Launchpad is the largest angel investing group in the Northeast, with a broad base of very active members coming from a variety of backgrounds and professions, including the technology, financial service, industrial and life science communities. Launchpad is a top-five ranked angel group in the US by both deal volume and dollars invested. As a group, we are well-connected to potential customers, service providers, partners and future sources of financing. Our members are accredited investors who are proven business leaders with experience and skills from a broad range of industries and professions. Launchpad members bring the financial resources, talent, knowledge and experience, networking contacts, domain-specific expertise, and energy and enthusiasm start-ups need in order to succeed. The one thing that unites this diverse group is a shared passion for helping interesting companies thrive through investment, mentorship, introductions and advice.
Hambleton Lord has 25 years experience in the software industry. Ham is Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group. Ham is an investor and advisor to early stage companies.
He is a board member for Qstream and Cambridge Trust and a board observer for Building Engines and EveryScape.
Ham co-founded data visualization vendor, Advanced Visual Systems. Ham helped launch two computational chemistry companies, MicroChem Technologies and Polygen. These companies were early developers of drug discovery tools, and were part of an industry wide acquisition roll-up that resulted in Accelrys.
Ham graduated with a degree in computer science from Brown University.
Christopher Mirabile is the co-Managing Director of LaunchPad Venture Group. Christopher is a full-time angel and an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community with investments in more than 40 start-up companies. He was named one of XConomy's "Top Angel Investors in New England" for 2012.
Christopher is an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at Babson College, a regular advisor and mentor to start-ups, and a frequent panelist and speaker. He is a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors of numerous start-up companies as well as several non-profits, and he is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Babson's Olin School of Business.
Christopher has served as a public company CFO with IONA Technologies PLC, a corporate and securities lawyer with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse's Strategic Consulting Group.
Christopher earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A., with honors, from Colgate University.
Jodi Collier has over 10 years of marketing and operations experience in the education and manufacturing industries. She has worked at Champion International Paper Company and EF Education.
Jodi graduated from Emory College with a degree in political science and earned her M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary.