Board of Directors

Bill Burgess

Bill Burgess has worked closely with emerging growth technology companies as an investor and adviser throughout his career.  Since 2004, he has been a Managing General Partner at ABS Ventures and he became an Operating Partner with North Bridge Venture Partners in 2014.

Prior to venture capital, Bill advised technology companies for two decades in matters of corporate finance and M&A primarily at Alex. Brown & Sons and subsequently at Deutsche Bank where he held a number of management positions including Vice Chairman of Global Corporate Finance, Group Head of Global Technology Investment Banking, and Managing Partner of DB Venture Partners.  Clients included AOL, Powersoft, Wellfleet, Cascade, Security Dynamics, Marcam, Natural Microsystems, Cognos, EMC, BB&N, Hyperion, Parametric Technology, Cognex, Cypress Semi, ECI Telecom, Scitex and Tellabs.

He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a MBA from Harvard Business School.  Bill has deep experience on boards of public and private corporations as well as educational, cultural and environmental organizations. Bill’s current and past directorships include SpringCm, Firm 58, ClickSquared, Adeptra, HighRoads, Certona, FareChase, PowerDsine, Ohana, Clearforest and Hotbar. He currently serves as Trustee of Dartmouth College, The Geisel School of Medicine, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital, Issue One, The New England Aquarium (Immediate Past Chair) and Board President of St. Mark’s School.

Nick Fera

Nick has more than 24 years of business software management experience. As the Chairman and CEO of Parlano, Nick grew Parlano to more than 60 employees, established an intercontinental presence, raised $11 million in capital, and exponentially grew the customer base. Under his direction, Parlano was acquired by Microsoft in October 2007. Prior to Parlano, Nick spent 18 months as the vice president of data warehousing and business intelligence at Platinum Technologies, launching a Year 2000 software product and driving revenues to over $20 million in just eight months.

He has also held executive management positions a number of companies including President and COO of The Alcar Group (acquired by Hyperion Software) and currently sits on the Board of Directors at NewsGator Technologies, Inc. Nick holds a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Adam Koopersmith

Prior to joining Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 2004, Adam held various operating and business development roles as VP of Business Development at Sportvision, Inc. (a Pritzker Group Venture Capital portfolio company) helping the company grow from the “business plan” stage to eight figures in annual revenue.

Prior to Sportvision, Adam worked at Berkshire Partners, a leading private equity investment firm with $3.5 billion of capital under management. Before joining Berkshire, Adam worked as an investment banker for Alex Brown (now Deutsche Bank) and participated in a broad range of merger and acquisition and public equity transactions for mid-sized companies. Adam currently serves on the board of Reserve Brands, Inc. and works closely with Univa Corporation and The V.I.P. Tour Company (d/b/a TicketsNow). Adam holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jim Mullen

Jim has over 22 years of software development experience in enterprise software. Jim was the founder and President of Intercap Systems, a software company that designed and built leading-edge financial services back office systems. Prior to Intercap, Jim held senior technical and sales management positions at Siebel, Softwire/Kabira, Rich/Reuters and Oracle. Jim holds a BS in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Michael Plunkett

Mike brings more than 25 years of securities industry experience to the executive board of Chicago-based Firm58. Under his tenure as the president of Instinet from 2002 to 2008, the company experienced significant growth and expansion, increasing trade volume to 80 billion from 16 billion. Earlier, Mike managed Instinet’s institutional equities division followed by a role as co-head of the trading desk at Lynch, Jones & Ryan, an Instinet subsidiary. Mike began his career as a sales trader at Boston Securities and also worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.