If you follow start-ups in Atlanta at all then we know you have heard of this week’s guests. Michael Blake is co-founder of Start-Up Lounge and Director of Valuation Services at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP, and Karen Robinson is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and angel investor in family-owned businesses.
Our show will look at angel investing from two viewpoints. One, how can you diversify your family’s wealth by becoming an angel investor. And two, with banks saying no and private equity sometimes being a option that means the loss of your autonomy, could an angel investor be a good source of capital to grow your business?
You won’t want to miss the very lively discussion that we know will open your mind to possibilities. Have a paper and pencil nearby—this discussion will be chock full of useful information, with a heavy dose of inspiration as well.
Michael S. Blake, CFA, Director of Valuation Services at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Michael S. Blake, CFA, is Director of Valuation Services at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP. He has fifteen years of valuation experience including transaction support, fair value accounting, litigation, and fairness opinions. He also has four years of experience in managing and performing assignments on FAS 123(R) stock option and warrant valuation, FAS 133, hedging instrument evaluation, FAS 141, purchase price allocation and FAS 142, good will impairment testing.
Michael’s industry experience includes information technology, medical devices, drug development, computer hardware, electronic entertainment, telecommunications, broadcasting, publishing business services, e-commerce and Internet-driven services, aerospace, paper & timber, beverage, media, manufacturing, and private equity.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree, Cum Laude, in Economics and French from Franklin & Marshall College and his Masters of Business Administration Degree from Georgetown University.
Michael is the co-founder and co-host of StartupLounge.com, an online podcast and forum resource for entrepreneurs and private company investors. He is a Nominee for the 2009 Turknett Leadership Character Award.
Michael’s professional affiliations include:
- Chartered Financial Analyst Institute
- Stamford, CT Society of Investment Analysis (SSIA)
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Georgia Tech/Emory TI:GER Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Board
- Ukrainian American Chamber of Commerce
Karen Robinson Cope, Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Karen Robinson Cope is the managing partner of Atlanta Technology Advisors, a firm dedicated to growing early stage companies. Prior to ATA, Karen was the President and CEO of Prime Point Media, one of the largest alternative out of home advertising companies in the United States. Ms. Robinson joined Prime Point Media in 2001 when the company was still in the planning stages and was instrumental in the successful commercialization of the business and sale of the business. Prime Point Media was acquired by Outdoor Partner Media, a publicly traded company located in Toronto, in August 2006.
Before joining Prime Point, Karen was chairwoman, President and CEO of Enrev Corporation, a battery management technology company that was sold in 2001. At Enrev, she led the company’s development of a licensing model for its proprietary products, established a notable roster of private stockholders, and raised more than $42 million in private equity. Prior to Enrev, she was president and CEO of Electronic Power Technology, Inc and President and CEO of Advanced Charger Technology which was sold in 1998. From 1991 until 1993, she served as vice president of sales and marketing for Amnex, a telecommunications company. At Amnex, she doubled sales in less than two years and under her leadership, the company was ranked second in its category in INC. Magazine’s fastest growing publicly held companies. Prior to that, Karen served as vice president of sales and marketing for National Data Corporation, a $900 million publicly traded company. She has also held leadership positions at AT&T and the May Company where, at 23, she was the youngest divisional sales manager in the company’s history.
Karen holds a BA in economics and political science from the University of Redlands. She is a member of the Board of Counselors of the Carter Center, as well as a board member of a number of companies and non-profits. She is the past president of the Technology Executive Round Table, and a protégé in the Committee of 200, the premier Women’s National Professional Organization. In 2000 she was honored as the Georgia Technology Woman of the Year and Wireless Weekly named her one of the top 20 Women in the wireless industry. She is a frequent speaker at both the regional and national level where she has spoken at MIT, Georgia Tech, Harvard and Emory Universities. She is also a frequent judge, most recently at the Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Ms Robinson is married to Richard Cope, also a serial entrepreneur who is the CEO of Nanolumens, the leader in flexible displays. They are parents to Alexandra Mara and live in Duluth, Ga. They are actively involved in Perimeter Church and supporting micro lending in both Africa and Central America.