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Roger Ehrenberg is the founder and managing partner of IA Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm funding companies that create competitive advantage through Big Data. Prior to forming IA Ventures, he was an active angel investor through IA Capital Partners, a seed-stage investment firm focused on advertising technology, digital media and financial technology.
From 2004 to 2009, Roger seeded 40 companies, including bit.ly, Buddy Media (sold to Salesforce.com), Clickable (sold to Syncapse), Invite Media (sold to Google), Magnetic, MyTrade (sold to TD Ameritrade), Solve Media, Stocktwits, TheLadders, TweetDeck (sold to Twitter) and Wallstrip (sold to CBS Interactive).
Earlier in his career, he served as president and CEO of DB Advisors, LLC, Deutsche Bank’s internal hedge fund trading platform, where his 130-person team managed $6 billion in capital across multiple strategies with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. Before DB Advisors, Roger was Global Co-head of Deutsche Bank’s Strategic Equity Transactions Group. As an Investment Banker and Managing Director at Citibank, he held a variety of roles in the Global Derivatives, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Structuring groups.
Roger currently sits on the boards of Simple, Datasift, Metamarkets, Recorded Future, The Trade Desk, and Transferwise, and is a board observer of MemSQL and SavingStar. Formerly, he served on the boards of Alphacet, Buddy Media, Global Bay Mobile Technologies, Magnetic, Selerity and Stocktwits.
He holds an MBA in finance, accounting and management from Columbia Business School and a BBA in finance, economics and organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.