Vitaly M. Golomb is a technology investment banker with over 20 years of experience on all sides of the table as a venture-backed CEO, venture capitalist, M&A advisor. Vitaly is the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Partner at award-winning global M&A investment bank, Drake Star Partners. He has deep expertise in the transportation and mobility sector, in addition to experience in artificial intelligence, software/SaaS, and advanced materials. Vitaly has founded several companies and, throughout his career, was involved in dozens of financing, joint venturing, and M&A transactions across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Vitaly served as an advisor to Rimac Automobili (Bugatti Rimac), where he successfully secured its first major financing round and joint venture that established it as world’s top brand in high performance electric vehicles. Some of his other notable clients include Fisker, Taiga Motors, HyperloopTT, Damon Motorcycles, and Polaris.
Previously, Vitaly was the Founder and Managing Partner of GS Capital and a Founding Partner at HP Tech Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Silicon Valley’s original startup where he ranked in the top 1% of corporate venture practitioners. Vitaly also served as the CEO of an ecommerce SaaS startup, an award-winning design agency, and a commercial printing firm.
Vitaly grew up in Cupertino, California and started his technology career as a teenager. For the last decade, he has been consistently voted as one of the top mentors to a dozen global startup accelerators and business schools. He has contributed to TechCrunch and Boss Magazine, and authored the best-selling Accelerated Startup. He is an in-demand keynote speaker and trainer on startups, venture capital, and corporate innovation.
As the Executive Producer of the Startup AddVenture conference he organized large scale events across seven countries and appeared onstage as a speaker and lecturer in over 30 more. He also advises Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance and has served as a Supervisory Board Member of the Ukraine Venture Capital and Private Equity Association since 2016.
Vitaly is fluent in English and Russian, received a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Video Imaging from Cogswell College, studied Venture Capital at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Behavioral Economics at Chicago Booth, and holds Series 7, 79, 63, and 24 FINRA securities licenses.
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