Current Portfolio

Over the past thirty years, Columbia Capital has invested in a portfolio of industry leaders in the communications, media, and enterprise information technology industries. Our goal is to build a sector focused portfolio of companies at all stages of growth.

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2nd Watch

Spokane | WA


2nd Watch is a global system integrator, software and deployment firm focused on IT operations.  2nd Watch offers a unique combination of software, services and analytics to make leveraging the cloud simple.


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Altamira

McLean | VA


Altamira is the leading big data, cloud and analytics firm serving the national security community.  Altamira is a prominent developer of advanced technologies and system integration with a full spectrum of capabilities spanning the technology continuum.


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Bandwidth IG

Palo Alto | CA


Bandwidth IG is a dark fiber network provider in Northern California and Greater Atlanta and serves mission critical data cents, hyperscalers and enterprises with high capacity, dark fiber.


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Billing Platform

Englewood | CO


Billing Platform is a highly sophisticated and dynamic billing solution, that drives success for the modern enterprise.


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Channel 51

Miami | FL

Channel 51 owns spectrum licenses in the 600 MHz band across various cities in the United States.


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Cologix

Denver | CO


Cologix is a network neutral interconnection and colocation company headquartered in Denver, Colorado, that provides massively scalable interconnection services and secure, reliable colocation services in densely connected, strategically located data centers.


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CPG

Ashburn | VA


CPG has been a pioneer in the date center industry, providing full lifecycle mission-critical infrastructure solutions to some of the wold’s most demanding Fortune 1000 companies.


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DAZ 3D

Draper | UT


DG Holdings is a consumer internet service that offers users a new generation of character-based visual expression for use across their digital lives.


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Deep Edge Technologies

Boston | MA


Deep Edge invests in technical real estate serving the needs of the Internet’s key infrastructure core.


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Driven Technologies

Norcross | GA


Driven Technologies is a cyber and cloud native security solutions provider that secures multi-cloud infrastructure, applications and data for its clients.


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euNetworks

London | UK


euNetworks Group Limited (SGX: H23:SI) is a bandwidth infrastructure provider and owns 15 fibre-based metropolitan networks across Europe connected with a high capacity intercity backbone.


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Everstream Analytics

Bonn | Germany


Everstream Analytics is a supply chain risk analytics company that delivers actionable insights to increase the resilience and agility of our clients’ supply chains, protecting revenue and reputation.


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eX² Technology

Omaha, NE


eX² Technology is a single source solution for those seeking to build, scale or upgrade their communications infrastructure. They provide robust broadband, critical infrastructure, intelligent transportation and private network solutions and services with greater efficiency, less cost and a streamlined acquisition process.


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Hellen Systems

Middleburg | VA


Hellen Systems is primarily focused on the development and deployment of enhanced LORAN as an independent and resilient back up capability to the Global Positioning System, through a Public Private Partnership, with governments world wide.


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High Band Holdings

Alexandria | VA

High Band was formed to acquire spectrum in the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Broadcast Auction 103. The auction, which was completed in the first quarter of 2020, was for 3400 MHz of high-band frequencies.


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Landways

London | UK


Landways is a development stage company, seeking to acquire a portfolio of right of way assets in the United Kingdom, that support critical telecommunications, railway, and utility infrastructure.


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LB Spectrum

Miami, FL

LB Spectrum owns spectrum licenses in the 600 MHz band across various cities in the United States.


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Lemongrass

Reading | United Kingdom


Lemongrass facilitates the adoption of digital technology – particularly HANA, Mobility and the AWS Public Cloud. The Company’s offerings center around SAP and Non-SAP on the Cloud and on Mobile.


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LiveXLive Media

Beverly Hills | CA


LiveXLive Media is a consolidated group of premier media brands and technology assets that create a social media ecosystem for music.


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NearForm

Tramore, Ireland


NearForm is a global software consultancy, enabling its clients to deliver real and lasting business impact through design and technology.


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NextNav

Sunnyvale | CA


NextNav provides a high-precision location service for mobile wireless use indoors and in environments where GPS signals have difficulty penetrating buildings.


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Nisos

Alexandria | VA


Nisos provides cybersecurity and threat defense services, spanning both inside-the-network and outside-the-network engagements.  The Company provides a suite of high-touch “active defense” services that assist enterprises in (i) protecting assets, (ii) informing corporate strategy, and (iii) defending against an evolving threat landscape.


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Omnispace

Sterling | VA


Omnispace LLC is the owner and operator of the Omnispace F-2 (former ICO-F2) satellite and fully operational gateways around the globe. The company was founded by veteran satellite industry executives who saw a need for mobile satellite services (MSS) on the S-band aimed at a broad range of commercial and government customers.


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Siden

Alexandria, VA


Siden provides broadband video for wireless customers.


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SoundHouse

Needham, MA


SoundHouse focuses on buying rights for which royalty income, paid out to artists and labels, has reached a flat (yet still royalty-earning) line on a traditional decay curve. Royalty payments for seasoned songs are predictable, and are distributed on a monthly or quarterly basis generating an annuity-like cash flow. SoundHouse takes a portfolio approach, aiming for a diverse group of artists, interactive and non-interactive rights, and genres.


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SummitIG

Dulles | VA


SummitIG is a custom network solutions and bandwidth infrastructure provider.  Leveraging its extensive network infrastructure across the state, SummitIG specializes in delivering dark fiber networks that support and extend data centers’ connectivity.  The network consists of new, state of the art, fiber optic cable within conduits that are operated and maintained by SummitIG.


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Telarus

Sandy | UT


Telarus is the market leading value added distributor for the world’s leading cloud, unified communications, contact center, network and cybersecurity providers.


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Teraco

Johannesburg, South Africa


Teraco is the first provider of resilient, vendor neutral data environments in South Africa.  The Company utilizes a secure colocation facility and is operated by an expert organization with an absolute focus on data center technology and infrastructure.


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TerraPact

Denver | CO


TerraPact is a leading provider of right of way corridors for critical infrastructure in North America. Currently, TerraPact manages right of way agreements on over 5,000 miles of right of way corridors across the United States and British Columbia.


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Verato

McLean | VA


Verato helps enterprises maintain clean identity data and more accurately link customer records within and across enterprises. Verato’s SaaS platform offers faster time-to-value, at a fraction of the costs of traditional matching approaches.


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Vivacity Networks

Alexandria, VA


Vivacity Networks is a smart city infrastructure provider whose goal is to amass a portfolio of fiber connected street furniture (streetlights primarily) and create a platform to facilitate neutrally hosted communication and power infrastructure, in dense urban areas, of mid-tier cities.


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Wyyerd Group

Boulder | CO


Wyyerd Group provides homes and businesses with 1 Gbps+ internet connection and brings its customers the latest net-neutral fiber optic technology.


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Jason Booma

Partner

Jason focuses on investments in the Enterprise IT Services and Digital Infrastructure sectors. At Columbia, Jason serves on the Boards of 2nd Watch, Billing Platform, Lemongrass, NearForm, Nisos, and previously served as a Director of Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture), Contino (acquired by Cognizant) and SummitIG (acquired by SDC Capital Partners).  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.

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Evan DeCorte

Partner

Evan focuses on investments in Digital Infrastructure and Enterprise IT Services. Evan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Landways, TerraPact, and Verato. 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.

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Jim Fleming

Partner

Jim focuses on investments in the Cyber Security, Media and Mobile sectors. He is currently a director of CPG, Deep Edge, High Band Holdings, LB Spectrum, Local Media, NextNav, Omnispace, SoundHouse, and Vivacity Networks. He previously held board seats with AB Spectrum (wireless assets sold to T-Mobile), Altamira (acquired by ClearSky), 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.

Sectors of Focus: Mobility

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Patrick Hendy

Partner

Patrick focuses on Data Center and Enterprise IT Services investments. Patrick is currently a member of the Board of Directors of CPG, Deep Edge and New Signature and leads the investment in Teraco. Patrick previously served on the boards of Cologix (acquired by Stonepeak) , 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 Digital 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.

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Monish Kundra

Partner

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 Everstream Analytics, Hellen Systems, High Band Holdings, LB Spectrum, NextNav, Omnispace, and Siden and was previously involved with or on the board of AB Spectrum (wireless assets sold to T-Mobile), Horizon, Local Media, 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.

Sectors of Focus: Mobility

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John Siegel

Partner

John focuses on Digital Infrastructure and Enterprise IT Services investments. John is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Bandwidth IG, euNetworks, Everstream Analytics, eX² Technology, Landways, Lemongrass, NearForm, Nisos, SummitIG, Telarus, TerraPact, Vivacity Networks, and Wyyerd Group. John previously served on the boards of ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3), New Global Telecom (acquired by Comcast), New Signature (acquired by Cognizant), 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), Contino (acquired by Cognizant) 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.

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Sharon Lam

Vice President

Sharon focuses on Digital Infrastructure and Mobility investments. Sharon currently serves on the Board of several digital infrastructure portfolio companies, and previously was a board observer for SummitIG (acquired by SDC Capital Partners). Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Sharon worked at Goldman Sachs in their Technology, Media, and Telecommunications investment banking group in New York. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Sharon was an analyst at UBS in their TMT group. Sharon received her B.S.C. in Finance and Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Brian Ohlhausen

Vice President

Brian focuses on Enterprise IT, Digital 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 Szczur

Vice President

Nick focuses on Enterprise IT, Digital 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 Digital Infrastructure sectors.  Nick received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, where he majored in Economics.

Santiago Gomez-Garcia

Associate

Santiago focuses on Enterprise IT, Digital Infrastructure, and Mobility investments. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Santiago was an Analyst at Morgan Stanley in their Alternative Investment Partners group, focusing on private equity co-investments across diversified stages and industries. Santiago received his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he concentrated in Finance, Management, and Business Analytics.

Luca Sullivan

Associate

Luca focuses on Enterprise IT, Digital Infrastructure and Mobility investments. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Luca worked in the technology investment banking group at Jefferies, where he focused on equity, debt and M&A advisory in the software, hardware and internet sectors. Luca received his B.S. from Wake Forest University where he majored in Finance.

Arun Gupta

Venture Partner

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 and Daz 3D. Arun was also involved with former Columbia portfolio companies Adjoined Consulting (acquired by Kanbay International, Inc.), Endgame (acquired by Elastic N.V.), 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).

Sectors of Focus: Enterprise IT Mobility

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John Leibovitz

Venture Partner

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.

Jeff Patterson

Venture Partner

Jeff is currently the COO and CFO 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 numerous investments including Access Sports Media, Baja Broadband (acquired by TBS), Call Technologies (acquired by 3Com), Digital Television Services (acquired by Pegasus Communications), DSL.net (NASDAQ: DSLN), Hoak Media (acquired by Gray Television), Legendary Pictures, NuVox Communications, Slacker (acquired by liveXlive), SoundHouse, Taqua (acquired by Tekelec), The Tennis Channel (acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting), Turbine (acquired by Time Warner), and XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR). Prior to Columbia Capital, Jeff worked at First National Bank of Boston in Boston and 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 Barnedo

Office Manager

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 Basha

Accounting Manager

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 Doering

Administrative Partner

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 Ghadban

Tax Director

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.

Ben Lewis

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 Lewis

Fund Accountant

Brayson joined the firm in 2008 as a Staff Accountant and has been working in Finance for over 10 years. Brayson received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ferris State University.

Suzanne St. George

Administrative Assistant

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.

Pamela Zahn

Executive & Travel Assistant

Pam joined the firm in 2005. She received her Bachelors in Business from Endicott College and is a Notary Public.