Lars B. Thoresen is Senior Advisor at Verdane Capital. He was Managing Partner/Joint Managing Partner for Verdane Capital Advisors from 2008 to 2015. Lars joined Verdane Capital’s Oslo office in 1999. Verdane manages more than NOK 8 bn for Norwegian and international institutional investors, and has 25 employees in their offices in Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. At Verdane Lars has been instrumental in the acquisition of both several portfolios of direct investments as well as individual companies, such as Skandia Life portfolio, Nordic Venture Partners, Ferd and EasyPark. He has also helped build and grow a number of portfolio companies from a board role, such as Opera Software AS, Liaison Technologies Inc., CRF Health Oy, and Napatech A/S. Lars is today Chairman of the Board at Napatech A/S (listed OSE) and NextGenTel ASA (listed OSE), and serves on the Board of Arundo Analytics Inc, The Future Group AS, Carn Capital AS and INSEAD Alumni Assoc. Norw.
Lars holds an MBA from INSEAD (France) and a BSc in Finance from St. John’s University, New York (USA).
Liza Benson is a partner at StarVest Partners, an expansion stage Venture Capital fund with over $400 million of assets under management located in New York City. Prior to StarVest, Ms. Benson was Managing Director of Highbridge Principals Strategies and primarily focused on digital media, fintech and marketing technologies. At StarVest, Ms. Benson sits on the Boards of Ceros, RAMP, Transactis and is a Board Observer for Xignite, OpenSlate, UrbanBound and CrowdTwist.
Prior to joining Highbridge in 2008, Ms. Benson was a Managing Director with Bear Stearns’ Constellation Growth Capital. In the past, she has been a board member at Widevine (sold to Google), Webify (sold to IBM), Siperian (sold to Informatica) and K12 (Public Company on NYSE: LRN), each of which was successfully exited. She also led an investment in Capital IQ which was sold to McGraw-Hill. Previously, Ms. Benson was an investment banker at Patricof & Co. and First Union. Ms. Benson received a BA in Mathematical Economics, summa cum laude, from Colgate University, where she was a Charles A. Dana Scholar.
David Rowe is CEO of Black Green Capital, an investment company, primarily investing into digital business and services.
David was the former CEO and founder of Easynet Group, a global Enterprise Cloud services business. Easynet was one of the first Internet companies in the UK to list on AIM in 1996, and subsequently on the London Stock Exchange in 1999.
David also has experiences from Sky Enterprise Division, as Managing Director. David has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology.