Prior to joining Okapi as a Partner in Okapi’s third fund, Jeff Bocan was the original venture capital investor in Mophie and served on the board before being asked by Mophie’s founders to join the Executive team full time in 2013 to help manage the company’s rapid growth and global expansion. Jeff invested in Mophie when it had revenues just over $10 million in 2010 and worked with the team to help drive revenues to $250+ million in 2015, and the eventual sale of the company in early 2016 to a strategic acquirer, ZAGG (NASDAQ: ZAGG).
As Mophie’s Senior Vice President, Jeff worked in a COO-like role, with a primary focus on strategic initiatives and partnerships, business development and managing the global sales team as well as working across many areas of Mophie’s operations including: marketing, corporate development, product development, legal and human resources.
Prior to joining Mophie, Jeff was a venture capitalist for 13+ years, last serving as a Managing Partner at Beringea where he sourced, led and managed the early stage technology investments for 35 of Beringea’s portfolio companies and served on 22 corporate boards across several of Beringea’s $50 – $150 million venture funds. Jeff was the first non-founder to be made a partner at Beringea, which had nearly $500 million under management during Jeff’s tenure there. While at Beringea, Jeff invested over $100M and generated nearly $300M in realized and unrealized returns (2.8x cash on cash returns on realized deals). His work prior to Beringea involved an early-stage tech VC in London (Saffron Hill Ventures), and marketing roles for BMW of North America and startup beverage company, Honest Tea.
Jeff also served as a Lead Instructor of the National Science Foundation’s i-Corps Program, teaching at Stanford University and the University of Michigan. Additionally, during his venture capital career, Jeff was a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post where his series focused on technology and venture investing in the Midwest. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-bocan/
Jeff earned a B.A. in Government and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa; and a Master of Business Administration with high honors from the University of Virginia. Jeff currently resides Orange County, CA with his wife and four children.