Mentors

Francine Sommer

Venture Capitalist, Founder of Oculus Media Inc., Partner of Village Ventures

    Formerly, Francine was co-Founder & General Partner of Gabelli Multimedia Partners, a new media venture capital fund; Senior Vice President of the Angel™ Funds Group, Wit Capital; Managing Director, First Security Management, a value oriented hedge fund; President of 655 Associates, a Gabelli & Co. venture portfolio turnaround and Vice President, Research & Science Investors, a venture capital firm.

    Francine is a founder of the predecessor to newyorkangels.com and is a past President of the Venture Investors Association of NY and the 2005 Chairperson of New Mexico Angels. She worked with the Giuliani administration on the Board and Executive Committee of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and was on the Board & Executive Committee of the Lensic Performing Art Center. She is currently on the Board of Coronado Ventures Forum.