Tayo has over twelve years of experience in a variety of
technical and business roles in High-tech and Private Equity. Most
recently, he was Vice President at Travant Capital Partners where
he was responsible for executing the firm‘s investment strategy in
Prior to joining Travant, Tayo was a Manager, Corporate
Development, at Cisco Systems in San Jose California. In that
role, he was responsible for strategy, acquisitions, and private
equity investments in four technology sectors - Virtual Computing,
Application Networking, Security, and Network Management. Tayo
also helped lead Cisco‘s investment expansion in Africa. At Cisco,
Tayo led numerous acquisition and private equity investment
opportunities, including the $130m acquisition of Reactivity, and
investments in Aquantia (10G Base-T, Series A), and Guardium
(Database Security, recently sold to IBM). Tayo was also
responsible for the private sale of 22% of Cisco‘s South African
operations to a consortium of investors in 2007.
Prior to Cisco, Tayo was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte
Consulting in the CRM and Technology practice. At Deloitte he
worked on cases in five industries – high tech, telecom,
pharmacy retail, government, and healthcare. He was primarily
responsible for leading technical implementation teams.
Tayo also had stints at start-ups Biomorphic VLSI as a
Semiconductor Chip Design Engineer, and Event411 as a Software
Tayo earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical
Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Southern
California. He also has a Masters in Business Administration from
the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
Co-Founder, Head Sales and Distribution
Jay is a co-founder of Pagatech. Jay has over a decade of
work experience spanning the High-Tech, Pharma and Financial
Services sectors. Before joining Pagatech, he managed a Mergers
& Acquisitions investment banking team at BGL Plc in Lagos,
Nigeria. Jay began his career as a Program Manager at Microsoft in
Redmond, Washington, where he led a cross-functional team that
received several patent awards for innovative work in the
anti-piracy and data protection arena. In 2004, he accepted a
fellowship in Global Marketing at Eli Lilly & Co., a US-based
pharmaceutical company. In that role, he managed projects for the
Neuroscience drug marketing units in North America and Europe. Jay
joined Goldman Sachs as an MBA summer intern in 2006, and rejoined
the firm as a full-time Investment Banking Associate in 2007.
Jay received his Bachelors degree (cum laude) in Electrical
and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has a
Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate School of
Business, Stanford University.
Chief Technical Officer
Eric Chijioke is a founding partner of Apposit and is
responsible for leading the IT and product development for
Pagatech. Eric has 12 years of experience in product development
and software product management. Eric has designed and managed the
implementation of mid to large scale risk management software
systems for clients in the private financial and energy sectors,
as well as several similar system development projects for
agencies of the World Bank. Most recently, as Lead Systems
Architect for the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
University, Eric led the development of a nationwide, integrated
financial management system for public finance in the Ministry of
Finance and Economic Development in Ethiopia.
Eric holds a Bachelor‘s Degree in Mechanical and Electrical
Engineering from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Head of Finance
Tega has over a decade of experience in financial management, business advisory services, audit and assurance services, accounting system design and implementation and tax compliance.
Most recently Tega was the Manager Finance and Operations at Travant Capital Partners and Travant Real Estate Ltd. In those roles she led the teams that were responsible for both internal finance and deals being done at the Private Equity and Real Estate firms. Tega also helped restructure the company's financial affairs ensuring an efficient tax structure.
Prior to Travant, Tega worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the oil and gas and telecommunications industries where she was involved in regulatory compliance audit, taxation reviews, Sarbanes Oxley attestation reviews, and due diligence. She led various teams and assisted companies with making informed decisions on acquisitions.
Tega holds a BSc in Accounting from the University of Lagos and qualified as a full member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK. She started her career in the UK where she worked for five years with the National Health Service and in the Financial Services Industry in management and finance positions. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.