To date, Columbia Capital has invested in over 170 companies, ranging from small, early-stage investments to multibillion-dollar public companies. Columbia Capital’s six partners have worked together, on average, for over a decade.
Finance and Administration
Jason focuses on investments in the Enterprise IT Services and Internet Infrastructure sectors. At Columbia, Jason serves on the Boards of 2nd Watch, Billing Platform, Contino, Lemongrass, OPĀQ Networks, SummitIG, and previously served as a Director of Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture). Jason began his tenure as a principal investor in 2004 with Centennial Ventures. There, he was involved with Centennial’s services and technology investments in Zayo Group (NYSE:ZAYO), Compellent Technologies (NYSE: CML), New Global Telecom (acquired by Comcast), Market Force Information, and TensorComm. Prior to Centennial, Jason was a product manager for Level 3 Communications. Jason started his career at QualNet (acquired by Verio), a start-up provider of Internet infrastructure for mid-sized enterprises. Jason received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management.
Jim focuses on investments in the Cyber Security, Media and Mobile sectors. He is currently a director of Altamira, Canara, Local Media, NextNav, and Omnispace. He previously held board seats with AB Spectrum (wireless assets sold to T-Mobile), Baja Broadband (acquired by TDS), ExteNet Systems (acquired by Digital Bridge and Stonepeak), Presidio (acquired by American Securities), Nuvox Communications (acquired by Windstream), TVCC (acquired by Light Squared), CCTV (acquired by Light Squared), Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Satellite Radio, ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3 Communications), Taqua (acquired by Tekelec), The Tennis Channel (acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting), WCS Wireless (acquired by NextWave Wireless), WNP Communications (acquired by XO Communications), and Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO), and has worked closely with a number of former Columbia portfolio companies including Digital Television Services (acquired by Pegasus Communications) and NeoWorld (acquired by Nextel). Jim received his B.A. from Stanford University.
Patrick focuses on Data Center and Enterprise IT Services investments. Patrick is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Canara, Cologix, and New Signature. Patrick previously served on the boards of Virtustream (acquired by EMC), mindSHIFT (acquired by Best Buy), and New Global Telecom (acquired by Comcast), and he was involved with a number of the firm’s previous Internet Infrastructure, Enterprise IT Services, and Mobile investments, including Presidio (acquired by American Securities), XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), and NuVox Communications (acquired by Windstream). Before joining Columbia, Patrick worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co in their Telecom, Media and Technology investment banking group. And prior to that he worked at Wachovia Securities in their Debt Capital Markets group. Patrick received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
Monish focuses on Mobile investments, including investments in spectrum, wireless services, wireless infrastructure, satellite communications and the Internet of Things (IoT). He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Local Media, NextNav, Omnispace, and Resilience360 and was previously involved with or on the board of AB Spectrum (wireless assets sold to T-Mobile), Horizon, MSV, Progeny, TerreStar and TVCC. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Monish was Senior VP of Corporate Development for Mobile Satellite Ventures (now Lightsquared) where he was responsible for leading both the company’s spectrum coordination initiatives and strategic partnerships. Prior to Mobile Satellite Ventures, Monish held positions in private equity with Madison Dearborn and as an executive with broadband, wireless, and satellite service providers. Monish holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree from the Wharton School.
John focuses on Internet Infrastructure and Enterprise IT Services investments. John is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Contino, euNetworks, Landways, Lemongrass, New Signature, Resilience360, SummitIG, and TerraPact. John previously served on the boards of ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3), New Global Telecom (acquired by Comcast), Presidio (acquired by American Securities), GTS CE (acquired by Deutsche Telekom), mindSHIFT (acquired by Best Buy), FDN Communications (acquired by NuVox), Virtustream (acquired by EMC), Cologix (majority stake acquired by Stonepeak), Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture) and Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO) and represented Columbia Capital’s interests in Mpower Communications (acquired by TelePacific). Before joining Columbia Capital, John worked in Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity Group, where he specialized in investments in the telecommunications/data services arena. He also held positions with Fidelity Ventures, the private equity division of Fidelity Investments, and the Investment Banking Division of Alex. Brown & Sons, Incorporated. John received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Evan focuses on investments in Internet Infrastructure and Enterprise IT Services. Evan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Landways and TerraPact. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Evan was the Head of Marketing and led the Voice Business for Roshan TDCA, Afghanistan’s largest telecommunications provider. Before joining Roshan, Evan was as an analyst with JPMorgan Chase’s foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives group. Evan received his B.S. in Economics and B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University.
Sharon focuses on Internet Infrastructure and Mobility investments. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Sharon worked at Goldman Sachs in their Technology, Media, and Telecommunications group in New York. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Sharon was an analyst at UBS in their TMT group. Sharon received her B.S.C. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Finance and Accounting.
Sam focuses on Enterprise IT and Mobility investments. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Sam was an Associate at Charles River Associates in their Auctions and Competitive Bidding practice in Boston. Sam received his B.A. from Middlebury College, where he majored in Economics.
Brian focuses on Enterprise IT, Internet Infrastructure, and Mobility investments. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Brian was the Director of Strategy & Development at BluVector, an AI-driven network security company. Before joining BluVector, Brian was an Associate with LLR Partners in their Security and Industrial Technology practice, where he worked on growth private equity investments. Prior to that, Brian was an Analyst at Houlihan Lokey in their Industrials group in New York. Brian received his B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where he double majored in Finance and Computer Science.
Nick focuses on Enterprise IT, Internet Infrastructure, and Mobility investments. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Nick was an Associate at CapitalSource in their Leveraged Finance practice, focusing on debt financings in the Software and Internet Infrastructure sectors. Nick received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, where he majored in Economics.
Don joined Columbia Capital as a venture partner in 2013. He currently serves on the Board of Columbia portfolio companies Omnispace and Nextnav as well as Zayo Corporation, a former portfolio company. Ambassador Donald Gips also serves as a Partner at the Albright Stonebridge Group, and as a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity Group, in addition to his Columbia related boards, he serves on the boards of Black Rhino, Liquid, the African Leadership University, the Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Business Center, Chair of the Advisory Board of the African Leadership Foundation, the US board of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and the Yale University and SOM Council of Global Advisors.
Don served as the United States Ambassador to South Africa from 2009 until 2013. He was recognized for his efforts to promote improved relations with South Africa when the US State Department chose him as the recipient of the 2010 Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service. From 1998 to 2008, Don was Group Vice President of Global Corporate Development for Level 3 Communications, where he served as Chief Strategy Officer and led the company’s merger and acquisition efforts. Mr. Gips also served as Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission where he was responsible for WTO negotiations and spectrum policy.
Don received an MBA from the Yale School of Management where he was recently honored as a Donaldson Fellow and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University where he received the Ames Award and the Paul Revere Frothingham Prize.
Arun focuses on Federal/Cyber IT Services investments and is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Business School teaching Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital. Arun is on the Board of Directors or actively involved with Altamira, Daz 3D, Devas Multimedia, Endgame, and Verato. Arun was also involved with former Columbia portfolio companies Adjoined Consulting (acquired by Kanbay International, Inc.), Millennial Media (NYSE: MM), Riptech (acquired by Symantec Corporation), Softek Storage Holdings (acquired by IBM), Vubiquity (acquired by Amdocs) and Webs (acquired by Vistaprint). Prior to joining Columbia Capital in 2000, Arun was at Carlyle Venture Partners, focused on software investments. Earlier, Arun held positions in Arthur D. Little’s telecom and technology consulting practice and shared responsibility for establishing ADL’s operation in India. Arun received a B.S. degree with Distinction in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University (’91) and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (’95).
Jennifer joined Columbia Capital as a venture partner in 2017. Previously, she was the General Manager of Uber Technologies’ business in Pennsylvania. At Uber, she led business operations, scaling the business to 100% of the state, and oversaw product launches, marketing, business development, and the passing of statewide legislation. Prior to working at Uber, Jennifer was a private equity investor at IFC Asset Management Company and Emerging Capital Partners, where she worked with growing companies in the media, telecom, infrastructure, mining, and financial institutions sectors focusing primarily on companies and investments in Africa and South America. She began her career in media and telecom investment banking at Credit Suisse Group in New York. Jennifer received her B.Sc. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
John joined Columbia Capital as a venture partner in 2016. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of the Wireless Bureau and Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy at the FCC. John developed the spectrum strategy outlined in the National Broadband Plan and led its implementation, repurposing nearly 250 megahertz for mobile broadband. Prior to the FCC, John helped launch the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform working group for President Obama’s transition team. Before that, he was a wireless entrepreneur and strategy consultant. He started his business career with McKinsey & Company. John has written about tech and telecom policy in the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Steve joined Columbia Capital as a venture partner in 2018. Steve brings more than 25 years experience driving growth at technology-enabled and service-based businesses. He is focused on new investments enabled by innovative/disruptive technologies, and also serves as advisor to multiple growth-stage businesses.
Previously, Steve served as CEO at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a leading tech-enabled services and software provider to Higher Education, and as Board Member at ACA Compliance Group, a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance services and technology. From 2019 to 2014, Steve was Group President and Chief Commercial Officer at CEB (now Gartner), a NYSE-traded provider of information services, where he oversaw the successful redesign and global expansion of sales, service, marketing and product development, and helped generate more than $1.5 billion in shareholder value. Prior to CEB, Steve served as Vice President at Dell, where he helped Dell Services to become the company’s fastest growing major business and achieve ~$7 billion in annual bookings. Steve previously served as Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Business Development at Trilogy Software, one of the largest privately-held enterprise software companies. He began his career at Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase), where as Assistant Vice President he provided growth financing for middle-market companies, and at McKinsey and Company, where as Associate Principal he supported senior executives in driving growth and performance improvement.
Steve holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jeff is currently the Chief Financial Officer of SoundHouse, LLC, a portfolio company of Columbia Capital. Prior to joining SoundHouse, Jeff spent over twenty years at Columbia Capital where he led the firm’s investments in the media industry. Jeff led or was involved in Access Sports Media, Baja Broadband (acquired by TBS), Call Technologies (acquired by 3Com), Digital Television Services (acquired by Pegasus Communications), DSL.net (NASDAQ: DSLN), FUSE, Hoak Media (acquired by Gray Television), Legendary Pictures, Mandalay Sports Media, NuVox Communications, RockYou, Slacker (acquired by liveXlive), SoundHouse, The Tennis Channel (acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting), Turbine (acquired by Time Warner), Taqua (acquired by Tekelec) and XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR). Prior to Columbia Capital, Jeff worked at First National Bank of Boston in the Media & Communications team in Boston and in the European Cable & Telephony team in London. Jeff received his B.A. from Bowdoin College and his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Gina joined the firm in 2000 as Office Manager. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Gina worked as Assistant Controller at Redbricks.com and Firm Administrator at Myint & Buntua, CPAs. She graduated from State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Kim joined the firm in 2012 as an Accounting Manager. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, she worked in the Audit and Assurance practice of Cherry Bekeart, LLP and for Berkley Net Underwriters, LLC. Kim graduated cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Don joined Columbia in 1999 and is responsible for managing the firm’s operations. He has more than 30 years of successful experience managing the financial and operational functions of both public and private companies. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Don was the Chief Financial Officer of Digital Television Services and Sterling Cellular, two former Columbia portfolio companies. Don also served in various financial and operational management positions for Contel Cellular, a subsidiary of Contel Corporation, and was a member of the audit department of Arthur Andersen, LLP. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia.
Cheryl joined Columbia in 2007 as Tax Manager. Cheryl has more than 25 years of experience in Finance. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Cheryl was Division Controller of a national homebuilder and Controller of a regional real estate firm. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Financial Officer
Ben joined the firm in 2008 as Controller. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Ben worked in the Audit and Assurance practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Washington, DC. Ben received his B.S. of Business Administration from Bucknell University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Brayson joined the firm in 2008 as a Staff Accountant. Brayson received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ferris State University.
Suzanne St. George
Suzanne joined the firm in 2015 as Office Assistant. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Suzanne worked in office management for the Government Relations offices of Visa and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Washington, DC. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications.
Executive & Travel Assistant
Pam joined the firm in 2005. She received her Bachelors in Business from Endicott College and is a Notary Public.