Brian Long is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Atlantic Bridge with over 30 years of hands-on experience in the technology sector in the US and Europe. Previously, Brian was founder and CEO of Parthus-CEVA technologies 1993 - 2003 which he took public (IPO) on Nasdaq and London Stock Markets (Nasdaq: CEVX). He was founder and Chairman of GloNav Inc which developed the first single chip GPS solutions used on Galaxy mobile phones (Acquired by NXP). Brian is cited as the inventor on a number of US and European IC patents and has been named in the Silicon Valley Top 50 Irish Tech Executives. Brian grew up in Dublin Ireland and now lives and works in Palo Alto California. Brian holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in electronic engineering from Trinity College Dublin.
Elaine is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Atlantic Bridge with over 22 years of experience in running and scaling technology companies, including successful realisations through IPOs and M&A. She was co-founder and director of Glonav, a GPS company that was sold to NXP for $110 million. Elaine served as CFO or vice president of finance for three successful technology IPOs − Parthus, IONA and Smartforce – that realized more than $5 billion in value for investors. She is also a co-founder of the China Ireland Growth Technology Fund aimed at helping European companies scale in China. Elaine is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a qualified Chartered Director. She was named as one of Europe’s Inspiring 50, one of Europe’s Top 100 Women in Technology and appointed by the Irish Government to the Board of Enterprise Ireland.
Kevin is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Atlantic Bridge and has 30 years’ operating experience in the technology sector, including a total of 13 in Paris, London and Dublin as an executive in the software industry and five years in Silicon Valley. Kevin served as Vice President, Microsoft EMEA and helped grow the regional business from $500 million in 1991 to $9.5 billion in 2004. At Microsoft, Kevin was a member of Microsoft EMEA’s senior management team responsible for various roles in Finance, Operations, and Sales and Marketing including establishing the European Operations centre in Dublin. Kevin is a frequent industry speaker and was ICT Ireland Industry Person of the Year in 2001 and elected a fellow of the Irish Management Institute in 2000. He holds various degrees in Business, Finance, Taxation & Law and is an Attorney at Law, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Investment Manager
Mark is General Partner & CFO at Atlantic Bridge. Prior to this, Mark was CEO of Mentor Capital, a venture capital firm he founded in 2001 that specialized in investing in and mentoring seed and early stage technology companies. Mark has a successful track record of investing in and growing technology companies and has sold numerous companies, including OMI, Firecomms and Nanotech, to international buyers since 1997. Mark was also previously the Group Financial Director of Mentec Limited, an established Irish enterprise software company where he executed a number of merger and acquisition deals including a partial exit for shareholders Mark was Chairman of the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA) from June 2013 to June 2014. He holds a B. Comm from University College, Cork and an M.B.A. from University College, Dublin. In addition, Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Gerry is a General Partner at Atlantic Bridge and is an experienced Investor, Executive and Design Engineer with a thirty-year career in the technology industry. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, he was Vice President R&D at Parthus Technologies responsible for managing a business which included divisions in Ireland, UK and USA. Gerry joined the company in 1993 and played a key role in its transition from startup to successful IPO on Nasdaq. Gerry also held senior management roles at several technology companies including Philips and Texas Instruments. Gerry has a BA, BAI degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
David Lam is General Partner of Atlantic Bridge Capital. He serves on the Boards of Directors of AtScale, Swrve, FieldAware and Accuris, and previously served on the Board of Movidius (acquired by Intel). David also co-founded Summit Bridge Capital, which operates the China Ireland Growth Technology Fund. Prior to Atlantic Bridge, David was Managing Director of WestSummit Capital where he served as its representative on the boards of Twitch (acquired by Amazon), Mirantis and Maginatics (acquired by EMC) among others. David was previously Managing Director for WI Harper, a pioneering US-China cross-border venture capital firm where he led the firm’s US office and his projects included the formation of Innovation Works China (now known as Sinovation Ventures). Prior to that, David was Vice President at The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm after serving as head of business development for a Carlyle portfolio company. He also held various operating roles at CIENA Corporation, ONI Systems, Cisco Systems and Proxim. David began his career as an investment banker at Robertson Stephens & Company. David is a board member, past president and past chairman of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA), which is the oldest and largest pan-Asian, cross-border technology executive network in Silicon Valley. He also serves on the board of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). David holds a BS and an MA from Stanford University, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he was recipient of the Merit Scholarship and Patrick McGovern Award.
Peter co-founded Parthus Technologies plc (now CEVA Inc.) in 1993. He was Chief Financial Officer from 1993 to 2001 and EVP, Corporate Development responsible for significant merger and acquisition activity from January 2001 to October 2002. He is currently Chairman of the board of directors of CEVA Inc., a NASDAQ and London listed company, Since 2003, Peter has been a member of the Board of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), an appointment made by the Irish Government and is also a member of the Audit Committee at the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). Peter is a member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Software Association and a member of the Governing Board of ICT Ireland. Peter is also a Chartered Director and a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and a Business Advisor on the Stanford University Executive Program, Strategic Leadership for CFOs, which is funded by Enterprise Ireland.
Alpesh joined Atlantic Bridge’s London office in 2011 and moved to the Palo Alto office in 2013. He has over 12 years of experience in large-scale software development as well as corporate finance. Alpesh focuses on opportunities in AR, VR, computer vision, autonomous vehicles technologies, robotics / sensor technologies, Security (Identity & MFA), FinTech / blockchain and, in companies applying AI to these sectors. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, Alpesh was in Private Equity (Lehman Brothers) and Investment banking (Nomura) working on LBO and cross-border M&A transactions. Prior to that, Alpesh spent 5 years at IBM as a Software Engineer designing and building large-scale software systems for financial institution. Alpesh received BSc with Honours in Computer Science from Bristol University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was recipient of two Scholarship awards – “The Sainsbury Management Fellowship” awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the “Peter Englander Fellowship”. Alpesh is an avid audiophile who enjoys a variety of music genres and loves to watch live sports (cricket, European football, Formula 1, basketball), play poker, cook and travel.
Paul joined Atlantic Bridge in 2012 and brings over 14 years’ operational experience in the Semiconductor industry. Prior to Atlantic Bridge, Paul spent 11 years in various engineering and management roles in the semiconductor industry. He worked for global companies as well as start-ups, including Analog Devices, Parthus, and Phyworks. At Analog Devices he led the development of fiber-optic communications products. Paul was also a key member of Chipsensors, an Irish fabless start-up developing environmental sensing devices, which was acquired by Silicon Laboratories in 2010. Paul holds a First Class Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin and a Masters in Management from the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin and is the holder of a number of US patents. He is a Kauffman Fellow having completed the program in Palo Alto, California as a member of Class 17 in 2014. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Paul participates in many outdoor acivites such as hiking and orienteering and volunteers as a Mountain Ranger in the Dublin Mountains.
Helen joined Atlantic Bridge in 2015 as an Investment Director for our University Bridge Fund which is focused on investing in early stage companies with global potential that are built from world class research generated at all Irish third-level institutions and universities. Having successfully sourced, formed and financed dozens of IP rich technology ventures and with a credible investment track record Helen brings over 12 years’ experience in early stage investing. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge Capital, Helen was a member of the NDRC Investment Committee playing a key role in the allocation of €45m capital into new technology ventures with a particular focus on ventures in energy, health and ICT. Helen also held the position of Sales Director at Celtrak Ltd (acquired by Thermo King, 2015). Having earned a first class honours electronic engineering degree from UCD and a PhD from The University of Edinburgh, Helen is technical at heart and is particularly interested in technologies based on AI, robotics, big data & data science, bioinfomatics, medtech, neuroscience, connected health and nanotech. Helen is currently completing the Kauffman Fellowship in Palo Alto, California
Andrew joined Atlantic Bridge in 2015 as Investment Director where he focuses on identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities in areas including Enterprise Software, Machine Learning and AR / VR. Andrew began his career at PWC Dublin, as an Advisory Associate where he was part of specialist teams delivering restructuring solutions across a range of sectors including Enterprise Software. Andrew joined Arma Partners (London) in 2014 within the M&A team and was part of several high-profile technology transactions including the acquisition of Wireless Logic by CVC and the acquisition of Fenergo by Insight Venture Partners. Andrew holds a MSc in Banking and Economics from the University of London, PC in Financial Modelling from Cass Business School and a BSc in Business Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Conor is an Investment Associate, joining Atlantic Bridge in 2014 where he focuses on identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge in 2014, Conor began his career at Rocket Internet in Berlin within the marketing intelligence group providing operational support to new and early stage investee portfolio companies. Conor holds Undergraduate and Masters Engineering degrees from University College Dublin.
Kathy is an Investment Associate, joining Atlantic Bridge in 2014 where she focuses on sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities as well as supporting Investor Relation Activities. Kathy previously worked at Microsoft as a Business Analyst, specifically managing the Academic Developer Programs for EMEA. Kathy has a Master’s degree in Electronic Commerce from Dublin City University, having completed a BA in Business and Management from the same institution.
Cillian joined Atlantic Bridge in 2017 as an Investment Associate where he focuses on sourcing and evaluating Irish and European investment opportunities. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, Cillian worked with IBI Corporate Finance as part of their M&A advisory team. Cillian holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics & Finance from University College Dublin and achieved the CFA Level III accreditation in 2017.
Eimear joined Atlantic Bridge in 2018 as an Investment Associate on the University Bridge Fund. Previously, Eimear was Senior Commercialization Specialist at Enterprise Ireland focusing on Food and Life Science investments as part of the HPSU team. She also worked as a Nutrition Specialist at Kerry Group. Eimear has a PhD in Molecular Medicine from Trinity College Dublin.
Alison joined Atlantic Bridge in 2017 where she works on sourcing, evaluating and executing investments, primarily for the University Bridge Fund. Alison is experienced in leading investments into various sectors including technology and has been a non-executive director for several early stage and growing companies. Alison previously worked with KPMG Advisory and, more recently, with an Irish investment firm. Alison is a Chartered Accountant and is a graduate of Business & Law in University College Dublin.
Chris joined Atlantic bridge in 2012 as Venture Partner and was previously co-founder and CEO of IONA Technologies, which went public on Nasdaq in 1997 in what was then the fifth-largest IPO in that stock exchange’s history. Chris is a recognised thought leader in the Irish ICT space and regularly writes opinion pieces for the Irish Times as well as serving on various Government Advisory bodies. He is a former President of Engineers Ireland and Chairman of the Irish Management Institute and has served on the boards of Trinity College Dublin and Science Foundation Ireland. He is also a former Chairman of UNICEF Ireland, the Irish Brain Research Foundation and the Community Foundation of Ireland. He regularly serves on a number of award and competition panels. Chris holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science, both from Trinity College Dublin.
Sunir joined Atlantic Bridge in 2012 and has over 30 years of international management and technical experience working in technology for high profile companies such as Oracle (VP Marketing and VP Global Strategy) where he was part of the Management Committee and Microsoft (Director World Wide Business Strategy) where he reported to the Office of the President. Sunir was most recently CEO of UBmatrix Inc, the creator of XBRL, the global standard for business information exchange, which was acquired by RR Donnelley (NASDAQ: RRD). He was previously co-founder and CEO of E-Stamp, credited with inventing the technology and market for Internet postage (NASDAQ: STMP), and one of the first internet payment systems. Sunir has also worked for Novell, Inc., Honeywell as well as at the European Space Agency in Europe. Sunir has a BS (Hon) in Physics from the University of Birmingham (UK) and a MS in Computer Systems from the Cranfield Institute of Technology (UK).
Osman is a serial technology and media entrepreneur best known as the founder and CEO of 3Dlabs - at one time one of the fastest growing NASDAQ companies in Silicon Valley. 3Dlabs is a fabless chip company whose products were used in the making of films like the Titanic and The Matrix and helped pioneer the 3D graphics revolution on the PC. Osman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK, has a First Class degree in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering from University of Birmingham (UK) and is the inventor of numerous patents in the field of computing and graphics
Thomas is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working globally in the software and consumer electronics industry. Atlantic Bridge invested in Metaio in 2012, an AR software company which Thomas founded which was acquired by Apple for $230m in 2015. From 2015 – 2018 Thomas was based at Apple HQ Cupertino USA where he was Senior VP Strategic Initiatives at Apple across sectors including mobile, automotive. He was Director of Engineering at Apple as well as Director of Procurement Strategic Deals Team. Thomas is highly skilled in Augmented Reality, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Partnerships and leads dealflow in key sectors AR/VR, Automotive, Software from the new Munich office for the China Ireland Growth Technology Fund II .
John Hearne joined Atlantic Bridge as a senior strategic advisor and investor in 2016 John co-founded Cúram (provider of software to help government agencies administer social welfare and health services) which was acquired by IBM in 2011. He served as Cúram Software’s CEO, successfully overseeing its growth into one of the leading providers of HR & GovTech Software Expertise in enterprise software, GovTech, SaaS & scaling
Senior executive with great global experience, deep knowledge and skills in personal development .He spent almost 22 years in Microsoft. In his last job (2007-2014) he served as Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation. Now he helps people, organizations and countries to unlock human potential trough different development programs. In coaching and mentoring field Jan works closely with INSEAD, Gallup and SeedCamp. He is Senior Strategic Adviser for Atlantic Bridge Venture. He has been serving in different advisory boards of several European governments in the field of ICT, national competitiveness and education. He is involved in his advisory capacity in different projects of WEF, OECD and EC. He is well regarded speaker at WEF, OECD, EC, EP, Harvard, INSEAD, Cambridge and Economist events. Jan has been interviewed by CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, New York Times and WSJ. From 2008 – 2010 he was moderator of CT24 morning talk show Rendez-vous in Czech TV. Jan Muehlfeit joined Microsoft in 1993 in Czech where he hold different leadership positions. He received the MS President’s Award for Excellence in 1994. Jan was named RD of MS CEE in 2000 and promoted to VP EMEA in 2002. Under his leadership, CEE became company’s best performing region worldwide for four consecutive years. In 2004 he also became a co-architect of MS global emerging markets strategy and member of Microsoft executive board for emerging markets. Following these achievements, Jan Muehlfeit assumed the role of VP PS EMEA in 2005. He was named VP, EMEA Corporate & Government Strategy in 2006 and was subsequently promoted to Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation in 2007. He was key in normalizing Microsoft relationship with EU institutions. Jan left Microsoft at the end of 2014. Born in 1962, Jan Muehlfeit grew up in Czechoslovakia. He received a computer science degree from the Czech Technical University and later on completed executive development programs at Wharton, LSE and Harvard.
Helen Ryan was the Chief Executive Officer of Creganna-Tactx Medical from 2005 until September 2013. Creganna-Tactx Medical is a global supplier to the medical device industry specialising in products, technologies and solutions for minimally invasive therapies. The company is currently ranked among the world’s top 10 medical device outsource providers. During Helen’s time as CEO, the company grew five-fold to become the largest indigenous medical device company. The expansion included three company acquisitions, a strategic joint venture in Asia, and the raising of significant debt and equity financing. The organisation grew from 100 people at a single site in Galway to over 1,250 people across a global network of four sites in Ireland, the USA and Singapore. Prior to joining Creganna-Tactx in 2003, Helen worked with Medtronic and Tyco Healthcare (Covidien) in Product Development and R&D functional management roles. Helen has a Bachelor of Engineering from NUI Galway, a Masters in Project Management from UL, and has completed a Senior Executive Programme at Stanford University. Helen is a fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, a past Chair of the Irish Medical Devices Association, and serves as a non-executive director of a number of companies.
Des is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ireland), having trained with KPMG’s financial services division in Dublin, where he took lead roles in the audit of clients in the banking and aircraft leasing sectors. He then headed up the management accounting division in Dublin-based outsourcing firm Contract Accounting, where he provided financial control and mentoring advice to startup and SME clients in the retail and services sector. This was followed with a spell in Aviva as management accountant in their Investment Management department (AIME). Des holds an honours masters degree in Accounting from DCU, having completed a BA in Accounting and Finance from the same institution.
Nicola is a financial accountant with Atlantic Bridge. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, Nicola was responsible for the Fund Administration and Investor Relations for a boutique investment firm in London. Nicola holds a First Class Honours B. Comm from UCD and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (FCCA).
Solveiga is an Assistant Accountant with Atlantic Bridge, joining in 2016. Previously, Solveiga held Assistant Management positions with Meridian Global Services and Lidl GmbH. Solveiga has a Bachelor of Business in Retail Management and is currently sitting her final ACCA exams.
Triona is Executive Assistant and Facilities Manager of Atlantic Bridge, Dublin. With more than 25 year's experience as Executive Assistant, she has a proven track record of executive support and management. Triona provides support to Managing Partners Brian Long and Elaine Coughlan, as well as support to General Partner Mark Horgan and the wider team. Previously, she was Executive Assistant to Brian Long, Founder and CEO of Parthus-Ceva Technologies, from 1994-2003. She finds enjoyment in helping people and organisations become successful. Triona successfully project managed the Atlantic Bridge corporate Head Quarter relocation in 2017.
Maeve joined Atlantic Bridge in 2016. Previously Maeve has worked at Goldman Sachs Dublin, Charles Schwab in San Francisco and supported our Managing Partner, Kevin Dillon, during his MD role at Microsoft European Operations Center in Dublin. Maeve has experience in Executive Assistant and Event Managements roles having worked in the International Labour Office in Geneva, European Commission in Brussels as well as time spent in London and San Francisco.
Anne is the Office Manager and Executive Assistant in the Palo Alto office. She has been assisting VCs in Silicon Valley for the past 6 years-- organizing schedules, seeing around corners, finding solutions and overseeing everything in between. Prior to this role, she has worn diverse managerial hats in the fields of restaurant operations, pharmaceutical sales and healthcare public relations. When she relocated and lived in Hong Kong for 7 years, she developed and conducted training modules as an advocate for financial literacy. Anne was born and raised in Manila and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines.
Tianyue Zhao is currently assistant to Mr. David Lam at Atlantic Bridge Palo Alto Office. She participated in a few China Film Group Corporation projects upon graduating from college and has worked as executive assistant at Bright Oceans Corporation Beijing headquarter for six years. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, Tianyue was based in Los Angeles and has worked for film export and import company Linksus Legendary as its North America business development director for two years. Tianyue received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies and Economics from Cornell University.