James MacPherson

Managing Director of Venture Products Group

Jim started his career in management consulting. He subsequently purchased a manufacturing company, produced several independent feature films and worked in the finance business at Merrill Lynch, Nuveen Investments and Cohen & Steers.

He founded Financial Products Group in 1996 to create, structure and market new financial products, strategies and services for investment managers and broker/dealers. Clients included DeutscheBank, Gabelli Funds, General American Investors, Harris & Harris Group, RealShare International and Royce Funds.

Currently Jim works on the development and financing of new products and business ventures.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with minor course study in Engineering and Economics at the University of Bridgeport. He completed additional graduate course studies in Finance at New York University.

Cody Chang

Advisor to Venture Products Group and Director of the ‘Pitching for Funding’ event

Current Position: Senior Product Manager for wealth management division of a large insurance company.

Cody is a seasoned Product Manager and Operations specialist focusing on concrete, actionable execution. He brings a broad range of venture and international business experience to the team.

He previously founded a web development agency that scaled to seven off-shore teams and ultimately landed a Fortune 100 company as a client.

As the Director of Operations for multiple international firms, he has direct product and operational expertise in Biotech, Venture Investments, Food-Tech and Manufacturing.

Cody holds a degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College. He also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

Ephraim Monasebian

Advisor to Venture Products Group and the ‘Pitching for Funding’ event.

Current position: Technical Product Manager for a leading higher education marketing services company.

Ephraim has been working with software products for over 10 years and has seven years experience managing both consumer and enterprise-level SaaS products. He is also a seasoned front-end web designer with years of experiencing building web and mobile application interfaces and UX/UI components.

In his current position he is the product owner for a business intelligence and analytics software platform built for higher education.

Ephraim holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Science from the University at Albany, where he began his career as a project manager and technology consultant to startups in the New York State capital region.


Venture Products Group works with various colleagues and businesses on the development of new products and business ventures.