Columbus Ventures
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About Us

Columbus Ventures is limited liability corporation owned by management. As spend significant time and effort nurturing portfolio companies. We invest in few select companies each year to ensure entrepreneurs have access the professionals.

Yale R. Brown, President

Yale assists portfolio companies with overall strategy, marketing, and sales development. He has more that 40 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning, and information technology. In 1995, Yale founded Intelligent Interactions Corporations internet direct marketing technology company served as president and CEO until the company merged with 24/7 Media in 1998. After their merger, Yale served as executive vice president of operations for 24/7 Media and was member the board of directors.
Prior to founding Intelligent Interactions, Yale held several senior executive positions, at Oracle Corporation. Most recently, he served as vice president of Oracle’s Emerging Technologies Group, where he was responsible for systems integration and implementation, of Oracle’s interactive media technologies worldwide.
Before joining Oracle, Yale held senior positions at Price Waterhouse Coopers and Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc. and was appointed a Federal Reserve examiner for the Federal Reserve System. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both from the George Washington University.
Yale this co-inventor of several U.S. patents, including patent no. 6,026,368— “On-Line Interactive System and Method for Providing Content and Advertising Information to Targeted Set of Viewers.”

Robert M. Lippmann, Vice President

Rob is responsible for assisting portfolio companies in areas of information technology, including hands-on assistance in product development. He has more than 30 years of experience in information technology in wide variety of industries, including internet advertising, interactive audio and video, financial services, biotechnology, construction, and mortgage banking. Rob’s involvement covers the entire systems life-cycle: initial strategy development and analysis, development of customized applications, and final deployment and operation.
Earlier in career, Rob served as director of technology and chief architect at Intelligent Interactions Corporation. Rob has held several technical positions at Oracle Corporation. Most recently, he worked as senior developer, designing and developing Oracle Interactives Application Objects client/server-based toolkit developing object-oriented, CORBA-compliant, Oracle Media Server-based application. Prior to join Oracle, was applications developer, system administrator, and database analyst for Empbanque Capital Corporation.
Rob holds Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science (concentrations in Accounting and Management Systems, the minor in Computer Science) for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Master Science in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.
Rob is co-inventor of US patent no. 5,826,085— “Object-Oriented Computer Interface Supporting Interactive Network Applications.”