Team

  • The Vista Point team is highly focused on providing expert advice to founder-led businesses in the technology, healthcare, and consumer industries.

    We have significant experience in investment banking, engineering, and operations. Our investment bankers have advised on total deals in excess of $40 billion of transaction value.

  • Michael Lyon

    Founder and Managing Director

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    Michael Lyon is the Founder and Managing Director of Vista Point Advisors. Michael has spent 18 years as a technology investment banker and chemical engineer. Michael has advised on transactions with an aggregate enterprise value of >$20 billion ranging from sell-side and buy-side advisory to IPOs. Mike’s advisory focus at Vista Point is on SaaS, Mobile, Digital Media and traditional software businesses.

    Prior to founding Vista Point Advisors, Michael worked at Citigroup where he was a senior member of the technology M&A team. Previous to Citigroup Michael was an engineer for ExxonMobil and BP where he managed chemical plant operations. Michael has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

    Select sell-side transactions for founder-led businesses include:

    -The majority recapitalization of Absorb Software by Silversmith Capital Partners
    -The sale of On-Site to RealPage
    -The sale of Thinkbox Software to Amazon
    -The majority recapitalization of SecureLink by Vista Equity Partners
    -The minority recapitalization of Opus 2 by Rothschild Merchant Bank
    -The sale of NaturalPoint to Planar Systems (Leyard)
    -The sale of CompareCards to LendingTree
    -The sale of Think Through Learning to Imagine Learning (Weld North)
    -The sale of LawRoom to EverFi (NEA)
    -The sale of NextAdvisor to Bankrate
    -The sale of Imagine Easy to Chegg
    -The sale of Bowman to Mediware (Thoma Bravo)
    -The minority recapitalization of Cyara by PeakSpan
    -The sale of Capterra to Gartner
    -The sale of LawLogix to Hyland Software (Thoma Bravo)
    -The sale of Software Advice to Gartner
    -The majority recapitalization of RetailMeNot by Whale Shark Media
    -The sale of ParentLink to Blackboard
    -The sale of Tweak Software to Autodesk
    -The sale of Eckim to Coupons.com
    -The sale of Tech Bargains to Ziff Davis
    -The minority recapitalization of OpinionLab by SSM Partners
    -The majority recapitalization of GolfLogix by Emigrant Capital
    -The majority recapitalization of LawLogix by PNC Riverarch Capital
    -The sale of Axiom EPM to Kaufman Hall
    -The sale of ISYS to Lexmark
    -The sale of ServiceU to Active Network
    -The minority recapitalization of One on One Marketing by Rockbridge Growth Equity
    -The sale of QualitySmith to Reply!
    -The sale of Deals2Buy to Austin Ventures
    -The sale of dbc Smart Software to OpenLink
    -The majority recapitalization of Internet Media to Kennet
    -The sale of Trouve Media to Bankrate.com

    mike@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 722-3506

  • Drew Pascarella

    Managing Director

    Drew Pascarella

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    Drew Pascarella is a Managing Director at Vista Point Advisors. Drew has spent 20 years as a technology investment banker, professor, and IT professional. Drew has advised clients on over $35bn of Merger and Acquisition transactions and led equity, convertible, and debt financing transactions totaling over $9bn in proceeds.

    Prior to joining Vista Point, Drew spent 15 years working at bulge bracket investment banks. Most recently, Drew was a Director in the Technology Investment Banking group at Citi. Notable transactions include the formation of Nokia Siemens Networks (largest JV in corporate history), Nokia’s $8.1bn acquisition of NAVTEQ (largest acquisition by a Finnish corporate) and associated €1.75bn debt IPO, Andrew Corporation’s $2.6bn sale to Commscope, Lucent’s $1.625bn convertible bond offering, and sale of multiple private businesses to Cisco. While at Citi, Drew was an active participant in the Investment Banking Associate Training Program, developing and delivering hard and soft skills courses. Prior to joining Citi, Drew was a Technology Project Manager at Goldman Sachs where he led the design, development, implementation, and support of global trading technology systems.

    In addition to his work at VPA, Drew is a Lecturer of Finance at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, where he currently leads the Investment Banking Immersion program. In addition, Drew teaches Core Finance, Investment Banking Essentials (undergraduate level), and Lectures in Finance. Drew was the 2014 recipient of the Class of 1992 Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

    Drew holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BBA in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University. Drew was the class Co-President and a Fried Fellow at Cornell.

    drew@vistapointadvisors.com
    (917) 670-1097

  • Jeff Bean

    Managing Director

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    Jeff Bean is a Founding Member and Managing Director at Vista Point Advisors. Jeff helped found Vista Point in 2011 to serve founders and management teams of private, software/internet companies seeking investment or full/partial liquidity events. Jeff has eleven years of investment banking experience focused exclusively on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising projects in software and internet verticals.

    Prior to Vista Point, Jeff worked at a Silicon Valley-based boutique investment bank where he focused on M&A and capital raising transactions. Prior to that, Jeff worked at KeyBanc Capital Markets in their Technology, Media and Telecom group in Denver where he executed a variety of transactions, from financings to buy-side and sell-side M&A to IPOs. Jeff has a B.S. from the University of Colorado.

    Select sell-side transactions for founder-led businesses include:

    -The sale of Service Autopilot to Clearent (Advent, FTV)
    -The sale of zyBooks to Wiley
    -The sale of test IO to EPAM Systems
    -An undisclosed sale to Vacation Brands (GSV)
    -The sale of a2z to Personify (Pamlico)
    -The majority recapitalization of Revolution IT by Pemba Capital Partners
    -The majority recapitalization of BizLibrary by Primus Capital
    -The sale of On-Site to RealPage
    -The majority recapitalization of 360Training by PWP Growth
    -The majority recapitalization of Paytronix Systems by Great Hill Partners
    -The sale of Wild Apricot to Personify
    -The sale of CompareCards to LendingTree
    -The sale of LawRoom to EverFi (NEA)
    -The sale of NextAdvisor to Bankrate
    -The sale of Synrevoice to West
    -The sale of Capterra to Gartner
    -The sale of LaxLogix to Hyland Software (Thoma Bravo)
    -The sale of Software Advice to Gartner
    -The sale of ParentLink to Blackboard
    -The sale of Eckim to Coupons.com
    -The sale of ISYS to Lexmark
    -The minority recapitalization of OpinionLab by SSM Partners
    -The sale of Axiom EPM to Kaufman Hall
    -The sale of ServiceU to Active Network
    -The sale of QualitySmith to Reply!

    jbean@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 746-9413

  • Jeffrey Koons

    Principal

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    Jeffrey Koons is a Founding Member and Principal at Vista Point Advisors. Jeffrey helped found Vista Point in 2011 to serve founders and management teams of private, software/internet companies seeking investment or full/partial liquidity events. Jeff has eleven years of investment banking experience focused exclusively on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising projects in software and internet verticals. Over his career, Jeffrey has executed over $1.5 billion of M&A and capital markets transactions for private, technology businesses.

    Prior to Vista Point, Jeffrey worked at a Silicon Valley based boutique investment bank where he focused on executing Mergers and Acquisitions and private capital transactions in the internet and digital media verticals. Prior to that, Jeff worked in the respiratory and oncology operations group at Genentech, and the Technology, Media and Telecom group at Banc of America Securities. Jeff graduated with high honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Finance.

    Select sell-side transactions for founder-led businesses include:

    -The minority recapitalization of SurePrep by Bregal Sagemount
    -The sale of Vuture to Campaign Monitor (Insight Partners)
    -The majority recapitalization of VeriShip by Summit Partners
    -The sale of ValuePenguin to LendingTree
    -The sale of StudyBlue to Chegg
    -The sale of Everyday Family to Healthline (Summit Partners)
    -The majority recapitalization of SecureLink by Vista Equity Partners
    -The majority recapitalization of Absorb Software by Silversmith Capital Partners
    -The minority recapitalization of Opus 2 by Rothschild Merchant Bank
    -The sale of Think Through Learning to Imagine Learning (Weld North)
    -The sale of SuperSalon Software to Basswood Capital
    -The sale of LawLogix to Hyland Software (Thoma Bravo)
    -The sale of Igea Home Health Software to Procura
    -The sale of Tech Bargains to Ziff Davis
    -The sale of CanvasOnDemand to Café Press
    -The majority recapitalization of RetailMeNot by Whale Shark Media
    -The sale of Zenfolio to Art.com
    -The minority recapitalization of One on One Marketing by Rockbridge Growth Equity
    -The sale of ThingBuzz to NexTag

    jeff@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 993-1417

  • David Cho

    Principal

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    David Cho is a Principal at Vista Point Advisors. Prior to joining Vista Point Advisors, David was a Senior Analyst in the healthcare investment banking group at Wedbush Securities where he advised companies and financial sponsors on M&A, public and private financings, divestitures, and partnerships. As an investment banker, David has executed over 30 transactions with an aggregate deal value of more than $2 billion. David was also a Product Manager at Zynga where he worked on strategy, execution, and marketing for Zynga’s top social games. David received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

    Select sell-side transactions for founder-led businesses include:

    -The sale of Nymity to TrustArc, a Bregal Sagemount Company
    -The majority recap of Appspace by LLR Partners
    -The sale of Freckle Education to Renaissance, a Francisco Partners Company
    -The sale of Rental History Reports and Trusted Employees to MRI, a TA Associates and GI Partners Company
    -The majority recapitalization of GoGuardian from Sumeru Equity Partners
    -The sale of LogoMix to Deluxe
    -The majority recapitalization of MediaRadar from Frontier Capital
    -The sale of Thinkbox Software to Amazon
    -The sale of Scenario Learning to Vector Solutions, a Providence Equity Company
    -The sale of NaturalPoint to Planar Systems (Leyard)
    -The sale of Imagine Easy Solutions to Chegg
    -The minority investment in Cyara by PeakSpan Capital
    -The sale of Tweak Software to Autodesk
    -The majority recapitalization of GolfLogix Technologies from Emigrant Capital
    -The sale of Linx Technologies to Alpine Investors
    -The sale of Nfocus Neuromedical to Covidien
    -Durata Therapeutics IPO
    -Intercept Pharmaceuticals IPO
    -Cardica follow-on stock offerings

    david@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 917-3042

  • Scott Austin

    Vice President

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    Scott Austin is a Vice President at Vista Point Advisors, joining the firm in 2013 as an Associate. Previously Scott was a Trader at Capital Asset Exchange and worked at Nomura Securities on their Investment Grade Credit and Convertible Bonds trading desks. Scott holds a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University, where he played lacrosse.

    Select sell-side transactions for founder-led businesses include:

    -The sale of zyBooks to Wiley
    -An undisclosed sale to Vacation Brands (GSV)
    -The sale of test IO to EPAM Systems
    -The majority recapitalization of BizLibrary by Primus Capital
    -The sale of TelTech to IAC
    -The minority recapitalization of Opus 2 by Rothschild Merchant Bank
    -The sale of LawRoom to EverFi (NEA)
    -The sale of Bowman Systems to Mediware (Thoma Bravo)
    -The sale of Synrevoice to West
    -The sale of SuperSalon Software to Basswood Capital

     

    scott@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 404-9854

  • Thomas Lin

    Senior Associate

    Thomas Lin

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    Thomas Lin is a Senior Associate at Vista Point Advisors. As an investment banker, Thomas has executed on 10 transactions with an aggregate deal value of more than $500 million. Before joining Vista Point Advisors, Thomas worked as an Analyst at Redwood Capital Group within its investment banking group where he focused on the technology, media, telecommunications, and business services verticals. Thomas began his career as an Analyst at Pagemill Partners in its software investment banking division. Thomas holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

    Select sell-side transactions for founder-led businesses include:

    -The sale of Nymity to TrustArc, a Bregal Sagemount Company
    -The majority recap of Appspace by LLR Partners
    -The sale of Rental History Reports and Trusted Employees to MRI, a TA Associates and GI Partners Company
    -The sale of Thinkbox Software to Amazon
    -The sale of Scenario Learning to Vector Solutions, a Providence Equity Company
    -The sale of LawLogix to Hyland Software (Thoma Bravo)
    -The sale of SAC Wireless to Nokia
    -The Sale of KOR Electronics to Mercury Computer Systems
    -The Purchase of AssetNation by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

    thomas@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 508-8113

  • Mike Greco

    Senior Associate

    Mike Greco

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    Mike Greco is a Senior Associate at Vista Point Advisors. Prior to joining Vista Point Advisors, Mike worked as an Analyst at J Moore Partners where he focused on enterprise software M&A. Mike holds a B.S. in Real Estate Finance from the University of Southern California, where he played baseball.

    mike.greco@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 917-3056

  • Miles Lacey

    Senior Associate

    Miles Lacey

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    Miles Lacey is a Senior Associate at Vista Point Advisors. Prior to joining Vista Point Advisors, Miles worked as an Analyst at Advanced Equities, an investment bank focused on private placements for emerging technology companies. Miles previously worked at United Capital Financial Advisers, a wealth management firm catering to corporations and high-net-worth individuals. Miles holds a B.A. in Economics from Saint Mary’s College of California, where he was a member of the National Economics Honor Society.

    miles@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 917-3066

  • Tyler Jamison

    Senior Associate

    Tyler Jamison

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    Tyler Jamison is a Senior Associate at Vista Point Advisors. Prior to joining Vista Point Advisors, Tyler worked as an Analyst at Wunderlich Securities within its Technology, Media and Telecommunications investment banking group. Tyler began his career as an Analyst at Seven Hills Partners, an investment bank focused on emerging growth and mid-capitalization technology companies. Tyler holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University.

    tyler@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 917-4120

  • Russell Perkins

    Associate

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    Russell Perkins is an Associate at Vista Point Advisors. Prior to joining Vista Point Advisors, Russell worked as an Investment Banking Research & Business Development Analyst at Financial Technology Partners, an investment banking firm focused on the financial technology sector. Russell holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, where he played football.

    russell@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 993-0872

  • Umar Mansuri

    Associate

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    Umar Mansuri is an Associate at Vista Point Advisors. Prior to joining Vista Point Advisors, Umar worked as an Analyst at Stifel in its technology investment banking division where he executed a number of M&A transactions in the software, financial technology, and internet sectors. Umar holds a B.S. from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

    umar@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 347-5704

  • Chet Kristy

    Senior Analyst

    Chet Kristy

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    Chet is a Senior Analyst at Vista Point Advisors. Prior to joining Vista Point Advisors, Chet worked as an Analyst at Greentech Capital Advisors, an investment bank focused on sustainable infrastructure and technology companies. Chet began his career as a Corporate Banking Analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Chet holds a Master of Science in Finance from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Southern California.

    chet@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 686-1241

  • Lucy Sinacola

    Senior Analyst

    Lucy Sinacola

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    Lucy joined Vista Point Advisors as an Analyst in 2019. She was previously an Analyst at The Presidio Group, which focused on the automotive retail sector. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance.

    lucy@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 322-8705

  • Molly Murphy

    Analyst

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    Molly joined Vista Point Advisors as an Analyst in 2019. She was previously an Analyst at Bentley Associates, which focuses on middle market M&A. She graduated from Bentley University in Boston with a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Accounting.

    molly@vistapointadvisors.com
    315-436-7805

  • Elizabeth Collins

    Financial Operations

    Elizabeth Collins

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    At Vista Point Advisors Liz handles all financial operations including reporting to FINRA. Liz holds the FINRA licenses Series 7, 24, 27, 51 and 63. Liz has a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant College and an MBA in Marketing from San Francisco State University. Liz has over 30 years of General Business Management, Operations and Business Development experience.

    info@vistapointadvisors.com
    (415) 659-9189

Entrepreneur Advisors

  • Bevan Clark

    Co-Founder of RetailMeNot & LIFX

    Co-Founder of RetailMeNot & LIFX

    Bevan Clark is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor. Bevan's early work includes the Co-Founding of RetailMeNot (NASDAQ:SALE) the largest digital coupon marketplace in the world. After his significant success with RetailMeNot, Bevan became an active venture investor for disruptive technologies. Currently, Bevan is the Co-Founder of LIFX, a consumer electronics company focused on lighting and home automation and developing the world's best connected lighting system. The brand was launched on KickStarter in 2012, and has been voted one of the ten most interesting crowd-funded products of all time by Entrepreneur Magazine.

  • Dan Siciliano

    Founder of LawLogix, Professor & Associate Dean at Stanford Law School

    Founder of LawLogix, Professor & Associate Dean at Stanford Law School

    Dan Siciliano founded LawLogix in 2000 to address a need he saw in the immigration case management market, creating a streamlined process for I-9 submission and compliance. Today, LawLogix is the premier provider of immigration case management software assisting millions of people each year. Dan is also a legal scholar with expertise in corporate governance, corporate finance, and immigration law. He is the senior research fellow with the Immigration Policy Center and a frequent commentator on the long-term economic impact of immigration policy and reform. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Prior to joining Stanford Law School, Dan co-founded and served as executive director of the Immigration Outreach Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He also serves as a governance consultant and trainer to board directors of several Fortune 500 companies and is a member of the Academic Council of Corporate Board Member magazine.

  • Joanna Strober

    Founder & CEO at KurboHealth and Former Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and Symphony Technology Group

    Founder & CEO at KurboHealth and Former Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and Symphony Technology Group

    Joanna Strober is the Founder and CEO of Kurbo Health, a mobile and online platform to help kids, teens and their families eat healthier and lose weight. Prior to founding KurboHealth, Joanna spent 20 years in the private equity and venture capital industry. She was a Partner at blue-chip firms including Bessemer Venture Partners and Symphony Technology Group. Joanna focused on consumer internet investments including notable transactions for BlueNile, Babycenter, eToys, Flycast, and Gloss.com. Joanna is also the co-author of Getting to 50/50, a Random House book on women and leadership.

  • Guy King

    Co-Founder of RetailMeNot & Venture Investor

    Co-Founder of RetailMeNot & Venture Investor

    Guy King is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor. Guy's early work includes the Co-Founding of RetailMeNot (NASDAQ:SALE) the largest digital coupon marketplace in the world. After his significant success with RetailMeNot, Guy became an active venture investor for disruptive technologies.

  • Al Abhari

    Founder of Internet Media

    Founder of Internet Media

    Al Abhari is a serial entrepreneur with significant experience in the online consumer advertising market. He brings a unique combination of intuitive marketing sense, industry passion, and technology background that has been solidified by a decade of business building in the performance based online advertising space. Al founded Academix Direct in 2004 with his wife, Jamie Claire, and experienced tremendous success.

  • Jason Guppy

    Co-Founder of Axiom EPM

    Co-Founder of Axiom EPM

    Jason Guppy oversees strategic product development at Axiom EPM (now part of KaufmanHall). Jason has extensive experience leading organizations and translating customers’ needs into enterprise-class financial software solutions. Prior to Axiom EPM, Jason was the chief knowledge manager for Business Objects Planning where he spearheaded the development of systems and policies that empowered clients to leverage the full capabilities and value of their planning and reporting solutions. As a consulting manager at SRC Software/Business Objects, he led his team to a 100 percent acceptance rate across hundreds of projects, including over 100 implementations.