TTV Capital’s investment team consists of experienced technology and financial services professionals who are passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed. We have a collaborative and supportive approach, offering our experience and resources to help our portfolio businesses grow.
Gardiner is a co-founder and a Managing Partner of TTV. He has more than 17 years of venture capital experience. In 2000 Gardiner founded TTV with Tom Smith. Gardiner was one of the first venture investors to recognize the transformative impact technology would begin having on the constitution and delivery of financial services. He has not only served as an active director, but also has direct operating and leadership experience in financial technology. Gardiner was one of the first to identify advances in alternative lending, transaction processing security, mobile point of sale and the use of blockchain technology. Gardiner earned a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where he was awarded the Art Dietz faculty award for excellence in finance, was the Chairman of the honor council and was recognized in 2004 with the Goizueta Business School’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. He is a member of the advisory board at the Goizueta Business School and also at the Emory Eye Center. He is a member of the University of North Carolina Working Group on Entrepreneurship. In the past he was a member of the Economic Development Board of Georgia and the University of North Carolina Board of Visitors.
Tom is a co-founder and a Managing Partner of TTV. He has more than 17 years of venture capital experience. Tom was one of the first venture investors to recognize the transformative impact technology would begin having on the constitution and delivery of financial services. Tom was one of the first to identify advances in stored value, money remittance, alternative and mobile payments, services for the underbanked alternative loan origination and payments-as-a-service. Prior to founding TTV, Tom spent 30 years at IBM in marketing, selling and implementation of information technology projects. Throughout his career at IBM, Tom conducted significant business with all of the largest financial services companies throughout the southeastern United States, including the rapidly growing banking centers of Charlotte and Atlanta. His last four years at IBM he was Vice President, Small and Medium Business - IBM Americas, where he had revenue responsibility of approximately $12 billion. For the previous decade, he was the IBM Southern Area General Manager, with responsibility for sales, marketing and services business for thirteen states, generating $7 billion in revenues with 6,000 employees. His community affiliations include the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, the Carter Center and the Woodruff Arts Center. He received the Armin Maier citizenship award from the Downtown Rotary Club in 1998. Tom earned a B.S. Degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed the executive program at Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business.
Mark joined TTV in September 2008 as a General Partner. Mark has more than 15 years of venture capital experience and 30 years of operating experience growing one of the most successful bill payment systems, CheckFree. His accomplishments at CheckFree include inventing consumer direct online bill payment, the development and launch of its commercial and consumer electronic funds transfer services, and electronic bill payment and presentment businesses. He headed CheckFree’s strategic initiatives as well as mergers and acquisitions (more than 20 acquisitions during his tenure). Mark oversaw CheckFree’s growth from a pre-revenue start-up to a public corporation with over $1B in annual revenue. CheckFree had an IPO in 1995 and was later sold to Fiserv (NASDAQ:FISV) in 2007 for $4.4 billion in cash. In 2000, Mr. Johnson left his position as Vice Chairman of Corporate Development and Marketing to form e-RM Ventures, a private investing consultancy focused on early-stage payments-related companies. He continued to work with CheckFree executive management on strategic issues through his Board of Director position, and returned to CheckFree as Vice Chairman in February 2003. Prior to joining CheckFree Corporation, Mr. Johnson worked for the Federal Reserve Bank and Bank One. In 2009 Mark was the Chairman of Venture Atlanta and is on the Board of Directors of the Technology Association of Georgia where in 2007 he was the Chairman. Mark earned a B. S. degree in Business from Miami University and an MBA degree from the Ohio State University.
Sean joined TTV in 2002 as a summer associate and returned to TTV in 2005. He currently serves as a Partner and has over 15 years of venture capital experience. Prior to joining TTV, Sean served as the Vice President of Finance and General Counsel for an Atlanta-based technology start-up company. Sean is currently the Chairman of the Technology Association of Georgia's FinTech society and serves on the Technology Association of Georgia's Board of Directors and Leadership Counsel. Sean is also a founding member of the Fintech Atlanta Task Force. Sean is a member of the Southern Capital Conference Executive Steering Committee and a member of the Venture Atlanta Selection Committee. Sean is also on the Editorial Board of n>genuity Journal, published by TSYS, the world's largest credit card issuer. Sean is frequently featured in print and on the radio and TV as an expert on advances in fintech and the fintech ecosystem in Georgia. Sean was one of the first to identify advances in multi-channel digital banking, transaction processing security and ecommerce marketing robotics. He earned his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University where he was one of five Woodruff Fellows, and earned his J.D. at the University of San Diego in 2001. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he played baseball and earned a B.S. in Economics. For TTV, he has served on the Board of Directors for four companies and currently serves on the Board of Directors for ControlScan, FX Bridge, and FTRANS and as an observer on the Springbot and MX Board of Directors.