Managing Director, BIP Capital
With over 30 years of experience in building the value of market-leading companies, Paul Iaffaldano is managing director at BIP Capital, recognized as one of the most active and successful venture investment firms in the southeastern United States. Prior to joining BIP Capital, Iaffaldano also founded another highly successful venture firm, Accelerant Venture Capital, which merged with BIP Capital in 2017. Iaffaldano has made 24 investments over the last seven years, with an average 38 percent return on invested capital.
Iaffaldano’s successful exits include such well-known enterprises as Blinq Media, BrightWhistle and SeniorLiving.net. He currently sits on the board of directors at multiple companies, including Huddle Tickets, mLevel, Illuma Care Connections, Inked Brands, VoApps and Car360, and is also on the board at Venture Atlanta, the Southeast’s largest annual investor conference.
Earlier in his career, Iaffaldano held executive-level positions at a number of media and entertainment enterprises, including at The Weather Channel, where he was executive vice president and general manager. While at the organization, he helped to found weather.com and guided it through a $3.6 billion exit to Bain and Blackstone. As senior vice president at the Travel Channel, he led his team through a $400 million exit to Discovery Communications. Prior to that, he helped The Walt Disney Company launch its magazine publishing division with a wide range of titles including the award-winning Family Fun magazine. Iaffaldano also has extensive experience in the advertising management field, including helping Celestial Seasonings during its acquisition by Kraft Foods.
Iaffaldano is the recipient of multiple distinguished awards, including an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a Gold Effie Award from the American Marketing Association and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
He holds an MBA from Loyola University, a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and has completed management training programs at Harvard University, the University of Virginia and William and Mary College.