Team

Adam Caper
Founder & Managing Director

Adam brings a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, mentor to entrepreneurs and corporate strategy consultant to his role as Founder and Managing Director of Synchrony Venture Management (SVM). He was motivated to establish the firm in 2006 by his observation of the failed promise of strategic CVC investments and his realization of the need for standards and best practices in the quickly-evolving fields of Open Innovation and Strategic Investing.

Prior to Synchrony, Adam was Managing Director of Venture Management Advisors (VMA), a consulting practice focused on helping entrepreneurs and senior managers create and execute corporate and capitalization strategy, which he also founded. While with VMA, Adam worked with senior management and investors in many early-stage firms, including Zipcar, MedCool , Jarg and London Taxi of North America, where he served on the Board of Directors.

Prior to VMA, Adam was the founder and CEO of HubNet Communications, a media and web services company which in 1995 created ‘citidine.com’, one of the first 10 database-driven sites on the web, and the most successful local dining information and hospitality services website in the country at the time.

Prior to HubNet, Adam was the founder and president of Boston Mac Group, the first microcomputer systems integrator serving the New England pre-press community, where he helped pioneer the use of Macintosh computers in place of the multi-million pre-press systems which dominated high-end 4- and 6-color commercial printing operations at the time.

Adam is a prolific writer, and has had articles published in Global Corporate Venturing, The Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech, and numerous online publications. He has been quoted in The Boston Globe and interviewed on PBS’ ‘The News Hour,’ as well as numerous other local and industry-focused publications. He has been an active member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, where he has served on several committees, been a mentor in the MIT $50K competition, and judged numerous entrepreneurship competitions such as Brown University’s ‘Entrepreneurial Extravaganza’ and the ISCTE-IUL / MIT Portugal Venture Competition. Adam has spoken at numerous conferences, including having served as keynote for the 2009 IBF Corporate Venturing and Strategic Innovation Conference, and Chair of the ENG Strategic Technology Venturing & Innovation Excellence conference in Berlin Germany in October of 2012. He has also spoken at the Technology Capital Network and Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurship Conference.

Adam is an avid cook, a skill he learned while working his way through college at many fine restaurants, including time spent in Chris Schlesinger’s kitchen at The East Coast Grill in Cambridge. He considers himself a mediocre golfer, an often-disappointed Red Sox fan, and a proud champion of progressive causes and other thoughtful exercises in common sense. He is married to Dr. Rebecca Yang, who is an accomplished surgeon and Director of the Lahey Clinic Breast Health Center.

Adam holds a BA in philosophy from Bates College. In 2003 he founded the Boston Bates Business Network, the most consistently successful alumni group in the history of the college.

Hayden Lincicome
Senior Associate

Hayden brings six years of experience in academic research, product development and technical sales to his role as Senior Associate at Synchrony.

After earning Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and neuroscience from Brandeis in 2006, Hayden joined the lab of noted neurobiologist Jeffrey Hall to complete, and ultimately publish, research he started as an undergraduate. Following this, he joined the product development team at Cell Signaling Technology, a mid-sized biotechnology company in northern Massachusetts, where he built and validated diagnostic tools for cancer screening. After several years in product development, he joined the sales team, where he managed partnerships with major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and academic clients; in this role he also developed sales analytic tools, which contributed to his being named top sales person in 2011.

Hayden holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both biology and neuroscience from Brandeis University, with a minor in history. He recently finished an MBA from Northeastern University, with a concentration in high technology business environments.

In another life, Hayden was an EMT for a local ambulance company. In his (limited) spare time, he is an avid reader.