IST Startup Week 2016 – Bob Morgan, MorganFranklin & Andrew Pitz, Transamerica Ventures

Bob Morgan is co-founder and chief executive officer of MorganFranklin. Since MorganFranklin was founded, Morgan has been responsible for directing corporate strategies and leading the company from a startup to a mature organization with global reach.

Bob's primary focus is developing strategies to grow and improve the company while ensuring that the MorganFranklin team is aligned with the vision of surpassing clients' expectations and achieving workplace excellence. Bob's areas of expertise include strategy, organizational design, marketing and communication, and solutions development.

Prior to forming MorganFranklin, Bob served as a program manager at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, managing multimillion-dollar systems integration programs for the U.S. Navy, the White House Communications Agency, Special Operations Forces, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His experience encompasses the implementation of fixed-site, mobile, and transportable secure communication and IT systems.

Bob holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State and an M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology. An active member of his community, Bob serves on the board of directors for the Greater Washington Board of Trade, as well as the advisory board of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. He also previously served on the board of directors of the Greater Washington Area American Heart Association.

Andrew Pitz is an Associate at Transamerica Ventures, the corporate VC arm of Transamerica and Aegon, two large insurance and asset management firms. At Transamerica Ventures, he focuses on sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, developing and growing portfolio companies and supporting all other fund activities. Andrew recently led Transamerica’s investments in PolicyGenius, a NYC-based digital insurance broker that is revolutionizing the way people buy insurance online, and Digital Currency Group, the leading holding company for digital currency and blockchain assets. Prior to joining Transamerica Ventures, Andrew worked at KBJ Capital, an early-stage technology investment fund.Andrew graduated from Penn State University in 2009 where he studied communications, marketing and entrepreneurship.

While at Penn State, Andrew was a member of the Nittany Lions football team.


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