Mr. Tom Siegel is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Shepherd Ventures. He serves as Board Member at NP Photonics and TakeLessons. He focuses on investments in technology, with particular emphasis on software and services, internet, digital media, mobile/wireless as well as food manufacturing and marketing. He is a Board Member of PetDesk. Past investments have resulted in many acquisitions and public offerings. Prior to Shepherd Ventures, he was a Senior Vice President with Advantage Capital Partners, a large early stage venture fund. He has also been a Managing Director of Illinois Ventures. Prior to Advantage Capital, he founded and/or served as President and Chief Executive Officer of various companies, primarily in the software, food and publishing industries. Earlier in his career, He was a Management Consultant with and a member of the M&A Group of KPMG. He received a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and also holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a member of the CFA Institute, is a past Chairman and President of the CFA Society San Diego and past board member of Software San Diego. The US Small Business Administration has selected him as a Financial Services Advocate of the Year. He has been an active investor, advisor and/or board member for dozens of privately-held companies.