Laurent Ohana is the Founder and Managing Partner of Parkview. He is a 20+ year veteran of the Internet Industry with many industry firsts to his credit. Over his career, Laurent has started a number of highly innovative web companies, raised several ventures funds, advised numerous Founders, Boards and Investors on M&A and fund raisings and formed partnerships between corporate investors and innovative startups.
Trained as a lawyer, Laurent joined a Wall Street law firm and specialized in mergers and acquisitions. In 1994, he pivoted to the nascent web industry and was an active participant in the launch of several Web 1.0 companies. Between 1994 and 1999, Laurent ran his own angel fund, New Media Capital, and participated in several high profile early stage financings, including LookSmart (a human curated catalog of the Web taken public by Goldman Sachs), MetaMatrix (a metadata management platform funded by Kleiner Perkins and sold to RedHat) and Snickelways Interactive (NYC’s original e-commerce consultancy). During those years, Laurent also co-founded CyberSites, a virtual community platform spawned out of an originally produced Web+CD-ROM game (SPQR)) — a platform that pioneered the idea of giving people a homestead on the web where they could post messages on their friends’ “walls”…
In 1999, Laurent raised $25M from 3 of the world’s largest news publishers (Hollinger, Fairfax and Mondadori) as well as several family offices to acquire one of the early pioneers of web-based News syndication (NewsAlert.com). A year later, Laurent raised raised another $35M from Capital Z and others. Laurent took the company from a 7 person team to 135 person with offices in NYC, Jerusalem, Paris, London and Singapore, with hundreds of customers across the world, and establishing one of the first SaaS businesses in the Web industry. Post the meltdown of the Web sector in 2001, NewsAlert was sold to a public competitor in 2003.
In 2004, Laurent launched Parkview to advise Web 2.0 companies, Private Equity funds and Family Offices on financings and M&A. In 2009, Parkview formed an investment partnership with a number of Family Offices to invest in Web companies in the US and China. In 2013, Laurent launched the NetForum Peer-to-Peer roundtables to bring together the senior leadership of expansion stage web companies to have in-depth, off-the-record discussions about key management issues and industry wide issues impacting their businesses.
Laurent maintains relationships with a broad network of Venture Capital firms, Private Equity firms, Family Offices and Strategic buyers/investors across the world who respond to Parkview’s carefully curated approaches on behalf of its clients for financing and M&A opportunities.
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