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Paul Falzone
Managing Partner
 

Paul Falzone has expertise working as both an operator and a deal-maker with an extensive track record of providing exponential returns for leading private equity and growth equity firms.

Paul was most recently President and Chief Growth Officer of Brand Networks, one of the largest global pure-play social media software companies powering significant social advertising spend for over half of the Fortune 100 advertisers. During his tenure, Paul led significant revenue growth, substantially increased  enterprise value, and managed the sale of a minority stake of the company to AEA investors. He also spearheaded two highly  transformative  acquisitions: Optimal, a leading advertising and analytics platform; and Shift, a leading brand-advertising platform. While at Brand Networks, Paul helped form valuable strategic partnerships with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Snapchat. 

Prior to Brand Networks, Paul was President of SDI Media, the market leading language localization software and services company with offices in 35 countries. During his tenure, he led significant revenue growth, spearheaded a Warburg Pincus-backed MBO and sold the business three years later to Elevation partners.  While at SDI, he led a handful of accretive acquisitions in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  

Prior to SDI, Paul was President of MediaMix Marketing, one of the pioneering internet marketing companies during the early days of digital marketing. During his tenure, he negotiated lucrative licensing deals between entertainment properties and internet companies.

Paul graduated with Honors from Northwestern University and lives in Belvedere, CA with his wife and daughter. 

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Sinan Aral
Partner


Sinan Aral is the David Austin Professor of Management and Chair of the Marketing Department at MIT, where he holds joint Professorships at the Sloan School of Management and the Institute for Data, Systems and Society, and where he co-leads the Initiative on the Digital Economy. He was the Chief Scientist at SocialAmp, one of the earliest social commerce analytics companies (until its sale to Merkle in 2012) and at Humin, a social platform that the Wall Street Journal called the first “Social Operating System” (until its sale to Tinder in 2016). Sinan was the Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Times R&D Lab in 2013, is a scientific advisor to Ditto Labs and Cloudtags, and has worked closely with Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Cisco, Oracle, SAP and many other leading Fortune 500 firms on realizing business value from big data analytics, social media and IT investments. 

Sinan is a leading expert on social networks, social media and digital strategy. His research has been published in top scientific journals such as Science and Nature, and he has won numerous awards including the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, the PopTech Science Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, a Fulbright Scholarship and seven “Best Paper” awards. He is a founding organizer of the Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN) at NYU and the Conference on Digital Experimentation (CODE) at MIT, and was named one of the “World’s Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40” in 2014. 

Sinan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University, holds Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University, and received his PhD from MIT. 

In his spare time, he cooks, skis and tells jokes about his own cooking and skiing. His most recent hobby is learning from his three-year-old son.
 

You can find Sinan on Twitter @sinanaral. 
 

To learn more about Sinan’s background, including recent awards and published and forthcoming papers, please visit his MIT bio Page. 
 

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Eli Baker
Partner


Eli Baker is an experienced investor and fund manager with JV investment partnerships with major institutional investors. He focuses primarily on investment strategy, portfolio management and governance matters. 

Eli serves as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Double Eagle Acquisition Corp., a $500 million special purpose acquisition company currently listed on the NASDAQ (EAGLU). Prior to Double Eagle, he was a director of Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp., another special purpose acquisition company that ultimately merged with Videocon d2h, the third largest Indian satellite television provider, in March 2015. 

He was also a founder and partner in Hemisphere Capital Management LLC, a special opportunity credit and equity fund specializing in media finance, where he deployed more than $300 million in debt and equity capital across four investment funds from 2009 - 2016. 

Previously, Eli served as a principal at Grosvenor Park Investors, a joint venture with Fortress Investment Group where he shared oversight over special opportunity credit and debt funds in the media space. 

Eli’s background is in law, and he has served in a legal affairs capacity at various companies in and out of the media and entertainment business, including Lionsgate/Artisan Entertainment, prior to which he practiced international commercial litigation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from the University of California at Hastings Law School.

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Teddy Milos
Vice President


Teddy has a background in mergers and acquisitions, growth equity investment banking, and market and company analysis.  At Manifest, he focuses on all aspects of new deal execution and post-investment management, including sourcing, evaluating, structuring and monitoring transactions.

Previously, Teddy was an Associate at Petsky Prunier, a boutique investment banking advisory firm serving clients in the technology, digital media, e-commerce and marketing industries.

Teddy has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS from Georgetown University. He grew up in Chicago, lives in San Francisco, and enjoys cooking, Chicago Bulls basketball, golf and travelling.