Our People

Seasoned professionals and venture capitalists lead VCapital with extensive, successful experience in venture capital, investment banking, investment management, start-ups, and successful exits. The team has a proven track record in identifying attractive investment opportunities, conducting due diligence on and valuing prospective investments, negotiating terms, and monitoring and managing a portfolio of those investments.

Notable investments by our team include: Cleversafe, Cybersource, Beyond.com, AOL, Health Magazine, Advent International, Atlantic American Cablevision, Nanophase Technologies, Illinois Superconductor Corporation, and Omniflow.

Venture Capitalist Len Batterson

Leonard A. BattersonFounder, Chairman, CEO, Chief Investment Officer

Len is a veteran venture capitalist and entrepreneur who has invested in and founded many venture-backed entrepreneurial companies and venture capital investment organizations since 1982. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Batterson Venture Capital, LLC (“BVC”), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Read More

James Vaughan

James E. VaughanCo-Founder, Chief Investor Relations Officer, Member of The Advisory Board of Directors

Jim joined Batterson Venture Capital LLC in September of 2009 as a Managing Principal to head the firm’s new business development and client communications efforts. With nearly 25 years in the financial services industry, Jim brings expertise in all facets of creating customized investment solutions for high-net-worth individuals and small institutional clients. Read More


Steven I. RossVice President, Finance and Administration

Steven is an accounting and operations executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the private equity (PE) industry. He brings to VCapital a proven record of accomplishment in fund administration, treasury management, accounting/tax operations, SEC/GAAP compliance, negotiations, process implementation and strategic planning. Read More

Ryan KoleVice President, Investments

Ryan is an entrepreneur and former trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He has his series 56 and 63 licenses and has consulted for hedge funds and family offices. Prior to joining VCapital, Ryan was a Venture Associate for DreamIt Ventures, actively screening companies for their accelerators. He has also been a frequent mentor for engineering students at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Steve Pedian

Steven PedianBusiness Development Officer

Steven is focused on VCapital’s new business development and client communications efforts, working closely with Jim Vaughan. Steven has developed a close association with numerous single- and multi-family offices and private trust groups throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Read More

Ben Rowland

Ben RowlandChief Technology Officer

Ben is the co-founder of Tecture, a web design and development firm based in Chicago. Prior to Tecture, he was the Senior Software Engineer at Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) in Chicago, where he led the design and development of .NET applications. Read More

Kenneth M. FreemanStrategic Marketing Officer, Member of The Advisory Board of Directors

Ken’s role with VCapital leverages his 35-year career in marketing to capitalize on recent regulatory changes permitting media promotion of venture capital investment opportunities among the estimated 8 million U.S. accredited investors. Read More

Frederick T. TuckerExecutive Advisor, Member of The Advisory Board of Directors

Frederick Tucker is an engineer by training, a former top executive at Motorola, Inc. and an Indy car racing enthusiast. An advisor to start-up companies, Fred has served on several boards, including chairman of ITS America, an advisory board to the US Department of Transportation responsible for assuring the coordination of public and private intelligent transportation initiatives in the United States. Read More

Advisory Board

Steve Anixter - VCapital Advisory Board Member

Steve AnixterMember of The Advisory Board of Directors

An active business consultant, Steve spent 26 years building Advance Electrical Supply Company into one of Chicago’s finest independent electrical distributors. After 19 years working at Englewood Electrical Supply, he purchased Advance and served as owner and president, receiving numerous industry awards for his involvement in the industry and community. Read More

Tim Danis

Timothy DanisMember of The Advisory Board of Directors

Tim Danis is Chairman and Founder of Risk Consulting Partners and a senior advisor to the investment firms Rising Tide and Sheridan Legacy.  He was Chairman, Founder and Senior Managing Principal at RCP Advisors LLC, a successful private equity investment firm and, before RCP, held key positions at Aon Corporation Read More

C James Prieur

C. James “Jim” PrieurAdvisory Board Member

Jim Prieur is a former Chief Executive Officer and director of CNO Financial Group, Inc. with over 30 years of finance, investment management, risk management, and international business experience. Read More

Lloyd ShefskyMember of The Advisory Board of Directors

Lloyd Shefsky is a Clinical Professor of Family Enterprises at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he has taught the course he developed, “Successful Entrepreneurship,” and serves as Co-Director (and founder) of the Kellogg School’s Center for Family Enterprises, as well as Co-Founder of the Kellogg School’s Center for Executive Women. Read More