Tom Byrne is the President of Byrne Investment Research (BIR), which provides fundamental, bottom-up equity research to its client base. BIR specializes in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of micro-cap and small-cap companies across all industries, although it has specific expertise in technology and healthcare. BIR uses a set of proprietary valuation techniques to understand and determine the fair value of private companies and public companies that do not pay a dividend.Prior to starting his own firm in 1998, Mr. Byrne served as Director of Research for Individual Investor Group, publisher of Individual Investor magazine, Ticker magazine, the SSR newsletter and the Individual Investor website. While at Individual Investor Group, Mr. Byrne served as a portfolio advisor for two hedge funds: WisdomTree I and WisdomTree II. Mr. Byrne also created and served as the portfolio manager for five Unit Investment Trusts (UITs), which invested in small-cap growth stocks. In 1997, Mr. Byrne created the America’s Fastest Growing Companies Index, the first index to track small-cap growth companies.Prior to joining Individual Investor Group, Mr. Byrne was invited to become the first small-cap equity analyst at Standard & Poor’s, from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Byrne helped create the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and the S&P 500 Spyder (SPY), the first public exchange traded fund (ETF). Today, the ETF market exceeds $500 billion. Mr. Byrne was also the first analyst to publish small cap research in the S&P Outlook, the company’s flagship publication.Prior to 1989, Mr. Byrne spent three years as a quantitative analyst with International I/B/E/S, where he created products to track earnings estimates on foreign companies that traded in the United States as American Depositary Receipts (ADRs).
Mr. Byrne received an MBA in Finance from the Fordham University Graduate School in 1992. He received his undergraduate degree in management from Rutgers University in 1986.
Mr. Byrne served as an adjunct professor of finance at Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey for 11 years (1996 – 2007), where he taught courses in finance and investment analysis. Mr. Byrne also lectured regularly at Fordham and Rutgers.
Elizabeth Spiers is a media launch consultant, entrepreneur, and writer. She was the founder of Breaking Media, where she launched Dealbreaker.com, AboveTheLaw.com, and Fashionista.com. She has also launched sites for other companies, including Flavorwire.com, HalogenLife.com, Crushable.com, TheGloss.com, BlissTree.com, and a number of blogs for mediabistro.com. She was also the founding editor of Gawker.com, Gawker Media’s flagship property. She is also an advisor to Flavorpill Productions, Halogen Networks, b5media, Counsyl, Topsicle.com and Wall Street Cheat Sheet.As a writer, she is the author of an upcoming novel, And They All Die in the End, to be published by Riverhead. She has also written for New York, Slate, The New Republic Online, Salon.com, The New York Times, The New York Sun, New York Observer and The New York Post, CBS Moneywatch, and been a columnist at Fast Company and Fortune. She has spoken at various media and technology conferences and been a guest commentator on CNN, Fox News, CBS Marketwatch, MSNBC, VH1 and NPR. She also teaches a new media seminar in SVA’s pioneering Design Criticism MFA program.