CNTP is a global, multi-stage, technology investment firm operating out of Silicon Valley and New York.
The CNTP team is comprised of an accomplished group of entrepreneurs and operating executives who have experienced the full lifecycle of technology companies, from start-ups to Fortune 50 firms. We pride ourselves in playing the long game, prioritizing long-term relationships over those with odds for a quick exit. This investment philosophy offers portfolio companies a steady investment partner across their entire lifecycle.
We firmly believe in the power of globalization and help our portfolio companies embed global thinking into their strategy from inception. Our extensive international experience and superior network of strategic relationships enable our entrepreneurs to gain a global footprint from the outset.
The CNTP partners have started, scaled and exited several technology companies.Scroll Down
Mohsen Moazami is a Managing Director at CNTP and a proven leader with extensive experience in technology enabled business transformation.
Mohsen Moazami is the MD at Columbus Nova Technology Partners (CNTP), a novel global tech investment firm combining the best attributes of VC & PE business models. Moazami’s representative investments are vArmour, Kaazing, Bracket Computing, Aerospike, Bina acq. by Roche, Liveloop acq by MSFT & Opsmatic acq by New Relic. He was an early investor in Think Big Analytics acq by Teradata, Webs, acq by Vistaprint, Powerset, acq by MSFT, ParAllyle, acq by Affymetrix, SGN, acq by Mindjolt, NextBio acq by Ilumina,
Moazami currently serves on the Boards of Global Capacity, Kaazing, Aerospike, vAmour & Frame.
Previously, Moazami was a member of the Cisco exec. staff from 2000-2011. Most recently he was on the Sr. leadership teams of the Emerging Markets (LatAm, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Russia, CIS & Africa) and Globalization Centre in Bangalore, India responsible for strategy, operations and financial results across EM; a theater generating in excess of $5 Bil in revenue in FY2011.
Moazami also led Cisco’s Strategic Consulting across EM. Moazami & his team worked with senior government & business leaders to help drive digital broadband based country transformation, improve national competitiveness, & standard of living. Moazami a member of the Investment Advisory Council of the Turkish Prime Minister and served as a member of the Strategy Council of the Global Alliance for ICT and the Development of the UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs.
Before joining Cisco, Moazami was a managing partner at Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA), in charge of the global e-business practice. Prior to KSA, Moazami founded and oversaw the growth of Stanford Business Systems, a software & systems integration firm acquired by KSA. Moazami recently received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for outstanding achievement and noteworthy U.S. citizenship. Moazami has a graduate degree from Stanford University. Moazami has been regularly featured on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, WSJ, FT, & WEF.
Andrew Intrater is a Managing Director at CNTP and has over 25 years of general management and transaction experience obtained from leadership roles in the technology and asset management sectors, as well as over 20 years of service on the boards of directors of public companies. Currently he serves on the boards of CIFC Capital Corp and Cyalume Technologies Inc.
Andy has also been Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Nova, a multi-strategy investment firm, since January 2000. Through the acquisition of Deerfield Capital Corp and subsequent merger of Deerfield with Commercial Industry Finance Corp, he helped grow Columbus Nova’s CLO asset management platform from $2 billion of assets under management in 2007 into one of the largest, leading CLO asset managers with over $15 billion of assets under management. His international transaction experience includes a $51-million equity/debt investment in 2005 for a controlling stake in MOCC (Moscow Cablecom Corp - today known as AKADO), a Moscow-based broadband MSO.
He is a former director and current Member of the Executive Board of Renova Management, a global leader in energy, base metals and mining industries.
In 1985 he founded ATI, the predecessor of Oryx Technology Corp. He served Oryx as President and Chief Operating Officer until 1999 as it grew into a leading manufacturer of semiconductor test equipment. He led its 1994 IPO and oversaw two strategic acquisitions, including the purchase of Zenith’s power converter division.
He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and performed graduate studies in Materials Science at Columbia University.
Bob Ghoorah is a Managing Director at CNTP. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Ghoorah has helped to build some of the world’s best technology companies.
Originally a corporate lawyer, Mr. Ghoorah began his career at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he represented high tech companies, venture capital firms and investment banks. Following Orrick and WSGR, Mr. Ghoorah was an early employee and investor at three technology companies based in Silicon Valley: Loudcloud (Nasdaq: LDCL), a publicly-traded technology services company focused on the management of data center infrastructure (sold to Electronic Data Systems in 2002), Opsware (Nasdaq: OPSW), a publicly-traded enterprise software company focused on data center automation (sold to Hewlett Packard in 2007) and Ning, a privately-held software platform focused on social networking (sold to Glam Media in 2011). During this time, Mr. Ghoorah helped to start, scale, and sell each of these companies and held a number of operating roles including Associate General Counsel, VP Corporate Affairs, General Counsel, CFO and Head of Human Resources. In these roles, Mr. Ghoorah was responsible for advising executive management and the board of directors on all aspects of business strategy and execution, gaining valuable insight and operating experience that he now uses to select investments and to counsel entrepreneurs and management teams. Mr. Ghoorah holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
Some of Mr. Ghoorah’s representative investments include 42Floors, Cvent (NYSE: CVT), D2L, HighGround Enterprise Solutions, Loudcloud, Ning, Opsware, Rockmelt (sold to Yahoo in 2013), ProsperWorks, Standard Treasury, Vastrm and Zoomdata.
Jason Epstein is a Managing Director at CNTP
In addition to CNTP, Jason Epstein is a Managing Partner of Columbus Nova (“CN”), the US investment vehicle for the Renova Group a multi-national, Zurich-based industrial holding. Jason co-leads the investment activities for the US group which currently manages directly and indirectly (through affiliate managers) a variety of assets whose investments include growth equity, private equity, and fixed income investments.
On behalf of CN, Jason’s primary investment areas of focus are CIFC, (Nasdaq:CIFC) a fundamentals-based relative value asset management platform with AUM of approximately $12.3B. Jason is active on the Board of Directors and a member of the company’s Management Committee directing key strategic initiatives; and CN’s technology and media investment platform. In this capacity, Jason sits on a variety of Boards of Directors, including Rhapsody Music International (Chairman), Day Break Games (Chairman), GenePeeks, and 300.
Prior to joining CN in 2001, Jason founded eLink Communications in 1998, a provider of broadband, networking and application services, and served as its Chief Executive Officer, where he was a two-time finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Most importantly, Jason co-founded Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit with his wife and best friend.
Jason received a B.A. from Tufts University and currently serves on the University’s Board of Overseers of the School of Liberal Arts.
Yaron Eitan is a Managing Director at CNTP. He has over 25 years of experience acquiring, building, and exiting businesses, bringing both financial and operational business expertise to the team.
In addition to being the Founder and Managing Partner of Selway Capital, Mr. Eitan serves as a Partner of SCP Partners, a private equity investment firm with multiple funds under management. SCP Partners specializes in the telecommunications, Information Technology media,defense and security, and education industries.
Previously, Mr. Eitan was the Co-Founder of Reshef Technologies, a specialty munitions company, the President of Patlex, an industrial and patent enforcement holding company, and the Founder and CEO of Geotek Communications, a wireless communications company. Geotek pioneered the introduction of advance data and location based services over wireless networks using proprietary high capacity wireless technology previously developed for military applications. Geotek operated wireless networks in the US, Uk, Germany and Korea.
In 1998, Mr. Eitan founded Selway Partners, a technology-sector holding company. Selway Partners was sold to SCP Partners in 2002, at which time Mr. Eitan became one of the partners of SCP Partners. In April 2007, Mr. Eitan launched Vector Intersect Security Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company, which acquired Cyalume Technologies Holdings, Inc. in December 2008. Mr. Eitan is a Vice Chairman at Cyalume Technologies and Chairman of the Board at DVTel Inc, Software Technology, Inc., Magnolia Broadband, GenePeeks, and CardSpark. He acted as President and CEO of Selway Capital Acquisition Corporation, a publicly-traded vehicle which acquired Healthcare Corporation of America in April 2013.
Mr. Eitan served in the Israeli Defense Forces for six years as an infantry officer where he reached the rank of Major. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Haifa University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Edmundo Gonzalez is an Operating Partner at CNTP. He has over fifteen years of experience as a manager and investor.
He works on all aspects of the firm’s activities including structuring deals, due diligence and working with management teams to achieve their goals. He has been especially involved with CNTP’s investments in Israeli companies including Credorax, XLMedia, and Fifth Dimension.
Previously, he was a Principal at SCP Partners and a Partner at Selway Capital, where he executed dozens of transactions including principal investments, mergers, acquisitions, sales, and recapitalizations. He also worked in multiple capacities at portfolio companies including roles in marketing, sales and operations. He was a Director of DVTel, a leading video surveillance company, from 2008 to 2015. He currently serves on the boards of GenePeeks, Chalkable and 340B Technologies. Prior to his career in investment management, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting (now IBM Business Consulting) where he consulted to Fortune 500 clients in the media, telecom and publishing industries.
Mr. Gonzalez graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and has received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He is an avid diver and private pilot.
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GenePeeks is the most innovative way to identify genetic risk. By analyzing your DNA in combination with the DNA of potential sperm or egg donors, you can better protect your future baby from rare genetic conditions.
Bina Technologies (Acquired by Roche)Visit Website
Bina is helping researchers and clinicians move from the inefficient and experimental medicine of today towards the data-driven medicine of tomorrow.
Zoomdata is the next generation data analytics platform.
42 FloorsVisit Website
42 Floors helps users find office space and search commercial real estate listings with big photos and detailed descriptions. It's beautiful and easy.
Tomfoolery (Acquired by Yahoo)Visit Website
Tomfoolery builds amazing mobile apps for work.
Napster is the digital music service that allows you to listen all you want from wherever you are.
Vastrm makes custom fit, perfect fit, personalized polos.
The Kaazing WebSocket Gateway is the world’s first high-performance web communication platform.
The CRM for Google Apps
Run any software on a Chromebook (and any other device)
LiveLoop (Acquired by Microsoft)Visit Website
LiveLoop enables real-time collaboration inside Microsoft PowerPoint.
Standard Treasury (Acquired by Silicon Valley Bank)Visit Website
APIs for Commercial Banks
Boardwalktech is a leading business process automation company. Our mission is to build and maintain competitive advantage for our clients by fostering business process innovation and automation.
Rabbit revolutionizes video chat: watch movies and TV shows with your friends, listen to music together, chat with an unlimited number of people, and even meet new ones — all in a single application!
Opsmatic (Acquired by New Relic)Visit Website
Opsmatic is a technology company that is going to help your Operations team be more productive and better rested so they can deliver less downtime, more performance, and less surprises.
XLMedia (IPO)Visit Website
XLMedia is a leading provider of digital marketing services. They use proprietary tools and methodologies to drive high value traffic to their clients’ websites.
Aerospike is a real-time NoSQL database for mission critical web-scale applications. In-memory database and flash optimized.
Desire2Learn is an integrated learning platform that improves learning through data-driven technology that delivers a personalized experience to every learner.
HighGround is an employee engagement software company that's focused on developing talent at every level of your organization.
vArmour is the data center security company designed to protect enterprises and service providers from advanced cyber attacks and data breaches. Built for the cloud world where traditional perimeters have disappeared, vArmour provides visibility, control and threat defense across physical, virtual, and cloud applications to help global enterprises protect their most valuable asset.
Fiverr gives you instant access to millions of Gigs from people who love what they do. It’s the easiest way for individuals and businesses to get everything done, at unbeatable value.
Bracket ComputingVisit Website
Bracket was founded to deliver enterprise computing driven by business needs, not hardware limitations.
Credorax is an acquirer specifically focused on the e-commerce and m-commerce arenas. Credorax introduces an entirely new breed of acquiring — Smart Acquiring — to PSPs, ISOs and online retailers.
nuPSYS is a breakthrough network automation and management technology. Our main goal is to enable companies to manage their complex networks with a point-and-click management system by providing an unprecedented and advanced graphical user interface.
Kodiak DataVisit Website
Big Data is a fundamental shift in the data processing model. Kodiak Data provides the new distributed data model for the Big Data world.
RoboCV is a developer of a range of vehicle autopilot products aimed at full driving automation of several types of vehicles, including warehouse vehicles, open pit mining trucks and vehicles in areas with restricted traffic.
300 EntertainmentVisit Website
300 is an independent, creative driven record label that focuses on intense artist development. Our purpose is to serve, protect, and honor the artist.
Gawker MediaVisit Website
Gawker Media is the publisher of some of the best loved titles on the web including the eponymous Gawker and gadget sensation Gizmodo. Founded in 2002 by Nick Denton, the influential media group now produces eight original brands with a collective audience of tens of millions of US readers. Attracting fans and critics alike for their inimitable delivery of news, scandal, and entertainment, the Gawker Media properties are heralded as everything from 'deliciously wicked' to 'the biggest blog in the world.'
Fifth DimensionVisit Website
Fifth Dimension is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence deep learning-based intelligence solutions.
CNTP’s Annual CEO Conference: The Path to Global Scale Featuring Omid Kordestani
September 30, 2015
Menlo Park, CA
Fireside Chat featured Omid Kordestani, “the Soul of Google”, and the Business Founder & Chief Business Officer of Google.
2015 Program Details:
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Registration & Product Demonstrations
3:30pm - 3:35pm
Welcome by Mina Alaghband
3:35pm - 4:15pm
Fireside Chat with Omid Kordestani and Mohsen Moazami
4:15pm - 4:40pm
A fascinating presentation on cybersecurity analytics
by Guy Caspi from Fifth Dimension (a stealth company)
4:40pm - 4:45pm
Demo Booth Announcements
4:45pm - 5:15pm
CEO Panel Moderated by Vivek Paul
Tom Gillis of Bracket Computing
Benny Nachman of Credorax
Tim Eades of vArmour
5:20pm - 7:00pm
Cocktail Reception & Product Demonstrations
Thank you for attending,
Columbus Nova Technology Partners
Partners & Portfolio Companies
September 03, 2014
An evening with our general partners discussing our local portfolio companies.
- New York
3000 Sand Hill Road
Building 3 Suite 190
Menlo Park, CA 94025
900 Third Avenue, 19th Fl.
New York, NY 10022