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.
Operating at the intersection of Internet, digital media and communications software for more than a decade, BV Capital team members have been instrumental in identifying opportunities and driving innovation in the Internet multimedia space.
We like to fund high-growth consumer oriented companies with a very scalable business model and a strong viral marketing component.
Our deep operational expertise, trans-Atlantic set up and diverse international experience shape our global perspective and position BV Capital as one of the leading partners for passionate and creative entrepreneurs with cutting-edge technology companies.
MDV invests in entrepreneurs creating businesses that address significant challenges and opportunities associated with Driving the Digital World, Personalizing Medicine and Powering the Planet. For nearly 25 years MDV has partnered with entrepreneurs and taken a hands-on approach to architect and help build successful companies. MDV's team and the firm's extended network of industry experts bring years of real-world experience to accelerate each company's time to market and optimize its long-term success. The firm has $1.4 billion under management.
Among the many MDV funded companies that have gone public or been acquired are: Actuate; Agile; Auspex; Broadbase (KANA); Brocade; Epigram (BRCM); FormFactor; Freshwater Software (MERQ); Ipsilon Networks (NOK); Kalpana (CSCO); Numerical Technologies (SNPS); ONI Systems (CIEN); Pivotal Technologies (BRCM); Rambus; Vantive; Vitesse; and Zip2 (AltaVista).
Chris joined USVP as a Managing Member in 2004. He focuses on early stage investments primarily in the IT sector. Prior to USVP, Chris held the position of CEO of Mahi Networks (2001-2004); Partner at Sequoia Capital (1998-2002); Senior Director of PLM at Carrier Access Corporation (1997, CACS); Director of Marketing of Comcore (1996, acq by National); Principal Network Architect and founding member of Time Warner Roadrunner (1995-1996, on loan from US WEST); Broadband Network Architect US WEST (1992-1996); and Member of Technical Staff at MITRE (1988-1992). He started working as an electrical engineer designing microwave FDM radio equipment for Nokia in Helsinki Finland (1987).
Chris is currently a Director of Akros Silicon (Power-over-Ethernet ICs), Dilithium Networks (transcoding gateways), StrataLight (40G optical transport), Veriwave (WLAN test gear), and Zannel (stealth). He also serves on the VC Advisory Board for the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA), and is a member of the communications and networking societies of the IEEE.
Previously Chris was a Founding Director or active early stage investor in Abrizio (acq by PMCS), Afara WebSystems (acq by SUN), Avanex (AVNX), Commerce5 (acq by DRIV), LVL7 Systems (acq by BRCM), Mahi Networks (acq by Meriton), Mellanox (MLNX), MEMX (out-of-business), Nexsi (acq by JNPR), SwitchOn Networks (acq by PMCS), Santur (private), Telera (acq by ALA), Turin Networks (private), and VxTel (acq by INTC). He has been a Director of the Telecommuncations Industry Association (TIA), was a founding member of the Cable Labs MCNS DOCSIS cable modem standards body, and has been a contributor to the ADSL and ATM forums.
Chris earned a BSEE (87) and MSEE (89) from the University of Lowell, an MS Telecommunications Engineering (92) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MS Engineering Management (04) from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Chris taught graduate classes in computer networking and communications theory as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado for five years while he lived in Boulder, Colorado. He currently holds issued patents for a multi-service home gateway he invented as a design engineer at US WEST.
open doors to global markets.
Worldview’s dedicated business development teams in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Asia actively help a portfolio company build a global pipeline of partners and customers. We:
directly impacts a portfolio company’s bottom line by enabling them to
efficiently generate global revenues faster than they would have otherwise.
Our portfolio companies can call upon our global network of industry leaders and entrepreneurs for guidance, contacts, and a rich source of potential partners and customers.
Granite has managed over $1 billion in venture capital and has invested in more than 90 private companies. We partner with promising and successful entrepreneurs to create businesses that have a competitive edge and help them achieve category leadership.
Our team has been involved with some of the most dynamic and successful companies in the technology world. We have founded companies, held senior executive positions inside notable corporations, bought and sold companies, and guided our investments through significant milestones including Initial Public Offerings. In short, we understand what entrepreneurs are experiencing because we have been there. We know what it takes to build a viable business that can survive in the public markets because weâve done that. And we help companies map out their future ö whether itâs going public or getting acquired. An investment from Granite provides access to our collective expertise.
Granite's team of investment professionals has a history of backing leading companies, including: Digimarc (NASDAQ:DMRC), DigitalThink (acquired by Convergys Systems), InfoGear (acquired by Cisco), Internap (AMEX:IIP), NetBoost (acquired by Intel), Nexabit (acquired by Lucent), Siebel Systems (NASDAQ:SEBL), Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR), SnapTrack (acquired by QUALCOMM), Tumbleweed Communications (NASDAQ:TMWD) and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN).
Kevin Hartz is currently CEO of EventBrite Corporation, a service for event holders and attendees. Kevin was previously Co-Founder and CEO of Xoom Corporation, an international money transfer company providing money transfer services to over 30 countries worldwide. Kevin began his career as a product manager at Silicon Graphics (SGI) and later co-founded ConnectGroup, a start-up providing high-speed Internet access to the hotel industry. ConnectGroup was acquired by Lodgenet (NASDAQ: LNET) in 1998. Kevin then joined Outlook Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on seed and early stage technology companies. Outlook Ventures is a $140 million San Francisco-based fund whose seed investments included Overture and DotBank, both acquired by Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO). Mr. Hartz holds a BA and BS from Stanford University, as well as an MA from Oxford University (University College). He has been an active early stage investor and advisor to startups including PayPal (NASDAQ: EBAY) and Friendster.
Prior to joining USVP in 1990, Phil spent four years with Concord Partners, Dillon Read's venture capital operation in Palo Alto. With a specialty in the medical device industry, Phil has watched the evolution of new methodologies, such as the emergence of minimally-invasive treatments, into increasingly diverse and pervasive applications.
Like other USVP partners, Phil arrived with extensive operating experience. He was President and CEO of Oximetrix, a manufacturer of critical care instruments and disposables, where he spent eight years growing the privately-held venture-backed company from $1 million in revenues to nearly $50 million. Prior to Oximetrix, Phil spent six years at New Court Securities in venture capital and corporate finance, two years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., and six years on Admiral Rickover's project management staff at the Atomic Energy Commission.
He has represented USVP on the boards of Aerogen, CardioThoracic Systems, CardioVascular Imaging Systems, CoCensys, Compugen, FemRx, Penederm, 3Dfx Interactive, Vical and Xoma-all of which became public companies, and on the boards of RelayHealth and St. Francis Medical Technologies which were acquired. Currently he sits on the boards of Zoran, a public company, and privately-held Aptus Endosystems, Bayhill Therapeutics, Claria, Dotomi, Synarc, Talima Therapeutics, and Timi3 Systems. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University and as Chairman of the Board of eCornell, the university's online distance learning subsidiary.
Phil earned a B.M.E. from Cornell University with High Distinction, an M.S. in Engineering Physics from George Washington University, and an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Alan Kaganov has been a partner at USVP since 1996, specializing in health care and utilizing his 25 years of experience in the medical device industry. His focus is on early-stage investments in the areas of medical technology, novel drug-device combinations, drug delivery systems and biopharmaceuticals.
Alan earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, where he won the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004. He also serves on its Board of Visitors. He has a Sc.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from New York University. He has 15 U.S. patents in his name.
Prior to USVP, Alan was Vice President of New Business Development at Boston Scientific. During his tenure, the company completed a record number of investments and business alliances and became a market leader in interventional cardiology, radiology and endoscopy. Before that, he was CEO of EP Technologies, turning it into the recognized leader in catheter-based electrophysiology, Vice President of Technology and Business Development at the Baxter Corporation, and Research & Development Director of the Medical Device Division of Wyeth.
He currently serves on the boards of A-Med Systems, Aptus Endosystems, Atricure, Cryovascular, Sanarus Medical, St. Francis Medical and Timi3 Systems.
DAG Ventures is a venture capital partnership investing in and helping outstanding entrepreneurs create leading, long-term companies across a range of markets. With roots from the 1980’s in cable TV, infrastructure, media, and wireless industries, the partnership today is privileged to work with world-class entrepreneurs as they build tomorrow’s leaders in the information technology, energy, and life science sectors. DAG Ventures invests in companies with proven technology, from the prototype stage onward.
Millennium Technology Ventures, L.P. (MTV), is a New York-based venture capital fund that has been making investments in innovative technology companies since 2000. MTV's process of investing capital draws from the venture capitalist's vision, an informed view of the future of technology markets, and value-added company-building skills. The current emphasis in MTV's investment strategy is on later-stage investments.
Phil has been advising entrepreneurs since he joined USVP in 1985. As President and CEO of Macy's California for 11 years, he has focused his investments in the retail sector—from pure retailing plays to the consumer Internet. For example, he guided USVP's investments in PetsMart and Fresh Choice. Phil serves on the boards of Auction Drop, Catalist, Sound ID, and Specialtys .
Phil is a guest lecturer in graduate classrooms at Stanford and Santa Clara University. He has two children, four grandchildren, and a 300-year old elder he looks up to: Emily, a magnificent oak in the center of his Napa Valley property. He has a vineyard where he grows mostly Cabernets. Phil is on the boards of the California College of Art, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and the diRosa Preserve, a project in the Napa Valley that is seeking to create a public museum to show Rene diRosa's private collection of California artists.
A twenty-year veteran of the medical and life sciences industry, Casper de Clercq observes that innovation in the biotech sector runs in cycles. In the past five years, for instance, there has been extensive adoption of high throughput cell screening assays in the industry.
Having joined USVP in 2004, Casper has extensive experience with device innovations in the cardiovascular arena, drug delivery and diagnostics. Given changing conditions in the drug development area, oncology and other therapeutics with an abbreviated regulatory path are of particular interest to Casper.
Prior to 2004, Casper was heavily involved in several rounds of financing and the IPO process at Aerogen (AEGN), a specialty pharmaceutical company, where he served as Vice President of Business Development, Sales and Marketing. In 1999 he co-founded Epicor, which was acquired in 2004 by St. Jude Medical at a valuation of more than $200 million. Casper also held senior sales and marketing positions with Heartport (minimally invasive heart surgery) and Diagnostic Products Corporation (immunodiagnostics). At these companies, Casper worked closely with the scientific and engineering teams to define customer requirements and lead product commercialization.
Early in his career Casper worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company, working in Boston, Johannesburg and London. Casper holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth and an M.B.A. and M.A. in Biology/Immunology from Stanford University.
Why do we call ourselves Leapfrog?
The answer is simple. We believe that the most successful company in any industry gains a disproportionately higher return for its shareholders. Our mission is to help our portfolio companies Leapfrog their competitors and achieve industry-leading levels of competitive and market performance as quickly as possible.
What does it take to Leapfrog the
Success isn't easy. Opportunity, skill, resources, relationships, commitment, and execution are all needed to succeed. We know. We are all experienced operating executives of technology companies as well as successful venture investors. We can recognize the patterns that signal opportunities or risks in a small, high growth company. We have the resources and relationships to help entrepreneurs create the key alliances that will allow them to achieve victory early and convincingly.
We know what entrepreneurs need
Every entrepreneur wants an investor who can help build the business. What does this mean? Certainly it is about advice and experience. These are the intangibles. Then there are the tangibles - the introductions to key customers and strategic partners, the access to distribution channels, the assistance in attracting and recruiting key executives - these are the immediate advantages that help Leapfrog the competition. We have built an extensive network of relationships which can be called upon to accelerate the success of our portfolio companies.
Leapfrogging takes teamwork.
When you work with us, you work with all of us, not just a single partner. All the partners work closely with all our companies to ensure that all of our collective resources are being matched to the immediate needs of our portfolio companies.
Leapfrog is selective.
This level of commitment and involvement has an impact. We can only focus on a select number of companies; therefore, we have high standards and high expectations. Frankly, we are biased towards entrepreneurs who share this commitment to excellence.
SCP has total committed capital in excess of $55 million. Investors in SCP include financiers, top executives, and founders of successful companies representing a broad spectrum of industries. SCP and its portfolio companies benefit from this experience, as well as the breadth and depth of resources at Sage.
SCP actively pursues investment opportunities across several industry sectors. In general, SCP focuses on companies with revenues between $20 and $150 million, and that require equity capital to:
SCP has a proven track record of successfully investing in small and mid-sized companies. SCP’s investment professionals have decades of experience investing in a wide variety of industries, including business services, consumer products, and manufacturing companies.
SCP seeks companies with experienced management teams, well-defined business segments, strong market positions, and significant potential for long-term growth. SCP does not directly manage the companies in which it invests, but rather, works closely with management to develop and execute strategic plans, identify and negotiate acquisitions, finance continued growth, and increase shareholder value.
Each of our managing directors has unique expertise and interests, and, together with our network of affiliates, provides meaningful support and assistance to our portfolio companies.
Over the last 25 years, Vanguard Ventures
has invested in over 120 companies, 30 of which have had
notable success, including public companies such as Advanced
Fibre Communications, Cobalt
With each of these companies, Vanguard invested in the first
round of venture financing.
Geoff Baehr served on USVP's Technical Advisory Board before joining as a Partner in 2001. He left Sun Microsystems after 13 years and had not really considered going into venture capital. After getting to know the USVP team, he became excited about the opportunity to participate in a wide array of opportunities.
He is formerly Sun's Chief Network Officer responsible for technical and strategic network directions. During his tenure Geoff developed advanced technical products and, with his team, obtained more than one dozen patents.
Geoff was a founder of the ATM Forum and has served on numerous technical and advisory boards to both industry and government. He designed large networks for government clients for TRW Information Networks Division in the 1980s. At USVP, Geoff sits on the board of Vivato.
SJF Ventures focuses on the cleantech, technology-enhanced services and premium consumer products sectors. Representative investment areas include renewable energy and efficiency, organic and healthy consumer products, digital media and marketing services, electronics recycling, and outsourced business services.
When assessing investment opportunities, SJF Ventures is highly selective in identifying teams, markets and business models that can achieve rapid sales, strong profitability, and premium exits. In addition, SJF looks to partner with entrepreneurs who are committed to impacting the world positively through the businesses that they are creating.
SJF Ventures’ partners assist portfolio companies in building the board and executive management team, refining strategic planning, exploring capitalization structures, pursuing growth mergers and acquisitions, and enhancing market presence. SJF Advisory Services, an allied non-profit organization, provides entrepreneurial, workforce and sustainability assistance services to SJF prospect and portfolio companies. SJF Advisory Services seeks out firms whose competitive strategy is built on workforce and environmental innovation. SJF seeks to rapidly diffuse those entrepreneurial strategies to help build a more sustainable economy.