Ellen and Coley’s angel investing backgrounds, their histories mentoring startups, and successful careers working with large corporate clients have been instrumental in VisionMine’s rapid success. VisionMine’s Innovation Management software portal now includes global clients in the US, Europe and Asia. VisionMine is privately funded with a world class group of advisors from key areas including startup incubation, corporate executive management, university entrepreneur programs, and global marketing . The VisionMine Open Innovation mission and value proposition is based on the following premise:
“In todays disruptive business environment, corporations need to be innovative to remain competitive and survive. At the same time there is external open innovation originating at small unknown startups. Our mission is to give Chief Innovation Officers and their innovation teams effective ways to quickly discover, screen, and incubate the external innovations that exist at these early stage companies.” Coley Brown at the 7th Annual Open Innovation Conference
VisionMine is not an “ideation” tool or an investment advisor to corporate venture groups. We believe that our customers have business challenges that need innovative solutions that can be implemented with real bottom line results. Where new technologies or startups are uncovered, VisionMine has the expertise and innovation management to document, evaluate, and pilot real solutions. This expertise is positioned after ideation programs and often before corporate venture investing:
Coley is the CEO of VisionMine and past President of CTB Consulting. At CTB Consulting Coley successfully drove innovation at global corporations that began in the early 1990’s helping Fortune 500 clients create mission critical client/server systems. CTB has evolved into facilitating the discovery and implementation of innovation found at startups. During his career Coley lead the innovation of; SEC financial reporting at The Dun and Bradstreet corporation, automated port operations at Sealand facilities around the world, integrated email communications at Phillip Morris, created a PC based global oil Trading systems at Exxon, developed a financial reporting platform at MetLife, and built an executive compensation forecasting system at Pepisco.
Coley’s early career included working at two IPOs: The Computer Factory, where he was Director of Corporate Sales, and 3Com, where he was the 50th employee and head of the OEM group that first marketing twisted pair ethernet. Coley later went on to start a payroll service bureau, a technology consulting firm, and a sailing charter management company. His background includes skills in information technology, software development, global financial systems, and sales management.
Coley has undergraduate degrees in Math and Economics with an MBA in Computer Applications and Information Systems. He completed post graduate studies at Les Haute Etudes Commercial in France.
Coley has been an active Angel investor with Robin Hood Ventures and is member of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Information Technology Investment Advisory Committee. He is also a Board advisor to Belmay Inc., a global fragrance manufacturer headquartered in NY as well as an advisor to several startups including Vuzit, WizeHive, QR Pharma, and ListenLogic.
Ellen is the COO of VisionMine. She has been the Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures, a leading angel investment group in the Mid-Atlantic region, since its founding in 1999. Robin Hood has invested over $14M in 45 companies in industries including software, medical devices, biotech, internet and financial technology.
Ellen had been Managing Director of Antiphony, a strategic consulting firm that helps companies create sustainable value through innovation. Ellen built a practice that helps teams to develop innovative ideas that produce bottom-line results, execute on their business model and create the right environment based on their business objectives. Focus areas include innovation and creativity, team building, culture development, change management, employee development and communication, organizational design, strategic and tactical planning, and facilitation.
Prior to joining Antiphony, Ellen was a Vice President at the Mayer Leadership Group, an executive coaching firm,
where she specialized in helping emerging growth companies develop leadership talent. Ellen was responsible for creating the Human Resources function at InvestorForce, an institutional information and investment technology company. Prior to that, Ellen spent twelve years at Shared Medical Systems (now Siemens Medical Systems) where she was responsible for initiatives encompassing innovation, change management, and corporate communications. She began her career as a senior consultant for Accenture.
Ellen graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.
Ellen is the Angel in Residence at Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institution, and has served on the board of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs. She is a frequent speaker on angel investing, entrepreneurship and innovation.