Jeff Rusinow has been an active member of the early-stage venture capital community in the Midwest for over the past 15 years, when he founded Milwaukee’s first angel network, Silicon Pastures. He earlier spent 22 years in retail management, holding senior executive positions at Macy’s, Gimbels, Hudson’s Bay Company, and, most recently, Kohl’s, where he served as an executive vice president until leaving corporate mainstream in 2000.
Jeff has been on the board of directors of a number of private and public companies, as well as nonprofits, over the past several years. As an angel investor, he has directly invested in over 35 startups, and has had six successful exits, nearly all based in Wisconsin. He has been the chairman and lead investor in two startups that have been acquired by Fortune 500 companies: Internet retailer BuySeasons, which owns and manages the largest retailer of costumes in the world, BuyCostumes.com (sold to Liberty Media in 2006), and ModernMed, a healthcare services company, which was sold to DaVita in January 2012.
Jeff has both a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia. He resides in Grafton, WI.