Who We Are
Clark Aldrich is an education technology thought leader - the author of five books and developer of patent and award-winning projects. He currently builds custom Short Sims for organizations using a revolutionary methodology he has pioneered, or helps them build their own, through www.shortsims.com. He is also the host of an audio series called Education X Media (www.edbymedia.com) about evolving pedagogy in academics, corporations, and the military. He has been called a 'guru' by Fortune Magazine and a 'maverick' by CNN. Aldrich and his work have been featured in hundreds of other sources, including CBS, ABC, The New York Times, USA Today, AP, Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNET, Business 2.0, BusinessWeek, and U.S. News and World Report. He has written monthly columns for Training Magazine and Online Learning Magazine. Previously, Aldrich was the founder and former director of research for Gartner’s e-learning coverage. Earlier in his career he worked on special projects for Xerox' executive team. He also served for many years as the Governor's representative on the education task force Joint Committee on Educational Technology and volunteered on several non-profit organizations aimed at child advocacy and has served on numerous boards. He earned from Brown University a degree in Cognitive Science (during which he also taught at a leading environmental education foundation).
IT Capital Partner and Managing Director, Chairman of BranchTrack Americas, has built sales force effectiveness and positive organizational change for scores of clients internationally over a 40-year career. He has delivered best practice strategy implementations, performance management systems and customized training for such diverse global leaders as ADP, American Express, Apple, AXA, BCG, HSBC, MasterCard, McKinsey, Reebok and Xerox. His work has been recognized in such leading publications as The Wall Street Journal, Boardroom Reports, Meeting News, and Sales and Marketing Management Magazine. He was a Fulbright Scholar and awarded a Harvard University Graduate Prize Fellowship.
Aivars is the Founder and Chairman of IT Capital, a merchant bank that invests in the technology sector. IT Capital's strong collective expertise in identifying and exploiting opportunities to profit in the software technology sector is the result of decades of industry experience, extensive global contacts, and quantitative and qualitative skills that ensure top- notch analysis. In addition, unsurpassed understanding of today's dynamic business climate and the historical trends and issues that impact our future provide sharp focus in support of our unending quest for opportunity. As highly skilled, seasoned software technology investment professionals, we know how to identify and price hard-to-find opportunities that often are innovative and under the radar screen. Our disciplined approach involves proprietary selection criteria, consistent methodology, and a constant eye towards the end results. At all times, we are mindful of timely and relevant industry dynamics and their potential effect on our business. Throughout his career Aivars has lived in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and has conducted business in most of the industrialized countries in the world. Aivars holds a Bachelor of Business, Accounting from Swinburne University in Melbourne Australia.
Avram has over 45 years of business and legal experience. During that time he started and built several companies that were focused on providing business owners, management and staff the skill sets needed to be more effective and successful. Chief among these was Educational Discoveries, an international training and learning development company focused on applying unique Accelerated Learning approaches (Whole Brain, Right Brain/Left Brain, etc.) to traditional problems which improved performance and shortened the learning curve. Clients included companies such as Bank of America, Caterpillar, Weyerhaeuser, General Motors, Norfolk Southern, AT&T and many other companies. Avram also founded and operated AssessTek/Synaptix Associates, an objective knowledge assessment company specializing in developing objective information and metrics on the job-related knowledge level of employees at all levels. One primary client was Sun Microsystems for whom ATS assessed roughly 14,000 members of the Global Sales Organization in the US, Korea and Japan. He has served on the Governor of Colorado’s Small Business Advisory Council and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council. Avram has been active in the Colorado Business Community and been a contributor to several publications writing on international trade, exporting and small business issues.