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James Anderson, CFA

President and COO
Xpert Financial

Jim Anderson joined Xpert Financial as President and COO in January 2012. Founded in 2009, Xpert Financial is the leading electronic platform for private companies to raise capital and access liquidity for existing shareholders.

Mr. Anderson is serial entrepreneur in financial services with more than 25 years experience in investment banking, commercial banking and investment management. He founded three different businesses providing services to clients ranging from small development stage companies to investment grade corporations.

Mr. Anderson is a frequent commentator and public speaker on the economy and financial matters for emerging growth companies. His weekly publication, Postcard From the Telecosm, reached more than 5,000 readers. He has been published in MarketWatch, The Huffington Post, Seeking Alpha, the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and many other industry publications.

Mr. Anderson was founder and President of SVB Analytics, a firm which provides solutions to analytical problems specific to emerging growth companies. In three years under his leadership, SVB Analytics became the largest provider of valuation opinions for private companies in the U.S. SVB Analytics also published the first detailed and comprehensive quantitative research on venture investing including sector studies covering round step-up valuations, time-to-exit, dollars-to-exit and multiples-at-exit.

Mr. Anderson was also President of eProsper, a SaaS software company acquired by SVB Analytics in 2006. eProsper's CapMx software became the industry standard for capitalization management and options accounting serving over 3,000 venture-backed companies.

Mr. Anderson joined Silicon Valley Bank in 1999. He founded and served as President of SVB Securities, Silicon Valley Bank's broker dealer subsidiary. He also founded and served as President and Chief Investment Officer of SVB Asset Management These groups today hold total client assets in excess of $16 billion.

Prior to his career at SVB, Mr. Anderson was Managing Director of Technology Investment Banking for CIBC Oppenheimer where he initiated the firm's entry into the that sector in 1991. In his early banking career, Mr. Anderson held a variety of positions with Chase Manhattan Bank, including managing the West Africa Region based in Dakar, Senegal. He also worked as a software engineer at Electronic Data Systems and served as a math professor in the U.S. Peace Corps in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire).

Mr. Anderson earned an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the State University of New York. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Anderson resides in San Francisco with two of his three children.

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