Robert R. Ackerman, Jr. is the founder and managing director of Allegis Capital (www.allegiscapital.com), a seed and early-stage venture firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California. A former serial entrepreneur, Ackerman has worked with more than 50 corporate investment partners over the past 20 years as both a venture capitalist and a startup executive. His firm’s investments include more than 70 companies including Ironport Systems, RIBBIT, Rent.com, Shopzilla, CompareNet and StepUp Commerce. Allegis has assets under management of $500 million.
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