Experience and knowledge

Valhalla's Advisory Board has gained experience and knowledge from years of business successes.


Edward J. Mathias

Mr. Mathias is a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm based in Washington, DC. He was instrumental in the founding of The Carlyle Group and assisted in raising the firm's initial capital. Prior to joining Carlyle in January 1994, Mr. Mathias was a member of the Management Committee and Board of Directors of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., a major investment management organization. Focusing primarily on venture capital activities, he serves as a member of the Investment Committees for a number of Carlyle's global investment funds.

Mr. Mathias is also active with numerous other private equity limited partnerships and is a frequent investor in early-stage, private companies.

Mr. Mathias holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he currently serves on the the Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Penn Investment Board that oversees the University's endowment. In addition to other activities, he is a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Investment Advisory Committee, the Council on Foreign Relations and co-chairs the President's Circle at the National Gallery of Art as well as being a member of the Trustees' Council.

Ted Clark

Ted Clark has been active in the venture capital and private equity business for over 20 years. He is President and Founder of Qualitas Associates, LLC, an advisory firm focused on venture capital and private equity management teams. At Qualitas, he works with founders, owners and partners to improve their performance in fund management, firm management, franchise management and investor management. He is active on the advisory boards of several U.S. venture capital firms and serves on the board of Urban Improv, a non-profit using improvisation with children to reduce violence in Boston.

Ted began his private equity career with Venture Economics in 1987 as a consultant to institutional investors creating, analyzing and managing their venture and private equity portfolios. In 1990, Ted joined HarbourVest Partners, LLC (originally Hancock Venture Partners, Inc.) as an analyst focusing on fund of funds investing. Over the course of 17 years, he played a leadership role, ultimately as Managing Director, in developing the firm's U.S. private equity business. He was involved in all aspects of portfolio strategy, due diligence, portfolio development and monitoring as well as team management. Additionally, Ted led relationships with many institutional clients and their consultants, supervised elements of the firm's marketing activities and guided the development of the firm's partnership portfolio tracking database. While at HarbourVest, he served on advisory boards of many U.S. and non U.S. venture, buyout and mezzanine investment partnerships.

Prior to his private equity career, Ted was a marketing and financial analyst with Citicorp in New York City. He holds an undergraduate business degree from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College. He is also a trustee of Babson College.