Melissa Aagesen is a Principal at Certare Ventures, LLP where she is actively involved in multiple stages of direct investment including deal sourcing, evaluation, due diligence, negotiation, and fund-raising. Certare Ventures is a Chicago-based family partnership focused on direct investments in real estate and start-ups (software, tech-enabled business services, among others). Portfolio company exits include Southern Datacomm (acquired by NOVA Information Systems, a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp) and International Titanium Powder (acquired by Cristal Global). Her previous professional experience was in strategic marketing consulting with Microsoft Corporation, consulting at Ernst & Young, and marketing with Northwest Airlines in Tokyo, Japan. She earned a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College and an M.B.A. from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.