Geoff Roach Bio: 

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I entered the software arena as a 20 year old graduate student at Clemson University. It's been a pretty wild ride and a lot of fun. Currently, I am doing very exciting work as Strategic Partner at SiVal Advisors.

From 2005 - 2010, I was CEO / Executive Director of San Jose Jazz. It's not exactly in tech, but still in Silicon Valley. San Jose Jazz is the producer of the San Jose Jazz Festival, one of the largest music festivals on the west coast, and many other performances and educational programs.

Being a proponent of lifelong learning, I received my Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from the University of Phoenix in 2008. My doctoral dissertation is on angel investing. A version of this work was published in the April 2010 issue of Venture Capital An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance. I was also a member of the angel investing group, the Keiretsu Forum. I have been an advisor and mentor to other startups and organizations. A copy of my dissertation, ANGEL INVESTING: A CASE STUDY OF THE PROCESSES, RISK, AND INTERNAL RATE OF RETURN, is available here.

Other achievements:

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Loqate
Interim CEO  and CMO of Innersell - a web-based exchange for sales leads funded by Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson.
Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and EMEA Sales - Callidus Software
Vice President, Western Operations and Equity Services - Aberdeen Group
Vice President, Worldwide Marketing - Mergent Systems - sold to Commerce One
Vice President, Worldwide Marketing - Dynasty Technologies
Director, Product Marketing - Informix Software
Business Unit Manager - Software Business, Digital Equipment, Paris France - Living and working in Europe was a great experience
Marketing and Sales - Cullinet Software - The first software company ever to go public and to be listed on the NYSE
Technical IT roles - Citicorp and Clemson University


Doctor of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
MBA, University of Missouri
MS, Computer Science, Clemson University
BS, University of Louisiana, Monroe
Executive Program, Graduate Business School, Stanford Universit


Executive Member, Academy of Management
Voting Member, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences