As Partner and co-founder of Alpha Venture Partners, Brian evaluates new investment opportunities and develops its Alpha VC network of over 100 early stage venture firms. As a strategic advisor, Brian develops deal flow and relationships for Pritzker Group Venture Capital, our limited partner. As a serial founder/CEO, Brian also provides product, marketing, partnership, and operating expertise to AVP and its portfolio.
Prior to Alpha Venture Partners, Brian was the CEO and founder of Preclick, (sold to Smilebox), where he developed popular photo software licensed worldwide by HP, 3M, Sandisk, Walmart, Costco, CVS, and Walgreens. Prior to Preclick, Mr. Smiga was CEO at 3Path, an Intel and Goldman-Sachs backed early “Dropbox”, and the SVP of Marketing at 1ClickCharge, where his product leadership resulted in a profitable exit to CMGi.
After first working with Mr. Brotman at 1ClickCharge, Mr. Smiga has advised portfolio companies: Altruik, Headliner, Knovel, and Mobile Commons. In the 1990s, Mr. Smiga began his career as a developer at Booz & Co, and in Silicon Valley was cofounder and President of Portfolio Software and Actioneer, where he co-authored six collaboration software patents and licensed top-rated software to Apple, IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, AOL, 3Com, Acco, and others. Brian received a BA in Liberal Arts from Swarthmore College, and graduated first with a Masters of Philosophy in Literature from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. Brian is founder and director of TEDxNavesink and BrandNewJ, hosted at Monmouth University.