Who We Are

Miramar Digital Ventures (MDV) is a seed and early-stage fund uniquely focused on investing in the most promising founders and market disruptive ideas in the Modern Mobile sector. MDV is a new sector specific fund from the Miramar family of funds. We are located in Newport Beach, California and Park City, Utah and we invest in companies across North America.

We are actively investing out of MDV, raised in 2013.

Contact Info

2101 E. Coast Hwy., Ste. 300
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

949 760 4450

Our Team

Sherman Atkinson

Investment Team | Managing Director

Investment Team | Managing Director
Prior to co-founding Miramar Digital Ventures, Sherman Atkinson was with Austin Ventures, where he was a CEO-In-Residence in their Growth Equity Practice.

Previously, Sherman spent 17 years as an operator and an entrepreneur in the new media and e-commerce sectors. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of Intermix Media, Inc. (AMEX: MIX), – incubator of MySpace.com. As part of the turn-around team, Sherman helped develop a number of new Internet media properties and also served as the President of Intermix Network, one of the largest Advertising Networks in 2005. During his tenure as COO, Intermix was acquired by News Corporation (NYSE: NWS) for $673 million. Prior to joining Intermix, Sherman served as the Chief Operating Officer of Buy.com and President of BuyServices, Inc.

Sherman received his BA in Russian from Purdue University. He also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and spent five years as a consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Bruce Hallett

Investment Team | Managing Director

Bruce Hallett is a co-founder of Miramar Venture Partners and brings his enthusiasm for innovation, product strategy and team building to Miramar’s portfolio of tech startup companies. With over two decades of collaborations with technology entrepreneurs, Bruce leads Miramar investments in mobile Internet solutions and software.

Currently, Bruce serves on the board of Brand Affinity Technologies, Scripsense and WellTok. He also served on the board of directors of Aktino (acquired by Positron), Berkana Wireless (acquired by Qualcomm), OptionEase (acquired by Solium) and RealPractice (acquired by ReachLocal).
Prior to founding Miramar, Bruce was Managing Partner of the Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison Orange County office, where he managed IPOs, venture financings and liquidity events for many high profile technology companies in Southern California including Broadcom, Buy.com, Exult and Applied Semantics (acquired by Google in 2003). Bruce was one of seven partners on Brobeck’s firm-wide executive committee until he started Miramar in 2001.

Bruce received his BA magna cum laude from UC Irvine and his JD from UCLA. From 2007-2010, he was Chair of the Chief Executive Roundtable at UC Irvine and from 2010-2012 Bruce served as UC Alumni Regent on the Board of Regents of the University of California. He is currently President of the UC Irvine Alumni Association and also serves on UC President Napolitano’s Innovation Council and is a member of the UCLA Venture Fund.

Brad Allen

Investment Team | Venture Partner

Brad is a Venture Partner with MDV and spent his career as an investor, investment banker and entrepreneur. He has invested in multiple early stage technology companies in the US, Hong Kong and China. With over 30 years as an investment banker, Brad worked for numerous tier one investment banks in New York, LA, and Hong Kong, including Drexel Burnham, Smith Barney and Bear Stearns. Brad spent 18 years working and living in Hong Kong completing over 40 institutional transactions representing over $1.5 billion in value including M&A and equity capital raises. In addition to his institutional activities, Brad created, funded and operated two technology start-ups in the e-commerce and enterprise software sectors. Brad’s current focus is on creating opportunities in Hong Kong and China for the MDV portfolio companies as well as sourcing deals from the region.

Brad graduated from Villanova University in 1978 with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Bob Holmen

Support Team | CFO

Bob Holmen is a co-founder of Miramar Venture Partners. Bob has spent his career building technology companies in the healthcare and information technology markets. He has served in diverse roles, from software engineer at Hughes Aircraft to senior executive roles at technology and life sciences companies to venture investor. Currently, Bob serves on the Boards of Miramar portfolio companies Matrix Sensors and Predixion Software. Past Miramar portfolio company Board memberships include Fastsoft (acquired by Akamai) and SiliconSystems (acquired by Western Digital Corporation).

Bob also serves as Adjunct Professor, teaching graduate courses on Venture Capital. Currently, he teaches “Venture Capital Law” at the UC Irvine School of Law. From 2012-14, he taught “Investing in New Ventures” in the MBA Program at the USC Marshall School of Business.

Bob received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1985, serving as an officer of the national engineering honor society at Stanford. He received his J.D. from UC Berkeley in 1989. Bob serves on the Board of Life College, a post-secondary school dedicated to helping young adults with disabilities transition to independent life and employment.

Edward Milstein

EIR / Founder / Advisor

As an EIR for Miramar Digital Ventures, Ed focuses on deal sourcing early-stage tech companies in the Rocky Mountain region.  Ed has experienced all sides of the entrepreneurial eco-system as a successful founder/CEO and angel investor.  Ed is an energized and engaged advisor and mentor sharing his wealth of operational experience and enthusiasm for building great teams.

Ed is an active advisor for many startups and serves as a Director for Field Squared, Inc., a Miramar Digital Ventures portfolio company.

As the founder and CEO for Compute and Network Intensive, Inc., an internet startup in Southern California, Ed achieved stellar growth.  The company grew 5400% over 5 years before selling to Verio in 1998.  While at Verio, Ed held positions as Regional VP and CIO.  In 2000, Ed took the helm of a Denver-based, VC-backed startup in the online job space.

Ed received a BS in Chemical Engineering from NJIT.

Henry Samueli

Advisory Board | Co-Founder and CTO, Broadcom Corp.

Dr. Henry Samueli co-founded Broadcom Corporation in 1991 and currently serves as Chief Technical Officer of the company. Broadcom is a global leader in providing semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Dr. Samueli helps drive the vision of Broadcom’s research and development activities and he also helps coordinate corporate-wide engineering development initiatives.

Since 1985 Dr. Samueli has also been a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he has supervised research programs in broadband communications circuits and digital signal processing. He has published over 100 technical papers in these areas and he is a named inventor in 60 U.S. patents. He has been on a leave of absence from UCLA since 1995. Dr. Samueli has also been a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at UC Irvine since 2003. He was the Chief Scientist and one of the founders of PairGain Technologies, Inc., a telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the digital subscriber line (DSL) industry, and he consulted for PairGain from 1988 to 1994. From 1980 until 1985 he was employed in various engineering and management positions in the Electronics and Technology Division of TRW, Inc., where he worked on the hardware development of various military broadband communications systems.

Dr. Samueli received a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1975, 1976, and 1980, respectively. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2000, a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. Dr. Samueli serves on the UC President’s Board on Science and Innovation, and the Chancellor’s Advisory Council at both UCLA and UC Irvine. He is also on the Dean’s Advisory Council of both the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. In 2000 he was awarded the University of California Presidential Medal, the UC Irvine Medal, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Industrial Pioneer Award, and the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science Alumnus of the Year. In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year from UCLA. In 2006 he received the IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leaders Award, and in 2010 he received the UCLA Medal.

Brian Jones

Advisory Board | President, AirTouch Cellular

Brian is an investor, board member and consultant with a focus on early stage companies in the technology sector. He is currently working with companies and clients in the smartphone app , medical informatics and client acquisition / management fields. He is a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Formerly Brian was a senior communications industry executive ( Bell Canada,Saudi Telecom, AT&T, Pacific Telesis and AirTouch Cellular ) with a consistent track record of leadership and achievement in challenging assignments. He’s adept at driving and managing change—technological, organizational and cultural—in highly dynamic business environments. Additionally, he has broad experience in start-ups/divestitures, M&A, and domestic and international operations.

Brian currently serves on the following advisory boards: Miramar Digital Ventures; B3 Connect LLC; CDM Company; MEDL Mobile,Inc. and Coastal Communications Inc.

Bob Hawk

Advisory Board | CEO U.S. West; Venture Partner DCM

Bob Hawk brings a wealth of expertise and contacts to his role as Venture Partner at DCM, and provides guidance and support for many of the firm’s portfolio companies. He has had various CEO-level leadership positions at major telecommunications companies and has guided numerous private companies through financings and initial public offerings.

Prior to joining DCM, Bob was President and CEO of U.S. West Multimedia Communications, Inc. where he was responsible for the MediaOne cable business and the Time Warner partnership until he retired in 1997. From 1986 until 1995, he was President of the Carrier Division of U.S. West Communications, Inc. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning for CXC Corporation, a high-technology start-up and before that was Director, Advanced Systems Development for ATT/American Bell.

During 1997-2002, Bob served as a Special Limited Partner of Crosspoint Venture Partners. During that time, he served on the boards or advisory boards of twenty companies that went public. Bob currently serves as a director of Covad Communications (Nasdaq) and Centillium Communications (Nasdaq) and several private high-technology companies.

Bob (Eccles) Romney

Advisory Board | Founder, Zenographics Inc.

Bob founded and served as CEO for Zenographics, Inc., a privately-held corporation specializing in computer graphics software development. Zenographics was acquired by Marvell Semiconductor in 2006, and Bob retired from Marvell in 2009. Zenographics develops and licenses software to global imaging OEMs for deployment in low-cost yet high-performance printers and copiers. Since the year 2000, tens of millions of Hewlett-Packard LaserJets contain Zenographics software. Other important Zenographics customers include Konica-Minolta (held a minority stake in Zenographics), Kodak, Oki, Samsung, Sharp, Tally-Genicom, Agilent, and Zoran. Mr. Romney is the principal architect of the software; the latest major version is “Zx”, for which U.S. patents are pending.

Bob is Vice-Chair of the UC Irvine CEO Roundtable, Chair of the Leadership Council for the UC Irvine Bren School of ICS, and serves on the Leadership Council of the UC Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Bob is also on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Symphony, and is on the Executive Committee of the Tech Coast Angels.

Bob received a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine and a B.A. degree from University of Virginia.

David Lack

Advisory Board | Managing Director, Tritium Partners

Prior to co-founding Tritium Partners, David was a Partner at Austin Ventures where he spent 11 years helping to launch and build the Growth Equity practice. Previously, David was a Manager at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he spent seven years in the Chicago Office. His primary focus was in the Retail and Consumer client practice. Prior to BCG, David was a consultant at Alliance Consulting Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

David has supported the Anti-Defamation League in their efforts to launch tolerance programs in the Austin business community.

David received his BA from Dartmouth College and MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Our Portfolio

The Artisan Mobile Experience Management (MEM) platform allows businesses to analyze, manage and enhance their existing mobile applications in real-time without writing code or resubmitting to app stores. Analyze user behavior and activity, test the effectiveness of different app designs, create personalized user experiences and instantly publish changes directly to your users – all in one easy to use platform. Artisan is a privately held company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Burner is a mobile application and service that enables users to obtain temporary, disposable numbers for voice and SMS communication. Fast, safe, and private, Burner lets you get as many numbers as you want, use each as a private line within your iPhone or Android, and “burn” a number whenever you’re done with it. Burner is made by Ad Hoc Labs, Inc., a privately held company based in Los Angeles, California.

Field Squared allows businesses to run their field operations in the cloud on a tablet or smart phone with Field Squared’s team location tracking and custom mobile documentation platform for small business, government and small utilities. Designed from the ground up as a mobile enterprise-class platform, Field Squared is ideal for running a mobile workforce or for sending work out to deployed sub-contractors. Field Squared is a privately held company based in Denver, Colorado.

Forcefield is a uniquely integrated and holistic suite of cloud-based tools and controls designed to help parents both supervise and optimize their children’s mobile internet browsing experience.

Note: No public website yet for the company.

Liquid Grids combines powerful analytics, targeted buyer personas and inbound strategies to create a full-service marketing solution for the healthcare industry. From their all-inclusive managed service to their upcoming do-it-yourself SaaS solution, Liquid Grids has marketing solutions specifically designed for the healthcare industry. Direct to Persona™ marketing means that every decision is powered by Liquid Grids’ comprehensive, data-driven buyer personas and inbound marketing techniques to drive leads and generate engagement with quality content and adverts. Liquid Grids is a privately held company based in San Diego, California.

Rachio is a technology company that builds smart irrigation controllers powered by intelligent cloud-based software and controlled through a web-based dashboard and intuitive Android and iPhone applications.

Scripsense™ has paired innovation with technology to revitalize the standard mode of scrip fundraising. Together our team has created a professional fundraising and service company that allows for increased earnings for the organization and greater community involvement, while creating less busy-work for everyone.

Veritone is an enterprise cloud-computing company offering technology solutions to broadcasters and advertisers. Veritone’s SaaS solutions deliver real-time audio and video processing, audience analytics, and search, retrieval, replay & share capabilities. Veritone also provides visual and audio discovery apps for Internet users to find, curate and share relevant or interesting content.

CloudVolumes is a technology company focused on simplifying the management and increasing the efficiency of applications within the datacenter and cloud. Their mission is to eliminate the need for pre-VM management, installation or upgrades.

Factual is a location platform that enables personalized and contextually relevant mobile experiences by enriching mobile location signals with definitive global data. Factual’s real-time data stack builds and maintains data on a global scale, with Factual’s core Global Places data covering over 65 million local businesses and points of interest in 50 countries. Factual’s platform also provides location based mobile personalization and ad-targeting solutions along with data cleaning and mapping services for business listings and points of interest.


Sherman Atkinson

Managing Director


Bruce Hallett

Managing Director