Team


Adrian Smith
Managing Director

Adrian is Managing Director with ATN Ventures investing in technologies and services that are synergistic to ATN’s core businesses.

Adrian also is a Partner at Ignition Partners. Adrian invested in telecommunications and mobile companies and represented Ignition as a director on the board of Twisted Pair Solutions (acquired by Motorola Solutions, Inc.) and was an observer on the board of mFoundry (acquired by FIS). Adrian also represented Ignition on the board of Melodeo (acquired by HP) and was the shareholder representative for Swype (acquired by Nuance).

In addition, Adrian chaired the Entrepreneur Advisory Board at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and has been active as a Venture Partner for a number of corporate venture capital groups.

Prior to Ignition, Adrian spent twelve years in leading technology roles at Nextlink, AT&T Wireless, McCaw Cellular Communication and British Telecom Research Laboratories. Adrian’s responsibilities have included the radio architecture and evolution of the LMDS broadband fixed wireless technology, the browser transport mechanism for integrated cellular voice and data solutions and the TDMA air interface design and specification.

Adrian joined British Telecom Research Laboratories in the UK in 1989 and worked on the ETSI standards for the Digital European Cordless Telecommunication (DECT) technology, developing DECT testbeds for voice, data and wireless video applications.

Adrian is the author of a number of patents associated with cellular technology as well as co-author of the book IS-136 TDMA Technology, Economics and Services.


Justin Leon
Investment Principal

Justin leads the evaluation and execution of investment opportunities and works with our operating companies on strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining ATN, Justin worked on the Corporate Strategy & Development team for Nuance Communications, a publicly traded software company. At Nuance, Justin executed over $1B of acquisitions in the healthcare IT, mobile, and enterprise software verticals.

Justin earned a degree in corporate finance from Bentley College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.