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Seasoned venture investor, senior advisor to global corporations, and a recognized thought leader in big data, digital platforms, and corporate innovation. Author of the book The Big Data Opportunity In Our Driverless Future. Founder and Managing Director of Synapse Partners, a firm that invests in early-stage companies developing applications that combine artificial intelligence with big data. Previously Managing Director with Trident Capital and Apax Partners. Prior to his investing and advisory work, Evangelos had more than 20 years experience in high-technology industries, in executive roles spanning operations, marketing, sales, and engineering. He was the CEO of two startups. He is a member of Caltech’s advisory board, the Advisory Board of Brandeis International School of Business, and the advisory board of Center for Urban Science and Progress. In 2014, he was named a Power Player in Digital Platforms. Evangelos earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech.

One response to “Analyzing the Success of Our Portfolio Companies”

  1. Gary Damiano

    Nice observation tying the importance of public recognition and awards to building awareness and lead generation. For the start-up company, recognition by authoritative sources adds credibility and validation while if exploited properly, can benefit lead generation and SEO initiatives. This also applies to customers receiving awards for their use of the start-up company’s solution or technology. If the organization making the award to the start-up company or their customer is considered relevant and authoritative, the start-up also benefits by what I call the “making yourself look bigger by standing on the shoulders of giants” effect.

    I also agree and endorse with your points on leveraging the combined expertise-sphere of your investment portfolio and industry thought leader network through advisory boards and networking opportunities. I’m always surprised by the limited number of start-up companies taking advantage of this high impact and relatively cost effective tactic

    Well written article. Nicely done.