Lewis Gersh - Managing Partner
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|Lewis is a Managing Partner at Metamorphic Ventures, a NYC based seed fund focused on B2B technology ventures in digital media and transaction processing services. |
Lewis has over 15 years of experience founding, investing in and advising start-up ventures. Prior to founding Metamorphic Ventures, Lewis was the founder and CEO of Worldly Information Network (WIN), a publisher of digital financial information to both the retail and institutional markets founded in partnership with AOL. Lewis successfully raised angel and venture capital, grew WIN into a profitable company and completed several acquisitions before its sale; but more importantly, he experienced all the ups and downs that every start-up goes through.
Lewis graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English & Political Science and later received his JD and Masters in Intellectual Property Law from the UNH School of Law. During the interim, Lewis was an accomplished athlete, competing in Ironman triathlons, marathons and ultra-marathons worldwide while writing free lance articles on the events as well as doing computer work to pay the bills.
Lewis is a member of the bar of the State of New York as well as the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Lewis is also a trustee of the UNH School of Law, an internationally recognized leader in intellectual property education.
David Hirsch - Managing Partner
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|David is a digital media veteran with over 15 years of business development and operational experience with Web services companies. David joined Metamorphic after eight years at Google where he was the second employee in Google's New York office and on the founding team that launched Google's advertising monetization strategy and execution. Google was generating $3 million in revenue when David joined. Pursuant to helping wire and structure the regional sales teams, David co-founded Google's Vertical Markets Group. David and his team worked with Fortune 1000 companies as well as the top global advertising agencies. David's group had cross-functional responsibility, interacting with product, engineering, public relations, and marketing as well as acting as representation of sales and customers in key businesses such as AdWords, AdSense, and Offline Media Syndication. David was a leader on Google's hiring and culture committees and was responsible for the hiring of many of Google's sales and business leaders.|
David started his digital media career in business development roles with start-ups Snowball and Adsmart. David understands first-hand the challenges that start-ups all encounter. David is actively involved in helping young companies with monetization strategy, business development, traffic acquisition, hiring, and corporate culture development.
David graduated with a BA degree from the University of Maryland in 1992.
Marc H. Michel - Managing Partner
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Marc has over 20 years of private equity and venture investment experience and was a founding Director of Metamorphic Ventures before joining as a Managing Partner. Marc was formerly Group Head at TD Capital (USA) in New York, TD Bank's $500 million private equity fund focused on the media and communications sectors. Prior to joining TD Capital, Marc was the Managing Partner of EOS Partners SBIC, a $60 million venture capital fund focused on business services, media and telecommunications. Marc began his career at Merrill Lynch Interfunding, a $1.3 billion middle market buyout fund.|
While leading TD Capital, Marc co-founded Precyse Solutions, a leading health information management company still operating and growing today.
Marc's passion is helping entrepreneurs build their businesses from start-up to ramp to exit. He has helped management teams build their executive teams, develop their operational and corporate strategy and assisted them with executing financings of every type. Marc has served on numerous boards of directors in partnership with management and co-investors.
Marc has been involved in many successful companies including Coinstar, Mountain Union Telecom, CADIS Software, FrontierVision, Open Development Software, Precyse Solutions, Telemundo, Robb Report, Reiman Publishing, Alaska Native Wireless, Tritel PCS, Triton PCS, Wireless One, Brooks Fiber, Bresnan Cable, and Peapod.
Marc graduated with a BA degree from Emory University in 1983 and a MBA from Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.
Tara Eckert - VP of Finance
Tara is Director of Finance with responsibility for analysis and due diligence of current and prospective portfolio companies. Tara has worked closely with many portfolio companies and is often deeply involved in many critical operational aspects of these entities. Tara often acts as a "virtual CFO" of Metamorphic's portfolio companies providing financial budgeting and management services as well as coordinating G&A services such as payroll processing and healthcare benefits.
Previously, Tara was the Director of Financial Analysis and Controller of Comdata Processing Systems, a transaction processing company that was previously known as Tranvia where she held the same position before being acquired by Ceridian Corp. Prior to that Tara was Director of Finance at Worldly Information Network where she worked directly with Lewis Gersh.
Tara gained her public accounting experience with KPMG Peat Marwick, one of the largest international accounting firms. She has a degree in accounting from Wagner College, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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"Many VCs show up in Board meetings to ask the entrepreneur smart questions about what the plan is. Post meeting they do a couple of introductions and they think their job is done. Metamorphic works extremely hard on behalf of the entrepreneur every day in between board meetings – and thanks to their deep industry experience and operational background they will help answer questions for you instead of just asking them. They have very high level relationships and we see them as extended team members and not as our investors. Plus I would happily spend my free time together with them outside of work."
Are Traasdahl, CEO
"This is my second time working with Metamorphic. They have supported our team through two turnarounds now. Their unique expertise in the payments space was instrumental to our success."
"Working with Metamorphic has been phenomenal. Marc, David and Lewis all roll up their sleeves to dig in and provide valuable assistance with customer acquisition, recruiting and strategy. They are a welcome extension to our executive team."
Jeff Malkin, President
"The Metamorphic process has been one of the most encouraging and useful that I have experienced. The team demonstrated enormous flexibility and insight as we refined our positioning and business model. Every partner offered resources, counsel, and expertise at every stage of development thus far. We never felt like just another company in the portfolio - Metamorphic took time to understand the specifics of our business."
Rich Caccappolo, CEO
"Metamorphic has been a fantastic lead investor, helping us refine and evolve our strategy and business model, recruit value-add board members, investors and employees, and support our management decisions."
Chad Little, President/CEO
"The guys at Metamorphic have added enormous value. They are always thinking of ways to help, are super connected, and having a NY partner as part of our Valley syndicate has paid huge dividends."
Bindu Reddy, CEO
"I was looking for an investor that would be responsive, knowledgeable and active in making connnections. With Metamorphic we got all that. Plus an open desk when Im in Manhattan...bonus!"
Sam Decker, Founder & CEO
"Most VCs say all the right things prior to the investment, but few actually act that way. Metamorphic exceeded my expectations, adding value every step of the way."
Todd Parsons, CEO
"As an entrepreneur I look for investors that can provide contacts, industry knowledge and most importantly support during challenging times as well as the high growth times. Metamorphic has backed me twice now and has proven to exceed my high expectations in both of my ventures."
Erik Matlick, CEO
"Metamorphic doesn’t just invest with their capital, they invest with their rolodex. Im still catching up to all the super relevant intros they are firing off to accelerate the growth of my business."
Nihal Mehta, Co-Found & CEO
"Metamorphic is one of the hardest working, most value add VCs I have had the pleasure of working with. They aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and jump in to help – anywhere in the business. As a CEO I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the MV team."
Derek Ball, CEO
"More than just investors, Lewis, David & Marc are at the center of ad-tech world and consistently deliver solid advice, connections and a good laugh when needed."
Chris Sukornyk, CEO
"We love working with Metamorphic Ventures and we view them as a partner rather than an investor. They really understand the entrepreneur’s mindset and are willing to really work to make a company very successful."
Henry Kim, President
"Metamorphic knows what they do well and they have a fun time doing it. They are former operators who get the challenges of building a company and support you all the way."
John Ramey, Founder & CEO
"Metamorphic has been an instrumental partner in the growth of our business. Their connections in the digital media industry facilitate strategic partnerships that lead to revenue. The best part about working with them however, is their open door policy, which gives our small company access to a great "think tank" of experienced professionals."
Marcela Gaviria-Shine, COO
"It was great working with a VC firm with the a strong background in payment processing. From the very first meeting they understood our Vision and how our products fit into the Market. We consider MV a key partner and have benefited from their experience and network of connections."
Dave Wilkes, Founder & CEO
Fuze Network, Inc
"Metamorphic is plugged in. The team adds massive value - in particular they are very proactive in offering access to their professional network."
David Greenbaum, Founder & CEO
"Metamorphic is what every CEO wants from an investment firm - experienced investors helping driven entrepreneurs succeed - period!"
Joe Proto, CEO
"Metamorphic Ventures is really the best kind of partner an entrepreneur could have. They are strategic, supportive, hyper-connected, and helpful in getting through challenges and celebrating successes. Plus, it's not just one partner you get. Marc, David and Lewis work together and leverage their experiences so that we get the most out of the firm. And the best part is, they are not only smart and supportive, but they're fun to hang out with too."
Catherine Levene, CEO