Mr. Brian Smiga
Partner, Alpha Venture Partners
Brian Smiga, Partner, Alpha Venture Partners
Brian Smiga is the co-founder and operating partner of Alpha Venture Partners, an innovative late-stage venture fund that provides follow-on capital to category-leading technology companies sourced from a national network of early stage venture investors. Brian also serves as an advisor to Pritzker Group Venture Capital, a twenty-year old venture firm that’s invested in 170 technology companies.
Prior to Alpha Venture Partners, Brian was the CEO and founder of Preclick, (sold to Smilebox), where he developed popular photo software licensed worldwide by HP, 3M, Sandisk, Walmart, Costco, CVS, and Walgreens. Prior to Preclick, Mr. Smiga was CEO at 3Path, (sold to Cadmus), an Intel and Goldman-Sachs backed early “Dropbox”, and the SVP of Product & Marketing at 1ClickCharge, an early “Paypal”, where his leadership resulted in a profitable exit to CMGi.
In the 1990s, Mr. Smiga began his career as a developer at Booz & Co, and in Silicon Valley, when not racing bicycles on the Apple Computer team, was cofounder and President of both Portfolio Software and Actioneer, where he co-authored six collaboration software patents and licensed top-rated software to Apple, IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, AOL, 3Com, Acco, and Mastercard. Brian received a BA in Liberal Arts from Swarthmore College, and graduated first with a Masters of Philosophy in Literature from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. Brian is founder and director of TEDxNavesink, the largest TEDx on the east coast, hosted at Paramount Theatre Asbury Park.