Our Team

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Ed Takacs | Founder and CEO

Edward Takacs founded High Tech Ventures in 1986. During his 25+ years spent placing high-level executives into early-stage start-ups, Ed developed a profound domain knowledge of how to broker people, companies and ideas; how people make critical decisions; and how successful companies and careers are formed.

Takacs has been a critical resource in the formation of over 100 successful start-ups, including: Art Technology Group; Bow Street Software; Collabra;Geotel

Ed started his career at Intel, where he was a top sales performer. He holds an MBA from the Univ. of Chicago, a BS in EE from Univ. of Santa Clara, and a BA in economics from the Univ. of the Pacific.

Phone: 617.520.2133, 617-645-2903 (C) Email: et@htventures.com

Giuliana Berchicci | Vice President of Strategy

Giuliana's experience includes executive search and consulting with High Tech Ventures; strategy consulting with Bain and Co.; and Investment Banking with Lehman Brothers in London and Milan. She holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan - Italy and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Phone: 617.520.0903 Email: gb@htventures.com

Chris Kiely | General Manager

Chris is an accomplished and innovative Executive with expertise in e-commerce, leading start-ups, and development of deep talent. Prior to HTV, Chris was a VP with Groupon

Chris has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a BS from the University of San Francisco.

Phone: 617.520.0909 (C) Email: chris@htventures.com

Jim Clifford | Director of Software

As Director of Software, Jim drives the development of HTV's technology. He brings to HTV a wealth of application design, rapid prototyping and custom application development experience.

The foundation of Jim's application and database experience was laid in startup environments at Platinum Software, Powersoft and PeopleStream Software. He then served as a consultant, delivering instruction and custom applications to clients including Boston Univ., WPI, Cigna, Sun Life of Canada, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree from the Univ. of Massachusetts, an MBA from Bentley College and is a veteran of the USAF.

Phone: 617.520.2146 Email: jim@htventures.com

Kurt Walter | Associate

Kurt joined HTV in 2008. Prior to joining HTV, Kurt received his JD from the New England School of Law, with concentrations in emerging technology and computer law. He also holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Political Science, History and Latin American studies, graduating with honors.

His focus is on engineering positions at software development and communications start-ups. Kurt also manages the QA and Infrastructure practice at HTV.

Phone: 617.520.0903, 617.599.4375 (C) Email: kurt@htventures.com