Liquid Capital Group has established an Advisory Board comprised of highly experienced executives who have significant experience in the technology and venture capital industries. The operational purpose of the Advisory Board is to have an "inner circle" of trusted executives with experience managing the growth and development of emerging technology businesses that we can access on a case-by-base basis. The Advisory Board works with the company's funds in the areas of: deal flow generation, entrepreneur/CEO evaluation, technology evaluation, fund selection and general strategic advice.
Liquid Capital is pleased to provide the bios for its current Advisory Board members.
Richard D. Calder, Jr.
Richard "Rick" D. Calder, Jr. has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of GTT Communications, Inc. since 2007. Mr. Calder joined GTT from InPhonic, Inc., where he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining InPhonic, from 2001 to 2003, Mr. Calder was president of business enterprises at Broadwing Communications, Inc. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Calder held multiple senior executive positions at Winstar Communications Inc., including president, south division, and executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Prior to Winstar, Mr. Calder co-founded GO Communications, a wireless communications company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Calder held various marketing and business development positions at MCI Communications, and several engineering and marketing positions at Tellabs, Inc.
Mr. Calder received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Paul W. Chisholm
Paul W. Chisholm is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. He was most recently President and CEO of COLT Telecom Group plc headquartered in London, England. Under Mr. Chisholm's leadership the company became the largest and most successful European alternative carrier, renowned for its ability to provide voice, data, video and Internet services to Europe's largest business customers. Mr. Chisholm grew the company from inception to over $1 billion in revenue with operations in 29 cities in 10 countries.
Prior to joining COLT, Mr. Chisholm was Vice President and General Manager of Teleport Communications Boston, Inc., one of the first competitive access providers in the U.S. He has also held senior management positions at Shawmut Bank in Boston, New England Telephone & Telegraph Co., and AT&T Corp. He also services on the Board of Directors of each of Sycamore Networks and Netifice Communications.
Paul J. Feldman
Paul Feldman is the CEO of TrendIQ, Inc. Prior to founding TrendIQ, Mr. Feldman held a variety of executive positions including: General Manager of Novellís Nterprise group, CEO of Itech Associates, CEO and Founder of GeoUtilities, President & CEO of Columbia Energy, EVP of The AES Corporation, CEO of Utilicorp Energy Services and Vice President of AT&T.
Mr. Feldman is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Markets Committee of MISO - the largest independent electricity transmission company in the United States, Chairman of Itech Associates Inc. and an advisor to Marquis Holdings.
Mr. Feldman received a B.A. in Mathematics from Akron University and an M.A. in Economics from Cleveland State University.
Clyde Heintzelman is recognized as a telecommunications and Internet leader with over 25 years of experience in management, marketing and sales. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Alternative Broadband Access, Inc. Mr. Heintzelman formerly served on the Board of Directors of Net2000 from 1997 to 2001 and as that CLEC's President from 1999 to 2001. Prior to joining Net2000, Mr. Heintzelman was President and CEO of SAVVIS Communications Corporation, a national Tier 1 Internet service provider, and still serves on its Board of Directors.
Before SAVVIS, he was COO and President of DIGEX, which was acquired by Intermedia Communications in July 1996. More recently, Mr. Heintzelman served on the Board of Directors of Optelecom as well as serving as interim President and CEO of that fiber optic technology firm. Earlier he served in a variety of senior management positions with Bell Atlantic (Verizon). Mr. Heintzelman also serves on the Board of Directors of TeleCommunication Systems Inc., a wireless software company.
Amir Shaked is an executive whose significant experience in sales, product marketing, business development and general management is complemented by a track record for transforming early stage companies into market leaders. He currently serves as the SVP for Product Management for Vidyo, Inc. where he is driving the companyís entire product portfolio, road map and leading product strategy. Prior to joining Vidyo, Mr. Shaked was responsible for ComQiís North American ecosystem of partnerships and for channel sales. Mr. Shaked also served as the CEO of Disksites, Inc. Amir was recruited to be CEO of Disksites by Tamir Fishman Ventures, a key supporter of Mr. Shaked's previous company, CeLight. Tamir Fishman was part of a Goldman Sachs-led $47.5 million financing round for CeLight, where Mr. Shaked was founder, CEO and Chairman. Prior to CeLight, Mr. Shaked founded the US subsidiary of Accord Video Telecom, Inc. which achieved dramatic market success and was subsequently acquired by Polycom for $350 million.
Prior to joining Accord, Mr. Shaked founded the Americas Network Operator Division of Comverse Technology, establishing solid OEM relationships with the likes of Ericsson, Nortel, Lucent and Motorola. Comverse ultimately acquired Boston Technology and became the market leader in carrier messaging platforms.
Mr. Shaked holds a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Tel Aviv University.