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Michael Nowak

AB '82

Managing Director
Yorkville Advisors (Jersey City, NJ)


Michael recently joined Yorkville Advisors to bolster their high tech investment group, bringing with him a long track record of private transactions in early and mid-stage technology firms. Working closely with the leadership team, Michael will lead efforts to develop and bring innovative financing products and services to the venture and private equity community. This work will help to keep Yorkville Advisors at the vanguard of the convergence of the venture capital, private equity and hedge fund worlds by bringing superior financing structures to the marketplace.

Prior to joining Yorkville Advisors, Michael was a General Partner leading the US IT investment office for a billion dollar Euro-US venture fund, TVM Capital. He has invested in and sat on numerous Boards of Directors of early-stage high tech ventures on both Coasts, from software to semiconductors, where market and business creation have been the key challenges. He also has entrepreneurial, business development and investment experience from work as a co-founder of the Xerox Venture Lab at Xerox PARC and CEO of multiple PARC spinouts, as a VP Business Development for an emerging high tech consulting practice at McKinsey & Co., and as a Manager of two $100M investment programs at the Advanced Technology Program at NIST, US Deptartment of Commerce.


Michael earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He worked as a post-doctoral scientist at Bell Labs (Bellcore), Princeton University, and at the CEA research labs in Saclay, France. He received his BA in Physics from Cornell University.