Amplifier Ventures is managed by Jonathan Aberman with assistance from a strong multidisciplinary venture investment team and other professionals engaged by Amplifier Ventures.
Mr. Aberman is the Managing Director and Chairman of Amplifier Ventures. He possesses substantial venture capital, financial and managerial expertise, gained over a career spanning venture capital, law and investment banking. Since 2005, when he formed Amplifier Ventures, Mr. Aberman has been integrally involved in evaluation and execution of its investment opportunities. He is primarily responsible for evaluating and selecting the remainder of the Amplifier Ventures investment team, and directs and manages Amplifier Ventures’ investment process. As a member of the board of directors of portfolio companies, Mr. Aberman plays an active role in recruiting executives, soliciting and closing funding rounds, licensing technology, identifying alpha and beta customers, and charting strategy.
Mr. Aberman was a practicing lawyer from 1990 to 2004. During that time he represented many venture capital backed technology businesses, as well as family- and closely-held businesses. His clients looked to him for counsel and advice in all of the important challenges that a family business or closely-held company could face – for example, family disputes, transitional issues, corporate governance, transactional planning, business sales, human resources, distribution and sales, and financing. Mr. Aberman’s clients valued his commitment to their business objectives and his ability to manage complex situations with a positive attitude. He was also well respected by his colleagues and was asked to manage large practice groups and offices several times. Mr. Aberman was a partner in the nationally-recognized law firms of Fenwick & West, Fish and Richardson, and Pillsbury Winthrop.
As Managing Director and Chairman of Amplifier Ventures, Mr. Aberman is applying the managerial experience he gained by managing Amplifier Ventures and previously the growth and business activities of branch offices for two international law firms, including a $45 million business unit with more than 200 employees. Prior to entering legal practice, Mr. Aberman worked in the investment banking industry in London, England (Daiwa Securities, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and Goldman Sachs International), where he applied his financial analytical skills in mergers & acquisitions and international interest rate and currency trading.
Mr. Aberman is a recognized leader in the fusion of national security and entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. He has worked with a broad range of national security agencies and universities on these matters, including DOD Labs, DARPA, Air Force, Army, DHS, George Mason University and University of Maryland, College Park. He has acted as a policy advisor to state and federal government in these areas. His activities regarding entrepreneurship and national security resulted in the formation of the Ballston Innovation Initiative, a three month successful experiment to foster greater engagement between entrepreneurs and national security agencies in 2013. He is currently the Chairman of Tandem NSI, a public/private partnership between Arlington County and Amplifier Ventures, and financed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, that focuses on national security entrepreneurship, business acceleration and highlighting national security technologies and opportunities.
Mr. Aberman is also an educator, and he teaches subjects relating to family- and closely-held businesses, including corporate finance, business planning, organizational development and new venture creation. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is also the founder and Chair of FounderCorps, a Virginia not for profit corporation that promotes entrepreneurship in the Washington, DC region. He is the co-host of Left Jab Radio on SiriusXM. Mr. Aberman is a regular speaker on topics related to business formation and expansion for groups such as the National Academies of Science, the National Science Foundation, the Northern Virginia Technology Council and others. He is frequently interviewed and quoted on business topics by national and local news organizations, including the Deal, Potomac TechWire, the Washington Post, the Washington Business Journal, Washington Business Report and ThinkTalk Television.
Mr. Aberman holds a BA (with honors) in Political Science and Economics from George Washington University, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa. He received an MSc in International Economics with Distinction from the London School of Economics. He also holds two law degrees, an MA from Downing College, Cambridge University and an LLM from the New York University School of Law.
VMS Group provides financial and administrative support for the Fund and has provided CFO and back office support for Amplifier Ventures since its establishment in 2005. VMS provides administrative services to investment funds both nationally and internationally and includes among its clients many well-known venture capital organizations. Members of the VMS management team possess extensive fund accounting and financial experience, and have provided CFO administration services to over 50 venture capital and other investment funds.
Amplifier Ventures regularly engages experienced entrepreneurs to assist in the mentorship of portfolio companies, as well as aid in identifying and evaluating investment opportunities. Amplifier Ventures sources the majority of its Venture Advisors from its strategic relationships, particularly FounderCorps. A number of Amplifier Ventures’ portfolio companies have resulted from investment opportunities arising from one or more Venture Advisors becoming part of the senior management teams of an emerging company.