The members of the OCA Ventures team have a passion for building early-stage companies into market leaders, have long histories working with one another, and share common core personal and professional beliefs, while at the same time contributing different skills and perspectives.

This cohesive group has close business and personal relationships dating back more than 25 years.  John Dugan, Peter Ianello and Marc Berman were partners in the 1980s when they led O’Connor & Associates. Jim Dugan is John Dugan’s third son, Jason Heltzer joined the team in 2001, Joe Dwyer joined in 2009, David Zyer joined in 2009 and Imran Ahmad joined in 2011.

Joe Dwyer - Venture Partner

Joseph Dwyer is a Venture Partner with OCA Ventures and has been working at OCA since 2008. For the 15 years prior to joining OCA, Joseph Dwyer was an Internet entrepreneur creating high-growth technology companies.


Joseph’s past ventures include: CEO and founder of The Virtual Market, one of the first dynamically generated e-commerce sites; CEO and founder of Blir, a technology consulting and custom software development company serving clients such as Bain & Company, Albertsons, and Exodus Computing; CTO and board member of, a venture-backed online mortgage bank; and President and Founder of TouchPoint Solutions, an enterprise Software-as-a-Service company with customers including Kodak, British Petroleum, and Lockheed Martin. Joseph is an expert in web application design and development, including the architecture of a web-based device management, ad delivery, and content distribution software system licensed by Kodak for use on its worldwide network of 70,000 kiosks.


Joseph holds an MBA with Distinction from the Kellogg School of management, and a law degree Cum Laude from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif. At Kellogg, Joseph was the President of the Association for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship Law, and was founding COO of Kellogg View, the school’s official business publication. Joseph also has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Joseph has lived and worked abroad extensively, and speaks French, Spanish, and German.


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