A partner with iNovia Capital, Shawn Abbott has a passion for building communications and Internet start-up companies. Shawn is presently an investor and board member at Tynt, CoolIT Systems, SiXtron, Peraso and Reflex Photonics. He has played entrepreneur, investor, technical and general management roles across fifteen technology start-ups in three continents over 20 years. Shawn's work pioneering internet security as CTO, then President, at Rainbow Technologies (NASDAQ:RNBO) saw the company grow ten-fold in profitability before being sold to SafeNet (NASDAQ:SFNT) for nearly a half billion dollars. In the late 1980s, he established and built the AND Group, which pioneered the CD-ROM locking used on several million discs.
Brian Antonen joined Celtic House in 2000. Originally an electrical engineer, Brian has over 21 years of technical, business operational, and capital markets experience. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business. During his nine years at Celtic House, he has established himself as a domain expert in video and multimedia processing and is viewed by his peers as a leading semiconductor investor in Canada. His knowledge of the sector has unique breadth and depth, from the technicalities of the product to the intricacies of the market. His record of success includes ViXS Systems and Camilion Solutions. He has held directorships on 13 private boards, and currently serves as a board member of eight Celtic House companies.
Roadmap Capital Inc.
Hugh is Co-founder, CEO, President and CIO of Roadmap Capital Inc., as well as the principal Portfolio Manager for Roadmap’s funds. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and earned his CFA designation in 2001. After graduating from Harvard, Hugh worked in the Research Department at Midland Walwyn Capital (subsequently Merrill Lynch Canada) as Research Associate to the senior telecommunications services analyst. From March of 1998 to March of 2001, Hugh worked at Interward Capital Corporation, first as an analyst, and later as Associate Portfolio Manager, specializing in technology equities. He was founding Portfolio Manager at Northern Rivers Capital Management, where he worked from May of 2001 until Northern Rivers was acquired by BluMont Capital in February of 2010. Together with Riadh Zine, he co-founded Roadmap Capital Inc. in August of 2013.
Ron has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in both the technical and commercial aspects of the business. He founded Peraso Technologies in September 2008, and closed $10M Series A financing for the company in October 2009. Ron was also the founder of Cogency Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company focused on the development of modems for use in powerline networking. While at Cogency, Ron sat on the Board of Directors of the HomePlug Alliance, the predominant standard in the powerline networking market. Cogency was sold to Intellon Corporation in 2004, and he become President of Intellon at that time. Intellon was subsequently purchased by Atheros (NASDAQ: ATHR) for $244M in December 2009, and the bulk of the original Cogency engineering team continues to operate in Toronto, ON.
VentureLink Group of Funds
Jim joined the predecessor manager of the VentureLink Group of Funds in March 2003 after more than eight years with Working Ventures Canadian Fund Inc. where he led the Information Technology Team and was a member of the Management Investment Committee. While at Working Ventures Jim led investments or acted as Board member in approximately twenty companies. Prior to joining Working Ventures, he worked in a number of practice areas at Ernst & Young providing financial advisory services to mid-market companies in a wide range of industries. Jim is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator.