General Partner, OCA Ventures
Ian has 25+ years experience as a business operator and entrepreneur with a background in technology in the financial services, data services, insurance, communications and retail industries. He has started businesses, raised money, bought/sold/integrated companies, pivoted to new business models, scaled businesses/ teams, restructured companies and successfully led companies/ teams through the internet bubble and the great recession. His leadership experience includes partnership positions at Accenture and Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, cofounder and president of BigEdge/MVP.com, president of a subsidiary of InterActiveCorp, chief information officer of a $500M P&C insurance company, and most recently prior to joining OCA Ventures, Ian was chief information officer for TransUnion’s US business. During his 5 years at TransUnion, he optimized a budget of $170M+ and more than 700 employees/contractors, created alignment across IT/Sales/Analytics, restructured the IT department and implemented IT best practices driving improvements in execution/quality, supported entry to new industry verticals, integrated 8 acquisitions, supported two sales of the $1B+ company as the technology co-lead – first to Madison Dearborn in 2010 and to Goldman Sachs & Advent International in 2012. His advisory and board responsibilities for OCA Ventures include: Red Foundry, Persio, Falcon Insurance Group, Ascend Consumer Finance, Impossible Objects, BigStep, Options Away, Rithmio and SpiderOak. Ian has a B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Illinois.