Abhi Chandrasekhara joined Advantage Capital in 2017. As a senior associate on the investment team, Mr. Chandrasekhara focuses on sourcing investments, performing due diligence, structuring transactions, and portfolio management.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Chandrasekhara worked for TA Associates, a $24+ billion growth equity firm in Menlo Park, CA, where he focused on investments into technology companies. Mr. Chandrasekhara has also worked with Victory Park Capital Advisors in Chicago, held executive roles at a Silicon Valley startup, and been part of the strategy and corporate development team at Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, CA. Mr. Chandrasekhara began his career as an investment banker with both Goldman Sachs in San Francisco and Citigroup in New York.
Mr. Chandrasekhara received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and bachelor’s degrees in both finance and economics from the University of Maryland.
Adam Constantinides joined Advantage Capital in 2019. As a senior associate on the solar investment team, Mr. Constantinides focuses on sourcing investments, performing due diligence, structuring transactions, and portfolio management.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Constantinides worked for Altus Power America, a renewable energy investment firm, where he was responsible for the development, underwriting and execution of solar investments. Mr. Constantinides also previously held a position at Regional Plan Association where he evaluated financial impacts of climate change in the New York metropolitan area.
Mr. Constantinides received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a minor in social innovation/entrepreneurship from Tulane University where he graduated cum laude.
Anaëlle Croteau joined the Advantage Capital solar investment team as a senior analyst in 2020. Ms. Croteau is responsible for performing due diligence efforts, screening potential investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio companies. Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Ms. Croteau held positions with the ArcelorMittal Treasury in Paris, France, Meridiam in Dakar, Senegal, and the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. Ms. Croteau received her MSc in Financial Markets and Management from the EDHEC Business School in France.
Thomas W. Keaveney serves as a board member and senior advisor for Advantage Capital. He has extensive experience in all phases of private finance, including deal origination, structuring, pricing and documentation.
Mr. Keaveney previously served the firm as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was Chairman of the Private Finance Department, and a member of both the Investment and Investment Banking committees. Prior to CSFB, Mr. Keaveney worked in the private finance department of Salomon Brothers and at the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. Mr. Keaveney is a director of the Gregorian University Foundation in Rome, Italy.
Mr. Keaveney earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics at Fordham University.
Swetha Krishnakumar joined Advantage Capital in 2015 as an associate on the investment team. Focusing on equity investments, Ms. Krishnakumar is involved in due diligence efforts, screening potential opportunities and monitoring portfolio companies.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Krishnakumar interned at Fortress Investment Group while studying for her MBA. Additionally, she worked in social venture capital and social entrepreneurship in India with Villgro and as a marketing analyst with Gas South, a natural gas marketer.
Ms. Krishnakumar received her MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and her bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Ryan Lee joined Advantage Capital in 2016 as an analyst on the investment team. He is responsible for sourcing investments and providing due diligence support.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Lee worked on the strategy consulting team of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Beijing and on the risk team of MFS Investment Management in Boston.
Mr. Lee received his master’s degree in international management and his bachelor’s degree in international business in East Asian studies with a concentration in finance and a minor in Mandarin from Northeastern University.
Managing Director/Chief Investment Officer
Scott Murphy rejoined Advantage Capital in 2012 as a managing director and the chief investment officer after serving in the United States Congress representing New York from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Murphy previously worked at Advantage Capital from 2001 to 2009, overseeing the firm's $88 million New York portfolio. As chief investment officer, Mr. Murphy oversees the firm’s entire portfolio.
Mr. Murphy is an experienced venture capitalist and highly successful entrepreneur with a robust background in public service. Prior to his tenure at Advantage Capital, Mr. Murphy co-founded three high-tech companies, including a game company that brought fantasy football and baseball to the Internet. He also founded an online auction company that was sold to eBay and a website building company that was sold to iXL. He earlier spent two years as a structured finance associate at Bankers Trust, where he focused on the insurance industry. In addition to his time in Congress, Mr. Murphy previously served in the administrations of two Missouri governors.
Mr. Murphy received his A.B. from Harvard University and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. As a former president of the Upstate Venture Association of New York, Mr. Murphy maintains a strong commitment to civic affairs.
A seasoned investor and portfolio manager, James P. O’Rourke is a managing director in Advantage Capital’s New York office. Mr. O’Rourke is focused on developing the firm’s reach in the northeastern region of the U.S.
Mr. O’Rourke brings 12 years of investing experience in a wide variety of sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. O’Rourke served as a managing director at Lampe, Conway & Co., an investment fund based in New York where he focused on private equity and debt, and special situations investments. He has sourced and helped manage a large portfolio of investments in the consumer, food, manufacturing, technology, clean tech, health care and telecommunications sectors. Mr. O’Rourke began his career clerking for Judge Adrian Duplantier, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He also worked for several years as a corporate associate at Davis Polk, and as an investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
A native New Jerseyan, Mr. O’Rourke holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was awarded First Years Honors; a J.D. from Stanford Law School; and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, graduating magna cum laude.
Sarah Rajan joined Advantage Capital in 2018. As an associate on the firm’s investment team, Ms. Rajan provides due diligence support, screens potential investment opportunities and monitors portfolio companies. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Rajan worked as a private equity associate at K Squared, where she performed initial screening efforts and underwrote potential leveraged buyouts across a variety of industries. She also traded options at the Chicago Board of Trade and worked in institutional sales at Morgan Stanley Capital International.
Ms. Rajan received both her MBA and her bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Chicago.
Senior Vice President
Josh Rogers joined Advantage Capital in 2015. As a vice president on the equity investment team. Mr. Rogers is responsible for helping to source investments, perform due diligence, structure transactions and manage portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Rogers was an equity research associate covering mid and large-cap U.S. banks at ISI Group, now Evercore Partners. At UBS Investment Bank in New York, Mr. Rogers was an investment banking analyst and an equity research associate director covering financials and healthcare services, as well as IT.
Mr. Rogers received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.
Ethan Stinner joined the Advantage Capital solar investment team as a senior analyst in 2019. Mr. Stinner is responsible for performing due diligence efforts, screening potential investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Stinner was a project finance analyst at Safari Energy, where he worked on valuing and contracting solar deals for the firm. He also served as a finance and operations analyst at Hearst Magazines.
Mr. Stinner received his bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Alexandra A. Twyman joined Advantage Capital in 2013. As an associate on the investment team, she provides due diligence support and monitors portfolio companies. Ms. Twyman received her bachelor’s degree in commerce with a concentration in finance from McGill University.
Carl Weatherley-White joined Advantage Capital in 2019 as a managing director to lead the firm's renewable energy investment platform.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Weatherley-White was the chief executive officer of VivoPower International PLC. He also served as president of renewable energy company Lightbeam Energy, Inc, and the chief financial officer for utility scale solar developer K Road Power Holdings, LLC. During this period, he led the acquisition, development and financing for approximately 3 GW of renewable energy projects, primarily utility scale solar, including more than $2 billion of project debt, tax equity and development capital.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Weatherley-White was global head of project finance at Lehman Brothers and Barclays. In that role, he was responsible for all non-recourse financing of energy infrastructure assets, leading his team to a Number 1 ranking in U.S. project finance league tables for both high-yield loans and investment-grade bonds in 2009 and 2010.
Mr. Weatherley-White received his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brown University and held a Rotary Graduate Fellowship at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.