WHO WE ARE

Leadership

Alejandro Cremades

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Alejandro Cremades is the author of the best-selling book The Art of Startup Fundraising and most recently founded Onevest/CoFoundersLab, one of the largest online communities for entrepreneurs which was acquired by Business Rokstars in a multi-million dollar transaction. Over the course of the past years, Alejandro has helped as an ‘angel’ fund over 100 startups and has raised millions from angels and venture capital investors online and offline for its own ventures. Alejandro guest lectures at NYU Stern School of Business and The Wharton Business School. Alejandro has been included in the Top 30 Under 30 lists of Vanity Fair, Entrepreneur Magazine, and GQ Magazine. Alejandro has also been involved with the JOBS Act since inception. He was invited to the White House and the US House of Representatives to provide his stands on the new regulatory changes. Alejandro was also featured by TechCrunch as one of the expats that is shaping New York’s tech.

Michael Seversen

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Michael has a long record of advising, financing and building companies with executive experience in investment banking, private equity, venture capital, and strategic consulting.  As Vice President with Piper Jaffray, Inc, he executed numerous IPO’s, private placements and M&A transactions.   As a venture capitalist with Piper Jaffray Ventures, Michael raised $50 million in capital and invested in over a dozen companies, helping to oversee their growth and strategy.  Michael also headed the West Coast office for Riverside Company, an international private equity firm with $250 million in capital, where he led the acquisitions of companies on the West Coast and managed the financial aspects of their continued growth and success.  Earlier in his career, Michael was a strategic consultant with Monitor Company, an international strategic consulting firm providing business strategy and financial planning to Fortune 500 companies.  Michael is a graduate of Stanford University and has a Harvard MBA.

Our Story

Every business has a story. Here is ours.

The inspiration for Panthera Advisors started with conversations between our founding partners, Alejandro Cremades and Michael Seversen. Their diverse personal and professional experiences converged upon many common themes and a shared passion for helping businesses create value.

As a young entrepreneur, Alejandro experienced first-hand the challenges and opportunities that a small business faces from all sides of the table – as an operator, acquirer and seller. After a challenging start, a leveraged acquisition and many years of continued investment in the business, he executed a successful, but laborious, sale process. While the result was financially rewarding, he will never forget the feelings of anxiety and self-doubt that went along with the process, of navigating through multiple negotiations, legal jargons, and endless buyer inquiries without having any experienced guidance to ensure he was making the right decisions. The personal and professional lessons learned from this experience fueled his passion for investment banking and guiding similar businesses through a smooth financial transition.

For Michael, growing up, he was part of ongoing conversations about starting up the business, financing its operations, and managing its initial success, followed by the challenges tied to continued growth. Michael learned first-hand that making the right commercial choices would signal ultimate success or failure. Since then, Michael made it a personal goal to pursue roles that would shape business outcomes, in small and large corporate environments–all in an effort to learn and harness commercial leadership skills.

Panthera Advisors reflects their passion of empowering entrepreneurs to maximize value through mergers and acquisitions, providing the support owners need to effectively and confidently take their business to the next level.