Dave Blundin is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder and 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 17 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 CEO 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.
Dave received a BS in Computer Science degree from MIT where he researched neural network technology at the AI lab.
John Giordano is a Senior Partner at Link and serves on the boards of most of Link's investments. John has extensive investment and management experience and is currently serving as a trustee for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston’s pension and as a member of the Retirement Committee for its 401K plan. He previously served as head of the investment committee and a member of the retirement committee with responsibility for $1 billion of in assets for Bull HN Information Systems (formerly Honeywell Information Systems).
During his tenure at Link, John has negotiated and managed the sale of four companies and structured or negotiated dozens of Link’s investments, financings, asset sales and key strategic agreements for Link’s portfolio companies. He also serves as President of Reference Advisor, LLC, a Link Ventures-owned company which provides its clients with best-in-class email marketing solutions.
Prior to joining Link Ventures, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WebCT, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of course management systems used by colleges and universities around the world. During his tenure with the company, he was instrumental in transitioning it to profitability and led the company’s negotiation of all agreements associated with the successful sale of the company to publicly-traded Blackboard, Inc. The sale process included successfully responding to an initial challenge by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Prior to joining WebCT, John served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Peritus Software Services, Inc., a publicly traded company. Peritus provided solutions that enabled organizations to improve the productivity, quality and effectiveness of their information technology maintenance. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, John led the company back from a point of extreme financial distress, attracted an equity investment from a private company and successfully completed the sale of the company in June 2001.
Prior to joining Peritus, John served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Bull HN Information Systems, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of France’s Group Bull. As CFO and Treasurer, John successfully completed the sale of one of Bull’s software units and led the negotiations on the maintenance aspects of Bull’s sale of certain parts of its businesses to Wang Global. He also led the company’s negotiations with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation during Group Bull’s sale of Zenith Data Systems to Packard Bell. John also held various other positions at Bull HN including Vice President of Business Operations with responsibility for Bull’s Network Services Operation and a logistics organization that managed an inventory of spare parts with a value in excess of $200 million.
In 2001, John was recruited to serve on the Board of Directors of publicly-traded Hungry Minds, Inc., the publisher of the famous “For Dummies” series of books, during the company’s sale process. He served until the successful sale of the company to John Wiley & Sons, Inc. John served on the Board of Directors of Peritus Software Services, Inc. during periods that included the Peritus IPO in July 1997. He also served on the Board of Directors of Telecorp, Inc., a private company, until its acquisition by publicly traded Syntellect, Inc. in March 1996.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College's Carroll School of Management graduating summa cum laude with a concentration in Finance and a class rank of 1st of 452. He won the Raymond J. Aherne Award and Patrick O'Connell Award for excellence in finance and business. He is also a graduate of Honeywell’s two-year Financial Development Program.
Dominic Lloyd is a Senior Partner 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 Senior Partner 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.
Mira Wilczek is a data intelligence expert and a Senior Partner at Link. She also serves as acting Senior Vice President of Venture Strategy at Cogo Labs and has previously served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Cogo Labs. Previously, she was Founder and CEO at 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, and an EETimes ACE Award, and negotiated a successful acquisition by Analog Devices. She holds patents both granted and pending in the fields of cybersecurity and sensor data fusion. Mira has an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
John Roland is an online performance marketing expert and a Partner at Link Ventures. He serves as an advisor to each of Link’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Link, John worked for 4 years at the firm’s startup incubator where he successfully managed websites and advertising campaigns in various markets. Within his first year, he built multiple traffic driving algorithms and grew the company’s used autos property to a $20M+ revenue run rate. He subsequently managed the incubator's analytics team, expanded the company’s reach to 20+ markets, and became a board observer and analytics advisor for the portfolio companies. Most recently, he supported Link’s largest portfolio company, EverQuote, in their capital raising efforts. John has a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Dartmouth College and graduated summa cum laude.
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.