New York and Miami, June 16, 2022 – Emerald Development Managers today announced that Abbe Serphos has been appointed Operating Partner and Head of Communications for the firm.

“When we invest in an entrepreneur, we get to know their company on a deep level and provide them with personalized support to achieve and accelerate their goals,” said Neil Cohen, Founder and Chairman, Emerald Development Managers. “Abbe’s expertise and breadth of experience will be advantageous to our portfolio companies as they build their brands and market presence, recruit new talent in a highly competitive landscape and, in some cases, define new markets entirely, and to Emerald as we continue to extend our network of founders and investors.”

“What drew me to Emerald is the firm’s commitment to investing in people and ideas that solve real problems, combined with their rigor of diligence, strong relationships, and ability to navigate complex topics while remaining agile,” said Ms. Serphos. “The companies Emerald backs are on the forefront of deep tech, sustainability, cybersecurity, software, healthcare, and biotech. The prospect of working closely with the Emerald team and these innovative and groundbreaking companies is extremely exciting.”

Most recently Ms. Serphos was an advisor to CEOs and management teams on reputation and awareness, and an independent communications consultant in the finance, tech and media industries. Previously Ms. Serphos was Global Head of Communications for Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news organization, and spent 10 years at The New York Times Company handling corporate, financial and internal communications. Before joining the Times Company, she served in communications roles of increasing responsibility at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis/University of Miami, Kraft Foods and Barnes & Noble, Inc. and at public relations firms Rubenstein Associates and Vorhaus & Company. Ms. Serphos is a graduate of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the State University of New York at Albany.


Emerald Development Managers

Emerald Development Managers is an early-stage VC firm investing in elite scientific and engineering teams that are solving real problems. Deals are sourced from decades-long relationships with academic research institutions, operating managers, incubators, and like-minded VCs. Emerald’s expertise was developed over 25 years of funding venture capital and commercializing university research while simultaneously gaining invaluable experience founding, building, and operating an industrial unicorn that has returned over $1 billion to investors and still has a current market value over $1 billion. In addition to capital, Emerald brings experience, discipline, critical thinking, financing expertise, and significant hands-on involvement to the companies it supports. Emerald’s three main investment focus areas are Cybersecurity / Enterprise SaaS; Biotech / Healthcare IT; and Clean Tech / Industrial Tech. Follow Emerald on Twitter at @EmeraldDevVC.





Joshua Smith