markets at SAC Capital, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund complex. Jason and his team oversaw a portfolio of new equity issuance across all relevant business sectors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has assessed the investment validity of thousands of IPO’s and Secondary offerings from entrepreneurs, mature businesses, private equity funds, and sovereignsover the past two decades. Previously Jason was a founding principal of SAC International Equities and affiliatedfunds. Jason began his Wall Street career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the International Equities Sales and Trading department.
At Yale, Jason is a member of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute's Advisory Council. He also serves as an Associate of the Medical School's Child Study Center. He was a contributing author to the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. He has served on the boards of King School and the Church of the Archangels Foundation.
Jason received his B.A. in Economics from Yale University. He and his wife, Janie, have two young children.
Jay D. Kranzler ('85 Ph.D. '86 M.D.) – San Diego, CA
CEO, Cypress Bioscience
Dr. Jay Kranzler is CEO at Cypress Bioscience, Inc. During his tenure, Cypress has successfully raised $226 million in new funding, executed multiple license agreements, and gained FDA approval of two therapeutics. Previously, he served as President, CEO and a Director of Cytel Corporation where he diversified Cytel's assets, raised $73 million through public offerings and acquired two technology companies, Glycogen and Receptor Laboratories. Under Jay’s leadership, Cytel secured strategic alliances with major pharmaceutical companies raising more than $150 million in research and development funding and equity investments.
From 1985 to 1989, Jay was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. At Yale University, he earned his M.D. with a concentration in Psychiatry and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University, where he was a Belkin Scholar. Jay is currently a lecturer at The Rady School of Business of the University of California San Diego, where he serves as Executive in Residence.
Brian Miller – Greenwich, CT
CIO, North Sound Partners
Brian Miller is currently the Chief Investment Officer of North Sound Partners, a family office based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Through North Sound Associates, the partnership invests in alternative investment strategies which can include hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital funds. Brian also serves as General Partner of North Sound Ventures, which invests directly in early stage growth companies.
Prior to founding the North Sound group of companies, Brian spent 21 years at Elliott Associates, a $22 Billion AUM hedge fund based in New York. When Brian retired from Elliott in July 2012 he was one of four equity partners and held the title of Chief Trading Officer. He was a member of Elliott’s Management Committee and also served on the Valuation Committee and Risk Committee. Brian’s responsibilities encompassed all of global trading, including structured products, commodities, fixed-income arbitrage and portfolio protection strategies.
Prior to starting with Elliott in August 1991, Brian was a Vice President at Yamaichi International where he specialized in arbitrage strategies. Brian received a B.Sc. in Economics from the University at Albany in 1988. Mr. Miller is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received his C.F.A. designation in 1992. He currently serves on the Board of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in NYC.
Brian resides in Greenwich, CT, with his wife Giovanna and two sons.
David S. Rose (’79) – New York, NY
CEO, Rose Tech Ventures
David is CEO at Rose Tech Ventures and Chairman of the Board of the New York Angels, Inc. He is also Chairman and CEO of Angelsoft, which operates a collaboration platform for early stage equity investing and Chairman of KoolSpan, Inc., a developer of leading-edge network security technology.
David was a prime author of the new data messaging protocols for the personal communications industry, and lectures frequently on issues relating to the development of the international information infrastructure. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the Personal Communications Industry Association as well as the Council of Communications Advisors. David was a Founding Member of the New York New Media Association and is a frequent guest speaker at graduate business schools. Prior to founding AirMedia Corporation in 1988, for which he served as CEO for over ten years, his career included over fifteen years in real estate development, government, teaching and urban planning.
David received his B.A. in Urban Affairs from Yale University and his MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.
Bill Schnoor ('80, '83 J.D.) - Boston Partner, Goodwin Procter
Bill Schnoor is a Yale alum and Goodwin Procter's co-chair of the Technology Companies Group and co-chair of its Clean Technologies Practice; he concentrates in the areas of business and securities law, private equity and acquisitions. Schnoor has over 24 years of experience in representing startup, private and public companies in a wide range of industries. He has worked with numerous companies from their initial financing through initial public offerings or acquisitions, and has advised numerous public companies and their boards of directors. Schnoor works with companies across a broad range of industries, including alternative energy and other clean technologies; e-commerce and other internet-based businesses; enterprise software; life sciences; and healthcare information technology.
David Thomas (P'08, P'14)
Managing Partner, Court Square
David Thomas has been with Court Square (fka, Citigroup Venture Capital) since 1980 and is currently a Managing Partner. Prior to Court Square, Mr. Thomas helped Citigroup establish its Leveraged Finance Group in the mid ‘70s. Mr. Thomas received degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Akron. Mr. Thomas is a director of Fibertech Networks, LLC., Harvard Drug Group, LLC., MailSouth, Inc. and Wyle, Inc. Previous boards include Auto Europe Group, Aviall, Brintec, C&H Sugar, DavCo Restaurants, Devon Group, Flender, Furnishings International, Hancor Pipe, Interface Solutions, International Airmotive, MagnaChip Semiconductor LLC., Mid-Atlantic Coca Cola, Neenah Foundry, Network Communications, Inc., Newmarket International, Inc., Pamida Stores, People Express Airlines, Smith Alarm, Worldspan Technologies, York International and Zatarains.
Jarrod S. Yuster (’93) – New York, NY
Co-founder and CEO, Pico Quantitative
Jarrod is the co-founder and CEO of Pico Quantitative Trading, an electronic trading company. Most recently he was a Managing Director and Global Head of Merrill Lynch's Portfolio and Electronic Trading, where he led a team that built electronic and quantitative trading strategies and provided consulting to clients on execution, transaction cost analysis, trading technology and market structure. Jarrod was on the equity management committee responsible for strategic investments and partnerships and held several Director and Advisory roles for portfolio companies and industry committees.
Jarrod has extensive experience starting trading businesses. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he led the quantitative and automated trading efforts in the portfolio trading group at Schwab Capital Markets where he joined from a Schwab-led start-up investment bank, Epoch Partners, which was sold to Goldman Sachs. Jarrod has held positions in quantitative research and program trading at Bank of America Securities and Deutsche Bank Securities, both start-up trading desks. Prior to working on Wall Street, Mr. Yuster worked as a product engineer, performing semiconductor research at Intel Corporation.
Jarrod received his M.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Yale University.