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IRON EDGE VC was created as a vehicle for members to efficiently invest in pre-IPO companies.

Historically, a growing company would conduct an IPO after a five-to-seven year period, granting ordinary investors ownership of shares with the potential to delivery tremendous returns. Under today’s market conditions, this scenario occurs with much less frequency. These companies have not disappeared, but now a much greater portion of their growth happens while the company is privately held, leaving a lot less opportunity for significant gains within the public markets.

This delay in the offering of public shares has created issues for company insiders and investors alike. Private shareholders want liquidity, while a significant number of potential investors wish for access to leading-edge and innovative enterprises. These circumstances have given birth to a new market for private shares, and IRON EDGE VC is at the forefront of that market.

Our mission

Access to the greatest opportunities
Our mission is to provide members with access to investment opportunities in alternative asset classes that had previously been reserved for institutional investors.

The benefits afforded by ownership of earlier-stage startups were once exclusively reserved for a small group of entities that could meet minimum investment requirements… requirements that were out of reach for most individuals. IRON EDGE VC has democratized the process of pre-IPO investments while providing much-needed liquidity for the original holders of preferred insider shares.

At IRON EDGE VC, we take great pride in our ability to adapt and innovate in today’s rapidly involving financial environment.

Meet the team

Get an overview of our IRON EDGE VC team.
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Paul Maguire
Founder and Managing Partner
Paul began his career at the New York Stock Exchange in 1990. His more than thirty years’ experience in the financial investment industry includes working as a trader and Registered Competitive Market Maker for Raymond C. Forbes & Co., Incorporated, and holding the position of Managing Director at New York Stock Exchange Specialist firms LaBranche & Co., LLC, and Henderson Brothers, Incorporated. At these companies, Paul’s responsibilities primarily entailed matching institutional buyers and sellers as well as providing bids and offers to comprehensively resolve all public trading needs. At both Specialist firms, Paul was entrusted with the crucial leadership roles of training large support staff and creating innovative new processes to optimize trading proficiency. These activities and their associated communication skills have given Paul a masterful adeptness at identifying and retaining clients, building and maintaining strategic alliances, and  effectively leading Iron Edge VC.

Shortly after departing the NYSE, Paul became interested in late-stage private equity trading. After identifying operational deficiencies and disadvantageous pricing within the pre-IPO industry, Paul decided to establish Iron Edge VC as a means of addressing those issues. As our Founder and Managing Partner, Paul leads Iron Edge with an uncompromising commitment to setting client interests ahead of all other priorities. His tireless mission is to keep his firm at the forefront of pre-IPO providers by delivering best-in-class investment opportunities.
Paul was recently quoted in the WSJ as well as Reuters. Click on the icons below to view the articles.
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Cris Palacios
President and General Partner
With more than 22 years of Wall Street experience, Cris Palacios has vast experience in managing and raising funds for investments ranging from stocks to bonds to private equities and beyond.

The diversity of Cris’s experiences within the broader sphere of the financial industry has equipped him with an impressive understanding of the trading mechanism. Furthermore, most of Cris’s industry experience has taken place within the context of leadership roles. While working at numerous brokerage firms, Cris has been entrusted with the vitally important task of training key strategic associates.

All of this has combined to form a professional persona characterized by the utmost proficiency, integrity, and attention to clients’ needs.
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Nigel Little
Senior Advisor
Post graduation with an honors degree in sciences from London University U.K., Nigel had a career in investment banking, based in London but also being responsible for many business divisions overseas. He started his career as an analyst before becoming head of sales and trading (James Capel & Morgan Stanley International) and then head of equities at NationsBank (became Bank of America) Panmure & Nomura International. It was at these two investment banks where Nigel became highly involved in Corporate finance and investment banking.

Thereafter, Nigel became President of the U.K. and European business of Canaccord Capital and vice chairman of the global business, where as well as managing he specialized in private equity and IPO situations. Nigel has helped fund or IPO’d in excess of 400 businesses in his career ranging from tech start-ups to multi-billion dollar businesses. He is an active private equity investor.

Thereafter he joined the Advisory Board of Kleinwort Benson Merchant Bank and helped their private equity business before leaving and becoming non-exec chairman of a Canadian registered private pharmatech company.
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John W. Nick
Director, Southeastern U.S. Operations
Jack's career in equities began in 1979, when he trained with Paine Webber and eventually became a member of  the New York Futures Exchange, developing and implementing creative trading strategies.

Then, in 1982, Jack transitioned to the New York Stock Exchange, where he acted as a Specialist for Dresdner Bank. He eventually advanced to Dresdner's top position at the NYSE as Director of the firm's floor operations. After Dresdner, he served as Managing Partner for MND & ZZ Securities, creating direct access to the NYSE Floor. After that, Jack took his talents to Albert Fried and Company, where he created and implemented an off-exchange floor commission business and achieved profit targets with an innovative sales and marketing platform.

Iron Edge VC is greatly privileged to benefit from Jack's prolific expertise in securities trading.
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Christos Erics
Director of European Operations
Christos Erics has 15 years' experience as an equity trader. He has undertaken research and analysis to decide when to buy or sell shares of a company on equities markets. In addition to common stocks, Christos's duties include trading options, futures, exchange traded funds, and other derivatives. Christos has also managed investor funds for pre-IPOs, secondary markets, and capital raising.
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