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49 Investments in 34 Companies

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Deborah is an advisor and small business owner. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, which she started in April 2009. GSV Advisors is a broker dealer providing advisory services to the education and business services sectors. Additionally, GSV Advisors co-hosts an annual Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, AZ with Arizona State University, the nation's largest public university. This event, now in its fifth year, and attended by over 1,400 people, celebrates innovations and innovators across the education landscape from early childhood to lifelong learning.

Prior to GSV Advisors, Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners an investment bank with offices across the U.S. While at ThinkEquity, Deborah was President and Head of Investment Banking. The firm was acquired in March 2007 and Deborah was a board member of the London-based Panmure Gordon (AIM: PMR) through December 2008. Previously, Deborah was a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.

Deborah currently serves on the public company board of Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW), a leading provider of internet services and online marketing solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. She is also a member of the boards of Marwen, a visual arts education provider for underserved youth in Chicago and Steppenwolf Theater Company. From March 2008 to March 2011 she served on the national board of America's Promise Alliance, an organization founded by General Colin Powell and dedicated to ending the U.S. high school dropout crisis. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987. She is originally from Jacksonville, FL.

Jobs (6)


Managing Partner

Jan, 2016 - Current   (10 months)

Founder & Managing Partner

Apr, 2009 - Current   (over 7 years)
Head of the Global Growth Group
Managing Director in Investment Banking
Jun 16, 2014
Mar, 2007
Founder , President and Head of Investment Banking

Board & Advisor Roles (8)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
Sep, 2016€2.8M / Seed
Aug, 2016$3.5M / Series B (Lead)
Jun, 2016$24M / Series B
Jun, 2016undisclosed amount / Seed
May, 2016$7.1M / Series A
May, 2016$1.54M / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2016$9.2M / Series A
May, 2016$12.5M / Series B
Apr, 2016€720k / Seed
Apr, 2016$21M / Series B
Feb, 2016$10.5M / Series APersonal Investment
Feb, 2016$2.93M / Seed
Jan, 2016$21M / Series B
Dec, 2015$1.8M / SeedPersonal Investment
Nov, 2015$2.5M / SeedPersonal Investment
Nov, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
Oct, 2015undisclosed amount / Series A
Oct, 2015$7.5M / Series APersonal Investment
Sep, 2015$575k / SeedPersonal Investment
Jun, 2015$14M / Series A
May, 2015$3.5M / VenturePersonal Investment
Apr, 2015$4.5M / Series A
Mar, 2015$7M / Series A
Feb, 2015$6M / Series A
Dec, 2014$1.8M / Seed
Dec, 2014$30M / Series B
Nov, 2014$6.5M / Series B
Nov, 2014$15M / Series A
Nov, 2014$400k / SeedPersonal Investment
Oct, 2014undisclosed amount / Venture
Sep, 2014$3M / Seed
Aug, 2014$135M / Series B
Jun, 2014$1.5M / VenturePersonal Investment
Mar, 2014$10.3M / Series A
Mar, 2014$35M / Series DPersonal Investment
Mar, 2014$3.43M / Series A
Feb, 2014$1.6M / SeedPersonal Investment
Jan, 2014$8M / Series A
Dec, 2013$14.5M / Series APersonal Investment
Nov, 2013$3.44M / SeedPersonal Investment

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