InSITE’s Board Member Alex Ferrara (Columbia Business School and InSITE fellow, 2004) has been this year’s recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award.
Alex is a Partner at NYC-based venture capital firm Millennium Technology Ventures and focuses on investments in software and internet companies and the intersection of financial services and technology, including market structure-related investments and capital markets technologies. He is a Director at Shopify, Director at OMGPOP and Director at SelectMinds.
At Millennium, Alex led the investment in HootSuite. Previously, Alex was involved with a wide variety of innovative companies, including board service with Yodle (local advertising), Shopify (e-commerce), Wix (web content creation tools), SelectMinds (social networking), and Quadriserv (securities lending marketplace). Alex was also involved with Bessemer’s investments in Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco), Skype (acquired by Ebay), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee), Goal.com (acquired by Perform Group), OMGPOP (acquired by Zynga), Activ Financial, TeamViewer, and Gerson Lehrman Group.
Prior to Millennium, Alex spent six years with Bessemer Venture Partners where he was a Partner in their New York office.
Earlier in his career Alex worked at Goldman Sachs in technology investment banking, where he was involved with merger advisory and corporate finance, primarily in the IT-services and software sectors. While earning his MBA, Alex also worked as a part-time associate at both RRE Ventures and Apax Partners. Alex started his career as a software engineer at Salomon Brothers and later worked as a derivatives trader on the New York Board of Trade.
Alex earned his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He co-authored the O’Reilly & Associates book, Programming .NET Web Services.
Post written by Lila Pla Alemany (CBS 2013)