The CMCP team has served on more than twenty boards of directors and has a combined 100 years of experience operating and investing in growth companies


Managing Director

Mr. Laird Q. Cagan is Managing Director and co-founder of Cagan McAfee Capital Partners, LLC (successor to Cagan Capital, LLC) a private investment firm he founded in 1990. During the ‘90’s Mr. Cagan invested in and helped build 15 high tech companies with over $500 million of equity capital invested in those companies. Since 2002, CMCP has founded, funded and taken public over 10 companies in a variety of industries including energy, alternative energy, healthcare, information technologies, payments and cleantech. CMCP portfolio companies have raised over $600 million of equity capital and over $2B of project development capital. Mr. Cagan was the founding Chairman of Evolution Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: EPM), a company he founded to develop mature oil & gas fields with advanced technologies. He is a director and founder of Calpian, Inc. (CLPI), was a founder of Procera Networks (Nasdaq: PKT), Pacific Ethanol (Nasdaq: PEIX) and a former founder/director of Aemtis, Inc. (AMTX) and Camac Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CAK). Many of Mr. Cagan’s investments have a double or triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit.

Mr. Cagan previously worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Departments of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Drexel Burnham Lambert. In all, he was involved in over 30 transaction valued at more than $15 billion, bankruptcy work-out transactions of more than $2 billion, and a variety of equity, high-yield bond and senior debt financings.

Mr. Cagan attended M.I.T. and received a BS and MS in Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Director’s program. He is the founding Chairman of the SF Bay chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization, is a founder of the San Francisco Chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization and is the Chair of the San Francisco Group of Tiger 21. He is active as a founding Board Member of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation. He is active with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity where he has served on the faculty of the John O. Moseley annual leadership school for five years and currently serves as the advisor to the Stanford chapter. An avid athlete, he played varsity soccer at Stanford and continues to enjoy soccer, tennis, golf and skiing. In 2004, Mr. Cagan’s team won the Veteran’s Cup, over-40 Soccer National Championship and in 2012 his team won the over-50 National Championship. He is a former member of the Stanford University Athletic Board and is honored to have the Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at Stanford named after him. He is a member of the Olympic Club, the oldest athletic club in America, host to golf’s 2012 US Open. Mr. Cagan is licensed by the SEC under Series 24, 7 and 63, but is not currently utilizing his license. He lives in Portola Valley, CA with his wife and two daughters.


Managing Director

Mr. McAfee is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and merchant banker, founding eleven companies in renewable energy, oil & gas, networking and software. Mr. McAfee is a managing director at Cagan McAfee Capital Partners in Cupertino, California, and has invested in more than twenty companies through Berg McAfee Companies, a holding company.

Mr. McAfee is the founding shareholder of six companies that were taken public, and also took five of his portfolio companies public via merger. The aggregate value of public companies Mr. McAfee has founded or participated in building is in excess of $4 billion measured by combined high market capitalizations.

Mr. McAfee serves or has served on the Boards of Directors of American Ethanol (founder/Chairman/former CEO – Nasdaq OTC WMII: alternative fuels); Pacific Ethanol (co-founder/director - Nasdaq PEIX: alternative fuels); Natural Gas Systems (founder/director – AMEX EPM: oil & gas production); Blast Energy Services (former Vice Chairman and CEO – Nasdaq OTC BESV: oil & gas production enhancement technologies); Procera Networks (co-founder/former director – Nasdaq OTC PRNW: wire-speed Layer 7 devices); IQ Biometrix/Wherify Wireless (co-founder/former Chairman: Nasdaq OTC WFYW - security software and devices); Netstream (co-founder: MPLS network CLEC); CustomerLink Systems (emarketing solutions); MindArrow Systems (co-founder/Co-Chairman: rich media CRM software); ExpressLink (auto dealer POS system); mvion (wireless software); Global Digital (co-founder: Internet software for newspapers); iCommerce (ecommerce software); Quikview (employment systems); DataZone (mobile network storage); Intraop Medical (mobile device for cancer treatment); and DAC Intl (precision lathes for optical lenses). Acquired or founded portfolio companies include World Waste Technologies (Nasdaq OTC WDWT: waste processed to cellulose); Particle Drilling Technologies (Nasdaq PDRT: high penetration rate oil drilling); Energy 2000 NGS (natural gas fields); Minrad (AMEX MRD: acute care devices); and Nayna Networks (Nasdaq OTC NAYN: network broadband devices).

In 2000, Mr. McAfee was selected to serve as a member of the George W. Bush Information Technology National Advisory Board. A 1985 Congressional Award medal recipient for his volunteer work. In 1986, Mr. McAfee graduated as the Dean’s Medalist from the Fresno State University business school. He lectured as the 2001 Entrepreneur in Residence at FSU and earned the business school Alumni of the Year Award in 2002. Mr. McAfee is a 1993 graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program, and completed the Harvard Business School Private Equity and Venture Capital Program.

J. Mao

Managing Director
Asia Pacific

Jim is a successful investor/entrepreneur focusing on clean tech, alternative energy and TMT with over 20 year career. Jim ran cross-border M&A and VC/PE funds as partner at China Fortune Capital Group and Ruijie Capital previously. He has proven track record investing in TMT (Internet, media, mobile Internet, mobile apps), alternative energy/energy efficiency (waste and water treatment, biofuel, solar and geothermal), medical devices, agriculture.

Prior to that, Jim was an entrepreneur who co-founded a series of successful startups in US and APAC. Jim has 5 approved US patents. He was also a seasoned senior executive with experiences in both start-up and Fortune 500 companies. He also has extensive international business experience as senior executive. He was corporate officer and global VP of multiple US companies in which he grew multiple start-ups to over $500M of business. Jim also led numerous corporate investments and M&A transactions which created multiple billion dollar value for investors. Jim has a BS/MS from University of Waterloo in Electrical and Computer Engineering and MBA from University of Southern California.


General Counsel

Since 2003, Mr. Lee served as in-house counsel to Cagan McAfee Capital Partners, LLC (CMCP).  He also currently manages his own private legal practice where he provides consulting and legal services to a variety of publicly-traded and private companies, with a focus in the alternative energy industry, technology companies, capital raising (public and private) and reverse mergers.

Steve Lee also served as in-house counsel for a number of companies from the start-up stage to AMEX traded companies, including: Since 2013 Mr. Lee has served as in-house counsel to Trxade Group, Inc., (TRXD), a B2B pharmaceutical products marketplace, and Trevi Systems, Inc., a forward osmosis clean-energy company;  From 2009-2011, Mr. Lee served as in-house counsel (from inception until the completion of land acquisition and permitting process) of Solargen Energy, Inc., a 420MW photovoltaic solar energy development project based near Hollister, California; From 2006-2009, Mr. Lee was in-house counsel (from inception to public listing) of Aemetis, Inc., an international biofuels company.  At Aemetis, Mr. Lee assisted with a joint venture project to construct a 50 million gallon capacity biodiesel refinery in India, the acquisition of a cellulosic enzyme technology, and development of other biodiesel and ethanol projects and joint ventures in the US and South America;  From 2003-2006, Mr. Lee served as in-house counsel to Evolution Petroleum Corp (from inception to AMEX listing, currently trading under the symbol “EPM”), a company focused on identifying and developing enhanced oil recovery reserves, bypassed oil and gas resources and unconventional gas shale.

Prior to entering the energy practice, Mr Lee was in-house counsel to the Intagio Trading Network, a technology-driven global business to business barter exchange and also served as a corporate associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, a Silicon Valley based corporate law firm.  Mr Lee holds a JD from Stanford Law School (1999) and a Bachelor’s Degree in European Studies from the University of Washington.  Since 2008, Mr. Lee has been a member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors.