Bluemont Partners advises in the cryptoassets, technology, consumer and financial industries, providing clients with industry expertise, access and mentoring to propel innovation and fuel growth. The team is passionate about the potential for decentralized technologies to reshape business, industry and the exchange of value. Founders Ed Maguire and Lisa Chai each have two decades of tech finance and investing experience.
We believe that blockchain and distributed ledger technologies are foundational for transformative change in the nature of trust, that decentralization is a breakthrough paradigm for organizing businesses, organizations and relationships, and that cryptoassets- digital currencies and tokens – represent a fundamentally new asset class powering revolutionary changes in how value is measured and exchanged, and how great ideas and teams raise funding and build meaningful community.
We use our experience to help companies successfully navigate the evolving business and technology landscape. Our network is built from leaders, operators, thinkers and innovators. Our goal is to help businesses and investors to make better informed decisions. We focus our guidance on creatively helping businesses scale and grow.
Founder & Managing Partner
Ed is Founder and Managing Partner of Bluemont Partners. Ed brings over 17 years of Wall Street experience in Investment Banking and Equity Research with deep domain expertise in Enterprise Software. Currently, Ed is a Principal Partner at Momenta Partners, a venture capital, advisory and executive search firm focused on Connected Industry. He is also Chief Strategy Officer for Acreto, a seed-stage IoT security company. Previously, Ed was Senior Research Analyst and Managing Director at CLSA Americas, LLC covering the software industry, technology and innovation. Prior finance roles include Investment Banker and Research Analyst at Merrill Lynch and CIBC World Markets. Ed is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and meetups on the topics of IoT, Innovation, Big Data and frontier technologies. He has appeared extensively in major media including CNBC, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BNN, NPR and other outlets. Since 2012, Ed has mentored students from Rutgers Business School for the CFA Institute Research Challenge program.
Before he found his passions in technology and finance, Ed led sales for independent music distributor Twinbrook Music while working as a professional musician – performing on bass, violin and keyboards, composing, arranging and producing a variety of styles of music. He continues to write and perform music actively in the New York area. Ed holds a BA in Music from Columbia University and received his MBA from Rutgers University in Finance and Information Systems.
Lisa is a Managing Partner, bringing over 20 years of professional investment, financial services and operating experiences to the firm. Lisa has a proven record of identifying and executing effectively on emerging growth opportunities. Prior to joining Bluemont, Lisa spent 10 years at Palisade Capital Management and at AG Asset Management ( a subsidiary of Angelo, Gordon & Co.) where she was a SVP and sector head of Technology and Consumer sectors with a focus on small capitalization companies. Previously, Lisa was a Portfolio Manager at Tavistock Group, a UK based PE firm where she focused on management buyouts. Prior to Tavistock, Lisa was a Partner at Ridgecrest Partners, a hedge fund where she focused on the Technology sector. Lisa began her career at Georgeson, a Corporate Governance consulting firm. Lisa is an angel investor in a few consumer companies and was a guest speaker at the TechInclusion conference which focuses on promoting tech diversity and inclusion.
When Lisa is not advising entrepreneurs, she is very active in the non profit sector where she is currently a chairman of the Advisory Council for Girls Write Now, a mentoring organization. At Girls Write Now, Lisa was a former Board member, Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Treasurer. Lisa is also an active member of GO Projects, a tutoring organization where she serves on a Committee and a passionate member of the Pacific Environmental Group. She received her BS from Boston University with a concentration in Finance.