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Robert Kruse,
Managing Partner
    Robert brings over 12 years experience in advising senior executives/investors, private investor networks, training corporate teams, packaging venture deals, and assisting turnaround clients in high-tech complex funding situations.

    The core of Robert's work stems from the pattern recognition in analyzing hundreds of cases in Venture Capital markets, which led to the development of the breakthrough Equity Marketing Framework. The result is a tightly integrated deal description language based on easy to apply tools, programs and processes for accelerating company growth in emerging markets. Robert's clients have directly raised millions in capital due in part to his services based on this repeatable framework, which enables investors to make investment decisions faster and with greater confidence.

    Robert participated as a founding team member of Incepta LLC., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bechtel Enterprises (co-owned by GE Capital), with the mission of investing upwards of $500M in early stage facility-based telecommunications companies in North America and Western Europe. Incepta has invested over $130M in capital in telecommunications projects in Europe and Canada. Robert designed the original fund's portfolio model, which included many sophisticated financially engineered sub-models for articulating the investment scenarios. Robert earned a telecom patent in 1995.

    Robert sits on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Seattle University's Albers School of Business, where he received his MBA. Robert has been an adjunct faculty member on venture capital and a frequent guest lecturer in the MBA program since 1991.
 Consulting Partner

W. Michael Rand,
Project Management
  • Venture analyst. Guided several companies in developing cutting edge e-commerce business models. He has also created extensive business plans including cost/benefit analysis and ROI projections.
  • IP Attorney. Formerlywith the largest intellectual property law firm in the western United States, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Prepared and prosecuted patent applications that covered a range of technical areas including software applications, biomedical devices, and mechanical and electromechanical devices.
  • Co-founder, Internet consulting firm. Advisors to pre & post IPO businesses on intellectual property and internet strategies.
  • Intellectual Property Attorney. Prepared licensing agreements, validity and infringement opinions in software and biomedicine.
  • BA Physics, JD Intellectual Property, MS Mechanical Engineering
 Executive Partners

William Cortes,
Tychee Ventures
  • Founding partner of telecommunications venture development firm Incepta, affiliated with Bechtel Corporation and GE Capital. Responsible for development and management of investment opportunities, including sourcing, screening, business evaluation, due diligence, co-investor selection, financing negotiations and corporate governance. Planned and established London office and recruited professional staff for European development efforts.
  • Over 15 years of experience in business development and analysis, including 12 years in the telecommunications industry.
  • Senior Vice President of International Operations at Multiple Zones International. Managed subsidiaries and licensees in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Responsible for $65 million in international revenues annually.
  • Executive Director Marketing, Director European business development, and director investor relations over 10 year period at US WEST Inc.

William Ingalsbe
  • 20 years of communication system and network engineering, project management and senior management experience.

  • Vice President, Incepta Ventures, a venture capital company affiliated with Bechtel and GE Capital.  Responsible for the evaluation, screening, due diligence assessment and business evaluation of investment candidates. Additional responsibilities included, venture management and support, corporate governance and additional time managing ventures as a working executive managing the ongoing operations of portfolio companies.
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