Team

OUR TEAM MEMBERS

Michael Murphy
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
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Michael Murphy

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Michael Murphy is the Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Executive Officer of Rosecliff, a leading alternative asset management firm. He also serves as the Chairman of the firm’s Management Committee and co-head of its Investment Committee.

Currently, Michael is the Founding Sponsor and Chief Executive Officer of Rosecliff Acquisition Corp (RCLF). In 2021, he brought RCLF public on the Nasdaq to focus on merging with a technology enabled business. As of November 2021, the public entity has agreed to merge with Gett Inc, a software and logistics business that optimizes ground transportation management for corporates. Michael sits on the Board of Directors for various Rosecliff portfolio companies including; SquareFoot, Fordays, Tortoise, Cargo.

Michael began his financial services career in fixed income at Oppenheimer. Prior to founding Rosecliff in 2015, he was a serial entrepreneur in the financial services industry. Michael was the Founder of an investment banking firm and a long short hedge fund. Early in his career, he became a prominent angel investor in various high growth technology businesses.

Michael is currently a regular contributor on Fox Business Network, bringing his expertise and experience on trends in the private equity, venture capital, and equity markets.

Michael graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Michael currently resides in New York City with his wife and six children.

Michael Caso
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
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Michael Caso

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Michael Caso is the Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and President of Rosecliff, a leading alternative asset management firm. He also serves on the firm’s Management Committee and co-head of its Investment Committee. At Rosecliff, Michael has launched seven alternative investment funds, led investments in over 100 portfolio companies, and raised over $1 billion in assets under management from investors. Some of his highlighted investments include: Allbirds, Ro, Thirty Madison, PIPE, Postmates, Hyperice, WheelsUP, Petal, ZenBusiness.

Separate from Rosecliff, he is also the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Rosecliff Capital Advisory, an asset management firm that specializes in providing complex investment strategies that generate competitive risk-adjusted returns through structured portfolios.

In 2021, Michael became a Founding Member and Sponsor of Rosecliff Acquisition Corp (RCLF). RCLF went public on the Nasdaq to focus on merging with a technology enabled business. As of November 2021, the public entity has agreed to merge with Gett Inc, a software and logistics business that optimizes ground transportation management for corporates.

Michael was awarded the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 for his excellence and success in the venture capital industry. He was also recognized in VCJ as a Top 30 Rising Star in VC.

Michael graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. In 2022, he is graduating from Cornell University with a Masters of Business Administration.

Michael currently resides in New York City.

Stewart Eichner
Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
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Stewart Eichner

Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel

Stewart Eichner is an experienced investment management attorney with an extensive background in building businesses for alternative investment managers focused on global hedge funds and private equity platforms. Prior to joining Rosecliff, as CCO & General Counsel, Stewart was the CCO of a boutique investment manager based in Manhattan. Earlier in his impressive career, Stewart held senior roles at top public financial institutions such as BlackRock and Morgan Stanley.

Jay Rattino, CPA
Controller
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Jay Rattino, CPA

Controller

Jay Rattino is the Controller at Rosecliff Ventures. With 12 years of experience, his past roles include auditor, fund administrator, and fund accountant. Mr. Rattino holds a double major in accounting/economics from Muhlenberg College. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and three daughters.

Connor Frazier
Principal
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Connor Frazier

Principal

Connor Frazier is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, conducting research, investor relations and supporting Rosecliff’s portfolio companies. Connor focuses most of his time on consumer and technology-enabled opportunities. Prior to joining the Rosecliff team, Connor has experience in both the retail and investment banking industries. He worked as a financial analyst at a middle market investment banking firm based in New York City. He was responsible for conducting due diligence and analyzing incoming deal flow. He also assisted the firm in various capital raising efforts. Connor led due diligence on Tortoise, ZenBusiness, Kyte, Gatsby, Twine & Powerboard. He currently serves as a board observer to Tortoise.

Outside of work, Connor is an active stock investor. He was head of internal research at Pace University’s Investment Club. He has been involved in multiple equity trading competitions throughout New York City.

Krish Mehta
Principal
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Krish Mehta

Principal

Krish Mehta is a principal at Rosecliff Ventures. Krish joined Rosecliff after graduating from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business where he studied Finance and Data Science.  Krish was born and raised in Mumbai, India. Prior to joining Rosecliff, Krish worked at a New-York based technology Consulting firm. He also worked at the Bombay Stock Exchange in their Cyber Security Department. 

Jack Leetch
Investment Analyst
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Jack Leetch

Investment Analyst

Jack Leetch is an Investment Analyst at Rosecliff Ventures. Prior to joining Rosecliff, Jack Leetch spent 4 years broadening his expertise within the  healthcare industry while working as an assistant in the ER, volunteering at shelters and at his family’s fundraisers. Jack spent much of his personal time assisting brands with their social media growth as a strategy expert. Jack attended Boston College’s Carroll School of Management where he studied Computer Science. His concentration was with languages such as Python and Swift. Jack is a frequent golfer and enjoys visiting his home town of Boston whenever possible.

Thomas Persinski
Investment Analyst
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Thomas Persinski

Investment Analyst

Thomas Persinski is an Investment Analyst at Rosecliff Ventures. Thomas graduated from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management with a double major in Finance and Accounting. He also studied abroad at the London School of Economics, where he focused on blockchain applications and technologies. Prior to joining Rosecliff Ventures, Thomas worked in global asset management and management consulting. In college, Thomas served as President of the Club Golf and lead the universities startup / venture capital team competitions. Outside of work, Thomas is an active investor and enjoys playing golf and basketball.

Nick Cohn
Investment Analyst
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Nick Cohn

Investment Analyst

Nicholas Cohn is an Investment Analyst at Rosecliff Ventures. Prior to joining Rosecliff, Nicholas worked at Silicon Valley Bank in the Global Fund Banking Group providing leverage financing and lending to Private Equity/Venture Capital firms and their portfolio companies. Prior to Silicon Valley Bank, Nicholas interned at a Private Equity firm in St. Louis where he gained first hand exposure to private markets. Nicholas graduated from Michigan State University where he studied finance. In his free time, Nicholas enjoys fishing as well as playing soccer, basketball, and golf.

Alexander Gellert
Investment Analyst
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Alexander Gellert

Investment Analyst
Alexander Gellert is an investment analyst at Rosecliff Ventures. Prior to joining Rosecliff, Alexander worked for the Czech Embassy, Disney/ABC and Rockefeller Capital. While in College, Alexander built and ran a startup that combined social media and shopping. Outside of the office, Alexander enjoys baseball, skiing and playing squash. Alexander plans to bring his perspective of political science, economics, and startup experience to the Rosecliff Team.
Alexander graduated from Colgate University where he studied Political Science and Economics.
Aayush Shah
Investment Analyst
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Aayush Shah

Investment Analyst

Aayush is an Investment Analyst at Rosecliff. Prior to joining Rosecliff, Aayush was a founding team member of fintech startup Buttonwood, where he led strategy and operations as Chief of Staff to build a platform that makes fundraising easier. He has accumulated an array of experience working across finance in Fintech, Investment Banking, Sales and Trading and otherwise at companies like Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, and Cantor Fitzgerald. He graduated summa cum laude from NYU’s Stern School of Business, concentrating in Finance and Data Science. Aayush enjoys traveling, attending comedy shows and fine dining during his free time.

Danielle Burkhardt
Operations
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Danielle Burkhardt

Operations

Danielle is originally from Michigan, where she studied child development and psychology at Central Michigan University. After earning her degree, Danielle interned as a child life specialist at Mott Children’s Hospital. She went on to become a teacher at The Learning Experience School.

Danielle moved to New York in June 2018 for an adventure and joined the Rosecliff team in June 2019.