- Took meetings at the Pentagon and held a DoD Secret Clearance to view classified information
- Conducted research at MIT with Jonathan Gruber, known as the "architect" of the Affordable Care Act
- Spent a year working at Burger King (to be clear, burgers were flame broiled on a conveyor belt and never flipped)
- Questionable life expectancy as the only person at Industry Ventures who does not exercise
Ira concentrates on originating, valuing and managing secondary investments in later-stage, venture-backed companies and venture capital funds. He also focuses on helping corporate venture capital groups generate liquidity from their portfolio or spin-out and establish a traditional venture fund business.
Prior to Industry Ventures, Ira worked on the Investment Team at The Carlyle Group/AlpInvest Partners where he committed capital to private equity and venture capital funds. Previously, Ira was a Senior Analyst at Commonfund Capital investing in private equity funds, secondary investments and direct investments globally. Ira began his career at Booz Allen Hamilton on a team developing software and analytics for the Department of Defense.
Ira received a BS in engineering from MIT and his MBA from Columbia Business School, where he graduated with Dean’s Honors. While in business school, Ira was a Summer Associate at Lazard in the Telecom, Media and Technology group and an intern at ZelnickMedia, a lower-middle market private equity and growth capital investment firm.