Team

OUR TEAM MEMBERS

Michael Murphy
Managing Partner and Founder
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Michael Murphy

Managing Partner and Founder

Michael Murphy is Founder and CEO of Rosecliff Ventures. Mr. Murphy’s career as a financial services entrepreneur began over 20 years ago. Throughout his time in the financial services industry, he has developed insight into fundamental investing, private equity, long/short strategies and macro global economic trends. His past successes include; operating a long/short Hedge Fund, successfully growing a wealth management business, running a broker dealer, and working on various investment banking deals. Mr. Murphys experiences led him to launch the Investment firm, Rosecliff Capital, and most recently the Venture Capital Fund, Rosecliff Ventures.

Mr. Murphy has been a successful angel investor for the past 7 years. He has played an active role in the success of many startups. It was his experience as an angel investor that lead to the launch of Rosecliff Ventures. Mr. Murphy was a CNBC contributor and has regularly appeared on the networks FastMoney segment, commenting on global macroeconomic trends, equities in the news and the latest market news. Currently, Mr. Murphy appears on FoxBusiness.

A native of New York, Mr. Murphy graduated from Hofstra University. He currently lives in NYC with his wife and six children.

Michael Caso
Managing Partner and Founder
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Michael Caso

Managing Partner and Founder

Michael Caso is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Rosecliff. He was honored with being awarded 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital. Michael oversees the entire investment team, which is, responsible for sourcing, reviewing, researching and structuring new
investment opportunities for the firm. Michael also manages the fundraising and capital raising efforts of the firm. Prior to launching Rosecliff, Michael worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Michael also worked as an investment banking associate for Rosecliff Capital, where he focused on technology, consumer and software deals.

Aside from work, Michael is an avid face in the health and fitness industry. He dedicates a lot of his free time trying to inspire people to live a healthier life through diet, exercise, and cardio vascular activities. Michael is active in the startup community. Michael graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Economics. While attending Fordham, he received multiple academic honors. Michael was honored with a four year academic scholarship.

Michael currently resides in NYC’s Battery Park 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.

Connor Frazier
Principal
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Connor Frazier

Principal

Connor Frazier is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, conducting research, and supporting Rosecliff’s portfolio companies. Connor specializes in both retail and consumer based investments. 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.

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
Senior Associate
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Krish Mehta

Senior Associate

Krish Mehta is a senior associate 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. 

Dan Akivis, CFA
Senior Associate
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Dan Akivis, CFA

Senior Associate

Dan is a Senior Associate at Rosecliff Ventures. At Rosecliff, Dan is responsible for sourcing deals, researching potential investments, and assisting portfolio companies. Prior to Rosecliff, Dan was at Expansion VC, an early stage fund in NYC where he was focused on FinTech and PropTech. Prior to Expansion, Dan was at Arc Companies, a single family office where he focused on LP investing. Dan started his career in Equity Research at Maxim Group and Wells Fargo. He has a B.S./B.A in Finance/Economics from Rutgers University and is pursuing his MBA at NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Tessa Battistin
Director of Platform
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Tessa Battistin

Director of Platform

Tessa Battistin is the Director of Platform at Rosecliff Ventures. At Rosecliff, Tessa strategizes with portfolio companies, manages corporate partnerships, and spearheads communications for the firm.

Previously, Tessa was Platform Manager at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA), a seed-stage startup accelerator and investment firm in NYC. Previously, she worked for 37 Angels Investment Network, and at the NYC based startup Manicube (acquired by Elizabeth Arden in 2015).

Tessa founded a fashion e-commerce brand for ethically sourced garments while still in university, and ran the business full-time after finishing her degree. Tessa earned a B.A. in English Literature from McGill University in Canada, where she graduated with distinction. She competed in the Dobson Cup for Entrepreneurship, run by the McGill University Desautels Business School, and earned a spot at the Notman House incubator in Montreal. During her student days, she helped organize three annual TEDxMontrealWomen conferences, and is passionate about bringing visibility to female founders.

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.