our experienced & battle-tested team
our experienced & battle-tested team
Kirk was previously a General Partner at Vista Ventures where he led many of the firm’s successful investments in software and digital media, including Dante Software (acquired by WebMethods), Rally Software (IPO:Raly), Wazee Digital, Umbria (acquired by McGraw Hill), Stratavia, (acquired by HP), StrionAir (acquired by United Technologies) and MXLogic (acquired by Intel).
Prior to Vista Ventures, Kirk helped launch Jupiter Media Ventures, where he was a pioneering investor in the digital media sector. At Jupiter, Kirk led several successful investments, including ChannelAdvisor (IPO:ECOM), Direct Response Technologies (acquired by Digital River), BackWire (acquired by Leap Wireless), Techtracker (acquired by CNet) and HowStuffWorks (acquired by Discovery). Previously, Kirk helped start Piper Jaffray’s Software and Internet Media investment banking practice on the west coast where he worked on over $3 Billion in M&A and equity transactions.
Kirk received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with honors from University of Washington and an MBA from Stanford University. Kirk is very active in building entrepreneurship in the community as a Techstars mentor, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network advisor, board member of StartUp Colorado and the Colorado Software Association, and a past board member of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at CU and The Entrepreneur’s Foundation. Kirk lives in Louisville, Colorado and enjoys watching his daughters, Sarah and Sammie, play basketball and soccer and playing any sport he can himself at his old age.
Through his work with early stage companies, Frank has built a large network of deal referral sources and value added resources for portfolio companies. Frank was a founding board member of The Contra Costa County Incubator in San Francisco. He is a former board member of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association. Frank has a deep understanding of product development and sales and marketing processes which allows him to help entrepreneurial management teams accelerate the growth of the companies in which Access Venture Partners invests.
Prior to co-founding Access Venture Partners, Frank worked for Woodside Fund, a Silicon Valley venture fund, for 10 years where he helped build and exit a successful portfolio of 29 early stage companies.
Frank is on the Board of Directors of several private companies. He received his B.A. degree in Political Science from The University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Frank lives in Louisville, Colorado, and in his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Ingrained in the Colorado startup community, Elyse has spearheaded launches and go-to-market strategies for various-staged startups including Built In, Cloud Elements & Gravity Haus. She currently is a co-founder of a local membership-based community for senior tech leaders & founders, Paired.co.
Curiosiity-driven with an operational knack, Elyse is enthusiastic about cultural and socio-political undertakings and has spent time working in politics, small-business lobbying, & cultural institutions after receiving a BS in Political Science & Art History from the University of Colorado - Boulder and a MA in Cultural Programming & Management from Regis University - Denver.
Prior to joining Access Venture Partners, Brian was a partner with the law firm Fairfield and Woods in Denver, Colorado, where he chaired the firm’s corporate department and specialized in working with early stage companies in corporate and securities law and venture capital financings. Prior to embarking on his path of eternal enlightenment as a lawyer, Brian worked in corporate finance and accounting with Electronic Data Systems in Dallas, Texas and Europe. Brian also had a brief stint in Washington, D.C., working on the Patent, Copyright and Trademark subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee for U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcinni from Arizona.
Brian received his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1992 from the University of Arizona and a B.S. degree in Business Finance, magna cum laude, in 1988 from the University of Arizona.
Brian is an avid golfer, fly-fisher and skier and excels against really bad squash players. In addition to constantly working on his deteriorating skills in these sports, he enjoys spending time with his family and coaching games he doesn’t understand, like soccer.
Prior to joining in the formation of Woodside Fund he practiced law and served terms in the Wyoming House of Representative and as Wyoming Attorney General. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Wyoming Foundation, former board member of the Western Research Institute, a member of Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming College of Business Advisory Council and until its acquisition by Harris Communications, served on the Board of Directors of Stratex Networks (STXN – NASDAQ), a public company. He has also served on the boards of directors of over 25 private companies.
Frank earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a law degree, with honors, both from the University of Wyoming. In 2005 the University of Wyoming awarded Frank an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree. Frank is located in Denver, Colorado.