About Us

We have no sector specific investment criteria. We seek out companies with leading edge technologies and services founded by entrepreneurs with experience in seed and early stage businesses. We have a preference for companies that have an engaged board of directors or will agree to one in the near future. We are flexible about valuation, although want to see a way forward for making at least 5 times our money.

 

Our due diligence is not extensive or time consuming. We rely on our many years of experience to gauge the opportunity and the management. We expect reasonable investment terms and conditions and utilize  experienced counsel with that in mind. We often refer opportunities to a close group of experienced business friends to participate.

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Robert E. Keith Jr.

Co-founder

Bob is one of the co-founders of TL Ventures, a venture capital firm that has managed $1.5 billion of capital. Prior to founding TL Ventures, his 22-year career at Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia, a leading regional commercial financial institution, saw an ever increasing level of responsibilities. When he left the bank in 1989, he was the Vice Chairman responsible for most of the bank’s commercial lending and non-banking subsidiaries. He oversaw significant growth and market expansion during his tenure as well as entry into new service markets such as investment banking. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Temple University School of Law.

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Robert E. Keith III

Co-founder
With a hybrid background of IT consulting/technology marketing, Rob has extensive experience identifying, assessing and developing investment opportunities in the early stage technology company space. Rob’s recent experience has primarily been strategic consulting for early stage technology businesses, but prior to that, held numerous IT/technology marketing positions including Director of IT/Media Services at Carat, and international media agency, iMedium, a dot.com startup in the early 00’s, to founding and managing an IT services firm.
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Karen Keating Mara

Business/Legal Advisor
Karen represents a variety of life sciences and technology early stage companies, hedge funds, venture capital funds, corporations, institutional and angel investors in their investment, general corporate, licensing, technology transfer and other transactional activities. Prior to forming Keating Mara & Associates LLC in 2005, Karen worked at Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. She previously served as General Counsel at the Judge Group Inc. and was a corporate associate with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP. Prior to law school, Karen worked at GE where she completed its Financial Management Program and worked on its Corporate Audit Staff and Capital Audit Staff. She is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and Temple University.