Jeff Low is a founding Principal. He has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry with emphasis on networks and communications. His experience spans wireless and LAN (Local Area Network) technologies, network processors, network protocols, security and network systems (routers, switches, packet processors and protocol translators).
Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of Atrua Technologies and was a Board Observer of Reefedge. Prior to the founding of Ericsson Venture Partners in 2001, Jeff was vice president of strategy and business development for Ericsson's Data Networking Division. Jeff joined Ericsson in 1998 and was responsible for technology assessment, investments, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships for Ericsson's mobile internet and data initiatives.
Jeff has held many executive positions in sales, marketing and engineering for both large companies and start-ups, including Digital Equipment Corporation ("Digital"), Compaq Computer, Proteon, and Acacia Networks. During his 16 years at Digital, Jeff was responsible for commercializing many of Digital's ethernet products in the 1980's.
Jeff received a business management degree from Harvard University and holds masters and bachelor degrees in comparative literature from University of California in 1976 and the University of Massachusetts in 1974, respectively.
He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and belongs to several telecommunications industry associations.
Mark McAndrews is a founding Principal.He has over 25 years of financial management experience. His focus is network infrastructure, software platforms, applications, gateways and tools, terminals and components. Mark serves on the Board of Directors of Bytemobile and is also the chairman of its audit committee and a member of its compensation and CEO search committees.
Prior to the founding of Ericsson Venture Partners in 2001, Mark was the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch. During his career at Merrill Lynch, he also served as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the division. During his tenure the division employed over 3,000 employees and generated $4 billion in revenue. From 1998 to 2001, Mark was President of Merrill Lynch Capital Partners, where he oversaw the management of two private equity funds totaling $700 million. He also served on the Investment Committee of Merrill Lynch's Technology Venture Capital Fund where he a member of a team of several investment professionals who achieved a 8.1x realized return.
Mark began his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co. in New York from 1976 to 1980.He worked for Standard & Poor's Inc. from 1980 to 1985. Mark received a BA in Economics from Yale University in 1976 and a Masters in Accounting and Finance from NYU in 1980.
Mark Maybell is a founding Principal. He has over 25 years of experience in the communications industry. His experience spans software platforms, applications, infrastructure equipment, semiconductors, terminals, OSS (operational support systems) and service providers. Mark has worked with providers in the telecom, PCS (personal cellular system), SMR (special mobile radio), cable television, CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier), and satellite sectors as well as the TV and radio broadcasting, publishing, advertising, and motion picture industries. His experience includes a broad range of venture capital, advisory, IPO, mergers and acquisitions, high yield bond and high yield loan transactions.
Prior to the founding of Ericsson Venture Partners in 2001, Mark was the Founder and Co-Head of the Global Communications Department in the Global Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch.That department grew to over $750 million of revenue under his leadership.He was one of the original investment bankers to Nextel and Sprint PCS at the time of those companies' formation and was involved with many privatizations of telecom companies around the world. During his career at Merrill Lynch, he also managed other global departments: Technology, Media, Financial Sponsors, Private Equity Fundraising, High Yield Bonds and Loans. Mark was a member of the Executive Committee of the division from 1995 to 2001.He also served on Merrill Lynch's Global Capital Commitment Committees for Leveraged Finance and Equity. Mark began his career as an auditor and CPA for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago from 1980 to 1982. He was a commercial banker with Continental Bank from 1982 to 1986 when he joined Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.
Mark received an AB in Finance from the University of Illinois in 1978 and an MBA in Taxation and Accounting from Indiana University in 1980.
Sharat Raghavan is an advisor and was a founding pincipal of Ericsson Venture Partners. Previously, Sharat was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette ("DLJ"), where he focused on telecom and technology investments and financings. At DLJ, Sharat was involved with transactions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the United States and also worked at DLJ Merchant Banking in India. Sharat received a BA (Honors) in Economics and Minor in Applied Mathematics from Dartmouth College.