Staffan EncrantzChairman of the Board
Staffan is the Chief Executive Officer of Allegro Investment, Inc., managing partner of the Allegro Investment Fund, L.P., a limited partnership organized in the Cayman Islands with approximately $500 million under management. Allegro primarily invests in private companies in varying stages of development, from start-ups to established businesses. Allegro’s investments are in a broad range of industries and geographical areas, with a primary focus in the U.S., Far East and Europe.
Staffan has actively led investments in and the operation of a variety of companies for over 25 years. Staffan is currently Chairman of AnaMar AB, Sweden, ClosingCorp Inc., USA, Alestra Ltd., UK and Koncentra Holding AB, Sweden, and a director of Accolab Ltd., Normaction SAS, Main Street Broadband LLC, and several other companies. He has previously worked at ASEA AB, Sweden (now ABB Ltd.), as its deputy General Counsel 1979-1981, as Finance Manager 1981-1984, and during 1984-1990 in Switzerland and the UK as Business Area manager responsible for ABB’s Commodity Trading and Counter Trading group. Prior to this, Staffan worked at Skandia Insurance Co, Sweden as its General Counsel and in private law practice. Staffan holds a law degree (Magna cum Laude) from Uppsala University, Sweden.
Anthony T. FarwellCo-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board
Throughout his career, Tony has built a number of successful media and technology companies. He is currently Chairman & President of GovX, Inc., an e-commence and information service company serving the military and related government agencies. He is also Executive Chairman of Barc, Inc., an early stage information sharing and search Web application.
Tony previously served as President of Hollywood Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOLL), the nation’s premiere movie information service that also operates leading ticketing services, movietickets.com and Broadway.com. Tony co-founded with Paul Mass, TV Data Technologies, LP, the world’s largest TV listings data provider, acquired by The Tribune Company. Tony was one of the principal shareholders and a board member of STATS, Inc., the world’s most widely distributed independent sports data provider, acquired by News Corp.
Before his involvement in Internet technologies, Tony served as a senior executive of CableSouth, Inc., which he and Paul Mass built into one of the largest independent multiple-system cable operators in the Southeast before its sale to Charter Communications in 1995.
Tony is President of Farwell Capital, LLC, and, with ClosingCorp co-founder Steve Katinsky, is also a founder and Managing Director of Fruition Ventures, LLC.
Tony earned a B.A. in Economics from UCLA, where he graduated as a Chancellor’s Marshall. He earned a joint International MBA (TRIUM) from the London School of Economics, HEC Graduate School of Business (Paris) and NYU Stern School of Business where he graduated first in his class.
John McNellisBoard Member
John is a partner in McNellis Partners, based in Palo Alto and Sacramento, CA, which he co-founded in 1982. McNellis Partners is a commercial real estate development firm with a primary emphasis on redeveloping shopping centers, retail and office buildings which often occupy prominent places in their respective communities. The firm works on a limited number of new projects and emphasizes cooperative relationships with all interested parties involved in the development process.
John serves on the national Board of Trustees for the Urban Land Institute, and is also a Governor of the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”), and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”). He sits on the national Board of Directors for Outward Bound USA and the board of directors of Rebuilding Together Peninsula. He is a former board member of Lambda Alpha International (Golden Gate Chapter) and the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center.
John is also a monthly columnist for the Registry Magazine and, on occasion, lectures for the ULI, the ICSC, and Stanford’s schools of business and law.
John is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Hastings College of The Law.