Ray currently serves on the board of Check Point Software and the boards of current investments: a la Mobile, Inc., Imaginova Corp., Imperva, Inc., Jadoo Power Systems, PGP Corporation, RedSeal Systems, Transonic Combustion, Inc., Vernier Networks, and Vontu, Inc. Ray’s previous investments include: Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ: CHKP), Digex, Inc. (IPO/Acquired by Intermedia Communications, Inc.), DoubleClick, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLCK/Acquired by Google), Fogdog Sports, Inc. (Acquired by GSI Commerce, Inc), Haystack Labs (Acquired by Trusted Information Systems/Network Associates), P-Cube, Inc. (Acquired by Cisco), Pedestal Software (Acquired by Altiris ALTS), Qpass, Inc. (Acquired by Amdocs), Spyglass (IPO/Acquired by OpenTV, Inc), UCA/Softbank, USInternetworking, Inc. (IPO/Acquired by AT&T), and WholeSecurity (Acquired by Symantec).
Bennett is a member of the board of directors of Sun Microsystems, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate.
Wes joined ATV in 1999 and concentrates on investments in the internet infrastructure and data networking markets. Since January 2000, Mr. Raffel has been a Managing Director of Advanced Technology Ventures. His representative investments include Apprion, Calisolar, CaseCentral, Omneon Video Networks, NeoScale, Redline Networks (acquired by Juniper Networks NASDAQ: JNPR), and Sub-One Technology. Wes Raffel has served as a member of the Omneon board of directors since November 2002.
Prior to ATV, Wes served as Vice President of Sales and General Manager at Informix Software where he was last responsible for the Company's Web and e-commerce business. He held positions as acting CEO and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AssureNet Pathways, which was acquired by Axent Technologies. He also was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Global Village Communications, where he grew revenue from zero to over $100 million in three years. Wes spent nearly 10 years of his career with 3Com in various sales and marketing roles, lastly driving the rapid growth of its non-European international business as the Vice President of Intercontinental Operations.
He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A., Cum Laude, from Harvard College.
Michael is an 'as true as the Queen of England' Englishman. So true that he left because it's easier to be really English when you're not in England.
Michael moved to California expecting glorious sunshine and felt cheated when he discoverd that San Francisco has more fog than a Dickens novel.
When he's not moaning about how cold the beer is in the US Michael can be found cranking away at the code and trying to work out what a CEO is meant to do.
Michael is married to Xochi Birch. Together with Michael's brother Paul they founded BirthdayAlarm.com many moons ago (actually 4 years ago), they also founded 2 children together (without Paul's help). Bebo was given birth to in January 2005 with a major relaunch in July 2005.
So where did Michael and Xochi meet? At University of course, in Southside Bar, Imperial College, London.
Michael's biggest dream is to raise enough money to build an Atlantic Tunnel since the English Channel Tunnel was such a blinding success. Donations gratefully accepted.
John joined NEA in 1989 and became a General Partner of NEA in 1993 and became a Special Partner in October 2000. He focuses on a wide range of high-technology companies with an emphasis on healthcare services, information systems and medical devices. Current board memberships include Acclarent, Apnex, CVRx, Davita Corporation, Denali, Evalve Corporation, Exploramed III, NC3, NeoTract, Prospex Medical, TargetRx, and Vibrynt. His prior board memberships include among others, Bridge Medical (acquired by Amerisource Bergen), Celeris Corporation (assets sold), EndoMatrix (acquired by C.R. Bard), Integrated Telecom (acquired by PMC Sierra), IRIDEX Corporation, Optical Sensors, Primax Recoveries, Proxima Therapeutics (acquired by CYTEC Corporation) , Surgical Health (acquired by HealthSouth), TELOGY Networks(acquired by Texas Instruments), TransVascular (acquired by Medtronic) and Vivra (acquired by Gambro ab). Prior to joining NEA in 1989, John was a Managing Director of Alex. Brown & Sons with primary responsibility for developing the firm's healthcare research, investment banking and capital markets businesses. John also serves since 1989 as the Managing General Partner of Catalyst Ventures. John is also Chairman of the Baltimore School for the Arts. He received his BA from the University of Michigan.
Ravi joined NEA in February 2004 as a Principal and became a Partner in December 2004. He focuses on information technology investments with special emphasis in hardware, energy, wireless, and growth equity investments. Ravi is on the board of Availink, ISGN Technologies, Jentro Technologies, Liquidia, and ViXS and works closely with ProtoStar, Tele Atlas, GlobalLogic and our energy portfolio companies.
Prior to joining NEA, Ravi worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was co-head of the technology practice in their private equity group and led direct, fund, and secondary investments in the areas of information technology and life sciences. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ravi worked for McKinsey & Company and advised clients in the software, communications, and pharmaceutical sectors on strategy, acquisitions and new business building. Previously, Ravi worked for Raychem Corporation in the Corporate Technology Division where he focused on research and product development in semiconductors, liquid crystals, and other materials systems.
Ravi received a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he focused his research on materials science applications in molecular electronics, biomaterials, and nanotechnology. Prior to graduate school, Ravi received a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to serving as a venture partner at Benchmark, Rich is Chairman and CEO of Zillow Inc., an online real estate service dedicated to providing home buyers and sellers with valuable tools and information.
Prior to Zillow, Rich founded Expedia within Microsoft. In 1999, he led the spin-off of Expedia from Microsoft and served as the company’s president and CEO until March, 2003, by which time Expedia had grown to become the world’s largest online travel retailer.
Prior to founding Expedia, Rich worked in various product management roles on Windows and MS-DOS at Microsoft.
Board Seats: Rich serves as a director of Avvo and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX).
Education: Rich holds a BS degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University.
As a Managing Director, of General Catalyst Partners, Hemant invests in both new and existing technology businesses. Areas of special interest include technology-intensive, disruptive software, systems and components in various sectors including wireless, energy, and consumer-focused businesses.
Hemant is a Board member of Mascoma, 80108 Media (GC co-founded the company), Jumptap (GC co-founded the company), Stion and Sand9 and a board observer for Advanced Electron Beams, and Quickplay Media. Hemant also served on the Board of SiteAdvisor, a General Catalyst investment that was acquired by McAfee (MFE) in April 2006, and a board observer for m-Qube (General Catalyst founded the company) that was acquired by Verisgn (VSGN) in May 2006.
Before joining General Catalyst in 2002, Hemant was founder, president and CEO of Isovia, a Boston-based mobile software and applications company that was acquired by JP Mobile (MOT) in 2001. Earlier in his career, he worked closely with operations management faculty at MIT to consult to supply chain executives at Fortune 1000 firms on their global supply chain strategies.
Hemant is the co-founder and president of NEEIC.org, a non-profit, collaborative organization focused on bringing together local thought leaders and experts to apply New England innovation towards solving the world's energy problems. He is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a non-profit organization focused on helping entrepreneurs. He also is a frequent speaker at industry-leading wireless events, including the Enterprise Wireless Forum, DCI and Gartner; and has been a guest lecturer at MIT and Harvard.
Hemant holds an M.S. in Operations Research, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and a B.S. in Biology & Biomedical Engineering; all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Peter joined NEA in 1992, became a General Partner in 1993 and Managing General Partner in 1999. Peter specializes in information technology companies. Present board memberships include Boingo Wireless , Broadview Networks, Cyren Call, Hillcrest Labs, InnerWorkings (NASDAQ: INWK), Jobfox, MediaBank, Neutral Tandem, ProtoStar and Vonage (NYSE: VG). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association. Prior board memberships include among others, UUNET Technologies (NASDAQ: UUNT), AMISYS (acquired by HBO), CareerBuilder (NASDAQ: CBDR), Mobius Management Systems (NASDAQ: MOBI), SALIX Technologies (acquired by Tellabs) and Tripod (acquired by Lycos, Inc.). Peter is a member of the Board of Trustees, Northwestern University; Board of Overseers, Tuck School at Dartmouth College; Board of Advisors, Tuck's Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth. Before joining NEA, Peter was President and Chief Operating Officer at LEGENT and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Systems Software Division at UCCEL. He also held various management positions between 1977 and 1985 at General Electric, including Vice President and General Manager at GE Information Services. He received a Masters in Business Administration from Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Patrick joined NEA in 2004 and became Partner in 2007. Patrick focuses on venture growth equity, consumer, Internet, and mobile investments. He is a director of Loopt and Realtime Worlds, and is actively involved with 23andMe, Xoom and the firm's venture growth activities. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick helped to grow ZEFER, an Internet services firm (acquired by NEC) to more than $100 million in annual revenues and more than 700 people across six global offices. The company attracted over $100 million in venture capital financing. Prior to ZEFER, Patrick was with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in hardware, software, and services companies. Patrick received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, where he was the only candidate in his year to earn honors at both. He also served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Patrick was one of only nine Canadian citizens to be elected a Commonwealth Scholar to study at Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Science degree and won both class prizes for Best Dissertation and Best Overall Performance. Patrick earned his A.B. degree at Harvard University in Environmental Science. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars.
As executive vice president and chief financial officer, Rocky Pimentel directs financial policies and functions of Glu Mobile worldwide. Pimentel joined Glu Mobile from Zone Labs where, as executive vice president and chief financial officer, he oversaw the company's successful negotiation and merger with Check Point Software. Prior to Zone Labs, Pimentel was a partner with Redpoint Ventures, where he managed the firm's operational activities as well as contributing to business development and new investment development. Pimentel's career has also included leadership positions with WebTV Networks (acquired by Microsoft, Nasdaq: MSFT); LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI). Pimentel was a member of the founding management teams of Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX), a NYSE-listed Global 500 developer, and Conner Peripherals, Inc., which was acquired by Seagate in 1996. Pimentel has also held board of director positions with Livingston Communications, where he advised the company's sale to Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) for more than $1 billion; Crossworlds Software, where he assisted in the sale of the company to IBM for approximately $250 million; SoftCom Microsystems, where he advised management in its sale to Intel Corporation (Nasdaq:INTC). In addition to his board of directors positions, Pimentel also sponsored early-stage corporate investments in Brocade Communications (Nasdaq: BRCD) and Siebel Systems (Nasdaq: SEBL) during his business career.
As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, David invests in both new and existing technology businesses. Areas of special interest include: application software; infrastructure software; open source; IP TV services; as well as software on-demand business models. David is a board member of: Brightcove (Jeremy Allaire and General Catalyst co-founded the company); EZ Prints; Impress Software; Laszlo Systems; Imprivata; OnForce; Ping Identity, rPath and ScanScout; He formerly served on the board of IMlogic, a General Catalyst investment that was acquired by Symantec in February 2006.
Prior to co-founding General Catalyst, David held the positions of President, CEO or Senior VP of Sales, Operations or Marketing for four publicly held companies. Most recently, David led Allaire Corporation from 1997 to 2000 as President, CEO and Board Member. During his tenure, Allaire grew from a venture-backed start up to an $119M public corporation trading on the NASDAQ. The company pioneered the Internet Application Server market with industry leading products such as ColdFusion and JRUN. In January of 2001, Allaire merged with MacroMedia Corporation and continues to be a leading Internet software company.
Prior to his CEO role at Allaire, David held the positions of Senior VP of Sales Operations and Marketing at Frame Technology Corporation, Claris Corporation, and SQA Corporation. Frame Technology and SQA Corporation were venture-backed corporations that successfully completed Initial Public Offerings on the NASDAQ.
Throughout his career, David has been an angel investor, advisor, and board member to several companies, including, Voxeo Corporation, and Firespout Corporation. He earned a B.A. in Business and Accounting from Norwich University of Vermont.
Dick has more than 35 years of venture capital investment experience. Dick focuses on a broad range of technically oriented companies. He was fortunate to have been the first person to have invested in the Ethernet with Bob Metcalfe, an early investor in Balloon Angioplasty with John Simpson and also backed the company that originated PowerPoint presentations. Present board memberships include Fabric7 Systems, Financial Engines, Force10 Networks, Foveon, Informative, Visual Edge Technology, Tabula, Nexthop Technologies, Xoom Corporation and Zhone Technologies (NASDAQ: ZHNE). Previous board memberships include among others, 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS), Ascend Communications (acquired by Lucent Technologies), Dallas Semiconductor (acquired by Maxim Integrated Products), Healtheon/WedMD (NASDAQ: HLTH), Immunex (acquired by Amgen), InfoGear (acquired by Cisco Systems), Juniper Networks (NASDAQ: JNPR), Macromedia (NASDAQ: MACR) acquired by Adobe, NetSolve (NASDAQ: NTSL) acquired by Cisco Systems, Decru (acquired by Network Appliance), Silicon Graphics, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) (NYSE: SMI). He was recently Chairman and President of the National Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining NEA, Dick was a General Partner of Arthur Rock & Associates and Executive Vice President of Gardner & Preston Moss. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in History from Northwestern University. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Venture Capital Association and the University of California-Haas School of Business. He and his wife Pam are noted collectors of Media Art.
A long-time healthcare technology strategist, Jim Bradley has served in many of the industry's most progressive organizations, including United HealthCare Corporation. As chief information officer there, he led a systems organization that received a patent for the use of artificial intelligence technology in health care. His organization was ranked by Computerworld magazine as a top ten most effective information technology management team and one of the world's top 100 strategic users of IT. After United HealthCare, Mr. Bradley was chief technology strategy officer at iMcKesson, the internet technology division of McKesson Corporation, the largest drug distribution and healthcare technology company in the world. Before that, Mr. Bradley founded and served as chairman and CEO of Abaton.com, Inc., a developer of web-based physician connectivity services and applications, which was purchased by McKesson. Mr. Bradley was also president of Health Systems Integration Inc., a managed healthcare software and communication technology company.
He most recently led RxHub, LLC as CEO of the nationwide electronic prescription drug information exchange. Mr. Bradley is currently partnered with Northrop Grumman Corporation as the Program Director for their contract with U.S. Health and Human Services to develop a prototype infrastructure of a national health information network.
Mr. Bradley serves on the board of directors for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and chaired that Board from 2002-2005. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview, and is a director of Prematics, a Washington, DC-based startup in the e-prescribing field.
Mark joined NEA as a Consultant in 1995 and became a General Partner in 1996. Mark focuses on information technology investments. Present NEA portfolio companies include Alien Technology, Glacier Bay, Interlace Systems, ISGN Technologies, NewPath Ventures LLC, newScale, ProStor Systems, TestMart, Think3, and TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO). Previous board memberships include, Growth Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), Hyperion Solutions (NASDAQ: HYSL), iManage (acquired by Interwoven), Magma Design Automation (NASDAQ: LAVA), Silicon Graphics (NASDAQ: SGI), Silicon Spice (acquired by Broadcom), and Trading Dynamics (acquired by Ariba). From April 1994 to December 1995, Mark served as President and Chief Executive Officer and then as Chairman of Viewstar Corporation. From 1985 to 1994, he was an executive with Silicon Graphics, Vice Chairman (1992-1994) responsible for worldwide field operations, Executive Vice President (1988-1991) responsible for the product divisions, and Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer (1985-1987). Prior to this, Mark was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sonoma Vineyards and a partner at Arthur Young & Company. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California. Mark received a Masters in Business Administration (with distinction) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (cum laude) from Amherst College. He is also a member of the board of Northern California Public Broadcasting (KQED).
Eric Benhamou's professional and personal accomplishments center on the creation and intelligent deployment of information technology towards improving the performance of businesses and non-profits and the quality of life of individuals around the world.
Eric Benhamou is chairman and CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures, LLC. Benhamou Global Ventures, started in 2003, invests and plays an active role in innovative high tech firms throughout the world. Mr. Benhamou is also the chairman of the board of directors of 3Com Corporation and Palm, Inc. He is an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. He served as chief executive officer of Palm, Inc. from October 2001 until October 2003. Benhamou served as chief executive officer of 3Com Corporation from September 1990 until December 31, 2000.
In 1981, Mr. Benhamou co-founded Bridge Communications, an early networking pioneer, and was vice president of engineering until its merger with 3Com in 1987. Before joining Bridge Communications, he worked four years at Zilog, Inc., serving as project manager, software engineering manager and design engineer.
In 2003, Mr. Benhamou was appointed to the Joint High Level Advisory Panel of the U.S.- Israel Science and Technology Commission by U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. In 1997, former President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Benhamou to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee which advises the President on research and development focal points of federal programs to maintain United States leadership in advanced computing and communications technologies and their applications.
In 1998, Mr. Benhamou was recognized by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the Foreign Investor Jubilee Award. That same year, Benhamou received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which pays homage to the immigrant experience, as well as individual achievement to U.S. citizens from various ethnic backgrounds. In 1998, he became a Fellow of the International Engineering Consortium. He is a graduate of the American Leadership Forum, which seeks to revitalize leadership within communities across the nation. In 1997, Benhamou received the Medaille Nessim Habif from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Paris. In 1992, he received the President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Award, the United States' highest environmental award.
Mr. Benhamou currently serves as chairman of the board of Cypress Semiconductor and as a member of the board of directors of RealNetworks, Inc and of Silicon Valley Bancshares. He serves on the board of directors of privately held companies, Atrica, WisdomArk, Finjan and GO Networks. He serves on the Venture Capital Advisory Board of 3i. He serves on the board of the New America Foundation, a Washington DC-based think tank. Mr. Benhamou serves on the executive committee of TechNet. He also serves on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), and as a member of the board of Smart Valley. In addition, he serves on the boards of the INSEAD School of Business, the Stanford University School of Engineering and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He is the chairman of the Israel Venture Network, a venture philanthropy organization for a stronger Israeli society.
Mr. Benhamou, 51, holds honorary doctoral degrees from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Widener University, Western Governors University and the University of South Carolina. He has a Master of Science degree from Stanford University's School of Engineering and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Paris.
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Tim Haley is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to founding Redpoint, Tim was a general partner with IVP, a firm he began working with in 1987 and joined in 1998.
Tim focuses on investments in software, consumer Internet and digital media. Tim currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Homestead Technologies, Movaris, Netflix (NFLX) and TheFind. He also led investments in Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!), ChemConnect, Inc., Onebox.com (acquired by OpenWave), Kendara (acquired by @Home), M7 (acquired by BEA Systems), Responsys, Inc. and Reflect, Inc. (acquired by Procter and Gamble).
Prior to joining IVP full-time in 1998, Tim was the principal of Haley Associates, one of the premier executive recruiting firms in the high technology industry. Tim was instrumental in the formation of numerous successful companies, including Alteon Networks, Applied Digital Access (IPO 1994), Centillion Networks (acquired by Bay Networks), Crescendo Communications (acquired by Cisco Systems), Epigram (acquired by Broadcom), FaceTime, Ipsilon Networks (acquired by Nokia), MMC Networks (IPO 1997), Mpath Interactive (IPO 1998), OnStream Networks (acquired by 3Com), Portera Systems, PMC-Sierra (merged with Sierra Semiconductor), PointCast (acquired by idealab!), Primary Access (acquired by 3Com), Pure Software (IPO 1995), SkyStream, Virage (IPO 2000), Whistle Communications (acquired by IBM), Whitetree (acquired by Ascend Communications) and Zip2 (acquired by Compaq Computer).
Tim received his B.A. in Philosophy from Santa Clara University.
Prior to joining Voltage, Sathvik was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at ValiCert, a leading provider of secure file transfer, messaging and authentication software. While at ValiCert, Sathvik created, implemented and oversaw the company’s global strategic marketing and partnership initiatives, helping to drive revenues from zero to $24M.
Before ValiCert, Sathvik served in various capacities at Worldtalk Corporation, including Vice President and General Manager of the security division. At Worldtalk, Sathvik led the company into the secure messaging marketplace which led to the company’s $200M acquisition by Tumbleweed in January 2000.
Prior to Worldtalk, Sathvik held engineering positions at various data communications companies including Retix, TITN, and Touch Communications.
Sathvik holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Benchmark Capital Europe, Barry spent five years as CEO of Esat Digifone, Ireland's second largest GSM mobile operator. Under Barry's leadership, Esat Digifone expanded to a profitable company with 900 employees, more than 1 million customers and IR400 million in revenues. Esat Digifone was acquired by British Telecom at a market value of IR£2 billion and is now part of the O2 Group.
Before Esat Digifone, Barry spent two years at Xerox Corporation in Palo Alto, California, where as Vice President of first Business Development and then Channel Operations, he was instrumental in revolutionizing Xerox’s approach to global marketing. Before this Barry enjoyed a pan-European career at Digital Equipment as European Pricing Manager, Director of Software Business Europe and Vice President of the Component and Peripheral Business Unit Europe.
Board Seats: Alphyra, Bebo, Globoforce, InnerWorkings, Newbay, Nexagent, Openet Telecom, WeeWorld
Education: Economics Degree from University College, Dublin, 1980.
Chuck is a Co-Founder and General Partner of NEA. His investment activities focus on healthcare services, healthcare information services and biopharmaceutical companies. His board memberships include Bravo by ElderHealth, CoGenesys, Hospital Partners of America, Pharmos, Sensors for Medicine & Science, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, TargetRx, Trine Pharmaceuticals, and Vitae Pharmaceuticals. His prior board memberships include among others, AMERIGROUP, Caremark, Chomerics, Genetic Therapy, LifeMetrix, Life Technologies, PatientKeeper, Russ Pharmaceuticals, Scandipharm, Sepracor, Surgical Health, and Zymark Corporation. In 1986 he founded the Mid-Atlantic Venture Capital Association (MAVA), which now has over 80 venture capital firms that are members, and is one of the most active regional venture associations in the country. He is Chairman Emeritus of MAVA. Chuck served in Vietnam commanding an independent platoon including an initial reconnaissance of Hamburger Hill. His decorations include the Silver Star and Bronze Star V (1st OLC.) Before co-founding NEA, Chuck was Vice President of T. Rowe Price Associates (Vice President of their New Horizons Fund). He received his MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and his BA in English Literature with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.
Forest joined NEA in 1999 as a Venture Partner and became a General Partner in 2004. Forest focuses on information technology investments. Present board memberships include Aeluros, Aprius, Arch Rock, Audience, Catalytic, Chelsio Communications, Foveon, Fulcrum Microsystems, Luxtera, Rinera Networks, RingCube, SiBEAM and T-RAM Semiconductor. He also serves as an advisor to Cassatt, Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), SiTime, Tableau Software and Telegent Systems. Previous board memberships include, among others, Atheros Communications (NASDAQ: ATHR), E2O, Nanochip, Newisys and RingCube Technologies. Forest also previously held an advisory position with FineGround, PolyServe, ReShape and SMIC. Prior to NEA, Forest was Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation from 1982 to 1986 before joining SGI. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1971 to 1982. He also spent two years at Los Alamos National Laboratory building an operating system for the original Cray-1 computer and a year and a half at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a Principal Scientist doing VLSI research. At Stanford, he worked with Andy Bechtolsheim on the SUN workstation project, with Jim Clark on the Geometry Engine project, and with John Hennessy on the MIPS microprocessor project. Dr. Baskett received a BA in Mathematics from Rice University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
S Nagarajan is the co founder and Chief People Officer of 24/7 Customer and is based in India. Nags (as he is known in the industry) leads 24/7 Customer's workforce of over 4500 employees that delivers offshore-based services for Global 1000 companies. Through a consistent focus on operational excellence Nags has been instrumental in building 24/7 Customer into a strong player in the ITES/BPO space.
Prior to 24/7 Customer, Nagarajan co-founded the US based Business Evolution (BEI), a provider of integrated customer interaction technology. Nags played an active role in the development and marketing of BEI's products from the company's inception.
Nagarajan also held various technical and senior management positions for IT projects in the US, Europe, and India at companies such as Comsys Technical Services, Churchill Insurance Co. and Tata Consultancy Services. While at Tata Consultancy Services, he led the development of various versions of the famous financial accounting software EX. At Churchill Insurance in London, he led the development of customer communication software. Nagarajan has a Master's Degree in computer applications from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, a professional degree in statistics from Loyola College Chennai, and more than 17 years of experience in offshore based services.
Nagarajan is a widely recognized thought leader in the offshore BPO industry who shares his views in various industry forums and also delivers guest lectures at leading management institutes.
Jim joined NEA in 2001 as a General Partner. He specializes in biotechnology and works with members of NEA's healthcare investment group on medical devices, healthcare information systems and healthcare services companies. Present board memberships include Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals, CoGenesys, Inc., GlycoMimetics, Inc. Inhibitex, Inc. (NASDAQ: INHX), Iomai Corporation (NASDAQ: IOMI), Nucleonics, Inc., Peptimmune, Inc., Pharmion Corporation (NASDAQ: PHRM), Ruxton Pharmaceuticals, Sensors for Medicine and Science, Inc.. Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Targacept, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRGT) and YM Biosciences (AMEX: YMI). Jim formerly served on the board of MedImmune, Inc. (acquired by AstraZeneca). Prior to NEA, Jim served as Founder/Chairman/CEO of Sensors for Medicine and Science (1997 - 2001) where he remains Chairman. Prior to that, he was Chairman/CEO of Genetic Therapy, Inc. (1987 - 1995), President/CEO of Life Technologies (1985 - 1987), and President/CEO of Bethesda Research Labs (1982 - 1983). Prior to 1982, Jim worked in various divisions of SmithKline. NEA and Jim have worked together since 1982 when he was recruited to run Bethesda Research Laboratories, Inc., which merged with Life Technologies, Inc. NEA then backed Jim at Genetic Therapy, Inc. and later at Sensors for Medicine and Science, Inc. Jim received a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Tennessee, his MBA from the University of Santa Clara, and a BS in Chemistry from Boston College.
As a serial entrepreneur, Hank Nothhaft has been a pathfinder in the telecommunications and networking industries, growing pioneering startups, such as Concentric Network Corp., DSC Communications and GTE Telenet Communications (now Sprint), into mature industry leaders. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Danger, Inc., Hank has directed the company from its initial product launch in 2002 to its present position as a market leader in the mobile internet market.
Previously, Hank served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Concentric Network Corporation from 1995 to 2001, where he led the company from its earliest stages through a successful IPO in 1997 and a merger with NextLink in 1999 (creating XO Communications). Prior to Concentric, Hank held key executive roles at DSC Communications Corporation, including Senior Vice President of Marketing, and Group President, in addition to serving as a Member of the Board of Directors. Hank also held the roles of Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Sales for GTE Telenet Communications Corporation (now Sprint), which pioneered x.25 networks, the initial public data networking protocol.
Hank serves on the board of Tessera, Inc., a developer of semiconductor packaging technology for miniaturization and increased performance of electronic products. Before joining Danger, he was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Endforce (formerly Smartpipes), a leading provider of network security software. He remained chairman of the board through March 2005.
Hank has an M.B.A. from George Washington University and a B.S. degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, and he is a former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Jeff Brody is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to founding Redpoint, Jeff was a general partner with Brentwood Venture Capital, a firm he joined in 1994.
Jeff is focused on investments in new technology companies spanning both enterprise and consumer customers. He currently serves on the board of directors of Danger, Fraud Sciences, HomeAway Vacation Rentals, Kodiak, LifeSize, Mobilygen, MobiTV and ZING Systems (acquired by Dell).
Jeff is a board observer for JumpTap and former board member of Loopnet (LOOP).
Jeff was an early investor and director of Concur Technologies (CNQR), GetThere (GTHR), mySimon (acquired by CNET), NextCard (NXCD), Onebox (acquired by OpenWave), ViaVideo (acquired by Polycom), and Web TV (acquired by Microsoft).
Prior to joining Brentwood, Jeff spent six years with Comdisco Ventures. Before Jeff joined Comdisco, he was an Associate at Crosspoint Venture Partners and co-founded a mobile telecommunications company. Jeff also worked as a field engineer for Schlumberger Ltd. in Europe and Africa.
Jeff received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
P V Kannan co-founded 24/7 Customer in April 2000. Under PV's leadership, 24/7 Customer is the first in the industry to provide services across the entire customer lifecycle. It is PV's vision and belief that is the foundation for success of 24/7 Customer growth. His vision is to make it simple and easy for companies to acquire and retain their customers, and for customers to seek solutions to their queries, anytime and anywhere in the world. PV's belief that our clients are customers for life is the culture of the organization. 24/7 Customer provides its services to global 1000 companies, round the clock from locations around the world.
PV has been featured as a thought leader in the field of global sourcing, including Tom Friedman's “The World is Flat”, “Outsourcing Thought Leaders” by Booz Allen Hamilton, and in Fortune Magazine. He is also a regular speaker at industry events and has been a panelist in Forbes Conference 2006, Academy of 2006 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, to name a few .
PV's career in on-line and off-line customer sales and service has resulted in a number of U.S. and international patent filings.
Prior to 24/7 Customer, PV Kannan was an officer and VP at Kana Software. In 1995, he founded his first company Business Evolution (BEI) based in Princeton , New Jersey , which was acquired by Kana Software in 1999. Prior to Business Evolution, P V worked in the U.S. and Europe in various leadership roles overseeing IT projects.
Trained as a Chartered Accountant in India , P V Kannan holds professional degrees in accounting and finance.
PV lives in Los Gatos , California with his wife and daughter.
Jeanne has had an email address since 1980. She is proud of being part of the technology revolution over the last 24 years and working with some of the world's greatest high tech companies. Jeanne likes to say, "I have participated with some of the most successful companies of our times, seen great CEO's and teams in action and learned how to and how not to build a great company…" She represents StarVest on several technology company boards.
Prior to StarVest, Jeanne's 30-year business career includes 24 years in the information technology field and fourteen years in the venture capital business as a Managing Director for Olivetti Ventures. These U.S.-based funds invested in 40 early and growth-stage information technology companies. From 1981 to 1990, Jeanne was with AT&T and gained many years of operating experience as Product Director for a Bell Laboratories venture business unit. From 1971 to 1978, she was with Bozell Worldwide, in business marketing roles.
Bringing a full grasp of the issues facing growth-stage companies today, Jeanne contributes in the areas of marketing, channel development, product and strategic direction for technology companies. She helped build the New York New Media Angel Investors Program and served as Chair of the selection program. She is a frequent guest lecturer on the subject of investing in technology companies.
Patrick joined NEA in 2006 as General Partner focusing on a broad range of information technology investments with particular emphasis on enterprise software, network infrastructure and Internet companies. Pat is currently on the board of ChannelAdvisor. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick was General Partner of Grotech Capital Group where he specialized in high-tech investments and served on a number of boards including Advertising.com, Bluefire Security, CDnow, Fieldglass Software, Hillcrest Labs, SALIX Technologies, and Synchrologic. Prior to Grotech, Patrick spent nearly 10 years at Alex. Brown & Sons as an investment banker for high technology companies. At Alex. Brown & Sons, he was responsible for a range of financing and advisory projects including initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions for high-tech companies. Prior to that, Patrick was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Patrick served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he spent substantially all his tenure on the staff of Admiral H.G. Rickover at the Headquarters of the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program. Patrick is Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. He received a Masters in Business Administration, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University.
Edgar Masri is President and Chief Executive Officer of 3Com. He leads the company's global operations, which include H3C Technologies Ltd. Co. in China, a leader in IP-based enterprise networking.
Prior to rejoining 3Com in August 2006, Masri spent six years at Matrix Partners, a venture capital firm focused on technology investments, and more recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Redline Communications.
During his first tenure at 3Com, Masri led the company's Network Systems Business Unit as Senior Vice President and General Manager. In this position, he had worldwide responsibility for the development, manufacturing and marketing of 3Com's range of industry-leading enterprise and carrier systems products. Previously, Masri managed the Workgroup Systems Business Unit. Under his leadership, the division grew to more than $1 billion in sales and, according to industry research groups, held 35 percent market share. Masri also served as President of 3Com Ventures, the company's investment arm, and held management positions in Product Management, Marketing and Business Development.
Masri holds a Diplome d'Ingenieur from Ecole Centrale de Paris, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's in business administration with distinction (Arjay Miller Scholar) from Stanford University.
Andy served as a Benchmark general partner from 1995 until 2004.
Since the raising of our latest US fund, he has reduced his role to
focusing on his existing portfolio companies and no longer evaluates
new investments. With his free time, Andy serves as a lecturer in
entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also
serves as a member of the board of trustees of the University of
Pennsylvania and as an overseer for its School of Engineering and
Prior to his ten years as a general partner at Benchmark Capital, Andy spent ten years as a general partner with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre (MPAE). Before joining MPAE, Andy held a variety of positions in the investment industry, working as an associate at Harvest Ventures; as a portfolio manager at Lamoreaux, Glynn & Associates; and as a financial analyst at Blyth Eastman Paine Webber.
Investments: Abrizio (acquired by PMC-Sierra), America Online, Blue Coat Systems, Blue Lane Technologies, C-Port (acquired by Motorola), Epigram (acquired by Broadcom), Equinix, Juniper Networks, Legato Systems (acquired by EMC), Opsware, Shasta Networks (acquired by Nortel Networks), and Silver Peak.
Education: MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1984; and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania, 1980.
Prior to Business.com and eCompanies, Jake held several senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company including: Chairman of Buena Vista Internet Group (BVIG) overseeing Disney.com, ESPN.com, ABCNews.com, ABC.com, and Family.com, President of Disney Online, where he led the team that developed and executed the expansion of the Disney brand onto the Internet beginning in 1994, and President of Walt Disney Magazine Publishing. He also founded both FamilyFun and FamilyPC magazines and served as President, Editor and Publisher of both publications. Jake sold FamilyFun to The Walt Disney Company in 1992.
Prior to FamilyFun, Jake served as Senior Vice President of Marketing at U.S. News & World Report. He also founded and served as President of U.S. News Productions, a television production company. Prior to that position, Jake worked for Time Warner at Fortune and Time magazines.
Jake's expertise and contributions to the Internet industry have been recognized by Time magazine, which awarded him a place in the Top 50 Cyber Elite, and Wired Magazine, which named him one of the Wired 25. He is a Director of USBX, and until its recent sale to Scripps, Jake was a Director of Shopzilla/Bizrate.com. He is the Founding Chairman of Seven Arrows Elementary School, and currently serves on the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Jake is married and the father of two daughters. He is a Dartmouth College graduate.
Scott joined NEA in 1996 as an Associate, became a Partner in 1999 and a General Partner in 2000. Scott focuses on investments in information technology and alternative energy, and is responsible for NEA’s activities in China. Present board memberships include Agami Systems, Bloom Energy, Cassatt, Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), Dexterra, DreamFactory, HelioVolt, SolFocus, Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD), SugarCRM, Tableau Software, Telegent and Teneros. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the board of the Software Development Forum. He has sponsored investments in 3ware (acquired by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation), Amplitude Software (acquired by Critical Path), Fineground Networks (acquired by Cisco), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks, (NASDAQ: JNPR), NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ), Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) and WebEx (NASDAQ: WEBX). Scott started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and later joined C-ATS Software as the company's first salesman. He founded and ran the European Subsidiary before attending Stanford Business School. During and after business school, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95. In addition to an MBA from Stanford, Scott holds an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Nick Beim, a General Partner in the Waltham office, focuses primarily on Internet and software investments. Nick serves on the boards of TheLadders, Care.com, Gilt Groupe, OATSystems, and Mazu Networks. Previous investments Nick was involved in include JBoss (acquired by Red Hat) and AppIQ (acquired by Hewlett-Packard). Prior to Matrix, Nick advised a variety of technology companies on strategic, operational and financial issues at McKinsey & Co and Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Nick graduated from Stanford University and holds an M.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Nick also serves on the board of Endeavor, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Ken Burke is the Chairman, Founder, & Chief Evangelist of MarketLive, Inc. Ken founded the company as Multimedia Live in 1995 with only $500 in start-up money, and under his guidance it has grown into a leading provider of e-commerce software and related solutions. Inspired by strategies and business methods from the cataloging and direct marketing world, Burke masterminded the creation of the MarketLive® Intelligent Selling® System, MarketLive's enterprise-class e-commerce application designed to optimize all selling opportunities, build solid relationships with customers, and give merchants complete control over their online merchandising. A recognized e-commerce industry pioneer and visionary, Ken writes quarterly columns for Multi-Channel Merchant and Target Marketing magazines, and is often quoted in Internet Retailer and other industry publications. A dynamic and popular speaker, he is a regular contributor at retail and direct marketing events. Ken is also the author of the book Intelligent Selling®: The Art & Science of Selling Online. He studied multimedia and the Internet at the University of Southern California, where he completed a BA in Marketing and earned honors as an MBA graduate in Venture Management and Entrepreneurship.
Suzanne joined NEA in 1995 as a Kauffman Fellow and became a Partner in 1999. Suzanne focuses on information technology investments and manages the firm’s Marketing and Investor Relations. Present board memberships include Approva, Cyveillance, and Motricity. Previous board memberships include among others, Quantum Bridge Communications (acquired by Motorola) and Guardent (acquired by Verisign). Suzanne also serves on the board of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology as an appointment by Governor Mark Warner. Prior to joining NEA, Suzanne led the financial team at XcelleNet, Inc., a developer of system management software for remote access. She was part of XcelleNet's start-up management team that grew the company to a successful IPO in 1994. She also worked as a Senior Auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. where she specialized in emerging information technology companies. Suzanne received a Masters of Management (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Suzanne was a charter member of the Kauffman Fellows program and a Certified Public Accountant.
Jagdeep Singh is President, CEO and founder of Infinera. Mr. Singh was President and General Manager of CIENA Corporation's Core Switching Division (CSD) and served as a director of CIENA Corporation. Mr. Singh joined CIENA, a leader in the optical communications equipment market, after its acquisition of Lightera Networks. At Lightera, Mr. Singh served as President and CEO and led the company from startup to a leadership position in the market for optical switching equipment for telecommunications networks.
Prior to founding Lightera, Mr. Singh was a Venture Partner at the venture capital firm InterWest Partners, focusing on investments in the data communications and telecommunications sectors. Before joining InterWest, Mr. Singh was Vice President, Technology Strategy at Shiva Corp. He joined Shiva following its acquisition of AirSoft, Inc., where he was President and CEO. Prior to founding AirSoft, Mr. Singh held technical and marketing positions at Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard.
Mr. Singh holds an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
Kittu joined NEA in 2006 as a General Partner and focuses on information technology investments. Present NEA board memberships include Nevis Networks, RingCube Technologies, SnapTell, Teracent, and WeatherBill. Prior NEA board memberships include PortAuthority (NASDAQ: WBSN). Formerly, Kittu was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Security Products Group at Juniper Networks, a position he assumed following Juniper's acquisition of NetScreen Technologies. At NetScreen, he was General Manager of Secure Access Products, a position he assumed following NetScreen's acquisition of Neoteris, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Kittu brings more than 17 years of experience at the leading edge of the technology industry. He co-founded Healtheon/WebMD, introducing online healthcare to the market. As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Provider Services, Kittu was responsible for product development, operations and business development. Before co-founding Healtheon/WebMD, Kittu worked at Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) managing high profile Interactive TV projects. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Determina. Kittu holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and a M.S. in Operations Research from the State University of New York, Buffalo.
From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Andreozzi was president and chief executive officer of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, a division of Reed Elsevier. While managing the $1.2 billion information and technology company, Mr. Andreozzi was the driving force behind the growth of some of the legal industry’s most prominent products and was responsible for broadening LexisNexis’ offerings from predominately print and online research to a full range of legal tools and services. During his tenure, LexisNexis acquired the #1 and #2 electronic filing companies, the leading electronic discovery company, the leading docket database, the #1 customer relationship management system for law firms and numerous market-leading practice management tools.
Mr. Andreozzi also managed the Martindale-Hubbell division of Reed Elsevier from 1996 to 2000, where he led the migration of the preeminent legal directory from a purely print-based product to the leading online resource, lawyers.com. Prior to his position at Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Andreozzi held several positions with Reed Elsevier, including general counsel of LexisNexis.
Since leaving LexisNexis,
Mr. Andreozzi served as a strategic advisor for ValueAct Capital and
The Carlyle Group on large media deals.
Andreozzi is a graduate of Rutgers University and received a J.D. from
the Seton Hall School of Law. A sought-after speaker, Mr. Andreozzi has
delivered keynote addresses at leading legal industry events. He also
sits on the Seton Hall School of Law Board of Directors.
Prior to co-founding General Catalyst Partners, Joel co-founded and operated numerous businesses focused on leveraging applied technology and high standards of customer care for the travel, information services, specialty retail, consumer direct marketing, and payment processing industries. These businesses include: National Leisure Group, one of the largest leisure travel technology and distribution companies in the U.S.; Retail Growth ATM Systems (sold to PNC Bank), a national ATM and interactive network provider; and Starboard Cruise Services (sold to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.), the operator of more than 300 duty-free retail stores on 100 cruise ships and owner of the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Airport duty-free stores, where Joel served as Chairman and CEO.Joel serves on several non-profit boards, including: the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America; Boston Children’s Hospital Trust; and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is a past board member of Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School. He also serves as an overseer of The Boys & Girls Club of Boston, and Colby College. He is a graduate of Colby College and Boston College Law School. <<
Chris Larsen is the Chairman and Founder of E-LOAN®, an online consumer direct lender dedicated to providing consumers with a Radically SimpleSM way to obtain mortgage, auto and home equity loans. Under Mr. Larsen's leadership, E-LOAN (Nasdaq: EELN) has originated over $25 billion in consumer loans. In June 2004, an independent study conducted by TRUSTe and The Ponemon Institute ranked E-LOAN as one of the top 20 most trusted companies for privacy in America. And in March 2005, E-LOAN received the overall highest rating in the independent Online Customer Respect Study of North America's largest financial services firms.
In 1996, Mr. Larsen founded E-LOAN based on the belief that by leveraging the Internet and building a company on a foundation of pro consumer values, the consumer lending experience could be completely revolutionized. In addition to using the Internet to make the lending process faster, easier and lower cost for consumers, Mr. Larsen has drawn upon pro consumer values to build E-LOAN into a trusted brand by taking radically pro consumer actions.
For example, E-LOAN became the first company to provide consumers with access to their FICO® credit scores and to advocate credit score disclosure laws. In addition, Mr. Larsen and E-LOAN co-founded and financially backed Californians for Privacy Now (CFPN), a coalition credited for the passage of the strongest consumer financial privacy protection law in the nation. More recently, Mr. Larsen has been advocating that financial institutions disclose their offshore outsourcing programs to consumers and enable them to opt-out of them.
Prior to E-LOAN, Mr. Larsen served President of Palo Alto Funding Group, the mortgage brokerage he co-founded in 1992 and E-LOAN's predecessor company. Prior to business school, Mr. Larsen held positions at Chevron Corporation and NASA Ames Research Center. Mr. Larsen holds an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University and a B.S. degree from San Francisco State University, where he was named the 2004 Alumnus of the Year.
Russell Herndon comes to Hydra with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare and biotechnology industries, with a proven track record in building successful business infrastructures, pioneering innovative corporate and regulatory processes and advancing products through development. His industry experience includes senior management positions at Genzyme Corporation and Antigenics Inc., where he led some of the companies' most strategic and important initiatives. At Antigenics, Russ served as Chief Operating Officer and President. From November 2003 through December 2005 he held the position of President of Commercial Operations. He was with Genzyme Corporation from 1989 through 2000 holding various management positions, including President of Genzyme Tissue Repair, Senior Vice President of Genzyme Tissue Repair and Vice President of regulatory affairs for Genzyme Corporation. Prior to joining Genzyme, Russ gained extensive experience in the area of quality systems, including management positions at Patton Company, Paco Research & Development and Alcon Laboratories Incorporated. Russ received a bachelor's degree in biology from Barton College and is a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard Business School.
Charles H. Giancarlo has served as one of the Company's directors since March 2007.
Mr. Giancarlo has had a variety of roles at Cisco since 1994. He is currently Cisco's Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, a position he has held since July 2005. From July 2004 to July 2005, he was Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Mr. Giancarlo was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Product Development, from July 2001 to July 2004. He also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Commercial Business Segment from May 1999 to July 2001, incubating Cisco's fastest growing business segment. In May 1997, he was appointed to establish Cisco's Global Alliances and ran the division as Senior Vice-President until May 1999. In his first Cisco role after joining the company through the acquisition of Kalpana, Inc., Mr. Giancarlo held the title of Vice President of Business Development, from December 1994 to May 1997.
In addition to his current role as Cisco's Chief Development Officer, Mr. Giancarlo is President of Cisco-Linksys, LLC, a position he has held since June 2004.
Mr. Giancarlo holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Brown University and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively, and an MBA from Harvard University.
Steve Harrick joined IVP in October 2001. He focuses on investing in later-stage technology companies with exceptional growth potential. Specifically, Steve targets Internet, communications and technology-enabled services companies which have the potential to become leaders in their respective markets.
Steve led IVP’s investments in Business.com (RHD), CafePress, MarkMonitor, Motion Computing, MySQL, Teros (CTXS), Tripwire and WebEx Communications (WEBX), and has been actively involved in IVP's investments in ArcSight, Handango and Hands-On Mobile. Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of MarkMonitor and is a Board Observer at Handango, Motion Computing, MySQL and Tripwire.
Before joining IVP, Steve worked for the Internet Capital Group (ICG) in San Francisco, CA. As Vice President of Acquisitions, his responsibilities included identifying and executing strategic acquisitions, generating partner company liquidity and providing operational advice to partner company management teams.
Prior to ICG, Steve worked for Highland Capital Partners in Boston, MA. His focus on Internet technologies and enterprise software led to investments in Bolt Media, ChemConnect, Gamesville.com, Raindance Communications (RNDC), RoweCom (ROWE) and WebLine Communications (CSCO). Before entering the venture capital industry in 1997, Steve worked in new business development for Netscape Communications in Mountain View, CA and as a Financial Analyst in mergers and acquisitions for Morgan Stanley in New York, NY. Steve earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Among the Global 2000, Saba customers include Allianz Group, DaimlerChrysler, EDS, Procter & Gamble, Medtronic, Anheuser-Busch, Ford Motor Company, Continental Airlines, Cisco Systems, EMC Corp., and VERITAS Software.
In 2001, Yazdani was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Based on his leadership and vision, InformationWeek ranked Saba #27 on its Innovation 100 list and Computerworld named Saba to its list of 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2001.
Yazdani is a frequent spokesperson at industry events held by such prestigious organizations as the United Nations and The Economist. He has written numerous technical and business papers including: "Human Capital Development and Management: The Next Generation of Virtual Integration Across the Extended Enterprise."
Prior to founding Saba, Yazdani served as Senior Director at Oracle Corporation. Previously, he held various senior management positions leading the product development teams for Oracle Context and numerous generations of Oracle's core database products.
Yazdani has a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Harry joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner. He focuses on technology investments and co-leads NEA's activities in China. Harry's current board memberships include Availink, Echo Global, LianLian, Realtime Worlds, and Suniva. His past board seats include Informance, SourceFire (NASDAQ: FIRE) and Vonage (NYSE: VG). Harry's other active investments include GlobalLogic, Innerworkings (NASDAQ:INWK), Thumbplay and Vertica. Prior to joining NEA, Harry was a Partner at FBR Technology Venture Partners where he worked with several successful startup teams including webMethods (NASDAQ: WEBM, acquired by Software AG) and Riverbed Technologies (acquired by Aether Systems).
Early in his career, Harry managed strategy and technology initiatives in the financial, manufacturing and telecommunications industries for the Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte & Touche Management Consulting. Prior to his business career, Harry served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Duke University.
Harry serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, is a past Chairman of MAVA Capital Connection, and was co-founder of the Young Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. Network Magazine named Harry one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Networking. Harry was recently honored in Forbes magazine’s “Midas List” as one of the most successful venture capitalists in America.
Palmer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Lane
Technologies. Previously, Jeff served as President of GetThere, the
leading online corporate travel procurement solution, based in Menlo
Park, CA. While at the company, GetThere grew to become the largest
factor in the corporate online travel market, holding 70% market share
among the top 100 US corporations, #1 share in the overall market with
more than 3000 customers worldwide, and transaction volumes exceeding
one million per month. GetThere went public on the NASDAQ in 1999 and
was acquired by Sabre Holdings (NYSE: TSG) for $750 million in 2000.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Palmer served in a variety of general management and marketing officer roles at Tristrata Security, Memco Software, Pilot Software and BBN, establishing experience in enterprise networking, security, and applications software.
Mr. Palmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Balaraj received an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, and a BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University in Hawaii, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class.
Mike joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner. He specializes in healthcare investments focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Current board memberships include Amicus Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FOLD), Intarcia, CellGate, Novacea, Hyperion and Macroflux. Mike is also actively involved with 23andMe, Trine Pharmaceuticals, Liquidia and Vitae Pharmaceuticals. As well, Mike is a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Board for Silicon Valley Bank. Prior to joining NEA, Mike was most recently Senior Vice President, Therapeutics and General Manager, of the Renal Division at Genzyme Corporation. Prior to that, Mike was Vice President of Business Development for the Therapeutics Division, responsible for the identification and in-licensing of new therapeutic product opportunities. He gained extensive international experience while building a commercial operation in Latin America for the Therapeutics and Surgical Products groups for the company. Mike was also Product Manager for Ceredase and was instrumental in the worldwide launch of Cerezyme, Genzyme’s $1 Billion therapies for Gaucher Disease. Mike also spent two years with Genzyme’s Diagnostic products and services division. Previous to Genzyme, Mike held sales and marketing positions at Repligen and Bristol-Myers. Mike received his BA from DePauw University.
founded Xoomsys in 2003. He also founded, in 1991, Voyan Technology, serving as
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman through 1997. Voyan was
acquired by Tokyo Electron Ltd. Prior to Voyan he was at Integrated Systems
Inc. (acquired by Wind River), leading the development of MATRIXx system level
design and simulation tools. To date he has been awarded over 21 patents. He
holds a BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology, and both Masters and
Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford.