It was awesome having you visit Tunisia. Your talk to our entrepreneurs remains one of the most successful sessions and I personally use your pitch deck structure to help the entrepreneurs I come across. We hope to have you back in Tunisia soon.
Understanding eCommerce, we believe that the core of any successful business is an exceptional group of people.
When Understanding eCommerce meets an exceptional team of people with a market-driven opportunity, we make it our goal to offer the necessary resources and constant support to transform those ideas and aspirations into a successful and profitable business.
Michael P. Doherty
Mike Doherty, the founder of Understanding eCommerce, has a long history in the startup community as a VC, angel, mentor, and founder. He has sat on both sides of the table.
Mike left silicon Valley in 2012 to explore the Berlin startup scene. He quickly got involved with Startupbootcamp and led its Angelsbootcamp, educating high net worth players in angel investing intricacies. Also, as a Pitch Coach, he has supported numerous startups and advised founders through programs including Startupbootcamp, Bayer’s G4A, enpact, Foundation If, and Flat 6 Labs.
Mike currently lives in Barcelona with his family and supports startups throughout Europe.
Mike has launched and managed several ventures personally, so he understands the challenges of managing day-to-day operations while remaining focused on growth opportunities and the bottom line. He has also worked as an investor and a lender and recognizes these parties’ demands and expectations to the mix. Mike’s clients benefit from both perspectives.
Mike has an extensive background in venture investments, including evaluating and underwriting over $100 million in venture financing for emerging growth companies. Before Understanding eCommerce, he was a director at Third Coast Capital, a venture lending organization that committed more than $125 million in venture debt investments. Mike was one of the first employees when Third Coast was established in 1996 with an initial investment by Cargill, Inc., the largest privately held company in the United States. His focus was originating, and underwriting venture staged debt products.
In 1998, the group sold Third Coast Capital to DVI, Inc., (NYSE “DVI”). Mike continued as a director through 2002. During Mike’s tenure at Third Coast, the company grew to become the 4th largest venture debt provider in the United States. The portfolio included 60 investments in 17 states and returned a time-weighted gross IRR of 33.2%. This performance level is in the top quartile of all venture funds for cumulative vintage year composite performance (upper quartile minimum 30.2%).
Before Third Coast Capital, Mike was a principal of Southport Systems, Inc., a consulting firm advising clients on asset management, leasing operations, and credit underwriting. Also, he has served as a portfolio manager for many leasing portfolios.
Mike has a BS in Commerce from DePaul University in Chicago. Mike is also an Alumnus of the 1997 Class of the Venture Capital Institute (VCI) and the 2006 Class of Leadership San Francisco (LSF). Mike has served on the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) boards and the SF Small Business Network (SBN). Mike taught finance, marketing, and business planning at the Renaissance Entrepreneurial Center and taught Entrepreneurship to At-Risk Youth in the Changing the Odds Program.
He currently resides in Berlin with his partner, their daughter, and three dogs, making for a busy schedule!
Jorge Romero-Lozano, Dipl. Ing., LEED AP, PMP
Jorge Romero-Lozano heads up the Global Project Management group.
Mr. Romero was born and raised in Mexico, attended college, and worked for many years in the US before settling in the German capital. The Global PM staff have world-wide project experience in the built environment, renewable energy, and sustainable measures.
He is responsible for managing projects within Europe and abroad. Tasks include contract management, schedule and budget control, and new processes to effectively run a design or construction project.
Mr. Romero also offers Project Manager PMP Certification Training through PM Workshops. PM Workshops (PMW) incorporates both the theoretical and practical sides of project management into our training.
1 Thomson Venture Economics/National Venture Capital Association, “Venture Economics” Private Equity Performance Index through 9/30/02.