Mr. Laird Q. Cagan is Managing Director and co-founder of Cagan McAfee Capital Partners, LLC (successor to Cagan Capital, LLC) a private investment firm he founded in 1990. During the ‘90’s Mr. Cagan invested in and helped build 15 high tech companies with over $500 million of equity capital invested in those companies. Since 2002, CMCP has founded, funded and taken public over 10 companies in a variety of industries including energy, alternative energy, healthcare, information technologies, payments and cleantech. CMCP portfolio companies have raised over $600 million of equity capital and over $2B of project development capital. Mr. Cagan was the founding Chairman of Evolution Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: EPM), a company he founded to develop mature oil & gas fields with advanced technologies. He is a director and founder of Calpian, Inc. (CLPI), Chairman of Blue Earth, Inc. (BBLU), was a founder of Procera Networks (Nasdaq: PKT), Pacific Ethanol (Nasdaq: PEIX) and a former founder/director of Aemtis, Inc. (AMTX) and Pacific Asia Petroleum which changed its name to Camac Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CAK). Mr. Cagan’s investments often involve a triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit.
Mr. Cagan previously worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Departments of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Drexel Burnham Lambert. In all, he was involved in over 30 transaction valued at more than $15 billion, bankruptcy work-out transactions of more than $2 billion, and a variety of equity, high-yield bond and senior debt financings.
Mr. Cagan attended M.I.T. then transferred and received a BS and MS in Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Board of Director’s program. He is the founding Chairman of the SF Bay Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization, is a founder of the San Francisco Chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization and is the Chair of the San Francisco Group of Tiger 21. He is active as a founding Board Member of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation. He is active with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity where he has served on the faculty of the John O. Moseley annual leadership school for five years and currently serves as the advisor to the Stanford chapter. An avid athlete, he played varsity soccer at Stanford and continues to enjoy soccer, tennis, golf and skiing. In 2004, Mr. Cagan’s team won the Veteran’s Cup, over-40 Soccer National Championship and in 2012 his team won the over-50 National Championship. He is a former member of the Stanford University Athletic Board and is honored to have the Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at Stanford named after him. He is a member of the Olympic Club, the oldest athletic club in America, host to golf’s 2012 US Open. Mr. Cagan was licensed by FINRA under Series 24, 7 and 63, but is currently inactive. He lives in Portola Valley, CA with his wife and two daughters.