Magnify's Board of Directors benefits from the participation of these experienced professionals.
Mr. Freschman is a Managing Principal of Innovation Capital Advisors, LLC (ICA). ICA serves as the management company of Innovation Ventures, L.P. (IV), a licensed SBIC, and the Delaware Innovation Fund (DIF), a state- and community-sponsored economic development venture capital firm. The DIF is a seed and early-stage venture capital fund that focuses on entrepreneurial ventures in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Mr. Freschman is active in the venture and entrepreneurial communities, sits on a number of Boards, and has been a lecturer on related topics at the White House Conference on Small Business, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, the University of Delaware, Goldey-Beacom College, and Loyola College in Baltimore. He is the creator and founder of Early Stage East, the premier early stage venture capital fair on the East Coast. In 2001, Mr. Freschman was appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner to chair the venture capital study of the state's Strategic Economic Council. Mr. Freschman was appointed and served a three-year term representing New Castle County, Delaware on the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Mr. Freschman was awarded Small Business Financial Advocate of the Year by the US Small Business Administration.
Mr. Freschman graduated with honors with an MBA from Loyola College of Maryland and cum laude from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in accounting, where he was a John B. Lynch Scholar. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Honor Society.
Dan brings 25 years of experience to NextStage Capital. Prior to co-founding NextStage Capital, Dan was vice-president and a member of the investment committee of Safeguard Scientifics, a publicly-traded venture firm. During his tenure at Safeguard, he led $75 million of early stage investments. Two examples of Dan's investments at Safeguard: Atlas Commerce (sold to Verticalnet) and AgWeb (sold to Farm Journal).
Prior to Safeguard, Dan was an executive with IBM for 10+ years, where he held several sales/marketing positions and had profit & loss responsibility for one of IBM's Internet businesses. While in IBM's M&A group, he was responsible for one of IBM's only investments in the 1990s. Dan also developed an alliance that ultimately became one of IBM's top 20 Global Alliance Partners, and was integral in launching one of IBM's largest Internet initiatives during his tenure.
Dan's past boards include; Sapphire Mobile, Atlas Commerce, Buystream, AgWeb, RCD Technology, HX Technologies (observer - sold to HCSC) and Mid-Atlantic Capital Alliance. Dan currently serves on boards at Evident Software, Magnify Networks, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
Dan graduated magna cum laude from University of Cincinnati with a degree in Accounting, and began his career as a CPA with KPMG.
David S. Rose is an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur, and early stage venture investor described by BusinessWeek as a "world-conquering entrepreneur", by Crain's New York Business as "the father of angel investing in New York", and by Red Herring Magazine as "patriarch of Silicon Alley". Named to the 2008 'Silicon Alley 100' by Business Insider and listed by Crain's as a 'Top Dog in Tech', he is one of the country's leading angels, having helped fund over 75 ventures. He is a regular speaker at business schools around the country, was named 2009 Mentor of the Year by NYU Stern, and is Chairman of the Finance and Entrepreneurship track at Singularity University, funded by NASA and Google.
David is the founder and Chairman of New York Angels, the largest angel investment group on the East Coast; Chairman of Egret Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm; and runs New York's SparkPlace business technology incubator. He is the founder and CEO of Angelsoft, which operates the international standard collaboration platform for startup financing, and serves on the boards of KoolSpan, (wireless network encryption and security), Panjiva (international business databases), and Pond5 (user-generated stock footage) in addition to Magnify.
Ava Seave is a Principal of Quantum Media, a leading New York City-based consulting firm focused on marketing and strategic planning for media and entertainment companies. As a Quantum Media principal, she has led numerous consulting engagements and has provided senior-level management consulting services to many companies in a broad range of assignments. Before founding Quantum Media with four others in 1998, she was a general manager at three leading media companies: Scholastic Inc., The Village Voice, and TVSM. Ava started her career at Dell Publishing (a division of Doubleday) and as an editor at two horticulture magazines.