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 18 years of venture capital experience and is recognized by Institutional Investor as one of the top fintech investors. 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 companies. Gardiner was one of the first to identify advances in equities and derivatives trading, receivables financing, transaction processing security, mobile point of sale and the use of blockchain technology. He has served on the board of 15 TTV fund companies and currently serves on the Board of Directors of DoubleNet Pay, Featurespace, Freebird Rides, FTRANS, Instant, ShopKeep, Verady, and is an observer on the BitPay Board of Directors. 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. While at Emory, 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 also a member of the advisory board at the Emory Eye Center.
Tom is a co-founder and a Managing Partner of TTV. He has more than 18 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 as well as 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. 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. For TTV, he has served on the boards of 14 companies and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Apruve, eWise, Greenlight, PayGo, and Scratchpay, and as an observer at LendKey, and MicroBilt. 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 17 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 $1 billion 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. Mark was one of the first to identify advances in B2B payments, card linked marketing, alternative loan origination, multi-channel digital banking and specialty payments. For TTV, Mark is currently on the Board of Directors for Cardlytics, DefenseStorm, Exactuals, Micronotes, Payrailz, SmartAsset and Springbot. 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 13 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 sits on the Southern Capital Conference Executive Steering Committee and is 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. Additionally, he 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 Gro Solutions, FX Bridge, FTRANS, and Hurdlr, and as an observer on the blooom, MX and Springbot Board of Directors.
Mike Hurst joined TTV in 2019, he is the co-founder and CEO of Exactuals, a SaaS company modernizing the way the entertainment industry makes payments, including residuals, royalties, marketplace payments, and similarly complex transactions. A Stanford Sloan Fellow, Mike has led sales teams at Fortune 500 companies such as Oracle and Sprint Nextel, and has built distributed organizations across both the U.S. and India. As a successful, two-time startup executive, he finds tremendous fulfillment in mentoring early stage companies at the Stanford StartX incubator, helping founders launch businesses that will change the world. His passion to build new businesses and markets is equaled by his drive to help members of the Exactuals team accomplish great things and take their careers to new heights.
Dayna is a Managing Director at TTV, responsible for Investor Relations and Compliance. She worked closely with TTV in raising Fund III and Fund IV, joining full time after the final close for Fund IV. She has nearly 30 years of experience in raising assets and managing relationships with institutional investors. She is also a Managing Director at Apple Lane Group, a registered broker-dealer, which she launched in 2004 and raised capital for firms such as Union Square Ventures and KKR & Co. Dayna earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. She was previously a member of the board of directors for the Worcester County Farm Bureau, and a trustee of the Lancaster Land Trust. When she’s not working, she can be found on her 40-acre farm she shares with her husband, two dogs, two cats, five horses and 65 apple trees.
In 2011 Krista became the Business Director at TTV Capital. She manages day to day operations and ensures everything is running efficiently and optimally. Her responsibilities include HR, IT management, information management, event coordination, accounting, partner and board meeting scheduling, travel management, and special projects. In 1996 Krista received her BA in Psychology from the University of Southern Indiana. In 1997 she began a seven year career working for a consulting firm in Atlanta. Her next position was as a Regional Business Director for a commercial real estate firm. She managed operations in the southeast for four years before coming to TTV Capital. Krista resides in Morningside with her husband and two golden retrievers.
Chase joined TTV in May 2013 as a Project Manager and quickly also took on the role of Marketing Associate. She is in charge of creating, updating and editing all presentations and marketing materials. Additionally, she handles all social media interaction, manages and updates the website, and is the smiling voice you hear when you call the office. Chase doubles as a travel agent and can often be found making travel arrangements and subsequent calendar updates for the four partners. Prior to joining TTV, Chase graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama. Chase is also a commission artist and sells her work across the country. Besides painting, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and two dogs.