Malcolm Thornton, Investment Director of Starfish Ventures, spoke at the ADC Future Summit 2012.
Malcolm Thornton has worked in venture related roles since 1998. Prior to Starfish Ventures, he spent several years as Investment Manager with JAFCO Investment (Asia Pacific) and then joined Platypus Technology in sales and business development, establishing the company’s US operations. Malcolm is a scientist and programmer by training with graudate degrees in physics and computer science and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. He also spent several years in Japan as a a Monbusho scholar researching technology commercialisation. At Starfish Malcolm’s focus in on investments in information technology and software businesses, with particular interest in mobile, internet and cloud based enterprise systems. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment lifecycle from deal sourcing and execution through portfolio management and exit creation. Malcolm is the Starfish Director for 5th Finger, Aruspex, ICIX, Intersection Medical and QS Semiconductor and Board Observer at Aktana, Space Time Research and Zoom Systems. Previous roles include Director of G2 Microsystems (acquired by Broadcom), Director of Evostor (acquired by Virsto Software) and Observer of Quickcomm (acquired by Vodafone). He is also a Director of AVCAL, the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Ltd.