Our principals and network of partners are leaders in the areas of wireless, mobile, and Internet. Our prior experience spans companies including NearVerse, LightSquared, Terrestar, Cidera, BCE Emergis, Fitlinxx, NaviPath, and InfoLibria, and many others through our network of partners. We've worked as corporate development, technology and product strategy, and operations executives and entrepreneurs, as venture capital and private equity investment principals, and as strategic management consultants. We've started highly innovative start-ups, navigated multi-billion strategic partnering and M&A initiatives, developed corporate, technical, and product plans for national and world scale opportunities, executed on product development and operations to build large scalable businesses, and helped raise hundreds of millions of capital. We are focused on leveraging our experience and our market vision and expertise to best position the companies we work with to attack target opportunities. We have worked on a range of venture capital and private equity investments, acted as M&A advisors to select larger companies, and have advised a range of earlier stage funds and start-ups focused on wireless, mobile, and cloud opportunities.
Boris Bogatin, Managing Director
Boris runs Hilltop Management, focusing on principal investing and advising in opportunities across a range of wireless, mobile, and cloud market areas of focus. Previously, Boris was an entrepreneur and operator, most notably having helped start MSV in 2001 as a $200 million mobile satellite JV with extensive access to wireless spectrum resources, and worked as Vice President of Corporate Development and Technology Strategy to develop the company into SkyTerra, a multi-billion, U.S.-wide, wholesale 4G wireless carrier working to power the offers of some of the largest Internet and consumer companies in the U.S. which was acquired by Harbinger Capital in 2010 and renamed to LightSquared, and into Terrestar, another multi-billion satellite / wireless operator with 20 MHz of 2 GHz spectrum acquired in 2011 by Dish Network to form AWS-4 and their wireless business.
Boris also founded NearVerse in 2009 to develop the NearCloud tech platform, unifying device-to-device and 3G / 4G wireless networking into a single system for 5-10x faster wireless Internet delivery and 5-10x more accurate location ID service, and LoKast as a mobile, proximity-based, real-time social app service. Boris also previously helped grow Cidera, the first streaming media content distribution network with $137 million in funding, worked at PRTM (now PWC) as a strategy consultant to companies including Navipath, InfoLibria, BCE Emergis and helped start PRTM's emerging businesses' group, and spent a bit of time in private equity and investment banking. Boris graduated from the Management & Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with finance and operations management degrees from the Wharton School and a systems engineering degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Lumia Capital was founded in 2011 to invest in rapidly-scaling cloud, Internet, and software companies, using a hands-on value add strategy and a continuously refined thematic lens for identifying and shaping investments, working closely with management teams by pairing Silicon Valley insights and contacts with global knowledge sharing to propel companies through later stage challenges and opportunities.
Martin Gedalin founded Lumia Capital to partner with leading tech companies in under-invested emerging markets and forward-thinking US companies targeting these markets to accelerate growth. At Lumia, Martin serves on the board of MarkaVIP, one of the Middle East’s largest e-commerce companies. Martin is also responsible for overseeing Lumia's investments in Xtime, Couchsurfing, OpenDNS and Kabbage. Martin launched Lumia after four years at Focus Ventures, an IT venture capital firm in Palo Alto with $850M under management and 110 investments across three funds. At Focus, Martin helped lead the firm's Internet and software efforts. Prior to Focus, Martin was a Product Manager at Oracle, where he was responsible for managing core components of Fusion CRM, a $1B+ product line. Previously, Martin was a management consultant at both Oracle and Siebel Systems, providing strategic recommendations across people, process, and technology domains to Oracle and Siebel's top global customers. Martin began his career in Corporate Strategy at NCR Corporation after co-founding one of the earliest mobile advertising companies in 2000. Martin holds a BBA from Emory University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.