VC Speaker Series with Miramar Digital Ventures featuring Bruce Hallett and Sherman Atkinson
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a conversation with Bruce Hallett and Sherman Atkinson from Miramar Digital Ventures. Now on their third fund, this Orange County firm has the longest track record of any OC-based VC firm. We will discuss the fund’s strategy, its portfolio, and how VC has changed in Orange County over the last 18 years.
Sherman Atkinson is a Managing Director at Miramar Digital Ventures. He joined Miramar in 2011 and focuses on the Data, IoT and AI markets. Previously, Sherman was with Austin Ventures, where he was a CEO-In-Residence in their Growth Equity Practice. Prior to Austin Ventures, Sherman spent 17 years as an operator and an entrepreneur in the new media and e-commerce sectors. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of Intermix Media, Inc. (incubator of MySpace.com). As part of the turn-around team, Sherman helped develop a number of new Internet media properties and also served as the President of Intermix Network, one of the largest Advertising Networks in 2005. During his tenure as COO, Intermix was acquired by News Corporation for $673M. Prior to joining Intermix, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of buy.com and President of BuyServices, Inc.
Bruce Hallett is a co-founder of Miramar Digital Ventures and brings his enthusiasm for innovation, product strategy and team building to Miramar’s portfolio of tech startup companies. With over two decades of collaborations with technology entrepreneurs, Bruce co-leads Miramar investments in the Data, IoT and AI markets. Currently, Bruce serves on the board of WellTok. He also served on the board of directors of Aktino (acquired by Positron), Berkana Wireless (acquired by Qualcomm), OptionEase (acquired by Solium) and RealPractice (acquired by ReachLocal). Prior to founding Miramar Venture Partners, Bruce was Managing Partner of the Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison Orange County office, where he managed IPOs, venture financings and liquidity events for many high profile technology companies in Southern California including Broadcom, Buy.com, Exult and Applied Semantics (acquired by Google in 2003). Bruce was one of seven partners on Brobeck’s firm-wide executive committee until he started Miramar in 2001.