CFO Series Event

February 10, 2014

Kiran Hebbar
General Partner
Valhalla Partners

Kiran Hebbar is a general partner at Valhalla Partners. He has more than ten years of technology, software development and marketing experience in companies spanning software, Internet and technology-enabled services domains.

Prior to joining Valhalla Partners, Hebbar was the director of Product Management at RichFX, a venture-backed rich media applications company targeting e-commerce retailers. He orchestrated the conceptualization, development and market launch of RichFX's SaaS platform and marketed products to more than 200 online retailers.

Before RichFX, Hebbar was a product manager at Siebel Systems where he managed CRM products for high-tech, semiconductor and industrial manufacturing verticals. He began his career as a software engineer at Bentley Systems, where he developed 3D mechanical CAD software products and managed offshore development partners. Hebbar also worked at Mellon Ventures in New York.

Hebbar has an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was chairman of the Wharton India Economic Forum. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and an M.S. from the University of Maryland, both in mechanical engineering. Hebbar is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.

At Valhalla, Hebbar serves as a director on the boards of Adaptly, Fishbowl Marketing, Flat World, PlaceIQ, ShopSocially and Zonoff. He works closely with Custora, Vistar Media and Vubiquity (formerly Avail-TVN).

Hebbar lives in Dunn Loring, Va. with his wife and two children.

Jason F. Rigoli
LLR Partners LP

Jason F. Rigoli serves as a principal and Washington, D.C. office lead for LLR Partners where he is responsible for directing Security, Defense, and Government Services related deal activity for the firm. LLR Partners is a middle-market private equity firm providing capital to growth companies with proven business models and strong management teams. With more than $2.4 billion under management, LLR is flexible in its approach, leading transactions ranging from growth capital to recapitalizations to buyouts.

Prior to joining LLR, Rigoli was a managing director at Monument Capital Group and principal with The White Oak Group, private equity funds with a range of investments in the aerospace, defense, government services and security related industry segments. Before the White Oak Group, Rigoli was a senior vice president in the diversified industrials investment banking practice at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey, Capital Markets (FBR) where he led M&A and capital raising efforts in the aerospace, defense, security and government services industries. Rigoli has a track record of more than $1.5 billion in transaction value across more than 25 deals. Prior to FBR, Rigoli spent over a decade in senior operations and corporate development roles for large government contractors, including more than seven years with Pearson Government Solutions.

Rigoli holds an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Columbia Business School, and an additional MBA with an emphasis in global business operations from London Business School. He has served as the president of the National Capital Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). Additionally, Rigoli serves on the Board of Directors for LLR portfolio companies, including: SDi, iJet, UltiSat and MSC. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Arlington, Va.

Matt Swartz

Matthew Swartz concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, public and private securities offerings, and corporate governance. He primarily represents middle-market and technology companies, investors in these companies and the investment banks that serve them. He also represents funds of funds in the acquisition of limited partnership interests and secondary direct investments. Swartz's experience as a business lawyer includes representing issuers and investors in scores of venture capital and private equity transactions representing buyers and sellers in acquisitions of businesses in industries ranging from biotechnology, medical devices, semiconductor manufacturing and software to government contracting, consumer products and retail. He has also represented issuers in public equity and 144A debt offerings, as well as bulge bracket, mid-tier, and regional underwriters and placement agents.

Swartz spent several years practicing in Silicon Valley and Southern California prior to relocating to the Washington, D.C., area in 2001. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked in business development at a large private biotechnology company in San Diego. He is the author (with Daniel Lee) of The Corporate, Securities, and M & A Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide, published by the American Bar Association and the editor of Lawyer's Guide to Formulas in Transaction Documents and SEC Filings published by American Lawyer Media's Law Journal Press. Swartz earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of California

Sever Totia
Edison Partners

Sever Totia is responsible for leading Edison investments in companies primarily located in the mid-Atlantic area. Totia co-leads investment strategy in the following Enterprise 2.0 segments: mobility, systems management, information services and on-demand applications. He also focuses on education technology and services investments in K-12, higher education and corporate sectors.

Prior to joining Edison, Totia was with Lazard Technology Partners (LTP), a $400 million early-stage venture fund, where he co-led enterprise software investments in systems management, security, analytics and on-demand application sectors. Before joining Lazard in 2000, Totia held product management and operations leadership positions in Thomson Financial's Equity Research Products division. In this role, Totia led teams responsible for software platform development, database architecture, content operations management, as well as implementation of equity analyses and quantitative portfolio modeling systems.

Totia is active in the mid-Atlantic venture community. He also serves as a leader on committees for Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), Deloitte & Touche Technology Venture Center (TVC), Maryland Incubator and National Sciences Foundation Tech Program. Totia is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute. He received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Virginia Tech.