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Mr. Michael A. Shoemaker

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Managing Principal

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Wellspring FV LLC
40 North Lime Street
Lancaster , Pennsylvania 17602
United States

Company Description: Wellspring FV provides help. Advice grows on trees, we come and actually help. We have massive experience in all aspects of high-growth, high-tech management. ...   more

Employment History

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  • Bachelor of Science degree , Electronics Engineering Technology
    Ohio Institute of Technology
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Wellspring FV Management, 26 May 2015 [cached]
Wellspring FV LLC was founded in April, 1999 by Michael Shoemaker & Roy Smith.
Michael A. Shoemaker
Managing Principal
Shoemaker has specialized in technology management and investment capitalization for nearly 20 years. He was founder of Wellspring FV's predecessor, Wellspring Partners, Limited. Wellspring Partners was an investment/merchant banking firm specializing in joint ventures, strategic partnerships, technology transfer, mergers, acquisitions and investment capitalization of technology based businesses.
Prior to founding Wellspring, Shoemaker served as founder and Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Enterprises, Inc., an electronics manufacturing services company specializing in military and high reliability commercial surface mount technology, where his microelectronics manufacturing techniques brought him national recognition. He has served as Director of Manufacturing for Laser Communications, Inc., a venture capital-backed free air laser communications company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Shoemaker helped found and runs the Lancaster Angel Network, that has made more than $5 million in investments in early stage companies since its beginning in January 2000. Shoemaker was recently the President of the Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum of Central PA and is a member of the mentor's committee, prescreening and counseling presenters for this organization. He has served as Secretary and member of the Board of Directors of the Technology Council of Central PA. He previously served as on the board of directors of the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership and as president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Surface Mount Technology Association for two years, and as its Membership Committee Chair for one year. He is also an active member in various other nonprofit organizations throughout the central Pennsylvania region.
Welcome to the Tennessee Association of Business's Site : powered by | your business network, 20 June 2001 [cached]
Michael Shoemaker is president of Wellspring FV in Lancaster, Pa., which helps developing technology companies get off the ground.He describes the venture capitalists of yore as passive investors, while today's catalyst firms are actively involved in a company's rise to success and profitability.
"We help develop the proper business model and play an active role on the management team of our companies," Shoemaker explains."We bring experience in sales, marketing, accounting, personnel, strategic essence, all aspects of business management."
Anderson's firm works in much the same way.Her background as an executive in several Silicon Valley companies has given her broad experience in dealing with senior-level business issues.So she has served in many key roles for the companies that have come to Catalyst Partners for help until they could hire their own experienced staff."I've been vice president of marketing, vice president of sales, vice president of engineering, whatever operational role was necessary, for the length of time it took to recruit and hire the right person to fill the job for real," she says.
Shoemaker and Anderson both put their expertise to work in helping to hire key senior level staff, first by outlining what skills are needed and then by making contacts to find the talent.
"When a company is able to afford to hire its own managers, we assist in the hiring and then get out of the way," Shoemaker says.
Wooing And Winning The Big Bucks
While venture catalysts bring their time and talent to the table to strengthen a young company operationally, they know that it's all in preparation for reaching the ultimate goal - securing the cash lifeline.
"Everything we do with our companies helps to put them in position to be attractive to investors," Shoemaker says."Our involvement tells an investor that this company has a solid plan for growth and they can expect a desirable return on their investment.Once you can prove the business model, getting the money is easy," he adds.
But Anderson cautions that venture capital won't work for everyone."Just because you want a venture capital deal doesn't mean it will automatically come along," she says."You need to have your house in order for the opportunity to appeal to the investor.And you have to decide whether you want someone in your shorts like that.There are other means of financing for young companies."
Shoemaker agrees."The Rolodex is very important in this business."
Shoemaker says when he rolls up his sleeves on behalf of a company his goal is to work with them for no more than two years."We ease ourselves out but stay involved in an advisory capacity, maybe on the board," he says."By then we've helped to build the company and it's time for us and them to move on."
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Michael Shoemaker, VP ..., 7 Nov 2007 [cached]
Michael Shoemaker, VP Operations, has been in the financial services and venture development business for 20 years, the last six as managing partner of Wellspring FV, a consulting firm that provides strategic, tactical, and back-office support to technology startups.
New publisher releases popular reprints and original titles, 12 Nov 2000 [cached]
Michael A. Shoemaker is president of Stealth Press.His background includes manufacturing, management and investment capitalization of high-growth companies.For the past ten years, Shoemaker has worked as principal of Wellspring Partners, an investment banking firm.He was recently the president of the Venture Investment Forum of Central PA and board member of the Ben Franklin Partnership of Northern and Central PA, as well as a founding board member of the Technology Council of Central PA.
Michael Shoemaker, a ... [cached]
Michael Shoemaker, a principal with Tancaster-based venture-capital firm Wellspring FV, said there are plenty of investors out there, but companies must aggressively seek funding from the right sources.That's the norm, he said.
"Investors are not chasing companies around," Shoemaker said."They're usually beating them back with a stick."
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