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.

Ayushi Ashar, Associate

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.

Matt Gates, Spring Analyst

A finance student at University of Georgia, Matt has interned in venture capital for two years. He continues his finance journey working with Valor portfolio firms and prospective portfolio firms.

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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.

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 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 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.

Janine Lee

Janine is CEO of the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF), the nation’s largest regional associations of grantmakers, serving more than 330 foundations and corporate giving programs  representing more than $50 billion in assets active in the South. Janine has served in leadership roles at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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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