Finance, legal, negotiation, licensing, product development, manufacturing, sales & distribution, marketing and promotion, and channel management — collectively we‘ve launched and developed literally hundreds of IP opportunities. We’ve structured and built highly successful companies. We‘ve built brands, channels and markets. We know what it takes to protect IP; fund IP; and brand, position and market IP. We‘ve repeatedly moved IP from obscurity into positions of preeminence. Our management team embodies all the elements required to “ignite IP”.
Brandon Williams’ career spans industries from software and banking to infrastructure development and engineering. His observations of the IP placement market revealed its lack of structure or investment methodology. His insight helped create the IgniteIP Placement Engine™.
Prior to IgniteIP™, Brandon was involved with a number of companies including positions as the CFO of an international telecommunications infrastructure developer; a founding manager of a middleware software company; an investment banker with Citibank in New York; and a nuclear engineer and submarine officer with the U.S. Navy. Brandon has a significant network of investors and high-level industry contacts that facilitate the IgniteIP business model.
Brandon holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Opera.
Vlad Dabija is a technologist, a technology investor, a business strategist and an entrepreneur who has worked in four countries on three continents and has led technology development teams worldwide. He recently served as CEO of Green Border Technologies, Inc, a venture-backed company he co-founded. Before that, Vlad was a Partner at CMEA Ventures in San Francisco, where he invested in numerous early stage technology start-ups. He has more than 20 years experience in computer technology, including software, artificial intelligence, enterprise security and networking. At Sun Microsystems, he held managerial positions in corporate development and software architecture and development. Previously at Ashton Tate Corporation, he worked as senior software engineer. Vlad also consulted with numerous high-tech start-up and venture capital firms on business strategy and technology issues.
Vlad holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University, and an MBA with Distinction from The Wharton School of Business where he was named a Palmer Scholar. He also holds a Diplomat Engineer degree in control and computer engineering from the Polytechnic Institute in Bucuresti, Romania where he was Valedictorian and was an associate professor for computer programming. Vlad was a teaching fellow for advanced artificial intelligence courses at Stanford University. He is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 5 and served his fellowship under mentor Gordon Hull at CMEA Ventures in San Francisco, CA. Vlad is co-author of the book “Planning for Real Time Event Response Management,” Prentice Hall, 2000.
As Vice President, Fryett focuses on aligning external relationships critical to deal execution. He is involved in many aspects of the investment lifecycle for the firm’s portfolio companies: sourcing and evaluating potential investments, researching markets, managing portfolio teams, attracting key market players and developing deals through to an eventual exit. Prior to joining IgniteIP, he worked for three technology start-ups: a network and systems management company, a technology and market research platform, and an Internet content provider.