Silicon Valley’s Bubble- What Happens When It Bursts? | Montgomery Kersten

 

About Montgomery (Monty) Kersten

Montgomery Kersten serves development-stage companies as an independent board member, investor and advisor. Mr. Kersten was the co-founder & CEO of VitalSigns Software (later acquired), and serves as the independent board member of Silicon Valley private companies. He has worked for 35 years as an executive in sales, marketing, business development, legal affairs and M&A at large high technology companies as well as at start-ups. Mr. Kersten has served for over a decade as a board member of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which oversees five charities.

Today, Mr. Kersten acts as a board member for high technology companies and has led the initial and follow-on financings for many ventures. Mr. Kersten serves as a mentor and advisor to founders and CEO’s in order to accelerate their success and assist in overcoming the many challenges ventures face, from founding, throughout the company life cycle to an acquisition or IPO. His expertise focuses on organizing, financing and developing young companies, advising founders on strategies and tactics for successfully collaborating with all parties, building business models that succeed, creating effective sales and marketing and channel strategies, advising on strategic plans, operational issues, and the crisis of the day, while guiding founders in forging strategic relationships, building strong intellectual property protection, safeguarding founders and fiduciary board members, rapidly building value, and accomplishing successful mergers & acquisitions or IPO’s. As the independent board member, advising founders and their team, and working with investors and the board, Mr. Kersten provides independent operational advice to propel the company to success, while providing founders with “air cover” as they interact with their board, investors and customers.

Montgomery Kersten on Alan Olsen's American Dreams Radio
Montgomery Kersten

Montgomery Kersten works with development-stage companies as an independent board member and advisor on strategic initiatives. Mr. Kersten was the co-founder, and CEO of VitalSigns Software (later acquired), and today serves as a board member of several Silicon Valley private companies. Mr. Kersten is an active “Angel” investor in high technology companies and has led the initial and follow-on financings for many young ventures. Mr. Kersten serves as a mentor and advisor to founders in order to accelerate their success and assist them in overcoming the many challenges ventures face, from founding, all the way through the company life cycle to an acquisition or IPO. Mr. Kersten’s expertise focuses on organizing, financing and developing young companies, advising founders on strategies and tactics for successfully negotiating with all parties, creating effective sales and marketing strategies, forging strategic relationships, building strong intellectual property protection, safeguarding founders and fiduciary board members, rapidly building value, and accomplishing successful mergers & acquisitions or IPO’s.

Alan Olsen on Alan Olsen's American Dreams Radio
Alan Olsen

Alan is managing partner at Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP, (GROCO) and is a respected leader in his field. He is also the radio show host to American Dreams. Alan’s CPA firm resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves some of the most influential Venture Capitalist in the world. GROCO’s affluent CPA core competency is advising High Net Worth individual clients in tax and financial strategies. Alan is a current member of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (S.I.E.P.R.) SIEPR’s goal is to improve long-term economic policy. Alan has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting and develops innovative financial strategies for business enterprises. Alan also serves on President Kim Clark’s BYU-Idaho Advancement council. (President Clark lead the Harvard Business School programs for 30 years prior to joining BYU-idaho. As a specialist in income tax, Alan frequently lectures and writes articles about tax issues for professional organizations and community groups. He also teaches accounting as a member of the adjunct faculty at Ohlone College.

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