Pip founded Coburn Ventures in 2005 to serve an exclusive group of investors located around the world. Pip and his group study patterns of monumental change in society, organizations, and people as a key starting point for conducting business analysis in order to generate high conviction investment decisions. No business exists in a vacuum immune to societal shifts. The group applies its distinct process in the areas of technology, internet, media, telecom, retail and beyond.
A widely consulted thought leader on change, technology, and investing Pip appears routinely on financial news segments for CNBC, Bloomberg, and others. He has been featured in the Economist, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Fortune, the Conference Board Review, the MIT Tech Review, and Smart Money and was the subject of an extended interview for Forbes. Pip was also a featured contributing editor for several years to the Red Herring Magazine. His book about change and the technology industry was published in 2006 through Penguin titled The Change Function: Why Some Technologies Take Off and Others Crash and Burn.
Pip has also nurtured a large and growing community of passionate investors, academics, technologists, consultants, artists and eccentrics that gather routinely in the United States and Europe to discuss change, technology, and investing in collaborative and intensely focused forums.
Prior to founding Coburn Ventures, Pip was a Managing Director and the Global Technology Strategist at UBS, integrating the research efforts of 160 tech and telecom analysts in 20 countries. As a member of UBS’s Internal Review Committee, he was responsible for approving stock rating changes at the firm. In 2000, Pip gained wide recognition as one of the few voices predicting the collapse in global tech equities.
Before UBS, Pip was a portfolio manager, tech analyst, and member of the executive committee at Lynch & Mayer Inc., an institutional money manager located in New York. At Lynch & Mayer he was mentored toward the study of seeing patterns of how changes in society affect businesses and their ability to generate profits. Pip earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School where he founded the Wharton Fellows Fund; prior to that Pip was a Sales Trader at CJ Lawrence Morgan Grenfell. Pip received his undergraduate degree from Brown University.
Pip’s passion for a world with healthier capital markets defined holistically led him to join the board of the National Endowment for Financial Education in 2008. He also serves on the boards of the non-profit group Taking IT Global and Betaworks, a tech start up incubator, and is member of the TTI/Vanguard think tank.
He coaches soccer, dabbles in marathons, is mediocre at golf and roots for the Buckeyes, Indians, Cavs and Browns. He and his family spend as much time in Maine as possible.