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Lawrence Aragon, Editor In Chief, Venture Capital Journal
Lawrence Aragon is Editor-in-Chief of Venture Capital Journal and Private Equity Week, which are published by Thomson Reuters. Aragon has been a business journalist and editor for more than 19 years, and has covered venture capital and technology startups since the early 1990s. Before joining Thomson Reuters, he was VC Editor for Red Herring magazine. Prior to that, Aragon was a writer for VAR Business, PC Week and the San Jose Business Journal. His work has won awards from American Business Media, the Computer Press Association and CMP Media.
George Arnold , Managing Principal, Knightsbridge Advisers
George became known to Knightsbridge as a fellow investor in a number of leading venture partnerships to which he was exceptionally successful in gaining access. He began his tenure at Knightsbridge in May of 2007. From 2004 until he joined Knightsbridge, George was Director and Head of Venture/Growth Equity fund investments for Citigroup Private Equity. In this capacity, he was responsible for over 100 fund relationships with commitments of $1.3 billion, sat on a dozen advisory boards and brought Citigroup into 29 new venture and growth equity funds, many of which are considered difficult to access by most investors. From 1998 to 2003, he invested directly in private technology companies alongside venture investors on behalf of Citigroup, serving as a director or observer on many of their boards including Insurance.com, ConvergeNet (acquired by Dell), Guardent (acquired by VeriSign), Mobile365 (acquired by Sybase), and Openwave (aka Unwired Planet and Phone.com). George spent his first year at Citigroup working in the Business Strategy Development and M & A Group where he worked on a majority stake acquisition of a European bank. As an investor in companies and funds, George draws on his broad technology background. He spent five years as an engineer and project manager with a Silicon Valley technology company that produces test and measurement solutions. George holds a patent in the area of metallic access subscriber line testing. A Swiss national, former Swiss Army officer and a graduate of the Swiss Institute of Technology (Dipl.El.-Ing.ETH), George came to the U.S. in 1992 to earn an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, followed by an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. George's interests include spending time with his family outdoors, hiking, biking, camping, skiing, scuba diving and gardening. He also enjoys the challenge of a difficult Sudoku puzzle.
Greg Baty, Vice President, Hamilton Lane
Greg is a Vice President based in Florida and is primarily focused on the activities of the Florida Growth Fund. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2009, Greg held investment positions within the private equity marketplace and has had previous experience with venture finance at Sand Hill Capital and Garage.com (Garage Technology Ventures). At these firms he screened potential portfolio companies, sourced deal flow for emerging technologies, raised capital and managed relationships with top-tier venture capital and venture debt firms. Greg also brings an operational background with him to Hamilton Lane having owned and operated multi-unit branded retail franchises along with his operational roles in technology startups. Greg also spent nine years as a professional football player in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots and finished his career with the Miami Dolphins. Greg received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's in science of management degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Seth Blackman, Principal, Rothstein Kass
Seth Blackman is the principal in charge of Rothstein Kass’ San Francisco office. Mr. Blackman specializes in audit, tax and consulting services for alternative investment funds and broker-dealers in the financial services industry.
Mr. Blackman oversees audit and tax compliance services for hedge funds, funds of funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, broker-dealers, mutual funds and management companies. He advises these entities on initial organizational structure, audit processes and the management of operational and tax matters.
Prior to joining Rothstein Kass in 2004, Mr. Blackman worked as the CFO/COO for a family office that managed several affiliated limited partnerships employing a long/short equity trading strategy and a hedge fund that primarily traded soft commodities, both located in New York. His responsibilities at both organizations included overseeing the accounting, finance, operations and HR functions as well as managing relationships with legal, prime brokerage, accounting, audit and tax. Mr. Blackman was also a senior associate in the Capital Markets Business Assurance Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York.
Mr. Blackman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Binghamton University. He is actively involved with his alma mater, serving as the Northern California Alumni Co-chair. Mr. Blackman is currently a member of the organizing committee of the Bay Area Hedge Fund Roundtable, a group which facilitates communication, education and networking among the Bay Area alternative investment community. Mr. Blackman is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA), the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA).
Mark Boslet, Senior Editor, Venture Capital Journal
Mark is a long time technology and financial journalist, and currently a senior editor at Thomson Reuters’ Venture Capital Journal and peHUB. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the San Jose Mercury News, The Industry Standard, Greentech Media and newspapers nationwide. Before joining Thomson Reuters, he was a bureau chief and senior writer at Dow Jones. He has received several awards for his industry coverage, including a Society of American Business Editors and Writers 2008 Best in Business award. Prior to covering technology, he served as a business and general-news reporter at newspapers including The Times Union of Jacksonville Florida and The Waterbury (CT) Republican-American.
Jeffrey J. Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Jeff Bussgang is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and entrepreneurial experience are in consumer, Internet commerce, marketing services, software and mobile start-ups. Mr. Bussgang currently represents the firm on the boards of Cartera Commerce, ClickSquared, Convoke Systems, DataXu, i4cp, oneforty, SavingStar, SimpleTuition, and is a board observer at ZestCash. Mr. Bussgang was previously a director at Brontes Technologies (acquired by 3M), BzzAgent (acquired by Tesco), go2Media, PanGo Networks (merged with InnerWireless), Ready Financial (merged with AccountNow), Transpera (acquired by Tremor Video).
Mr. Bussgang's book on venture capital and entrepreneurship, Mastering the VC Game, is an insider's guide for entrepreneurs on financing and company-building. His popular blog on helping demystify the venture business for entrepreneurs, "Seeing Both Sides", can be found at www.seeingbothsides.com.
Mr. Bussgang currently serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and has co-authored three HBS cases that are taught in “Founder’s Dilemma” (Curt Schilling’s Next Pitch) and “Launching Technology Ventures” (foursquare and Predictive BioSciences). Mr. Bussgang is the co-author of "Ruling The Net", a 1996 Harvard Business Review article on the Internet’s potential for commerce. He is also on the board of MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange and is a Founding Executive Committee Member of FirstGrowth Venture Network, a network of venture and angel investors supporting first and second time entrepreneurs building exciting companies in the New York area.
Prior to joining Flybridge, Mr. Bussgang co-founded Upromise (acquired by Sallie Mae), a loyalty marketing and financial services firm with 12 million members that currently manages over $35 billion in college savings assets, where he served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Director. Prior to Upromise, Mr. Bussgang was an executive at Open Market, an Internet commerce software leader that went public in 1996 and grew to nearly $100 million in revenues. During his five-year tenure, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development, Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services and head of Product Management. Prior to Open Market, Mr. Bussgang was with the strategy consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group.
Mr. Bussgang holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar.
Lise Buyer, Founding Principal, Class V Group
Lise Buyer is the Founding Principal of the Class V Group, an organization providing strategic and logistical guidance to companies considering an initial public offering.
Ms Buyer brings unmatched IPO experience to the table having served as top ranked institutional investor (T.Rowe Price Associates), #1 (quality) Sell-side analyst (Credit-Suisse), internal IPO designer/coordinator for Google, (for which her work on that transaction earned a Google Founder's Award), and as a board member, (Chairman of the Independent Directors and M&A committee for NASDAQ listed GFOL, until it's acquisition by Microsoft).
It is this experience from different perspectives that Ms Buyer now leverages to guide management teams through the nuances of the IPO process from start to finish.
She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University's Owen School as an Owen Merit Scholar, is a Trustee of the Nichols School and a past Fellow of the Davos World Economic Forum.
Todd C. Chaffee, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners
Todd Chaffee joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in March 2000. He focuses on venture capital and growth equity investments in rapidly growing media, travel and technology companies. He has more than 25 years of operating and investment experience. Mr. Chaffee was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 venture capitalists in the world by his inclusion in the Forbes Midas List. He was also recognized by AlwaysOn as one of the top 100 venture capitalists by his inclusion in the AlwaysOn VC 100 List.
Mr. Chaffee has led investments in Akamai (AKAM), ArcSight (HPQ), Ariba (ARBA), ComScore (SCOR), CyberSource (CYBS), Digital River (DRIV), Epiphany (EPNY), Extensity (EXTN), H5 Technologies, HomeAway, InphoMatch (SAP), Kayak, LivingSocial, LoopNet (LOOP), Mobile 365 (SAP), Mobileway (SAP), Netflix (NFLX), Nuance Communications (NUAN), Omniture (ADBE), Open Market (OMKT), Trintech (TTPA), Twitter, VeriSign (VRSN), Verisity (VRST) and Yahoo (YHOO). Mr. Chaffee has also actively participated in IVP’s investments in Advent Software (ADVS), Artisan Components (ARTI), At Road (TRMB), Business.com (DEXO), CafePress, Concur Technologies (CNQR), Danger (MSFT), MarkMonitor, Quigo Technologies (TWX), Sugar, Tripwire, Websense (WBSN) and Yodlee.
Prior to IVP, Mr. Chaffee was Executive Vice President of Visa International. His responsibilities included overseeing the Advanced Technology, Strategic Planning, Corporate Development and Equity Investment divisions for Visa. He was also the President of Visa Marketplace, Inc. (Visa's investment subsidiary) and managed Visa's global technology investment portfolio. Under Todd's leadership, Visa's venture capital operation generated more than $1.2 billion in gains and produced a 32.8x multiple of invested capital with an IRR of 243.4%.
Mr. Chaffee joined Visa in 1994 as Senior Vice President of Advanced Payment Systems. After establishing and growing Visa's highly successful venture capital business, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Visa International, becoming the youngest Executive Vice President in Visa's history. Prior to Visa, Mr. Chaffee held management positions at Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Wells Fargo/Norwest and TRW Information Systems Group. During his career, he also founded Grand Expeditions, Inc., a global luxury and adventure travel company with revenues in excess of $200 million.
Mr. Chaffee earned a B.S. with honors from the University of Minnesota Carlson Business School. He also completed the Stanford Graduate Business School Advanced Management Program and the Harvard Business School Venture Capital Program.
David Chao, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, DCM
David Chao, co-founder and general partner of DCM, has been active in the information technology industry since the 1980s, participating in the fastest growing sectors of computers, communication and the Internet. At DCM, he guides portfolio companies in formulating corporate and product marketing strategies, developing strong management teams and implementing domestic and international partnerships.
Prior to DCM, Mr. Chao was a co-founder, acting CFO and CTO, as well as board member of Japan Communications Inc. (JCI) (Nasdaq Japan - Hercules: 9424), Japan’s premier provider of mobile data and voice communications services for corporations and professionals and largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).
Previously, Mr. Chao worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco. There, he worked with communication and software firms to develop their technology, marketing and financial strategies. Mr. Chao also established a successful practice focused on broadband infrastructure and services and corporate valuation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chao worked in marketing and product management at Apple Computer, where he co-authored Apple Japan’s successful One Billion Dollar Revenue Plan. Implemented by his team over a four-year period, the plan helped grow revenues from $25 million to $1 billion during that time. Mr. Chao also implemented Japan’s first cash-back rebate program for PC/electronic manufacturers and conceived and managed branding programs — including the Janet Jackson Tour — for Apple. He also managed the company’s portfolio of start-up investments in the United States. Prior to Apple, Mr. Chao was an account executive for Recruit, Japan’s largest HR advertising and web infomediary corporation.
Mr. Chao serves on the Boards of numerous DCM portfolio companies. He is on the Board of 51job (Nasdaq: JOBS), Renren (NYSE: RENN) and Spansion (Nasdaq: SPSN). He is also responsible for the investments in All About Japan, Inc. (JASDAQ: 2454), Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR), kabu.com (TSE: 8703), Recourse Technologies (Symantec), Sling Media, SMIC (NYSE: SMI) and eDreams. David serves on the Board of Legend Capital in China and the management board of Stanford Graduate Business School. He has also been listed as a Top 25 venture capitalist by Forbes Magazine since 2004.
Catherine Crockett , Managing Partner, Grove Street Advisors
Catherine Crockett co-founded Grove Street Advisors in 1998 and is a Managing Partner of the firm and member of its Investment Committee. Catherine leads investments across buyouts, growth equity and venture capital, including early development of GSA's IT and healthcare venture portfolio and in 2004, the firm's India portfolio. She was the lead investor for a number of new private equity teams that are now well established as leaders within their areas of investment focus, and is active on numerous advisory boards.
Prior to GSA, Catherine built a successful 14-year career in the design and implementation of private equity investment programs where there was both a financial and business development objective. In total, she led the formation of private equity investment programs with nearly $400 million under management for major corporate and state pension fund investors.
Catherine has a BA from the University of Notre Dame in Business Administration & Government and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Paul Denning, CEO, Denning & Company, LLC
Denning & Company, LLC, a FINRA registered firm, headquartered in San Francisco was formed in 2001 to serve the private equity fundraising needs of both veteran General Partners seeking only to broaden their L.P. base, as well as the next generation of Private Equity Managers. Prior to Founding Denning & Company, Paul Denning had been at Hambrecht & Quist, as Managing Director of the Private Equity Market Group in San Francisco and integrated into the Private Fund Group as co-head following the Chase Manhattan acquisition in 1999, and subsequently, the merger with JP Morgan in 2001. Before, Mr. Denning had been a Managing Director at Robertson, Stephens & Company, a Limited Partner at Montgomery Securities and a Principal at Sutro & Company.
Mr. Denning has been involved in the investment banking industry for over 35 years and served 7 years, pro bono, as a Trustee and Commissioner of the City and County of San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, a $15 billion Public Pension plan. He is a frequent speaker at private equity conferences worldwide and has published several industry publications including: “How to Sell Restricted Securities, a Guide to Rule 144” and “Stock Distribution, a Guide for Venture Capitalists”. He inaugurated and hosted The Annual Private Equity CFO conference in San Francisco, Hong Kong and London from 1990-2001. Paul graduated with honors from the University of Akron, Ohio and later received his Masters Degree in Public Finance. He served in the U.S. Navy as an officer and aviator from 1966 to 1970. He holds the Series 7, 63, 24, and 79 licenses.
Kirk Dizon, Managing Director, KKD Capital
Kirk Dizon is the Founder and Managing Director of KKD Capital, which creates and manages preferred access private investment vehicles for large family offices and institutional investors. Prior to KKD Capital, he was a Managing Director at Hall Capital Partners LLC and Co-Head of the firm's Private Equity group, which covers buyout, growth, distressed, credit, venture capital, and other private equity strategies on a global basis. Earlier at Hall Capital, Mr. Dizon also had co-management responsibilities over the operations of the firm's Pooled Vehicles program, and served as the firm's General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Dizon currently serves on the City of San Francisco's Ad Hoc Technology Advisory Council. He formerly served on the Advisory Boards of Asia Environmental Partners, Freestyle Capital, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, Gemini Israel, Khosla Ventures, Longreach Capital, New Horizon Capital, and Qiming Venture Partners. Prior to joining Hall Capital, Mr. Dizon practiced law at Cooley Godward LLP where he was a Partner in the Fund Formation Group. As a lawyer, his practice was concentrated in the formation, representation, and review of U.S. and international venture capital, private equity, hedge, and other alternative investment funds. Mr. Dizon earned a B.A. in Economics from Pepperdine University in 1990, a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1995, and an LL.M. in Taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996.
Brad Dorchinecz, Senior Vice President, Northern Trust
Bradley M. Dorchinecz is a Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of the Private Equity Fund-of-Funds Group at Northern Trust, which manages over $1.1 billion in private equity fund commitments. He is responsible for sourcing and analyzing venture capital and buyout partnership investment opportunities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He previously was an investment professional at Mercantile Capital Partners, a growth equity fund located in Northbrook, Illinois. Prior to Mercantile, Mr. Dorchinecz spent five years at Heller Financial (now a part of GE Capital), providing senior debt to middle market buyout funds. He serves on several limited partner advisory boards for funds in which Northern Trust invests. Mr. Dorchinecz graduated with High Honors from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Finance and received his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Maureen Downey, Principal, Pantheon
Maureen focuses on sourcing, analyzing and closing secondary investment opportunities and manager selection for Emerging Markets on a primary basis as well as participates in fund monitoring, firm marketing and client reporting. Prior to joining Pantheon, Maureen was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, & Co. Maureen's execution experience includes a variety of cross-border and domestic M&A and leveraged buy-out transactions, debt restructuring assignments as well as a broad spectrum of capital market financings from equity to high yield across multiple industries. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 1998, Maureen worked for Merrill Lynch in New York in their Fixed Income Division for three years. Maureen graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Claremont McKenna College and holds a MBA from Wharton's Graduate School of Business. Maureen is based in San Francisco.
Judith Elsea, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Weathergage Capital
Judith Elsea is a co-founder and Managing Director of Weathergage Capital, a venture capital and growth equity fund of funds based in Palo Alto. Earlier in her career, Ms. Elsea was Chief Investment Officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. As CIO, she directed a $2 billion globally diversified investment portfolio and also was responsible for developing the foundation’s private equity program. While at the Kauffman Foundation, she was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Kauffman Fellows Program, an apprenticeship program designed to train the next generation of venture capitalists in the United States.
Eric T. Fitzgerald, Director - Alternative Investments, MetLife Investments
Eric T. Fitzgerald is responsible for MetLife’s private equity fund commitments in venture capital, growth equity, power and energy, and infrastructure. Mr. Fitzgerald has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been involved in the private equity investment community for the last eleven years. Over the course of his private equity career, Mr. Fitzgerald has sourced, closed and managed over $1 billion in fund investment opportunities. He joined MetLife from Thomas Weisel Partners in 2008, where he was a partner responsible for their private equity fund of funds program. The program focused exclusively on venture capital and growth equity fund opportunities. Prior to his role with TWP, Mr. Fitzgerald was a senior analyst for Liberty Mutual's private equity markets group, which focused exclusively on private equity fund commitments, covering venture capital, buyout and special situation fund opportunities. Prior to his private equity career, Mr. Fitzgerald spent nine years with Fidelity Investments. Mr. Fitzgerald holds a B.S. in Economics from Union College and an M.B.A from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
Diana Frazier, Founding Partner, FLAG Capital Management
Diana H. Frazier is Co-Founding Partner of FLAG Capital Management, LLC. Established in 1994, FLAG manages $4.4 billion in client commitments across a platform of four diversified private capital fund-of-fund products: U.S. venture capital, U.S. private equity, non-U.S. venture capital and private equity, and global real assets.
Ms. Frazier has over thirty years of experience in the venture capital and private equity industry. Prior to co-founding FLAG, she spent a decade with BancBoston Ventures, Inc., rising to the rank of President; established the family office of a high-tech entrepreneur overseeing his personal and business relations, including traditional money managers, alternative investments, and direct venture investments; and spent one year with a large hedge fund dealing primarily with high net worth investors. Ms. Frazier also has ten years of international experience in economic consulting and systems analysis.
She is a former director of NASBIC; founding advisor to the Institute for Private Investors; board member of the National Venture Capital Association; trustee of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS); charter member of the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College; member of the MIT Sloan School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council and recipient of the FWA 2005 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. Ms. Frazier has an Honors BA in Economics from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT.
Alastair Goldfisher, Acting Editor In Chief, Venture Capital Journal
Alastair Goldfisher heads up Venture Capital Journal, a Thomson Reuters publication that covers the VC industry. He also contributes to peHUB.com as a blogger and as an editor. Alastair primarily reports on venture capital and startups, touching upon such topics as fundraising, investments trends, personnel moves and other news related to the VC industry.
Alastair has worked in business journalism as an editor and a reporter since 1994. In addition to writing about the venture capital community, he also has covered marketing, cleantech, transportation and the business of sports. He has been at Thomson Reuters since 2003. Before joining Thomson Reuters, he was the founding editor of California CEO and before that he was a reporter with the San Jose Business Journal. You can reach him on Twitter, as well as on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn and numerous other social networking sites. He now has a growing interest in social media as a means to communicate and interact with readers and sources.
Elizabeth M. Hammack, Managing Director, Chief Counsel & CCO , C.M. Capital Corporation
Ms. Hammack is a highly experienced executive at an Investment Adviser & Asset Management Firm (C.M. Capital Corporation, a Family Office) with over a $1B AUM for the past 10+ years. Elizabeth serves as a Managing Director, Chief Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of C.M. Capital Advisors, LLC and is a voting member of the Investment Committee. She also serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary for C.M. Capital Corporation (a family office and parent corporation of C.M. Capital Advisors, LLC). Additionally, she is the Executive Director of C.M. Capital Foundation, a private foundation. C.M. Capital Corporation (together with its affiliates and subsidiaries) provides comprehensive investment advice on portfolios now worth over U.S. $1 billion. The corporation was established in 1969 and its initial focus was on real estate. However, over the years it expanded its expertise and investments into venture capital, then leveraged buyouts, and hedge funds. Now, the managed and advised portfolios, including two fund-of-funds, encompass all alternative asset classes. In addition to general management responsibilities for the C.M. Capital group, she serves as Chief Legal Officer and is an attorney with sub-specialties in alternative investment fund structuring and partnership agreements, venture capital fund agreements, fund of fund structuring and administration, real estate acquisition and disposition agreements, tax, and trusts (offshore and US) issues. She is knowledgeable in the new Dodd Frank legislation as it relates to Investment Advisors, created the IA's policies and procedures and oversees corporate and fund governance. She is also responsible for employee training on corporate governance, investment advisor regulations and ethics. Formerly, Ms. Hammack was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Women.com Networks Inc., a public internet media company. Previous to that position, she was a Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Citigroup’s Global Finance division where she worked with Fortune 50 Clients. She also regularly worked with Citicorp's Private Banking clients. Additionally, earlier in her career, she was Assistant General Counsel at ATEL Capital Group and also worked at Bechtel Financial Services, specializing in domestic and international project finance. Ms. Hammack also is a director on the Board of Directors of a private software and services company in Silicon Valley with domestic and international customers. She is on the Board of a California-based premium finance corporation as well. Ms. Hammack earned a BA from University of California at Berkeley and additionally holds graduate JD and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California, where she was a Dean’s Scholar and a Fellow in the economics department. She is an active member of the California State Bar, as well as a qualified English solicitor and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Andy Hayes, Private Equity Investment Officer, Oregon Office of the State Treasurer
Andy Hayes is Private Equity Investment Officer at the Oregon Office of the State Treasurer. He started his career as an Analyst at RV Kuhns & Associates. He has spent over 7 years with Oregon State Treasury. He began on the public equity team and moved over to private equity in 2008. Andy is the point contact for Oregon’s Venture Capital relationships as well as our Asia and Emerging Markets private equity investments.
Bret Jepsen, Director, San Francisco Employees Retirement System
Bret Jepsen has over a decade of private equity and venture capital experience. He is currently the Acting Director of Venture Capital and Small Buyout investing for the City of San Francisco's Investment Office.
While at San Francisco, Mr. Jepsen has established a portfolio of several top-tier, oversubscribed venture capital funds and created a secondary program designed to enhance returns by acquiring less-risky, pre-identified private equity assets. In addition to serving as an advisor to many venture capital and private equity funds, Mr. Jepsen is on the board of the Utah Capital Investment Corporation, a $300 million economic development program. Mr. Jepsen has spoken at several industry events including past IBF Venture Capital conferences, the Merrill Lynch Private Equity CFO Conference, ICBI Super Return China Conference, University Venture Fund Summit and the Silicon Valley SDForum. Prior to his work for the City of San Francisco, he worked at Connecticut-based Portfolio Advisors, LLC, where he helped build and monitor private equity programs for various foundations and pensions. Mr. Jepsen also gained direct investment experience while working for Dominion Ventures, LLC.
Mr. Jepsen received his BA from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, where he co-authored a case study on the private equity secondary industry.
Deepak Kamra, General Partner, Canaan Partners
Deepak Kamra has been a venture capitalist for nearly 20 years – identifying innovative companies that disrupt the status quo to become leaders in their fields. After an 11-year career growing technology startups into successful global leaders, Mr. Kamra joined Canaan Partners in 1991 and is focused on investments in digital media and software. Mr. Kamra led Canaan’s early investment in DoubleClick, the Internet’s first and leading online advertising solution; Match.com, the most popular dating site worldwide; and ON24, the leader in webcasting and virtual events. He also invested in voice-over-IP infrastructure company Acme Packet, which became one of the top-ten performing IPOs of 2006, and SuccessFactors, one of the most successful IPOs in 2007.
Mr. Kamra has been quoted in publications such as Bloomberg, The Silicon Valley Business Journal, Fox Business News, and The Deal, and speaks frequently at industry events, including The Harvard VC and PE Conference, TiECon, the Global India Venture Capital Association Conference, and Venture Summit Silicon Valley.
Mr. Kamra led Canaan’s investments in, and currently sits on the boards of, technology-driven global companies such as e4e, a global business services company; GroundWork Open Source, the leader in commercial open source systems and network management software; ON24, the global leader of webcasting and video communications solutions; Plixi, a real-time media sharing platform for the social web; Zmanda, world’s leading provider of open source backup and recovery software; and Zoosk, the largest social dating network in the world. He also directed Canaan’s investments in AllBusiness.com (Acquired by NBCi), Bharat Matrimony, Concord Communications (acquired by CA), Impulse! Buy Network (acquired by Inktomi/Yahoo!), iPrint.com (acquired by MadeToOrder.com), Latitude Communications (acquired by Cisco), PriorityCall Management (acquired by LHS), Recourse Technologies (acquired by Symantec), and SalesLogix (acquired by The Sage Group). Recognizing early the global nature of venture capital, Mr. Kamra initiated Canaan’s investments in the India market starting in 2001.
Before joining Canaan, Mr. Kamra was a key member of the startup team at Aspect Communications, helping lead the pioneer in call center technologies to a successful IPO in 1990. He has also held leadership roles at telecommunications companies like ROLM Corp. and TRW Datacomm International.
Mr. Kamra received a BA from Carleton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In his spare time, he is involved in several microfinance initiatives to spur economic growth in developing nations and currently serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee at Deutsche Bank’s Global Microfinance Consortium. He was included on the Forbes Midas List in 2008 and 2009, a prominent list ranking the best dealmakers in technology and the 2009 AlwaysOn Venture Capital 100 which highlights the one hundred individuals who have backed the most profitable winners in the last four years. He currently serves on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association.
Michael Kim, Managing Partner, Cendana Capital Management, LLC
Michael Kim is the founder and Managing Partner of Cendana Capital, a next generation fund-of-funds investing in private equity. Mr. Kim is a member of the LP Advisory Boards of IA Ventures, PivotNorth Capital and Freestyle Capital. Prior to the founding of Cendana Capital, Mr. Kim was one of the original partners of Rustic Canyon Partners, a venture capital firm with approximately $1 billion under management. Mr. Kim currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Rustic Canyon.
In March 2004, Mr. Kim was appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco to a 5 year term as a Trustee of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, a $15 billion pension fund, and served as the President of the board and the Chairman of the Investment Committee.
Formerly an investment banker, Mr. Kim was with Morgan Stanley's Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Group in Menlo Park. Mr. Kim was directly involved with 27 announced transactions worth over $77 billion for such clients as Hewlett-Packard, Ciena, Seagate, Bay Networks, Netscape and Texas Instruments. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Kim was an associate at The Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC and also worked at IBM.
He is an honors graduate of Cornell University, where he presently serves on the Cornell Council, has an MS from the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Mr. Kim formerly served on the boards of Lead21, an organization that enables entrepreneurs to advocate free market public policy, and the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank that champions freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free market policy solutions. He is a Trustee of the Asian Art Museum Foundation, where he serves on the Investment Committee, and the former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Symphonix League of the San Francisco Symphony.
Damon Krytzer, Board Member, City of San Jose Police and Fire Retirement Plan
Damon Krytzer has been involved in the global capital markets for 17 years, with experience in asset management and deal execution. He ran a global tactical asset allocation portfolio, founded a trading desk to manage portfolio risk exposures, and managed a pool of emerging markets rates and currencies. Damon is active in advising board trustees on alternative investments portfolio construction, and has further advised on portfolio liquidity and on trade execution strategy. Damon’s professional experience includes roles with Oppenheimer & Company, UBS Financial Services and Prudential Securities advising investors on portfolio construction and attribution. Damon leads strategic investments for Waverly Advisors, a commodities and futures advisor, and serves on the boards for The City of San Jose Police and Fire Retirement Plan, Mesoloan Financial in India and the Maybach Foundation in San Francisco. He is a CFA Charterholder, adjunct professor for alternative investments at the University of San Francisco Business School, holds MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and the University of California Haas School of Business, and studied political science at Rutgers University.
Aaron Levie, CEO and Co-Founder, Box.net
Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box was launched from Aaron's dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box's product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software. He has spoken about content and collaboration tools at events such as Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Web 2.0, Dreamforce, Accenture Global Summit, South by Southwest, and Svase. Mr. Levie studied business at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before taking a leave of absence.
Larry Marcus, Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
Larry Marcus has been a Director at Pandora since early 2004 when Walden led the "rebirth round" to focus the company on launching a consumer-facing service. Mr. Marcus is a Director at SoundHound (sound and voice search), Rootmusic (BandPage on Facebook), Telekenex (IP voice and data services ), a Board Observer at PowerCloud Systems and led Walden's investment in Terayon (acquired by Motorola).
Prior to joining Walden in 2000, Mr. Marcus was a digital media sell-side Equity Research Analyst at Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown where he lead the IPOs of Maxis, Terayon, CBS MarketWatch, Edmark, and Netflix (initial S-1 IPO filing) among other equity and debt financings (Sierra On-line, Excite@Home, Spectrum Holobyte, CBS Sportsline). Prior experience includes Robertson Stephens & Company, Digidesign and General Management in computer services retail. Mr. Marcus serves on the non-profit Board of the JazzSchool in Berkeley, CA.
Mr. Marcus received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Marcus has been a guest lecturer at Haas Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School. He has been a speaker and panelist at numberous conferences including Dealmaker Media's Under the Radar, SF MusicTech, Billboard, AlwaysOn and Digital Hollywood among others.
Jon Marino, Editor, peHUB.com
Jonathan Marino joined Thomson Reuters to edit peHUB in 2010. Prior to coming to peHUB, he worked as a writer and editor with the M&A Journal, covering private equity and investment banking. He has also written for publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Washington Examiner and mergermarket.
Sarah McBride, Correspondent, Thomson Reuters
Sarah McBride covers venture capital for Reuters, based in San Francisco. So far she’s been reporting on trends like the cloud, cleantech investing, and valuations—along with industry chatter like comings and goings at various firms. Before joining Reuters, Sarah worked for 14 years at the Wall Street Journal. Her stints there included Los Angeles, where she covered the radio industry and digital entertainment, and Hong Kong, where she covered Asian stocks.
Matt McIlwain, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Matt McIlwain is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Seattle, Washington. He invests primarily in software-driven companies and currently serves on the boards of Animoto, Apptio, ExtraHop, Mixpo, Off&Away, Optify, PayScale, Skytap,Smartsheet, and Tier 3. He was on the boards of Isilon Systems (acquired by EMC), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), iConclude (acquired by Opsware), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive) and was actively involved with TeamOn Systems (acquired by Research in Motion).
Before joining Madrona in 2000, Mr. McIlwain was Vice President of Business Process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC), a Fortune 250 company. He also was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology and service industries, and worked in investment banking at CSFB.
Mr. McIlwain is a board member of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and Villa Academy and is on Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna’s Technology Advisory Board. He also teaches a class on venture finance in the University of Washington Technology MBA Program.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners
Kate Mitchell is a co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a venture capital fund with over $900 million under management located in Silicon Valley, California. She leads investments in software bringing more than 25 years' experience in technology, finance and management to her portfolio. Ms. Mitchell has actively worked with portfolio companies such as Hubspan, Jaspersoft, mBlox, Wayport, & Tonic Software as they grow to become successful enterprises. She is active on policy issues that impact the venture industry and was the 2010-2011 Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). She remains active in policy matters that impact start-ups and is currently chairing a Small Company IPO Task Force that came out of a conference on that topic sponsored by the the Treasury Department. In addition, Ms. Mitchell is a member of the SVB Financial Group Board of Directors (NASDAQ: SIVB).
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Ms. Mitchell held various corporate development and technology management positions at Bank of America and was responsible, among other things, for the launch of the bank’s initial online banking presence in the mid 1990’s. Ms. Mitchell holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Executive Program at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She also attended the Harvard Executive Program. Ms. Mitchell is active as a Charter Member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (Silicon Valley).
Kevin Nee, President, Wilshire Private Markets
Kevin Nee is the President of WPM and a member of the WPM Management and Investment Committees. He is also responsible for sourcing, performing due diligence and monitoring investment opportunities across private equity sectors within the U.S., as well as oversight of WPM. He has been an investor in the private markets for 18 years and has served on numerous partnership and company boards. Prior to joining WPM, Mr. Nee was with BlackRock, Inc., where he was a Managing Director and member of the Management and Investment Committees for the BlackRock Private Equity Partners team. Prior to BlackRock’s acquisition of Quellos Group, LLC, he was a Principal of the latter, where he co-founded Quellos’ private capital division. Mr. Nee was also a member of that division’s Investment Committee and Portfolio Management Group, and served on the firm’s Portfolio Management Group responsible for co-investment activities across alternative asset classes. He began his private markets career in 1993 with INVESCO’s private capital group, where he managed fund-of-funds portfolios and participated in direct company investments. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Mr. Nee received his Master in Business Administration degree with honors from Columbia Business School. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder. Mr. Nee is also a member of the Wilshire Associates Board of Directors.
Ashton Newhall, Co-Founder, Greenspring Associates
C. Ashton Newhall co-founded Greenspring Associates in 2000, and manages the Firm's office in Owings Mills, Maryland. Mr. Newhall is a third-generation venture capitalist. Before co-founding Greenspring Associates, he was at T. Rowe Price Associates ("T. Rowe Price"), where he was one of the youngest marketers of the firm's investment management services to both institutions and high net worth investors. Specifically, he marketed T. Rowe Price investment management services to the general partners of venture capital funds and entrepreneurs in both the United States and abroad. Mr. Newhall serves on the Board of Trustees of Elon University, Bessemer Venture Partners, Domain Associates, the Limited Partner Advisory Board for QuestMark Partners, and the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Selection Committee.
Ashton graduated from Elon College. He also studied via exchange programs at the University of Legon in Accra, Ghana and Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
John O’Farrell, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
John O’Farrell is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He works with late-stage growth companies and selected early-stage ventures. Mr. O’Farrell serves on the boards of ShoeDazzle, TinySpeck, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
Before Andreessen Horowitz, Mr. O’Farrell was the Executive Vice President, Business Development, at Silver Spring Networks. He managed the company’s $90M Series D fundraising led by Kleiner Perkins and Google, drove Silver Spring Networks’ initial expansion into Europe, Latin America and Asia, and executed its acquisition of Greenbox Technology. He was Executive Vice President, Business Development, at Opsware (formerly Loudcloud). He was responsible for four successful acquisitions, major strategic partnerships with EDS and Cisco, and other strategic transactions culminating in the sale of Opsware to HP for $1.65 billion in 2007. He was also Executive Vice President, International, at Excite@Home, where he founded the international division and grew it to $70M in annual revenues.
Mr. O’Farrell holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from the University College Dublin.
John O’Farrell’s philanthropic involvement includes Amnesty International, a campaign to end grave abuses of human rights; Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization; Oxfam, a group of non-governmental organizations from three continents working worldwide to fight poverty and injustice; Save Darfur, an alliance of over 100 faith-based, humanitarian and human rights organizations; World Wildlife Fund, a leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species; Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides food to people in need in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties; Shelter Network, which helps homeless families and individuals on the San Francisco Peninsula become rapidly and permanently re-housed; Humane Society, an animal protection organization; Stanford Hospital, known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders; and the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, leads in heart care, cancer, newborn care and kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants in the San Francisco Bay area.
Jay Park, Managing Director, BlackRock
Jay Park is a Managing Director for BlackRock Private Equity Partners (PEP) where he serves on the Management and Investment Committees. He is responsible for the sourcing and diligence of primaries, secondaries and direct co-investments, and serves as an advisory committee member for a number of US and Asian private equity partnerships. Prior to joining PEP in 2001, he was a principal investment officer with Merrill Lynch’s Direct Investment Group focused on direct PE investing in the emerging markets, after starting his career in Merrill Lynch’s Mergers and Acquisitions department. Mr. Park holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University.
Georganne Perkins, Managing Director, Fisher Lynch Capital
Georganne Perkins is Managing Director of Fisher Lynch Capital. Fisher Lynch is a private equity firm investing in buyout funds, venture capital funds and sponsored co-investments. Prior to joining Fisher Lynch in 2006, she was Director of Private Equity at the Stanford Management Company which was formed to manage the investment assets of Stanford University. As Director, she was responsible for investments in both venture capital and buyout funds and held numerous advisory board positions. Prior to joining the Private Equity team in 1990, she held various other positions at Stanford since 1982. Ms. Perkins is a Trustee of the YMCA Retirement Fund, a member of the Investment Committee for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Chair of the Endowment Management Committee for Saint Francis High School (Mountain View, CA). Ms. Perkins earned her BA in Fine Arts at University of California Irvine.
Spencer Punter, Director, Capital Dynamics
Spencer Punter is a Director in the Investment Management team at Capital Dynamics. He 18 years of experience in Silicon Valley as an investment banker, venture capitalist, and company operator. He was a managing director and co-head of the private equity group at Bowman Capital, a USD 6 billion technology-focused investment firm. Before that, he was an associate at Integral Capital Partners, a crossover public market and venture capital fund affiliated with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Earlier in his career, he worked in the technology investment banking group at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Punter holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Sciences from Harvard University.
Aydin Senkut, Managing Director, Felicis Ventures
Aydin Senkut is the Founder and President of Felicis Ventures. He has been named one of the top 25 tech angels by Businessweek and was featured as one of the top 8 up and coming VCs by Forbes’ Midas List. Felicis Ventures portfolio encompasses over 50 companies including Bump, Brightroll, Disqus, DNANexus, Dropcam, Inkling, Justin.tv, Meraki, Room 77, Rovio, Shopify, Weebly and Yume. In the last four years, 19 Felicis backed start-ups have been acquired by firms such as Google, Twitter, Groupon, Microsoft, AT&T, Disney, Ebay and Intuit. Prior to starting Felicis Ventures, Mr. Senkut was Google’s first product manager and launched its first 10 international sites in 2000. He then became the first International Sales Manager at Google, responsible for world-wide licensing deals. Before joining Google, Mr. Senkut was a product manager at SGI. He has a BS in Business Administration with Honors from Boston University, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks five languages: English, German, French, Portuguese and Turkish. Mr. Senkut is a benefactor to the University of Pennsylvania and UCSF. Mr. Senkut sits on the boards of Imageshack, Massive Health and the Wharton Entrepreneurial Program. He’s been featured in Businessweek, New York Times, Economist, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Financial Times Germany, and San Francisco Chronicle.
Glenn Solomon, Partner, GGV Capital
Glenn Solomon joined GGV Capital as a Partner in the Menlo Park office in 2006. Mr. Solomon has led GGV’s investments in Pandora, Conviva, Focus, SuccessFactors, Isilon and QuinStreet, helping the latter three through the initial public offering process. He is also actively involved with GGV’s investments in Appirio, BlueKai, Buddy Media and China Talent Group (CTG) as well as new investments in software-as-a-service (Saas) and cloud infrastructure, online marketing and advertising, and human resources technologies.
Prior to GGV, Mr. Solomon was a General Partner with Partech International. As head of the Software and Internet Group, he led successful investments in Broadbase Software (acquired by Kana), Datacenter Technologies (acquired by Veritas/Symantec), Digital Island (acquired by Cable & Wireless), Pentasafe (acquired by NetIQ) and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). Earlier in his career, Mr. Solomon worked with Goldman Sachs and also with SPO Partners, a San Francisco-based private investment partnership.
Mr. Solomon received a B.A. from Stanford University, where he started on three NCAA championship tennis teams, and an M.B.A from Stanford where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He co-founded and remains active with The Spotlight Foundation, a non-profit organization that, for the past 14 years, has been dedicated to funding social entrepreneurs addressing the educational needs of at-risk youth.
Mark Suster, General Partner, GRP Partners
Mark Suster joined GRP Partners in 2007 after having worked with GRP for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Most recently Mr. Suster was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com (NASDAQ: CRM) following its acquisition of Koral, where Mr. Suster was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mr. Suster was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, the largest independent global content collaboration company focused on the engineering and construction sectors, which was acquired by SWORD Group (PARIS: SWP). Earlier in his career, Mr. Suster spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Mr. Suster received a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He grew up in the U.S. and is also a citizen of the UK.
In the current portfolio, Mr. Suster sits on the Boards of Ad.ly, Awe.sm, Burstly, GumGum and Ring Revenue and is a Board Observer of Qualys.
Amit Tiwari, Principal, Invesco Private Capital
Amit Tiwari, Principal, joined Invesco Private Capital in 2005 and is involved in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of prospective partnership fund investments. Prior to joining Invesco Private Capital, Amit was a part of the Alternative Investments Team at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) where he invested over $125 million in venture capital and buyout partnerships. Before entering business school, Amit was an Investment Banking Associate in Credit Suisse First Boston’s Technology Private Placements Group where he raised over $250 million in several high-profile private placements for the firm’s technology clients. Amit serves on the advisory boards for Caltius Equity Partners, Greycroft Partners, Huntington Capital, Monitor Ventures, Physic Ventures and PTV Sciences. Amit received his M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the University of California, Davis in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 1999.
Jennifer Urdan, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates
Jennifer is a Managing Director at Cambridge Associates and joined the firm in 1998. She works with universities, foundations, public funds, retirement plans, and private clients on their investments in alternative assets and the related governance issues. She also works with clients on their overall investment portfolio. In addition to client work, Jennifer serves on non-marketable alternative research and portfolio committees and is a regular contributor to the firm’s nonmarketable alternative asset research and fund due diligence. Jennifer has been a frequent presenter at firm and industry conferences. Before Jennifer joined Cambridge Associates, she spent seventeen years in the financial services industry. Most recently, she was a senior member of the private capital group at Robertson Stephens & Co., where she was responsible for originating, structuring, and placing private equity financings for expansion stage venture-backed companies. Prior to this, she was a vice president at JP Morgan where she had a range of responsibilities including establishing and managing client relationships; conducting corporate finance advisory work; and originating and executing debt, convertible, and equity offerings in the public and private markets as well as exposure management transactions. Jennifer graduated from Stanford University.
Pascal Villiger, Portfolio Manager, CalSTRS
Pascal Villiger is a Portfolio Manager and senior member of the private equity team responsible for managing CalSTRS' $30 billion private equity portfolio. Pascal is a member of investment committee responsible for private equity investment selection and portfolio construction decisions. Pascal directly manages and monitors over 35 private equity partnership representing over $7.5 billion in committed capital across the buyout, distressed and venture sub-asset classes. Prior to joining CalSTRS in 2008, Pascal spent 11 years as an investment banker, most recently as an Executive Director at UBS. Prior to that, Pascal was a Director in Investment Banking at Banc of America Securities LLC.
Jim Watson, Managing General Partner, CMEA
Jim Watson is Managing General Partner at San Francisco investment firm CMEA Capital. He joined the firm in 2001. Prior to joining CMEA, Mr. Watson was an entrepreneur and founded Skyway Systems, a high technology services company that grew to over 1,300 employees with revenues above $100 million prior to being acquired by Union Pacific Corporation (UPN). During Mr. Watson’s tenure there, the company was twice named to the list of the fastest growing U.S. companies by Inc. Magazine, with Mr. Watson also being named Entrepreneur of the Year. Prior to Skyway, Mr. Watson was with IBM’s large computer systems division. Mr. Watson is currently on the board of directors of several CMEA portfolio companies, including Apriso Corporation, Blekko, Jobvite, LiveOps, Pixazza, Trioporati, WorkingPoint, among others. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and served five years as a Navy pilot.
Jonathan Weber, West Coast Bureau Chief, Reuters News
Jonathan Weber is the West Coast Bureau Chief for Thomson Reuters, overseeing news bureaus in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. A veteran reporter, editor and journalism entrepreneur, he was previously the founding editor of The Bay Citizen, a non-profit news organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Before that he was the founder and CEO of New West Publishing, a new media company serving the Rocky Mountain West. He was the co-founder and editor in chief of the Industry Standard, the highly regarded newsweekly that chronicled the first Internet boom, and prior to that was a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Wesleyan University.
David Weir, CEO, Sharespost
As the Chief Executive Officer of SharesPost, Inc., Dave Weir is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the company. Prior to joining SharesPost, Dave has enjoyed a career spanning over 27 years as an investment banker and financial services business executive.
Mr. Weir began his career at J.P. Morgan & Co. where he was a Managing Director and played an important leadership role in the development and rapid growth of the J.P. Morgan’s investment banking business over a period of twenty years. He served in numerous capacities at J.P. Morgan including Co-Head of the firm’s North American Technology and Telecommunications Investment Banking practice, Head of the Western United States Region, Chief Executive Officer of J.P. Morgan Canada and Head of Software Investment Banking.
During a several year hiatus from J.P. Morgan, Mr. Weir served as President and Chief Executive Officer of OffRoad Capital, the first online marketplace for private company investments. Mr. Weir was responsible for all aspects of OffRoad Capital’s business including corporate strategy, business development, marketing, sales, finance, brokerage operations, legal and human resources. Most recently, Mr. Weir was the Founding Partner of Spring Creek Advisory Group, LLC, a firm that specializes in providing merger and acquisition advice and capital raising services to start up and expansion stage growth companies.
Mr. Weir is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco where he teaches graduate level courses in Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance. He serves on the Board of Shelter Network and the Board of Trustees of Bellarmine College Preparatory School where he is the Chairman of the Investments Committee. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
David York , Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners
David York is Managing Director of Top Tier Capital Partners. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm, and the development and growth of its funds of funds and co-investment offerings. Mr. York currently serves on fifteen venture capital fund advisory committees. Prior to the formation of Top Tier, Mr. York was a Managing Director with Paul Capital, overseeing the firm’s venture capital fund of funds offerings. Before joining Paul Capital, Mr. York was Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets Trading Services at Chase H&Q, which provided exit strategies to the worldwide private equity community. Prior to H&Q, he managed Volpe Welty & Company’s Corporate and Venture Services Group, and founded the Specialty Equity Transaction group at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. York began his career as an Executive Consultant at Paine Webber. He received his B.S.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.