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Phillip Riese is president of RIESE & OTHERS a family investment vehicle that invests alongside Venture Capital and Private Equity firms globally, focusing on disruptive financial services; new domains of marketing excellence and efficiency; and advanced analytics. He is a board member of a number of these companies.
Prior to forming the company, he spent 18 years at American Express, ultimately as Chairman of American Express Centurion Bank and President of the Consumer Card Group, leading the teams that turned around American Express’ core business. Before his tenure American Express, Mr. Riese was a Division Executive at Chase Manhattan Bank and a partner at M.C. Geffen, a consulting firm in South Africa.
Phillip has an B.Com in Textiles from Leeds University in the UK, an MBA from the University of CapeTown in South Africa, and an MS from MIT in the US.
Mike is the Chief Executive Officer of Flywire. He has successfully grown organizations for the past 12 years, both in start-up environments and multi-billion dollar companies. Prior to Flywire, he was Vice President of Strategic Accounts & Corporate Development at Carrier iQ, ranked #9 in the Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Venture-Funded Companies of 2011, where he lead the global sales team in revenue for five years as well as being responsible for new market development and global alliances. Prior to Carrier iQ, Mike held numerous sales and consulting positions at edocs, Inc. which was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2004 and subsequently by Oracle in 2005.
Mike began his career as part of the technical risk services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Babson College.
Alex Finkelstein is a General Partner at Spark Capital and joined the firm at its inception. He has led Spark’s investments in 5min Media (acquired by AOL), 8D World, Altius Education, Linkwell, Flywire, OnSwipe and Wayfair. Alex focuses on working with and investing in highly passionate entrepreneurs who enjoy leaving stable jobs to build transformative companies.
Prior to joining Spark Capital, Alex was the creator and producer of a number of television shows and Internet properties that he sold to major networks, including FOX, E!, Discovery, ITV1 (U.K.) and Yahoo. Alex’s shows all had major product integration components and were sold in partnership with Fortune 500 brands.
Previously Alex was a Principal at Seed Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm that was formed in partnership with Softbank. Before joining Seed Capital Partners, Alex was an Associate at GrandBanks Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm that was also formed in partnership with Softbank.
Alex also worked at Cambridge Associates, where he served as a Senior Venture Capital Research Associate and Senior Consulting Associate.
Alex Finkelstein holds a BA in political science from Middlebury College.
David Jegen is a Partner with F-Prime Capital, the private investment arm of the owners of Fidelity Investments. David invests an early-stage venture capital fund focused on Enterprise IT and FinTech and has led investments in Cloudant (acquired by IBM 2014), Codeship, Kensho, FutureAdvisor, Tradier and Eris Exchange.
David was a co-founder of Sensoria, Inc. (explosive detection systems) and an early employee at Into Networks (acquired by Softricity, now part of Microsoft). Most recently, David was a senior executive at Cisco Systems. David held early positions at J.P. Morgan & Co. and The Boston Consulting Group.
David graduated Harvard Law School and earned degrees in economics and accounting from Indiana University. David has served on the Board of Overseers of the Boston Museum of Science and is also a Co-Founder of FinTech Sandbox, a community nonprofit that serves FinTech entrepreneurs by aggregating data and infrastructure for free during a startup’s development phase.
Matt joined Bain Capital Ventures (BCV) in 2012 and leads the firm’s NYC office. Matt focuses on investments in business services companies for BCV with a particular emphasis on financial services and payments companies including Billtrust, Chrome River, Novus Partners and OpenFin.
Prior to BCV, Matt co-founded and ran Village Ventures, from which he led investments in BlueTarp, Consumer United, Dwolla, iSend, OnDeck, Simple and TxVia. Earlier in his career, Matt worked in the private equity group at Bain Capital.
Matt graduated from Williams College with a degree in Political Economy.
Pablo, the Managing Director of the José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation, has spent the majority of his career working in the venture capital sector. He joined the José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation at the firm's inception and has been involved in over 20 investments. In addition to Flywire, he also sits on the board of Job & Talent and World Sensing and was a former board member of Redbooth and Dexma Sensors.
Pablo holds an Industrial Engineer Degree from Instituto Católico de Artes Industriales (ICAI), a Food Industries Engineer Degree from Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (UPM) and a MBA from IESE Business School.