Beyond the Pitch
Startup Grind Columbus Hosts Vic Thorne, Broadline Capital
Vic will discuss his experiences as an entrepreneur and investor. Vic’s firm, Broadline Capital, has had particular success investing in China, which he will discuss the how and why of.
Victor Thorne brings a background of both investment and operating management experience, spanning Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial ventures. He is Co-Founder of Broadline Capital, a global investment management firm. In 2008, Broadline Capital received the industry award for Asia Venture Deal of the Year, named by Private Equity International (PEI) for the firm’s investment in China Risk Finance, mainland China’s largest online consumer lending marketplace based on number of loans issued, serving online users and China’s emerging middle class, mobile active consumers.
In 2000 Victor co-founded the leading provider of supply chain management and intelligence solutions to the trillion-dollar food system. Creating the industry’s first SaaS electronic supply network, the company became an innovator in the automation of core business processes. Today the resulting company’s robust and secure transaction engine facilitates the conversion of traditional paper-based processes into more than $250 billion of automated e-commerce transactions for more than 100,000 manufacturers, distributors, and retail operators throughout North America. In 2007, the resulting company was sold to Accel-KKR and Abry Partners.
Victor began his career at Morgan Stanley, has consulted for Lucent Technologies’ Supply Chain Networks before returning to Columbus in 2010 to serve at TechColumbus (now Rev1) as the managing director of the Ohio TechAngel Funds, the largest angel investment network in North America, and then as managing director of strategic initiatives at Columbus 2020. He most recently worked at Pillar Technology as an innovation vanguard. Vic recently jumped back full time into entrepreneur mode and has launched new businesses in analytics and agribusiness.
He received his AB in biological anthropology from Harvard College and received his MBA from the JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also participated in Harvard Business School’s Executive Program on Supply Chain Management. He serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of several technology companies in Central Ohio, the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Academy. While in Chicago from 2000-2010 he served on the Executive Board of the Chicago-based non-profit Jobs For Youth and as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.
Victor has traveled to 33 countries in 5 continents and has participated in archaeology research projects in Kenya, led a global marketing project for global vineyards and wineries in Chile and Argentina, scuba-dived in Barbados and climbed the Great Wall of China. Victor’s mission is to grow Ohio’s reputation as a preferred and optimal location for the world’s most promising entrepreneurs to launch and grow their innovative ventures into profitable and sustainable world-class enterprises.
Victor and his wife, Bridget, reside in New Albany, Ohio with their eight year old daughter and 4 year old son.
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