Ken is a Managing Partner and a founder of Liberty Capital Ventures. He serves on the Board of Directors of Knoa Software and OnePIN, and until their exits, served on the boards of E Ink and ISOPur. Prior to its IPO, Ken was an observer to the board of A123 Systems.
Prior to co-founding FA Technology Ventures, Ken served as Director of Investment Banking and Director of Merchant Banking from 1991-2000 at Gleacher and Company, a publicly traded investment banking firm focused on emerging technology companies. Ken led the transformation of Gleacher’s corporate investment banking practice from a regional generalist approach to a nationwide information technology and energy technology focused practice. Investment banking revenues grew from $7.8 million to $32.8 million and equity underwriting volumes of lead or co-lead transactions increased from $24 million to over $2 billion. The Merchant Banking activity consisted of the venture capital investing of the FATV I Portfolio, which invested over $17 million and resulted in realizations of over $77 million. Ken also worked on strategy, due diligence and investment negotiations in Mechanical Technology and its follow-on investments in Plug Power (where he was a co-founder), Beacon Power and Satcon as well as FATV I investments in iRobot and META Group. Prior to working at Gleacher, Ken was a senior investment banker at Bear Stearns and Company, Inc., in New York and in Boston where for eight years he focused on emerging technology companies.
Ken has served as a Judge and Mentor to the annual MIT Enterprise Forum’s Ignite Business Plan Contest for energy technology companies since its inception (now The Cleantech Open). Along with a select group of leading energy technology executives and scientists, he addressed the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science regarding investing in energy technology and accelerating the emergence of the hydrogen economy in the United States. In 2012, Ken testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on the topic of Energy Storage in the new digital economy.
Ken has a BA from Denison University, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.