Matthew Pierce – Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Pierce has over 15 years of experience working in entertainment and technology. He is currently the founder and chief executive officer of OLabs, a joint-venture between Manatt and Originate that creates, funds, and develops technology companies. Versus is a portfolio company of OLabs. Prior to founding OLabs, Mr. Pierce was Vice President of Strategy at Originate, working with early-stage technology companies. He has also worked at Warner Bros and the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Pierce is a Lecturer at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (“UCLA”) Anderson School of Management and in the Economics department at UCLA, where he teaches entrepreneurship.
Mr. Pierce is a graduate of Stanford University and he earned his MBA from UCLA.
Craig Finster – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Finster has over 15 years of experience in finance, accounting, and corporate development for technology companies. He currently serves as the Managing Director of Originate’s Strategic Advisory Group, working with venture stage companies on strategic and financial issues. He previously spent four years leading the investment team at Originate, focusing on seed and early stage companies. Mr. Finster is the former CEO of a venture capital backed technology start-up, which was sold to strategic buyer. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Mr. Tingle began his career in the Canadian banking sector, and has been involved in the capital markets for the past 20 years as an advisor, and also as a director, for both private and public companies. Brian is experienced in a range of corporate transactions including acquisitions, mergers, takeovers and financings; his speciality being the effective delivery of the due diligence process.
Ms. Gahagan is currently a principal of a privately-held merchant bank based in Vancouver, British Columbia and London, England. Prior to the commencement of her involvement in merchant banking seven years ago, Ms. Gahagan graduated from Queens University Law School and practiced corporate law for 20 years. Ms. Gahagan has extensive experience advising companies with respect to international tax-driven structures, mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Peymani has over 15 years experience in media, technology, strategy and operations. He was most recently the Managing Director of ICM Partners' Digital Strategy Division and oversaw all venture capital, corporate development and digital activities for the firm. Mr. Peymani has a BA in Religious Studies and a BA in Neurobiology with concentrations in Neuroscience from Northwestern University. He holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.
Mr. Vlasic, serves as a Vice-President and Manager at Vlasic Investments, L.L.C. Mr. Vlasic is a Founding Partner at RSVP Capital. He founded Amplifinity, LLC. He co-founded RSVP Capital in 2007. In addition to his activities at RSVP, Mr. Vlasic serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of uRefer and as a Manager at Vlasic Investments (VILLCo). He also actively invests in new startups. He is a veteran entrepreneur who has led several companies in the technology space. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Amplifinity, LLC, and has been its Member of the Board of Directors since 2009. Mr. Vlasic served as the Chairman of O/E Automation and Head of Operations at O/E Systems. He began his career at Reynolds Metals Company, working in their sales organization. Mr. Vlasic serves on multiple boards within the Henry Ford Health System, The Henry Ford Foundation, and the University of Michigan College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of Rollins College and earned his M.B.A. with Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.