Industry Ventures continues to grow with new hires and team promotions

Industry Ventures, a leading private equity and technology-focused investment firm, has announced key additions to its investment and operations team to strengthen and further develop the business. Additionally, the firm recognized the continued contributions of team members with the announcement of internal promotions.

Pat Hanson joined the company in July 2021 as Chief Administrative Officer and resumed the role of Chief Compliance Officer in November 2021. Prior to joining Industry Ventures, Pat was Vice President of Finance and Chief Compliance Officer for Dyson Capital Advisors . Previously, Pat was CFO of Little Hawk Capital Management LLC (the Industry Ventures company acquired in 2009 that formed the fund strategy for Partnership Holdings) and was controller for a Mid-Atlantic real estate developer. Pat began his career with Price Waterhouse LLP, where he worked in the Audit and Business Advisory Services group. Pat received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Collège de la Sainte-Croix.

Jon Wong joined the firm in October 2021 as vice president of the Tech Buyout team. Prior to joining Industry Ventures, Jon was Vice President of BlackRock’s Private Equity Partners group, where he carried out major fund commitments in venture and private equity funds as well as direct investments. Prior to that, Jon developed expertise in the private equity and investment banking industry while working at Fulcrum Capital Partners, Rabo Securities and EY. Jon received his MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS in Finance from NYU.

Valerie Lau joined the firm in September 2021 as Vice President Legal where she will support all legal functions of the firm. Prior to joining Industry Ventures, Valerie was a lawyer at Latham & Watkins where she worked in emerging companies and the venture capital group (ECVC). In addition to representing companies throughout their lifecycle, she has advised venture capital funds on their primary and secondary investments and other related legal matters. Valerie received her JD from Georgetown University and a BA in biochemistry from Harvard University.

Additional team hires during the year include Stephen Casillas, partner in the Direct and Partnership Holdings team; Theresa Starnes, Associate of the Secondary Team; Jady Wei, partner in the Direct and Partnership Holdings team; Wade Cobb, Business Development Analyst; and Lynn Appelbaum, Accounting Manager.

“We are excited about the continued growth of our business and are honored to welcome this group of high caliber team members,” said Hans Swildens, CEO of Industry Ventures. “It’s great to work with Pat again, who has worked with our team for a long time and has been very quick. Jon’s experience executing direct investments and funds with BlackRock makes him the ideal candidate to join our Tech Buyout team. Valérie brings to our firm valuable experience as an in-house lawyer which will allow us to institutionalize our legal processes.

In addition, the firm recognized the continued contributions of team members with internal promotions throughout the year, including Brian Langner as Director; Nick Laszlo to senior partner; Hannibal George at Business Development Associate; Alex Adam to the director, responsible for investor relations; Jay Foster as Senior Director of Fund Accounting; Alyssa Walker to Senior Partner, Investor Relations; and Chris Hipple at the controller.

About Industry Ventures LLC

Founded in 2000, Industry Ventures is a leading venture capital platform with over $ 5 billion in committed capital under management. Industry Ventures invests at all stages of the venture capital life cycle through complementary fund strategies. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Washington, DC and London. For more information, please visit

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