George Lauro

Board Partner

25 years as a venture capitalist, investment banker and board executive funding & building technology companies. Has been Board Director at 7 public and 26 private companies. Was Managing Director & Partner at Wasserstein Perella, a leading Wall Street private equity & leveraged buyout firm and Partner at US Equity Partners L.P. Ran Wasserstein Perella’s west coast VC/LBO office Palo Alto. Built several tech companies from prototype stage to high-value exit (M&A/IPO). Raised $250M VC/PE financing for portfolio companies. Completed M&A deals exceeding $2B in value. Was Managing Director of Technology Commercialization at IBM World HQ and led a team that launched IBM spinouts from Watson Research Lab. Began his career designing inertial guidance systems for strategic ICBM missiles at Draper Lab and MIT Aero/Astro Dept. Attended Brown (BSEE), The Wharton School (MBA) and MIT (grad studies in aeronautical engineering). 23 patents awarded for inventions in inertial guidance, advanced materials and wireless technologies.

Board Director Positions have included Peregrine Semiconductor (Nasdaq:PSMI), Lightwave Logic (Nasdaq:LWLG), Westinghouse Solar (Nasdaq WES), Triscend (acquired by XLNX), SMaL Camera (acq CY), Hotrail (acq SWKS), Sensera (ASE:SE1), and 25 others. Board Chairman and Interim CEO. Led & syndicated 34 equity financings

George Lauro - Board Partner - Kairos Ventures