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  • 1. Overview
  • 2. Who We Are
    • Integrated management consulting, investment banking, and venture investing practice
    • Founded in 1999, more than 1,600 client engagements to date
      • Mostly startups and emerging companies seeking capital from angel investors and/or venture capital firms
    • Team of 40 advisory professionals
    • Offices in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco
  • 3.  
  • 4. Credentials
    • FINRA (formerly NASD) Broker – Dealer (registered in all 50 states)
    • Inc. 1000 TM Listed Company (Top 100 Business Services Company)
    • Better Business Bureau “A” Rating
    • In ongoing dialogues with all channels of the finance community
      • Private Equity, Venture Capital, Public and Corporate Capital Markets
    • More than 250 press mentions
      • Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Los Angeles Times, and The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
  • 5. Select Experience
  • 6. Experienced, Senior Team – Founding Partners Dave Lavinsky is an authority on business planning, new product development and the capital raising process. Dave has lectured extensively on these topics, served on numerous investor panels, has been interviewed by nearly 50 regional and national business reporters on the subjects of business planning and capital raising. In his eight years at Growthink, Dave has managed over 150 client engagements across all of Growthink's practice areas - strategic business planning, strategic market research, and investment banking. Dave has a history of successfully launching and growing businesses of all sizes. He was the founder and President of Emerge Juice & Nutrition Systems, a health food manufacturing and marketing firm. Dave also launched the Marketing Services division of New York based consulting firm PIRA Energy Group. At PIRA, Dave helped develop the original business plan for KeySpan Energy's Energy Service Division. Revenues for this Division now exceed $1 billion annually. Dave also has professional management consulting, marketing consulting and market research experience with FIND/SVP, BPA International and The NPD Group. In these positions, Dave has served a myriad of business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. Dave earned his bachelors degree from the University of Virginia and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He lives in New York with his wife and two children. David K. Lavinsky Founding Partner Jay Turo has over 17 years experience in corporate finance and capital formation. Jay’s past clients include Porsche AG, Paramount Pictures, Infospace, Deutsche Bank, McKesson and dozens of growth and middle market companies in market sectors including business and consumer services, construction and real estate, consumer products, Internet content and commerce, entertainment, life sciences, retail, and software. A noted speaker and writer regarding entrepreneurial capital formation and growth, Jay has led Growthink’s emergence over the past 8 years as the country’s largest strategic advisory and investment banking firm focused on serving emerging and middle market companies. Before Growthink, Jay built and sold two companies: Hyannis Ice Cream, Inc. and Least Cost Routing, Inc. At Hyannis Ice Cream, Jay built and then sold a small seasonal startup into a leading regional distributorship with over an 80% share in its market niche. At Least Cost Routing, Jay positioned the firm to profit from the Telecommunications Act of 1996, building the firm's switch and operational infrastructure. Jay earned his bachelors degree with Distinction and with Departmental Honors from Stanford University and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons. James S. Turo Founding Partner
  • 7. Experienced, Senior Team – Managing Partners Lee Muhl has over 20 years of wide-ranging experience in media, entrepreneurship and transactional law.  His 7 years in senior management of emerging media companies and 12 years as an attorney in transactional entertainment law fuel his expertise in "message", growth, funding, operations, sales, marketing and the product development needs of emerging companies. His executive and transactional law experiences derive from Los Angeles and San Francisco and his international media experience includes projects in countries as diverse as Japan, South Korea, South Africa and France. His management roles include serving as CEO of TheScience.com, a San Francisco content company for online game-based "edu-tainment" and as COO of Playhouse Picture Studios, LLC, a Los Angeles-based theater-film media production company and live theater real estate developer. Lee has also served as an Executive Producer of two feature films and has arranged the financing and distribution of another dozen films and television productions. His fundraising experience with emerging companies includes a number of successful angel, seed and early-stage fundings. Lee is a former partner in two leading Los Angeles media law firms, served as a motion picture literary agent at the world's largest talent agency, has represented several Academy Award-winning writers and directors and has authored a half-dozen screenplays for Hollywood studios and networks. Lee earned his B.A. in History from UCLA, and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law where he also served as Chief Comment Editor of the UCLA Law Review. He is a current member of the California State Bar, and the Hollywood Writers Guild. Lee Muhl Managing Partner Per Larson brings to Growthink a unique combination of client service, business operations, fundraising, and venture capital experience. As a principal in three companies, Per has led the development of overall and product strategy, managed firm operations, and performed extensive market analysis on a number of industries. Most recently, Per performed advisory work for a variety of clients, including Micromuse, Del Monte, Critical Path, Scient, Sanrio, Business Objects and others. Focusing on telecommunications and cost-management software integration, Per effectively led cross-company teams to complete numerous client engagements. In addition to his consultative approach and entrepreneurial experience, Per also brings an investor perspective to Growthink clients from his time with the Wolverine Venture Fund in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Per earned his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and his bachelors degree in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University. Per Larson Managing Partner
  • 8. Experienced, Senior Engagement Team Scott Pollov has more than a decade of combined experience in planning, developing, financing and managing entrepreneurial ventures and real estate projects both as a principal and a consultant. Prior to Growthink, Scott was a founder and principal of BizPlanIt, a professional consulting firm that assisted clients in achieving their financing and strategic objectives through the development of clear, concise and compelling business plans, financial projections, and investor presentations. From BizPlanIt's founding in 1996 through 2006, Scott personally led more than 100 business plan engagements for companies in nearly every industry and stage of development, helping clients facilitate debt and equity financings, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate spin-offs. Since 2003, Scott has been active as a principal in a real estate investment and development firm, as well as in the funding of private money and commercial mortgage transactions. Scott has previous experience at McGladrey & Pullen, a national public accounting firm, where he specialized in financial statement audits for middle market manufacturing, distribution and medical services companies. Scott holds a B.S. in Accounting and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona, and is an inductee in the University's Berger Entrepreneurship Program Hall of Fame for his role in developing BizPlanIt. Scott Pollov Senior Engagement Manager Emily Burg brings to Growthink over 10 years experience in investment banking and strategic advisory services, with a focus on analyzing deals in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity. Emily joins Growthink after serving as a founding Principal of Linea Capital, the first investment bank and advisory services firm targeting domestic emerging companies catering to the U.S. Hispanic market. Emily sought capital sources for client companies in the media, financial services and consumer products sectors raising series A and B funds and expansion capital up to $15 million, sourced deals up to $20 million and perpetuated the firm's deal flow pipeline. She directed new business development for the firm, and identified potential investment opportunities for private equity, venture capital and hedge funds seeking to diversify their portfolios into domestic emerging markets. Emily also provided fundraising and strategic expertise to companies outside the Hispanic market in media, mobile technologies and film. Prior to Linea, Emily was regular commentator for CNNfn and CNBC, providing insight on breaking financial news and its impact on the stock market. As an M&A specialist, she was responsible for directing editorial coverage of international financial news in her role as Senior Editor of The Deal, a multimedia M&A news and analysis organization. She was also an analyst with the Worldly Information Network, an organization dedicated to sourcing overseas investment opportunities for U.S. retail investors. Emily began her career in investment banking as an Emerging Markets analyst with Wasserstein Perella (now Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein) specializing in privatizations and private equity transactions in Brazil, Eastern Europe and China. A graduate of Columbia University, Emily holds an MSc from the London School of Economics. Emily Burg Director of Strategy, Senior Engagement Manager
  • 9. Experienced, Senior Engagement Team Deborah brings a wide range of experience to Growthink, including management consulting, public and private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. Her career spans over 18 years and includes major global firms such as Goldman Sachs and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a number start-up and emerging companies, including two of her own creation. She began her career as a management consultant focused on enhancing operations at Bankers Trust, and later went on to work as a senior consultant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC), where she served on a number of large engagements for clients such as AT&T. Deborah later joined Goldman Sachs, where she held a number of positions ranging from senior analyst to CFO of the Equity Institutional Sales group in New York. In addition to her finance and consulting experience, Deborah has extensive venture capital and entrepreneurial experience; she was CFO of a top venture firm, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, and later served as COO / CFO with Fremont Partners, a leveraged buyout firm. She is also the founder of two companies, the first, a management consulting firm, with both start-up and private equity clients, the second, a software firm, Ventanis, also focused on the needs of venture capital and start-up companies. Deborah earned her MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance and Marketing, and her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Illinois. Deborah Wright Senior Engagement Manager Dave brings a wide and deep experience base to Growthink, having helped many companies develop business plans and financial models that have led to funding. David brings a Venture Capital perspective as well, having interned at Murphree Venture Partners while earning an MBA, and from there, he spun out with a Murphree Ventures partner to co-found Advent Networks where he raised over $27M over 3 rounds of financing. David has personally raised venture financing over multiple deals in areas of telecommunications equipment, enterprise software, distributed computing software and industrial technologies. At these companies, Dave has held roles of CEO, COO, CFO and VP Sales and Marketing. David also has a background in technology commercialization having successfully licensed an internet security technology from CU Boulder to Secure64. Dave started his career at Intel in operational and corporate finance and lead financial planning for the startup and launch team of BiiN, an Intel/Siemens joint venture that resulted in funding of over $200M. After BiiN, Dave returned to Intel where he lead Intel's corporate capital budgeting. Dave has served on many advisory boards, including the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee for the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Business and several high tech firms. Dave earned his M.B.A. in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a B.S. in Finance from Brigham Young University. Dave Fruhling II Senior Engagement Manager