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The Directory of Cornell Venture Capitalists
A publication of Entrepreneurship@Johnson,
a program at The Johnson School, Cornell University
Message from the Director of Entrepreneurship@Johnson
Our goal was to create a comprehensive directory of Cornell alumni in the venture capital
industry. I am sure we have not yet succeeded, but perhaps we are close.
While many of you communicate with each other with some regularity, we thought it
would be worthwhile to allow others to have the same opportunity. If you know of other VCs
that are Cornell alums (undergrad or grad) who are not listed, please let us know and we will add
them to the list. And, it would be fantastic to get you back on campus to speak in classes or
attend other events such as our annual Entrepreneurship@Cornell Celebration. We are also
happy to post job placements with our career office and assist you in any other way we can with
Special thanks to my fabulous interns who did all the hard work: Jeanna Composti, Law
2008, and Roy Ashok, MBA 2009. And another special thanks to Anupendra Sharma at the
Medical Solutions Fund at Siemens Venture Capital for initiating the idea of this directory.
All the best,
The Johnson School
Cornell office: 607-255-3012
Table of Contents
Gaurav Aggarwal M.D., BS ‟94 Principal, Panorama Capital ....................................................... 7
Neeraj Agrawal, BS ‟94 Partner, Battery Ventures ........................................................................ 8
Eric Arnold, BS ‟00 Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners .................................................. 9
Bronwyn Dylla Bailey, AB ‟92 Research Director, SVB Capital Partners .................................. 10
Juliet Tammenoms Bakker, BS ‟83 Founder and Managing Director, Longitude Capital .......... 11
John D. Baldeschwieler, MS ‟56, Ph.D. „59 Venture Partner, Arcturus Capital .......................... 12
John Balen, BS ‟82 General Partner, Canaan Partners ................................................................. 13
Rajeev Batra, M.Eng. ‟90 Principal, MayField Fund ................................................................... 14
Steve Belkin, BS ‟69 Founder, Trans National Ventures ............................................................. 15
Thatcher C. Bell, BS ‟97 Associate, DFJ Gotham Ventures ........................................................ 16
Mark A. Bernegger, BS ‟93 Managing Director, Riverside Management Group ........................ 17
Benjamin Bernstein, BS ‟01 Director, Two River Group Holdings ............................................. 18
Skip Besthoff, MBA ‟99 General Partner, Castile Ventures ........................................................ 19
Rama Bethmangalkar, MBA ‟07 Investment Manager, Ventureast ............................................. 20
Michael Biggee, BS ‟98, MS ‟99 Vice President, Trident Capital ............................................... 21
Ben Black, BS ‟91, Law ‟97 General Partner, New Cycle Capital .............................................. 22
Ken Bradley, BA „80 Venture Partner, ARCH Venture Partners ................................................. 23
Vineet Buch, MS ‟96 Principal, BlueRun Ventures ..................................................................... 24
Brett D. Byers, BS ‟86 Managing Director, VCFA Group ........................................................... 25
Phillip Chan, BS ‟92 Partner, NJTC Venture Fund ...................................................................... 26
Aaron Cheatham, BS ‟91 Partner, JAFCO Ventures .................................................................... 27
Charlie Cheng Entrepreneur-In-Residence, U.S. Venture Partners .............................................. 28
Pearl Chin, MBA ‟00 Managing Director, Seraphima Ventures .................................................. 29
Ommer Chohan, BS ‟94 Chief Financial Officer, Summerhill Venture Partners ........................ 31
Neeraj Choubey, BS ‟95 Vice President, Venrock Associates ..................................................... 32
J. Michael Cline, BS ‟81 Managing Partner, Accretive LLC ....................................................... 33
Jeffrey J. Collins, BS ‟66 Executive-In-Residence, Pappas Ventures .......................................... 34
Andrew B. Craig, III Managing Director, RiverVest Venture Partners ....................................... 35
David Croll, BS ‟70 Managing General Partner, M/C Venture Partners ..................................... 36
Siddhartha Das, PhD ‟86 General Partner, Ventureast Chennai, India ........................................ 37
Amol Deshpande, MBA ‟05 Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byer .......................................... 38
Salil Deshpande, BS ‟89 Partner, Bay Partners ............................................................................ 39
Timothy DeVries, MBA ‟91 Managing General Partner, Norwest Equity Partners .................... 40
Christopher Walter Dick, BS ‟78 Managing Director, Ascent Venture Partners ......................... 41
Jeffrey Diehl, BS ‟92 Partner, Adam Street Partners ................................................................... 42
Joe Dobrenski III, BS ‟90 Sequoia Capital, Human Capital Partner ............................................ 43
A. Barr Dolan, AB ‟71, MS ‟74 Managing Director, Charter Venture Capital ............................ 44
James B. Dougherty, BS ‟73 Venture Partner, Cross Atlantic Partners ....................................... 45
Neal Douglas, BS ‟80 Venture Partner, Telecommunications Development Fund ...................... 46
Douglas Dunnan, BS ‟77 Managing Partner, Grosvenor Fund .................................................... 47
Carl Eibl, AB ‟82 Managing Director, Enterprise Partners .......................................................... 48
David A. Eichler, AB ‟92 Managing Member, Psilos Group ....................................................... 49
Karl Elderkin, BS ‟83 Founder and Managing Partner, Athenian Venture Partners .................... 50
Oliver Ewald, BS ‟91 Managing Director, Audax Group ............................................................ 51
Douglas M. Fambrough, AB ‟91 General Partner, Oxford Bio Science Partners ........................ 52
David Feinleib, AB ‟96 Partner, Mohr, Davidow Ventures ......................................................... 53
Noel Fenton, BS ‟59 General Partner, Trinity Ventures ............................................................... 54
Paul J. Ferri, BS ‟59 Founding Partner, Matrix Partners .............................................................. 55
Andrew D. Firlik, BS ‟90, MD ‟93 General Partner, Foundation Medical Partners .................... 56
Craig D. Frances M.D., ‟92 General Partner, Summit Partners ................................................... 57
Hanson S. Gifford III, BS ‟82 President & CEO, The Foundry, Inc. ........................................... 58
Michael L. Goguen, BS ‟86 Investment Professional, U.S. Team, Sequoia Capital .................... 59
Rick Gold, BS „74 Partner, InnoCal Venture Capital ................................................................... 60
Ken Goldman, BS ‟71 Westly Group, Venture Partner ................................................................ 61
Anita Stephens Graham, BA ‟78 Partner, Opportunity Capital Partners ...................................... 62
Nitin Gupta, BS „03 Associate, DFJ Element ............................................................................... 63
Rhodric Hackman, MBA ‟77 Partner, Mercator Capital .............................................................. 64
Eric R. Hamburg, BS ‟85, MBA ‟02 President, Industrial Renaissance Inc. ............................... 65
Peter Hamilton, MBA ‟07 Plebys International, Senior Analyst .................................................. 66
Ammar Hanafi, BS ‟88 General Partner, Alloy Ventures ............................................................ 67
Andrew Harrison, MEng ‟00 Vice President, Northwater Capital Management ......................... 68
Ron Hunt, BS „86 Managing Director, New Leaf Venture Partners ............................................ 69
Robert Huret, BS ‟65 Founding Partner, FT Ventures ................................................................. 70
Ed Hurwitz, AB ‟94 Director, Alta Partners ................................................................................. 71
Ben Jabbawy, BS ‟08 Associate, GreatPoint Ventures ................................................................ 72
Scott M. Johnson, BS ‟87 Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures ......................................... 73
Andrew E. Jones, BS ‟85, MS ‟86 General Partner, Boulder Ventures ....................................... 74
Jon Kaiden BA‟88 Managing Director, Sopris Capital Associates ............................................. 75
Habib Kairouz, BS ‟88 Managing Partner, Rho Capital Partners, Inc., ....................................... 76
Brian Kannry, BS ‟95 Associate, Court Square Ventures ............................................................ 77
Yana Karalnik, AB ‟99 Compliance Officer, LMCG ................................................................... 78
Eric Keller, BS „74 Chief Operating Officer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers ........................ 79
Gavin Kim, BS ‟97 Senior Associate, Advanced Technology Ventures...................................... 80
Michael Kim, AB ‟90 Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners ............................................................... 81
David Kimelberg, JD ‟98 Vice President and General Counsel, SOFTBANK Capital ............... 82
Gretchen Knoell, BS ‟81 Partner, Lake Street Capital ................................................................. 83
Peggy Koenig, BS ‟78 Managing Partner, ABRY Partners ......................................................... 84
Dr. Anja König, MS PhD ‟00 Managing Director, Novartis Venture Funds ............................... 85
Brian Bonchun Koo, Ph.D. ‟95 Managing Partner/CEO, LG Venture Investment ...................... 86
Jordan Kramer, AB ‟93 Venture Manager, Kaiser Permanente Ventures .................................... 87
Marlene Krauss, BA ‟65 Healthcare, Life Sciences ..................................................................... 88
Nobu Kumagai, MBA ‟01 Senior Venture Partner, JAIC Ventures ............................................. 89
Jeremy Lack, BS „98 Principal, New Leaf Venture Partners ....................................................... 90
Gerry Langeler, BA ‟72 General Partner, OVP Ventures ............................................................ 91
Robert Langer Co-Founder, Partner, Puretech Ventures .............................................................. 92
Cliff Lardin, BA ‟06, MBA ‟07 Principal, Cayuga Venture Fund ............................................... 94
Michele Law, BS ‟92 Principal, Greylock Partners...................................................................... 95
Douglas Leone, BS ‟79 General Partner, Sequoia Capital ........................................................... 96
Nisa Leung Lin, BS ‟92 Qiming Ventures, Venture Partner ....................................................... 97
Quinn Li, MBA ‟03 Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures ................................................. 98
Richard M. Lucash, JD ‟74 Partner, Lawrence Associates .......................................................... 99
Dirk Lupberger, MBA ‟87 Venture Partner, PolyTechnos Venture-Partners ............................ 100
Mike Lyons, BS ‟64, AEP ‟65 Venture Partner, ePlanet Ventures ............................................ 101
Deepak Malik, MBA ‟95 Managing Director, Black River Advisors India Private Limited ..... 102
Bill McAleer, BS ‟73, MBA ‟75 Managing Director, Voyager Capital ..................................... 103
Kevin McGovern, BS ‟70 Chairman & CEO, McGovern Capital ............................................. 104
William McMaster, AB ‟98 Principal, Primus Capital Funds .................................................... 106
Chip Meakem, BA ‟93 General Partner, Kodiak Venture Partners ............................................ 107
Daniel H. Miller, BS ‟78 Managing Director, Roda Group ....................................................... 108
Matt Miller, BA ‟85 Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital ............................................ 109
Ray Mirza, BA ‟90 General Partner, East River Ventures ........................................................ 110
Ravi Mohan, BS ‟89 Managing Director, Shasta Ventures ........................................................ 111
Howard Morgan, Ph.D. ‟68 First Round Capital, Partner .......................................................... 112
Jonathan Mork, BS ‟86, MBA ‟87 Investment Committee Officer, Millennium Hanson ......... 113
Venkatesh Natarajan, MBA ‟02 Investments Director, Lok Capital .......................................... 114
Michael J. Nowak, AB ‟82 Managing Director, Yorkville Advisors ......................................... 115
Henry (Huck) O‟Connor, BA ‟88 Managing Director, Orix Venture Finance........................... 116
Walter Olesiak, MBA ‟02 Investment Partner, Mitsui & Co. .................................................... 117
Adele Cirone Oliva, MBA ‟93 Partner, Quaker BioVentures .................................................... 118
Doug Onsi, BS ‟90 Venture Partner, HealthCare Ventures LLC ............................................... 119
Jeffrey P. Parker, BS ‟65, MS ‟66, MBA ‟70 Venture Partner, GrandBanks Capital ................ 120
Andrew M. Paul, AB ‟78 Chairman, Enhanced Capital ............................................................. 122
Mark Pelson, BS ‟84 Media, Communications, Wireless .......................................................... 123
Jeff Peterson, MBA ‟01 Vice President, Capital Southwest Corporation .................................. 124
Douglas Petillo, BS ‟92 Partner, Edison Venture Fund .............................................................. 125
Douglas G. Redding Executive-in-Residence, Vimac Ventures ................................................ 126
Philip Reilly, BA „69 Venture Partner, Third Rock Ventures ...................................................... 127
Stan Reiss, BS ‟93 General Partner, Matrix Partners ................................................................. 128
Kenneth W. Rind, AB ‟56 Managing Partner, Infinity Venture Capital .................................... 129
Christopher A. Risley, BA ‟71 Operating Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners ........................ 130
Beckie Robertson, BS ‟82 Managing Director, Versant Ventures ............................................. 131
Stephen Rochereau, Ph.D. ‟76 Managing Director, National Capital Companies ..................... 132
William Rosenzweig, ‟81 Managing Director, Physic Ventures ................................................ 133
Mitchell Rosich, BS ‟85, MS ‟86 Principal, Athenian Venture Partners ................................... 134
Jonathan Roth, AB ‟86 Managing Director, Abbott Capital Management ................................ 135
Matthew J. Rubins, BS ‟90 General Partner, M/C Venture Partners .......................................... 136
Rob Ryan, BA ‟69 Co-Founder/President, Entrepreneur America ............................................ 137
Bruce Sachs, MS ‟81 Partner, Charles River Ventures .............................................................. 138
Bart Schachter, BS ‟87 Managing Director, Blueprint Ventures ............................................... 139
Zach Schildhorn, BS ‟07, MBA ‟08 Associate, Lux Capital ...................................................... 141
Swapnil Shah, BS ‟91 Venture Partner, Charles River Ventures ............................................... 142
Anupendra Sharma, MBA ‟98 Investment Partner, Siemens Venture Capital, Inc. ................... 143
Robert W. Shaw, Jr., BEP „64, MSEE ‟64 President, Aretê Corporation .................................. 144
Zachary Shulman, ILR ‟87, JD ‟90 Managing Partner, Cayuga Venture Fund ......................... 145
J. Alexander Sloan, MBA ‟98 Principle, Expansion Capital Partners ........................................ 146
Robert F. Smith, BS ‟85 Managing Principal, Vista Equity Partners ......................................... 147
Donald Spero, BS ‟61 Managing Director, New Markets Growth Fund ................................... 148
David Steinberg, AB ‟94 Principal, Puretech Ventures .............................................................. 149
Gregory Stento, BS ‟82 Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners .......................................... 150
David Stern, AB ‟91 Venture Partner, Clearstone Venture Partners .......................................... 151
John Stobo Jr., MBA ‟91 Managing General Partner, ABS Capital Partners ............................ 152
Brent Stone, BA ‟99 Vice President, ABRY Partners ................................................................ 153
Elizabeth Stoner Executive Partner, MPM Capital .................................................................... 154
Roger Strauch, BS ‟78 Chairman, The Roda Group................................................................... 155
Indu Subaiya, BS ‟95 Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Physic Ventures.......................................... 156
Jason Sydow, Ph.D. „99 Principal, QuestMark Partners ............................................................ 157
Jason Tagler, BS ‟96, MBA ‟05 Principal, Camden Partners..................................................... 158
Lisa Skeete Tatum, BS ‟89 General Partner, Cardinal Partners ................................................. 159
Jennifer Tegan, MBA ‟01 Partner, Cayuga Venture Fund ......................................................... 160
Peter G. Ten Hagen, BS ‟89 Principal, Commonwealth Capital Group ..................................... 161
Ralph Terkowitz, BS ‟72 General Partner, ABS Capital Partners .............................................. 162
Stephen Terry, BS ‟02, MEng ‟02, MBA ‟07 Kidd & Company, Principal............................... 163
Christopher Valianos, BS ‟59 Managing Partner, Cordova Realty Partners .............................. 164
Kurt Vedder, MBA ‟02 Consultant, Ascent Biomedical Ventures ............................................. 165
Andrew W. Verhalen, BS ‟78, MEng ‟81, MBA ‟81 General Partner, Matrix Partners ............ 166
Richard Veron, BS ‟56 Of Counsel, StarVest Partners .............................................................. 167
Kevin M. Watson, BS ‟93 Founder, C/Max Capital Corporation .............................................. 168
Eugene M. Weber, BS ‟92 Managing Partner, Weber Capital Management ............................. 169
Jeffrey P. Weiss, BS ‟79 Managing Director, ASAP Ventures .................................................. 170
Victor Westerlind, BS „89 General Partner, RockPort Capital Partners .................................... 171
William Wiberg General Partner, Advanced Technology Ventures .......................................... 172
Murray Wilson, BA ‟84 Managing Director, River Cities Capital Funds .................................. 173
Matthew L. Witte, BA ‟79 Technology, Software Managing Partner, Marwit Capital ............. 174
Allan Wolfe, M.D., ‟58 BA Partner, UV Partners ..................................................................... 175
Josh Wolfe, BS ‟99 Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Lux Capital ....................................... 176
Susan Wu, MBA ‟00 Partner, Charles River Ventures............................................................... 177
Kuantai Yeh, BS ‟89, M.Eng ‟90, MBA ‟98 Managing Director, Highland Capital Partners ... 178
Jeffrey Yim, BS ‟01 Associate, Thoma Cressey Equity Partners............................................... 179
Eric Young, MEng ‟78 General Partner, Canaan Partners ......................................................... 180
Philip Young, BME ‟62 General Partner, U.S. Venture Partners ............................................... 181
Diana Yousef, Ph.D. 2007 Principal, Kidd & Company, LLC ................................................... 183
Michael Zak, BS ‟75 Partner, Charles River Ventures ............................................................... 184
Jan Rock Zubrow, BA ‟77 Venture Partner, Radius Ventures ................................................... 186
Gaurav Aggarwal M.D., BS ’94
Principal, Panorama Capital
Menlo Park, CA
Dr. Aggarwal focuses on life sciences investments and joined the firm in 2004. From 1999 to
2004, he was employed by KBL Healthcare Ventures, most recently as Vice President, where he
also focused on venture capital investments in biopharmaceutical and medical device companies.
Dr. Aggarwal was involved with KBL‟s investments in Avalon Pharmaceuticals, ISTA
Pharmaceuticals, Neuronetics, and Spinal Concepts, and was a board observer at each company.
He was also involved with KBL‟s investments in Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Corixa Corporation
and Scynexis. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Aggarwal was in the venture capital group at Wasserstein
Perella & Co. Dr. Aggarwal received his M.D. from Columbia University, College of Physicians
& Surgeons and his B.S. in Business Management from Cornell University. He currently serves
on the board of directors of Piramed Limited and Flowcardia, and is a board observer at
Innovative Spinal Technologies, Kemia and Presidio Pharmaceuticals. He previously served on
the board of directors at Microscience Investments Limited.
Dr. Aggarwal received his M.D. from Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons
and his B.S. in Business Management from Cornell University.
He currently serves on the board of directors of Piramed Limited, Flowcardia, as a board
observer at Innovative Spinal Technologies, Cardiokinetx and Kemia, and has served on the
board of directors at Microscience Investments Limited.
Neeraj Agrawal, BS ’94
Partner, Battery Ventures
Enterprise Software, Internet Infrastructure
Neeraj joined Battery in 2000 and invests in software, technology-enabled services and
consumer Internet/media. From a stage perspective, Neeraj invests in companies across the full
spectrum, from raw start-ups to take-private transactions of public companies.
Prior to Battery, Neeraj worked as a product manager at Real Networks, a management team
member at a satellite-TV start-up called SkyTV and a management consultant with Booz-Allen.
Neeraj holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science from Cornell University as well as an
MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of A Place for Mom, Applimation, LifeMed Media
(dLife) and Consona (formerly Made2Manage). Neeraj worked closely with the founders to
launch BladeLogic and continues to serve as an active Board observer. He also led Battery‟s
investment in Omniture (NASDAQ: OMTR) and was actively involved with portfolio company
Eric Arnold, BS ’00
Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners
New York, NY
Eric Arnold is a Vice President in BVP's New York office, where he focuses on the financial
services, consumer internet, and media sectors. Eric serves on the board of United Capital
Financial Advisers and also works closely with Hunch and Soleil Securities.
Previously, Eric was a Senior Associate with Battery Ventures. Eric was also a personal investor
in Stereogum, an independent music site that was acquired by Buzznet Media. Earlier, he was
part of the Venture Capital Group at the World Bank‟s International Finance Corporation,
identifying early stage technology investments in emerging markets. Among his investments
with IFC was Novica, a global artisan e-commerce company. Eric has also worked in the internal
incubator group of InterActiveCorp, and began his career in Morgan Stanley‟s Merger and
Eric holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a B.S. in Applied Economics and
Business Management, magna cum laude, from Cornell University.
Eric graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a BS in Applied Economics, and
received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bronwyn Dylla Bailey, AB ’92
Research Director, SVB Capital Partners
Life Sciences and Technology
Santa Clara, CA
Bronwyn Dylla Bailey is SVB Capital Partners' fund management research director, responsible
for assessing venture capital trends, identifying strategic market opportunities and
communicating this information to limited partners. Bailey has more than 10 years of experience
conducting research and providing analytics for consulting engagements and academic studies.
Prior to joining SVB Capital, Bailey conducted financial and economic analysis at
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Los Angeles in support of intellectual property, antitrust, and
other commercial litigation. While at PwC, she co-authored a chapter on intellectual property in
the entertainment industry for a leading financial reference book. Bailey was also a director at
Micronomics, an economics consulting firm in Los Angeles, and advised telecommunications
and media clients as a strategy consultant for Cap Gemini in London.
Bailey graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in
government and international relations. She also holds a master's and a doctorate in political
science from the University of California, Los Angeles, where her research focused on the
political economy of Europe.
Juliet Tammenoms Bakker, BS ’83”
Founder and Managing Director, Longitude Capital
Healthcare Devices, Biotechnology
Menlo Park, CA
Juliet Tammenoms Bakker is a founder and Managing Director of Longitude Capital. She
focuses on investments in medical devices. Most recently, Ms. Tammenoms Bakker was a
Managing Director of Pequot Ventures where she founded the life sciences investment practice
in 1997. Prior to Pequot, she was Director, Strategic Planning and Director, Operations of Waste
Management International, Inc. in London. Before that, she was a sell-side analyst at Banque
Paribas in London where her coverage universe included emerging growth companies. Ms.
Tammenoms Bakker began her career 21 years ago as an investment banker at PaineWebber
where she focused on healthcare and emerging growth companies.
Ms. Tammenoms Bakker holds an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at
Harvard University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.
She has served or currently serves on the boards of Ablation Frontiers, Acufocus, Altiva, Aptus
Endosystems, Broncus Technologies, CryoVascular Systems, Disc Dynamics, Embolic
Protection, Enteric, eyeonics, Facet Solutions, Genyx, Insulet, LaserSight, Paracor Medical,
Sadra Medical and Sanarus Medical. She also sits on the board of the National Audubon Society
and the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Sanctuary.
John D. Baldeschwieler, MS ’56, Ph.D. ‘59
Venture Partner, Arcturus Capital
From 1973 until the present, Prof. Baldeschwieler has been a Professor of Chemistry at CalTech
and for five years was also Chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
Prof. Baldeschwieler began his distinguished academic research as a member of the faculty at
Harvard University. In 1965, Prof. Baldeschwieler moved to Stanford University as Professor of
Chemistry. During his last two years at Stanford, Prof. Baldeschwieler was on leave of absence
as Deputy Director of the Office of Science and Technology in the White House.
Prof. Baldeschwieler was a founder of Vestar Inc. and served as Chairman of its Board of
Directors until Vestar merged with NeXagen Inc. to form NeXstar Pharmaceuticals. Prof.
Baldeschwieler served as a Director of NeXstar until it was acquired by Gilead Pharmaceuticals
Inc. Prof. Baldeschwieler was also a founder and Director of Combion Inc. until it was acquired
by Incyte Geonomics, Inc. Prof. Baldeschwieler currently serves as a Managing Member of The
Athenaeum Fund which is fully invested. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Pasadena
Entretec, and as a Director of the Huntington Medical Research Institutes, as well as a director to
several privately held companies.
Prof. Baldeschwieler received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell
University in 1956 and his Ph.D. in 1959 in Physical Chemistry from the University of
John Balen, BS ’82
General Partner, Canaan Partners
Menlo Park, CA
John Balen joined Canaan Partners in 1995, and serves as General Partner in the firm‟s Menlo
Park, California office. He is primarily focused on investments in information technology
companies. Prior to joining Canaan, John served as a Managing Director of Horsley Bridge
Partners, a multi-billion dollar private equity investment firm headquartered in San Francisco,
California. During his nine-year tenure at Horsley Bridge Partners, he was responsible for a wide
spectrum of investments in high technology companies, venture capital partnerships and buyout
partnerships. Earlier in his career, he was a sales applications engineer at Codenoll Technology
Corporation, a fiber communications start-up, and an engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation.
John received a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.
He currently serves on the boards of Blurb, Casabi, Command Audio, Dexterra, Echopass,
Everdream, ID Analytics, Silicon Optix, and Soasta. He previously served on the boards of
Commerce One, Intraware and Rightpoint, which was acquired by Epiphany.
Rajeev Batra, M.Eng. ’90
Principal, MayField Fund
Technology, Software, Business Services
Menlo Park, CA
Rajeev Batra is an experienced entrepreneur, operating executive and investor. Rajeev has been
involved with several pioneering technology trends starting in the early 1990s.
At Mayfield, Rajeev has a broad and stage agnostic focus on enterprise software, infrastructure
and services, SaaS, Internet infrastructure and business services.
Prior to Mayfield, Rajeev was at American Capital Strategies (NASDAQ: ACAS ), a leading
middle market private equity and buyout firm, where he worked on growth equity, buyout and
later stage venture investments. Prior to ACAS, Rajeev was at Mobius Venture Capital (fka
Softbank Venture Capital), where he worked on software and consumer/media investments. He
started his venture capital and private equity career at Austin Ventures, where he focused on
software and services investments.
Rajeev has held a number of positions in sales, marketing, and engineering at startups and high
growth companies that were pioneers and leaders in their respective markets, such as Siebel
Systems, Scopus Technology and Open Environment Corporation (OEC). OEC was a
middleware software company that pioneered n-tier computing and application server
technologies. He was a key contributor in the company‟s rapid growth from a bootstrapped
startup to its IPO and eventual acquisition by Borland . Rajeev was also a member of the
founding team of NetNumina Solutions, an IT consulting firm, which was acquired by Keane.
Rajeev received an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering
from Cornell University, and a BS with Honors in Electrical Engineering from University of
Maryland, College Park.
Steve Belkin, BS ’69
Founder, Trans National Ventures
Affinity Marketing Programs, Travel, Communications
Steve Belkin, Chairman of Trans National Group, founded his first company – TNT Vacations –
in 1974. It was a success from the first year and this division has served over 2 million
passengers to date. Steve went on to found 29 other companies over the next decades, some of
which have been sold and some of which are still in operation today. Steve continues to grow
TNG companies such as Trans National Communications, Trans National Ventures, B.E. Realty
and TNT Vacations at the Boston headquarters, and TN Marketing in Minneapolis and is always
open to new investment opportunities and business ideas. Steve met his wife, Joan, when they
were both students at Cornell University. Steve was captain of Cornell‟s Tennis Team and, after
being introduced to Squash, he played on that varsity team for 3 years. Both of Steve and Joan‟s
daughters continued their family legacy by attending Cornell. Today at Harvard a Case Study is
taught annually in the Entrepreneurship class on how Steve founded his first company. Steve and
Joan are very active in the community philanthropically and both serve on many boards and
committees at their alma maters and for local charitable organizations. Together, they sit on over
20 boards or committees. Steve believes that a key element in his business success has been his
focus on hiring top quality executives with exceptional intelligence, skill, and drive, and also
credits his establishment of an entrepreneurial culture at Trans National in which such
individuals can thrive. He believes TNG‟s most important asset is its people. He says, “I try to
create an empowering and growth inducing environment wherever I can. At work, I know my
company will grow and prosper only if the employees are growing and prospering.”
After graduation from Cornell in 1969, Steve went to Harvard Business School for his MBA.
Thatcher C. Bell, BS ’97
Associate, DFJ Gotham Ventures
Digital Media, Financial Technology, Software, E-commerce, Wireless
New York City, NY
Thatcher‟s background includes venture investing, operating and consulting roles with software,
Internet, and financial services companies.
Prior to joining DFJ Gotham, Thatcher was a Senior Analyst at North Hill Ventures, the venture
capital affiliate of Capital One Financial. While at North Hill, he evaluated investments in
financial technology, enterprise software and technology-enabled services companies, and was a
deal team member for DealerTrack (NASDAQ: TRAK), Higher One, Exchange Solutions and
Before joining North Hill, Thatcher was Manager of Business Development at OpenPages, an
enterprise software vendor, where he oversaw an acquisition and developed channel partnerships
in the U.S. and Europe. Previously, he was the third employee at SharkTank, an online
marketplace connecting lawyers and potential clients. Thatcher began his career as a consultant
at Ernst & Young (now Cap Gemini Ernst & Young), working on competitive strategy and
process improvement projects in the financial services, telecommunications, and health care
While at Wharton he was a Summer Associate with Silicon Alley Venture Partners (now
Greenhill SAVP) in New York, an early-stage, internet- and technology-focused venture capital
firm. Thatcher also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children‟s Museum of the Arts in
New York City.
Thatcher has a BS cum laude in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA with honors
from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Thatcher is a Board Observer with Lumeta, Monitor110, and Worktopia.
Mark A. Bernegger, BS ’93
Managing Director, Riverside Management Group
IT, Communications, Business Services, Software
Mr. Bernegger is a founder and Managing Director of RMG and also serves as CEO and Chief
Compliance Officer of BCW Securities LLC, RMG‟s broker dealer subsidiary. Since inception
he has focused his efforts on targeting and developing new business initiatives, generating
investment opportunities, portfolio management and fundraising. Additionally, Mr. Bernegger
has a background in management and sales. Prior to founding RMG in 1996, he was a Director
of Sales for the Marriott Corporation‟s Residence Inn subsidiary. In this position, he specialized
in direct sales, market research, contract negotiation and all phases of property management. As
a managing director of RMG, Mr. Bernegger has sourced and/or provided oversight for
transactions totaling over $200mm and is an advisor to iCueTV, an interactive media company.
Mr. Bernegger earned a BS from Cornell University in 1993 and holds the series 24, 7 & 63
Benjamin Bernstein, BS ’01
Director, Two River Group Holdings
New York, NY
Mr. Bernstein currently serves as Director of Business Development at Two River. Prior to
joining Two River, from June 2003 until September 2004, Mr. Bernstein served as an Associate
Director at Paramount, where he managed a portfolio of 12-private companies including Hana
Biosciences, Velcera Pharmaceuticals, Ariston Pharmaceuticals and Chelsea Therapeutics. He
was responsible for assisting each company in drafting business plans, creating and maintaining
budgets, and recruiting experienced management teams. Prior to joining Paramount, Mr.
Bernstein worked as a corporate finance analyst in the healthcare investment banking group of
Mr. Bernstein received his B.S. degree summa cum laude in Applied Economics and
Management from Cornell University
Skip Besthoff, MBA ’99
General Partner, Castile Ventures
Communications, IT, Internet
Skip Besthoff has an investment focus in on-demand applications, technology- enabled services
and Internet-based businesses. Prior to Castile, Mr. Besthoff was at Rho Ventures where he had a
strong record of investing in and participating on the boards of market-transforming software and
services companies including Everdream (acquired by Dell), IntraLinks (acquired by TA/Rho),
Megapath, and Verified Person.
Earlier in his career, Skip spent five years in Boston as a manager for Andersen Consulting (now
Accenture). In this position he led large-scale systems development and integration projects for
Fortune 100 companies. He also participated in building new practice areas including the SAP
line of business.
Prior to joining Rho, Skip was with Alliance Consulting Group, focusing primarily on growth
strategy formulation and e-commerce. Previously, he spent five years with Andersen Consulting
performing large-scale systems integration and process reengineering engagements.
Skip is a graduate of Hamilton College with a BA in Economics. He received his MBA with
honors from Cornell University where he was awarded the distinguished Alfred Fried Fellowship
for his academic achievements.
Rama Bethmangalkar, MBA ’07
Investment Manager, Ventureast
Rama joined VenturEast in 2007 and works on technology and technology assisted solutions for
small and medium enterprises, and semi-urban & rural markets. Rama comes from the high tech
industry with over 8 years of experience in marketing, product management and R&D.
Prior to joining VenturEast, Rama was a Sr. Product Manager at Sun Microsystems, in California
USA where he played a lead role in marketing and product management of Sun‟s $100M high
availability and systems management business. Rama conceived, launched and managed leading
enterprise software for Sun‟s line of server products. Rama was instrumental in establishing
partnerships with other business units to exploit unique market opportunities for Sun.
Previously, Rama was a Sr. Software Engineer in Sun‟s Computer Systems Group and has
extensive experience in the areas of systems management and carrier grade telecom software
platforms. Rama designed and implemented a highly optimized data store for 3G wireless
systems. He holds 2 US patents for work in the area of high availability software architectures.
Rama is an avid golfer and a North Indian classical music aficionado.
Rama received an MBA (Class of 2007) from Cornell University, a Masters in Computer
Science from the University of Rhode Island in 1999 and Bachelors in Computer Science in
1996 from the University of Mysore, India.
Michael Biggee, BS ’98, MS ’99
Vice President, Trident Capital
Wireless Technologies, Software
Palo Alto, CA
Michael Biggee joined Trident Capital in 2005 and is a Vice President in the Westport office.
Prior to Trident, Michael was a Senior Associate at Dolphin Equity Partners where from 2001 to
2005 he focused on investments in emerging marketing, wireless and enterprise software
companies. Previously, Michael worked with Merrill Lynch as an investment banker in their
Global Technology Group focusing on initial public offerings within the Internet marketing, e-
commerce, IP television and semiconductor industries. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Michael worked
as a Research and Development Engineer and Manufacturing Systems Engineer for Procter &
Gamble and General Mills, Inc.
Michael earned his Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University, graduating with
honors. He also holds a BS in Engineering from Cornell, magna cum laude.
Ben Black, BS ’91, Law ’97
General Partner, New Cycle Capital
Extended Green Economy and Domestic Emerging Markets
San Francisco, CA
Ben Black is the co-founder and General Partner of New Cycle Capital, a venture capital firm
focused on investing in businesses that promote The Sustainable Economy. Black was previously
on the investment teams at Maveron, a consumer-focused venture capital firm founded by
Howard Schultz, the Chairman of Starbucks, and Rosewood Capital, a consumer-focused private
equity firm. He has been integral to investments that include two Inc. 500 award winners,
Allconnect and iFloor.com, and also Internet REIT, OnRequest Images, Citizenhawk and
As an entrepreneur, Black was VP of Corporate Development for a team that transformed Harris
Interactive into the leading internet-based market research firm, culminating into a successful
IPO and now generates more than $250M in revenue. By training, Black is an attorney and
worked at Latham & Watkins after clerking on the Federal Court of Appeals for the First
Circuit in 1997.
Black earned both his Bachelors of Arts and his Juris Doctor degrees at Cornell University.
Black currently serves on the boards of SneakerVilla and Citizenhawk. He is also on the board
of One By One, a non-profit.
Ken Bradley, BA ‘80
Venture Partner, ARCH Venture Partners
Nanotechnology • Medical Instrumentation • Optics
San Francisco, CA
Ken Bradley, Ph.D., joined ARCH in January 2008 as Venture Partner in Chicago. Dr. Bradley
has a rich background in discovering and developing nascent technologies and is supporting
ARCH's life and physical sciences teams with a special focus on micro- and nanotechnologies.
Dr. Bradley most recently served as CEO of Arryx, a start-up company commercializing
Holographic Optical Trapping technology for laser-based micro- and nano-scopic
instrumentation in the life sciences sector. Arryx was acquired in 2007 by Haemonetics, a $2
billion firm headquartered in Massachusetts and developing blood management technologies that
are key components of collection, surgery and transfusion services. Dr. Bradley continues to
serve as Vice President of Development for Haemonetics.
Previously, Dr. Bradley founded and served as President of Phoenician Market Places, Inc., a
technology innovation consultancy that fostered start-up companies by connecting laboratory
advances with market opportunities. The consultancy's specialization included technology
developed in academic and government research facilities and in early-stage commercial
environments where there is large uncertainty in choosing optimum development paths.
Dr. Bradley began his career as an associate of Schlumberger-Doll Research and as a NATO
Traveling Scholar. Dr. Bradley was an early member of the scientific staff at Nanophase
Technologies, a nano-materials firm and an ARCH Venture Fund I and II portfolio company. He
also held business development and general management roles in financial and data publishing.
Dr. Bradley received his post-doctoral training at MIT. He holds a Ph.D. in Experimental
Condensed Matter Physics from Brown University and a B.A. in Physics from Cornell
Vineet Buch, MS ’96
Principal, BlueRun Ventures
Menlo Park, CA
Vineet Buch, Principal at BlueRun Ventures, focuses on Consumer Internet and Mobile Services,
Enterprise Software, including Open Source, and on BlueRun Ventures‟ investments in India.
Vineet joined BlueRun Ventures in 2005. Immediately before that, he co-founded Riya, a
Consumer Internet company funded by BlueRun.
Vineet is involved with BlueRun‟s investments in Coupa, Deeya Energy, Riya, Slide, Ugenie,
and Zmanda. Prior to joining BlueRun, Vineet was a Director with Product Management and
Software Development responsibilities in Oracle Server Technologies, the organization that
develops the Oracle Database and Application Server.
Before Oracle, Vineet was co-founder and CTO of Karient, a provider of systems management
software. Vineet started Karient after serving as Senior Director of Engineering at Corio, a
leading Application Service Provider since acquired by IBM. Before joining Corio, Vineet was a
Practice Manager in Oracle Consulting, running a consulting practice focused on Enterprise
Vineet has an MS in Computer Science from Cornell University and a B.Tech. in Computer
Science from IIT, Kanpur.
Brett D. Byers, BS ’86
Managing Director, VCFA Group
San Francisco, CA
Brett Byers joined VCFA in 1998 to start VCFA‟s San Francisco office. Brett focuses primarily
on originating, evaluating and negotiating investments for VCFA‟s funds, which purchase
venture capital and other private equity investments in other funds and in companies on a
secondary basis from existing investors needing early liquidity. Brett has led has many
transactions with venture capital firms, including re-structuring of funds to give some investors
liquidity, to provide additional capital to the funds, and to modify terms of the fund to best align
interests of the fund managers with the fund investors. He has led many transactions where
VCFA provided liquidity to investors in venture capital funds by buying their interests in the
funds, where VCFA provided liquidity to venture funds by buying their interests in portfolio
companies, and where VCFA has given liquidity to co-investors of venture capital funds such as
strategic investors or founders. VCFA also has provided capital for new venture capital funds in
conjunction with a secondary purchase.
Prior to joining VCFA, Brett was General Counsel and Vice President, Investor Relations of 8x8,
Inc., a publicly traded semiconductor manufacturer. He also served as a corporate and securities
attorney with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California and with the New York
office of Mayer, Brown & Platt, serving the venture capital and buyout community.
Brett began his career as a designer of VLSI semiconductors and computer systems with
Raytheon Company‟s Missile Systems Division and Kendall Square Research, a massively
parallel processor supercomputer maker.
He received a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a JD from Yale Law
Brett is a board observer on several of VCFA‟s portfolio companies.
Phillip Chan, BS ’92
Partner, NJTC Venture Fund
Healthcare and Medical Devices
Mount Laurel, NJ
Phillip leads investments in the healthcare, medical device, and biotechnology sectors. He
received his MD and PhD in Genetics from the Yale University School of Medicine where he
helped pioneer new advances in oligonucleotide-based gene therapy. Phillip completed his
Internal Medicine residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard and is a
Board-certified Internal Medicine physician.
He also holds a BS in cell and molecular biology from Cornell University, graduating with
honors and distinction.
Aaron Cheatham, BS ’91
Partner, JAFCO Ventures
Palo Alto, CA
Aaron Cheatham joined JAFCO Ventures in 2006. He is a general partner of the firm and brings
more than 15 years of venture capital, investment banking and operating experience to the firm.
Given his deep technical background, Aaron enjoys assessing disruptive technologies and
helping entrepreneurs build exciting, new companies. At JAFCO, Aaron has been involved with
Avnera, Calypto, Devicescape, GTronix, Quellan, SiTime and Symwave.
Prior to joining JAFCO Ventures, Aaron spent six years at Mobius Venture Capital working with
communications infrastructure, components and wireless technology companies. Earlier, he was
in the investment banking business, as a vice president with Merrill Lynch‟s Technology
Investment Banking Group where he helped raise more than $5 billion for companies such as
CyberSource, Internet Capital Group, Maxtor, PLX Technology, Pivotal and STMicroelectronics
and as a founding employee of Epoch Partners, a technology-enabled investment bank formed
through partnerships with Ameritrade, Charles Schwab and TD Waterhouse.
Aaron began his career in Silicon Valley as a technical sales engineer at Advanced Micro
Devices, where he gained valuable operating experience through his interaction with leading
workstation manufacturers and their contract manufacturers.
Aaron‟s prior venture capital experience includes active involvement with Aprio Technologies
(Blaze DFM), Danger, Dantz Development (EMC), HVVi Semiconductors, Impinj, PocketThis,
SkyPilot Networks, Transilica (Microtune), United Devices (Univa) and XaQti (Vitesse).
Aaron received his M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA and his Bachelor of Science
degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University. He is an avid fly fisherman and loves
coaching soccer and fast pitch softball.
He received his M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA in 1996 and his B.S. in electrical
engineering from Cornell University in 1991.
Entrepreneur-In-Residence, U.S. Venture Partners
Semiconductors and Systems
Menlo Park, CA
Charlie joined USVP as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in January 2008, after more than 20 years
of experience spanning the fields of minicomputer, PC peripheral, EDA, semiconductor IP,
microprocessor design, and ASIC. Most recently, Charlie spent four years with Faraday
Technology, a Taiwan-headquartered supplier of custom-designed chips. While at Faraday,
Charlie expanded their international business in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Prior to Faraday,
Charlie was with Lexra, a CPU IP company, where he helped enable more than 40 licensees
reach market with eight different processors, all surpassing the initial time-to-market and
performance goals. Charlie has also worked at Aspec Technology, Edge Computer, IBM,
Iomega, Viewlogic, and Zycad. "It's exciting to be at USVP, working with world-class
entrepreneurs and highly respected investment professionals, to help bring about the next
breakthrough in the semiconductor industry", says Charlie. "I'm particularly interested in
exploring possible dislocations caused by the complex & sometimes divergent forces in the
Charlie graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering & Computer
Science. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.
Pearl Chin, MBA ’00
Managing Director, Seraphima Ventures
New York City, NY
Dr. Chin specializes in advising on nanotechnology investment opportunities. Dr. Chin has
extensive experience in strategy and marketing consulting, management consulting, operations,
sales and marketing, and customer service, in diverse industries from small to large companies.
Dr. Chin contributed to NASA‟s Grand Challenge Workshop 2004 for Nanotechnology and
NASA‟s Exploration Vision her views of the opportunities and needs for research and
development in nanotechnology and what can be accomplished in the next 10 years.
She was a management consultant with Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath (PRTM)‟s Chemicals,
Engineered Materials and Packaged Goods group optimizing Supply Chain Management and
Change Management operations (Business Process Re-engineering) for technical companies.
Before that, she was an Applications Consultant under Sales and Marketing and headed domestic
Customer Support for TA Instruments, Inc. (spinout from DuPont as DuPont Instruments) when
TAI was number one in Customer Support in their industry. She was Managing Director of the
US offices and co-Managing Director of the London offices of Cientifica, a global
nanotechnology consultancy providing business information, marketing analyses and business
strategy consulting to Fortune 500 companies and investment firms. She has also worked with
Lederle Laboratories (formerly of American Cyanamid Company now known as part of Wyeth)
and also with the Colgate Palmolive Company.
Dr. Chin also has extensive technology research expertise. She was a Guest Scientist
collaborating with the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Polymer Division‟s
Electronic Materials Group under the US Department of Commerce. She received a NIST
Fellowship for graduate study and a Henry Enders Graduate Study Scholarship from The Cooper
Union. Her PhD research focused on characterizing nanoscale polymer films for electronics
packaging applications and studying fundamental adhesion phenomena. She also studied
nanoscale interfacial phenomena and effects on mechanical properties of graphite fiber
reinforced epoxy composites systems for military, automotive, sporting goods and other high
performance applications. To round herself out, she was an alternate finalist for a Congressional
Fellowship with the Materials Research Society.
She is actively sought out to speak about the business of investing in nanotechnology and has
written widely on investing, business, management, strategy and social issues in nanotechnology.
Her articles have appeared in the Nanotechnoloy Law & Business Journal, European based Alt
Assets (private equity research), Cornell Enterprise Magazine, the U.S. based Nanotechnology
Now and Netherlands based Nano-Tsunami sites as well as for Tech Valley Times in Upstate
New York, a designated economic development region focusing on hi-tech development.
Dr. Chin also spends time advising small businesses in the downtown Lower East Side
Manhattan area with the Chinatown-Lower East Side Business Outreach Center as part of her
economic development and community service activities after 9-11.
Dr. Chin was born and raised in New York City. She enjoys gourmet food and cooking, travel,
reading, philosophy, dancing and seeks to become an oenophile. Dr. Chin speaks Cantonese, has
working knowledge of French, Japanese and Mandarin and dabbles in Farsi (Persian).
Dr. Pearl Chin has an MBA (Commencement Marshall) from Cornell University‟s Johnson
Graduate School of Management (JGSM), a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from
University of Delaware‟s Center for Composite Materials and BE in Chemical Engineering from
The Cooper Union in New York City. Dr. Chin also has her Series 7.
Dr. Chin is the President of the Foresight Nanotech Institute which was founded in 1986 by Dr.
K. Eric Drexler and which is the leading nanotechnology think tank in the U.S. She is on the
Board of Directors of Biophage Pharma, a Canadian biotech company focusing on phage
therapies. She also works with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in
Ommer Chohan, BS ’94
Chief Financial Officer, Summerhill Venture Partners
Ommer joined Summerhill Venture Partners in 2006 and is responsible for managing the firm's
finance, information systems and administrative functions in addition to providing financial and
legal support to the investment team. Previously, Ommer was the Vice-President, Finance of
AMG Canada (formerly known as First Asset Management Inc.), a holding company with equity
interests in several leading Canadian asset management firms. Prior to First Asset, he held
financial positions with MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ & TSX: MDZ.A), which held interests in
marketing communications, secured transaction and Internet professional services businesses.
Ommer holds a Chartered Accountant designation and commenced his professional career at
Coopers & Lybrand LLP.
Ommer received his MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University and a BA-Honors,
Specialist in Management from the University of Toronto.
Neeraj Choubey, BS ’95
Vice President, Venrock Associates
Internet, Semiconductors and Digital Media
Palo Alto, CA
Neeraj joined Venrock in 2006. Previously, he was an Associate at Bay Partners advising
portfolio companies Capella Photonics, Staccato Communications and Pulsewave RF and helped
complete investments in Wallop and TVHead. Prior, Neeraj was a Senior Product Manager at
Yahoo! Mobile where he was responsible for launching mobile search and was a Senior
Consultant at inCode Wireless. At inCode, he provided business strategy and consulting services
to handset and infrastructure OEMs, wireless carriers and enterprise customers. Neeraj began his
professional career in the CDMA infrastructure division at Motorola. His operational and
strategy experience helps portfolio companies navigate a complex selling market in a
continuously changing landscape where telecom, media and internet are all converging.
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management.
J. Michael Cline, BS ’81
Managing Partner, Accretive LLC
New York City, NY
J. Michael Cline is the founding Partner of Accretive LLC. Michael and other Accretive
principals founded Exult, Xchanging, Fandango and Accretive Health. Before founding
Accretive, Michael spent 10 years as General Partner at General Atlantic Partners helping build
General Atlantic into the world‟s largest private investment firm focused on software and related
investments. Prior to General Atlantic, Michael was an associate at McKinsey & Company.
Michael received his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and he
received a BS from Cornell University.
He serves on the boards of Accretive Commerce, Fandango, Accretive Health and Willow. He is
a Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) where he chairs the Tigers Forever
initiative and is a Trustee of the Brunswick School. He also serves on the board of the National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Endeavor Global and the Harvard Business School‟s Rock Center
Jeffrey J. Collins, BS ’66
Executive-In-Residence, Pappas Ventures
Jeff is a microbiologist with broad experience in virology, immunology and toxicology who prior
to joining Pappas in 2002 served in senior management positions at global clinical research
organizations for several years. He has extensive experience in project management and in the
administration of basic and clinical research. Most recently Jeff was Vice President and General
Manager of a client research unit at PAREXEL International. In this capacity he was accountable
for all clinical programs being conducted for three major pharmaceutical company clients. He
has also held senior level positions with ClinTrials Research and Glaxo Wellcome, the latter of
which involved directing drug development programs primarily in the anti-infectives area. In
addition to his Pappas responsibilities, Jeff holds a faculty appointment as an Adjunct Associate
Professor of Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center.
Cornell University (BS in Bacteriology). Harvard University (PhD in Microbiology and
Molecular Genetics). Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories, London (post-doc studies in
the Department of Tumor Virology).
Andrew B. Craig, III
Managing Director, RiverVest Venture Partners
St. Louis, MO
Andy Craig brings extensive banking experience and exceptional corporate leadership and
management expertise to RiverVest, where he is a co-founder and former managing director. Mr.
Craig was formerly the president, CEO, and chairman of the board of Boatmen's Bancshares.
During his tenure, the bank grew from less than $500 million in market capitalization to become
the leading regional bank in the central Midwest, acquired by NationsBank for $9.7 billion. He
then became chairman of NationsBank until its acquisition of Bank of America.
Andy Craig received his undergraduate education at Cornell University and the University of
Buffalo and graduate training in banking at Rutgers University and Columbia University.
He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the
National Council for Washington University's Olin School of Business, the National Council for
Washington University's School of Medicine, and is trustee emeritus of Washington University.
Previously he has served on numerous corporate, government, and private boards of directors,
including the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve, Anheuser-Busch Companies,
BJC Health System, Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V., Laclede Gas Company, Petrolite, and the
American Bankers Association. Mr. Craig was named St. Louis Man of the Year in 1995 and has
been deeply involved in the community, including serving as chairman of the recent $500
million capital campaign for the Washington University School of Medicine.
David Croll, BS ’70
Managing General Partner, M/C Venture Partners
Mr. Croll joined TA Associates in 1976 and became the managing partner in charge of the
Media/Communications Group. In 1986, this group and the funds it managed became separate
from TA and Mr. Croll also became managing partner of M/C Partners and its affiliates. Mr.
Croll focuses on targeting sectors for investment, fund management, making investment
decisions, assisting with recruiting and communicating with investors. He has been involved
with over 100 investments in the communications services spaces over the past 25 years and also
serves as a Trustee of Cornell University, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and The Trustees of
Reservations, a Massachusetts land conservation organization.
Mr. Croll received a BS in engineering with honors from Cornell University in 1970 and an
MBA with a concentration in finance from the Harvard Business School in 1973.
Siddhartha Das, PhD ’86
General Partner, Ventureast
Siddhartha Das is a General Partner in the VenturEast Proactive Fund since January 2006. Prior
to joining VenturEast, Siddhartha spent 19 years at Intel Corporation in senior technical and
management roles. He was part of the venture capital group at Intel for 6 years, including 3 years
in Intel Capital USA where he led equity investments in semiconductor and emerging
technologies, and was involved in strategic roadmap planning, M&A strategies, business
alliances, and licensing deals.
He was Country Manager for Intel Capital-South Asia from 2000-2003. He led a team of
investment professionals with more than 15 investments in telecom, consumer Internet and
software, and established Intel Capital as the “leading technology investor” in India. The
portfolio included several high profile start-ups including Tejas Networks, Sasken
Communication, Indiainfoline, Sharekhan and RSystems, and some successful growth stage
companies like Subex & Futuresoft.
He has also been Director of Public Affairs & Strategy at Intel India, responsible for strategic
market development, government relations and educational & community outreach programs.
Siddhartha started out his career at Intel USA in R&D and product development, and managed
groups which delivered on technologies for microprocessors. He has collaborated with academia
and consortia, including MIT Lincoln Labs, Lawrence Livermore National Labs and Sandia
National Labs. He has been granted 5 United States patents for his pioneering work at Intel on
microprocessor and optical technologies.
He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree with distinction from the premier Indian Institute of
Technology, New Delhi and a PhD in Engineering from the Cornell University in New York.
Amol Deshpande, MBA ’05
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byer
Menlo Park, CA
Amol joined KPCB in 2008 and focuses on opportunities and initiatives associated with green
technology and global climate change. Prior to KPCB, Amol spent 3 years as a director and
associate at Black River and Cargill Ventures, both investment oriented business units of the
private agribusiness, Cargill, Inc. While at Cargill, Amol focused on Greentech investment
throughout the energy, water and agricultural supply chain. Amol was directly involved with
investments and initiatives in multiple Greentech verticals including solar, next generation fuels,
sustainable agriculture, industrial biotech, waste/environmental sciences and global climate
change. Amol was also responsible for maintaining relationships with key innovative business
units within Cargill and tracking innovation in Greentech both inside and outside of the
organization. Amol also has experience both as a consultant with Deloitte and as an entrepreneur.
In this, Amol has experience in writing business plans, fundraising and guiding strategy for new
Amol has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
Amol also has an MBA from Cornell University where he was a Park Fellow, receiving a full
tuition merit based scholarship plus stipend based on future leadership potential in business
Salil Deshpande, BS ’89
Partner, Bay Partners
Information Technology and Health Care
Menlo Park, CA
Salil is a Partner at Bay, and focuses on areas in which he has operating experience and thus
some intuition. Salil was founder & CEO of Customware, a CORBA services company (acquired
by Visigenic, now part of Borland), co-founder and CEO of The Middleware Company (acquired
by Precise, now part of Symantec), and of TheServerSide.com network of social media sites
(acquired by TechTarget). In addition to traditional venture investments, Salil is leading: Bay's
seed program, a fast-track process for investing $250K-$750K in bold out-of-the-box capital-
efficient ideas; Bay's appfactory program (along with Angela Strange), which invests $25K-
$250K in applications atop the Facebook platform. Salil has held technical leadership positions
at several technology companies including Sun Microsystems, taught summer courses at
Stanford University, and has been an advisor to several internet community businesses.
B.S., Cornell University; M.S., Stanford University
Timothy DeVries, MBA ’91
Managing General Partner, Norwest Equity Partners
Tim focuses on a broad array of industries and investment types, and his breadth of experience
provides NEP with expertise to structure, finance and manage successful transactions. As
managing general partner of the firm, Tim focuses on day-to-day operations of the fund,
management of the investment professionals, marketing strategies for the firm and NEP's
relationship with Wells Fargo & Co., the firm's primary limited investment partner. Tim was
instrumental in forming NEP's affiliated mezzanine fund, Norwest Mezzanine Partners, in 2000,
and he continues to oversee activities of this fund. Experience: Prior to joining NEP in 1998, Tim
worked at the Churchill Companies, where for 11 years he led Churchill's real estate, financial
services and industrial acquisition efforts. In addition to sitting on the board of the Churchill
Companies and the boards of all its operating companies, Tim was an active investment
committee member for all of Churchill, Churchill Financial Services and Churchill Capital. Tim
has owned and managed a commercial bank and a wood products company and has also actively
invested in real estate, acquiring and divesting several million square feet of commercial
property. Board Memberships: Becker Underwood, DCM Services, InnoWare, Longwood
BA, Bethel College; MBA, Cornell University.
Christopher Walter Dick, BS ’78
Managing Director, Ascent Venture Partners
IT, Industrial Technologies
Walter has helped build and finance successful New England-based technology and non-
technology companies for over twenty years, including fourteen at Ascent. Prior to joining
Ascent, Walter spent twelve years in a variety of executive positions in numerous subsidiaries of
UST Corp., including President of its Venture Capital and Corporate Finance Subsidiaries.
Walter is a former member and chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Association
of Small Business Investment Companies.
Walter holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from Babson
Walter currently serves on the boards of the Akibia Group, BEZ Systems, eCopy, Nova
Analytics, Terascala , and Whaleback Systems. He has previously served on the boards of Cedar
Point Communications, Entigo, Fire Control Instruments, Harvard BioScience (Nasdaq: HBIO),
Madison Publishing, Mathsoft, Nutcracker Snacks, Performance Polymers, Phoenix Controls,
Sensitech, Security Source, TACC International, TidalWire, and Walking.
Jeffrey Diehl, BS ’92
Partner, Adam Street Partners
Life Sciences, IT, Business Services
Mr. Diehl invests in venture and growth-oriented companies in the software, IT-enabled services,
and business services sectors. His prior experience includes stints at Brinson Partners/UBS
Global Asset Management and The Parthenon Group.
He holds a BS with distinction from Cornell University, and an MBA from Harvard University.
Mr. Diehl serves on the Boards of Directors of Adams Harris, MachineryLink, MxLogic,
SnagAJob, StrataVia and Thought Equity Motion. He is a Board Observer at Knightsbridge
Solutions, NetContinuum and SPS Commerce. He has also been involved with American
Wholesale Insurance, Bantek, BirdsEye, E4X, Gevity HR (NASDAQ: GVHR), Kappa Smurfit,
Setanta and Scientific Protein Labs investments.
Joe Dobrenski III, BS ’90
Sequoia Capital, Human Capital Partner
Menlo Park, CA
Joe Dobrenski is the Human Capital Partner at Sequoia Capital. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital
in 2002, Joe led the hardware and electronics recruiting practice for Russell Reynolds
Associates. Earlier, Joe worked for Black & Decker and Price Waterhouse Management
Consulting Services in roles involving strategy, operations and information technology.
Joe has a BS in Operations Research from Cornell University.
A. Barr Dolan, AB ’71, MS ’74
Managing Director, Charter Venture Capital
Communications, IT, Life Sciences
Palo Alto, CA
Mr. Dolan‟s contributions to the Fund include his extensive network of relationships with other
venture capitalists and entrepreneurs and his twenty years of venture capital investment
Mr. Dolan has been investing in life sciences companies for the last twenty years as a founding
partner of Charter Venture Capital. He has been an active founder of multiple life sciences
companies, including the women‟s health company Adeza Biomedical, cardiac catheter company
EP Technologies (IPO, then acquired by Boston Scientific), biotech company Heska Corporation
(HSKA), biotech company Univax Biologics (IPO, then acquired by NABI), women‟s health
drug delivery company UMD and women‟s health medical device company Vesta (acquired by
Pfizer). Among his many roles with these companies, Mr. Dolan has also served as interim chief
executive officer of Adeza and EP Technologies and chairman of several others.
Mr. Dolan has made venture capital investments in more than 50 life sciences companies,
including specialty pharma company Intermune (ITMN), drug delivery company Advanced
Polymer Systems (APPA), biotech company Calgene (IPO, then acquired by Monsanto), biotech
company EOS Biotechnology (acquired by Protein Design Labs), biotech company Genelabs
Technologies (GNLB), biotech company Geron (GERN), biotech company Valentis (VLTS),
medical device company Orquest (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), drug delivery company
Penederm (acquired by Mylan Laboratories) and biotech company Tularik (TLRK).
Mr. Dolan received a BA in Chemistry and an MS in Engineering from Cornell University, an
MA in Applied Science from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.
James B. Dougherty, BS ’73
Venture Partner, Cross Atlantic Partners
New York, NY
James B. Dougherty joined Cross Atlantic Partners in 2003 as a Venture Partner. Dr. Dougherty
is the co-founder (2001) and President of the Arcus Group LLC, a healthcare consulting firm
based in NYC. He was formerly the Deputy Physician-in-Chief at Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center from 1997 -2001, with responsibilities for the oversight of MSKCC's clinical
programs. Dr. Dougherty has provided strategic consulting guidance and direction on a broad
variety of industry areas to providers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as
investors for private and public corporations.
Dr. Dougherty is a graduate of Georgetown College (BS „76); Pennsylvania State University
School of Medicine (MD „80) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA
„97). He completed internal medicine training at Cornell University School of Medicine and a
medical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Neal Douglas, BS ’80
Venture Partner, Telecommunications Development Fund
From December 1999 to October 2003, Neal served as the Managing General Partner of
Spectrum Equity Investors, L.P., a venture capital firm investing exclusively in the
communications industry. Neal was a co-founder of AT&T Ventures, the venture capital affiliate
of AT&T Corporation, and has served as a General Partner since January 1993. From May 1989
to January 1993, Neal was a partner of New Enterprise Associates. Prior to this, he was an
investment professional with Crosspoint Venture Partners and was a member of the technical
staff at Bell Laboratories. Neal has been involved in financing many communications companies,
including Juniper Networks, VeriSign, Covad Communications, Ascend Communications,
Software.com, TUT Systems, and Netro.
Neal holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in Electrical
Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los
Douglas Dunnan, BS ’77
Managing Partner, Grosvenor Fund
Drug development/genomics, Internet, Telecommunications,
Nanotechnology, Wireless, Security technologies, Intelligent networks
Doug is a Managing Partner of The Grosvenor Funds, which he co-founded in 1994. Grosvenor
is currently investing its fourth fund targeting early-stage, IP protected technologies addressing
large market opportunities, with an East Coast geographic focus. Over the past 10 years Doug
and his partners have made over 60 venture capital investments.
Prior to co-founding Grosvenor, Doug spent 10 years at Salomon Brothers. After six years in
corporate finance covering technology and media companies, Doug spent two years on the
Chairman‟s strategic planning staff. Then during his final two years at Salomon, Doug headed
the private placement of equity, where he developed a network of participants in the private
capital markets and oversaw numerous private equity financings.
Doug also practiced law with the Kirkland & Ellis venture group in Chicago from 1980 to 1982.
Doug graduated from Cornell University, Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago
Mr. Dunnan sits on the Boards of Portero, Inc and i2S, Inc.
Carl Eibl, AB ’82
Managing Director, Enterprise Partners
Wireless Communication and Software
La Jolla, CA
Carl Eibl is a Managing Director at Enterprise Partners. In addition to serving as an investment
partner, Carl is also responsible for managing the firm. At Enterprise, Carl leads investments in
wireless Internet, Internet 2.0, and web and software based businesses, as well as restructurings
and business buyouts and combinations. Carl serves on the boards of numerous Enterprise
portfolio companies - BMS, Breach Security, DragonWave (TSX/AIM: DWI), Enviance,
IdenTrust, LongBoard, Muze, NP Photonics, ReliOn, SKY MobileMedia, TradeBeam, and
vMix. He also serves on the board of The Burnham Institute. Prior to joining Enterprise in 2003,
Carl was the CEO of several high profile technology and life science companies in San Diego.
As CEO of publicly-held Maxwell Technologies (MXWL), Carl led the recreation of Maxwell
from an engineering and physics service organization for the U.S. military to a high-tech
business. Before joining Maxwell, Carl served as President of Stratagene Corporation (STGN),
now a public company but then a privately-held biotechnology company selling DNA, RNA,
biologicals and laboratory instruments in the pharmaceutical and university biotech research
markets. Carl also served as CEO for Mycogen Corporation a publicly-held agricultural,
biotechnology company, which was sold to The Dow Chemical Company at the end of 1998 for
Carl holds a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law in Boston, MA, and a B.A. from
Carl sits on the board of The Burnham Institute and CONNECT, San Diego's globally
recognized benefits organization fostering entrepreneurship in technology and the life sciences.
Carl has been a member of the San Diego Coastal Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization
(YPO) for the past 12 years.
David A. Eichler, AB ’92
Managing Member, Psilos Group
Healthcare Services, Healthcare IT
New York City, NY
Mr. Eichler joined Psilos in April 1999 and has focused on investments in the healthcare services
and medical technology areas. He works directly with many Psilos investments as an advisor on
finance, strategy and business development, including recently as Acting Chief Financial Officer
of Caregiver Services, Inc. He also has extensive experience as an advisor to senior management
and boards of directors on M&A, financial restructuring and capital raising transactions. Mr.
Eichler currently serves as Executive Chairman of Caregiver Services and a Director of Acuity
Prior to joining Psilos, Mr. Eichler was an investment banker at Wasserstein Perella & Co.,
where he worked on numerous mergers and acquisitions and restructuring assignments as a
member of the firm‟s Healthcare Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Eichler worked as a defense
policy analyst for DynCorp, focusing on issues relating to nuclear nonproliferation and export
Mr. Eichler earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the
University of Virginia, where he received the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence (top 10%
of class). He holds another masters degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown
University and an undergraduate degree in Government and International Relations from Cornell
University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Mr. Eichler currently serves as Executive Chairman of Caregiver Services and a Director of
Karl Elderkin, BS ’83
Founder and Managing Partner, Athenian Venture Partners
Information Technology & Life Sciences
Athens, OH; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; New York, NY
Karl Elderkin founded Athenian in 1997. As Managing Partner of the firm, he has overall
responsibility for all of its business. He has 18 years of IT / Life Sciences venture capital
investing experience and a further seven years of relevant experience in engineering,
manufacturing, capital investments and strategy management consulting.
From 1989 until founding Athenian, Karl was co-head of Generics Asset Management
(“GAM”) the London-based venture capital arm of Generics Group, PLC (“Generics”), a
technology consulting organization located in Cambridge, UK. As co-head of GAM, he shared
responsibility for all aspects of that venture fund‟s management and its investment management
activities, which covered a range of technologies and industries, including electronic
communications and medical devices. He began his career at Generics as a management
From 1983 to 1987, Karl was with Texas Instruments, located in Massachusetts as a
manufacturing engineer and capital investment manager. In 1987, he received the annual Texas
Instruments Exceptional Performance Award (one of only two recipients that year from among
6,000 employees in his division) for his service to the company.
Karl holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the
Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with international studies at the London
He currently serves on the board of ECNext, Inc. He has previously served on the boards of
Intellispace, Alloptic, Chaparral Network Storage, Advanced Digital Internet, and Analect
Oliver Ewald, BS ’91
Managing Director, Audax Group
Mr. Ewald is a Managing Director in the Private Equity group. Previously, Mr. Ewald worked as
a Case Team Leader in Bain & Company‟s LBO Group, where he advised private equity clients
on strategic due diligence issues. Mr. Ewald also worked as a Manager in the Corporate Audit
Staff at General Electric.
Mr. Ewald received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a
BS from Cornell University.
Douglas M. Fambrough, AB ’91
General Partner, Oxford Bio Science Partners
Biotechnology and other Life Sciences
Since joining Oxford in 1999, Dr. Fambrough has specialized in financing innovative life science
technology companies. His current projects include Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, a second
generation RNAi company co-founded by Dr. Fambrough; Ensemble Discovery, which is
pioneering DNA-directed synthetic chemistry; Cambrios Technologies, a developer of
biologically-inspired electronic materials for the display industry; Xencor, a protein engineering
company that engineers antibody Fc regions to enhance potency; and Solstice Neurosciences, a
neurology specialty pharmaceutical company. His past investments include RNA interference
pioneer Sirna Therapeutics, acquired by Merck for $1.1 billion, and the ultra-high-throughput
DNA sequencing equipment company Solexa, acquired by Illumina for $600 million. Prior to
Oxford, Dr. Fambrough was a genomic scientist at the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome
Research (now known as the Broad Institute).
Dr. Fambrough graduated from Cornell University and obtained his Ph.D. in genetics from the
University of California, Berkeley.
Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ensemble Discovery Corp., Solstice Neurosciences, Inc., Xencor,
Inc., Boston Biomedical Research Institute (not-for-profit).
David Feinleib, AB ’96
Partner, Mohr, Davidow Ventures
Menlo Park, CA
David Feinleib brings extensive entrepreneurial and operating experience to his role at MDV. He
invests in Internet-enabled companies. Prior to MDV, David ran a profitable online advertising
business. He founded Centeris, a venture funded company providing interoperability software for
mixed Windows and Linux environments. Before Centeris, David was an Entrepreneur-in-
Residence at Ignition Partners, where he co-founded and was VP of Product Management at
Consera Software (HPQ). Prior to Consera, David co-founded and was CEO of onDevice
(KEYN), a wireless software company. Before onDevice, David led marketing and development
teams at Microsoft. He managed the Out of Box Experience team for Windows and worked on
television and Internet access services. David's first entrepreneurial endeavor was in junior high
school when he developed and sold ShareWare programs.
David holds a B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School
David maintains a blog at www.vcdave.com. He serves on the board of Centeris Software and
sourced MDV's investments in Fliqz, Genius and PBWiki.
Noel Fenton, BS ’59
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Software and Services
Menlo Park, CA
Noel has been part of the Silicon Valley venture capital community for 35 years. Prior to co-
founding Trinity Ventures in 1986, he was co-founder of three successful technology startups,
and CEO of two of them, Covalent Systems and Acurex. From 1983 to 1986, he led Covalent
Systems from start-up to a profitable $12 million sales level in three years. He led Acurex from
1972 to 1982 during a period when sales increased nearly ten-fold to $65 million.
Noel is actively involved in the World Presidents‟ Organization and the Stanford Athletic Board,
and is a past chairman of the Northern California Chapter of the Young Presidents‟ Organization
and a past chairman of the American Electronics Association.
Noel holds a BS in Chemistry from Cornell University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate
School of Business.
Noel currently sits on the boards of BlueTarp, ID Analytics, LoopNet (LOOP), MyNewPlace,
SciQuest. His other investments include Alldata (AZO – acquired by AutoZone), Forte Software
(FRTE), Fuego (acquired by BEA Systems), Intelligent Interactions (TFSM - acquired by 24/7
Media), KnowledgeNet, Requisite Technology (acquired by Click Commerce).
Paul J. Ferri, BS ’59
Founding Partner, Matrix Partners
Communications, Internet, Software, Semiconductors, Storage, Wireless
Paul Ferri, a venture capitalist for more than 30 years, was the founding partner of Matrix
Partners in 1982. Prior to Matrix, he founded Hellman Ferri Investment Associates (1977 to
1982) and was a general partner of WestVen Management (1970 to 1978).
The family of Matrix Partnerships has achieved industry record-setting returns over the last
decade. In 2003, Ferri was inducted into the Private Equity Hall of Fame, citing his work “in
founding and helping to build Matrix Partners into one of the most successful venture firms in
the industry.” In February 2001, Forbes magazine selected Ferri as one of the Top 20 Venture
Investors of all time and the “Best VC in Boston.” Also, in 2001, Ferri received the
Massachusetts Telecommunications Council Award for “Venture Capitalist of the Year.”
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University, a Master of
Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and a Bachelor
of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University.
Paul serves or previously served on the Boards of Directors of Airvana, Applix, ArrowPoint
Communications, Ascend Communications, Atria Software, Aylus Networks, Banctec, Bytex,
Cascade Communications, Codex Corporation, Empirix, Paradyne, Redstone Communications,
Sonus Networks, Stratus Computer, Sycamore Networks, veveo.tv, VideoServer, Winphoria
Networks, Xyplex and numerous other private companies.
Andrew D. Firlik, BS ’90, MD ’93
General Partner, Foundation Medical Partners
Dr. Firlik‟s career spans neurosurgery, entrepreneurship, and venture capital. He joined
Foundation Medical Partners to concentrate on medical device and biopharmaceutical
investments. Prior to Foundation, he was a venture partner at Sprout Group and Managing
Director of its healthcare technology spinout, New Leaf Venture Partners. Previously, he was a
principal at Canaan Partners.
Dr. Firlik spent 12 years in the healthcare profession during his medical training and practice as a
neurological surgeon. He has published more than 50 articles in the medical literature, written
chapters for several medical textbooks, and is the co-editor of a book about cerebrovascular
surgery. His scientific work has been presented at many international conferences. He has been
an inventor of numerous patents. Dr. Firlik is a founder and an inventor of the core technology
platform of Northstar Neuroscience (NASDAQ: NSTR), a medical device company that is
pioneering a novel approach to neuromodulation for the treatment of stroke and other disorders.
He studied biology at Cornell University and Oxford University, received his MBA from the
University of Pittsburgh, and his MD from Cornell University Medical College. As a board
certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Firlik most recently served as Clinical Assistant Professor of
Neurosurgery at the New York University School of Medicine.
Dr. Firlik is currently the Chairman of NovaVision, a medical therapeutics firm focusing on
neuroplasticity for visual disorders. He also currently serves on the board of directors of several
companies, including NeuroVista, Spine Wave, BridgePoint Medical, Innovative Metabolics,
and Visiogen. Dr. Firlik is a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Board of Cornell University
and the Industrial Advisory Board of Cleveland Clinic Foundation Innovations Center.
Dr. Firlik has led numerous venture capital investments and has served as a founder, founding
investor, or board member of many companies, including NeuroVista, Sopherion Therapeutics,
Transoma, Omnisonics, Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Viacor, and Spine Wave.
Craig D. Frances M.D., ’92
General Partner, Summit Partners
Palo Alto, CA
Craig D. Frances, M.D., is a principal at Summit Partners Palo Alto office. In this position, he
heads the firm's Palo Alto healthcare and life sciences team while also investing in a broad range
of growth industries including technology, business services, financial services, industrial
products, and consumer products. Most recently, Dr. Frances was Managing Director at
StrandVentures, LLC, where he evaluated investment opportunities and consulted for operating
companies in the healthcare industry sector, including medical devices, healthcare services,
surgery center chains, and pharmaceutical benefit management companies. Previously, Dr.
Frances built and ran The .tv Corporation, Inc., a profitable technology company acquired by
Verisign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN). The company's success provided Tuvalu, a third-world nation
and business partner, with more than the country's GDP and admission to the United Nations. Dr.
Frances was a co-founder and vice president of yourPharmacy.com, one of the United States' top
three online pharmacies, which was acquired by PlanetRx.com. Dr. Frances was also co-founder
of Expert Consensus Guidelines, LLC, a company that surveys national physician experts to
create practice guideline algorithms.
Dr. Frances is the creator of The Saint Frances Series, a series of medical books that are used
extensively in academic centers across the country. He has numerous publications in leading
journals, including the "New England Journal of Medicine", and has been a research collaborator
with the commissioner of the FDA and other national health care leaders.
Dr. Frances holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.D. from Cornell University Medical
College, where he graduated first in his class and received numerous awards. Dr. Frances
completed his internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco and was
selected and served as Chief Medical Resident, managing the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Hanson S. Gifford III, BS ’82
President & CEO, The Foundry, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA
Since 1998, Mr. Gifford has led The Foundry in all of its activities. These include the invention,
identification and development of new technologies, the formation, financing, and staffing of
new companies, and ongoing support of the new ventures as a board member.
Prior to The Foundry, Mr. Gifford was Vice President of Research and Development at
Heartport, Inc. From 1993-1998, he built and led a 62-person team developing a wide variety of
novel devices and procedures for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery that were instrumental in
the company‟s successful public offering in 1996.
In 1992, Mr. Gifford co-founded and served as managing director of Bavaria Medizin
Technologie, GmbH, establishing a German source for innovation and production of catheters
for Interventional Cardiology. In 1990, Mr. Gifford served as President of Cardiovascular
Therapeutic Technologies, Inc. which he founded with John B. Simpson, Ph.D., MD. CTT,
which developed innovative local drug delivery catheters, was acquired by Eli Lilly in 1991.
From 1985-1990, Mr. Gifford worked at Devices for Vascular Intervention (DVI), where he
served in various Engineering, Clinical Research and Marketing capacities. Before joining DVI,
Hanson worked in an engineering role at Oximetrix, Inc.
Mr. Gifford is a co-inventor on over 90 issued U.S. patents and more than 130 pending US
He earned his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.
Mr. Gifford serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ardian, Inc. and ForSight Labs. He
is a Director of Cierra, Concentric Medical, Emphasys Medical, Evalve, The Foundry, and
Michael L. Goguen, BS ’86
Investment Professional, U.S. Team, Sequoia Capital
Semiconductors and Systems
Menlo Park, CA
Michael Goguen focuses on cleantech, semiconductor and systems investments. Prior to joining
Sequoia Capital in 1996, Michael spent 10 years in various engineering, research, and product
management roles at DEC, SynOptics and Centillion, and was a director of Engineering at Bay
Networks (NT). Michael was also a Technical Chairman of the ATM Forum.
Michael has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Electrical
Engineering from Stanford University.
Rick Gold, BS ‘74
Partner, InnoCal Venture Capital
Costa Mesa, CA
Rick Gold joined InnoCal in 2004 after 29 years as an entrepreneur and executive in the
semiconductor and wireless communications industries. He was previously co-founder and
chairman of Radia Communications, an InnoCal portfolio company; CEO of Pacific
Monolithics, Genoa and Nova Crystals; co-founder and VP/GM of Adams-Russell
Semiconductors, and co-founder and VP Sales of International Microsystems. He began his
career as an engineer with Hewlett-Packard.
He received a BS in engineering physics from Cornell University, an MBA from Northeastern
University and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He was honored as
2002 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.
Rick currently represents InnoCal on the board of Aktino, Mojix and Vativ Technologies, and
serves as chairman of CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP). He previously served on the boards of
Massana, Nucentrix Broadband Networks and the Wireless Communications Association.
Ken Goldman, BS ’71
Westly Group, Venture Partner
Menlo Park, CA
Mr. Goldman served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Chief Financial
Officer of Siebel Systems from August 2000 until the close of Oracle Corporation‟s acquisition
of Siebel Systems in January 2006. Prior to working at Siebel Systems, he served as Senior Vice
President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Excite@Home. From 1992 to 1996, Mr.
Goldman served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Sybase, Inc.
Other Chief Financial Officer positions that Mr. Goldman has held were with Cypress
Semiconductor and VLSI Technology. Mr. Goldman was involved in taking public both VLSI
Technology (1983) and Excite@Home Network (1997) as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Goldman earned his bachelor‟s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in
1971 and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1974.
He is a member and the former president of the Santa Clara chapter of The Financial Executive
Institute, and was formerly a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Advisory
Council (FASAC) (2000-2004). He is an advisory board member for the Harvard Business
School California Research Center, a member of the West Coast Chief Financial Officer
Roundtable, a member of the FEI Committee for Financial and Information Technology and a
former member of the NASDAQ‟s Issuer Affairs Committee.
Anita Stephens Graham, BA ’78
Partner, Opportunity Capital Partners
Communications, IT, Healthcare
Anita Stephens Graham has more than 20 years of experience at management levels within the
private equity and banking industries and joined OCP in 1996. Ms. Graham has managed OCP‟s
affairs with respect to its investments in several companies. She is also a member of the Cornell
University Entrepreneurial Advisory Council.
Ms. Graham holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Cornell University and an
Executive MBA from Golden Gate University.
She currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Investment
Companies. She is also a board member of Pacific Community Ventures.
Nitin Gupta, BS ‘03
Associate, DFJ Element
Philadelphia, PA / Menlo Park, CA
Nitin joined DFJ Element in 2007. Prior to joining Element, Nitin worked as an investment
banker at Lazard Frères, where he focused on restructuring and mergers & acquisitions of
companies within the energy, telecommunications, and automotive industries. Prior to joining
Lazard, he worked as a technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Nitin also spent time
at Xerox PARC, and Credit Suisse. At Element, Nitin is involved in all aspects of the investment
process, from deal sourcing and evaluation of investment opportunities to ongoing support of
Nitin holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a minor in Computer Science,
from Cornell University.
Rhodric Hackman, MBA ’77
Partner, Mercator Capital
Rhodric Hackman is a pioneer in the financing of the communications industry and has executed
numerous transactions for emerging and incumbent communication providers since 1984. He has
over 20 years of experience originating and closing mergers, acquisitions and financings valued
at several billion dollars involving numerous companies such as France Telecom, Pacific Telesis,
Bell Atlantic, Time Warner, Nortel and MFS Communications. Mr. Hackman began his
investment banking career at Kidder, Peabody in 1981, where he held senior investment banking
positions in the energy, technology and telecommunications sectors including Co-head of the
Telecommunications Group. In 1991, he founded Hackman, Baring & Co., a boutique
investment banking firm specializing in the Communications industry. In 1997, Mr. Hackman
sold Hackman, Baring to PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he became Co-head of the
Communications and Media Investment Banking Group.
Mr. Hackman holds a BS degree from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from
Eric R. Hamburg, BS ’85, MBA ’02
President, Industrial Renaissance Inc.
Eric Hamburg founded Industrial Renaissance and has significant experience buying and
building companies, improving/transforming companies, and working with management teams.
He has acquired as a partner and lead investor 35+ businesses with aggregate revenues today
exceeding $1 billion and has worked in operating/management roles with 30+ businesses in a
wide variety of industries to successfully implement improved business practices and mission-
critical initiatives. He was an early pioneer and practitioner in industry of just-in-time and lean
manufacturing when it was introduced into the U.S. in the mid-1980‟s, and buy-build strategies
when they became popular in private equity in the mid-1990‟s.
Eric is a graduate of Cornell University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in
Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, with advanced studies in business and finance
from the Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Peter Hamilton, MBA ’07
Plebys International, Senior Analyst
Transformational Ventures with Global Reach
Plebys builds technology-based companies that meet critical needs in underserved markets. Pete
is responsible for coordinating and sourcing deal flow for Plebys. He has worked as an engineer,
researcher, marketing strategist, and consultant in a dozen countries. His clients and employers
have included Solar Turbines (a Caterpillar company), Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil, General
Electric, the California Air Resources Board, early and mid-stage startups, and several non-
profits in the developing world.
Pete holds degrees from Swarthmore College (BS, Engineering). UC Davis (MS) and Cornell
Ammar Hanafi, BS ’88
General Partner, Alloy Ventures
Palo Alto, CA
Ammar H. Hanafi joined the firm as a General Partner in 2005 from Cisco Systems, Inc. His last
role at Cisco was Vice President of New Business Ventures where he led new product efforts in
the enterprise datacenter market. From 2000 to 2002, he was Vice President of Corporate
Business Development and in that capacity, he was responsible for Cisco‟s acquisitions,
acquisition integration, investment, and joint venture activity on a global basis. He joined Cisco
in 1997 as a member of the Corporate Business Development Group. During Ammar‟s tenure,
Cisco‟s Business Development Group completed over 50 acquisitions, leading Cisco into a
number of major new businesses, including optical networking and integrated voice and data
infrastructure and applications. In addition, the Business Development Group made over $750
million in venture capital investments during the same timeframe. Prior to Cisco, Ammar held
positions at PanAmSat Corporation, a global satellite services provider, and the investment
banking firms of Morgan Stanley and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Ammar is a director of
3Leaf Networks, San Jose Education Foundation, Retrevo, and YouSENDit.
Ammar received a B.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University (1988) and
an MBA from Stanford University (1995).
Andrew Harrison, MEng ’00
Vice President, Northwater Capital Management
New York, NY
Mr. Harrison is a Vice President with Northwater Capital Management, a firm that manages
~$10 billion in assets for over 55 corporations and pension funds. Prior to Northwater, he was a
member of the investment teams at Celtic House Venture Partners and Primaxis Technology
Andrew Harrison has contributed to the operations, financing and exits of a number of early-
stage companies. Previous to his work in venture capital, he was a research engineer with the
National Research Council of Canada.
His research at Cornell became a part of the foundational intellectual property of a California-
based nanotechnology start-up.
Andrew Harrison is Co-chair of the Young Venture Capitalists of Canada, a member of the
Professional Development Committee of the Canadian Venture Capital Association, and the
President of the Cornell Club of Toronto.
Mr. Harrison holds a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from McGill University and a Master‟s
Degree in Chemical Engineering, focusing on nanotechnology, from Cornell University.
Mr. Harrison is on the board of Liquid Piston and is a board observer on Intrinsity Inc.
Ron Hunt, BS ‘86
Managing Director, New Leaf Venture Partners
New York, NY
Ron Hunt is a Managing Director at New Leaf Venture Partners, and focuses on
investments in biopharmaceuticals and laboratory infrastructure companies. Ron joined
Sprout in January 1998, and was part of the team that spun out of the Sprout Group (the
venture capital affiliate of Credit-Suisse) in 2005 to form New Leaf. Prior to joining
Sprout, Ron was a consultant with Coopers & Lybrand Consulting and then with The
Health Care Group (a division of the Interpublic Group of companies) for a combined 4
years. His consulting work focused on strategic and operational engagements for clients
in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Prior to entering the consulting
field, Ron held a number of sales and marketing positions for a combined 8 years with
Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals.
Ron is a graduate of The Wharton School (M.B.A.) and Cornell University (B.S.).
Ron was the lead investor and served on the boards of Cerexa, Inc. and Aspreva
Pharmaceuticals up until their recent acquisitions by Forest Laboratories and Gallenica
Group, respectively. Ron has served on a number of other boards for companies in a
broad range of healthcare sectors including biotech, laboratory services, health care
information technology, and laboratory instrumentation.
Durata Therapeutics, Spine Wave, Stromedix
Robert Huret, BS ’65
Founding Partner, FT Ventures
Financial Software, Business Services
San Francisco, CA
Bob co-founded FTVentures in 1998. He has 38 years of commercial banking and investment
banking experience. Before establishing FTVentures, Bob was a senior consultant to
Montgomery Securities, and was previously Senior Vice President Finance for Bank of
California and Vice President Planning for First Chicago Corporation. Bob has participated in
more than 100 bank and bank-related mergers, public offerings and joint ventures. Bob is also a
founder of Newell Associates, a money management firm and Third Age Media, an internet
portal. Bob‟s portfolio company board work includes Caplin Systems, Daylight Forensic &
Advisory, Financial Engines, and Mavent.
Bob received a BS from Cornell University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard
Bob was previously a board member of Corillian (NASDAQ: CORI) and KVS (acquired by
Veritas). Additionally, he is a board member of Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH). Bob
serves as a trustee of Cornell University.
Ed Hurwitz, AB ’94
Director, Alta Partners
San Francisco, CA
Ed joined Alta in 2002 and is a Director in Alta BioPharma III and Alta Partners VIII. He is
currently on the board of directors of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals, Cara Therapeutics, FoldRx
Pharmaceuticals, and MacroGenics and led Alta's investments in ChemoCentryx, Sunesis
Pharmaceuticals and Threshold Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Alta, Ed served as Senior Vice
President and CFO of Affymetrix from 1997 to 2002. From 1994 to 1997, Ed was a
biotechnology research analyst for Robertson Stephens & Company, and from 1992 to 1994, was
a biotechnology research analyst for Smith Barney Shearson. From 1990 to 1992, Ed practiced
commercial law at Cooley Godward LLP.
Ed earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees in 1990 from the
University of California, Berkeley's Boalt School of Law and Haas School of Business,
respectively. Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology from Cornell University in
Ben Jabbawy, BS ’08
Associate, GreatPoint Ventures
Ben is an associate at GreatPoint Ventures, focusing on business development and operations for
early stage cleantech and biotech portfolio companies. Previously, Ben worked as an analyst at
GreatPoint Energy, a venture-backed natural resource company, producing natural gas from
clean coal. Ben has held positions at UBS Financial Services and Lux Research, a global market
research firm focused on advanced technologies. While at Lux, he co-authored The Nanotech
Report, a widely distributed reference guide for Fortune 500 companies and corporate investors.
Ben received a B.S degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell
Scott M. Johnson, BS ’87
Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures
Scott has fifteen years experience as a high tech entrepreneur and venture investor primarily in
enterprise software and IT services. Prior to joining NAV, he was a co-founder and Managing
Director of DFJ/NE. Before that he was the East Coast partner of the Cambridge Technology
Capital Fund, cited by Venture Economics as one of the top performing post-IPO funds of 1999,
where he oversaw investments in E.piphany, Silknet, Digital Think, and WebLogic. Before that,
he founded InterSense, Inc., a 3D visualization technology company. Scott began his career as a
software engineer and founding employee of Cambridge Technology Partners, a global systems
integration and consulting company.
Scott has a BS in Operations Research from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Sloan
School of Management at MIT.
Scott holds a seat on the Board of Directors of Context Web, Mok3, Maptuit and EnerNoc.
Andrew E. Jones, BS ’85, MS ’86
General Partner, Boulder Ventures
Telecommunications, network infrastructure, software, Internet
Andrew E. Jones, a General Partner, has more than 20 years industry experience, including 10
years of venture capital experience and 10 years of operations experience. Prior to joining
Boulder Ventures in late 1998, Mr. Jones worked at Grotech Capital Group. At Grotech, Mr.
Jones was responsible for sourcing, due diligence and deal structuring of early-stage information
technology investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Grotech, Mr. Jones was with the Deloitte Consulting practice in Washington,
D.C. At Deloitte, Mr. Jones was responsible for managing a broad range of management
consulting engagements in the financial services and communications industries. Engagements
included Operations Improvement, Strategic Planning, Industry and Competitive Analysis, M&A
Due Diligence, Software and Vendor Analysis, and Financial Modeling. Prior to Deloitte
Consulting, Mr. Jones was with Andersen Consulting.
Mr. Jones began his career at Motorola, where he was an engineer in both the Applied Research
and Cellular Infrastructure groups. At Motorola, Mr. Jones was responsible for developing new
products and patents applicable to Motorola‟s cellular phones and portable pagers.
Mr. Jones holds an MBA from the University of Chicago (1990: Specialization: Finance), a
Master of Electrical Engineering from Cornell University (1986; Thesis: DSP-Based
Communications Platform for Hearing-Impaired) and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical
Engineering from Cornell University (1985; Specialization: Communications).
Jon Kaiden BA’88
Managing Director, Sopris Capital Associates
Healthcare and Technology Services
New York, NY
Jon Kaiden is a principal and founding member of Sopris Capital, a private equity firm focusing
on middle market investments in the healthcare and IT services industries. Before forming Sopris
Capital in early 2002, Mr. Kaiden spent a number of years as an investment banker (Merrill
Lynch, Cowen, Josephthal) focusing on corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions for
healthcare and technology companies. Prior to receiving his MBA, he practiced corporate and
securities law at the New York law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.
Jon graduated from Cornell in 1988 with a degree in government. He received his MBA., with
honors, phi beta kappa, from Columbia Business School in 1996, and a J.D., cum laude, from
Brooklyn Law School in 1991.
His current Board responsibilities include Enhanced Capital Partners, Inc., SRS Software, Inc.,
Planet Payment, Inc., Mountain Temp Services LLC, Health Data Solutions Corp. and Nurses in
Habib Kairouz, BS ’88
Managing Partner, Rho Capital Partners, Inc.,
New York, NY
Habib Kairouz is a Managing Partner of Rho Capital Partners, Inc., a New York based private
equity firm with over $2 billion under management. Habib is a General Partner in Rho Ventures,
the direct venture capital arm of Rho, focusing on early stage and growth investments in new
media, information technology, telecommunication, alternative energy and healthcare
companies. He is also a member of the Investment Committees of Rho Fund Investors, a global,
diversified, private equity fund of funds as well as Rho Canada, an early stage venture capital
fund focusing on companies in Canada.
Habib has previously represented Rho Ventures on the boards of a number of portfolio
companies that achieved successful liquidity events such as Answersoft (sold to Davox), iVillage
(sold to NBC), Tripod (sold to Lycos), Tacoda (sold to Time Warner) and Yantra (sold to
AT&T). He also currently sits on the boards of Innerwireless, Intralinks, ReachLocal, Travel Ad
Network, Verified Person and Waterfront Media.
Prior to joining Rho in 1993, Habib worked for five years in investment banking and leveraged
buyouts with Reich & Co. and Jesup & Lamont.
He received a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and an
M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University.
Brian Kannry, BS ’95
Associate, Court Square Ventures
Communications and IT
Brian Kannry joined the Court Square team in 2007, bringing over 12 years of experience in
Finance, Technology, and Media. Previously, he held the position of Vice President in Merrill
Lynch's Technology Investment Banking group in Palo Alto, California, as well as positions in
Capital Markets and Equity Research for JPMorgan. His clients while at Merrill Lynch consisted
of both Small Cap and Fortune 500 communications and technology companies, including
Oracle, Apple, Hewlett Packard, JDS Uniphase, EDS, and EMC. Mr. Kannry served as Vice
President of Business Development for Charlottesville-based startup and online media company
Musictoday, in which Live Nation (NYSE: LYV) acquired a majority stake in 2006.
He has authored multiple cases for the MBA program at the University of Virginia's Darden
School and earned his BA in Government and International Relations from Cornell University.
Yana Karalnik, AB ’99
Compliance Officer, LMCG
Yana works with the Chief Compliance Officer to ensure regulatory and contractual compliance.
She works on maintenance of Compliance Manual, and oversees daily compliance issues. Prior
to joining LMCG, Yana worked at the Center for Global Finance at Pace University. She has
over 4 years of experience.
Yana holds a BA from Cornell University and a MA from Georgetown University.
Eric Keller, BS ‘74
Chief Operating Officer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Operations and Finance
Menlo Park, CA
Eric Keller joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as Chief Operating Officer in 2008. At
KPCB, he brings operational and finance expertise to the firm and the entrepreneurs KPCB
backs in green, digital, and life science technologies.
Prior to KPCB, Eric was CEO of Movaris, a private software company providing a suite of
financial governance applications, which merged with Trintech Group in early 2008. Previously,
Eric served as chief financial officer for application service provider Corio, business
communications company Aspect Communications, medical device manufacturer Ventritex and
scientific instrument firm Dionex. At these companies, he counseled CEOs regarding business
strategy, organizational and operational matters, and developed the teams and processes that
enabled the companies to grow.
He holds a BS degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of California,
Eric currently serves on the board of directors at Shutterfly and, in 2006, was named one of the
"100 Most Influential People in Finance" by Treasury & Risk Magazine.
Gavin Kim, BS ’97
Senior Associate, Advanced Technology Ventures
Wireless Communication and Digital Media
Palo Alto, CA
Gavin joined ATV in 2007 as a Senior Associate and focuses on investments in wireless, digital
media, and enterprise software and infrastructure. Before joining ATV, Gavin was the Director
of CDMA Strategic Planning and Account Operations at Motorola Mobile Devices Group where
he led the Sprint Nextel account team for Motorola's CDMA device business. While at Motorola,
Gavin helped to re-establish the company's CDMA device business with Sprint Nextel, after a
three-year break, by launching a complete device portfolio with the carrier. He was also
responsible for account portfolio planning and managing the introduction of emerging wireless
technologies with Sprint. Prior to Motorola, Gavin was at PacketVideo, where he led regional
sales to device OEM/ODMs and infrastructure providers in Asia Pacific, such as Samsung, LG,
BenQ, HP, and Hwawei for the company's multimedia embedded software and server platform
that optimizes multimedia over cellular networks. He has also previously held positions at
Ascend Communications in the Bay Area in their service provider group and also served as a
management consultant at Deloitte Consulting in their Northeast Practice where he focused on
telecommunications and financial services.
Gavin holds an M.B.A., with honors, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern
University and a B.S., cum laude, from Cornell University.
Michael Kim, AB ’90
Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners
Communications, software, IT, Business and Information Services,
Materials Science, Efficient Energy
Redwood Shores, CA
Michael Kim is a Northern California partner of Rustic Canyon Partners, a $900 million private
equity and venture capital firm based in Santa Monica. Michael joined Rustic Canyon Partners
from Accelerator Venture Partners, a San Francisco-based partnership that invests in early stage
technology companies. Formerly an investment banker, Michael was with Morgan Stanley‟s
Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Group in Menlo Park. Michael 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, Michael was
an associate at The Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC and also worked at IBM.
Michael is the Chairman of Lead21, an organization that enables entrepreneurs to advocate free
market public policy, and serves on the board of 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, and the former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Symphonix League of the
San Francisco Symphony. In March 2004, Michael was appointed by the Mayor of San
Francisco as a Trustee of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, a $17 billion pension
fund, where he presently serves as the President of the Board.
He is an honors graduate of Cornell University, has an MS from the School of Foreign Service of
Georgetown University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Michael is on the board of directors for the following Rustic Canyon portfolio companies:
Archcom, Auxora, Azaire Networks, Capella, EM4, Insync, NanoNexus and TwoFish.
David Kimelberg, JD ’98
Vice President and General Counsel, SOFTBANK Capital
High Growth Technology
Newton Center, MA
Mr. Kimelberg joined SoftBank Capital in 2003 and has many years of experience in all aspects
of business law, with an emphasis on counseling venture capital groups and businesses in
numerous forms of financing and acquisition transactions. Mr. Kimelberg oversees all legal
aspects of SoftBank Capital's portfolio company investments, fund operations and day-to-day
activities. He is also responsible for legal matters associated with the SoftBank Group that
manages substantially all of SoftBank's global activities outside of Japan. Prior to joining
SoftBank, Mr. Kimelberg was a corporate attorney with the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag LLP,
where he specialized in representing venture capital groups and emerging companies. He also
previously practiced corporate and tax law with Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP in New
York City, and was a law clerk for the Honorable J. Michael Deasy of the United States
Mr. Kimelberg received a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School, where he graduated magna
cum laude and Order of the Coif. He was also an editor of the Cornell Law Review. He received
a BS in Finance, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University. Mr. Kimelberg is a member of
the New York and Massachusetts bars.
Gretchen Knoell, BS ’81
Partner, Lake Street Capital
Communication Services, Software and Equipment, Healthcare IT
San Francisco, CA
Ms. Knoell is a Partner with Lake Street Capital. Prior to co-founding Lake Street Capital in
2003, Ms. Knoell spent 18 years primarily in Investment Banking and Corporate Development
focused in the Communication Services, Software and Equipment sectors and the Healthcare IT
sectors. During this period, Ms. Knoell served as Vice President of Business Development at
Digital Island Corporation, Senior Managing Director of Corporate Finance co-heading the West
Coast Technology Group at Bear, Stearns, & Co. Inc. as well as Head of Corporate Finance at
Punk, Ziegel & Knoell, a specialty investment bank committed to emerging growth companies
which she co-founded in 1990. During her career as a banker, Ms. Knoell led the successful
completion of billions of dollars of IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Knoell started her
investment banking career in 1985 with Needham & Company. Prior to attending business
school, Ms. Knoell was an engineer with Exxon Corporation.
Ms. Knoell currently serves Cornell University as a Council Member of the Engineering College
Advisory Council and as a member of the President‟s Council of Cornell Women.
Ms. Knoell received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from
Ms. Knoell serves on the Board of Directors of Nufern, Inc., Entrieva, Inc., Silicon Genesis
Corporation and Sequence Design, Inc. which are LSC portfolio companies and she is a former
board member for Frictionless Commerce, Inc. which was acquired by SAP.
Peggy Koenig, BS ’78
Managing Partner, ABRY Partners
Peggy Koenig, Managing Partner, joined ABRY in 1993. She has been responsible for the
sourcing, negotiation and oversight of numerous private equity transactions throughout the media
sector, including radio broadcasting, business-to-business magazine and directory publishing,
and couponing. From 1988 through 1992, Ms. Koenig was a partner and member of the board of
directors of Sillerman Communications Management Corporation, a merchant bank making
investments principally in the radio industry. She also has extensive media financing experience
in industries including feature film production, cable television, and magazine publishing.
Ms. Koenig received her MBA from the Wharton Business School, and an undergraduate degree
from Cornell University.
Dr. Anja König, MS PhD ’00
Managing Director, Novartis Venture Funds
Dr. Anja König is a Managing Director of the Novartis Venture Funds in Basel, Switzerland.
Anja König is a Managing Director at the Novartis Venture Fund in the Basel office. She is
active in Switzerland and Europe and also responsible for expanding the fund's presence to Asia
Pacific. Before her appointment to the Novartis Venture Fund she held the position of assistant to
the Chairman and CEO of Novartis. Prior to joining Novartis she was an Associate Partner at
McKinsey & Co., a global consultancy, where she worked with companies in health care,
pharmaceuticals, and biotech in the US, Europe and Emerging Markets.
Anja König is a scientist by training and holds a PhD in physics from Cornell University.
Portfolio Companies: MerLion Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd. (Board Seat); S*BIO Pte Ltd
Brian Bonchun Koo, Ph.D. ’95
Managing Partner/CEO, LG Venture Investment
Technology, Communications, Software, Semiconductors, Display
Seoul, South Korea
Dr. Brian Koo has been President & CEO of LGVI since 2003. Brian leads LGVI‟s investments
in the software and internet sectors. Not only his experience as a management consultant and
research economist, but also his background in economics and business development contributes
significantly to the LGVI‟s knowledge base.
Prior to joining LGVI, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he was responsible
for strategy and marketing development projects for financial and manufacturing companies. He
also successfully led and advised the engagement which resulted in one of the largest M&A
deals for a Korean state-owned enterprise.
He also worked on client matters such as building web-based real estate portal services and the
establishment of an Internet banking strategy.
Prior to joining McKinsey, he had ventured for 4 years at the Korea Development Institute
(KDI), a state-owned economic institute, in which he conducted projects in corporate
restructuring, business insolvency and conglomerate policy.
Brian holds a BA degree in Economics from Seoul National University and a PhD in Economics
from Cornell University.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of KVCA (Korean Venture Capital Association) as
Jordan Kramer, AB ’93
Venture Manager, Kaiser Permanente Ventures
Jordan is responsible for venture investment analysis, evaluation, and transaction execution.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente Ventures in 2006, Jordan spent three years as the Director of
Finance and Development for BUILD, an educational non-profit using entrepreneurship to
inspire at-risk high-school students to go to college. Additionally, Jordan spent four years as a
strategy consultant at Bain & Company and Cambridge Strategic Management Group. Jordan's
clients included alternative asset investors, financial services companies, and venture funded
Jordan holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from Cornell University and an international MBA
in Entrepreneurial Studies and Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of
Marlene Krauss, BA ’65
Healthcare, Life Sciences
Managing Director, KBL Healthcare Ventures
New York City, NY
Dr. Krauss co-founded KBL Healthcare, Inc. in 1991. She has over 10 years clinical experience
as a physician and over 27 years experience in healthcare-focused public and private equity
investing. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist with a specialty in vitreo-retinal surgery.
From 1979 to 1986, she completed her clinical training at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, the
Harvard Surgical Service at the Deaconess Hospital, the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and
New York Hospital. From 1986 to 1989, she was a clinical instructor in Ophthalmology at
Cornell Medical College and was engaged in the private practice of ophthalmology.
Dr. Krauss co-founded and was Chairperson and CEO of KBL Healthcare Acquisition
Corporation and Vice Chairperson of the Board of Concord Health Group Inc. She also co-
founded and was until September 1997 Chairperson of the Board of Cambridge Heart, Inc. In
1999, she co-founded Lumenos, Inc. and serves on its board. She previously served on the
Ventures Advisory Committee of the Brigham and Women‟s Hospital. She is a director of the
Associates of Harvard Business School and the recipient of the 1996 Harvard Business School
Alumni Achievement Award. She was the second female MBA graduate to have won this
prestigious award, which has been granted since 1968. She is also a founding member of the
President‟s Council of Cornell Women and the Harvard Business School Women‟s Association.
Dr. Krauss received a BA degree from Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, an
MBA degree from Harvard Business School, and an MD degree from Harvard Medical School.
Nobu Kumagai, MBA ’01
Senior Venture Partner, JAIC Ventures
Wireless Technologies, MEMS, Semiconductors, Games
Palo Alto, CA
Nobu Kumagai joined JAIC Ventures, the largest independent venture capital and private equity
group in Japan, in April 2007 where he is responsible for managing the Advanced-Technology
Venture Fund primarily focused on U.S., Japanese and Asia Pacific growth capital opportunities.
Nobu's industry expertise spreads in wireless communication platform technologies,
semiconductors, MEMS and games. Nobu is based both in Palo Alto, U.S. and in Tokyo, Japan.
Prior to joining JAIC Ventures, Nobu previously spent a decade in investment banking mainly in
the Equity Capital Markets Group covering the Telecom, Media and Technology Industry with
intensive track record in bringing client companies going public. He was a Vice President at
HSBC in Tokyo, Japan where he led numerous IPO and M&A transactions for both Japanese and
overseas companies. Prior to HSBC, He was an Associate at Lehman Brothers‟ Investment
Banking Division. He also worked as a strategy consultant orchestrating alliance and strategic
initiatives between Silicon-valley startups and blue-chip Japanese corporations in the US, Japan
& Greater China.
He received a B.A. in Economics from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.B.A. from the
Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
He currently serves as a board director of Ecrio, and as a board observer for Virtus Advanced
Jeremy Lack, BS ‘98
Principal, New Leaf Venture Partners
New York, NY
Jeremy Lack is a Principal at New Leaf Venture Partners, having rejoined NLV in 2009.
Jeremy initially started at NLV as an Associate in 2005, and joined ORION Healthcare Equity
Partners as a Partner in 2008. Previously, he was an Associate at Oxford Bioscience Partners,
a consultant at McKinsey & Company and Director of Strategic Planning at the New York
City Department of Education.
Jeremy earned his doctorate in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, where he was a
Marshall Scholar. He received his B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell
Gerry Langeler, BA ’72
General Partner, OVP Ventures
Nanotech, Software, Communications, Internet, Biotechnology
Gerry joined OVP in 1992 and focuses on investments in semiconductors, software, imaging and
digital biology. His investments include Captivate Network, Collaborative Software Initiative,
djangos.com, 800.com, Elekom, Foundstone, Max-Viz, Now Software, Portland Software,
Preview Systems, Surplus Software, TView, Unify, Vascular Solutions, Viral Logic Systems,
Prior to joining OVP, Gerry was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:
MENT) in 1981 where he served as President, and over 11 years helped lead Mentor through its
IPO to over $400M in worldwide sales and over $1B in market capitalization. He began his
technology career at Tektronix.
He is the author of The Vision Trap (Harvard Business Review, 3/92). He also authored a
chapter in Venture Capital Best Practices, Aspatore Books, 2005.
Gerry received his AB in Chemistry from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard
Gerry currently serves on the Board of Directors of Collaborative Software Initiative, Max-Viz,
Viral Logic Systems. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Highway 12 Ventures in Boise,
Co-Founder, Partner, Puretech Ventures
Boston , MA
Dr. Langer is a co-founder and Partner of PureTech Ventures. Dr. Langer is known for his
groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of polymer chemistry, controlled drug delivery, and
tissue engineering. He is one of 13 Institute Professors (the highest honor awarded to a faculty
member) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Langer has written over 950
articles and also has more than 600 issued or pending patents worldwide, one of which was cited
as the outstanding patent in Massachusetts in 1988 and one of 20 outstanding patents in the
United States. Dr. Langer has received nearly 150 major awards. In 2007, he received the 2006
United States National Medal of Science. In 2002, he received the Charles Stark Draper Prize,
considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers and the world's most prestigious
engineering prize, from the National Academy of Engineering. He is also the only engineer to
receive the Gairdner Foundation International Award; 68 recipients of this award have
subsequently received a Nobel Prize. Among numerous other awards, Dr. Langer has received
are the Dickson Prize for Science (2002), Heinz Award for Technology, Economy and
Employment (2003), the Harvey Prize (2003), the John Fritz Award (2003) (given previously to
inventors such as Thomas Edison and Orville Wright), the General Motors Kettering Prize for
Cancer Research (2004), the Dan David Prize in Materials Science (2005) and the Albany
Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (2005), the largest prize in the U.S.
for medical research. In 2006, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In
1998, he received the Lemelson-MIT prize, the world's largest prize for invention for being “one
of history's most prolific inventors in medicine.” In 1989 Dr. Langer was elected to the Institute
of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 1992 he was elected to both the
National Academy of Engineering and to the National Academy of Sciences. He is one of very
few people ever elected to all three United States National Academies and the youngest in
history (at age 43) to ever receive this distinction. Forbes Magazine (1999) and BioWorld (1990)
have named Dr. Langer as one of the 25 most important individuals in biotechnology in the
world. Discover Magazine (2002) named him as one of the 20 most important people in this area.
Forbes Magazine (2002) selected Dr. Langer as one of the 15 innovators world wide who will
reinvent our future. Time Magazine and CNN (2001) named Dr. Langer as one of the 100 most
important people in America and one of the 18 top people in science or medicine in America. Dr.
Langer has served, at various times, on 15 boards of directors and 30 Scientific Advisory Boards
of such companies as Wyeth, Alkermes, Mitsubishi Pharmaceuticals, Warner-Lambert, and
Dr. Langer has received honorary doctorates from Yale University, the ETH (Switzerland), the
Technion (Israel), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), the Universite Catholique de
Louvain (Belgium), the University of Liverpool (England), the University of Nottingham
(England), Albany Medical College, the Pennsylvania State University, Northwestern University
and Uppsala University (Sweden). He received his Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University in
1970 and his Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974, both in Chemical
Cliff Lardin, BA ’06, MBA ’07
Principal, Cayuga Venture Fund
Cliff Lardin, Principal, is an experienced engineer and dedicated entrepreneur. His management
experience includes serving as CEO of Cyan Data Systems, LLC; Founder and VP of Systems at
MiniGram.com; founder of Bright Island, LLC; and Director of PC Programming at Flowers
Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FLO). In addition, Cliff has worked as a Senior Software Developer for
ChemSW, Inc; and as a Senior Engineer at Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
Cliff also volunteers his time as President of New York State Early Music Association and its
period instrument ensemble, NYS Baroque.
Cliff studied Computer Science and English at Amherst College from 1993-1995, and Cornell
University from 2004-2007. He received his BA in English with Distinction in all Subjects from
Cornell in 2006 and his MBA from Cornell‟s Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2007.
Michele Law, BS ’92
Principal, Greylock Partners
San Mateo, CA
Michele Law joined Greylock as an Associate in the fall of 2000 and was promoted to Principal
in 2003. Prior to Greylock, Michele was a lead hardware engineer at Sun Microsystems
specializing in the design and development of RF and digital board products for Sun‟s
workstation and graphic product lines and was co-inventor on two technical patents. While at
Sun, she also held program management and product marketing roles. In addition, Michele was
an analog chip designer at IBM and an associate at the investment bank Robertson Stephens
where she executed IPO transactions in the eBusiness and Internet infrastructure technology
Michele holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering
from Cornell University.
Douglas Leone, BS ’79
General Partner, Sequoia Capital
Menlo Park, CA
Douglas Leone is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital focusing on internet and communication
investments. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1988, Doug held sales and sales management
positions at Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Prime Computer.
Douglas has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Industrial
Engineering from Columbia University, and an MS in Management from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
Nisa Leung Lin, BS ’92
Qiming Ventures, Venture Partner
Nisa is a Venture Partner with Qiming Ventures. She is also founder and Managing Director of
Biomedic Holdings, with businesses and investments spanning from specialty medical devices,
pharmaceuticals, health care services to other health care related services in China. Prior to
joining Qiming, Nisa was Venture Partner of PacRim Ventures in Menlo Park, and was
previously with Mobius Venture Capital in Mountain View, CA. Nisa was also a steering
committee member of Center for the Future of China, an independent applied research think tank
jointly established by Beijing University and Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley.
Nisa studied computer science at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and holds a bachelor
degree in Management from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School
Nisa currently serves on the Board of Directors for Biomedic Holdings and affiliated companies,
American Cancer Centers, Cardiva Medical, Young Entrepreneurial Development Council,
Cornell University Councilor, member of Cornell Life Sciences Advisory Board and President‟s
Council of Cornell Women among other professional involvements.
Quinn Li, MBA ’03
Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures
Wireless Technologies and Applications,
San Diego, CA
Quinn Li is an investment manager at QUALCOMM Ventures. In this role, Quinn is responsible
for leading investment activities in technology and applications related to wireless
Quinn has over ten years of experience in the telecommunications and semiconductor industry
and has worked in various engineering and management capacities at Lucent, Broadcom and
IBM. At Lucent, he played a lead role in 3G CDMA technology development and
standardization efforts. Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, he was a product manager with
IBM Microelectronics, responsible for several ASIC offerings and business development
activities in China.
Quinn has a MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and
an MBA from Cornell University, and holds several patents in wireless communications.
Quinn serves as a board observer of A123 Systems, Digit Wireless, Discera and InvenSense.
Richard M. Lucash, JD ’74
Partner, Lawrence Associates
Legal, Angel Investor
Prior to joining Lawrence Associates, Mr. Lucash founded the law firm of Lucash, Gesmer and
Updegrove, where he was a senior partner and served on the Compensation Committee. Most
recently, he was a senior partner with the law firm of Eckert Seamans in the Business Division.
Mr. Lucash has focused on organizational, capital formation, founder and management
compensation and other legal and business issues for high technology companies, and has
advised the organizations and individuals who invest in those companies. He has been actively
involved with the venture capital community. His involvement with raising capital includes his
formation of the LaunchPad angel investment group.
Mr. Lucash‟s experience includes working with companies involved in a wide range of
technologies, including computer software and medical device companies, Internet-based
electronic commerce and interactive media businesses, and nanotechnology applications.
He has long been an active member of the MIT Enterprise Forum and the Massachusetts
Technology Leadership Council, for which he chairs the Steering Committee of the Access to
Capital group. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.
Mr. Lucash holds an AV® (highest) rating for attorneys from Martindale-Hubbell. He holds a
J.D. from the Cornell University Law School, and an undergraduate degree in Physics from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Lucash is a Director of the Launchpad investment group and is a member of the Board of
Advisors of several companies
Dirk Lupberger, MBA ’87
Venture Partner, PolyTechnos Venture-Partners
IT, Communications, Materials, Life Sciences, Technology, Energy
Prior to joining PolyTechnos in 2002, Dirk spent 14 years with Siemens and held a number of
management positions including president and CEO of Siemens Venture Capital. As the CFO of
Siemens Mobile in Shanghai, Dirk managed the growth of the unit from 60 to 1,200 employees.
Dirk has lived and worked in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East, and specializes in information
technology and communications, and its interfaces with medical solutions.
Dirk was a board member of a number of technology start-ups including XPE (now
PacketExchange), where he guided the company‟s European expansion and merger.
Dirk received his law degree and his PhD from the University of Munich and holds an MBA
from the Johnson School of Graduate Management at Cornell University.
He has served on venture capital advisory boards such as TVM (Germany) and Millennium
Mike Lyons, BS ’64, AEP ’65
Venture Partner, ePlanet Ventures
Redwood City, CA
Mike Lyons is a Venture Partner in the Silicon Valley office. He was previously a Managing
Partner and co-founder of Zilkha Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital partnership
focused on seed and first round investments in technology companies. Mr. Lyons was a founding
investor, CEO, and director of Informed Diagnostics, SafeView, and Future Point Systems. He
recently sold SafeView, Inc., a spinout of Battelle/PNNL, to L3 Communications, Inc.
Concurrently, he is a Consulting Associate Professor at the Stanford University Department of
Management Science and Engineering. Serving in that position since 1989, he co-developed the
Stanford Technology Ventures Program and founded Technology Venture Formation, one of the
most highly rated courses in the School of Engineering. He is also a consulting professor at the
Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. From 1980 to 1991, he was a
co-founder, a Vice-President, and a Director of Integrated Systems Inc., a leading implementer
of high-performance real-time control systems for aircraft, automotive, and manufacturing
Mr. Lyons received a Bachelors and Masters (equivalent) in Engineering Physics from Cornell
University, an MSEE from Stanford in 1966, and an MBA, wuith Distinction, from the
Pepperdine Presidential/Key Executive Program in 1988. He is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA
Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies and a Price-Babson Fellow in
Mr. Lyons is Chairman of Future Point Systems and serves on the boards of Real-Time
Innovations, Packaged Business Solutions, and JazzMasters Workshops, a non-profit.
Deepak Malik, MBA ’95
Managing Director, Black River Advisors India Private Limited
Health & Nutrition, Biotech, Industrial Technology, IT
New Delhi, India
Deepak Malik is a Managing Director of Black River Advisors India Private Limited., a
subsidiary of Black River Asset Management LLC (Black River), a global asset management
company with $11 billion of assets under management.
From 2000-2007, Deepak was a co-founder & Managing Director of Cargill Ventures, a venture
capital fund associated with Cargill Inc. Deepak led the investment strategy around software,
business process services and currently serves on the Boards of KPIT Cummins (KPIT),
Outsource Partners International (OPI), Microland, OB10, Informance and Intalio. Deepak‟s past
investments include IndX Software (acq. by Siemens), FIMI (acq. by DTN), and Grand Central
(acq. by Google). He also led and oversees Cargill Ventures‟ investments in Sequoia Capital
India and GEM Investment Advisors.
Following six years in Silicon Valley with Cargill Ventures, Deepak relocated to New Delhi,
India to provide regional oversight of several cross-border investments and to capitalize on
growth equity investment opportunities.
Prior to Cargill Ventures, Deepak worked in Cargill's Strategy and Business Development Group
where he managed corporate strategies and mergers & acquisitions within the petroleum, natural
gas, electricity, grain & oilseeds trading and meat industries. Prior to this assignment, Deepak
spent a year as manager of international sales for Cargill's fertilizer division. Earlier in his
career, he was an investment associate with Merrill Lynch.
Deepak holds a B.A. in Economics from Delhi University, a M.A. in Economics from the Delhi
School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. He is a Charter Member of The
Deepak serves on the Boards of KPIT, Informance, Intalio, Outsourced Partners Int‟l (OPI),
Open Business Exchange (OBE) and Microland.
Bill McAleer, BS ’73, MBA ’75
Managing Director, Voyager Capital
Enterprise Software, Internet, Wireless
Bill brings to Voyager over 30 years of business experience and 18 years of senior executive and
equity financing experience in the information technology industry.
Bill has participated on the boards of 18 companies, including 13 portfolio companies, focusing
on business software and services, digital media, and wireless. Seven portfolio companies,
Amplitude, Clear Commerce, Kadiri, Netpodium, SeeCommerce, Valchemy and Tegic, were
sold for exits.
Prior to co-founding Voyager in 1997, Bill was President of e.liance Partners, a consulting firm
that advised information technology companies on strategy, venture financing and corporate
He served as Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Aldus from
1988 to 1994, when the company‟s revenues grew from $39 to $240 million. He was responsible
for global finance, legal, operations, and acquisition activities, including completing the merger
with Adobe in 1994. He also served as a senior executive with Westin Hotels from 1979 to 1987.
Bill is active in several industry organizations, including serving as a director for the Washington
Software Alliance. He is the chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Washington
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Cornell
University‟s Johnson Graduate School of Business and a member of the Cornell Council. He has
been a featured speaker at industry conferences and panels.
Bill earned a BS and an MBA from Cornell University.
He currently serves on the boards of Attenex, Melodeo and Yapta. He also sits on the board of
Avocent (NASDAQ: AVCT), a public technology company with over $500 million in revenues.
Kevin McGovern, BS ’70
Chairman & CEO, McGovern Capital
Technology, Intellectual Property, Communications
New York City, NY
Kevin McGovern is chairman and chief executive officer of McGovern Capital LLC, which
provides intellectual property rights strategy that originates, funds, structures and implements
capital formation, joint ventures and business alliances. He is the principal of McGovern &
Associates which specializes in corporate law and intellectual property strategy. He is also
Chairman of Angstrom Publishing LLC.
Mr. McGovern is a Fellow of the Foresight Institute, a trustee at The Brunswick School and has
served as chair of both the Educational Task Force of Southwest Connecticut and the Special
Gifts Committee of the Greenwich United Way. He is the co-chairman of the Silver Shield
Foundation, which provides college scholarships to the children of police and firefighters killed
in the line of duty in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
Kevin McGovern is a Cornell University Trustee (Co-Chairman of Technology/IP Committee)
and a member of the Board of Directors of the Cornell Research Foundation. He serves as the
Co-Chairman of the Technology Transfer Committee of the Life Sciences Advisory Board, as a
member of the Cornell Center for Technology, Enterprise & Commercialization, and is a
member of the School of Hotel Administration‟s recently established Advisory Board in
Singapore. He also serves on the Executive Council for the Cornell Center for Sustainable
Global Enterprise at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. He has been chosen as the
Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year for 2007.
Mr. McGovern has served as a member of the Cornell University Council‟s Administrative
Board and he is a founding member of the Cornell Club-New York. He is on the Executive
Committee of the Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise Council, the College of Arts and
Sciences Advisory Council, the Athletics Advisory Council, and the Fraternity and Sorority
Advisory Council. A frequent lecturer at the Johnson School, he was the keynote speaker at the
School‟s Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Symposium.
Mr. and Mrs. McGovern frequently host events for the University, including an annual dinner in
Florida for the President and high-level alumni. They established the McGovern Family
Scholarship for athletes in the College of Arts and Sciences and have made significant
commitments to the Athletics Campaign, the Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise (EPE)
Founders‟ Fund, and White Hall. On May 24, 2006, the McGoverns celebrated their Foremost
Benefactor ceremony on campus along with the dedication of the McGovern Fields on Game
Mr. and Mrs. McGovern have a daughter, Ashley, who is a transfer student in the College of Arts
& Sciences, and a son, Jarrett, who is a 2003 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences and was
a four-year member of the Big Red lacrosse team. The McGoverns reside in Greenwich,
Connecticut and have a home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Mr. McGovern has a law degree from St. John‟s University School of Law and studied at the
London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a graduate of Cornell University.
Mr. McGovern is a Fellow of the Foresight Institute which focuses its efforts upon
nanotechnology, the coming ability to build materials and products with atomic precision, and
upon systems that will enhance knowledge exchange and critical discussion, thus improving
public and private policy decisions. He is a member of the Connecticut, New York and
Pennsylvania Bars and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar
Association Section on Corporations. Mr. McGovern is also the Co-Chairman of the Silver
Shield Foundation, which provides college scholarships to the children of police and firefighters
killed in the line of duty in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
He has served on the Cornell University Trustee Council, Administrative Board. He is a
Founder, Cornell Club NYC, and is a member of the Cornell Advisory Council,
Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise (EPE Executive Committee), the Arts and Sciences
School Council, and the Athletic Council. Mr. McGovern was the keynote speaker at the
Johnson Graduate School of Management‟s Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Symposium and
is a frequent lecturer at the school.
William McMaster, AB ’98
Principal, Primus Capital Funds
William McMaster joined Primus in 2008. Prior to joining Primus, Mr. McMaster was a Vice
President at Waud Capital Partners ("WCP"), a private equity firm based in Chicago, where he
was actively involved in the firms' investments in Acadia Healthcare Company, LLC and
CarePoint Partners, LLC. Prior to WCP, Mr. McMaster worked for National City Equity
Partners (“NCEP”) in Cleveland where he was responsible for the origination, analysis, due
diligence and execution of a variety of private equity and mezzanine investments. Prior to
NCEP, Mr. McMaster was with Banc One Capital Markets, where he worked in the firm's
merchant banking group.
Mr. McMaster received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and received his MBA with
distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chip Meakem, BA ’93
General Partner, Kodiak Venture Partners
Internet, New Media
Chip Meakem has more than a decade of entrepreneurial and investing experience in the
information technology industry that includes creating one of the first Web advertising networks
in 1996 and leading the early-stage financing for in-game advertising pioneer, Massive Inc.,
which was acquired by Microsoft.
Chip joined Kodiak from Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham, where he was Managing Director.
Prior to entering the investment community, Chip was a successful entrepreneur. During this
time he served as Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at N2K Inc., a leading online music
retailer, where he was responsible for strategic distribution partnerships with all major portals.
Earlier, he was one of the first employees at Interactive Imaginations, a predecessor to 24/7
Media, Inc. At Interactive Imaginations, Chip created the Commonwealth Network (launched in
Q1, 1996), one of the Internet‟s first advertising networks, building it from a concept to a large
scale web media product with over 10,000 sites. Interactive Imaginations eventually became 24/7
Media, went public in 1998. Chip was also a personal seed investor in FreeMarkets Inc., which
made its IPO in December 1999 and peaked at $12B market cap.
Chip holds a BA from Cornell University, where he was a member of the varsity basketball
team, and an MBA from Columbia University.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of Hanger Network; iAmplify; LiveGamer; and
WeatherTrends. He also serves as an observer to the board of directors of portfolio company,
Wireless China. While at DFJ Gotham, Chip led investments and served on the boards of
ContextWeb, LiveAdvice (acquired by Ingenio), Massive Inc. (acquired by Microsoft),
NanoOpto, Pantero (acquired by Progress Software), Practical Engineering, Q-Link
Technologies (acquired by Adobe Systems), and Quantiva (acquired by NetScout Systems).
Daniel H. Miller, BS ’78
Managing Director, Roda Group
Communications, Software, Internet
Dan Miller is Managing Director of the Roda Group. He is the former president of Ask Jeeves,
Inc., a Roda Group affiliate company. He is currently working with a number of Roda Group
affiliated companies to assist them with their business development efforts.
At the end of 1994, Mr. Miller retired from his position as Executive Vice President of TCSI
Corporation (Nasdaq: TCSI), a company he co-founded with his Roda Group partner, Roger
Strauch. Mr. Miller retired from the Board of Directors of TCSI in June of 1997. TCSI is a
leading provider of integrated software products and services for the global telecommunications
Prior to TCSI, Mr. Miller was a systems engineer at Hughes Aircraft‟s Space and
Communications Group where he was responsible for designing communications payloads for
commercial communications satellites.
He holds three patents in the areas of compression technology and wireless communications
systems. With Mr. Strauch, he helped establish the Ask Jeeves Planetarium at the Chabot Space
and Science Center, in Oakland, California and the Roda Theatre at the Berkeley Reparatory
Mr. Miller received his BS in Electrical Engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University
and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Miller sits on the Board of several Roda Group companies. Mr. Miller is a member of the
Board of Trustees of the Chabot Space & Science Center. He is also a member of Cornell
University‟s School of Electrical Engineering Advisory Board.
Matt Miller, BA ’85
Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
Digital Media, Software, Hosted Services
San Francisco, CA
Matt Miller has 19 years of management experience, including 14 years at Silicon Valley
software companies. He has over 8 years of experience as an officer of a public company or CEO
of a private company. Matt joined Walden from Moai Technologies, a Walden portfolio
company. As CEO of Moai, Matt helped build revenues to over $14 million and focused the
company on enterprise customers. Before Moai, Matt served as Vice President & General
Manager at Remedy Corporation, where he managed a division with over $175 million in
revenue and 200 employees in Engineering, Marketing, and Business Development. He has also
served as Vice President of Marketing at both Remedy and Gupta Corporation and Director of
Marketing at Oracle Corporation and Versant Object Technology Corporation. At Oracle, he was
a part of the small Desktop division team that developed and launched the first database server
running on an Intel chip in 1989. Before coming to Silicon Valley, Matt also held positions in
sales and marketing at Warner Lambert and Allied Stores.
Matt received his MBA from Columbia University and his BA from Cornell University.
Matt is a member of the Board of Directors of H5 Technologies, Ignite Technologies, and
Palamida and an observer on the Board of Directors of VitalStream (VSHI.OB). In addition, he
is a director of the Portola Valley Schools Foundation.
Ray Mirza, BA ’90
General Partner, East River Ventures
IT, Business Services, Healthcare
New York City, NY
Ray has over 13 years experience in strategy, operations, technology and finance across both the
technology and healthcare verticals. At East River, he has had a critical role in sourcing,
structuring, and financing several current portfolio companies. He has taken operating and
finance roles in many of these companies. Before East River, Ray spent close to a decade in
management and operations consulting for Deloitte Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and JP
MorganChase where he managed large-scale engagements within the financial services, media,
and technology industries. He was also a summer associate in the mergers and acquisitions
group at Robertson Stephens.
Ray holds a BA in Economics and Government from Cornell University, a BS in Industrial
Engineering from Rutgers University, and an MBA in Finance, Management, and
Entrepreneurship from Columbia Business School.
Ravi Mohan, BS ’89
Managing Director, Shasta Ventures
Menlo Park, CA
Ravi Mohan has focused his entire career on the software business. Prior to co-founding Shasta
Ventures, Ravi was a general partner at Battery Ventures where he led eight investments and
served on the boards of 12 software and technology-enabled service companies. Prior to joining
Battery Ventures, Ravi built transaction-processing systems at Accenture, sold and implemented
packaged software applications for Hyperion Software Corporation, and ran MIC, a software
development firm based in India focused on business intelligence. Ravi also spent time at
McKinsey & Company working with consumer packaged goods companies.
Ravi has an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, and a BS in
Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.
Ravi is very active in entrepreneurial circles and helped found the Silicon Valley Chapter of the
Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA) to leverage entrepreneurial activities between India
and America. In addition, he is an active Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).
Howard Morgan, Ph.D. ’68
First Round Capital, Partner
Dr. Morgan was Professor of Decision Sciences at the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania and Professor of Computer Science at the Moore School at the University of
Pennsylvania from 1972 through 1985. He has been a Visiting Professor at the California
Institute of Technology and the Harvard Business School. During his academic career he served
as an editor of Communications of the ACM, Management Science, Transactions on Office
Information Systems and Transactions on Database Systems. His research on user interface
technology, and on optimization of computer networks led to his bringing the ARPAnet to
Philadelphia in 1974. As a result of this early participation in the internet, he advised many
corporate and government agencies on the uses of electronic and voice mail, implementing it
throughout the Wharton School in the mid 1970s.
From 1983 to 1989, he served as President of Renaissance Technologies Corp. in New York,
where he supervised venture capital investments in high technology companies. He was a
founding board member and technical advisor of Franklin Electronic Publishers, one of the first
manufacturers of personal computers. He has been an active consultant and speaker to users and
vendors in the information systems area for more than 30 years, and has worked with many of
the Fortune 100 companies and numerous government agencies. Since 1989, he has been
President of the Arca Group, Inc., nurturing early stage companies and taking them from seed
stage through initial public offerings. He has also served as CEO of Kentek and Franklin during
various turnover or transitional periods.
Dr. Morgan received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1968, and a B.S.
in physics from City College of the City University of New York in 1965.
Dr. Morgan serves as a Director of Idealab, where he was a founding investor in 1996. He also
serves on a number of public company Boards, including Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.,
Segue Software Corporation, and Unitronix Corp. He is also Chairman or a member of the board
of numerous private companies including CarsDirect.com, Partsearch Technology, Energy
Innovations, MagicWorks LLC, and Planalytics, Inc.
Jonathan Mork, BS ’86, MBA ’87
Investment Committee Officer, Millennium Hanson
Marina del Rey, CA
Jonathan Mork is a preIPO merchant banker specializing in corporate strategy. His experience
includes being the lead Wall Street strategy advisor to China Internet since 1995, culminating
with the company‟s subsidiary spin-off IPO of Chinadotcom in 1999. Jonathan is the president of
Millennium Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based merchant banking firm which is the managing
partner of Millennium Hanson. Jonathan serves on the board of Roth Capital Partners, a leading
underwriter for SmallCap companies and a fellow partner in Millennium Hanson.
Jonathan completed his undergraduate degree (1986) and MBA (1987) at Cornell University,
receiving distinction, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Venkatesh Natarajan, MBA ’02
Investments Director, Lok Capital
New Delhi, India
Venky Natarajan has almost 15 years of work experience in engineering and investment. Prior to
joining Lok, Venky served in various positions at Intel and Intel Capital, including product
manager and strategic investment manager. As a strategic investment manager he was
responsible for sourcing, due-diligence, structuring, negotiating, closing and monitoring of Intel
Capital‟s venture investments. He assisted portfolio companies with issues concerning executive
recruitment, market positioning, global strategy, fund raising, financial analysis, competitive
analysis and strategic relationships.
Venky holds an MBA from Cornell University, a Master‟s degree in Electrical Engineering from
Arizona State University and a Bachelor‟s in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering from
Annamalai University, India.
Michael J. Nowak, AB ’82
Managing Director, Yorkville Advisors
High Tech Investment
Jersey City, NJ
Michael recently joined Yorkville Advisors to bolster their high tech investment group, bringing
with him a long track record of private transactions in early and mid-stage technology firms.
Working closely with the leadership team, Michael will lead efforts to develop and bring
innovative financing products and services to the venture and private equity community. This
work will help to keep Yorkville Advisors at the vanguard of the convergence of the venture
capital, private equity and hedge fund worlds by bringing superior financing structures to the
Prior to joining Yorkville Advisors, Michael was a General Partner leading the US IT investment
office for a billion dollar Euro-US venture fund, TVM Capital. He has invested in and sat on
numerous Boards of Directors of early-stage high tech ventures on both Coasts, from software to
semiconductors, where market and business creation have been the key challenges. He also has
entrepreneurial, business development and investment experience from work as a co-founder of
the Xerox Venture Lab at Xerox PARC and CEO of multiple PARC spinouts, as a VP Business
Development for an emerging high tech consulting practice at McKinsey & Co., and as a
Manager of two $100M investment programs at the Advanced Technology Program at NIST, US
Deptartment of Commerce.
Michael earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD
in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He worked as a post-doctoral
scientist at Bell Labs (Bellcore), Princeton University, and at the CEA research labs in Saclay,
France. He received his BA in Physics from Cornell University.
Henry (Huck) O’Connor, BA ’88
Managing Director, Orix Venture Finance
Telecommunications, network infrastructure, software, Internet
Mr. O‟Connor is a Managing Director with ORIX Venture Finance responsible for sourcing and
overseeing the firm‟s investments in the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. and Europe. He
joined ORIX Venture Finance in June 2005 and has originated and managed over $150 million
in new investments across fifteen companies in these regions. He has sixteen years of
transactions experience, and has raised over $18 billion in debt and equity capital for both public
and private companies. Prior to joining ORIX, Mr. O‟Connor worked at BIA Capital Strategies,
an investment banking boutique, where he focused on private debt and equity financings for
companies serving the media and telecommunications industries. Prior to BIA Capital, Mr.
O‟Connor worked in the media investment banking group of CIBC World Markets, and has also
worked in media and telecommunications investment banking for Banc of America Securities
and Salomon Smith Barney. During his banking career, Mr. O‟Connor has raised public and
private capital for companies ranging in size from publicly traded diversified entertainment
companies to private, family-owned businesses. Prior his investment banking career, Mr.
O‟Connor was an attorney most recently with Latham and Watkins, where he specialized in the
structuring and financing of leveraged buy-outs, and media and telecom mergers and
Mr. O‟Connor received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA degree,
with distinction, from Cornell University.
Walter Olesiak, MBA ’02
Investment Partner, Mitsui & Co.
San Francisco, CA
Mr. Olesiak is an Investment Partner with MCVP, focused on investments in the biotech and life
sciences space. Most recently Mr. Olesiak was a Director with Cambridge Pharma Consultancy
where he worked with pharmaceutical and biotech clients to address issues of market access for
new products and technologies, to ensure consideration of the commercial value of products in
strategic planning and to guide development of pricing and reimbursement strategies specific to
the dynamics of different country markets. Prior to Cambridge, Mr. Olesiak spent close to ten
years in Japan, initially with Genzyme Japan and later with SRL Incorporated. During his tenure
in Japan he had responsibilities spanning business development, corporate strategy, contract
negotiation and corporate partnering.
Mr. Olesiak is a cum laude graduate in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University and holds
an MBA from the Johnson School of Cornell University.
Adele Cirone Oliva, MBA ’93
Partner, Quaker BioVentures
Adele Oliva joined Quaker BioVentures as Partner in June 2007. Previously, she was a partner
at Apax Partners where she co-led the US Healthcare Group, focusing on specialty
pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Prior to joining Apax in 1997, Oliva held positions in
marketing and business development with Baxter Healthcare‟s Cardiovascular and I.V. Systems
divisions. Oliva also worked at CoreStates Financial Corp. as a commercial lending officer and
senior financial analyst.
Oliva received a B.Sc. in Finance from St. Joseph University, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from
Cornell University where she was awarded an Albert Fried Fellowship.
Oliva‟s current board Responsibilities include EKR Therapeutics, Esprit Pharma, Prometheus
Labs, and SkinMedica.
Doug Onsi, BS ’90
Venture Partner, HealthCare Ventures LLC
Doug Onsi is a Venture Partner of HealthCare Ventures. Prior to joining HealthCare Ventures in
2007, he served as Vice President, Campath Product Operations & Oncology Portfolio
Management and as Vice President, Business Development at Genzyme Corporation. Before
joining Genzyme, Mr. Onsi was Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Business
Development of TolerRx, Inc., a company in which HealthCare Ventures was the lead investor.
Prior to TolerRx, he held a senior business development position at LeukoSite, Inc., another
HealthCare Ventures portfolio company, which was merged with Millennium Pharmaceuticals,
Inc. He has also practiced corporate law at Bingham Dana LLP.
Mr. Onsi received his J.D. degree from University of Michigan Law School and B.S. degree in
biology from Cornell University.
Jeffrey P. Parker, BS ’65, MS ’66, MBA ’70
Venture Partner, GrandBanks Capital
Internet, Software, Security, Storage, Media, Financial Technologies, Wireless
Newton Center, MA
Jeff has an extensive history of success as an entrepreneur, CEO and investor in financial
services companies over the past twenty years. He brings an operating perspective to the
companies, in which he invests, as well as a wealth of financial expertise and an extended
network of domestic and international business contacts. He was named 2003 New England
Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in the Financial Services category.
In 1980, Jeff founded Technical Data Corporation, a provider of financial analytic services for
the institutional investor community. In 1983, he founded First Call Corporation, which quickly
became one of the financial community‟s leading providers of real-time broker-sourced research,
earnings estimates, equity and fixed income ownership information, insider trading information
and corporate news releases. In 1986, Jeff sold both these businesses to the Canadian publishing
giant International Thomson, now The Thomson Corporation, and became Chairman and CEO of
Thomson Financial, its financial services subsidiary. Under Jeff‟s leadership, Thomson Financial
became the major provider of proprietary financial information to the investment and corporate
communities. Thomson Financial currently serves over 75,000 institutional clients worldwide
and has annual revenues in excess of $750 million.
After serving as CEO of Thomson Financial, Jeff co-founded 38 Newbury Ventures, a venture
capital firm which focused on start-up and early stage companies. While at 38 Newbury
Ventures, Jeff and Charley Lax co-invested together in several companies including FAXNET
In 1997, Jeff co-founded CCBN.com (Corporate Communications Broadcast Network), a leader
in enabling direct communications between public companies and the investment community
over the Internet. CCBN.com builds, manages and hosts the investor relations sections of Web
sites for more than 2,000 public companies, providing detailed shareholder information through
interactive, multi-media solutions. Jeff served as CCBN‟s Chairman and CEO until the sale of
the company to The Thomson Corporation in March 2004.
In 2001, Jeff was inducted into the Johnson Graduate School of Management Hall of Honor, the
Johnson School‟s highest award and was also selected as the Cornell University 2001
Entrepreneur of the Year.
Jeff is an instrument-rated private pilot, as well as an active speaker on entrepreneurship. He is
married and has four children.
Jeff holds a BS, MS and an MBA from Cornell University.
Jeff currently represents GrandBanks Capital as Chairman of the Board of Directors for First
Coverage. Jeff currently serves as an advisor to MedPanel of Boston and is a member of the
Board of Directors of Mainstream Data and Vision Research.
Jeff is a Trustee Emeritus of Cornell University where he founded the Parker Center for
Investment Research at the Johnson School. He has been recognized as a foremost benefactor of
the University, serves on the Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council, is a
member of the University‟s Executive Committee and is co-chair of the University‟s Committee
on Alumni Affairs and Development.
Andrew M. Paul, AB ’78
Chairman, Enhanced Capital
New York City, NY
Andrew Paul is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Enhanced Capital and Chairman of its
Investment Committees. Andy works closely with all Enhanced Capital fund managers and
Enhanced Capital‟s portfolio companies. He is also the Managing General Partner of Enhanced
Equity Fund, a $225 million equity fund focused on buyouts of and growth capital for lower
middle-market companies, as well as the Managing Member of Sopris Capital Associates which
invests opportunistically in small, emerging companies primarily in healthcare and technology.
He has been actively engaged in private equity and venture capital investing for over 20 years,
primarily in the healthcare industry.
Prior to founding ECP, Andy was a General Partner and a Managing General Partner at Welsh,
Carson, Anderson and Stowe (“WCAS”) a leading private equity firm with over $12 billion
under management. Andy focused on healthcare investing during his 16 year career at WCAS.
Prior to WCAS, Andy was an associate of the venture capital group of Hambrecht & Quist.
Andy graduated from Cornell University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School
He serves on the boards of numerous companies and charitable organizations.
Mark Pelson, BS ’84
Media, Communications, Wireless
Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners
Mark Pelson is a Senior Advisor at Providence. Before assuming this role in 2007, Mr. Pelson
was a Managing Director of Providence, which he joined in 1996. Earlier in his career, Mr.
Pelson was a co-founder and director of TeleCorp, a wireless telecommunications company. He
previously served in various management positions with AT&T, most recently as a general
manager of strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Pelson received a Juris Doctor from Boston University and a BA from Cornell University.
Jeff Peterson, MBA ’01
Vice President, Capital Southwest Corporation
Manufacturing, Technology, Healthcare, Specialty Retailing
Mr. Peterson is Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of Capital
Southwest Corporation, a publicly-owned investment company based in Dallas. Prior to joining
Capital Southwest Corporation, Mr. Peterson was an investment banker advising clients in
connection with mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, leveraged buyouts and capital-raising
activities with Scott & Stringfellow, Inc. He launched his professional career at Bank One
Corporation where he helped underwrite commercial banking facilities as a Credit Analyst.
Jeff received an MBA with distinction from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at
Cornell University and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Heelys, Inc. (NASDAQ: HLYS); Balco, Inc.; Blue Magic, Inc.; BOXX Technologies, Inc.; Jet-
Lube, Inc.; Media Recovery, Inc.; PalletOne, Inc.; The RectorSeal Corporation; Smoke Guard
Corporation; Wellogix, Inc.; The Whitmore Manufacturing Company; National Association of
Small Business Investment Companies (Board of Governors); Southern Regional Association of
Small Business Investment Companies (President); Dallas-Fort Worth Private Equity Forum
(Steering Committee); Venture Capital Institute (Education Committee).
Douglas Petillo, BS ’92
Partner, Edison Venture Fund
West Chester, PA
Douglas Petillo, Partner, leads Edison's investment team in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He also
focuses in the Healthcare IT, Customer Relationship Management and Supply Chain sectors.
Doug identifies and evaluates investment opportunities. Doug advises portfolio management
with respect to business planning, strategy, and development. Doug is also a frequent speaker in
regional venture capital and entrepreneurial forums. He is active in prominent Pennsylvania
events, including Mid Atlantic Venture Conference, 3 Rivers Venture Fair and Early Stage East.
Prior Experience:Doug joined Edison in 2003 and has been investing in early and expansion-
stage technology companies for eight years. He was a Principal at TL Ventures and APAX, both
successful large venture capital firms. In 2007 Doug was recognized as a winner of the
Philadelphia Business Journal "40 Under 40". Doug also has engineering and marketing
experience. In Product Marketing at Dialogic (Intel), he led the development of a new business
unit. He founded a successful healthcare services company. Earlier in his career, Doug led
numerous process redesign and quality improvement initiatives for units of United Technologies
and AlliedSignal (Honeywell). Doug's perspective as an entrepreneur and his broad operational
experience are valued by the management of portfolio companies. His functional experience
spans product marketing, finance, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing and program
BS, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University; MS, Electrical Engineering,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MBA, Finance and Strategic Management, Wharton School of
the University of Pennsylvania
Douglas G. Redding
Executive-in-Residence, Vimac Ventures
Doug joined VIMAC in 2002 as Executive in Residence and later that year became Chief
Operating Officer. He is responsible for all internal operations of the firm and leverages his deep
startup experience to assist VIMAC portfolio companies with financial, administrative, and
operational counsel. He also has developed and transferred best practices as a free internal
consultant whom portfolio companies can tap periodically for expert advice. Background:Doug
previously spent 20 years as a founder and senior level executive at several early-stage
technology firms, including Software Developers' Company, Cortex Corporation, CenterLine
Software and edu.com. He started his career with seven years at Price Waterhouse and is a
Certified Public Accountant.
Doug holds a BA from Stanford University and attended Cornell and UCLA Graduate Schools of
Philip Reilly, BA ‘69
Venture Partner, Third Rock Ventures
Phil Reilly joined Third Rock Ventures in 2009, and supports the firm‟s founding and
advancement of new ventures, with a particular focus on seeking to nurture and grow
transformational companies dedicated to breakthrough treatments for genetic disorders. Phil is an
accomplished entrepreneur, and has a long standing interest in genetic testing and in developing
new therapies for genetic diseases. Phil has also held numerous teaching positions at Tufts
University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Cornell University and adjunct
professor of both legal studies and biology at Brandeis University.
Phil holds an MD from Yale University, a JD from Columbia University and a BA from Cornell.
He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and board certified in internal medicine and clinical
genetics. He is currently a trustee of Cornell University.
Phil has served twice (2000 & 2003) as President of the American Society of Law, Medicine,
and Ethics. He also served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Human
Genetics and is a current Board Member of Edimer Pharmaceuticals
Stan Reiss, BS ’93
General Partner, Matrix Partners
Software, Communications Equipment,
Semiconductors, Storage, Internet, Wireless
Stan Reiss, a General Partner in the Waltham office, joined Matrix Partners in July of 2000. Prior
to Matrix Stan was a manager in McKinsey & Company‟s electronics practice, where he led
teams that advised technology companies on strategy and operational issues. He also brings to
Matrix experience that he gained designing chips with National Semiconductor‟s Local Area
Stan holds a B.S.E.E. with distinction from Cornell University as well as S.M.E.E. and S.M.O.R.
degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research focused on optical
communication networks. He also holds an M.B.A. with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from
the Harvard Business School.
Stan serves on the boards of Buzzwire, Carbon Design Systems, Hyper9, Intelliden, NoblePeak
Vision and Xtalic.
Kenneth W. Rind, AB ’56
Managing Partner, Infinity Venture Capital
Telecommunications, Electronics, IT, Healthcare
Ken Rind is an internationally recognized venture capitalist. Prior to co-founding Israel Infinity
and Nitzanim, he completed winding down his responsibilities at Oxford Partners, a $120 million
venture capital firm that he co-founded. Previously, Dr. Rind was at Xerox, where he managed
various acquisition and venture capital activities, and at Oppenheimer, where he was General
Partner of its venture capital fund, as well as being responsible for technology investment
banking. He started his venture activities with the Rockefeller Family, after serving as a
professor of Physics and an officer at a consulting/mutual fund management firm.
Dr. Rind has a BA from Cornell University and a PhD in nuclear chemistry from Columbia
Christopher A. Risley, BA ’71
Operating Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Menlo Park, CA
Chris Risley is an Operating Partner with Bessemer Venture Partners. Risley joins BVP with
more than sixteen years of experience in the software industry, following a thirteen-year career
with European industrial companies.
Currently, Risley is CEO of Nominum, Inc., a BVP portfolio firm that provides software and
services for IP Address Management. He joined Nominum after serving as CEO and Chairman
of NewChannel, an e-business service provider, which he managed to a sale to LivePerson
(NASDAQ: LPSN), a supplier of text-based chat and messaging services. Before that, he was an
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at BVP, having founded and served as CEO of ON Technology
Corp., another BVP-funded firm.
Before his career in the software industry, Risley held a variety of sales, marketing and executive
positions within industry. Most notably, he spent many years at BTR Corporation, now Invensys,
the sixth largest industrial company in Britain, in charge of M&A activity and institutional
investor relations. He also spent two years as Advisor to the Chairman at British Aerospace
during its turnaround.
Risley holds a BA Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University and a PMD from Harvard
Graduate School of Business.
He is the CEO of Nominum Inc – a BVP portfolio firm.
Beckie Robertson, BS ’82
Managing Director, Versant Ventures
Healthcare, Life Sciences
Menlo Park, CA
Beckie Robertson specializes in early-stage investing in medical devices and diagnostics at
Versant. Beckie‟s career encompasses 23 years of venture capital and operating experience in
medical products as an engineer, entrepreneur, corporate executive and investor. Before co-
founding Versant, Beckie was a general partner at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP).
From 1994-1996, Beckie served as Senior Vice President at Chiron Diagnostics, a division of
Chiron Corporation, where she had responsibility for the $200 million Critical Care business
unit. In addition, Beckie was Vice President of Business Development where she led numerous
deals in support of Chiron Diagnostics business and technology objectives. Prior to that, she was
a co-founder and Vice President at Egis, an IVP portfolio company, and held senior management
positions in operations and finance at Lifescan, a Johnson & Johnson Company. During her
seven-year term at Lifescan, the company grew from an early-stage venture-funded company to a
worldwide market leader in diabetes diagnostics.
Beckie holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Beckie has served as a director of Pro•Duct Health (sold), Appriva Medical (sold), Quantum Dot
(sold), and Coalescent (sold), and currently serves as a director for NeoGuide, Myocor, Rosedale
Medical, Liposonix, Benvenue, Osteolign and Spiration. Beckie is also a board observer for
Orametrix. In addition, Beckie serves as an advisor to The Innovation Factory, a medical devices
Stephen Rochereau, Ph.D. ’76
Managing Director, National Capital Companies
Stephen P. Rochereau joined National Capital Companies, LLC, as a Managing Director and as
the Chairman of its affiliate, National Capital Merchant Banking, LLC, in 2005. Stephen was a
founding General Partner of SpaceVest, a venture capital firm he joined in its early formation in
1994. Stephen co-founded a buyout fund, Coastal Financial Corp. in 1985. Stephen‟s experience
in business operations includes being a principal and the financial officer of several
manufacturing and technology companies, some of which he helped turn around. Stephen was a
marketing manager with Burroughs (now Unisys) at its system software subsidiary, System
Development Corporation, responsible for the launch of a regional operation and for setting-up
joint-ventures. Prior to Burroughs, Stephen was affiliated with International Energy Associates
(now part of Ogden) and with Booz Allen Hamilton as a financial management consultant
responsible for various assignments in project finance and capital expenditures analysis.
Stephen completed his BA in International Financial Economics at the Institute of Political
Sciences, Paris, France; graduated with an MBA in Industrial Marketing and Finance from the
Graduate School of Business Administration, Chamber of Commerce of Paris, France; and
received his PhD in Systems Analysis and Planning from Cornell University.
William Rosenzweig, ’81
Managing Director, Physic Ventures
Consumer-Directed Health, Sustainable Living
San Francisco, CA
William B. Rosenzweig has spent twenty years integrating the practices and perspectives of an
entrepreneur, venture investor and educator. Will is a co-founder and Managing Director of
Physic Ventures, LP, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on health, wellness and
sustainable living investments. The fund‟s investment scope and strategy synthesizes scientific
and consumer disciplines: “Life Science meets Lifestyle”
Will has also served as Managing Director of Great Spirit Ventures, LLC a portfolio of health
and wellness investments, and founding CEO of Brand New Brands Inc, a functional foods
Will was co-founder and CEO of The Republic of Tea, an award-winning specialty tea company;
Sr. Vice President of Odwalla, the nation‟s largest fresh juice company; Vice President of
Nakamichi; Partner and CEO of Hambrecht Vineyards and Wineries, and Chairman of
Winetasting.com. He has also played a role in the growing and financing Stonyfield Farms,
Leapfrog, Putumayo and Trinity Springs. He also founded Kingdom of Herbs, a purveyor of
organic products for home and garden at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.
Will was on the faculty at the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at
UC Berkeley where he taught the MBA course in Social Entrepreneurship from 1999-2006. He
serves as advisor to the Global Social Venture Competition and has been a visiting faculty
member at London Business School and a guest lecturer at Stanford, Columbia, USC and UCLA.
Will also served as an advisor and consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation‟s ProVenEx Fund,
an investment vehicle seeking “double bottom line returns” in for-profit businesses. He was the
co-project director and co-author of Rockefeller sponsored research on Social Impact
Assessment and design methodologies for measuring and monetizing the social value generated
through social focused businesses. Will is the co-author of The Republic of Tea: How an Idea
Becomes a Business (Doubleday 1992, 1994) a best selling book that chronicles the start up of a
Mitchell Rosich, BS ’85, MS ’86
Principal, Athenian Venture Partners
Mitch Rosich began consulting for Athenian in 2000 and became a Principal of the firm in 2002.
He has five years of technology venture investing experience and an additional 17 years of
relevant experience in product and engineering development and operating management of three
early stage start-up technology companies, as well as of established technology companies. He
has been awarded 11 computer technology patents for software and hardware, eight of which
have been used in commercial applications.
Prior to joining Athenian, Mitch was Vice President of Engineering for Sandburst Corporation
(2000-2002), a fabless semiconductor company that he joined as it was raising its first round of
venture capital financing. From 1999-2000, he was Vice President of Engineering for the Access
Systems Division of CIENA, following its acquisition of another start-up, Omnia
Communications, where he served as Vice President of Engineering. During 1998-1999, he was
a founder and Vice President of Engineering of EasyLAN Corporation. Mitch was an
engineering development director and manager at 3Com (1995-1998) and prior to that, at EMC
Corporation (1993-1995). He began his career as an engineer with Digital Equipment
Mitch has BS (with Distinction) and M. Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering, both from
Cornell University, and an MBA with High Honors from Boston University.
He currently serves on the board of ECNext, Inc. He has previously served on the boards of
Chaparral Network Storage and Candera.
Jonathan Roth, AB ’86
Managing Director, Abbott Capital Management
New York, NY
Jonathan Roth is a Managing Director and President of Abbott Capital Management. Mr. Roth
has fifteen years of private equity investment experience and is responsible for the overall
management of the firm. He also works closely with clients to develop and implement private
equity investment programs. Mr. Roth reviews and approves investment opportunities, with
specific emphasis on the analysis and due diligence for prospective investments, and is engaged
in the negotiation of business and legal issues, ongoing monitoring of investments and profit
realization from distributed securities. Mr. Roth also serves on several partnership advisory
boards. Prior to joining Abbott Capital in 1992, Mr. Roth was an Associate at Elmrock Partners
and a Financial Analyst with Amoco Corporation. Prior to obtaining his M.B.A., he worked for
Chemical Bank as a corporate lending officer.
Mr. Roth received his A.B. in Economics from Cornell University and his M.B.A. from The
Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Matthew J. Rubins, BS ’90
General Partner, M/C Venture Partners
Telecom, Wireless, Internet Infrastructure, IT
Both prior to and after business school, Mr. Rubins was a financial analyst and then Associate in
the media and telecommunications groups at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. In 1996, Mr. Rubins
joined the Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Technology Group as an Assistant Vice President in the
telecommunications and data networking areas. Since Mr. Rubins joined M/C Partners in 1997
he has sourced or worked on a variety of transactions in the broadband wireless, ISP, CLEC,
enterprise infrastructure, telecom software and IT services industries.
Mr. Rubins graduated from Cornell University in 1990 with a BS in applied and engineering
physics and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1995.
He has served on the Boards of nine portfolio companies and currently serves on the Board of
Directors of HyPerformix, SecureMedia, Viola Networks, and Vertical Communications.
Rob Ryan, BA ’69
Co-Founder/President, Entrepreneur America
Rob Ryan founded Ascend Communications in 1989. Rob served as President, CEO, and
Chairman of Ascend, taking it public Friday the thirteenth of May, 1994, at $13.00 per share. In
1995 Rob and his wife Terry started Entrepreneur America.
Rob gained his first experience in Local Area Networking as a Systems Analyst at Lawrence
Livermore Lab. He became a principle architect of Dec Net with Digital Equipment Corp. in the
late seventies, then authored the Intel portion of the Ethernet Specification which set the local
area network standard in the early eighties. He joined Ungermann-Bass as Director of
Engineering in 1982, leaving in 1983 to found his first company, SoftCom, which was sold to
Hayes Microcomputer in 1984. In 1989, Rob left Hayes with three engineers to found Ascend.
Under Rob‟s leadership, Ascend became the leading manufacturer of Point of Presence boxes
(POPS) for Internet providers. Ascend grew from zero sales in 1989 to over 500 million sales in
1996. At the end of 1995, Rob won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for
Northern California (including Silicon Valley). Rob was selected as the Cornell University
Entrepreneur of the Year for 2002.
Rob Ryan‟s current focus is his Entrepreneur America facility in Montana. In this Rocky
Mountain setting Rob mentors promising entrepreneurs, assisting with focusing product ideas,
writing business plans, sharpening presentations, and raising venture capital. The opportunity to
acquire shares is the only payment Rob receives.
Rob received his BA degree from Cornell University.
Bruce Sachs, MS ’81
Partner, Charles River Ventures
Bruce joined Charles River in the fall of 1999, after twenty years of experience in the
telecommunications, networking, internet and computing industries. Bruce started his career at
AT&T Bell Laboratories and then as a Director of Engineering at Memotec/Infinet. He joined
publicly-held Xylogics as Director of Engineering in 1989 and ultimately became Chief
Executive Officer. Bruce led the company through a dramatic reformulation of strategy and
repositioning, and in 1995 sold Xylogics to Bay Networks. Bruce served as an Executive Vice
President of Bay Networks (now part of Nortel Networks), completing four acquisitions in his
first year. After leaving Bay Networks in 1997, Bruce joined publicly-held Stratus Computer as
President and CEO. At Stratus, Bruce led the company‟s repositioning to focus on telecom
software and services in addition to its traditional computing foundation. The Stratus Computer
turnaround led to its acquisition by Ascend Communications in 1998. Bruce became Executive
Vice President and General Manager of Ascend‟s Carrier Signaling and Management Group, and
stayed on briefly as a consultant at Lucent Technologies upon its acquisition of Ascend.
Bruce was responsible for CRV‟s investments in Acopia Networks (sold to F5 Networks in
2007), BigBand Networks (IPO in 2007), Flarion Technologies (sold to Qualcomm in 2006),
RiverDelta Networks (sold to Motorola in 2001) and Hammerhead Networks (sold to Cisco
Systems in 2002), and was a board member of all five companies.
Bruce holds a BS in electrical engineering from Bucknell University, a Masters degree in
electrical engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Bruce currently serves on the boards of Carrier IQ (analytics for wireless carriers), Cedar Point
Communications (voice switching equipment), Copivia (enterprise wireless solutions), iControl
(online household monitoring services), M2Z Networks (wireless services), Nantero (memory
chip technology licensing), and publicly-held Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc and BigBand
Networks. On CRV‟s behalf, Bruce also led investments in Great call (mobile phones and
services) and Vanu (software-defined radio systems).
Bart Schachter, BS ’87
Managing Director, Blueprint Ventures
Wireless, Nano-electronics, Semiconductors, Software, IT
San Francisco, CA
Bart Schachter is a Managing Director of Blueprint Ventures. Bart brings 17 years of
entrepreneurial, venture, and industry operating experience in communication semiconductors,
wireless, and infrastructure software. He has backed and served on the boards of over 20
emerging technology companies including Covad, Copper Mountain, Media4 (EchoStar),
NorthPoint, AccessLan (AFC), IteX, GlobeSpanVirata (Conexant), and Broadband Access
Bart‟s current investment focus includes wireless technologies, nanoelectronics, communications
semiconductors, and early-stage Corporate IP Spinouts.
Bart started his venture capital career in 1996 at Intel Capital as Director of Networking and
Communication Investments. He led investments spanning all areas of communications
infrastructure including service providers, systems, and semiconductor companies.
Bart started his eight-year career at Intel in several senior operating roles within Intel‟s
Networking and Communications Division. His product line responsibilities included network
adapters and switches, storage area networking, network management software, and video
conferencing. Later he became responsible for several product lines in the US and
internationally, including the acquisition and integration of a network management start-up in
Before joining Intel, Bart was a successful entrepreneur, founding an enterprise LAN services
and integration firm, later acquired by Alphanet, a public systems integration firm.
In his spare time, Bart enjoys mountain biking, playing tennis, running, and traveling with his
wife and their Hungarian Vizsla. He has lived throughout the world and is fluent in three
Bart holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the UCLA
Anderson School of Management.
His current board responsibilities include WiSpry, KeyEye Communications, AirTight
Networks, Kiptronic, and LANDesk.
Zach Schildhorn, BS ’07, MBA ’08
Associate, Lux Capital
Energy and Material Science,
New York, NY
Zack is an Associate with Lux Capital, based in the firm's New York headquarters. Zack has
been working with Lux since 2006, focusing on investments in energy and novel materials.
Before joining Lux, Zack received his B.S. cum laude from Cornell University's College of
Engineering, where he developed his own curriculum to study materials science engineering and
business entrepreneurship. After being accepted into a highly selective dual-degree program,
Zack pursued his MBA at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where
he helped teach in the entrepreneurship and private equity immersion program. Zack has been a
contributing editor for Forbes and an invited speaker and guest lecturer at Cornell.
Zack received his B.S. cum laude from Cornell University's College of Engineering and his
MBA from the Johnson School.
Swapnil Shah, BS ’91
Venture Partner, Charles River Ventures
Swapnil Shah is currently Venture Partner of Charles River Ventures, focussed on investing in
India. For the last 15 years, Swapnil Shah has been founding and leading infrastructure software
vendors into innovative markets. Prior to launching mValent, Swapnil was the General Manager
of the Wireless Division at Inktomi, a leading network infrastructure software company. Swapnil
joined Inktomi in 1999 when it acquired Webspective, a venture-backed server management and
content distribution software company that Swapnil founded. Prior to founding Webspective in
1996, Swapnil was co-founder and Director of Product Management at Open Environment
Corporation, a multi-platform middleware company, which went public in 1995 and was later
acquired by Borland.
Swapnil has a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.
Anupendra Sharma, MBA ’98
Investment Partner, Siemens Venture Capital, Inc.
Medical Devices, Diagnostics, Healthcare IT
Anupendra Sharma is Investment Partner at Siemens Venture Capital in Boston. Anupendra is
most actively focused on investing in US, China and Israel. His areas of focus include medtech,
imaging, diagnostics, and healthcare IT.
He previously was Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at Siemens Corporation, responsible for
Medical transactions in the USA. Anupendra has completed over $3 billion of acquisitions and
divestitures, especially in the medical imaging, healthcare IT, software and healthcare services
Prior to joining Siemens Corporation, Anupendra worked in Investment Banking at JPMorgan
and Salomon Smith Barney in New York, strategy consulting for McKinsey in London, and
Product Development Finance for Ford Motor in the UK, where he was a member of the core
team that launched Ford in China and India.
Anupendra holds an MBA from Cornell University, MS in Accounting & Finance from
Manchester Business School, Masters in Economics and Bachelors in Instrumentation
Engineering from BITS Pilani, India.
Anupendra is a Board Member at China Diagnostics, Board Observer at Cylex, and involved in
SVC investments in Sequenom (NASD: SQNM) and U-Systems. Anupendra is a Charter
Member of TiE Boston, and Founder & Chairman of Mobile Medics, a social venture attempting
to solve the last-mile problem for rural healthcare. Mobile Medics was named the Most
Outstanding Social Venture of 2006 at the Global Social Venture Competition, and has won
several international awards. Anupendra also serves as mentor and advisor to several
Entrepreneurship Centers in the US and India.
Robert W. Shaw, Jr., BEP ‘64, MSEE ’64
President, Aretê Corporation
Center Harbor, NH
Robert W. Shaw, Jr. is president of Aretê Corporation, which served as manager of the Micro-
Generation Technology Fund, LLC, a venture capital fund investing in small-scale energy
systems, from 1997-2007. In mid-2007 he was asked by Sumitomo Corporation to manage SC
Green Tech Ventures, LLC, a new fund focused on alternative energy. He was founder and
president of Aretê Ventures, Inc., from 1983 to 1997, and served as the managing partner of the
five Utech Funds from their inception to completion. Shaw also serves on the investment
committees of the SAM Private Equity Fund (recently renamed Emerald Technology Ventures)
and Commons Capital, as special limited partner of Nth Power Technologies and of Atrium
Capital/Honda Ventures, and as an advisor to EarthRise Capital. Prior to forming Aretê, he was a
senior vice president and a member of the board of directors of Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where
he was a founder of the firm‟s energy division. Earlier in his career, Shaw conducted materials
and electronics research at Bell Laboratories and at the Cavendish Laboratory in the U.K.
Shaw received an M.P.A. in Organization Design and Development from American University
and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University, as well as MSEE and BEP degrees
from Cornell University.
Shaw has served on numerous corporate boards during his venture capital career; he served as
chairman and a director of Distributed Energy Systems Corp. (DESC) from its inception in 1996
to 2007, as well as chairman and director of Evergreen Solar, Inc. (ESLR) from its inception in
1994 through 2005. Currently he is a director of H2Gen Innovations, Inc., and a Board observer
at ActaCell, Inc., Angstrom Power, Inc., Bandgap Engineering, Inc,, and Lilliputian Systems,
Inc. Shaw is a member of the DoE‟s Hydrogen Technology Advisory Committee, and has also
served on the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems of the National Research Council.
Zachary Shulman, ILR ’87, JD ’90
Managing Partner, Cayuga Venture Fund
Telecommunications, IT, Biotechnology, Nanofabrication
Zachary Shulman, Managing Partner, joined CVF in August 2004. From January 1999 through
March 2002, Zach served as General Counsel and Chief Investor Relations Officer of Spike
Broadband Systems, where he was responsible for general oversight of Spike‟s legal functions,
While at Spike, he was also responsible for operational tracking over Spike‟s functional business
areas. While at Spike, Zach negotiated and closed over $80 million in venture capital financing.
Prior to joining Spike, Zach was an associate at the law firm of Harris Beach in Ithaca, New
York. At Harris Beach, he focused his practice on representing private and public corporations in
a wide range of capacities, including equity financing through private placements and venture
capital, bank financing, mergers and acquisitions, and the establishment and implementation of
corporate governance policies, including advising boards of directors and executive management
with respect to such policies.
Before Harris Beach, Zach was an associate at Ropes & Gray in Boston, Massachusetts, where
he represented predominantly public companies in equity and debt offerings, commercial
lending, Securities and Exchange Commission compliance, mergers and acquisitions and
executive compensation matters.
Zach is also affiliated with Cornell‟s Johnson Graduate School of Management where he
coordinates “Entrepreneurship@Johnson” and teaches law for high-growth businesses.
He earned a Bachelor of Science from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor
Relations and graduated from Cornell University Law School, magna cum laude.
Zach serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the NYS Center for Life Science Enterprise at
Cornell and on the Advisory Board of Cornell‟s Life Sciences Incubator initiative. He also
currently serves as a Director of Primet Precision Materials, Advion BioSciences, Predict
Systems and CherryPharm.
J. Alexander Sloan, MBA ’98
Principle, Expansion Capital Partners
San Francisco, CA
Alex joined Expansion Capital Partners as a Principal in 2006. He is a member of the investment
committee and is actively involved with sourcing, closing and monitoring the firm‟s Cleantech
investments. Alex is a board observer for portfolio companies Sensortran, Element Labs and
Consumer Powerline. Prior to joining Expansion, Alex co-founded and was a partner at
Blackwolf Partners, an early stage Cleantech venture capital firm. Alex has spent over ten years
investing in and successfully growing young companies in a variety of sectors, including
Cleantech, eBusiness services, enterprise software and communications services from seed stage
through IPO/acquisition. Alex has been a venture investment professional and senior manager at
JPMorgan Partners, Hambrecht & Quist and Vietnam Fund Management Company.
Alex earned a B.A. degree in International Relations and Asian Studies from Tulane University,
studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and holds an MBA from Cornell University
Alex serves as Chairman and President of National Youth Leadership Forum, a leading non-
profit company that organizes career-oriented educational programs for high school students.
Alex is a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at
Cornell University and the Industrial Advisory Board of the Department of Materials
Engineering at CalPoly. Alex often lectures on venture capital financing, entrepreneurship and
Robert F. Smith, BS ’85
Managing Principal, Vista Equity Partners
San Francisco, CA
Robert founded Vista Equity Partners in 2000 and is the firm‟s Managing Principal. Prior to
founding Vista, Robert was the Co-Head of the Enterprise Systems and Storage sector for
Goldman, Sachs & Co‟s investment banking division. While at Goldman, he executed and
advised on merger and acquisition activity across a broad range of technology segments,
including semiconductors, contract manufacturing, data networking, computer systems, B2B and
enterprise software, and Internet infrastructure. Robert also served as the business unit manager
for Goldman‟s Mergers and Acquisitions group, and was responsible for conflict clearance, team
staffing, recruiting, marketing strategy, and fee schedule integrity.
Prior to Goldman, Robert worked at Kraft General Foods (KGF) in strategic planning and
development. He served as Technical Supervisor in the Food Service Division and was
responsible for product, equipment and process development. While at KGF, he also developed a
proprietary processing technology, launched four product reformulations, integrated processing
technology from a major European acquisition and designed and implemented a distribution
acquisition strategy. He is the principal inventor on two United States and two European patents.
Robert holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA, with a
concentration in Finance and Marketing, from Columbia Business School.
Robert currently sits on the boards of Reynolds & Reynolds, BigMachines, Brainware, Craig/is,
MDSI, SirsiDynix, Surgical Information Systems, and Ventyx. He has previously been on the
boards of Applied Systems, Aspect Communications, SER Solutions, SourceNet Solutions, and
SRC Software. He is also a member of the Young President‟s Organization and a director of the
Bay Area Discovery Museum.
Donald Spero, BS ’61
Managing Director, New Markets Growth Fund
IT, Software, Outsourced Services, Manufacturing, Direct Marketing,
College Park, MD
Don is a Managing Director and a Co-Founder of the New Markets Growth Fund. He has over
10 years of venture experience as Co-Founder and Managing Director of the New Markets
Growth Fund, directing the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and founder and of Spero
Quality Strategies (SQS), a venture capital fund that provides seed capital and mentoring for
entrepreneurs. During Don‟s tenure at the Dingman Center the program was ranked as the best
entrepreneurial center in the country.
While working for SQS Don took many appointments to corporate and non-profit boards at the
companies which he assisted. Prior to starting SQS in 1992, Don served for 21 years as the
founder, president and CEO of Fusion Systems Corporation, which provides high technology
manufacturing systems to global customers in telecommunications, semiconductor, printing,
packaging, automotive and other industries. The company conducted a successful IPO and was
later acquired by Eaton Corporation. Don directed the development of Fusion‟s technology,
business model and operational structure. He led the company‟s global strategy, built the
company to over 300 employees, established 3 global offices, and took an aggressive approach to
protection of intellectual property, on which he published an article in The Harvard Business
Review. Don has since served as a Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship at UMCP.
Don is a world class rower, a U. S. national champion several times over, a member of the U. S.
1964 Olympic team, and he won the 1966 World Championships in single sculls. He is married
and the proud father of two children.
Don earned his bachelor‟s degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and his Ph.D.
in Physics from Columbia University. He did post-doctoral work in Physics at the University of
Maryland, where his research led to the development of high intensity microwave lamps that
became the core technology for Fusion Systems.
David Steinberg, AB ’94
Principal, Puretech Ventures
Mr. Steinberg has worked in the biopharmaceuticals industry for over 13 years. As a member of
PureTech, Mr. Steinberg has been on the founding team of Enlight Biosciences where he is the
CEO and Follica, Inc., where he is the Chief Business Officer. Previously, he served as VP of
Operations for portfolio companies Satori Pharmaceuticals and Cellicon Biotechnologies. He
serves on the Board of Directors of Cellicon Biotechnologies and Enlight Biosciences. Prior to
joining PureTech, he was a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and Vertex
Partners, focusing on R&D and product strategy and strategic alliances for Fortune 500
pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms. Mr. Steinberg also worked as a research associate in
Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals' R&D organization.
Mr. Steinberg received his BA in Biology with distinction from Cornell University and
graduated with high honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business with an
MBA in strategy and finance.
Gregory Stento, BS ’82
Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners
Greg Stento joined HarbourVest in 1998 and became a managing director in 2002. Since joining
the Firm, he has focused on primary and secondary U.S. and non-U.S. partnership investments.
Greg joined HarbourVest from Comdisco Ventures, where he was a managing director and
provided equity and debt capital to startup and emerging growth technology and life sciences
companies. Prior to Comdisco, he was a general partner at Horsley Bridge Partners, where he
was responsible for making and managing investments in a variety of private equity partnerships
and companies. Greg also spent six years in marketing and sales at NCR Corporation, where he
focused on information technology solutions for financial institutions.
He received a BS (with distinction) from Cornell University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard
Business School in 1989.
Greg serves on the advisory boards of several partnerships, including funds managed by Garnett
& Helfrich, Healthcare Ventures, Heritage Partners, Monitor Clipper Partners, Polaris Venture
Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Sanderling Venture Partners, Tallwood Venture Capital, Texas
Pacific Group, Three Arch Partners, Versant Ventures, and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
David Stern, AB ’91
Venture Partner, Clearstone Venture Partners
Santa Monica, CA
David Stern is a Venture Partner at Clearstone where he focuses on developing investment
opportunities at the intersection of consumer technology and media. Prior to Clearstone, David
was President of M Networks, an educational media company focused on providing practical
business technology education to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Previous to founding M
Networks, David was a licensing lawyer and a business development executive at Universal
Studios, an entrepreneur at the idealab! family of companies, and has held management positions
at leading health care software companies Veranto and Model N.
David is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of San Diego School of Law.
He sits as an advisor or board member of Clearstone portfolio companies SoonR, Rubicon
Project and Spock Networks.
John Stobo Jr., MBA ’91
Managing General Partner, ABS Capital Partners
Healthcare Services, Software, Media, Communications, Technology
San Francisco, CA
John is a Managing General Partner at ABS Capital Partners. His investment interests and
experience include healthcare information technology and healthcare services companies.
He previously has served on the boards of American Esoteric Laboratories, Inc., Omnicell, Inc.
and US Pathology Labs, Inc.
Since joining ABS Capital in 1993, John has been involved in over 20 portfolio company
investments for the firm. He has gained significant domain expertise in the healthcare industry –
investing in the space through periods of dramatic change and regulatory shifts. John has been
able to effectively leverage his understanding of the healthcare sector to help his companies to
recruit relevant board members and executives, hone their business models, think about their
competitive landscape and ultimately position themselves for an exit.
Prior to joining ABS Capital, John worked in Alex Brown‟s Health Care Investment Banking
Group where he advised clients on public offerings and M&A strategies.
John holds degrees from the University of California, San Diego and the Johnson Graduate
School of Management at Cornell University
He currently represents ABS Capital on the boards of Cbr Systems, Inc., Source Medical
Solutions, Inc. and Superior Vision Services, Inc.
Brent Stone, BA ’99
Vice President, ABRY Partners
Brent Stone joined ABRY in 2002. Mr. Stone has been involved in a wide variety of media
investments and financings, including the sectors of motion picture production, video game
publishing, and broadcast television. Prior to joining ABRY, he was a member of the Investment
Banking Department of Credit Suisse First Boston, formerly Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.
Previously, Mr. Stone was a member of the Syndicated Finance Group of Chase Securities.
He is a graduate of Cornell University.
Mr. Stone is a director of Nexstar Broadcasting, Brash Entertainment, Legendary Pictures and
Executive Partner, MPM Capital
Dr. Elizabeth Stoner joined MPM in 2007 following a 22-year career at Merck Research
Laboratories. At the time of her retirement from Merck, Dr. Stoner was Senior Vice President of
Global Clinical Development Operations with responsibility for the company's clinical
development activities in more than 40 countries. She also oversaw the clinical development
activities of Merck's Japanese partner Banyu, led the clinical development for the
Merck/Schering-Plough Joint Venture for Zetia/Vytorin, and played a critical leadership role in
Merck's efforts to transform its worldwide clinical development operations. Earlier in her career
at Merck, Dr. Stoner led the entire Proscar clinical development program from inception,
establishing Merck as a leader in the field of prostate disease. As Endocrine Therapeutic Head,
Dr. Stoner's responsibilities included all steroid and lipid metabolism, as well as the growth
hormone secretagogue clinical research programs. Prior to her position at Merck, she was an
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Cornell University Medical College.
Dr. Stoner received a BS in Chemistry from Ottawa University, KS, an MS in Chemistry from
the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and an MD from Albert Einstein College of
Roger Strauch, BS ’78
Chairman, The Roda Group
Communications, Software, Internet
Roger Strauch is chairman of The Roda Group, a venture development company, based in
Berkeley, California. His firm, co-founded in 1997 with Dan Miller, provides entrepreneurs the
environment, resources, and guidance to launch and grow their high technology businesses.
The Roda Group‟s focus on the creation of information technology companies has lead to seed
and early stage investments in internet service, telecommunication, enterprise, and system
software companies. These start-ups attracted industry leading investors as business partners.
He is the former CEO of Symmetricom, a communications equipment manufacturer in San Jose.
In 1983, Mr. Strauch and Mr. Miller co-founded TCSI Corporation, a telecom software company
based in Alameda, California. As TCSI‟s chairman and CEO, Mr. Strauch was responsible for
growing the company from start-up to over $60M in annual revenues. In 1991 TCSI completed a
Prior to TCSI, Mr. Strauch was a senior staff engineer at Hughes Aircraft‟s Space and
Communications Group where he was responsible for designing communications payloads for
Mr. Strauch is an executive member of the Board of Trustees of the Mathematics Science
Research Institute in Berkeley and President Emeritus of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Mr.
Strauch has endowed the Roger A. Strauch Chair in Electrical Engineering and Computer
Sciences and co-founded the William Saroyan Endowment for Armenian Studies at the
University of California, Berkeley. He is a Life Trustee of the Armenian Assembly of America.
Mr. Strauch earned a BS degree, with distinction, from Cornell University and a MS degree from
Stanford University, both in electrical engineering.
Mr. Strauch is on the board of directors of four Roda Group companies.
Indu Subaiya, BS ’95
Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Physic Ventures
Dr. Subaiya brings a decade of experience in commercial strategy and operations within the
healthcare and lifesciences industry. Prior to joining Physic Ventures, she was Founder and
President of Etude Scientific, a consulting firm providing strategy, market assessment and due
diligence services to biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic and consumer healthcare
companies. Through Etude Scientific, Dr. Subaiya led a wide range of engagements, from
serving on the founding teams of two early-stage point-of-care diagnostics companies, to
profiling the use of telephone care for the uninsured in California, to conducting market size and
opportunity assessments for a pre-IPO biotechnology company. She is the co-founder of Health
2.0: User Generated Healthcare, a first-of-its-kind forum showcasing emerging companies in
vertical search, social networking applications and web-based tools for consumer healthcare. She
is also Associate Director of Special Projects at the Bioagenda Institute, an independent think-
tank founded by leaders in science, business, the media, public policy, advocacy, global health,
and the arts, whose mission is to analyze and articulate policy on crucial issues in the life
sciences. Dr. Subaiya served as Vice President of Healthcare and Biomedical Research at Gerson
Lehrman Group where she facilitated due diligence research in the life sciences sector for
investment fund managers. Earlier in her career she was Director of Outcomes Research at
Quorum Consulting, Inc. where she conducted Phase III-IV quality of life and
pharmacoeconomic studies and advised clients on commercialization and reimbursement
strategies for novel drugs, medical devices and diagnostic tests. Her emphasis was on patient-
reported outcomes, where she served as Director of a national registry tracking the everyday
impact of immunosuppressive therapy on the quality-of-life of organ transplant recipients.
Dr. Subaiya received her MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine at the State
University of New York, an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of
California, Berkeley, and a BS in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.
Jason Sydow, Ph.D. ‘99
Principal, QuestMark Partners
Dr. Sydow joined QuestMark in 2007 as Principal, focused on IT, hardware, semiconductor,
clean tech and media companies. Prior to joining QuestMark, he led licensing and new company
formation for engineering and physical sciences in the tech transfer office of Arizona State
University. Previously, he was the general manager for medical batteries at EaglePicher
Technologies, an energy storage company. Initially, he worked 4 years at The Boston Consulting
Group as a consultant and project leader. Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and four
children as well as following the Formula 1 Series.
Dr. Sydow received his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in 1999, is a Marshall Scholar
earning an M.Phil. from the University of Strathclyde, and is a graduate of the University of
He currently serves or is an observer on the board of directors of RF Code, Enpirion, and the
National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurialism – Baltimore.
Jason Tagler, BS ’96, MBA ’05
Principal, Camden Partners
Business Services, Health care, Education
Jason is a Principal and joined Camden Partners in 2005. His Camden investing experience
includes technology-enabled services, education, and health care companies. Jason is on the
boards of Ranir LLC, a private-label, health-care-products company, and American Opera
Theater, a non-profit theater company in residence at Georgetown University.
Prior to Camden, Jason worked as an investment banker focused on software transactions in
Silicon Valley Bank‟s M&A group. Previously, he was an investment banker at Robertson
Stephens and worked primarily on initial public offerings in the telecommunications equipment
and semiconductor industries. Before Robertson Stephens, he coordinated software projects at a
division of Thompson Financial and developed software as a management consultant at
Jason earned both a B.S. in Applied Economics and an M.B.A from Cornell University. He is a
Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.
Jason is on the board of Ranir LLC, a private-label healthcare products company.
Lisa Skeete Tatum, BS ’89
General Partner, Cardinal Partners
Medical IT, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Medical Devices
Ms. Skeete Tatum is a General Partner with Cardinal Partners, an early stage health care venture
capital firm in Princeton, NJ. At Cardinal, she focuses on investments in health technology and
devices. She has led the firm‟s investments in AthenaHealth, AllianceCare, AxoGen, Inspired
Technologies, IPNI, MitralSolutions, Nexcura, Parkstone, and TechRx.
Prior to joining Cardinal, Ms. Skeete Tatum worked for Procter & Gamble in various global and
functional roles including Product Development, Purchasing and Product Supply. She was also a
Managing Director at Circle of Beauty, a health and beauty joint venture start-up funded by
Sears. In addition, she founded her own consulting firm specializing in strategic operational
development for medium-sized consumer products companies.
Ms. Skeete Tatum received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and her
MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Skeete Tatum currently serves on the Board of Directors of AllianceCare, AxoGen, Inspired
Technologies and as Chairman of the Board of MitralSolutions. Ms. Skeete Tatum is on the
board of trustees for Cornell University, and serves on the boards of the Kauffman Fellows
Program (Center for Venture Education), the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, the
Harvard Business School Alumni Advisory Board and the Cornell University College of
Engineering Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Committee of 200, the President‟s
Council of Cornell Women and the Cornell Council.
Jennifer Tegan, MBA ’01
Partner, Cayuga Venture Fund
Telecommunications, IT, Biotechnology, Nanofabrication
Jennifer R. Tegan, Partner, joined CVF in February 2002. Since that time she has worked on
evaluating, negotiating and managing investments in technology-based companies in the areas of
MEMS, semi-conductor lasers for data and telecommunications, life sciences, optical switching
and CMOS sensors for area and linear imaging.
Prior to joining CVF, Jennifer worked as a consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young assisting
Fortune 500 life sciences companies with their e-commerce and customer relationship
management strategies and practices. Before working as a consultant, she was the Business
Manager of EMF Corporation, a small optical coating manufacturing company in Ithaca, where
she managed company finances, recruited highly skilled and technical employees and supervised
all human resource functions including labor relations with its union, the International
Association of Machinists. Prior to her time with EMF, she worked at the Paleontological
Research Institution where she was involved in educational programs and original research, as
well as helping to manage organizational operations including initiating the launch of its first
community marketing and outreach effort in advance of a major restructuring of the
Jennifer holds an MBA from Cornell University where she was a Texaco Scholar. She received a
BA in geology cum laude with high honors from Smith College, and an MS in geology from the
University of Cincinnati where she was awarded six separate grants to study changes in
ecosystem dynamics of coral reefs.
Jennifer is Past Chair of the Board of the Tompkins County, New York SPCA, serves on the
Economic Development Committee of the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency, and is the President of
the Finger Lakes Chapter of Cornell‟s Johnson Graduate School of Management Alumni
Peter G. Ten Hagen, BS ’89
Principal, Commonwealth Capital Group
Manufacturing/processing, Value-added industrial distribution
A native of Rochester, New York, Mr. Ten Hagen brings to CCG a significant level of expertise
in the areas of production, operations and supply-chain management, specializing in the
application of Six Sigma and e-commerce methodology. Before co-founding CCG, Mr. Ten
Hagen held key managerial positions in supply chain logistics, specifically customer demand
forecasting and vendor managed inventory, for the consumer products division of Johnson &
Johnson (J&J). At J&J, Mr. Ten Hagen was trained and certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, led
several projects using Six Sigma and information technology/e-commerce tools, and trained
associates on the Six Sigma process. Before joining J&J, Mr. Ten Hagen held the position of
Senior Project Engineer for International Paper (IP) where, among other things, he oversaw a
$35 million capital project to install a boiler power plant at a hardwood manufacturing facility in
Northeast Pennsylvania. Prior to IP, Mr. Ten Hagen served as a Lieutenant in the United States
Navy on the USS McCandless (FF-1084), where he was the Chief Engineering Officer,
responsible for all engineering equipment and personnel. During his service, Mr. Ten Hagen
earned the Navy Achievement Medal for his leadership of team boarding operations in the Red
Sea during Operation Desert Storm.
Mr. Ten Hagen received his Masters of Science in Industrial Administration (MBA) in
production/operations management, strategy, and marketing from Carnegie Mellon University‟s
Graduate School of Industrial Administration and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from
In addition to serving on the Boards of Drive Plus Inc., MicroMod Automation, Inc. and Hodge
Foundry, Inc., Mr. Ten Hagen is active in several regional organizations.
Ralph Terkowitz, BS ’72
General Partner, ABS Capital Partners
Media and Communication, Technology, Healthcare, Business Services
Ralph is a General Partner at ABS Capital Partners whose investment interests and experience
include both media & communications and software companies.
Prior joining ABS Capital in 2004, Ralph served as CIO/CTO of the Washington Post Company.
During his tenure, Ralph worked with the Post‟s six major divisions on all major technology and
development operations and investments. From 1996 to 2003, he had primary responsibility for
The Washington Post‟s venture investment portfolio. Under his direction, performance exceeded
that of other corporate venture investors who manage for both strategic value and investment
returns. Also while at The Washington Post, Terkowitz served as founder and CEO of its
electronic publishing subsidiary, WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive (formerly DigitalInk).
The subsidiary became known for its innovation and led the industry in developing new revenue
models for electronic media. One of the products created by Terkowitz, washingtonpost.com,
continues to be among the most visited news and information sites on the Internet. Ralph brings
a combination of entrepreneurial spirit, operational know-how and genuine enthusiasm to
everything he does and is never slow to call upon his many industry contacts for the benefit of
Ralph is married with two grown sons. Ralph enjoys road biking both at home and abroad and is
an avid gardener and clock collector. He is Chairman of the board of TRUSTe and serves on the
board of eCornell, an online learning company established and wholly owned by Cornell
University. Ralph is also a member of the board of advisors of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns
Hopkins University and the Cornell University Council.
Ralph has degrees from Cornell University and the University of California at Berkeley.
Ralph currently represents ABS Capital on the boards of American Public Education, Inc.,
Vibrant Media, Inc. and WhenU.com, Inc. He is an observer on the board of Course Advisor,
Stephen Terry, BS ’02, MEng ’02, MBA ’07
Kidd & Company, Principal
Steve joined Kidd & Company in 2007. Kidd & Company is a principal investment firm that
invests in and builds private companies in all stages of development across a wide spectrum of
industries and geographies. The firm‟s recent areas of focus have been in life sciences and
Prior to joining Kidd & Company, Steve worked for Capital One, a financial services firm where
he worked in consumer lending.
Steve holds a BS and a MEng in Operations Research from Cornell University as well as an
MBA from Cornell‟s Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Christopher Valianos, BS ’59
Managing Partner, Cordova Realty Partners
IT, Communications, Healthcare, Real Estate, Telecommunications, Financial Services,
Chris J. Valianos, since joining Cordova in 1992, has been involved as a director, officer and
shareholder in all of the Cordova funds to date. Currently, Mr. Valianos is President of Cordova
Realty II, LLC and the managing partner of Cordova Realty Partners II, L.P. As such, Mr.
Valianos is responsible for evaluating, structuring and monitoring the investments made by
Cordova Realty Partners.
Prior to joining Cordova, Mr. Valianos was a practicing attorney in Atlanta for over 20 years
with a concentration in corporate and real estate law. He was a senior partner of Brent &
Valianos, and from l990 to 1995 was Special Counsel to Hunton & Williams, one of the world‟s
50 largest law firms with over 800 lawyers in 15 offices worldwide.
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Valianos was with the Office of the Comptroller for the
Departments of Defense and Army at the Pentagon. He received official commendations for his
work establishing procedures for analyzing capital investments and for his role as the highest
civilian official in the Pentagon responsible for the administration of the Army‟s worldwide cost
reduction program. Prior to his civilian work at the Pentagon, he was a Captain in the United
States Marine Corps.
He received his BS degree in Industrial Relations from Cornell University, studied at the
Sorbonne University in Paris, France and received his law degree with honors from George
Washington University where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review.
Kurt Vedder, MBA ’02
Consultant, Ascent Biomedical Ventures
New York City, NY
Kurt Vedder has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is currently
EVP for Sales and Marketing for Biomerix Corporation. Before joining Ascent Biomedical
Ventures as a consultant, Kurt was Director of Strategic Business Development, then Principal at
De Novo Ventures from 2004-2007. While at De Novo, Kurt led strategic investment initiatives.
His Board involvement included Facet Solutions Inc. and Luminous Medical.
Prior to joining De Novo Ventures, Kurt held increasing leadership and management roles in
sales, business development and finance at Guidant Corporation. He began his advanced medical
device field sales career with Medtronic, Inc.
Kurt holds a B.S. from the University of Utah, an M.A. from Pepperdine University, an M.S
from New York University, and an MBA from Cornell University.
Andrew W. Verhalen, BS ’78, MEng ’81, MBA ’81
General Partner, Matrix Partners
Telecommunications, Network Infrastructure, Software, Internet
Andrew Verhalen joined Matrix Partners in 1992. From 1986 through 1991 he served as a
divisional vice president at 3Com Corporation. There he started and grew a division responsible
for network adapters and hubs to more than $250 million in sales. From 1981 to 1986 he worked
in the Microprocessor Group at Intel Corporation in a variety of marketing management and
strategic planning roles.
He also helped start and led Matrix‟s investment in Grand Junction Networks, now a major
division of Cisco Systems.
Mr. Verhalen earned MBA, MS and BS degrees, all from Cornell University.
Andy serves or has served as a director of Alteon WebSystems, Ambarella, Arroyo Video
Solutions, Blue Martini Software, Cadia Networks, Copper Mountain Networks, Digital
Fountain, The Fanfare Group, Openwave Systems, Red Pepper Software, SiTera, Turnstone
Systems, and WatchGuard Technologies.
Richard Veron, BS ’56
Of Counsel, StarVest Partners
New York City, NY
Richard Veron works with StarVest as Of Counsel. Richard has represented public and private
companies, investment banks, insurance companies and management buy-out partnerships in
their financing and acquisition activities. One of his clients, for example, was a start-up computer
manufacturer, which Richard counseled for eight years through its private placements, bank
borrowings, public offering, NYSE listing and ultimate sale to Nortel Networks. Richard first
worked with John Miller in 1984 while representing the Bass Investment Limited Partnership,
whose general partners were Dort Cameron and Richard Rainwater and whose major investor
was The Equitable.
He comes to StarVest having served for the past five years as General Counsel and a principal of
Rosecliff Inc., a management buy-out firm founded by Peter T. Joseph. Richard began his legal
career with the Securities and Exchange Commission and for 30 years thereafter practiced law
with international firms, the last six of which were with Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, until
he joined Rosecliff in 1994.
Richard‟s wealth of experience in transactional matters aids StarVest in its review of deal
documentation and facilitates its working with outside law firms. Also, he lends his general
corporate and securities laws knowledge to the operation of the Fund and Management
Company. Apart from his legal counsel work, Richard spends his off-hours ice speed skating,
reading and playing with his five young granddaughters.
Richard received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from
Columbia Law School.
Kevin M. Watson, BS ’93
Founder, C/Max Capital Corporation
Technology, Software, Internet
Prior to co-founding C/max, Kevin spent five years in New York as an investment banker in the
technology groups of Dean Witter Reynolds and UBS Securities. During his time on Wall Street,
Kevin was involved in public offerings for companies in the Internet, computer hardware,
computer software, IT services, and semiconductor industries. Prior to leaving investment
banking, Kevin was leading the Internet investment banking practice on the East Coast for UBS
(which is now Warburg Dillon Read).
Kevin led C/max‟s investment in its first portfolio company, About.com, the sixth largest
Internet property according to Media Metrix. While working with About.com, Kevin served as
the acting-CFO and led the company‟s $86 million initial public offering. Kevin then helped
About.com form its business-to-business unit as the acting-CEO of AboutIndustry.
Kevin received a BS in engineering from Cornell University.
Kevin currently serves on the board of directors of Adjoined Technologies, Inc. and Virtual
Compliance Inc., (VCOM). Kevin served as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Florida
Venture Forum since January 1999, and is currently the Chairperson.
Eugene M. Weber, BS ’92
Managing Partner, Weber Capital Management
San Francisco, CA
Gene founded Weber Capital Management in July 1994. From 1983 to 1994, he was a partner
with the investment management firm Weiss, Peck & Greer (WPG) in their San Francisco
venture capital office. Gene joined WPG after 6 years at McKinsey & Company. He has over 23
years experience in venture capital investing and has managed investments in over 75
Gene has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Wharton.
Jeffrey P. Weiss, BS ’79
Managing Director, ASAP Ventures
Jeff Weiss founded ASAP Ventures to help high-potential, growth-stage companies get to
market faster and smarter. ASAP deploys advisory teams and board members, and assists with
business development, strategy and capital formation, to businesses in the community. Jeff is
active in the DC-area venture and angel community as an investor in several funds. Through his
advisory and fund activities, Jeff has assisted some three dozen companies in the past five years
through strategic changes, financings, and mergers or acquisitions.
Jeff is a long time e-business and on-line commerce entrepreneur. Jeff helped found two firms
which deliver information and services to businesses online; E-Motion, formerly Picture
Network International (www.emotion.com and www.picturequest.com), which was sold to
Kodak in 1997, and CDx (Certificate of Deposit Exchange). He was Chief Marketing Officer of
Vista Information Technologies, Inc. (www.vistait.com) during its growth by acquisition from
$35mm to $100mm. At that time, he assisted with the acquisitions and with integrating and re-
branding the company. He has been a strategist advising numerous companies, an investment
banking advisor (1988-1992), a management consultant, and has raised substantial funding from
sources ranging from angel investors to corporate and venture investors. As a result, he has broad
understanding of how young companies grow, how to create and communicate business and
marketing plans, in managing operations, as well as in evaluating partners and closing capital
Jeff graduated from Cornell University and The Wharton School at the University of
He is on the board of the Socrates Fellows of the Aspen Institute, the National Parks Foundation
Shenandoah National Park Fund, the Landon Symphonette, and his class at Cornell University.
Victor Westerlind, BS ‘89
General Partner, RockPort Capital Partners
Menlo Park, CA
Victor joined RockPort Capital in their Menlo Park, California office. Previously, he spent eight
years as a venture capitalist at InterWest Partners working on investments in semiconductor,
advanced materials, Cleantech, wireless and enterprise hardware industries. Earlier, he worked in
product marketing and product management roles at Applied Materials where he help bring
semiconductor physical vapor deposition (PVD) equipment into the flat panel display industry.
Before that, he worked as an engineer in a venture backed startup called Candescent
Technologies developing a novel field emission flat panel display technology, gaining valuable
experience commercializing new technologies. Victor started his career at Hughes Aircraft
Company working on a number of engineering projects ranging from missile defense systems to
satellite communications systems.
He attended Stanford University on Hughes Fellowship where he focused on Micro Electro
Mechanical Structures (MEMS). Victor holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a MS in
Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell
General Partner, Advanced Technology Ventures
Communications and IT
Palo Alto, CA
Bill joined ATV in 2003 and focuses on investments in the cleantech, wireless,
telecommunications, and IT sectors. His representative investments include CombineNet, Great
Point Energy, Handango, HVVi, and Visage Mobile. Bill brings 22 years of operating and
venture experience in telecommunications to ATV, including 19 years with Lucent
Technologies. He was President of Lucent's Cellular and PCS Wireless Networks division from
1997 to 2000, and in his final year, he grew the business by 38% to $5 billion in revenue. In
2001, Bill transitioned his telecommunications background to venture capital by joining
Bowman Capital as a General Partner in the Private Equity Group. In 2002, Bill accepted a
General Partner role at Orange Ventures, a wireless-focused fund backed by Orange, one of the
largest mobile service providers in the world. Additionally, Bill has served on the Board of
Directors and Executive Committee of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet
Bill holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, an M.S. from Stanford University and a B.S.
from Cornell University.
Murray Wilson, BA ’84
Managing Director, River Cities Capital Funds
Education Applications, Technology, Media,
Supply/Demand chain integration, Outsourced services
Murray joined River Cities in 1995 following the launch of Fund I in 1994. Prior to River Cities,
he was the first associate hired at another regional venture firm for their debut fund in 1992.
Murray has been in the industry for nearly fifteen years and has gained experience and
perspective from managing growth company investments through several business cycles.
Murray is active in both information technology and healthcare investments. During the late
1990s, he was the lead manager in several software, healthcare IT and healthcare services deals.
As the technology market shifted from traditional software to SaaS and BPO plays, Murray
transitioned to doing deals that emphasized recurring revenue from hosted software and
outsourced technology-enabled services. In addition he was very active in devising and applying
analytical and reporting tools as the firm standardized its operations.
Previous to being an early hire at both of Cincinnati‟s institutional venture funds, Murray was an
entrepreneur-student. In 1990, he was awarded a full scholarship to Xavier University where he
served as the Graduate Assistant to the Chairman of the Finance Department. In addition to his
studies and regular duties at the University, Murray provided consulting services such as writing
business plans and creating complex financial models to local growth companies that were
seeking to raise outside capital.
His first professional position was Investment Officer for a Boston-based publicly held financial
institution during the latter half of the 1980s.
Murray holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from Xavier University.
Murray currently sits on the boards of America‟s Power Sports, Foresight, MindLeaders,
ProFind, SmartSignal and SPS Commerce, and is an observer of Knowlagent.
Matthew L. Witte, BA ’79
Managing Partner, Marwit Capital
Newport Beach, CA
Matthew L. Witte has been a Director of Marwit Capital since 1984. In 1994, Mr. Witte became
a full Partner of the firm and has been responsible for managing all aspects of its business over
the past decade. In 2000, in connection with the firm‟s investment in Paciolan, Inc., an enterprise
software company headquartered in Irvine, California, Mr. Witte also assumed an interim
operating role as Executive Vice President – Finance and Business Development. In 2001, he
again took on an interim role as CEO of IndX Software and ran that company until its acquisition
by Siemens AG in 2003.
He has been past President of the Western Association of SBICs and a member of the Board of
Trustees of the National Association of SBICs. He was previously a General Partner of the
Related Companies, a New York based investment firm, and with Grosvenor International
Holdings, the overseas investment arm of the Grosvenor Estate of London.
Mr. Witte is a graduate of Cornell University.
He is currently a Director of Paciolan, Inc. and Fire Grill, LLC.
Allan Wolfe, M.D., ’58 BA
Partner, UV Partners
Manhattan Beach, CA
Dr. Wolfe has been a General Partner of UV Partners since 1989. In 1983 he co-founded
Hambrecht & Quist‟s Life Science Ventures, perhaps the first “vertical” venture fund focused
exclusively on medicine and biotechnology. Dr. Wolfe has extensive experience as a director of
Earlier, Dr. Wolfe was an operating manager in startup and mature medical companies, including
American Hospital Supply Corporation‟s principal manufacturing division where his
responsibilities encompassed strategic and operating planning, research and development,
manufacturing, engineering, and international marketing. His post graduate training included
service as an intern, resident and Chief Resident in medicine and a research fellowship in
cardiology and rheumatic diseases.
Dr. Wolfe holds a BA in American Civilization from Cornell University and a Doctor of
Medicine from the New York University School of Medicine.
Dr. Wolfe is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Biomedical Council.
Josh Wolfe, BS ’99
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Lux Capital
Life Sciences, Nanotechnology, Semiconductors
New York City, NY
Josh is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Lux Capital, focusing on investments in
nanotechnology, semiconductors and life sciences. Before forming Lux Capital, he worked in
Salomon Smith Barney‟s Investment Banking group, where his experience included a $4 billion
hotel merger and a defense against an unsolicited LBO. Josh has also worked in capital markets
while at Merrill Lynch on its Financial Futures & Options/Government Strategy desk and at
Prudential Securities in its Municipal Finance department.
Prior to venturing into the financial world, Josh conducted and published cutting-edge
AIDS/immunopathology research in Cell Vision and The Journal of Leukocyte Biology, leading
medical/immunology journals. He has been an invited guest speaker, lecturer, and panelist on
nanotechnology for CNBC, CNN, Harvard, Yale, Wharton, Columbia, Cornell, Merrill Lynch,
Credit Suisse First Boston, Capitol Hill, government labs, and officials in France, Canada, UK,
Spain, Singapore, and Germany. Widely recognized as one of the preeminent minds in
nanotechnology and finance, Josh has been invited by the White House and Canadian
Government to advise government organizations on funding strategies.
Josh is a co-founder of The NanoBusiness Alliance, a columnist with Forbes Magazine and
Editor of the monthly Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report.
Josh graduated with distinction from Cornell University with a BS in Economics and Finance.
Josh manages Lux Capital‟s investments in Nanosys and Cambrios, and serves on the Board of
Directors of Crystal IS and Lux Research.
Susan Wu, MBA ’00
Partner, Charles River Ventures
Technology, Software, Communications
Menlo Park, CA
Susan joins CRV with 12 years of operating experience working with early stage technology
ventures. Susan is a member and the former CMO of the Apache Software Foundation, one of
the world‟s most influential open source software organizations. Susan‟s roots in the open source
community stems from her long-abiding interest in how technology catalyzes social and
economic change. She began her career as the chief architect of an early massively multiplayer
online game and has remained active in online gaming. She was the Executive Producer of
GXMod, a widely popular, award winning Quake 2 enhancement. Susan also contributed to
components of the open source Nebula 3D graphics and game engine.
Prior to her work at Apache, Susan was the VP of Strategic Alliances for Predictive Systems, a
NASDAQ-listed security services firm that was acquired by International Network Services
(INS) in 2003. Susan also served as the VP of Strategic Development for Opus360, a provider of
on demand human resources and project management solutions. Susan co-authored Opus360‟s
business plan, led business development activities, and helped steer the company to a public
offering in 2000. Prior to Opus360, Susan was the Director of Development at USWeb/CKS,
where she led the development and design of some of the world‟s first community-centric
consumer Internet businesses.
Susan received her BA from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Cornell
University, where she was a Park Fellow and a Bristol Myers Squibb Fellow.
Kuantai Yeh, BS ’89, M.Eng ’90, MBA ’98
Managing Director, Highland Capital Partners
Semiconductors, Internet and Digital Media
Before joining Highland, Kuantai served as Managing Director of Intel Capital China. While at
Intel, he was actively involved in the firm‟s investments in 51.com, BCD, Chipsbrand, Incesoft,
Montage Technology, Palm Commerce, Winking Entertainment, Verisilicon and Yeepay. He has
also invested in Actions Semiconductors (Nasdaq: ACTS).
Prior to joining Intel, Kuantai was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB)
based in Hong Kong for 5 years, responsible for the non-Japan Asia Technology Investment
Banking business for Asian technology companies. Kuantai began his career at Cypress
Semiconductors where he spent 6 years in various engineering roles including Technology
Integration Manager and Fab Engineering Manager. During the time, Kuantai led several R&D
teams to successfully develop and put into volume production 3 generations of SRAM process
technologies. Kuantai holds two US patents in semiconductor process technology.
The prestigious Forbes Midas List has recognized Kuantai as one of the top venture capitalists in
Cornell University, B.S., Electrical Engineering and Material Science, 1989
Cornell University, M. Eng., Electrical Engineering, 1990
Cornell University, M.B.A., 1998
Jeffrey Yim, BS ’01
Associate, Thoma Cressey Equity Partners
Jeff joined Thoma Cressey Bravo from the Chicago office of the investment banking firm of
Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zurkin, where he was a Financial Analyst in the Healthcare
Corporate Finance unit. He also has experience as an Analyst with MetLife's Private Placement
Origination Unit and with the E-Commerce Group of Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York.
Jeff earned a B.S. degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.
Eric Young, MEng ’78
General Partner, Canaan Partners
Communications Systems, Enterprise Automation
Menlo Park, CA
Since he co-founded Canaan in 1987, Eric has generated numerous positive investment outcomes
from his active investor role in companies such as Argon Networks, Capstone Turbine, Copper
Mountain Networks, Diffusion Software, Frame Technology, International Network Services,
Kalpana, ONI Systems, Spectrian and Visigenic Software. Eric is leading Canaan‟s portfolio of
investments in the power, energy and semiconductor sectors. He became an early investor in
energy-related clean technologies, starting with Transphase Systems in the early 1990s, an
innovative energy storage technology firm addressing efficient energy usage within large
commercial facilities. Eric spearheaded Canaan‟s investment in the startup phase of Capstone
Turbine, the world leader in the microturbine power generation equipment marketplace. As an
active Board member for 13 years, Eric helped transform Capstone Turbine from an engineering
project into a publicly-held leader in the distributed power generation industry. Eric has also
been a director of Enpirion, an early stage company that manufactures high-efficiency, intelligent
power supply modules for electronic systems ranging from mobile consumer devices to servers
and infrastructure systems. Most recently, Eric has been advising Zolo Technologies on the
development of strategic relationships for deploying their optical measurement technology in
established power generation markets. Prior to Canaan, Eric was a Senior Vice President of GE
Venture Capital where he initiated a number of successful investments in companies such as
Nellcor and Octel Communications. Prior to GE Venture Capital, Eric held a variety of sales,
marketing and operations management positions within two GE power-related industrial product
Eric recently served for five years as Silicon Valley‟s VC industry representative on Nasdaq‟s
Listing and Hearing Review Council. He also is a member of Advisory Council of Cornell
University‟s entrepreneurship initiative, Entrepreneurship@Cornell.
Eric holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a MBA from
He currently sits on the boards of Cortina Systems, eBates Shopping and Lancope.
Philip Young, BME ’62
General Partner, U.S. Venture Partners
Medical Instrumentation, IT
Menlo Park, CA
With a long tenure in venture capital, Philip M. Young has had the pleasure of working with
many entrepreneurs. In fact, he‟s recruited a number of USVP‟s partners from the ranks of
entrepreneurs over the years, most recently Casey Tansey. Whether it‟s helping a serial
entrepreneur scout out his next company, or helping portfolio companies recruit the best possible
management team, Phil enjoys the role of coach and mentor.
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. Phil‟s investment interests aren‟t
confined to medical devices and biotechnology, however. Recently he‟s been active in online
advertising, a more than $10 billion industry growing at nearly 30 percent a year.
Phil arrived at USVP 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 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 enjoys photography, cooking
and spending time with his wife in the South of France. He has two daughters and two
Phil earned a BME from Cornell University with High Distinction, an MS in Engineering
Physics from George Washington University, and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard
University, where he was a Baker Scholar.
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. Currently he sits on the boards of Zoran, a public
company, and privately-held Aptus Endosystems, Bayhill Therapeutics, Caspian Networks,
Claria, Dotomi, RelayHealth, Synarc, St. Francis Medical and Timi3 Systems.
Diana Yousef, Ph.D. 2007
Principal, Kidd & Company, LLC
Diana joined KCO from a background in life sciences, strategy consulting and emerging markets
private sector development. Previously, she was with Battelle Ventures, focusing on early- and
seed-stage investments in biotechnology, health care, renewable energies, environmental
management, IT and computing technologies. She has also worked for the biotechnology
investments group of the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank and for
McKinsey & Company, advising clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, high technology,
consumer goods/retail, financial services, logistics and public health sectors.
Diana earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Harvard University, an MBA and an MA in
International Affairs from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Structural Biology and
Biochemistry from Cornell University.
Michael Zak, BS ’75
Partner, Charles River Ventures
Technology, Telecommunications, Software, Internet
Mike Zak‟s recent projects have been in the area of alternative energy and fuel technologies
where he has made investments in Celunol Corporation (biomass to ethanol conversion) as well
as Rive Technology (petrochemical systems).
Mike joined the firm in 1991. Over the past fifteen years he has made investments across a range
of industries including voice and data communications equipment, networking software,
applications software and services, optical communications equipment, network monitoring and
analysis software, semiconductors, and wireless communications equipment. Teams of
entrepreneurs, for whom he was an investment sponsor or co-sponsor, included Agile Networks
(acquired, 1996), American Internet Corporation (acquired, 1998), Broadbus Technologies
(acquired, 2006), CIENA Corporation (IPO, 1997), Concord Communications (IPO, 1997;
acquired, 2005), Cport Corporation (acquired, 2000), Floware (IPO, 2000; merged, 2001), ON
Technology (IPO, 1995; acquired, 2004), Sonus Networks (IPO, 2000), and SpeechWorks (IPO,
2000; acquired, 2003). In 2002 he was awarded the Venture Capitalist of the Year Award by the
Massachusetts Telecommunications Council.
In addition to his activities with the firm, Mike has had a longstanding interest in international
affairs. For the past three years he has been the founder and primary sponsor of a new program in
US-China relations at Cornell University called the China & Asia-Pacific Studies program. He is
a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and the Pacific Council on
International Policy. At one time, Mike could speak passable Mandarin Chinese.
From 1975 to 1979 he served as a communications and signals intelligence officer in the United
States Marine Corps in the U.S., Western Europe and East Asia. From 1981-1986 he was
employed by Motorola, Inc. and McKinsey & Company, Inc. From 1986 to 1991 he was a co-
founder and vice president at Concord Communications, a start-up network monitoring and
analysis software company which subsequently became a successful investment of Charles River
Mike was awarded a BS degree in engineering from Cornell University in 1975 and he is a 1981
graduate of Harvard Business School.
Currently, Mike is on the board of directors of Verenium Corporation (integrated biofuels,
NASDAQ: VRNM) and Rive Technology (petroleum refining technologies) and is Chairman of
the industry advisory committee at the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. Mike also is on
the board of directors of technology companies Brix Networks (network performance
measurement systems) and Reva Systems (RFID infrastructure), and works with Crossbeam
Systems (network threat protection). He is active in community and Church affairs as well as
land conservation projects throughout New England. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board
of Directors at Emerson Hospital, a 164-bed community hospital in Concord, Massachusetts. He
is also a member of the University Council at Cornell University.
Jan Rock Zubrow, BA ’77
Venture Partner, Radius Ventures
Biotech, Medical Devices, Healthcare Services
New York City, NY
Jan Rock Zubrow joined Radius Ventures as a venture partner is 2002. Radius Ventures invests
in early stage companies in the life sciences. Radius currently manages three funds with total
committed capital of approximately $ 200 million. Prior to joining Radius, Jan Rock Zubrow
was the Founder and President of MedCapital, LLC, an early stage venture capital firm. Before
starting MedCapital, Ms Zubrow was Vice President, Women‟s Health at Johnson & Johnson.
She was responsible for expanding J&J‟s two billion dollar franchise in women‟s health
products, which resulted in the $290 million acquisition of Biopsys Medical, the $79 million
acquisition of Gynecare, Inc., and the creation of a new J&J venture, Women‟s First Healthcare.
Prior to that, Ms. Rock was Vice President, Marketing at J&J Personal Products and was
responsible for revitalizing J&J‟s $500 million feminine care franchise in the U.S.
Ms. Rock received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Harvard
Ms. Rock currently serves on the board of directors of U-Systems, Inc., a Radius portfolio
company. She also served as a director or observer to several venture stage companies, including
Amicas, Inc., BEI Medical, Inc., Immunicon, Inc., Protocare, Inc, and Purilens, Inc.