Series-A Partners advises early stage technology companies on corporate strategy, growth initiatives, liquidity opportunities (including capital raises and M&A), fairness opinions, corporate restructuring, as well as providing outsourced corporate development and COO services. Series-A Partners possesses a deep understanding of the overall Software and Internet landscape with a primary focus on Mobile, Internet, SaaS, as well as Financial Technology. Our experience has been gained by working inside, alongside, as well as evaluating numerous firms throughout the technology space and understanding the trials and tribulations that emerging companies face during turbulent times. We have been through the tech crashes of 2001 and 2008 and understand how to put emotions aside and focus on the key aspects of the business.
As the founder and Managing Director of Series-A Partners, Alan Tikwart Alden has more than 20 years of experience working in and around technology and finance. Alan possesses the unique perspective of having worked within numerous early stage startups, in corporate M&A at Advent Software, investment research (covering software at Citi), as well as a technology-focused investment banker at Financial Technology Partners, where he headed up the Capital Markets team. Over the past 20 years, Alan has analyzed literally hundreds of business plans and met with numerous start-ups and established companies, helping them build business plans, re-evaluate revenue generation strategies, as well as advise on M&A, Cap Raises, and Fairness Opinions.
Alan has advised on a number of transactions, including the sale of e-Books Technology Inc to Google, the sale of Verdatum Systems to BigHand UK(a leader in the dictation space), as well as the sale of Stampede Technologies to Comtech. Prior to founding Series-A Partners, Alan was at Financial Technology Partners, a leading boutique bank advising exclusively on the Financial Technology space, where he headed up the firm’s Capital Markets practice and helped execute a number of deals, including: the $670M acquisition of Automated Trading Desk by Citi, the $220M acquisition of Wombat Technologies by NYSE Euronext, and Goldleaf’s $46M acquisition of Alogent.
Prior to FT Partners, Alan was covering the small and mid-cap enterprise software for Citi. Along with covering the Business Intelligence (BI) and ETL space, Alan’s team was the first team on the street to initiate coverage on the SaaS (Software-As-A-Service) sector (what is now known as cloud computing). By working as an analyst on the street, Alan was given unfettered access to some of the top technology management teams and was allowed to analyze numerous companies and business strategies.
Alan was also part of the M&A and strategic investments team at Advent Software, a $1B+ public software company and leader in the financial technology software space, where he advised Advent on 12 investments and three acquisitions, as well as helping facilitate international partnerships during his tenure. While at Advent, Alan was able to gain a deep understanding of the software space by meeting with numerous start-ups and working with other leading industry players. Prior to Advent, Alan was on the Corporate Development team at StockPower a dotcom startup focusing on affinity marketing and direct stock purchase plans. The Company successfully raised (and spent) $25 million and provided invaluable insight into the trials and tribulations of running a start-up business.
Alan holds a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law, as well as a BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA and spends part of the year in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.