Founding Funders…

Founding Funder are:

  • Investors (also known as LPs or Limited Partners) in the Tweener Fund
  • Founder/operators in the Triangle
  • Open to having their name used associated with the fund

One of the benefits of being in the Tweener Fund portfolio is you will have access to an unprecedented group of local entrepreneurs and ecosystem supporters with a wide set of experiences across industries and company sizes. AgTech, EdTech, FinTech, HealthTech, MarTech, AdTech, CPG/E-commerce, ML/AI, you name it our group has experience across the whole XTech spectrum!

As of 3/12/2 the Founding ‘funders’ are:

(Alphabetical by last name and includes highlights from their entrepreneurial/business experience)

  • Yasin Abbak (Paired Media, Fantasy Life, The Convoy)
  • Robbie Allen (Automated Insights, Infinia ML, Startomatic) 
  • James Avery (TZerk Meida, TekPub, Adzerk, Kevel)
  • Ryan Bethencourt (UMANA,  Babel Ventures, Sustainable Food Ventures, Wild Earth)
  • Greggory Bordes (Merrill Lynch, AEA Investors, Blum Capital, YipitData, Front Porch Venture Partners)
  • Will Bowen (Covidien, Medtronic, MemberHub)
  • Tripp Burwell (Fulbright, Tesla, Proterra, Atom Power)
  • Brad Brinegar (Chairman Emeritus McKinney, EIR Duke, Cubist Martini)
  • Glen Caplan (Venture Lawyer @ Robinson Bradshaw, Joystick Labs)
  • Dr. Michael Capps (Epic Games, Diveplane)
  • Anil Chawla (ArchiveSocial)
  • Stephen Coakley (Horizon Consulting, Babel Street, Pear Tree Heirlooms)
  • Bryon Colby (Ecommerce/Marketing/Technology: News Corporation, Infonautics, Scan Mobile / Idealab, Fry Inc, Marc Ecko, Cornerstone Brands, Purchasing Power)
  • Michael Cristinziano (Citrix, DigitalOcean, ServiceTrade)
  • Michael Doernberg (SmartPath, DoubleClick, ReverbNation, Adwerx, PlayMetrics)
  • Chris Evans (Davinci, Accipiter, Tethis, Next Century Spirits, Aries USA)
  • James Forrest (Corporate Attorney – Greenberg Traurig, Moore & Van Allen, Founder of Forrest Firm in 2011 (acquired by Michael Best in 2022); currently Managing Partner North Carolina for Michael Best)
  • Reed Frankel (Serial entrepreneur, angel investor, small business & early stage mentor & philanthropist)
  • Alston Gardner (Entrepreneur (On Target) and VC (Fulcrum Equity Partners & NC Venture Capital Multiplier Fund))
  • Eva Garland (Eva Garland Consulting)
  • David Gitman (theglobe.com, ToysRUs.com, eBay, The Feedroom, dms, Waterfall, MediaLink, Cooper Square Ventures, Techstars, Igniterate)
  • Doron Gordon (Samanage,  stealth newco)
  • Tom Griffin (Retired orthodontist and independent investor)
  • Michael Jones (ChannelAdvisor, eBay, RetailMeNot, Zalando, Spoonflower, Shutterfly)
  • Michael Jones ( Lekson Associates )
  • Nick Jordan ( Smashing Boxes, SB Ventures, Durham Bottling Co, STASH)
  • Dr. Doug Kaufman ( AlleyDog, BlackBoard, TransLoc, Vertroos Health)
  • Mark Kelley (Blue Acorn, iCi)
  • Jayant Khadilkar (Renaissance Reinsurance, Weather Predict, TigerRisk Partners, Pelican Venture, ImpactKarma)
  • Steve Klein (Statuspage, LaunchNotes)
  • Karthik Kripapuri (SaaS and Tech Enabled Leader, Selligent Marketing Cloud, NTT)
  • Keith Langbo (Kelaca)
  • Alex Lassiter (Gather, Green Places)
  • Dennis Lee (Zenefits, Noyo)
  • Larry Long Jr (Accenture, Sageworks, Medfusion, Intuit, ChannelAdvisor, Pendo, Teamworks, LLJR Enterprises)
  • Joe Mancini (CubicleGM, PopRule, PRTM, Google, Digital Turbine, Front Porch Venture Partners)
  • Merrick Marquie (MapMyCustomers, Bandwidth)
  • Fred McIntyre (BandLab, Fender, CBS, AOL, Spinner.com, Capacitance)
  • Lauren Miller (John Deere, American Tire Distributors, Lowe’s)
  • Wade Minter (TeamSnap, Adwerx, WeaveUp, SportsEngine, Suggestion Ox, Dualboot Partners)
  • Selva Mohan (Technologist / Real Estate Investments & Build /Early stage investor / LP)
  • Sharat Nagaraj (celito.net)
  • Purvesh Patel (Tekelec, Oracle, INC Research, Syneos Health, Calyx, Lonerider Brewery, Lonerider Spirits, Sage Capital Ventures, Thyme Capital Group)
  • Kelly Pfrommer (Red Hat, Cloud Giants, RevdUp)
  • Marc Raber (IOP Capital, Enage Talent, Casa Hodl, Punchlist)
  • Brooks Raiford (Office of NC Governor, Leadership NC, Independent College Fund of NC, Balfour Beatty, NC TECH Association)
  • Marshall Reu (PWC, Alcatel, DunnWell, ServiceTrade)
  • Ritchie Ventures, LLC / David Ritchie (Delta Gypsum, Ritchie Ventures)
  • Robert Royster (Retail Management Systems, Ruckus Pizza)
  • Drew Schiller (Technology and healthcare entrepreneur, CEO at Validic)
  • Matthew Schmidt(CEO and founder of Peoplelogic, co-founder DZone (now Devada))
  • Clay Schossow (New Media Campaigns)
  • Mark Scullion (UNC, Quintiles, Syneos, Novartis)
  • Mike Shapaker (Booz Allen, Nortel Networks, Therasim, ChannelAdvisor)
  • David Sonntag ( Decibel Event Management)
  • David Spitz (Netsation, WindWire, ChannelAdvisor)
  • Bill Spruill (CED, DataFlux, AddressDoctor, Global Data Consortium)
  • Daniel Swimm (Candle Science)
  • Michael Swimm (Candle Science)
  • Ritchie Taylor (Partner Manning Fulton)
  • Greg Vassie (Taiger, BrainScope, IndyCare)
  • Ferol Vernon (Written Word Media)
  • Cameron Walker (Disney/Pixar, Twitter, Google, VF Corp)
  • Link Walls (E-Commerce and Digital Advertising expert, Art.com, ChannelAdvisor))
  • Ryan Walsh (ChannelAdvisor, RepVue)
  • Ben Weinberger (Digitalsmiths, TiVo, SlingTV, TBD Angels, Drive by DraftKings)
  • Jordan Weinstein (ChannelAdvisor, BrainCheck, K4Connect)
  • Lee Whitley (Capitol Broadcasting Company, Barfield Revenue Consulting)
  • Scot Wingo (Stingray, AuctionRover, ChannelAdvisor, Spiffy)
  • Ricci Wolman (Written Word Media)

If you’d like to be a Founding Funder, let us know in your application that you approve that your name can be used as a limited partner in the fund

ChangeLog->

12/22/21 added

  • Eva Garland (Eva Garland Consulting)
  • Kelly Pfrommer (Red Hat, Cloud Giants, RevdUp)
  • David Sonntag ( Decibel Event Management)
  • Fred McIntyre (BandLab, Fender, CBS, AOL, Spinner.com, Capacitance)
  • Will Bowen (Covidien, Medtronic, MemberHub)
  • Ricci Wolman (Written Word Media)
  • Ferol Vernon (Written Word Media)
  • Nick Jordan ( Smashing Boxes, SB Ventures, Durham Bottling Co)