Mel served as President & CEO of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf from 2008 to 2013, during which time The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf expanded into a worldwide brand and business with almost 1000 stores in 30 different countries. In 2013, Mel was instrumental in orchestrating the sale of the company to a consortium of private equity groups. Mel is a Venture Partner at Crosscut Ventures, an early stage fund focused on investments in internet, mobile, software and gaming companies. He is also a General Partner at DS Strategic Partners who have made multiple investments in the homeland security and intelligence sectors. Mel completed his Law studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).