About PS27

It all started with an investment in a great idea — a passionate founder who wanted to make a difference…

We’re in the business of helping yours.

We empower early-stage entrepreneurs with the skills and understanding to be impactful leaders and role models in business, community, and life. PS27 Ventures is a venture capital firm helping early-stage entrepreneurs with seed funding and guidance. PS27 Ventures focuses on companies in software as a service, health technology, financial technology, and e-commerce.

Our Values

Our mission is to share these battle-tested truths to forge a smart, strategic, and straightforward path to success.

  • 5Attention to Detail
  • 5Bias Toward Action
  • 5Embrace Failure
  • 5Be Real
  • 5Think Big
  • 5Learn Continually
  • 5Empower Others
  • 5Remember Why

We provide our founders with the connections and resources to help them grow.

Our Team

Jim Stallings

CEO

Jim Stallings is the Founder and CEO of PS27 Ventures, a firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. Jim has been directly involved in starting dozens of new ventures in FinTech, HealthTech, Ecommerce, and Software as a Service solutions. He believes innovation should be the core offensive strategy of any company, “either disrupt or be disrupted”. Prior to PS27 Ventures, Jim was IBM General Manager of several major lines of business including the company's $7B Linux software business, its intellectual property division with 39,000 patents, and its $21B global hardware sales group. He started his business career as a data analyst in the Space Division at General Electric.  Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Naval Academy and served as a Captain in the US Marine Corps. He is on the Board of Directors at Fidelity National Information Systems (FIS), UGI Corporation (UGI), and Cannae Holdings, Inc (CNNE). He also serves as a Trustee on the Folded Flag Foundation which provides scholarships to descendants of fallen warriors in the US Military.

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Jim Stallings

CEO

Shannon LoGiudice

Operations & Programs

Shannon LoGiudice has her Bachelor’s degree in business with a major in finance from the University of North Florida. She has participated in a study abroad program in Santiago, Chile and Mendoza, Argentina. Shannon has supported numerous business start-ups as well as the expansion processes of PS27 Ventures effectively guiding components of the firm's operations. She is skilled in Operations Management, Event Management, and Customer Service. She is also a Certified Notary Public.

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Shannon LoGiudice

Operations & Programs

Tony Cusato

Technology & Security

Tony Cusato (Technical Delivery Manager, IBM Thought Leader - Level 3,The OpenGroup Distinguished Certified IT Specialist) of IBM, has nearly 37 years of experience as a Technologist working with IBM's Fortun 500 enterprise clients in the Information Technology field, specializing in Cloud and IT Datacenters, and Cybersecurity. Tony has worked with the PS27 companies by bringing this experience to accelerate decisions in IT Strategy and Security, as these companies grow in size and IT needs. Tony is passionate about the development of people. He is a social eminence, personal and career coach for IBMers and IBM Executives, and loves to also bring that experience to the PS27 entrepreneurs and their companies. Tony is a frequent speaker and presenter at IBM Flagship events, as well as nonprofit STEM organizations such as the "FIRST Tech Challenge" and other global IT events. Tony has held a variety of other roles at IBM such as a World Wide Technical Team Lead for Managing Consultants, World Wide Technical Sales, an IBM Instructor, Strategist, IBM Special Events Webmaster, Global Organization Change Manager, and Stakeholder Manager Lead. Global IT projects Tony has led technology teams for; three World Wide Olympic Infrastructures and websites, PGA & ATP sporting event websites, and IBM's Supercomputer Deep Blue, showcasing IBM Artificial Intelligence event that beat the reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov. You can connect with Tony on LinkedIn, follow him on Twitter and view his digital credentials on Acclaim.

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Tony Cusato

Technology & Security

Ron Burgess

Finance

Ron Burgess joined the PS27 team in early 2017 shortly after his retirement from his role as Chief Financial Officer for Wounded Warrior Project, a Jacksonville headquartered not-for-profit dedicated to serving wounded and injured military veterans. With over 40 years of fiscal and organizational experience, Ron is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He has earned his B.S. in Accounting from Bentley College and MBS from Stetson University. Ron is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and has worked for public accounting and Fortune 500 technology firms. His most recent corporate position was with Key Technologies, a $100 million, publicly traded manufacturer of automated sorting systems. Shortly after coming to Jacksonville, he joined a small technology company in need of a CFO. During his 2-year tenure there he experienced firsthand the challenges entrepreneurs face and the critical importance of leadership, discipline and support. Seven years ago, Ron assumed the role of CFO for the Wounded Warrior Project. As a Vietnam veteran, it seemed like the perfect way to wrap up a career and give back. He is now working with PS27 to support entrepreneurs and job development.

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Ron Burgess

Finance

Steve Sahd

Strategy

Steve Sahd is a highly skilled and experienced business professional who is able to advise PS27 company founders on a wide variety of issues and challenges. With over forty years in sales, finance, international business development, operations, and IT leasing he has faced pretty much every type of problem a business can encounter. As an IBM sales rep, international product team leader, front-line sales manager, business unit executive, business unit CFO, and geographical sales executive, Steve has lived these experiences from a variety of perspectives. His specialties include leadership development, transactional sales, financial analysis, and any form of problem-solving. He possesses excellent communication skills along with exceptional relationship skills that transcend cultural backgrounds. In addition to a three-decade IBM career, Steve was responsible for the Asia Pacific region at ITXchange and started his career in public accounting. Steve earned his Bachelor of Science from Franklin & Marshall College and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in addition to being a non-practicing CPA. Steve also serves as a director for the Community Conservation Committee in Lancaster, Pa., and maintains an extensive business and personal network in Latin America.

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Steve Sahd

Strategy

Christine Caven

Director of Communications

Christine Caven inspires, motivates, and educates startups on leveraging emerging technologies and digital marketing to stand out and tell their unique stories to reach millennial and generation z consumers. Since 2013, Caven has been helping founders with public relations, marketing, content management, event planning, and much more.

As Director of Communications at PS27, Caven helps to manage and improve the company's brand and serves as a media advisor to the PS27 Rhea Fund portfolio companies. The PS27 Rhea Fund is a 20-million dollar venture capital fund focused on early-stage technology companies. Rhea Fund is seeking to invest in early-stage solutions in SaaS, HealthTech, FinTech, Sustainability, and E-Commerce companies that can scale rapidly. Rhea Fund is also interested in founders who are women, veterans, and people of color.

Giving back to the community, Caven sits on the Board of Directors of startGNV as Vice President. In addition, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and cat.

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Christine Caven

Director of Communications

Nick Guerrero

Investment Analyst

As a investment analyst with PS27 Ventures, Nick is responsible for identifying and evaluating investment opportunities and supporting portfolio company management teams. Prior to joining PS27, Nick worked as an analyst intern on the credit desk of The Energy Authority assessing credit risk, counterparty risk, and performance risk.

Nick graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Florida where he received a BBA in Finance. In his off-time, he enjoys playing the guitar, surfing, and spending time with friends and family.

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Nick Guerrero

Investment Analyst

Kim Crowell

Accountant

Kim maintains the accounting records for the PS27 Rhea Fund and assists its portfolio companies with their bookkeeping and reporting needs.

Kim came to PS27 Ventures in 2021 with 13 years of experience in accounting and financial operations, reporting, and analytics for various start-up companies and small businesses. Most recently, she assisted the start-up company, Prima Eye Group, from inception through ongoing operations growth. Kim then led the financial due diligence for the eventual sale of the company and assisted in the integration of Prima into the acquiring company.

Kim also worked for KPMG for 4 years in audit and consulting and is a CPA (inactive). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri Columbia.

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Kim Crowell

Accountant

Chris Byers

Fund Manager

Chris joined PS27 Ventures as the PS27 Ventures Rhea Fund’s fund manager in April 2021 as the fund prepared to launch and is a member of the fund’s investment team.

Chris has decades of experience as a Finance, Accounting, and Operations leader and consultant, working with companies ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 companies, with expertise in consumer products, retail, ecommerce, supply chain, logistics, warehousing, and real estate. Additionally, he has provided financial leadership in sales, marketing, merchandising, supply chain, warehouse operations organizations.

Chris earned his BBA in Finance; International Business from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and his MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship from Florida Atlantic University.

Chris is also a real estate broker associate, licensed in Florida and Massachusetts.

Chris currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts and considers Jacksonville, Florida his hometown.

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Chris Byers

Fund Manager

Resources

Report on Black, Women, and Veteran Founders

Q2 2022 US VC Valuations Report

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