Our experience spans all aspects of growing successful companies from the formative stage through management of multi-billion dollar enterprises. We focus on investments in the Internet, Information Technology, Clean Tech, Consumer, and Life Sciences industries.
I love to bridge gaps - for example, the gap between start-ups and global corporations - and within companies, the gap between sales and engineering - or more generically, the gap between creativity and delivery. For corporates, I provide a presence in Silicon Valley, the world's innovation capital. As a Silicon Valley insider, I help companies create mind share within the Silicon Valley ecosystem, as well as provide access to deal-flow. To start-ups, I provide an executive-level perspective on how to best reach commercial scale. Activities include business modeling/planning, supply chain creation/optimization, building engineering teams, organization-level planning & recruiting, generating sales, and putting in metrics and processes for weekly decision making to drive the business forward. I've worked in enterprise, consumer, entertainment, and automotive industries with on-the-ground experience in USA, Europe, and Asia. My technical expertise includes artificial intelligence, consumer software, games development, video/media, and wearables devices / hardware.
Seasoned Hi-Tech Executive and Serial Entrepreneur with background in high performance Semiconductors, Systems and EDA. Successful track record at multiple start-ups resulting in an IPO and multiple acquisitions. Experienced in building multi-functional teams and executing on aggressive product schedules.
Also an active angel investor since year 2000. Invest in a mix of hardware and software companies in various Hi-Tech market segments.
Angel List: https://angel.co/amos-ben-meir
Steve Bennet is founder and managing director of Bodega Partners and is an active participant in the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem as start-up CFO, Angel Investor, and Professor.
Over the past 20 years, he has been CFO, investor, and/or board member of over 50 technology start-ups, primarily in the software, Internet, and mobile sectors. CFO roles include Callisto Media, Revel Systems, iControl Networks, Appstores (acquired by InMobi), Greystripe (acquired by ValueClick), Fliqz (acquired by VBrick Systems), Valchemy (acquired by IBM), GolfWeb (acquired by CBS Sportsline), Orbital Data (acquired by Citrix), TextDigger (acquired by Federated Media), and Pharmacy TV Network (acquired by RMG Networks). Some of these resulted in excellent financial returns to founders and investors, while others did not.
Steve has a passion for both entrepreneurship and education. He has taught entrepreneurial finance since 1995 and is currently adjunct faculty at San Jose State University. Previously, he was a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley. His focus is on experiential education and has developed new courses at SJSU, including the Entrepreneurship Lab (ELAB), Venture Lab (VLAB), and the Silicon Valley Experience. He is also on the Steering Committee for the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship and UCLA Venture Capital Fund.
Prior to and concurrent with Bodega, Steve was a Venture Partner at Outlook Ventures, Board Member of Sand Hill Angels, Partner at Menlo Incubator and held various financial and management positions at Bay Logics, Digital Microwave, and Arthur Andersen.
Steve earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. He blogs at www.professorvc.com and tweets @ProfessorVC.
I worked in operational roles for 15 years in successful Silicon Valley B2B technology companies and prior to that, in the Telecoms industry in Europe. I have broad functional experience for growing startups quickly, with a specialization in marketing. Over the years, I have acquired a strong technical and financial acumen, with a particular passion for growing businesses that are capital-efficient. My marketing roles have been with VC-backed companies such as: Network Chemistry, acquired by Aruba Networks; Tahoe Networks, acquired by Nokia; Inverse Network Technologies, acquired by Visual Networks, now Danaher; DDV Telecommunications, acquired by Logica UK. My community involvement includes: co-founder of the Scandinavian School of San Francisco and the Multilingual Children’s Association. I have a B.Sc. in Economics from Växjö Universitet in Sweden, with continuing studies in finance at Stanford.
Dr. Castillo Holley is the CEO of the Wealthing Institute.
Her career started as a young scientist and professor on Agronomy before leading product development for a Bayer-Shell joint venture and eventually turning into an entrepreneur and angel investor. As an entrepreneur, she has started nine companies -successfully exiting from five of them, failing miserably in 2- and two non-profits. She played an pivotal role in the Development for the Entrepreneurial Curriculum and the Venture Capital Industry in Chile, where she lived between 1996 and 2002. She has also consulted, mentored, or coached hundreds of entrepreneurs worldwide.
Castillo Holley has served as a panel member of several international business plan competitions, including WRI, Endeavor, Babson College, and Western Australia’s Inventor of the Year. She is also a reviewer for several academic conferences on entrepreneurship.
Philanthropically, she supports organizations that foster education, and prevent and manage domestic violence.
She is an international speaker and avid traveler, having lived in 9 countries and visited over 100.
Leo Chan has over 25 years of experience in delivering enterprise software to market and building scalable internet applications, most recently with Xignite, the leading financial market data cloud service. As an entrepreneur,Leo had previously founded ConnectedWorld LLC, an enterprise instant messaging software company, and helped a Silicon Valley venture capital firm build an internet travel company, Savvio.com, from concept to launch. Prior to building start-up companies from the ground up, Leo led the database engineering team at the internet media companyZip2 until the acquisition by AltaVista.
Leo began his career at Oracle where he held engineer and senior management positions and was part of the team that helped grow UNIX revenue from less than $50 million to over a billion in 1996. He was also instrumental in building the first web-based database management application and pioneered the award-winning "self-tuning database" concept.
Leo holds a Master of Science in Operations Research degree from M.I.T and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Paul is a serial entrepreneur with over 10 years experience working all stages of startup opportunities. Paul was co-founder and CEO of FuturePoint Systems, a visual analytics company, and co-founder-COO of GroupTie, a group relationship management software company.
Previously Paul held various technical, financial and executive positions at John Hancock, State Street, Mathsoft and Charles Schwab. Paul helped develop a number of new products for these companies ranging from global portfolio analytics to asset securitization systems.
Paul is currently managing director for NewModel Ventures. NewModel provides products and services to help corporate strategic investors make sense of the rapidly growing and changing startup landscape.
Paul is a mentor for Stanford's Center for Professional Development and has worked with Startup Weekend, Startup Digest and a number of other startup groups.
JOHN DELLA PENNA
President: DELLA PENNA MOTORSPORTS
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Residence: Aptos, California
Six years in CART:
First CART Season: 1996
John Della Penna knew he wanted to be involved in motor sports at age five, the first time he saw fellow Argentine and five-time world driving champion Juan Fangio compete in the Buenos Aires Formula One event. When he moved to the United States in May of 1972, Della Penna was almost immediately drawn to fulfilling his dream of a motor sports career.
From 1975 to 1989, he was a regular entrant in Formula Ford (1975 - 1979) and Formula Atlantic (1980 -1985), winning the rookie of the year honors and two west coast championships in that Formula. After capturing those awards from 1985 to 1991Della Penna opted to concentrate on team ownership and developing young drivers working with such notables as WillyT. Ribbs, Juan Fangio II (nephew of his racing idol) and Jimmy Vasser,
Winning the Toyota Atlantic North American Championship with Vasser in 1990 and finishing second in 1991 by only four points. (Vasser moved to compete in the CART championship in 1992) In 1993, Della Penna focused his efforts on finding a young talent with whom his team could move up the American open-wheel ladder series, advancing from the Toyota Atlantic series to CART. He found California native Richie Hearn. The team rapidly made its mark in the series winning several races, setting a number of track records and finishing second in the championship in 1994. In 1995 Della Penna Motorsports with Richie Hearn at the wheel captured the Toyota Atlantic Championship, 1996 to 2000 In 1996 the team advanced to the highest levels of American open-wheel racing, the FedEx Championship Series and the IRL that was the year of the split between the series and the team participated in selected CART races and five in the IRL including the 1996 Indianapolis 500 where Della Penna and Hearn finished 3rd.
After 59 Champ Car starts and 16 top-ten finishes, Della Penna and Hearn parted company. Della Penna began the 2000 season with fellow Argentine Norberto Fontana behind the wheel of the team's #10 entry.
The 25-year old talent came to American with an impressive European road racing background, including the 1993 Swiss Formula Ford Championship, the 1995 German Formula3 championship and Formula One seat time (1994 - 1997). While Fontana's ability showed through on the road courses, the young Argentine struggled on the ovals.
Enter American Memo Gidley. Della Penna hired the former Toyota Atlantic ace for two oval events, the Michigan 500 (July 23) and the Target Grand Prix (July 30). The "Y2KSuper Sub" capitalized on the opportunity collecting back-to-back tenth place finishes. On August 3, Della Penna announced that Gidley would replace Fontana in the #10 DIRECTV Toyota/Reynard for the remaining eight races of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series.
"Initially, Memo was going to drive for us on the oval tracks and Norberto would continue to drive at the road and street courses," explained Della Penna’. "The series environment is so competitive though that we can't afford to give up anything. I can't have two drivers switching back and forth. The team needs continuity. "Due to Memo’s experience, he comes to us with a strong idea of what he needs out of the car. We’re able to be much more effective and, as Memo has shown, finish consistently at the top of the field."
Motor-sports Business experience:
Memo Gidley DirecTV Reaynard 2000
2000 FedEx World Championship Series – Della Penna Motorsports Drivers Norberto Fontana and Memo Gidley (#10)
Jeff is a serial entrepreneur and GE-trained leader with a keen eye for emerging markets and technology trends. The first half of Jeff’s career was starting businesses, leading turn-arounds and/or building market share for divisions of General Electric and General Motors. The second half of Jeff’s career has been focused on building new businesses and market opportunities as an entrepreneur. He has also worked mentoring Stanford entrepreneurial teams in MSE273, CEE246 and StartX, technologies including solar, bio-tech, wi-fi navigation, AI and energy efficiency monitoring.
Jeff’s latest venture is Basvah, LLC, focused on investing in energy storage technologies and their commercialization. Prior to his current venture, Jeff founded Imara Corp in 2006, a venture capital funded high power/high energy Li Ion battery company.
Jeff founded Motion Sense, a MEMS semiconductor company providing integrated gesture control and location-aware solutions for handheld devices and game controllers. During his career, Jeff has consulted with both early stage and Fortune 100 companies on how to capitalize on emerging technologies such as knowledge management software, interactive digital cable, fuel cells, water purification, and LED lighting.
Ralph Eschenbach is retired and has been a member of SHA since 2004 and has served as President (1 year), Treasurer (3 years) and board member (6 years). He has been in Silicon Valley all of his career which started at HP Labs. It was at HP that he developed the first commercial GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver in 1976 that demonstrated the potential for addressing a low cost market for a positioning sensor. That design was acquired by Trimble Navigation in 1982 and became the basis of Trimble's GPS technology. He joined Trimble in 1983 as VP Engineering and later had P&L responsibility managing the Marine and Aviation divisions of Trimble. He became CTO at Trimble in the late 1990's and retired in the mid 2000's.
He currently serves on the board's of about 6 startup companies in the valley and enjoys finding and mentoring startups.
He enjoys running, bicycling, and skiing. He just retired from the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol after 41 years and in 2012 he ran in the Boston Marathon.
He and his wife Carol enjoy active travel. They have bicycled, run, and hiked on all continents (except for Antarctica)
Mr. Eschenbach received his BSEE from UC Berkeley in 1968 and MSEE from Stanford University in 1970. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Leveraging talent and technology in transforming and growing organizations into market front-runners
Entrepreneurial and visionary senior executive with 20+ years of success in transitioning business units from start ups and initial product concept and/or declining performance into industry leaders. Excel at providing strategic direction, overcoming obstacles, managing all product and services development phases and creating sustainable differentiation in the global market place.
John is a Managing Director at Hawthorne Capital, focused on helping companies expand to emerging markets, including the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. John spent six years as a Senior Advisor to Lux Venture Capital Management, where he advised on international investment opportunities and technology deal flow. After working in the White House on the China Free Trade agreement, John drafted speeches and worked on economic policy for a number of U.S. presidential candidates. He has advised foreign governments on the security of their monetary supplies and has published on global petroleum security. John received his B.A. magna cum laude from Georgetown University, and his J.D. with Honors from University of Wisconsin. John also studied law in China while at the University of Beijing.
Markus Fromherz is Chief Innovation Officer, Healthcare, at Xerox, responsible for disruptive innovation in Xerox's payer, provider, government, and employer healthcare businesses. Until 2010, Markus was a Vice President at PARC, Inc. (Palo Alto Research Center, formerly Xerox PARC), where he directed PARC's Intelligent Systems Laboratory. PARC, "the business of breakthroughs", works with its partners, from global corporations to government agencies to startups, to bring innovative concepts to commercial fruition. The Intelligent Systems Lab develops advanced information and automation systems based on intelligent user interfaces, language and image understanding, and reasoning algorithms.Applications range from business software to embedded systems to cleantech applications.
Markus also was a Principal Engineer at PARC, where he has led and contributed to several research, development, and technology transfer efforts in intelligent control systems for Xerox products, including the award-winning flagship iGen3™ digital production printing system. Markus' research interests were in the domain of intelligent embedded software include constraint-based modeling; model-based planning, scheduling, and control; and model-based design analysis and optimization. He has published widely and spoken internationally and has more than 40 patents. Markus joined PARC in 1992. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and his M.S. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich.
Building Twitter @University. Previously cofounded Marakana (acquired by @Twitter). @SandHillAngels member. 26.2.
Syed Gilani is a seasoned executive, entrepreneur and technology enthusiast specializing in embedded system and electronic design automation software industry. He has extensive experience in identifying and evaluating market opportunities, assessing and motivating talent, driving change, and exceeding business targets at various organizations throughout his career. He brings value in terms of broad software domain expertise and unique perspective of the emerging trends in the industry to SHA.
Syed has previously served as general manager for PADS Business at Mentor Graphics and director of Embedded Systems operations in San Jose, CA with responsibilities for leading product development, marketing and sales organizations. Prior to these roles, Syed co-founded Accelerated Technology Pvt. Ltd. with its focus on embedded software engineering which later became part of Mentor Graphics.
Since past few years Syed has been responsible for strategic M&A initiatives at Mentor Graphics through driving active engagements across broader software ecosystem. This work allows him to analyze prospective business from buyer’s perspective which is often important for many start-ups with exit strategy.
Syed has BSEE and MBA in Finance from University of South Alabama and has taken management sciences and strategy courses at Stanford University. Over the years he has written articles in technical publications and given talks at IEEE conferences, industry trade shows, and various academic settings.
Cadence Corporate Vice President, Tensilica Products
Jack was President and CEO of Tensilica since 2008 leading a successful turn-around culminating with the sale of Tensilica to Cadence in Apr 2013. Prior to Tensilica Jack led the spin-out of Magnum from Cirrus Logic in June of 2005, serving as founder, president and CEO. Since 2003, Jack led the Cirrus Video division and then Magnum’s growth through new product launches and the acquisition of the Consumer Products Group of LSI Corporation (C Cube), establishing Magnum as a leader in Multimedia SOCs for the Professional Video Broadcast, Consumer (DVD, DTV) and Set Top Box markets. Prior to Cirrus, Jack was President of Tvia, Inc., leading that company's successful IPO in August 2000. Before joining Tvia, Jack held the position of vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Faroudja, and served as the director of digital media/residential broadband segments at National Semiconductor. Jack holds an MBA from the UCLA Graduate School of Management. Jack attained a MSEE from Physique et Chimie de Paris, and a doctoral degree from the University of Paris.
John Hall has more than 21 years of experience in the venture capital industry. In 1989 he co-founded Newtek Ventures II where he was a General Partner until 1999 when he co-founded Horizon Ventures. Before becoming a venture capitalist, John had broad experience as a senior financial executive over a 20-year period including Syntex Pharmaceuticals for 7 years as the International Chemical Group Controller and Intel Semiconductors for 4 years as Group Controller of International Operations. He was a co-founder of Cadnetix, a successful EDA software company where he was CFO for 7 years, taking them through their IPO and later participating in the sale of the company for over $300M in 1989.
As a venture capitalist, John has been a member of 21 boards of directors of both private and public companies and currently serves on the boards of four private companies. He holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance and an MBA in Finance from San Jose State University.
David Herbst is a partner in the Northern California Business & Transactions practice of the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. He counsels public and private companies at the board, board committee and executive officer levels on a broad range of corporate, corporate governance and executive compensation matters. His practice emphasizes serving the needs of technology companies and financial institutions. He has practiced in Silicon Valley his entire 35-year career, while also regularly supporting clients of the firm’s offices in Southern California, New York and Washington, D.C. He is a member of the firm’s Manatt Venture Fund investment committee.
David has extensive experience in federal and state income taxation, employee benefits and ERISA. He regularly advises companies on the tax and securities law aspects of executive compensation and employee benefit programs, both from a design and operational standpoint and in connection with merger and acquisition activity. He works with promoters of venture capital, real estate and other investment funds in structuring their funds to address tax and ERISA concerns.
David holds a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School and B.A. in Mathematics from Pomona College (magna cum laude).
Active involved investor for over 15 years. Been CFO/COO at young cos and done corp dev & strat at public cos. Director, N. Bay Angels. Member, Sand Hill Angels
While a student at UC Berkeley, I began playing with some of the world's first surface-micromachined MEMS acceleration sensors. Based on this research, I developed a tiny tracking device for computer gaming, and started Crossbow Technology to commercialize. For almost two decades, Crossbow (now Moog Crossbow) has been building new products that leverage sensing, navigation, and communication. Following sale of of Crossbow to Moog, co-founded Yabberz with my wife Melissa Horton to promote enjoyable civic discussion on news topics. Co-founded AtMaps with Professor Avideh Zakhor of UC Berkeley to develop indoor mapping and location solutions. I deeply enjoy company and team building, as well as a good round of golf.
Enterprise application specialist with wide experience in leadership and management of all aspects of software development life cycle across the technology organization: Software Engineering, Quality Assurance and Production operations.
Specialties:Setup and refactoring of software development teams. Enterprise software design. High availability applications. Technology due diligence and evaluation. SaaS - software as a service.
Dr. Ryan Kennedy: SVP.
He has over 25 years of insurance background. He is a published author and speaker on many facets of the insurance industry.
He has been a political advisor on insurance related issues for a number of prominent state and federal officials. Ryan has been an instructor for the Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania's CEBS Program as well as CPA and Attorney Accreditation programs. He has been an advisor to the Harvard School of Public Health as well as several legislators.
He has been a Senior Executive at 3 different companies as well as served on the Board of Directors of a multi-national insurance company. He received his B.A. in Business and Economics from Westmont College, earned an International Economics certificate from London School of Economics, and received his PhD from American College in Minnesota.
Sarosh Kumana is a real estate entrepreneur and angel investor based in San Francisco, with over 25 years of startup and management experience. He founded and ran a leading California government foreclosure brokerage and a mortgage brokerage company for over 15 years. He is President of Pacific Capital Management, managing member of Junglee LLC, and also manages several other private investment vehicles. He is a member of Health Tech Capital, a limited partner in numerous VC funds, and active with Sand Hill Angels in Silicon Valley as President of the Board of Directors.
Previously, he was responsible for financial product development at Citicorp, and later, Controller for the Retail Banking Division at Crocker Bank in San Francisco.
Sarosh has a major commitment to global sustainability. He sponsors and supports a number of educational projects in the US and around the world through the Foundation for a Sustainable Future. Locally, he is actively involved in civic, community and political affairs, particularly involving housing and good government issues.
Sarosh serves on the Ambassador Council at Global Footprint Network, and on the Advisory Council of the Don Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Tepper Business School, Carnegie Mellon University.
Sarosh received a B.Com. from Sydenham College, University of Bombay, and an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Dr. Monique H. Lambert is an ethnographer, engineer, and Silicon Valley serial intrapreneur with over 20 years of experience driving product, service and practice innovation in the healthcare and semiconductor industries. Monique is Principal of Monique H. Lambert & Associates, a boutique consulting practice specializing in corporate ethnography and usercentered design of enterprise and consumer IT products and services. Monique also works as Senior Healthcare User Experience Architect for Intel Corporation’s Health Strategy and Solutions Group where she drives design and implementation of new health IT usage models and user experience strategies aimed at driving adoption of Internet of Things (IoT), client computing, and distributed analytics technologies in the healthcare vertical.
Monique is a member of 37 Angels and holds a doctorate in Engineering Management from Stanford University, a Masters in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Washington at Seattle, and a Bachelor’s in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign.
Rick Lazansky, vice president of product development for Xpedion Design Systems, designing and building RFIC design and analysis tools for the wireless and highest-speed semiconductor industry. He joined Xpedion in late 2001, helped raise capital from Menlo Ventures and Telesoft, and has led product development out of chaos and into 45 of the top 50 RFIC companies, including Qualcomm, Skyworks, and TI.
Prior to Xpedion, Rick assembled the team and led product development at RedSpark (an Autodesk spin-out in which he was the only non-Autodesk executive) where he developed web-based collaborative design chain solutions for the manufacturing industry.
Rick is also Chairman and founder of Denali Software, the intellectual property and electronic design automation technology and market leader in memory systems and protocol verification. He was co-founder and vice president of engineering at Vantage Analysis Systems, where he managed the first VHDL simulator development team. He pioneered the use of high-level-design languages, starting in 1982 with the commercial success of the first behavioral simulation system while managing the simulation department at Silvar-Lisco.
Rick has been involved in 8 startup ventures, included color facsimile image compression, hardware, MEMS, and small office/home management software. He holds a MSCE from Stanford University, and a BS in Economics and Information (Computer) Science from UCSC.
Len Lehmann has been a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur and investor for 30 years. Len founded three systems companies, two of which were strong financial successes. In 1982 he co-founded DigiRad Corp., a medical imaging company, and led its digital systems engineering team. In 1985, he founded GreenSpring Computers, and was its chairman until its acquisition by SBS. Greenspring produced controls for large customer-integrated embedded systems. In 1989, Len co-founded Global Village Communication and was its initial CEO. Global Village grew to over $100 million in revenue and was listed on NASDAQ.
Len was a partner of ELK Partners, from 1997 through 2007, managing a portfolio of 19 early-stage technology companies. He is a limited partner of Sequoia Capital, Sierra Ventures, ATV, and TCV. In 2000, Len co-founded Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, and served as its president from 2002 through 2004. He led a public tax-exempt bond offering for Kehillah in 2009. Len received his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Gordon is an angel investor and member of Sand Hill Angels. He’s been co-founder/CEO, board member, advisor, and investor for several angel and VC funded startups serving several industries (lasers, alternative energy, water treatment, computer graphics). He’s also worked at larger companies, primarily in sales and marketing in the laser industry (JDS Uniphase and SDL). Gordon has a PhD from Caltech and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
I am an entrepreneur with a background as a computer scientist, software engineer, and business manager. After leaving the Stanford Ph.D. program, I founded, grew, and sold CodeSourcery, a software development tools business. CodeSourcery was acquired by Mentor Graphics, where I managed a business unit of approximately 150 people. I was responsible for product management, marketing, and engineering for open-source technologies. I championed the acquisition of the automotive software business unit from MontaVista software and was an active participant in strategic planning for the Embedded Software Division.
I am fascinated by technology, business, technology in business, and the business of technology.
Mason Ng has over 20 years of Internet and enterprise software engineering experience.
Manthi Nguyen has over twenty five years of diverse experience in all functions of managing and growing businesses with capital efficiency and operational effectiveness in a wide range of industries: real-time control systems, telecommunications and networking, Internet services, publishing, heath and fitness, and manufacturing. In the early part of her career, Manthi joined General Motors Advanced Manufacturing Research in developing technologies for office and factory automation. She participated in developing international standards for Open System Interconnect with National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST). Manthi was involved in a series of early startup developing routing and networking technologies that were later acquired by NEC, Cabletron, Tut Systems, and Cisco. In the last 10 years, Manthi has brought her executive experience to focus on small businesses. Manthi Nguyen received her BSEE from University of Washington, and her MBA from University of Michigan.
Focused, team-oriented individual with over 20 years experience in product design and development, program management and operations. Strategic planner with a proven ability to identify and solve complex, cross-functional issues. Able to communicate and partner with executives, customers, and suppliers to deliver products and solutions on time and on budget.
Tom is an electrical engineer and serial entrepreneur who now utilizes his expertise and success to support new ventures as an investor and mentor. He frequently consults as an expert witness for litigation cases involving software, hardware and systems analysis.
After graduating from Stanford with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Tom joined Silver-Lisco, a computer-aided engineering company. He managed a team that worked to commercialize new techniques originally developed within his Stanford thesis on “partitioning large digital designs”. He then became one of three Founders of Quickturn Systems, which developed the RPM Emulator Prototyping System. Cadence Design Systems Inc. acquired the company. Spectrum Analysis was his next venture where he was a Founder and Partner. Spectrum Analysis was initially focused on gallium arsenide vertical cavity laser based field programmable gate array development but evolved to provide consulting services based on a range of expertise in other software and design tools areas.
Tom then founded Denali Software, participating in the development of memory modeling technology for simulation environments then serving on the Board of Directors until its acquisition. Denali Software was successfully sold to Cadence Design Systems Inc. in 2010 for a strong financial return.
Tom has many patents and publications. In addition to his professional interests he is a record holder as a soaring pilot.
June Fallon is an advisor and Board member who identifies investment worthy companies and provides leadership and guidance to manage growth. She has over 25 years experience as an innovation-oriented leader achieving revenue goals up to $69B from early stage to Fortune 15 businesses. In 2012, Ms. Fallon retired after 10 years as an executive at McKesson, the largest healthcare services and IT company in the United States. Her executive leadership success has been achieved across a broad portfolio of medical device, pharmaceutical, supply chain, distribution, technology and service healthcare businesses. Board experience includes BioSoteria, a drug safety company sold to Dohmen Life Sciences in 2012 and the McKesson Foundation. She is currently a Strategic Advisor for several medical device and life science companies. She will graduate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Program for Corporate Directors in April 2014. She previously attended the Harvard Business School Program for Strategic Negotiation and holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. Ms. Fallon is a citizen of the United States and Ireland.
Investor, entrepreneur, and technologist
David Sacarelos is a certified public accountant with over twenty years of accounting experience. He is a partner at Seiler LLP, where he advises closely held companies and high net worth individual and families. He provides tax and business planning services for entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies, real estate companies, investment partnerships, manufacturers and professional service organizations.
David also spends a significant amount of time advising high net worth individuals and families with respect to their philanthropic desires, as well as working with private foundations and public charities in view of their mission and public works. He has served as a director and a planned giving advisor for a number of non-profit organizations in the Bay Area.
David received a Bachelors of Science degree in accounting from San Jose State University and received a Masters of Science degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. He lives in Sunnyvale with his wife and their two children.
Heike Schmitz is an angel investor with a portfolio mostly in high tech, including healthcare, IT, clean-tech and even a restaurant. She is currently looking into entrepreneurial opportunities in the marine space. She is also involved in philanthropy supporting local and global environmental and community related organizations.
In the early years of her career, Heike worked as a management consultant, analyst, and programmer for several Swiss companies. After moving to the US and taking some family time off, she first gained experience in Silicon Valley as a quality assurance engineer with a small startup. Heike was subsequently hired into the Google engineering team, where she eventually developed and led their first testing services teams, an organization of then over 300 people. As senior engineering manager, she was later involved in the preparations for the IPO, including preparation for Sarbanes–Oxley compliance. Heike left Google in 2006.
Heike is a citizen of the United States and of Germany with a special place on her heart for Switzerland, the land she grew up in. Here she studied Computer Science at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Additionally, in 2014, she graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in Marine Biology.
A seasoned senior executive and business leader with over twenty five years of high level experience in developing business infrastructures such as: strategic business planning, alliance and partnership development, product line planning and development, and sales / marketing. Well regarded and highly connected throughout various layers of the Intel / Apple IT industry.
Srini Srinivasan has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing early stage technologies, startups, and advanced engineering projects in a wide variety of roles: customer development and support, product management, marketing, sales, engineering, finance and general management. His experience spans diverse domains of data analytics, advanced materials, Internet, devices, networks, control systems, consumer and financial markets. While incubating a business intelligence venture, he is consulting for the Advanced Technology Labs of Lockheed Martin in computational materials and serving as an advisor for various other bay area startups. Previously, he was the founder of EASI, which provided analytics products for wireless networks and embedded real-time systems. He was the founding CEO of TimeSys, a leader in the embedded Linux market with applications in industrial automation, telecommunications, networking, consumer devices, aerospace and defense. Earlier in his engineering career, for Westinghouse Electric, he co-led an engineering team that delivered an automated online tester for the world’s first digital safety system for a nuclear power plant. Srini holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Masters and Bachelors of Engineering respectively from the University of Houston and the IIT Madras in India.
Philippe Stephan has more than 20 years of experience in the field of financial technology.
He began his career in California where he developed a novel programming language. He later moved to Paris where he specialized in implementing pricing models to trade financial derivatives, and co-founded a London-based bank as a joint venture between Lazard and Credit Agricole. Here, he managed in-house trading and the bank’s risk-management system. After returning to the US, he led product development for two B2C web startups before becoming the CTO of Moody’s Analytics.
As CTO for Risk Management Solutions, he headed the development of the leading natural disaster risk models to help the largest insurance companies in the world price and manage portfolios of catastrophe policies. Recently, Philippe has consulted for financial services firms catering to private equity and venture capital firms.
Track record building/mentoring teams,transforming marketing requirements into products. One of first software team members at six startups. Member of Sand Hill Angels
Laura has a thorough understanding of the engineering development process (functional specification, system/architecture design, development, testing, and deployment) based on ten years of software/firmware development experience. Effective Program Management skills based on hands-on engineering experience allowing for identification and mitigation of risks early in the product life-cycle.
Paul Swartz has over thirty years experience in the software and electronics industry. Early in his career he worked at Bell Laboratories where he developed software to verify the design of integrated circuits.
He continued this work as a founder of Solomon (later Cadence) Design Systems, which develops commercial Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools for the electronics industry on a variety of computer systems. While at Cadence, he built up and managed several groups of software developers dealing with all aspects (operating systems, databases, graphics, networks, version control, backup, etc.) of integrated software for EDA. During this time the company went public and is still a dominant player in the EDA market today.
After more than eight years at Cadence Design Systems, Paul joined Xilinx, a maker of programmable chips called FPGA’s. There he developed techniques to accurately grade Xilinx chips based on their speed, with higher speed chips providing higher margins for the company. This work launched a new department at Xilinx to fully characterize the chip timing and relate it to the software models of the chips that were used by customers. Paul served as the Director of this department for many years and was responsible for releasing the results for each new product family to customers. He frequently interfaced with customers and his department provided support when customers had timing issues with their designs.
Starting with Bell Laboratories, Paul has managed diverse technical development groups, both large and small. At both Cadence and Xilinx he gained extensive experience managing globally distributed development teams, as these small companies grew to mid-size. He has worked closely with Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, and product support groups, as well as on cross-functional teams to manage the companies’ products.
Paul left Xilinx at the end of April to become more involved in the bio-technology area. That interest was partly responsible for his joining HealthTech Capital.
Paul received an S.B. and Ph.D. in Physics from MIT. He holds a number of patents relating to his work on timing measurements. He is a member of the American Physical Society.
Jo-ning Ta has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in managing and developing software from large-scale, high performance distributed systems, middleware to applications and embedded devices in areas of Internet, mobile, enterprise, and telecom in leading start-ups and large corporations. Jo-ning spent 5 years at Symbio, a product development outsourcing company where he served as CTO, worked on Technology Solutions and focused on leveraging new technologies and developed offerings and solutions in cloud, mobile, enterprise and lead the distributed delivery to the customers and markets. Jo-ning was VP Eng for Spark Tech, a start-up in developing embedded devices and app & server to bridge personal rich media data among mobile phone, desktop and the web. Jo-ning was VP Eng and co-founder of Mobile Radius, a mobile content charging, billing and personalized marketing solution start-up. Jo-ning was VP Eng for Sina.com, a leading Chinese Internet portal and online media company.
Jo-ning received his MS in Computer Science from University of Southern California and BS in Physics from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.
Jo-ning enjoys working with emerging technology companies to help with products, strategy, operations and fund raising. Primary investment interests are in mobile Internet, consumer products and software.
Ali Tehranchi is an angel investor focused on software, mobile, and cloud technologies. He has over 25 years of experience in B2B client-server enterprise software technology. In 1995 he co-founded and served as President & COO of Notable Solutions Inc (NSi) an intelligent workflow based middleware technology focusing on network and mobile device integration into business applications such as SAP, Oracle, Allscripts, Salesforce and many others.
He grew the company from a handful of employees to 277 employees with over $44M in annual revenue only 3 years after receiving series A funding from Edison Partners. NSi was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2014.
Ali holds BS degree in EE from George Mason University from Fairfax VA.
Abbas Tehrani is Director of Corporate Development at Atmel Corporation. He has over 25 years of experience in the high technology industries, in engineering, marketing, and senior management positions. In his role as Corporate Development, Abbas has overseen and conducted M&A and divestiture activities. He has successfully led acquisitions of technologies in Smart Metering, LED Lighting, Touch and Communications. In addition, he has managed divestiture of Flash Memory and Multimedia Technologies.
Prior to Corporate Development, as the head of Business Development for memory products, he created new value and service for the emerging Mobile Market through forging third party strategic alliances. Before joining Atmel, Abbas was instrumental in defining, managing and launching Chips &Technologies’ graphic and multimedia products as the market leader for portable PC.
Abbas received his BS in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University.
Scott Thacker is the CEO of Ivory Consulting, the leading software and consulting solution for modeling and pricing complex equipment leases and loans. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association as well as a member of its Lease and Finance Accountants Committee and a previous chair of its Operations & Technology Committee. He is the co-director of the Research Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.
He is also an advisor to Primus Power and Koe International, a member of the Board of Governors of StartOut and an angel investor.
Prior to joining Ivory in 2010, Scott was a partner and co-leader of Accenture’s asset finance management consulting practice. Before that, he co-led the creation and market adoption of Oracle Lease and Finance Management, a software application for equipment lessors.
Scott earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Accounting from the Wake Forest University School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Sherman has over 25 years of experience in the high technology industry, in engineering, executive management and as an entrepreneur. He is an active investor in start-up ventures.
Most recently, Sherman was Founder and CEO of Century A Technologies, a company which built a marketing/sales/support infrastructure in China, for new breeds of Internet-based enterprise software products designed in the US.
Previously, Sherman was Vice President at Oracle Corporation, where he founded the HP Products Division and grew the business into the number one product line, with over $300M in product license revenue. While at Oracle, he also established the Asia Products Division to spearhead the cultivation of business in the Asia Pacific region, which later became the fastest growing market for Oracle. As a result, Oracle's Japanese subsidiary experienced one of the most successful high tech IPOs in Japanese history. In addition, Sherman was on the Oracle CEO's hand-picked team to start up a Network Computer business, to revolutionize how people and businesses use the Internet.
Prior to Oracle, Sherman held engineering positions at Hewlett Packard, developing relational database systems for HP's cutting edge RISC computer servers, and at Intel, developing computer language processors for Intel's advanced chip architecture.
Sherman received an MSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Doug is a networking industry veteran with over 15 years of marketing and business development experience and 14 years in venture capital management. He has broad knowledge and investment experience in the data networking, multimedia, and Internet Infrastructure area.
Doug’s prior operational roles included serving as VP of Marketing for Precept Software, a network video software company which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1998. He was also VP of marketing and business development for First Virtual Communications. Prior to FVC, Doug was a senior business executive for the early years of Cisco Systems, 3Com/Bridge Communications, and Hewlett-Packard.
Doug has funded and worked with numerous high-tech startup companies as an angel investor prior to Horizon Ventures. He invested in companies such as AudioTalk(acquired by HearMe), Vertex Networks (acquired by Mitel Corp.), Rapidstream (acquired by WatchGuard), and Centrum Communications (acquired by 3Com).
Doug holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a MBA degree from Santa Clara University. He is the past president and board member of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) and a current board member of Hong Kong-SV.com, a non-profit organization based in Silicon Valley.
Frank Willemsen has over 20 years of experience in the high technology industry, in Sales and Business Development, executive leadership positions.
Previously, Frank worked in various positions at Cisco in Europe, the US and Asia. Prior to Cisco he worked for KPN, EDS and Sprint International.
Frank graduated in Business and Commercial Economics from the HEAO Business School in Enschede, the Netherlands. At EDS, Frank also completed and graduated from the System Engineering (SED) and Telecoms Professional (TPD) Programs. At Cisco, Frank completed and graduated from the DIP program (Mini MBA program in corporation with British Telecom).
Jonathan is an industry recognized leader in the field of Information Management, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing with over twenty years of management, business advisory and systems consulting experience. He is President of NAVinture, a technology firm providing services and solutions that help businesses navigate with information through the use of advanced analytics, closed loop and actionable Business Intelligence technologies.
Before starting NAVinture, Jonathan held various positions with several leading Business Intelligence companies beginning with BASE Consulting Group, which he co-founded in 1994 and was acquired by Knightbridge Solutions in 2003. In 2006, Knightsbridge Solutions was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. At Hewlett-Packard, he was a Practice Area Leader within the Information Management practice and was responsible for Public Health organizations. At Knightsbridge Solutions, Jonathan was a member of the executive management team and board member. He was responsible for the Thought Leadership Program and managed several client relationships. At BASE Consulting Group, he was co-founder and chairman responsible for strategic planning, training services, public speaking engagements and managing select client engagements. Prior to entering the field of Business Intelligence, he was an Advisory Business Services Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and before that, a Senior Accountant at Ernst & Young.
Jonathan is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the State of California and a Certified Information Technology Professional. Jonathan earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kate Allison runs Operations for Sand Hill Angels. She has been with the group since 2013.
Prior to Sand Hill, Hugo practiced corporate and securities law at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Beijing and Jun He Law Offices in Shanghai. He earned his B.S. from University of California, Davis and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.