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Lynn-Ann Gries
Lynn-Ann Gries joined the team at JumpStart Inc. after working as the Fund Manager for JumpStart, LLC, a venture capital fund dedicated to making investments in start-up companies in Northeast Ohio. Prior to joining JumpStart in August 2001, Lynn-Ann worked in the Investment Banking division of McDonald Investments. At McDonald, she had extensive experience with public equity issuance and worked on stock offerings for many McDonald clients. Prior to joining McDonald, Lynn-Ann worked for Morgan Stanley in institutional equity sales and, prior to that, for Smith Barney in Project Finance. She graduated from Smith College in 1984 with a BA in Economics and received her MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1990. She currently serves on the board of the Fund of the Future of Shaker Heights, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making pro-integrative home loans, and the Great Lakes Science Center. She is also a partner in Cleveland Social Venture Partners (CSVP), a venture philanthropy organization. Read Lynn-Ann's posts on the IdeaExchange blog.

Blog Entries by Lynn-Ann Gries

How Women Entrepreneurs Succeed in the Midwest

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 12:20 PM

Lately, it seems like women tech entrepreneurs and their companies have a higher profile than ever. Yahoo hiring new President and CEO Marissa Mayer away from Google was consistently one of 2012's top news stories. Avis recently acquired Zipcar, the short-term car rental business...

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With Organized Angels on Their Side, Can Start-ups Really Start Up Anywhere in the Country?

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Raise your hand if you realized the Midwest has become a hotbed of angel group activity -- and a well-respected resource of nationally respected investment knowledge. This spring, Tony Shipley represented the Angel Capital Association, a professional alliance of angel groups in the United States and Canada, in...

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A 'B2B' Gold Rush?

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 3:50 PM

Investors rekindled their love for consumer Internet companies this year, including those with online search, entertainment, and social media offerings, causing some to begin worrying about the dreaded "B" words. You know, words like "boom," "bubble," and perhaps the scariest of all ... "bust."

From the initial public offering (IPO)...

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Women Entrepreneurs: It's Your Time

(5) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 1:29 PM

I am a venture investor and a former investment banker. I'm also a woman. At my first job, there were equal numbers of male and female trainees. But over 25 years in business, I've become one of the few women in boardrooms listening to pitches and negotiating deals. I'd grown...

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Websites Connect Startups With Investors, But Won't Replace The Real Thing

(7) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 2:45 PM

The financial crisis caused a great deal of damage to the capacity of entrepreneurs to access traditional sources of funding, such as bank credit, credit card debt and home equity loans. And "friends and family," another common source of startup capital, are as financially stressed as the founders themselves.


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