In total, he has completed more than 300 transactions involving in excess of $50 billion of principal investments, mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and debt and equity financings.
Sam is a frequent speaker and commentator on the need for innovation within the private equity ecosystem. Under his leadership, Millennium has become a recognized leader and pioneer of the secondary market for venture capital and growth equity assets. Since 2001, Sam has served as a trusted partner and advisor to many of the world's leading technology companies and their shareholders as they have considered growth financings, debt capital and alternate liquidity solutions.
Sam is responsible for Millennium’s investments in companies that include Facebook, Alibaba, Aurora, Chegg, Twitter, Sunrun, NetSpend, and Zappos, among others.
Sam earned his Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science from Lehigh University. Sam has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Before Millennium, Dan was Senior Advisor at The Blackstone Group, where he worked for 12 years in a variety of capacities. Over the course of his career, he has been a consultant to the CEOs and senior executives of major global corporations including Sony, Toyota, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems.
During the last three decades, Dan has served on more than a dozen public and private company boards. He has also been a forum fellow at the World Economic Forum in Davos and has been honored many times for his books and journalistic work, including awards from the Overseas Press Club and Sigma Delta Chi. He and Sam Schwerin have co-authored several thought-leading articles on the Direct Secondary Market and the ever-growing, ever-evolving role of alternative liquidity solutions to address the needs of constituents in the venture capital ecosystem.
Dan has made personal venture capital investments since 1983, when he first worked as a consultant in Silicon Valley. He began making institutional venture capital investments in the second half of the 1990s. He articulated and led an investment thesis that focused on early stage companies building backbone infrastructure for the internet and enhancing the security, reliability, and user experience of the web. The small funds he led experienced extraordinary returns available in that time period for this investment thesis.
The New York Times bestselling author of 14 books, Dan has written about technology trends, global economic issues, and popular culture. Among his path-breaking books are Yen! a 1988 global bestseller about the rise of Japanese financial power; Road Warriors, a 1995 book about the birth of digital media and the internet; Big Dragon, a 1998 book about China's future; Secrets of the Code, a 2004 guidebook to the Da Vinci Code that was on the New York Times bestseller list for six months; Blog! a pioneering 2005 book about the birth of social media; Secrets of 24, about the political, moral, and technological issues in the TV series "24," and Secrets of Inferno: In the Footsteps of Dante and Dan Brown (2013). His 2011 book, THE TATTOOED GIRL: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time, was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been published in 33 languages and several have been turned into documentary films. Dan is a frequent speaker at venture capital events and is often asked to help judge venture capital competitions. He has made numerous TV appearances on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and the History Channel and has written more than a thousand articles for well-known magazines and newspapers.
Actively involved in several community initiatives in Connecticut where he lives, Dan was a founding Board member of the Weston Education Foundation and served on the Advisory Board for the Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF) from its inception in 2004, where he was honored with WYFF’s Founder’s Award for his community service.
AlwaysOn named Dan to its lists of the "Power Players" in New York’s venture capital community, the top 100 Power Players in Digital Media, and the top venture capitalists in the U.S. He is a frequent speaker and judge at the youngStartUp Venture Summits.
Dan has written poetry since childhood. In recent years, a growing body of his poetic work is devoted to themes that come from the worlds of business, technology, artificial intelligence, and other issues involving the techno-future that is rapidly coming towards us all.
Ray led the firm's investments in Pentaho, BigCommerce, Joby, Unqork, May Mobility, Phantom AI, Deep Instinct, Plus among others, and actively manages a number of portfolio companies. Prior to Millennium, Ray spent three years with Rho Ventures where he was a Senior Analyst in their New York office. At Rho, Ray focused on investments in internet companies, software services and clean technology. He was involved with Rho’s investments in Chargepoint (NYSE:CHPT), OMGPOP (acquired by Zynga), Precision Demand (acquired by AOL), SolarBridge (acquired by SunPower), Vidyo (acquired by Enghouse) and Enerkem.
Ray also serves as a founding-advisor to Komodo Health, and was previously an advisor to HackHands, which was acquired by Plursalsight in July 2015. While earning his degrees, Ray served as an Engagement Manager for the Wharton Small Business Development Center. He also interned as an investment banking analyst for JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch, and BNP Paribas.
Ray graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Before joining Millennium, Jay led the e-Mobility Group at SK Group, driving the investment and M&A activities related to the EV battery ecosystem and alternative energies. He led the investment in Volta Charging (SPAC) and advised on a $300M joint venture with SunRun. He also supported Executive Vice Chairman Chey, the younger brother of Chairman Chey, overseeing the businesses of the key SK affiliated companies such as SK Hynix, SK Telecom, and SK Innovation that owns the EV battery business.
Prior to SK Jay was a vice president & managing director at Samsung Ventures, leading investments in e-Mobility, Autonomous Driving, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Center IT Infrastructure, and Semiconductors. His key investments include SolidFire (scale-out storage, acquired by NetApp), SeaMicro (ARM-based micro-server, acquired by AMD), Pure Storage (all flash array storage, NYSE: PSTG), Tilera (multi-core processor, acquired by Mellanox), YellowBrick (data warehouse for distributed cloud), CNEX Labs (NVMe PCIe SSD controller), Kazan Networks (NVMe over Fabric, acquired by Western Digital), Daintree Networks (LED lighting control/BMS, acquired by GE), Quanergy (solid-state LiDAR for Autonomous Driving/Robotics, SPAC), and Oculii (4D radar for Autonomous Driving/Robotics, acquired by Ambarella).
Prior to Samsung Ventures Jay took various leadership roles at Intel in Product Marketing, Account Management, and Business Development. He successfully launched Intel's flagship mobile products such as Centrino, Pentium M, and Pentium 4-M and managed Japanese/Korean/Taiwanese laptop customers. His tenure at Intel includes an international assignment in Shanghai, China, driving the corporate strategy of building the local laptop manufacturing ecosystems and OEMs in China, India, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Prior to Intel he headed Sales & Marketing at International Rectifier (acquired by Infineon) in Seoul, Korea.
Jay holds an MBA from The Johnson School at Cornell University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jon has more than 15 years of experience in managing the financial operations of private equity funds. Prior to joining Millennium in 2008, Jon was the Vice President of Finance and Tax and Controller of Venrock, one of America’s oldest and most prestigious venture capital firms. Jon played a significant and diversified role in managing Venrock’s financial reporting, portfolio monitoring, and performance functions, overseeing Venrock’s operations, and managing its capital calls and distributions. Jon’s role at Venrock included leading the Firm’s tax function by serving as the point person on transaction structuring, international initiatives, fund liquidation, tax withholding for foreign partners, limited partner and general partner tax planning. Before Venrock, Jon was Controller for Greenbriar Equity Group, a private equity fund focused on transportation companies. Jon’s career includes seven years of Big Four public accounting experience. As a tax manager with Deloitte & Touche, Jon focused on serving private equity clients and other investment partnerships as well as investment banking clients focusing on corporate activities and complex transactions. Jon earned his Master in Business Administration from Fordham University and a Bachelor’s of Science from Boston University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Joe has been involved with prior Millennium realizations that include Spotify (NYSE: SPOT), NetSpend (NASDAQ: NTSP, then acquired by TSYS), Good Technology (acquired by Blackberry), LegalZoom (acquired by Francisco Partners), Wayport (acquired by AT&T), PlaySpan (acquired by Visa), Datapipe (acquired by ABRY), ID Analytics (acquired by LifeLock), LifeLock (NYSE: LOCK, then acquired by Symantec), Green Dot (NYSE: GDOT), Watchdox (acquired by Blackberry), Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo) and HauteLook (acquired by Nordstrom). Previously, Joe was with Garnett & Helfrich Capital, where he specialized in venture buyout transactions. He sourced and evaluated new investments, mainly in the areas of IT infrastructure, application software, and mobility, and worked closely with portfolio company managers on strategic and operational initiatives.
Prior to Garnett & Helfrich, Joe worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Credit Suisse, with a primary focus on clients in the technology and pharmaceutical industries. He advised clients on buy-side, sell-side, and strategic advisory assignments, resulting in over $7.5 billion of aggregate transaction value.
Joe was also a management consultant at McKinsey and Company. Joe earned his Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, where he was a President’s Scholar. He was also a member of the men’s varsity tennis team at Stanford.