This episode features Tom Siegel, Managing Director for IllinoisVENTURES. Siegel has over twenty-five years of consulting experience as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and management consultant, focusing largely on investments in technology, with a particular emphasis on software and services, internet, digital media, and mobile/wireless. After receiving his BA in Economics and MBA from the University of Illinois, Siegel went on to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). After being a Management Consultant for KPMG, Siegel founded and/or served as President and CEO of various companies within the software and publishing industry. After that, Siegel became the Senior Vice President of Advantage Capital Partners, a large early stage venture fund before co-founding another early stage venture fund, called Shepherd Ventures, where he is also the Managing Director.