Brendan Burns has spent over 20 years at leading information technology, graphic arts, financial institutions including 1000|Museums, Moody's Investors Service, Salomon Brothers, and AdOne, an Internet software pioneer.
Currently Burns is the CEO of 1000|Museums, a venture-backed ecommerce and art licensing pioneer. 1000|Museums has built a large and growing global network of fine art museums such as the Guggenheim (NYC), the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam) and the MFA Houston, among many others. The Company's mission is to make art and museums more easily accessible to consumers everywhere and generate economic value for museums by selling archival quality reproductions.
Previously Burns was Managing Director of Stepping Stone Capital Partners, LLC. SSCP is a growth-stage focused advisory and merchant banking firm. The firm specializes in early and growth stage capital raising, venture investment, M&A and turnarounds. Primary recent assignments include the turnaround and sale of Vigilar, an information security company where SSCP drove balance sheet restructuring, multiple capital raises and a sale in 2.5 years resulting in a 5x increase in enterprise value.
Prior to Vigilar, Burns spent two years as the CEO and Publisher of Empire Information Services (now readMedia), the leading regional press release distribution company and publisher of political information in the Northeast. Burns led a financial and strategic repositioning of EIS, raised a significant outside equity financing and recruited a new management team. Burns' investment resulted in a 3x cash on cash return in 3 years.
Earlier in Burns' career, as the founding CFO at AdOne (founded in 1995 as a pioneering Internet advertising company), Burns led a series of successful financings from leading venture firms including Venrock and the Pritzker family. Later, as CEO, Burns engineered a buyout with the financial backing of Hearst, Scripps, and Advance/Newhouse. Under Burns' guidance, the company became a pioneer in dynamic Internet classified advertising and grew to represent newspaper clients approximating 50% of total US daily newspaper circulation.
Burns has a Master's in Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Graduate Business School of Columbia University and earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Fordham University. Since 2004, Burns has been an adjunct professor in the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia's Graduate Business School and serves on the Advisory board of the Lang Fund which invests in promising student-originated startups.