David Ruby joined Beringea in 2007 as an Associate. Prior to joining Beringea, David was an analyst with P&M Corporate Finance (PMCF), a middle-market investment bank in Chicago. While at PMCF, David executed M&A transactions for companies in the business services and life sciences industries. Before working at PMCF, David was an associate portfolio manager with the Northern Trust Company, a global asset management firm in Chicago. David is pursuing an MBA at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and received a BBA from Western Michigan University. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Jeff Bocan is a veteran venture capitalist and executive in the technology and digital media sectors. Jeff has 17+ years of experience as venture capitalist, having led or co-led investments into 40+ companies and having served on the boards of 30+ businesses. In addition to his VC experience, Jeff had 3+ years of operating experience helping lead the scaling of a rapidly growing tech startup.
Jeff is currently a Partner at Okapi Venture Capital, where he sources, negotiates and manages investments for Okapi's early stage tech funds. Jeff is a Board Member or Observer of eight of Okapi's active companies (listed below). Prior to joining Okapi, Jeff served on the executive management team for one of his portfolio companies as the former Senior Vice President of Mophie. Jeff invested in Mophie when it had revenues of nearly $10 million in 2010 and worked with the team to help drive revenues to $250+ million in 2015, and the eventual sale of the company in early 2016 to a strategic acquirer, ZAGG (NASDAQ: ZAGG).
While at Mophie, Jeff led efforts in: global sales, strategic partnerships and business development, but worked across many areas of Mophie’s operations, including marketing, product development, legal and human resources.
Prior to joining Mophie, Jeff was a venture capitalist for 13+ years, last serving as a Managing Director at Beringea where he sourced, led, or managed the investments for 35 of Beringea’s portfolio companies and served on 22 corporate boards across several venture funds including Mophie, eSpotting, MergerMarket, Steak Digital, Sakti3, amongst others.
In addition to current leadership duties, Jeff was a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post where his series focuses on technology and venture investing in the Midwest. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-bocan/
Jeff earned a B.A. in Government and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa; and a Master of Business Administration with high honors from the University of Virginia.
Jeff currently resides in Newport Beach, California with his wife and four children.