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Maia D. Heymann
Senior Managing Director

Maia has worked with dozens of start-ups and growth companies, in Boston and Palo Alto, throughout her 20+ year career as an angel investor, venture capitalist, and tech banker. She has made equity investments, personally as an angel, and professionally as a VC, in over 40 technology companies. In 2012 Maia was named by Xconomy as a top angel investor in New England. Maia has also been a manager of an institutional limited partner committing capital to venture capital and private equity funds. She worked for Shott Capital Management, Bank of America, BancBoston Ventures, BancBoston Robertson Stephens, and Bank of Boston.

Maia joined CommonAngels in a full-time, leadership role after having been a CommonAngels Investor since 2006, a Board member since 2009, and Chairman from 2010-2011. Most recently, Maia was a Managing Director at Shott Capital Management, a $2.7Bn discretionary, separate accounts manager, where she was responsible for VC and PE fund selection and portfolio management, and was an advisory board member for 6 PE or VC funds. Prior to joining Shott, Maia held several senior positions at the banks that ultimately became Bank of America.

From 1999 to 2008, Maia was a Managing Director at BancBoston Ventures, which became part of Bank of America in 2004. Maia joined BancBoston Ventures in 1999, opened the Palo Alto, CA office, and developed the investment strategy. From 1999 to 2002, she built the team and venture portfolio. Some of Maia’s venture capital investments included: OnDisplay (IPO, then acquired by Vignette); Versata (IPO, then acquired by Trilogy); Docent (IPO); Centric Software, Preview Systems (IPO); MarketAxess (IPO); Ancestry.com (via MyFamily.com) (IPO); IMX, Inc.; Impresse; and Inventa.

In 2002 Maia moved back from Palo Alto to Boston and eventually headed BancBoston Ventures within Bank of America’s Global Private Equity Group, having been chosen to manage a diverse $330 million portfolio of venture and private equity investments. She led a team of investment professionals, assumed numerous board and observer seats, and developed and executed exit strategies. Maia was a board member of Inventa, Enigma, NetKey, Watchfire and WebCT, and a board observer of Arbinet-TheExchange, BuyerZone, Centric Software, InQuira, Iowa Telecom among others.

In 2006 Maia formed DeVere Management Group to make personal, angel investments in private companies. In connection with her investments she sits on the boards of Apperian, (representing CommonAngels), Fiksu, and Wymsee. Her portfolio of personal investments includes over 24 companies.

From 1993 to 1998, Maia was with BancBoston Robertson Stephens and with Bank of Boston in Palo Alto, CA. She originated and structured corporate finance transactions for public and private technology companies. She also worked closely with 4 private equity firms to underwrite senior and sub-debt for LBOs in the technology industry, and made several equity co-investments alongside the PE sponsors. From 1989 to 1991, Maia worked in the Audit department of Bank of Boston Corporation where she led risk-assessments in multiple businesses in numerous domestic and international locations. In 1992 she completed the Loan Officer Development Program, and in 1993 moved to Palo Alto to join the High Tech Division of Bank of Boston.

Maia graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa.

Maia is the board observer for CommonAngels on HapYak and Linkable Networks, and also manages our investments in Coherent Path, Disruptor Beam, docTrackr, inStreamMedia, TrueLens and Yieldbot.
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