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Our Team

Karmel Capital was founded in 2013 by two experienced technology investors who are passionate about investing in disruptive technologies.

Meet the team

James Brailean, PhD.

Managing Partner

Dr. Brailean co-founded Karmel Capital in 2013 and is a Managing Partner of the firm. Prior to Karmel, he founded PacketVideo Corporation in 1998 and became its CEO in 2000. PacketVideo helped create a new industry for wireless multimedia communications. PacketVideo was acquired by
NTT DOCOMO, in 2010.

Dr. Brailean has served on several public and private company boards of directors including DivX (NASDAQ: DIVX), Sonic Solutions (SNIC), NextWave Corporation (NASDAQ: WAVE), and Nik Software, Inc. (acquired by Google). Dr. Brailean received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1992 and his B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1985. Dr. Brailean has over 20 patents in the area of video compression and transmission. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mobile Entertainment Forum for his contributions to the acceleration of the development and adoption of mobile multimedia services worldwide. He has also received Distinguished Alumni Awards from both the University of Michigan – Dearborn and Northwestern University for his business & social achievements.

Scott Neuberger

Managing Partner

Mr. Neuberger co-founded Karmel Capital in 2013 and is a Managing Partner of the firm. Prior to launching Karmel's fund business in 2016, he co-led Karmel's majority acquisition of Snaptracs from Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) in 2013. Snaptracs developed, manufactured, and sold Tagg, a wearable device for dogs that tracked their GPS location and exercise levels. Snaptracs was acquired by Whistle Labs in 2015 and Mr. Neuberger served as CFO of Whistle Labs until its acquisition by Mars Petcare in 2016.

Prior to Karmel, Mr. Neuberger was President of Infocore, a data-driven marketing firm. While at Infocore from 2009 – 2013, Mr. Neuberger led the company through a period of significant growth in revenue and profitability. Mr. Neuberger started his business career as a co-founder of Collegeboxes Inc. while an undergraduate and was CEO of the company until it was acquired in 2008. Collegeboxes provides shipping and storage services to students at 50 colleges and universities in the U.S. Collegeboxes is now owned by U-Haul (NASDAQ: UHAL). Mr. Neuberger received his B.S.B.A in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003.

Christian Buckley

COO & General Counsel

Mr. Buckley is the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Karmel Capital. Christian formerly practiced technology, corporate, and securities law at Gunderson Dettmer, LLP, and Cooley, LLP. He is also a founding partner in Pelagos Ventures, LLC, a seed stage technology investment and incubation fund. Over the past decade, he has advised and helped run numerous technology start-ups including Valona Labs, The Glue Network, Covered Images. Christian received a Juris Doctor with a specialization in Business Law from UCLA. Christian serves on the Board of Directors of The Old Globe theater in San Diego.

Kevin Dobies

Senior Associate

Mr. Dobies is a Senior Associate of Karmel Capital and is actively involved in sourcing and monitoring Karmel Capital investments. Prior to joining Karmel Capital in 2018, Kevin was a private equity fund analyst at Cliffwater LLC where he performed fund-level due diligence on private equity, venture capital, and real estate funds for large institutions. Kevin began his career working as a research analyst at Frontier Global Partners where he assessed public equities in pre-emerging equity markets. Kevin received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Alabama in 2015 and is a level II candidate in the CAIA program.

Jay Jamijian


Mr. Jamijian is primarily involved in sourcing and monitoring Karmel Capital investments. Prior to joining Karmel in 2021, Jay was the Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for Hamilton Thorne (NASDAQ: HTL) between 2019 and 2021. HTL is a leading provider of fertility products. While at HTL he completed three acquisitions which doubled the company’s size and profitability. Prior to HTL, Jay founded Pivot Stage Partners (PSP) to provide M&A advisory consulting services. During this time, Jay sourced and closed two sell-side M&A transactions for his clients totaling $35m in transaction value. Prior to PSP, Jay was an Associate investment banker at Progress Partners. A sell-side M&A advisory firm where he completed six acquisitions totaling $180m in transaction value. Mr. Jamijian received his MBA with honors distinction from Babson College in 2014.

Brice Lemke

Principal Data Scientist

Mr. Lemke has worked in quantitative finance for over a decade. Brice has run models for asset allocation strategies at Mellon Capital Management, researched and implemented alpha generation at Geode Capital Management, been a Portfolio Construction analyst at PanAgora Asset Management, worked as a Senior Quantitative Analyst at HedgeServ, and has been a Quant Consultant to several funds to help them build out their quantitative models. He has a double B.A. in Physics and Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley, an M.S. in Physics from Rutgers, and graduate certificates from Stanford in Quantitative Finance, Data Mining, and Artificial Intelligence. He also holds the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst), CQF (Certificate in Quantitative Finance), and FRM (Financial Risk Manager) certifications.