Team

Robin Bienfait, Partner

Robin has 20 years of direct technical due diligence experience to bring to her role as Partner/Innovation at Valor in charge of our technical diligence process. She has 15 patents, many in use today. Before Valor, she excelled in C-level and VP roles including Chief Enterprise Innovation Officer at Samsung, Chief Information Officer / Chief Technology Officer / Chief Information Security Officer for BlackBerry, and Chief Compliance Officer at AT&T.  Robin has presented at the CIO Forum, Gartner and Forrester, and is sought for comment by Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal.

Lisa Calhoun, Managing Partner

Lisa is the first woman to launch a venture capital firm in Georgia. Her leadership has contributed to over a billion dollars in liquidity, including supporting exits in adtech, legal, energy and emerging b2b technologies. She serves on the global Board of 100,000-member Women Who Code. She is active on the board of Atlanta Women in Alternatives, Georgia Association of Pension Plan Trustees, and the NVCA emerging manager committee. At Valor, Lisa launched the Startup Runway nonprofit pitch series that connects minority founders to seed capital. Before Valor, Lisa founded a digital marketing agency recognized by Hubspot as one of the “Top 10 Agencies for Tech Startups” in the U.S.

Sarah O'Brien, Partner

Sarah learned corporate acquisition at GE, where she excelled in leadership roles for over a decade in mergers and acquisitions under the GE corporate development global umbrella. Sarah leverages deep financial experience and a global network to support Valor in building out financial operations, financial diligence, and compliance oversight. Before joining Valor, she served as CFO of a $500 million dollar division of $2.5 billion Carestream Health, a division of Kodak, before managing the acquisition by Onex. Sarah is on the Board of the Association for Corporate Growth and Emory’s the Raise Forum. She is the Co-Chair Emory Entrepreneur Network and founder of The Executive Women of Goizueta. Sarah also serves on the Board of Girl Scouts of America.

Ayushi Ashar, Associate Intern

A finance student at Emory University, Ayushi is active in analyzing Valor’s pipeline of investable hypergrowth startups and informing early stage diligence. Meet her at the next Startup Runway.

Britney Smith, Intern

Golf scholarship athlete and scholar Britney Smith is studying medicine and technology. She interns at Valor as a grant writer dedicated to the nonprofit we founded that connects minority-led startups to seed investors, the Startup Runway Foundation.

Valor Board of Advisors

Valor Ventures is honored to be advised and partnered with some of the most strategic minds building business value today:

Katie Mitchell Tucker

Katie Mitchell Tucker has 18 years experience recruiting executives to unlock the value of new and emerging technology within the companies that create. She leads the Atlanta office of global talent authority Spencer Stuart and is a member of their Digital, Information Officer and Technology, Media & Telecommunications practices. Her search work centers on the “technologist as leader” and the talent implications of core technology shifts across all market sectors. MBA from Harvard, BA from Vanderbilt.

David Cummings

One of most visionary serial entrepreneurs and investors on the East Coast and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner, David Cummings bootstrapped  Pardot into one of the largest SaaS acquisitions ever.  David subsequently founded the Atlanta Tech Village, the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast. It is hailed as a new model for building an urban startup ecosystem.

Elizabeth Halkos

As CRO at Purchasing Power, Elizabeth is a seasoned, high-energy marketing, sales and product and e-commerce leader with over 16 years of demonstrated leadership experienced in starting up, restructuring and building functional organizations. Proven track record of delivering both top line and bottom line results.  

Veronica Sheehan

Veronica Sheehan is a global business leader with over 25 years of notable experience as a turnaround strategist with deep operational knowledge and leadership in mitigating risk within operations vital to revenue. During her 16-year career at Time Warner/Turner, Veronica created the organization’s first centralized global television operations team that supported both traditional and digital media operations. Her staff of 1,600 in the US, London, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong were responsible for the design and execution of critical revenue producing infrastructure for 160 channels in 37 languages in over 200 countries.

Lynne Laube

Lynne is the co-founder of fast-growth fintech company Cardlytics, currently ranked #88 on the Inc. 5000. A senior executive with 20 years experience building, leading and developing businesses to achieve significant results.  She has raised over  $100 million in capital to build the proprietary technology and business model at Cardlytics. Cardlytics customers include  Bank of America and Lloyds. The platform touches over 70% of all credit card transactions.

Kathy Harris

Currently SVP Corporate Development at rapidly scaling healthcare enterprise Sharecare, Kathy is also a member of the the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is also on the board of directors of the Clemson University Research Foundation. She has direct venture experience as a former general partner at Noro-Moseley Partners in Atlanta and a partner at JC Bradford.

Maryam Alavi

Maryam Alavi, PhD, is the Dean of Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business.  She has consulted with organizations including AT&T, KPMG, IBM, Marriott Corporation, Sodexo, the American College of Physicians, the Aspen Institute, the General Accounting Office, International Association for Management Education, and the World Bank.

Tif Wilson, MBA

Executive director of largest medical device research lab in the Southeast, the Global Center for Medical Innovation, Tif Wilson is a leading national expert in healthcare commercialization.  Tif advises small business policy on a national level through her role on NACIE. Recent executive director of Southeastern Medical Device Association. Tif also brings private equity chops through her previous experience with Crosshill in DC. MBA Georgetown.

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