Matthew Nichols

Matthew Nichols

CFO/Board Member at Gemvara

Location
Boston, Massachusetts (Greater Boston Area)
Industry
Internet

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Matthew Nichols' Summary

Matt is CFO and Board Member at Gemvara.com, a revolutionary eCommerce company that seeks to become the largest jeweler in the world with its inventory-free model. Matt is responsible for finance, analytics, and legal. He was also responsible for fundraising and was involved in the $15MM round lead by Balderton Capital and the $25MM round led by Norwest.

Background
Prior to Gemvara, Matt was a Principal at Highland focusing on information technology investments with a specialty in digital media, e-commerce and online marketing. Matt was responsible for sourcing and managing investments in Bullhorn (acquired by Vista Equity), Gemvara, Pixable, and OpenSky. He also represented Highland on the board of U.S. Search (acquired by Intellius) and was actively involved with Going.com (acquired by AOL), Quigo (acquired by AOL), and Turbine (acquired by Warner Brothers).

Prior to joining Highland, Matt was a member of Google’s corporate development team, where he was responsible for digital media acquisitions and investments. Matt also worked at Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, where he identified and managed investments in the technology sector. His investments included Avamar (acquired by EMC for $165MM), Tarari (acquired by LSI for $85MM) and Perceptive Software (acquired by Lexmark for $280MM). Matt was a member of Morgan Stanley’s Technology Corporate Finance group, where he was part of the Google IPO team and advised clients such as Dell and Intuit.

Education
Pomona College, B.A., Mathematical Economics
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, M.B.A. with High Distinction

Interests
Matt is an avid racquet sport player (badminton and squash) and was formerly a nationally ranked badminton player.

Matthew Nichols' Experience

CFO/Board Member

Gemvara

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Luxury Goods & Jewelry industry

January 2011Present (3 years 9 months) Boston, MA

Matt is CFO and Board Member at Gemvara.com, a revolutionary eCommerce company that seeks to become the largest jeweler in the world with its inventory-free model. Matt is responsible for finance, analytics, and legal. He was also responsible for fundraising and was involved in the $15MM round lead by Balderton Capital and the $25MM round led by Norwest..

Principal

Highland Capital

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Investment Management industry

July 2006March 2011 (4 years 9 months)

Matt was a Principal at Highland focusing on information technology investments with a specialty in digital media, e-commerce and online marketing. Matt is actively involved with Bullhorn (acquired by Vista Equity), Hangout Industries, OpenSky, and Gemvara. He also represented Highland on the board of U.S. Search (acquired by Intellius) and was actively involved with Going.com (acquired by AOL), Quigo (acquired by AOL), and Turbine (acquired by Warner Brothers

Corporate Development

Google

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; GOOG; Internet industry

June 2005September 2005 (4 months)

Member of corporate development team. Evaluated digital media investments.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MS; Financial Services industry

July 2002August 2004 (2 years 2 months)

Identified and managed investments in the technology sector. His investments included Avamar (acquired by EMC for $165MM), Tarari (acquired by LSI for $85MM) and Perceptive Software (acquired by Lexmark for $280MM).

Analyst

Morgan Stanley

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MS; Financial Services industry

19992003 (4 years)

Matt was a member of Morgan Stanley’s Technology Corporate Finance group, where he was part of the Google IPO team and advised clients such as Dell and Intuit.

Matthew Nichols' Skills & Expertise

  1. Venture Capital
  2. Corporate Finance
  3. Corporate Development
  4. E-commerce
  5. Start-ups

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