Marc Morgenstern Biography

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Marc is an active mentor capitalist for early stage and growth companies focused on innovation, disruptive technology, and growth in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Cleveland.  His view of the world reflects a broad background as a founder and co-founder of companies (see Home Page), private investor, CEO, Director, Chairman, Strategic Advisor, and Co-Managing Partner of a venture fund.

He’s the Senior Strategic Advisor for LA’s Divergent 3D (after three years as the full-time EVP) and was the founding Senior Advisor to SF’s LoungeBuddy (travel app; sold to American Express).

Marc has been a Director of public companies (Mr. Gasket Co. and Cohesant Technologies), Secretary of the Board of Directors of public companies (Olympic Steel and Odd Job), and a member of the Board of Directors or Advisors for numerous private companies including Within3, CardinalCommerce, Capstone Partners, ASI Audio, and Cadence Counsel (Chairman).

He was a nationally prominent corporate and securities deal attorney, CEO, and Managing Partner of an entrepreneurial Midwest law firm before joining as an equity partner and a leader of the West Coast Corporate and Securities Practice for a national law firm, and was the Founding Lawyer and Secretary of the Board of Directors for superstore retailers OfficeMax and HomePlace.

Marc was also a longtime General Partner in real estate developer and owner Equity Investors (shopping centers, apartments, hotels, and office buildings), Founder and CEO of NASD-registered Equity Realty Securities, and served on the Editorial Board of the Real Estate Securities Journal.

A passionate musician, he’s been a Board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since its opening, as well as San Francisco’s Rex Foundation (founded by the Grateful Dead).

Mr. Morgenstern formerly served on the Board of Advisors for the Long-Term Strategic Planning Committee for UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, was on the SEC’s Executive Committee for Small Business Capital Formation for 25+ years, Board of the Cleveland Food Bank, and a long-time member of the Dean’s Technology Council for CWRU’s Medical School.

Marc speaks, writes and advises on deal negotiating, capital formation, early stage companies, and venture capital (See Publications and Presentations) and authored Off Road Capital’s Definitive Deal Dictionary.

His observations have appeared in The New York Times, CNBC’s Squawk Box, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

He holds a B.A. in American Social History from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

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