Commerce.Innovated.TM is led by a core team of seasoned professionals from Silicon Valley Bank and First Data with deep subject matter expertise and an expansive network in the commerce space that are passionate about supporting your startup to succeed.
A dedicated team committed to working closely with you and giving you immediate access to Silicon Valley Bank and First Data Bank experts.
Philip leads initiatives across First Data’s Business Development and Ventures efforts. Prior to joining First Data, he worked at Morgan Stanley on the firm’s private equity funds. Philip holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BS in Finance from Fairfield University.
Joe is responsible for managing initiatives across a range of functional areas including Corporate & Business Development and M&A activity. Prior to joining First Data, he worked in the music industry which involved tenures at various recording studios. Joe holds an MS in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Experts from Silicon Valley Bank and First Data that provide first-hand knowledge across a diverse range of operational areas.
Mark is a founding partner at Exaltaret, a team of former management consultants who have taken their professional experience and re-focused it on improving sales processes, creating market awareness while building robust pipelines, and increasing client wins across multiple industries.
Damier is Associate General Counsel at SVB. She is responsible for global legal coverage of the payment solutions offered by the bank. Her area of practice focuses on legal and regulatory issues impacting payments, fintech and other emerging technology. She advises on strategic partnerships with innovators, as well as new product development to deliver financial services through digital channels.
Leo is a pioneer in mobile payments having started GoPago, one of the first mobile payments/order ahead companies. There he launched the ability to order a coffee at Starbucks from a mobile phone and skip the line. He evolved the company into an omni-channel commerce platform, ultimately selling the company to Amazon in 2013. He then led product & engineering at Cielo, the largest payments company in Brazil. While there, he rebuilt the payment authorization and settlement platforms and launched the developer experience. In 2015 he joined First Data, where he leads product & engineering, primarily focusing on the end-to-end customer experience and the api-ification of the entire platform.
Tom works with large Global Corporate Institutional Clients around the world for all things eCommerce and Payment Facilitation, as well as International and FX needs. Tom’s background in all forms of payments makes him a great resource for his clients. He brings over 30 years of financial services experience to the company, including a 10-year stint with First Data in the 1990s. Tom returned to First Data in 2009 from Intuit where he was responsible for eCommerce and Internet Banking, Bill Payment, and Financial Planning to large financial institutions across the country.
Mark Schulze is a co-Founder of Clover, a leading POS platform and a subsidiary of First Data Corporation. Before Clover, Mark spent his career leading consumer Internet and software companies in both Product and Engineering as well as Business Development. Companies include AOL, Intuit, AltaVista, Interactive Corp’s Match.com and Quantcast (where he was also one of the founders). Today Mark is responsible for Strategic Partnerships and has spent the last 8 years nurturing and growing partnerships. He works to offer world-class developer integration opportunities into the Clover ecosystem
Denny is the Fintech Sector Head for SVB. He partners closely with investors and companies in the fintech ecosystem to increase their probability of success.
Annette is the Director of Brand Marketing at SVB and responsible for the development and distribution of the story of innovation only SVB can tell. She is part of a team of marketing leaders who are an essential part of SVB’s growth engine and play a vital role in strengthening SVB’s reputation in the marketplace, globally. Annette is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.
Brian is a partner at Stratis Advisory, a firm that specializes in connecting the dots between startups, banks, and investors by integrating deep regulatory risk domain expertise. He is a recognized risk management expert with more than 15 years of experience in providing startups through Fortune 500 companies with strategy intelligence, advisory services, governance, and witness testimony. At Stratis, Brian manages an international portfolio of FinTech startups, financial institutions, government agencies, universities, and entertainment companies.
Christopher Foskett is Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate & Business Development and Co-Head of Global Financial Solutions at First Data. He reports directly to Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano and is also a member of First Data’s Management Committee. Chris is a member of the Board of Directors of Verisk Analytics (VRSK), an NASD firm with over $10 billion in market capitalization, and is the company’s chairman of the audit committee and serves on the finance committee.
John is the head of technology banking for Silicon Valley Bank where he is focused on delivering best-fit solutions, insights and connections for the bank’s technology and innovation clients and the groups that support them. John is constantly – and enthusiastically – making connections between entrepreneurs, investors, the Fortune 500, bankers and even winemakers.
John is a member of the advisory board of DEMO and ASTIA and serves on the boards of BUILD and the California Israel Chamber of Commerce.