About Our Guest:
Professor David J. Brophy is a member of the Finance Faculty at the University of Michigan School of Business Administration where he teaches courses in venture capital and private equity finance. He is Director of the UMBS Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance (CVP) and is a member of the executive committee for the Zell-Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (ZLI).
He has published extensive research on venture capital and private equity finance and has twice won the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies Research Award. He is the author of a book titled Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, and has published a large number of research papers in this and other aspects of finance. He is a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing, The Journal of Private Equity Finance, and the International Venture Capital-Journal.
He has been a director of several public companies and is a director and advisor to a number of banks, money market funds, and financial services firms including Compass Technology Partners (a venture capital firm in Palo Alto, CA), Munder Capital Management (Birmingham, MI), Continental Capital (OH), River Place Holdings (Detroit, MI) and General Motors Acceptance Corporation Wholesale Auto Receivables Corporation. He also is an investor and an advisor to a number of emerging technology-based firms.
Source: Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance; U of Mich.
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University of Michigan
Director, Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance
David Brophy joined the finance faculty at U-M in 1968 and has served since 1992 as Director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance, where he assists emerging and mid-size companies. He is a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Private Equity and the International Journal of Venture Capital. Dr. Brophy’s consulting activities in the public and private sec…
Startup Grind Lansing
Reuben Levinsohn has been a business man and entrepreneur since his early twenties. While studying Business Finance at Michigan State University, Reuben bought a national home improvement franchise which he built up from scratch to over 40 employees and one of the largest painting companies in Michigan. While running his business he also began acquiring commercial and residential real estate investment properties.
Understanding the importance of financial planning, and having a very positive experience with his own financial advisor, he sold his franchise and became a financial advisor with the goal of having a positive impact on others.
Reuben provides solutions for businesses in the area of health and ancillary benefits, retirement plans, key person protection, business buy-sell funding, and owner and partner financial strategies.
He is also an investor and co-founder at Blue Owl Coffee in REO Town. His role is focused on brand and location expansion strategy, real estate, and space negotiations.
Another startup he is investor and co-founder at is Lingco. It is an adaptive / individualized, web-based language learning platform, custom tailored for university level language instructors. His role is CFO, handling financials, legal, funding, and putting together additional team members.
Reuben is also an investor and advisor at WiGo trips. WiGo is a platform where anyone can organize and post their dream trips. He advises on financial matters, funding strategies, etc.
Other business ventures include securities trading software company Su2Systems; automotive suspension and air pressure technology company, AKTV8; REO Town Ventures; RAM Properties; and LRS Properties.
When he is not spending time on one of the above ventures he is usually with his family (wife Rachel, daughter Victoria - studying abroad in S. America, son David - freshman at EL Highschool, son Joseph - kindergarten), ultra light backpacking in some crazy place with his fly rod, or flying his single engine plane as a private pilot.