Dave Blundin is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder and a Managing Partner of Link. His early successes include the founding and sale of DataSage to Vignette in a stock deal of Unicorn scale, the co-founding of Vestmark (the leading innovator of wealth management technology with 1.6 million accounts and over $400 billion in managed assets), and the co-founding of Course Advisor which led to the formation of Link.
Prior to its sale to ADP in 2011, Dave was the co-founder and Chairman of Autotegrity, a data analytics and online marketing company that runs an automotive shopping service connecting consumers with auto dealers. Previously, Dave was Chief Technologist at Vignette Corporation which had over 1,000 enterprise customers including seven of the top ten firms in the Financial Services sector. Prior to Vignette, he was the founder, CEO and Chairman of DataSage. DataSage's software enabled businesses to centrally capture and analyze all of their electronic interactions - often involving terabytes of information - and use that information to personalize interactions with customers.
In 1999, Dave was named to MIT Technology Review's List of Innovators under 35. Venture capitalist Duncan McCallum of One Liberty Ventures called Dave "the most visionary person I have ever met" in the field of decision-support software.
Prior to 1997, Dave was the President and CEO of Cirrus Recognition Systems, a data mining software company. Previously, he was among the first ten employees at MicroStrategy and, subsequently, served on Microstrategy's board of directors in 2003 and 2004.
Dave has co-founded 23 companies at least 5 of which have achieved $100 million+ valuations. He has served on 21 private and public boards. He currently serves as the chairman of Link's technology-incubation company, Cogo Labs, and on the boards of most of Link's investments. He is also the chairman of Vestmark and a general partner at Vestigo Ventures, a strictly Fintech focused fund.
Dave received a BS in Computer Science degree from MIT where he researched neural network technology at the AI lab.
Mira Wilczek is a Managing Director at Link Ventures and President and CEO Emeritus of Cogo Labs. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for EverQuote, HopJump, & CareDash, as well as the Advisory Board for Vestigo Ventures. She is also a Co-Director at the Brahe Educational Foundation. In 2017, Mira was named Top 40 Under 40 by the Boston Business Journal.
Prior to joining Link, Mira was founder and CEO of Red Panda Security, Principal Investigator under the DARPA CFT program, and Director of Business Development at Lyric Semiconductor, where she developed a $25M revenue run rate, garnered industry recognition including TR50, Silicon 60 & an EETimes ACE Award, and negotiated a successful acquisition by Analog Devices. She started her career as an ethical hacker at IBM, architecting their first automated penetration testing platform.
Mira holds patents both granted and pending in the fields of cyber security and sensor data fusion. She has an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Rob Chaplinsky has been investing in technology startups for over 20 years and is an entrepreneur and operating executive. Prior to Link Ventures, Rob co-founded silicon valley based venture capital firm Bridgescale Partners , sales management software company Kiita.ai, and software user interface company Typesoft which was acquired by Apple in 2014. Over his two decade venture capital career, Rob has managed multiple venture capital funds totaling over $1B in assets spanning all segments of the technology industry. Some of Rob's investments include elearning SaaS company Axonify, workforce management SaaS company Dayforce/Ceridian (NYSE: CDAY), metrology company Form Factor (NASDAQ FORM), Internet of Things company Jasper (acquired by Cisco NASDAQ: CSCO), intellectual property company Pivotal Technologies (acquired by Broadcom NASDAQ:BRCM), security software company Proofpoint (NASDAQ PFPT), semiconductor company Quake Technologies (acquired by AMCC, NASDAQ: AMCC), work force management SaaS company Rypple (acquired by Salesforce.com NYSE: CRM), online photo sharing company Shutterfly (NYSE: SFLY), marketing research SaaS company Vision Critical (sold to private equity firm) and compensation management SaaS company Xactly (NYSE: XTLY).
Rob is currently on the advisory board of the Engineering School for The University of Waterloo and on the advisory board for IBM's Spark technology council.
Prior to forming Bridgescale, Rob was a general partner Mohr Davidow Ventures and prior to that worked in various marketing positions at Intel Corporation. Rob has a B. Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
John Werner has created a career out of bringing ideas, networks and people together to generate powerful results. Currently, John serves as Managing Director and Partner at Link Ventures, and as Chief Network Officer, SVP Corporate Development of Cogo Labs. Before joining Link Ventures and Cogo Labs, John's deep curiosity and penchant for problem-solving led him to a diverse set of roles spanning many fields and interests. Previously, John was a VP at Meta, a Y-Combinator augmented reality startup based in Silicon Valley. John's also served as the Head of Innovation and New Ventures at the MIT Media Lab's Camera Culture Group, and the Managing Director of Emerging Worlds SIG, where he led the launch of collaborative innovation centers in Mumbai, Nashik, and Hyderabad.
John channels his passion and curiosity into cultivating platforms for thought and exchange. He is the Founder & CEO of ARIA, a community focused on the potential of augmented reality and the Blockchain+AI+Human, which takes place at MIT and the World Economic Forum in Davos with MIT Professor Sandy Pentland. John is also a Director with TEDxMIT and founded Ideas in Action Inc., a non-profit that creates and produces TEDxBeaconStreet, whose talks have accumulated 250+ million YouTube views.
John is also the co-Founder of Citizen Schools, an advisor for PhotoButler, Vestigo Ventures and Founders Forum (Boston), an MIT Connection Science Fellow, a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a graduate of Hamilton College. John was recognized by Harvard Business Review for his leadership; by BostonInno in 2014 as a top 50 on Fire in Boston; Boston Chamber with a TOYL (Ten Outstanding Young Leaders) Award in 2006. In his free time, John is a passionate photographer and an accomplished triathlete (qualified for the worlds and 4x nationals). John and his family live in Brookline, MA.
Dominic Lloyd is a Managing Director at Link. Prior to joining Link, Dominic was a partner with a national law firm focusing on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities. He has worked with Link and its portfolio companies for more than 10 years, advising on company formations, financing structures and sales of companies, and participating in all significant transactions. Dominic has worked closely with the executive teams at public and private companies for 30 years on mergers, acquisitions and equity and debt financings. As a trusted advisor to emerging companies, he has worked with them through all stages of growth, often to liquidity events.
Dominic graduated with a BA in Economics from Middlebury College and a JD from the University of Denver. Often quoted in articles on securities laws and private funds, Dominic also frequently speaks on these topics. He has been recognized by Chambers USA and the Best Lawyers in America as a leading corporate and M&A attorney.
Matt Rita is a seasoned negotiator, a former federal and state court litigator, and a Managing Director at Link. For more than two decades Matt represented both public and private companies in a variety of industries (including logistics, information systems, healthcare, energy and natural resources, and financial services, among others). As a trusted adviser and dedicated advocate, he handled complex judicial and administrative proceedings for his clients, appearing in both trial courts and appellate tribunals around the country. In his last court appearance before joining Link, Matt successfully defended a publicly traded mining company against claims of alleged trade secret misappropriation. The subject matter of that dispute (i.e., langbeinite processing in southeastern New Mexico) reawakened some of his distant memories of freshman chemistry at MIT (3.091, wasn't it?).
After graduating from the Institute with his Bachelor of Science degree, Matt earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Cornell Law School. Having traded numbers for words, he has been a prolific speaker and author over the course of his career. The publication of his most recent article (in The Colorado Lawyer) coincides with the beginning of his tenure at Link. Named a Colorado "Super Lawyer" for five consecutive years, Matt is a Massachusetts native who is also admitted to practice here in the Commonwealth. He will maintain his ties to the Rocky Mountain West, thereby expanding Link's geographic footprint as the team moves forward with raising its second fund.
Cindy Blanco is the Chief Financial Officer of Link Ventures. Prior to joining Link, Cindy was a Senior Associate in the Business Valuation Practice at Vitale, Caturano & Company, Ltd., where she was responsible for performing valuations of closely-held businesses for tax and financial reporting purposes. Previous to her position at Vitale, Caturano & Company, Cindy worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at H.C. Wainwright & Co., Inc. and as a Senior Auditor at KPMG LLP. Cindy, a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society, Inc. Cindy has a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MBA and MS in Accounting from Northeastern University.
Lisa serves as an investment Principal with Link Ventures. She has a background in financial analysis, investments, consumer internet and data prediction, where her domain expertise spans product management, data analytics, data prediction, strategic partnerships, and communications. Lisa previously led business development and early stage investments for Bullet Point Network (BPN) and its founder, Mike Ryan’s family office, MDR Capital. Lisa continues to serve as an advisor of BPN. During Business School, Lisa founded Savile Row Society, a men’s shopping platform, and took on product and business development. Before Columbia Business School, she worked in finance at JPMorgan's Investment Bank, American Express, and at Samson Capital Advisors (now Fiera Capital). Lisa earned her BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and her MBA from Columbia Business School.
John D. Blundin is an Investor Relations Manager at Link Ventures. Prior to joining Link, John spent over 28 years on Wall Street, primarily in Institutional Sales and Trading. He has been a Managing Director at numerous large firms, including Wells Fargo Securities, J.P. Morgan, Bear Stearns and Raymond James. In these roles, he has been responsible for cross-selling each firm’s equity product offerings while also acting as a Relationship Manager to Hedge Funds, Pension Funds and Family Offices. Most recently John helped with the capital raise for Link Ventures 2. John is a graduate from Rollins College with a B.A. in Political Science.
Margaux Bolte, Manager of Branding and Culture at Link, covers the gamut, from daily operations to communications to events for Link, Cogo and many of Link’s portfolio companies. A creative problem-solver with a knack for genuine relationship building, Margaux has been involved in a wide range of projects since she started with the company in 2015. Prior to Link, she worked in educational consulting with Carney, Sandoe & Associates. There, she handled and supported multiple recruitment and placement areas while also teaming on the execution of large-scale recruiting conferences. She has also covered a number of other brand-oriented events for companies including Google and Perrier. Passionate about time well-spent, she has volunteered at Children’s Hospital for five years, is proficient in American Sign Language, and a certified yoga instructor. Margaux holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College, where she was a member and senior captain of the varsity field hockey team.
Mike Perry is an Investment Associate at Link Ventures where he
brings a data-driven approach to all parts of Link’s business. Mike
began his career at Link’s wholly-owned incubator, Cogo Labs, where he
spent three years using Cogo’s proprietary data assets to support user
acquisition and traffic channel diversification for all incubating
companies. At Link, Mike leverages these same data assets to discover
consumer internet companies to invest in, and later support via
competitive intelligence research and user acquisition. Prior to Cogo
Labs, Mike attended Northeastern University’s D'Amore-McKim School of
Business where he earned his BS in Business Administration and graduated
summa cum laude with a concentration in Finance. He participated in
Northeastern’s cooperative education program where he spent time working
at a small technology startup in Kendall Square as well as a large
asset management firm in Boston.
Todd has 20 years of experience as a software engineer and architect and has been a part of the Link Ventures and Cogo Labs teams for the last seven. He focuses on problems that require creative solutions and specializes in web engineering, database architecture, and data engineering. Todd is the mind behind internal projects that have been invaluable to company growth and operations. Prior to joining Link and Cogo, he led projects and teams at Sony Online Entertainment, Harmonix Music, and eBay among other tech and game development companies. Todd is a Boston native and avid poker player.