Venture Capital Analytics Team

Jacob Cordova

Jacob Cordova

VCA Director

Jacob is a co-founder and leader at Bright Yeti, Genesis, and the Venture Capital Analytics program.

Previously he co-founded NASAs first makerspace at the Johnson Space Center, and was the SATOP Regional Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Relations where he built and managed teams of engineers to support startups, entrepreneurs, and university faculty. While at NASA and Lockheed Martin Jacob supported the Orion manned spaceflight program with product management, design, and manufacturing engineering.

Jacob holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin, is co-founder and President of the UT Austin Engineering young alumni Advisory Board, serves the Cockrell School Engineering Advisory Board, and in 2017 was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni as an Outstanding Young Mechanical Engineer.

Gali Baler

Gali Baler

VCA Assistant Director

As COO of Sintact Medical Systems, Inc., Gali supports the development of non-resorbable medical application films designed to separate adjacent organs from adhering to each other after surgery, acting as scar preventative barriers separating organ and tissue surfaces to significantly reduce the likelihood of scar formation and the associated post-operative complications.

Prior to Sintact he was a Medical Device Innovation Fellow at Northwestern University within the Center for Device Development, an interdisciplinary initiative aimed to accelerate medical device innovation and commercialization in the evolving healthcare landscape, and to translate unmet needs into market-aligned, customer-centric products.

Gali is also a former President and Advisory Board Member InNUvation (now known as EPIC): Northwestern University’s largest and only interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation club.

As a research engineer he developed functional protein hydrogels by characterizing a novel self-assembling mechanism for gel formation rooted in the complexity of protein structure and interactions. Gali holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University and a Certificate of Management for Scientists and Engineers from the Kellogg School of Management.

William Knight

William Knight

VCA Assistant Director (Emeritus)

William Knight, Assistant Program Director
Will brings years of experience working in financial, political, and non-profit industries to investment and market analytics. Skilled in business, accounting, and finance, he supports Integrated Asset Services with real estate market data research and trending in local, regional, and national markets, providing analyses to senior partners.

Prior to IAS Will supported Brown Brothers Harriman in market trading, including future options, swaps, asset-backed securities, hedges, currency Options, and municipal bonds.

Will obtained a degree in Business Administration and Management from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Amy Bridego

Amy Bridego

VCA Senior Analyst

Amy leverages her business and financial background as a Strategy Consultant for growing companies. Prior to her relocation to Denver, she worked in the Corporate Development and Certification departments of Beachbody LLC, a health and fitness company known for such brands as P90X and INSANITY. At Beachbody she oversaw the company’s first acquisition, lead a cross functional team through the subsequent successful integration, and supported the company’s capital raise campaign.

Prior to Beachbody Amy supported the Valuation and Investment Banking divisions of Duff & Phelps in Boston and Los Angeles. Her valuation advisory experience focused on goodwill impairment testing, employee stock option plan valuations, and purchase price allocations. Her responsibilities focused on building financial models including discounted cash flow, LBO, and comparable company and precedent transaction analyses.

While supporting M&A projects, Amy was responsible for preparing valuation models, marketing materials, confidential information memorandum, and management presentations. Additionally, she identified and contacted potential strategic buyers and financial sponsors and facilitated the due diligence process with multiple parties. Amy has a degree in Business Administration from Boston University.

Tony Perone

Tony Perone

VCA Senior Analyst

Tony Perone is an Instructor of Finance at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the Department of Management where he has taught courses covering Investments and Corporate Finance.

As an Air Force Officer, Tony has served over 9 years as a pilot flying the C-17 Globemaster and Remotely Piloted Aircraft.

He also has experience as a Toastmaster Public Speaker, has worked on 2 startups, and is working on his Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Tony is also an honor graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds an MBA and a Master of Science from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Jake Kerr

Jake Kerr

Senior Analyst

Jake is currently a student at the University of Denver studying biology, a member of the Pioneer Leadership Program, a Scholar at the El Pomar Foundation, and a founding member and co-president of the entrepreneurial student organization Dynamize.

He also works with Evergreen Digital Media in the areas of International Business & Financial Development, supporting projects in two countries over the past year.

Jake’s two main passions are biotechnology and entrepreneurship, and his career goals include a mixture of these two fields. Jake intends to start his own biotech company by obtaining both a strong knowledge of the technical field as well as business experience.

Matt DeWolf

Matt DeWolf

Senior Analyst

Matt is the Vice President of Product at FRONTSTEPS, a SaaS company focused on solutions for residential markets.

Matt has held a variety of product management and product development positions at companies such Runzheimer, RouteSmith, First Data, American Express and Janus.

Matt is a certified new product development professional (NPDP), a passionate entrepreneur and an enthusiastic supporter of the Colorado startup community.

Jeff Wolf

Jeff Wolf

Analyst

Jeff Wolf is the founder of Boomerang Impact. They sell bags made by disadvantaged individuals using upcycled material at BoomerangImpact.com. Jeff has traveled to over 60 countries. He lived in South Africa for three years. In South Africa, Jeff worked as a fund manager for an impact investing firm. He is a CFA Charterholder. Jeff graduated from the University of Denver.

Riley Grimme

Riley Grimme

Analyst

A Kentuckian from Cincinnati, he graduated cum laude from Miami University with a degree in Finance before heading to Louisville, KY where he started his career at J.P. Morgan. After 3 years in Louisville and acquiring the CFA designation, he moved to Denver in August 2014 with his fiancée Christina and their dog Rambo. His deep rooted interest in angel/venture investing and the constant entrepreneurial itch has brought him to the RVC Due Diligence team. He mentors with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, enjoys time outdoors with his friends and family, and loves tackling bucket list adventures and new challenges.

Michael Schump

Michael Schump

Analyst

Michael brings a life sciences research background and training from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in the management of technology to the RVC analytics team. While he enjoys exploring diverse areas of innovation, he has a longstanding interest in early stage life sciences and med-tech companies.

Michael has experience in academic, government and private industry laboratories, as well as past and ongoing experience with technology transfer and commercialization. He currently also works with Colorado State University Ventures as a licensing and startup associate. Michael earned PhD and MPH degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University.

Ethan Harden

Ethan Harden

Analyst

Ethan is a Sr. Financial Analyst at Stantec, a Top 10 design firm awarded by Engineering News Record. He works as a financial consultant primarily serving water and wastewater municipalities across the country. His focus is to provide value to his clients through technical financial planning, cost-of-service, plant-investment fee and affordability financial modeling.

Ethan’s enthusiasm to work in a fast-paced, volatile and varying environment has led him to venture capital to employ the full business acumen he has developed. He is looking to immerse himself in venture capital to gain the knowledge and understanding of the fundraising process in order to be prepared for his next opportunity.

He holds a degree in Finance, Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Aaron Deitz

Aaron Deitz

Analyst

Aaron Deitz is a portfolio manager at BSW Wealth Partners in Boulder, CO; a long standing multi-family office servicing many successful startup entrepreneurs. He has held roles in startup companies, non-profits, investment firms and he is excited to leverage his entrepreneurial and investment background to help companies in Colorado grow.

With over eight years of experience, he brings a well versed background to the RVC team and is passionate for running due diligence on companies to enable investors to have the right information needed to make an investment decision. Aaron earned his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago and attended the University of Colorado for his undergraduate degree. He volunteers for the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business Professional Mentorship Program.