San Francisco, CA
For 20+ years Sam has delivered growth to firms at key stages in the entrepreneurial lifecycle – from launch to expansion to exit through acquisition – three of which were funded by venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Sam advises growth companies as President of InsideRound Financial with a focus on firms in the Financial Technology (FinTech) and Marketplace segments.
As NASDAQ Private Market’s Senior Vice President, Sam was responsible for brokerage partners, site content and data syndication for the platform in addition to product strategy, market development and global expansion.
Prior to the NASDAQ acquisition, Sam was SharesPost’s Founding COO as well as EVP, Martetplace where he successfully closed over 30 partnerships that resulted in $1B+ of transactional value, 85,000+ research downloads and 125,000+ market participants.
Prior to SharesPost, Sam led corporate development (M&A and venture investments) for the Java platform at Sun Microsystems driving initiatives to grow the mobile and web businesses where Java achieved 90%+ penetration. At Sun, he launched new products, achieved significant revenue growth and was a top-rated employee.
Prior to Sun, Sam led business development for two start-ups in the ecommerce and streaming segments that are now part of market leaders Akamai and Wine.com. Sam was a member of the initial team at America Online launching the Classifieds Plus offering, a pioneering marketplace. Sam started his career developing growth strategies for PacBell, AT&T and BellSouth while at TB&A (now PA Consulting).
Sam received an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and an AB from Occidental College. He has Series 7, 24 & 63 FINRA registrations through Growth Capital Services.
Sam has been interviewed by leading publications, including BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, and he has spoken at industry events including Thompson Reuter’s Venture Alpha East, Montgomery & Co.’s Growth Conference, Solium Capital’s Private Company Conference, The Founders Institute, Startupism and Bernstein’s Liquidity Seminar.