Liron Azrielant
Liron AzrielantPrincipal
Vishal Arora
Vishal AroraSenior Associate
David J. Blumberg
David J. BlumbergFounder and
Managing Partner
Matt Bornstein
Matt BornsteinPrincipal
Jaime Felix
Jaime FelixChief Financial Officer
Chris Gottschalk
Chris GottschalkPrincipal
Gloria Hui
Gloria HuiDirector of Operations
Alon Lifshitz
Alon LifshitzManaging Director
Andrea Meyer
Andrea MeyerHead of Marketing & Communications
Patrick Steele
Patrick SteeleCIO Advisory Chair
Bruce K. Taragin
Bruce K. TaraginManaging Director

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Liron AzrielantPrincipal

Liron is a principal based in Blumberg Capital’s Tel Aviv office. She has more than eight years of experience as an engineer, a management consultant and an M&A specialist. She has worked in Israel, U.S.A, Europe and South America.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Liron was a strategy consultant focusing on M&A at PwC where she conducted pre-deal due diligence and supported post-deal performance improvement initiatives. Before that, she was a consultant at Bain & Company’s Private Equity Group and an applications engineer at Agilent Technologies.

Liron has an MBA from MIT-Sloan, an M.S. in computer science from MIT and a B.S. in math and physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She started her bachelors degree at Talpiot, the elite Israeli Defense Forces program, and completed it while serving full-time as a technology researcher at the Israeli intelligence unit 8200.

Vishal AroraSenior Associate

Vishal is a senior associate based in Blumberg Capital’s San Francisco office. Vishal brings more than six years of experience as an investment banker, corporate development professional and investor in the technology space.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Vishal was a manager on Salesforce’s corporate development and investing team where he handled M&A and strategic investments with a focus on enterprise software solutions in sales, marketing, services, big data and analytics spaces across various industry verticals.

Before Salesforce, Vishal worked for Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Group in the technology media telecom division where he specialized in M&A, IPOs, debt financings and private placements In addition, he provided financial advisory services to clients in various technology verticals, including: enterprise software, consumer internet, education technology and semiconductors. Vishal also previously worked at Deutsche Bank’s technology investment banking group.

Vishal serves as the community chair of The Indus Entrepreneur (TIE) Group’s San Francisco Forum.

Vishal earned his B.S in business & finance, magna cum laude, from William Paterson University of New Jersey.

David J. BlumbergFounder and
Managing Partner

David is the founder and managing partner of Blumberg Capital. David is an authority on early stage investing with more than 25 years of experience. He founded Blumberg Capital in the early 1990s and launched its first venture-backed fund in 2001.

Prior to Blumberg Capital, David managed international investments with the Bronfman Family Office, Adler & Co, APAX Partners and at T. Rowe Price. He also launched business development for Check Point Software Technologies as one of its top four executives.

David earned his A.B. in Government, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD. David speaks French and is proficient in Hebrew and Spanish.

David serves on the boards of CaseStack, Credorax, Deep Instinct, DoubleVerify, EarnUp, FeeX, Firmitas, Fortscale, IntSights, Kreditech, Trulioo and Wunder  He also serves on the Board of The Lincoln Club of Northern California and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Previous Investments:

        Matt BornsteinPrincipal

        Matt is a principal based in Blumberg Capital’s San Francisco office. He brings more than 10 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and startups as both a founder and a venture capitalist.

        Prior to Blumberg Capital, Matt worked with Correlation Ventures, a quantitative venture capital firm, and Greycroft Partners, a digital media VC. Matt previously founded two technology companies in the enterprise software and tech-enabled services sectors. Additional experience includes new product development at LinkedIn and strategy consulting with the Monitor Group.

        Matt earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his B.S. in mathematics from Brown University.

        Matt serves as a member or observer on the board of directors of Midfin Systems, Pachyderm and Saucey.

        Jaime FelixChief Financial Officer

        Jaime is Blumberg Capital’s chief financial officer. Based in San Francisco, he brings more than 15 years of financial management experience in private practice and public accounting.

        Previously, Jaime was director of finance and human resources at Mohr Davidow, a venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. Jaime also worked as the controller at Geolo Capital, a private equity firm and prior to that, he was the controller at Sand Hill Capital, a venture debt fund that specializes in mezzanine financing.

        Jaime is a certified public account (inactive) and gained most of his tax experience at Arthur Andersen and Oracle.

        Jaime earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Fresno.

        Chris GottschalkPrincipal

        Chris is a principal based in Blumberg Capital’s San Francisco office. He brings more than 11 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, operational executive and investment banker within the technology space.

        Prior to Blumberg Capital, Chris worked at Menlo Ventures where he pursued investment opportunities in mobile, Internet, gaming, software, and e-commerce.

        Before joining Menlo Ventures, Chris served as the director of corporate development & analytics at PlayPhone. In this role he was responsible for M&A sourcing and execution, strategic partnerships, and improving operational metrics. Chris also worked as an investment banking analyst in the TMT group at Cowen and Company where he completed a number of M&A and equity transactions in the digital media and communications equipment sectors. Chris began his career at Intel as an operations financial analyst within the Flash Products Division. In addition, Chris has consulted for several technology startups including Gilt Groupe and ngmoco.

        Chris holds a B.A. with a double major in economics and political science from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona. Chris was selected as a Kauffman Finalist in 2012.

        Chris serves as a member or observer on the board of directors of Able Lending, Bento for Business, Bold, Cognical, ePetWorld, Kreditech, Lendio, One Financial Holdings (BEE), Parse.ly, PaymillStorybox, SimplyCredit, and Urbanara.

        Gloria HuiDirector of Operations

        Gloria is director of operations for Blumberg Capital. Gloria brings more than 20 years of experience in operations, human resources and administration across venture capital firms, Silicon Valley startups and real estate management.

        Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Gloria held positions at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Qspeed Semiconductor, Electric Cloud and Mayfield Fund, amongst others.

        Alon LifshitzManaging Director

        Alon is a managing director of Blumberg Capital and head of the firm’s Tel Aviv office. Alon has been active in the Israeli, European and Japanese technology markets for the past 15 years and has a strong track record of sourcing and investing in exciting hyper-growth companies.

        Alon is a skilled business development executive, forming highly accretive strategic alliances with mobile operators, equipment vendors and system integrators across the globe.

        He started his career as founder & CEO of Sales Gate International (SGI) – a corporate development firm with a presence in London, Tokyo and Tel Aviv. He supported clients such as Vodafone Group, British Telecom, Internix Japan, NTT group, Softbank and Fujisoft in the fields of technology innovation and inorganic growth. He focused on technology hunting, private corporate investment and acquisition.

        Alon holds a B.A. with honors in Finance and Business Management from the Hertzliya Interdisciplinary Center of Israel.

        Alon serves on the boards of BLender, Fairfly, Namogoo, Solomoto, SQream Technologies, Yotpo, Zeek and Zooz.

        Andrea MeyerHead of Marketing & Communications

        Andrea is the head of marketing and communications for Blumberg Capital. In her role, she drives all marketing strategy and activities for the firm and provides marketing support for its portfolio companies.

        Andrea brings more than 12 years of experience across corporate marketing, corporate communications, public relations, analyst relations, crisis communications, customer marketing, event marketing/planning and social media.

        Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Andrea held global leadership positions at cloud startups SuccessFactors (acquired by SAP) and Deem. In addition, she previously led corporate affairs for Alibaba.com in the Americas, managed public relations for Disney’s Family Group of websites and worked for a variety of consumer, healthcare, sports/fitness and technology companies while at PR agencies. Andrea began her career in communications and Internet marketing for the Portland Trail Blazers.

        Andrea holds a M.A. in strategic public relations from the University of Southern California and B.A., in communications, magna cum laude, from Portland State University.

        Patrick SteeleCIO Advisory Chair

        Patrick is an advisor and chair of Blumberg Capital’s CIO Council.

        Patrick brings more than 47 years of experience in healthcare, insurance, corporate retail, wholesale, supply chain, merchandising and information technology (IT) functions.

        He recently retired as executive vice president and CIO for Delta Dental of California and a member of its senior executive management team. Prior to Delta Dental, he was involved in consulting and business development, and was active in establishing several technology companies that serve the retail sector.

        Patrick spent the first 35 years of his career at Albertsons, with 11 years spent in senior executive roles.

        Patrick holds a B.A. in Business Administration and a B.S. in Mathematics, both from the University of Washington.

        In addition, Patrick serves on the board of directors of Dignity Health and Saucey. He divides his time between his homes in San Francisco and Seattle.

        Bruce K. TaraginManaging Director

        Bruce is a managing director at Blumberg Capital with more than 23 years experience as a venture capital investor, entrepreneur, technology investment banker and corporate attorney.

        Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Bruce co-founded and held several senior management positions within technology companies including Charles River Computers. Bruce also structured and managed early-stage technology transactions at Hambrecht & Quist, Mayer Brown & Platt and Bankers Trust Company.

        A native of New York, Bruce earned his B.A. in finance and communications, cum laude, from Yeshiva University, and his MBA and J.D. from Fordham University.

        Bruce serves as a member or observer on the board of directors of AppboyArcadia Data, BioCatch, Coverhound, Lenddo, Mariana, One Financial Holdings (BEE), Revionics, Roam and Sealights. He also serves on the board and the investment monitoring committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Northern California.

        Past investments:
        Bringit – Acquired by International Gaming Technology
        eVoice – Acquired by AOL
        GO Networks – Acquired by NextWave Wireless
        IP Infusion – Acquired by ACCESS CO., LTD
        Mertado – Acquired by Groupon
        Mobsmith – Acquired by Rubicon
        Nolio – Acquired by CA Technologies
        PureSight – Acquired by Boston Communications Group
        Siperian – Acquired by Informatic
        Vista Research – Acquired by McGraw Hill
        ZipZapPlay – Acquired by Electronic Arts