Meet the Team
Chief Software Architect
Board of Directors
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Phenix
Scott Paseltiner has a long history in the financial markets both as a trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange for over 16 years and as a “serial” entrepreneur of startup technology and biotechnology companies for over two decades.
He has either helped found, lead, finance or serve on the boards of nearly two dozen companies, and he has taken companies from concept to acquisition by publicly listed companies on several occasions. In 1972, Mr. Paseltiner graduated from the Wharton School of Finance with a B.S. in Economics, and he received his J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law in 1975.
CEO, KB Partners
Keith Bank is the Founder and Managing Partner of KB Partners and has a diverse background in start-up companies, real estate and other entrepreneurial ventures. He founded and serves on the Board of Directors of Club Champion Golf and was the past Chairman of SteadyMed Ltd. (NASDAQ:STDY). He also serves on the boards of Full Swing Golf, Phenix Real-Time Solutions, ANGLR, Hammerhead and Workforce Athletics and oversees the firm’s investments in MVPIndex, FanCompass and Shape Matrix.
Keith has been a very "hands on" venture capital and angel investor in a wide variety of industries, including the medical, semiconductor, internet, telecom, software, cable TV, sports and golf, consumer and retail, and social media arenas. Prior to forming the KB Partners venture funds, Mr. Bank co-founded and served on the Board and as President of MST Analytics, Inc., a semi-conductor product and services business which was successfully sold to ATMI, Inc., a public company, in 1999.
Keith was a founding board member of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and served as its Chairman in 2005-2006. He was the recipient of the IVCA’s prestigious Fellows Medal in 2006. Keith founded, and for 16 years, served as the Chairman of the Chicago Select Golf Invitational, one of the largest American Cancer Society golf fundraising events in the country, having raised approximately $8 million under his guidance. He has been honored by Crain’s Chicago Business as a “40 Under 40”, a Who’s Who of Chicago Executives and as one of the 100 most prominent members of Chicago’s technology community. Keith is active in CEO’s against Cancer and NU Wave, an athletic fundraising vehicle for Northwestern University.
Prior to forming KB Partners in 1996, Keith was a Principal at HSA, a Chicago based national real estate development, investment, management and brokerage firm. There he was instrumental in the development, acquisition, financing, sale, and leasing of over three million square feet of property with a value in excess of $650 million. Other career highlights include co-founding a deep discount retailer, acquiring and completing a successful turnaround of a women’s apparel manufacturing and sales company, and procuring the equity and debt financing for, and serving as the Producer and Executive Producer of feature films entitled “Heaven is a Playground” (1991) and the BAFTA award winning "Tommy's Honour" (2017).
Keith graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA in Finance with honors from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is 99% of the way towards achieving his goal of playing the Top 100 golf courses in the United States.
Co-Founder & CEO, Vizbee
An Army Veteran, Emmy award winning, industry-leading media executive and technologist with experience as board member, CEO and CTO leading global media and internet companies in New York, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley.
Darren has spent his career driving “firsts” in digital media from the earliest days of the internet’s effect on the changing media landscape. After a GE honed pedigree and nearly a decade in “Big Media” (as the EVP, CTO for NBC Universal) where he successfully transitioned traditional broadcast television and film production to multi-platform digital delivery, Feher moved to Silicon Valley where he grew a high-tech venture backed start-up (Conviva) from raw science to a fully commercialized global business improving video streaming for iconic brands such as HBO, ESPN, Viacom, VEVO and many others reaching over 4 billion viewers a month.
Currently, Darren is the Co-founder and CEO of venture backed start-up, Vizbee located in New York City. Vizbee is the world’s first mobile and TV continuity platform which accelerates the growth of Over-the-Top (OTT) streaming businesses through a unique approach to universal casting and cross-device household targeting data. Vizbee’s patented technology allows publisher mobile apps to automatically detect nearby smart TVs and streaming devices, launch, control, and playback content instantly on them. The company recently completed a Series A led by Turner and is live on major brands such as CNN,TNT, TBS, EPIX, The NBA, and PGA.
Darren’s unique blend of experience spans TV production, technology development, big data, venture and strategic investment, leadership, advertising, new business models, emerging markets, acquisitions, and policy / standards work for companies of all stages giving him a unique perspective on the digital media marketplace. He has been a force behind many convention-breaking achievements including the creation of Hulu, the first “digital” Olympics coverage, TV Everywhere, early interactive TV applications, and the digital transition of TV.
Specifically, while at GE and NBCU, Feher held several executive posts including the longest tenure as Chief Technology Officer in the company’s history where he ran broadcast engineering as well as built the digital product teams that became NBCU’s digital businesses (cnbc.com, nbc.com, Hulu etc.). He has run large organizations (600+) globally, lead acquisitions and integrations teams (Universal Pictures, Bravo, Telemundo, iVillage etc.), built the first media focused R&D lab in GE, fought online piracy, dealt with union labor issues, helped establish the Peacock equity fund and executed numerous high profile television events including Olympics, Saturday Night Live, Superbowl, Presidential Elections, Tentpole film releases (such as King Kong) and countless others.
Before NBCU, Darren spent time in various leadership roles at GE Corporate leading 6 Sigma teams in process improvement activities across the divisions as well as some of GE’s first global outsourcing efforts. This base still influences his passion for measurement and analytical approach to operational efficiency. Among his many accolades, Mr. Feher was awarded three Emmys for work in both television and the Internet. In 2009, he was awarded the GE Edison Award and joined a group recognized as the most impactful technologists in the history of General Electric.
His professional foundation was built first as a West Point graduate and former military telecommunications officer, refined as one of the youngest senior GE executives and broadened with the first hand experience running fast growing start-ups in Silicon Valley and NYC. He has raised $40M in early stage VC funding as both CEO and board member including a successful exit of Cliptamatic to Lerer Ventures backed NowThisMedia.
Darren has also served in an advisory capacity for NYC based Central Park Financial specializing in sell-side special situation dispositions. Feher also spent five years as an Army Signal Officer leading multichannel satellite voice, data and systems units, and was an Aide de Camp to 2 General Officers before being honorably discharged. Darren currently resides in Connecticut, is a father to 3 and is an active lacrosse player, Yogi, skier and guitarist.
David B. Rone
Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners
David Rone is a Senior Managing Director and Senior Advisor to the President of Guggenheim Investments, the institutional asset management division of Guggenheim Partners, LLC, a global investment and advisory firm. Prior to joining Guggenheim, David served as President of Time Warner Cable Networks and Time Warner Cable Sports, where he managed Time Warner Cable’s entire portfolio of 37 sports, news and lifestyle networks across the country.
Previously, David was a member of the sports media advisory leadership team for Evolution Media Capital (EMC), a boutique investment banking firm for the media and sports industries formed in partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Before segueing to EMC, he served as co-head of CAA Sports, which represents more than 1,000 of the world’s top athletes and sports professionals and advises many leading sports organizations.
David spent numerous years in leadership positions at Fox Sports culminating in his role as Executive Vice President of Fox Sports Networks and General Manager for Fox College Sports. David’s executive experience also includes several years in various roles at the Walt Disney Co., most recently as Vice President, Business Development for Corporate Alliances.
David began his professional career as a transactional attorney specializing in mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and corporate financings with the law firm of Rudnick & Wolfe.
David is a Trustee of Tufts University and a former member of the Board of Advisors for the School of Arts & Sciences at Tufts where he served in the chairman’s role for 6 years. He also serves as a member of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Board.
David received a B.A. in economics from Tufts University and a J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Chief Software Architect, Phenix
Dr. Stefan Birrer
Co-Founder & Chief Software Architect, Phenix
Dr. Stefan Birrer is the inspiration behind the Phenix technologies, and under his leadership the company delivers unparalleled viewing experiences with near-zero latency, at broadcast scale and superb quality. A recognized authority on streaming video technology and networking, Dr. Birrer has also been an entrepreneur for almost two decadse. He has developed and guided several projects from concept to market, highlighted by companies servicing hundreds of thousands of active monthly users and 24/7 availability.
He led real-time communication and video streaming projects at Skype and Rabbit, built financial and chat systems at Barclays and performed engineering research for IBM.
His research has produced over a dozen peer-reviewed papers and patents covering peering technologies and distributed systems. Dr. Birrer is the recipient of the Siemens Building Technologies Scholarship (2001) and the Mueller Martini Foundation Award for Culture, Science and Education (1997). In 2001, he received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University for Applied Science Aagau, Brugg-Windisch (Switzerland), and both his M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2007) in Computer Science from Northwestern University with focus on scalable live video streaming.