Jeph Mathurin, CPA, MSc.
Founder & Managing Principal

Mr. Mathurin brings over 15 years of financial management, operations and research experience in the private equity, satellite communications and high technology industries. His background includes venture capital fiduciary matters, company valuations, exit analyses, financial modeling and negotiated banking relationships for emerging businesses. As the Managing Principal of Aperture Financial Group, LLC, he contributes his energy and talent to each mission and provides overall strategic leadership to the firm.

Previously, Jeph served as Chief Financial Officer and Fiduciary of SpaceVest Venture Capital Funds directing the investment, tax and accounting activities of the only investment firm with nearly $300 million dollars dedicated to space and satellite investments. Prior to SpaceVest, Jeph served as a Senior Adviser with the public accounting firm, Shreve Bowersox, P.C., where he provided CFO, management and accounting services to clients in a broad range of industry sectors.

Mr. Mathurin completed his master of science degree at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, the preeminent international institution for space education and research. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. His current and past professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Technology Council of Maryland (TCM), Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) and the Maryland Society of Accountants (MSA).

Published Papers

“Private Equity Investments Beyond Earth Orbits: Can Space be the New Frontier for Private Investments”
Acta Astronautica 59 (2006) 438-444 2006
Authors: Jeph Mathurin, CPA, and Nicolas Peter

This paper seeks to provide insights into the nature, timing and rationale for private investments in the space and satellite sector.  Then an attempt is made to analyze the potential opportunities that space exploration might present for traditional financial investors.

“Space Weather Information: Opportunity for Alternative Investments in Electricity Trading”
55th International Astronautical Congress, Vancouver, Canada, October 2004
Authors: Jeph Mathurin, CPA and Nicolas Peter

This paper presents an overview of the causes and consequences of the space weather phenomenon and its influence on various industries. Special attention is devoted to the relationship of space weather to the electric power industry as a basis for designing alternative investment vehicles to capitalize on more accurate forecasting capabilities. Weather derivatives hedge funds, which provide sophisticated investors an opportunity to earn money on the subtle and significant shifts in the energy trading market, are presented in order to give potential investors useful and practical information.

Invited Speaking Engagements

Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Economic Development
2008 Small Business Assistance Conference, Silver Spring, Maryland
Available Financing Programs, May 29, 2008

International Astronautical Federation
56th International Astronautical Congress, Fukuoka, Japan
The Economics of Space Exploration, Are There Commercial Opportunities?, October 17-21, 2005

International Astronautical Federation
55th International Astronautical Congress, Vancouver, Canada
Maximizing both Public and Private Economic Benefits from Space, October 4-8, 2004