Colin M. Evans is the Founder and Managing Partner of Sandwith Ventures,LLC, a San Francisco and Philadelphia based investment firm focusing on angel and early stage investments founded in January, 2007. Sandwith Ventures, LLC focuses investment in three main sectors: 1) retail and consumer oriented e-commerce 2) internet marketplaces and 3) online marketing and advertising services. Investments are concentrated in the Bay Area and Philadelphia, but SV will also look at deals on the East Coast as far south as Washington, D.C. and as far north as New York City.
Previous to launching Sandwith Ventures, Colin was a Co-Founder, member of the Executive Team and Vice President of Sales and Business Development at StubHub.com, a successful online ticket exchange founded in 2000 and sold to eBay in early 2007. Colin oversaw four main functions while at StubHub including all sports and music sponsorships, business development partnerships, corporate sales and the LargeSeller program, which aggregated and serviced all the inventory providers on StubHub.
Prior to StubHub, Colin worked as an Associate at TA Associates, a venture capital firm, at their headquarters in Boston. TA Associates provided late stage venture capital to high growth companies and Colin focused specifically on companies in the consumer products, financial services and business services industries. Prior to TA Associates, Colin worked at Bankers Trust (now part of Deutsche Bank) in the Private Equity division, BT Capital Partners.
Both Colin and his wife, Amy, are from Pennsylvania, growing up in Allentown, PA and Pittston, PA, respectively. Colin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees in Economics, with Honors, and Bioengineering. Colin and Amy have a lot of family and friends in the Philadelphia area and split their time between the two cities.
Colin sits on the Board of CommunityLend, Bonobos and TicketLeap. Colin is on the Advisory Boards of a number of internet companies concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and Philadelphia Regions.
In addition to his work with early stage companies in the Bay Area, Colin is active with the Philadelphia Start-up Leaders (PSL), Founder Factory, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton Business School.
Venture Capitalist with deep industry experience in general management, strategy and corporate/business development in the consumer media, internet and technology areas
Specialties: Consumer internet and mobile
Financial services and Bitcoin
Travel (especially online travel)
Media (esp Internet, TV)
Mergers, acquisitions, investments
Peterson Ventures, co-founder of Peterson Partners and a lecturer at the Stanford University School of Business.
Joel recently founded Peterson Ventures, which focuses on providing early-stage capital to entrepreneurs with a typical investment size between $100,000 and $3 million. Peterson Ventures allows Joel to fulfill his passion for partnering with talented entrepreneurs in earlier stage ventures, while maintaining partnership opportunities with profitable, growing companies through Peterson Partners.
In 1995, he co-founded Peterson Partners, a Salt Lake CityÃ¢Â€"based private equity group with $400 million under management, which has invested in local Utah businesses such as Winder Dairy, Making Memories, EnergySolutions, Diamond Rental, Asphalt Zipper, and 3form, as well as national businesses such as JetBlue Airways, Cranium, and Asurion.
Joel has been a lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University since 1992 where he has taught courses in real estate investment, entrepreneurship and leadership. He was recently elected to receive the Distinguished Teacher Award, an annual honor awarded by students to an outstanding teacher. He currently serves as faculty director at StanfordÃ¢Â€Â™s Center for Leadership Development and Research.
Between 1973 and 1991, he was treasurer, chief financial officer, board member and chief executive officer of Trammell Crow Company, one of the worldÃ¢Â€Â™s largest real estate development firms.
Joel is currently chairman of the board at JetBlue Airways, lead director at Franklin Covey and an overseer at the Hoover Institution. He has served on dozens of public and private boards over the past 35 years, including Asurion, the Dallas Market Center, Texas Commerce Bank (Dallas), the Advisory Board at the GSB at Stanford and the PresidentÃ¢Â€Â™s Council at his alma mater.
Joel was valedictorian at his undergraduate institution, Brigham Young University, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1973.
Ryan Urban is the Co-Founder and CEO at Wunderkind. Under his leadership, Wunderkind has been ranked number one overall for both employee retention and career development by ComputerWorld, named one of the best places to work in NYC by Crain’s New York, and honored as one of Fortune’s best places to work.
A veteran of the ecommerce space, Ryan was formerly Director of Acquisition at Bonobos and prior to that, Head of Ecommerce at Brickhouse Security. He has served on the advisory boards of both BabyAge.com and Bonobos.