Board of Directors
Robert A. Lauer, Director & Operating Partner, Glengary LLC
As Director and Operating Partner of Glengary LLC, Bob Lauer leverages his extensive management experience in strategic and operational initiatives grounded in information technology, organizational performance and change management. He retired in 2000 after a 31-year career with Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting). Bob continues an active role with both private and public companies. He has been an investor, advisor and board member for early-stage and public companies providing a wide range of technology-based solutions across multiple industries. He currently serves on the board of Glengary LLC., Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ), and the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. Bob holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.B.A. from The Ohio State University, and was recognized in 2009 as a Distinguished Alumni of the College of Engineering.
Jonathan Murray, Managing Director, Early Stage Partners
Jonathan Murray has followed a bumblebee’s path through American business. After graduating in 1980 from George Washington University, where he double-majored in Biology and English Literature, he worked in medical journalism in Washington, D.C. for a subsidiary of Capital Cities/ABC. An interest in business led him away from the Nation’s Capital and its concerns to New York, where he worked in pharmaceutical marketing for J. Walter Thompson. This job exposed him to corporate strategy, which became an enduring fascination that spurred him to return to school for an MBA, which he received from the University of Michigan in 1988. Mr. Murray has been Managing Director of Early Stage Partners since the autumn of 2000. The fund focuses on investing in early stage technology-based companies in industries in which Northeast Ohio has distinctive competence.
Claiborne R. Rankin, Manager, North Coast Angel Fund
Clay is the Managing Member of North Coast Angel Fund, a venture capital fund he co-founded in 2006 to support early-stage, Ohio-based technology companies. Previously, Clay was a founding partner of Sycamore Partners, LLC, a company that focused on providing fund-raising, Board of Directors, and consulting support to pre-seed and seed-stage companies. His previous experience spans leadership positions at several organizations, including his work as President and COO of Bruning Paint Company and Vice President of Corporate Development and CFO of Laurel Industries, Inc. Clay serves on the Boards of Directors of a subsidiary of a NYSE-traded company and several start-up companies, including LogicBay Corporation and NCAF portfolio companies Neuros Medical, OnShift, and SironRX Therapeutics (Chair). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mike Stubler, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Draper Triangle Ventures
Mike is a Managing Director and co-founder of Draper Triangle Ventures, a network partner of Draper Fisher Jurvertson. He has over 25 years of experience with start-up technology companies both as a co-founder and early stage investor. Mike currently serves on the boards of OnShift, Ayalogic, Unitask, TOA Technologies and ClearCount Medical Solutions. Mike previously directed the Fund’s investments in ClubCom (acquired by Amer Sports), Active Media (acquired by Precor), Renal Solutions (acquired by Fresenius, NYSE: FMS) and New Media (acquired by Zoom Media). Mike is a Director and President of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and a Director of the Ohio Venture Association. Mike graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA.