Mike Venerable is managing director of digital, software and health tech at CincyTech and a member of the CincyTech investment committee. He evaluates investment opportunities, advises startup companies and helps them prepare to receive venture capital.
Venerable has more than 20 years of experience as a software industry entrepreneur and executive. He was co-founder and CEO of Talus, a leading data warehouse consultancy, from 1993-1998. Talus was then acquired by Sagent Technology, where he led the company’s services organization through the company’s successful IPO in 1999. He has specific experience in raising angel and venture capital, software business design and operation, software product management, business valuation, financial analysis and intellectual property.
As an industry practitioner, Venerable is an expert on data warehouse design, business intelligence and analytic applications and software development processes. He has consulted with a variety of large organizations and software companies on product development and strategy. He is also the co-author of Data Warehouse Design Solutions (Wiley & Sons). Venerable has consulted on strategic product development initiatives for leading technology companies, including Siebel, Advent and Micros.
Prior to joining CincyTech he was a managing director of Scius Capital, a NY-based boutique investment bank focused on early-stage capitalization and liquidity strategies for intellectual-property owners in biosciences, information technology and industrial technology. At Scius he assisted in raising capital for companies in the life sciences, software and advanced manufacturing markets.
Marissa Hu is the CEO and cofounder of Co-Ed Supply, a marketing and e-commerce startup that relocated to Cincinnati after going through The Brandery's 2013 class. Co-Ed Supply delivers care packages to college students on a monthly basis filled with healthy snacks, personal care products, and entertainment. Because of Co-Ed Supply's ability to reach college students directly, they have been able to partner with powerful brands such as Old Spice, CoverGirl, and Food Should Taste Good. In just a few months, Co-Ed Supply has hired employees, successfully raised a round of capital, and expanded their customer base to all 50 states.
Marissa is currently on leave from the Wharton MBA program to pursue her startup. While at Wharton, she was co-president of the Entrepreneurship Club and on the investment team for Dorm Room Fund Philly. Previously, she worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Global Development for Disney in LA, and she studied at UC Berkeley for undergrad.