Arie Abecassis is an operator, advisor and venture capital investor of software companies. He currently serves on the boards of SeatGeek and Adaptly, both DreamIt companies, and has advised emerging companies in e-commerce, marketing and advertising technologies including iContact, OrderMotion and Transactis.
Previously, Abecassis was President/COO of MindFireInc, a leading provider of SaaS-based cross-media marketing solutions that was recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the country's fastest growing software companies. He has also been active in venture capital and corporate venturing.
At Updata Partners, a $500 million growth equity firm focused on software and technology-driven business services companies, he was responsible for identifying new investment opportunities and building a team to support deal sourcing, analysis and execution.
As a member of Thomson Financial Ventures, now part of Thomson-Reuters, Abecassis actively participated in executing inorganic and organic growth initiatives, including equity investments in CCBN, Creditex Inc., Trepp LLC and Financeware.
Earlier in his career, he lead business development activities at Marvel Entertainment, Inc., where he helped incubate and manage several business units related to Marvel's licensing and interactive efforts, and the New York Daily News, where he worked in strategy and business development.
Abecassis is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and earned his MBA as a Beta Gamma Sigma Scholar of New York University's Stern School of Business.