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Jamie McGurk
Jamie McGurk
General Partner, San Francisco

Jamie has 10 years of experience focused on private tech equity investing, from early-stage venture to late-stage growth, encompassing $22 Bn in private capital, $24 Bn in IPO volume and $23 Bn in M&A for portfolio companies. Prior to joining BAM Elevate, Jamie was a Managing Partner at Coatue and a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where his responsibilities included Investing, Fund Management, Portfolio Management, Valuation, Portfolio Servicing, Capital Raising, and Liquidity. He began his career at Morgan Stanley and has a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Marist College.

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Norman Chen
Norman Chen
Partner, San Francisco

Norman joined BAM in May 2021 from Hillhouse Capital where he was previously Co-Head of the U.S. FinTech and Software verticals, directly involved and leading investments in a number of US-based investments. Prior to Hillhouse, Norman was a deal captain at FTV and Associate at TCV, based out of New York and the Bay Area. Norman began his career as a software and internet investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners (now part of Stifel). Norman received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California

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Benjamin O'Connor
Benjamin O'Connor
Partner, Boston

Ben joined BAM in May 2021 from Providence Equity where he was a founding member of the TMT-focused crossover fund. He has extensive experience in launching dedicated growth platforms, having also helped build the private effort at Coatue Management from 2014-2018. With over a decade of experience investing in growth-stage technology platforms, Ben held prior roles as a Senior Associate at Summit Partners from 2011-2014, and as a M&A Analyst at Houlihan Lokey from 2008-2011. Ben received his bachelor's degree of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

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Esther Shinn
Esther Shinn
Investor, San Francisco

Esther joined BAM in August 2021. Prior to BAM, she worked at Andreessen Horowitz, focusing her time on private tech investments from seed stage venture to growth. Esther began her career as an investment banker working at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. She received her Bachelor of Science in Finance & Economics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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Ben  MacShane
Ben MacShane
Investor, New York

Ben has 3 years of experience in investing. Prior to BAM Elevate, he was at Spectrum Equity, focused on Software and Information Services Growth Equity investing. He started his career in Investment Banking at Guggenheim Securities. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Urban Global Studies from Trinity College

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Gaurika Sharma
Gaurika Sharma
Investor, New York

Gaurika has 4 years of investing experience. Prior to joining the BAM Elevate team, she was at SoftBank Group International, focused primarily on global consumer investing. She started her career in Technology Investment Banking at the Royal Bank of Canada. Gaurika holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of British Columbia.

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Portfolio Support & Operations Team

Diogo Henriques
Diogo Henriques
Chief Operating Officer, New York

Diogo has 15 years of experience supporting public and private investors across strategy, operations, research, and technology. Prior to BAM Elevate, Diogo was part of the COO team at Citadel Global Equities, where he oversaw day to day operations and the fund’s research process and analytics teams. Before that he was a Director at Coatue, where he led and scaled Coatue’s internal research and portfolio operations groups. Diogo spent the first 6 years of his career at BCG, where he was a core member of the Private Equity Practice and led multiple growth equity due diligences and portfolio work in the consumer, technology, and financial services sectors. He has a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, in his native Portugal, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

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Charlie Flanagan
Charlie Flanagan
Head of Data Science, New York

Charlie joined BAM Elevate in May 2022 as Head of Data Science. Prior to joining, he was at Google where he was the Data Science Lead for Google Duplex. Charlie also was an instructor at Stanford University teaching Machine Learning for Business with Python. Charlie holds a Bachelors Degree from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, a Masters Degree in Software Engineering from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School

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Elizabeth Ocken
Elizabeth Ocken
Operating Director, San Francisco

Elizabeth joined BAM Elevate in 2022 and leads our Marketing efforts. She has extensive experience in marketing and events within the venture capital industry. Prior to joining BAM Elevate, Elizabeth was Global Director of Marketing & Communications at Next47, and previously led the Marketing Events Team at Andreessen Horowitz, where she was a Partner. She started her career at Stanford University, and ran events and communications for development projects and departments. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with an emphasis in Business and Management from Occidental College.

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Dannia Altemimei
Dannia Altemimei
Deputy General Counsel, Chicago

Dannia has been with BAM for five years and works as Deputy General Counsel in our Chicago office. She handles a variety of transactional matters for the firm, including fund formation, entity structuring and contract negotiation. She also partners with groups across the firm to support the business, and is directly involved in the development and execution of firm expansions Prior to BAM, she began her legal career with Sidley Austin and holds a Juris Doctorate degree summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated first in her class, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science magna cum laude from Loyola University

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Nickhil Nabar
Nickhil Nabar
Senior Data Scientist, San Francisco

Nickhil joined BAM Elevate in May 2022 as a Senior Data Scientist. Previously he was the Head of Data Science and Engineering at Theta, where he researched and implemented Bayesian statistical models for customer behavior prediction. He was a Quantitative Developer in ETF market making at Citadel Securities as well. Nickhil holds a BS in Economics (Statistics, Finance) from The Wharton School and a BS in Engineering (Computer Science) through the M&T Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mary Levett
Mary Levett
Senior Associate, Client Relations, New York

Mary joined BAM in November 2021. Prior to BAM, she worked on the Private Capital Markets team at Bank of America where she advised both private and public companies across industries in raising growth equity, structured/mezzanine capital and PIPEs. Prior to Bank of America, Mary worked on the Private Capital Markets team at Barclays. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Emory University's Goizueta Business School.

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Sid Aziz
Sid Aziz
Software Engineer, New York

Sid joined BAM in May 2022 as a Software Engineer. Previously, he worked within Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Division as a Software Engineer. Prior to that, he was a Full-stack Web Development Fellow at Pursuit. He holds a degree in Biomedical Sciences from CUNY New York City College of Technology

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Alberto Da Costa
Alberto Da Costa
Software Engineer, Chicago

Alberto joined BAM in May 2022 as a software engineer. Prior to joining BAM, he was a software engineer at Blend and a data engineer at Facebook. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago.

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Brad Downes
Brad Downes
Associate Director, Strategic Finance, Denver

Brad is an Associate Director, Strategic Finance and supports BAM Elevate's portfolio companies across finance topics. Brad joined BAM in April 2021 from Boom Supersonic, where he was the VP of Finance. Prior to Boom Supersonic, Brad was an Outsourced CFO/Financial Consultant to multiple businesses. He has also held finance-focused roles with Altitude Digital and Groupon, as well as investment banking roles with Lazard Frères & Co. and Lehman Brothers. He holds a Masters and Bachelors of Accountancy from the University of Iowa.

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Christie Unger
Christie Unger
Research Coordinator, New York

Christie Unger is a Research Coordinator for BAM Elevate in the New York office. She joined BAM as an Office Administrator in February 2020. She joined us from Rumble where she was a Digital Marketing Intern and Studio Coordinator. Prior to that, Christie was a Marketing Project Management intern at Brooks Brothers. Christie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Marketing Communications, with a minor in Economics, from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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