Ignite Venture Partners management team and advisor network have contributed to the building and scaling of a wide variety of businesses, raised billions of dollars in funding, and provided consulting to some of the most recognizable brands in the world and invested in some of the most innovative start-ups.
We work with companies who are driven by large-scale visions. But we know that success demands more than just a big vision. It is achieved through innovative strategies and intelligent execution.
We know that every client requires a unique approach. We use our proven business expertise to gain a thorough understanding of the objectives, strengths and challenges to then be the architects of sustainable solutions to meet the client’s needs.
When market conditions are relatively stable with low economic turbulence, when companies have minimal competition or other temporary advantages, they can thrive. In reality, these conditions rarely exist. Most business leaders have come to understand that a well-crafted strategy is crucial to their company’s success and competitive advantage – is what will take their business to the next level. We offer strategy services in the following areas:
- Capital Strategy
- Corporate Strategy
- Business Planning
Ignite Venture Partners provides qualitative and quantitative market research services. We are experienced in producing interpretive, value-added analysis, and actionable reporting that offers organizations clear recommendations to guide their implementation. We offer research services in the following areas:
- New Business Feasibility
- New Channel Feasibility
- New Product Feasibility
At Ignite Venture Partners we work with businesses to define, position and develop their brands. We develop strategies that ensure distinct differentiation and memorable brand experiences. We offer creative services in the following areas:
- Brand Strategy and Development
- Digital Strategy
- Identity Development
Mindful planning and focused execution are key to meeting targeted objectives. Corporate development may include initiatives such as a strategy for phasing in or out of a market, identifying key acquisitions, increasing intellectual property assets, performing competitive and market analysis, etc. We assist companies in defining corporate development objectives and in implementing strategies to achieve them. We offer corporate development services in the following areas:
- New Product Development
- New Channel Strategy
- Marketing Plan Development
- Competitive Analysis
- Market Analysis
Great businesses are run by great people, who create great cultures. Today, executives worldwide appreciate the importance of establishing a talent base that is aligned with their business strategy. We understand the human component of organizational performance and offer tailored human capital solutions to overcome business challenges and interpersonal dynamics. We offer human capital services in the following areas:
- Team Building and Recruiting
- Partnership and Business Development Strategy
- Organizational Development
- Executive Coaching
- Board of Directors and Board of Advisors Development
Ambassadors2Business (A2B) is a unique service that has been developed under the guidance of Ignite Venture Partners. A2B focuses on companies seeking international development. Imagine, no matter which country you want to do business in, your interest could be communicated straight to the top; your first meeting with an Ambassador from that country. Through our expansive network of Ambassadors, we make this possible. Whether you are a Fortune 500 company interested in international growth, or an early stage company looking to bring its product to an international market, A2B makes this possible. Regardless of your company’s size, stage, or sector, we expedite the process of international expansion.
Leveraging our extensive experience and proven process, we provide tailored solutions for a broad range of companies, such as:
We invest in innovative, consumer ventures, that make a positive social impact. We take a longer-term view with our investments. We invest in relationships, not transactions. Our investments are focused on where we have direct experience and can add the greatest value.
We back established entrepreneurs, with a proven track record, with innovative ideas, that meet a clearly defined need in the market.
Most of all we look for a compatible culture, which employs creative, entrepreneurial strategies to accomplish its goals.
- Early stage seeking 100k-1million
- Create social and financial returns
- Teams with proven track records
- Promotes an entrepreneurial culture
- Ability to scale rapidly
- Consumer Internet
- Consumer Products
- Middle East
Our existing portfolio and investment strategy focus primarily on consumer ventures. Our exits have ranged from IPOs, to acquisitions, to private sales.
Our expertise is grounded in reality; our team has explored all avenues to business success, developing a wealth of knowledge and proven tactics; from bootstrapping start-ups to billion-dollar companies.
Landon Pollack has been many things: athlete; entrepreneur; art director; herpetologist; inventor; social activist; investor and sports manager. By crossing many traditional frontiers during his 30-year career, Pollack has developed a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree view of business.
His foundation for success was established during his time training to play professional baseball. Since then, Pollack has been a founder of, or founding investor in, more than two dozen companies. Before reaching 20, Pollack had started four businesses, earning his first million dollars at age 13 selling sports memorabilia.
In the ensuing 20 years, his ventures have included: a beverage company (Juice Bowl- acquired by Dole/Pepsi ); a multi-media company (ClubCom- acquired by Amer Group Fitness Equipment business, Precor Inc.); a robotically-controlled exercise system (Intelligent Health); a coaching and performance company (Personalized Lifestyle Programs- private sale); health clubs (Firm Fitness); a cable company (Cable Satisfaction- IPO); a non-alcoholic beverage conglomerate (Liboza Holdings, Inc.); a chain of yoga studios (Vitalize Studios); a telecom company (Uniconnexions); a social networking company (WeMeUs); a digital music company (Playvuu) and two animal protection organizations (StubbyDog and Zoe Nature).
Pollack has been a consultant to some of the most recognizable brands in the world and to some of the most innovative start-ups. He has counseled a diverse set of companies, providing human capital, corporate development, marketing and organizational development services.
Additionally, Pollack serves as an advisor to GlobalGiving.org, Harvard Medical School (The Division of Sleep Medicine), Hernia Help, Curadux, Astia, and Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). He is also a mentor at Springboard Enterprises, Unreasonable Institute and Columbia University’s Center for Technology Management and Executive Master of Science in Technology Management Program.
Cary Pollack has taken companies public and has successfully started and exited five companies. He helped create diplomatic relations between Israel and Croatia. Pollack spent 25 years on Wall Street, where he was an executive at Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse First Boston, and Lehman Brothers.
Additionally, he has been an early investor in more than ten companies, a consultant to many more, mentored innumerable executives and served on the boards of both public and private companies. Some of Pollack’s more noteworthy investor/director portfolio companies over this time have been: Liboza Holdings, Inc.; ABA Holding Company, Inc.; ClubCom, Inc.; Eptheca Solutions, and Cable Satisfaction International.
Pollack has been active in the non-profit sector as both an operator and board member. Pollack is the Founder and Executive Director of Music Shines Bright a 501(c)3 that recruits empathetic and talented volunteers, who provide live music performances in varied environments (hospices, Alzheimer’s facilities, children’s hospitals, VA facilities, etc.). He was the President of Access/Middle East, focused on disseminating fact-based communications regarding Middle-East affairs. He was Director of Met Council which advocated for New York City’s Jewish poor. He was Director/Founder of the NYC Branch of American Liver Foundation. Pollack was an Executive-in-Residence at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
VP of Operations
Mike Harden is a seasoned international executive and business leader with extensive experience in building and running successful businesses. His previous experience includes founding and running Century Technology Services, Inc. and Cytivity Corporation, an Internet security company.
Harden has held senior positions with companies such as Bank of America, BancTec, Sterling Software, CitiCorp, and Fiserv, Inc. He has been interviewed and quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times; appeared on many TV shows, such as CNN’s Money Line; and is often interviewed on news radio programs. Harden has testified before several Congressional Committees, advised Senators and Congressional Representatives on emerging technology issues, and consulted with business and government leaders around the world.
Harden’s previous experience includes building and managing a division of Fiserv, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, where he had responsibility for over 1,000 employees. Harden also served as President of Fiserv Federal Systems, Inc., the company’s government contracting division, and managed the International Consulting Group with offices in New York, London, Singapore, and Bogota. With over 44 years of experience, 25 of which are at the CEO/COO level, Harden has extensive marketing, operational, and financial expertise. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor at five universities.
For the last fifteen years, Harden has devoted himself to coaching CEOs and advising startups and early stage companies, and has completed over 14,000 hours coaching C-level and senior He serves on numerous boards, and acts as an advisor to several executive management teams.
VP of Business Development
Shane Pollack is a rare hybrid of left-brain prowess and right-brain ideas. He started his career by following in his brother’s footsteps and launching companies from an early age. Pollack’s first business was a cookie and lemonade stand with his brother.
Once again, the Pollack brothers partnered-up, opening a sports memorabilia and apparel store, in Princeton, NJ. Pollack became a published author, writing a baseball themed book for the young adult’s market. At 17, Pollack found his real passion as a “creative,” and wrote his first television pilot, where he managed a crew and cast of 45. “Central High” was sold to HBO family in 1998, helping launch the careers of pop stars Ashanti and Leighton Meester. The following year, Pollack was invited back to make another film for HBO Family, and was named one of the 10 most promising filmmakers in the country.
Pollack then transitioned and leveraged his creativity and writing passion into his first pop/rap album. He was trained by Doug E Fresh, as was Diddy, Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G. Pollack got distribution from numerous retailers under the stage name Mad Philosopher. He toured nationally and internationally, performing at venues ranging from clubs, to stadiums, to children’s hospitals, to homes for abused and underprivileged children.
Pollack relocated to Portugal to help create programming and launch an MTV like network with a team of former telecom executives. After his time in Portugal, he came back energized and ready to start his new venture. Pollack then launched a website that was focused on democratizing music creation. MysongToYou was the first of its kind, helping anyone get their voices heard, whether for recreational purposes, such as a happy birthday song, or to be the next big superstar. A few years later, MysongToYou pivoted into a video app, Playvuu. Playvuu launched in the app store in 2013, receiving many accolades. Playvuu is currently in the midst of its exit.
Pollack consults for start-ups and emerging businesses, providing business development, team-building, and marketing services.
Ignite Venture Partners is supported by well-known and respected individuals in various industries and functions.
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