Niall McSheffrey is Founding Partner of Elementz Ventures and brings his key strengths of investment fundraising, startup due diligence, and leadership to the partnership. His particular investment focus is in software technology assessment, business innovation, and start-up growth. Niall has been a successful entrepreneur for over 25-years in product management, software technologies, application development, sales, marketing as well as implementing product strategies and solutions.
Prior to Elementz Ventures, he served as President of Elementz Interactive, a software product agency for ten years, where he led the company as well as product strategy, design, and development. He grew Elementz from one employee to a talented team of over 50 engineers, project managers, product managers, and testers. He has personally overseen 50 projects from concept to growth stage for different startups and SMEs.
He has been at the forefront of leveraging new Technologies for Elementz including mobile and web apps to better serve his clients’ business needs. Preferring to see a project through all stages of growth, created Elementz as a creative, innovative environment and enjoys the challenge of strategizing, developing, and deploying new software products. Now based in Orange County, California, Niall has traveled to over 60 countries and has lived both in Europe and Asia over the course of his career.
He graduated from the Thunderbird School of Management with a global MBA in 2010. He brings his global expertise and experience by engaging with different audiences regarding SaaS, mobile app technologies, product design & development, and team building.
In his spare time, Niall hikes any spectacular mountain wherever he goes, is an avid reader of historical or biographical books and is a closet rock guitarist.
Irving Kau is Partner in Elementz Ventures and brings his key strengths of fund management, investor relations, research, and leadership to the partnership. Irving Kau brings his extensive experience in both the global public investment and global private investment with access to North American and Asia-Pacific-based outlets. During his career, he has worked on the buy-side/investor, sell-side/advisor, and corporate side. Over his career, he has successfully completed over $100M in investments for 15+ companies and taken 8 companies public onto NASDAQ. He is a detail-oriented, global leader focusing himself on follow-through, execution, and task completion. He deeply values character and ‘doing the right thing’ in each and every circumstance despite any potential short term effects.
Irving is also a Managing Director of KW Capital Partners, a private equity group focusing on pre-IPO investment in N. America that brings innovative and technology companies to a public NASDAQ-listing. Based on its unique niche, expertise in growth industry sectors and capital markets, KW routinely returns an average return on investment (ROI) of 50-90%.
He holds an MBA from Rice University in Finance & Strategy and has studied for his Ph.D. at USC in Business Strategy. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 86 & 87 licenses.
Rogerio Ramos brings his solid track record in fund management, portfolio management and fund structuring to Elementz Ventures as a Venture Partner. Rogerio helped to establish the Venture Capital industry in Latin America and the Caribbean, investing in over 80 funds targeting the region, and advising HNWI, Family Office, and Institutional Investors. Rogerio also brings experience sourcing, structuring, and managing investment transactions in the U.S. and in over 30 Emerging Markets. Solid experience working with start-up, early-stage and mid-market companies; effective in developing business and go-to-market strategies.
Rogerio was previously Managing Partner in KPTL Growth Fund (prior A5 Capital Partners) which invested in consumer-oriented technologies, B2B, and B2B2C transactions in Brazil, Latin America, and the US. KPTL currently manages over US$200 million across five venture capital funds. Rogerio participated in KPTL investment at Agrotools, Brazil’s largest digital platform serving the agribusiness sector by connecting farmers, bankers, insurance companies, traders, and supply chain players. He also spent over 16 years with the Inter-American Development Bank(IDB) where he oversaw both the Bank’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean and served on Fund’s Advisory Boards and Investment Committees, and on the Board of Directors of portfolio companies. Rogerio supported regional funds such as Advent International, Baring Private Equity, local funds such as Stratus Brazil, AllVP Mexico, and sector related funds, including designing and structuring Latin America first Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy fund. On the direct investment side, Rogerio managed the investment at Torrecom, a leading developer, owner, and operator of Wireless Infrastructure in Latin America, and Wind Telecom, a triple play telecommunications provider in the Dominican Republic. He was part of the TMT group, developing investment opportunities in IoT, Smart Cities, and Fintech.
He has an MBA from John Hopkins University, Carey Business School, a Master of Arts in International Trade and Investment Policy from the George Washington University, and an Executive Program in Private Equity / Venture Capital from Harvard Business School. Rogerio is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.