Clint Chao is a founding General Partner of Moment Ventures. Moment is an early-stage VC firm investing in the Infrastructure of Everything: startups that are connecting digital and physical networks. Moment looks for companies in 3 primary areas: (1) Innovations in traditional IT, (2) New Device Ecosystems and (3) People-Based Platforms. Some of our investments include Soha, Skyward, Payable, Netsil, Swing Education, Call9, Copia, Viptela, World View and Nodeprime (acquired by Ericsson). Prior to Moment, Clint was a co-founding Managing Director at Formative Ventures, an early-stage VC firm. During his time at Formative, Clint invested a third of the fund's capital in early-stage technology startups, focusing on software infrastructure, web services, cloud computing applications and advanced semiconductors. Clint's investment and board leadership experience include Mashery (acquired by Intel), SOASTA, Silicon Clocks (acquired by Silicon Labs), Vungle and Zyray Wireless (acquired by Broadcom). Clint is an experienced technology executive who brings more than 20 years of start-up operating experience including marketing, sales and business development to Formative Ventures. Prior to co-founding Formative Ventures, Clint served as the first Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Business Development at SkyStream Networks (acquired by Tandberg TV), a leading provider of video routing solutions. Under his leadership, SkyStream became the worldwide leader in MPEG routing solutions to the broadcast, networking and enterprise markets. Prior to joining SkyStream, Clint served as Senior Director of Marketing at C-Cube Microsystems where he was responsible for marketing for the PC Division, a group he co-founded and grew to run rates exceeding $50M in sales annually. Clint began his tenure at C-Cube as the first Salesperson for the company, where he created the company’s sales representation network around the country. While there, C-Cube became the dominant supplier of digital video and imaging compression chips to the consumer electronics, computing and communications markets. Before joining C-Cube, Clint held numerous sales and sales management positions at Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector, where he was recognized as one of the company’s top salespeople. Clint earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Michael Meyer serves as General Partner at Edge Harris Ventures. Mike is an entrepreneur, inventor, and inveterate early-stage investor. As Founder and CEO of Transmitive, his team developed the groundbreaking Memote remote-control platform, bringing together consumer electronics and mobile software. Mike is the lead inventor on and holds the patent for the remote control of obstructed, infrared-light-receiving devices via omnidirectional IR output. He has directly supervised physicists, electrical engineers, patent agents, industrial designers, software engineers, and web developers. Mike studied Physics at Yale University while still in high school, graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian from Landmark College, and finished his academic career at Columbia University. He is an active investor in early-stage fintech companies, and was an early first-round investor in both Dataminr and Artivest. A member of the Milstein family, which owns and operates Emigrant Savings Bank, New York Private Bank & Trust, Milstein Properties, Milstein Ventures, and Milford Management, Mike has close ties to banking, real estate, and traditional venture financing, which supplement his excellent access to deal flow as part of the New York City tech startup world.
Tom Chiu serves as Venture Partner at Enspire Capital. Tom Chiu serves as a Board of Director at Sand Hill Angels. He has spent over 20 years in various high tech industries including mobile software, consumer electronics, wireless, patent sales/license, semiconductors, and embedded systems. Tom is currently the founder of IPforAsia, an intellectual property marketplace to bridge between Greater China and large U.S. corporations. Tom has worked in Shanghai from 2003-2007 as a founding member of Philips/NXP Software. Prior to the expatriate assignment, Tom was the lead of Philips Connected Home initiative which later became the blueprint of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). Tom also represented Philips in WiFi Alliance as secondary board member and Chair of DLNA China Task Force. He has held various director positions at Sina.com, Philips and NXP. Tom has a BS degree in Computer Science and a MBA in Product Marketing. He also received NYSE Series 7 Stock and Dealer license in 1988. Tom has been an active investor for over 12 years. He serves on several advisory boards and has a passion to work with startups in mobile, internet, location and eCommerce space.
At Javelin, Alex is a generalist, looking for disruptive opportunities across a variety of sectors, including marketplaces, e-commerce, digital media, consumer mobile, gaming, fintech, and enterprise SaaS. He sits on the boards of Estimote, KindlyCare, MasterClass, Rinse, Stensul, Telerivet, and Vendigo. Alex is also a board observer for Mythical Games and Thumbtack. Prior to joining Javelin, Alex was a Principal at DFJ Aurora, where he helped establish one of the first venture capital funds focused on high tech investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to DFJ, Alex was the first employee at ooma, a venture-backed company in the consumer electronics, VoIP (voice over IP) space, where he led the company’s initial product roll out, customer acquisition, and retail distribution strategy in product management and business development roles. Alex was also co-founder of Say-Hey-Hey.com, one of the web’s first free video dating sites, where he was in charge of all product development, fundraising, and business development efforts. Alex serves as a key advisor to several Silicon Valley early stage start-ups, including Sifteo (acquired by 3DR). Alex holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was co-President of the Venture Capital Club, a leader of a Global Study Trip, and a Board Fellow. He also holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering, a B.A. in International Relations, and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. During his time at Stanford, Alex was a Mayfield Fellow and led major technology centered research projects at General Motors and IBM for Stanford’s Center for Work, Technology, and Organization.
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Abhijit founded Whiteboard Venture Partners in 2017. He is focused on helping entrepreneurs create, build and scale the next generation of enterprise companies. Most recently, Abhijit was the cybersecurity investment lead at NexStar Partners. He joined NexStar from Symantec where he led the turn around of a $100M+ security product portfolio for the company. Prior to Symantec, Abhijit was with the Strategy & Corporate Development team at VMware. Abhijit started his career at McKinsey & Company where he worked with growth-stage and Fortune 500 companies in IT infrastructure, industrials, and consumer electronics.
10 years building companies and investing in startups in Consumer Electronics, Connected Things, Interactive Digital Media and Gaming. Expert in identifying market opportunities and shaping products for them. Building sales and marketing operations for startups from ground up. Specialties: startups, marketing, crowdfunding, product management, sales operations, business development and strategic partnerships. Avid angel investor, seating on Boards of several startup companies such as Creopop, Intellect Motion, Glance Clock.
Patrick O'Malley assumed the role of EVP & CFO effective August 25, 2008. In his previous role of SVP Finance & Treasurer, he was responsible for Corp. Accounting, Reporting, Treasury, Credit & Collections and Risk Management along with Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis and support for our Business Unit GMs, Sales & other functions. In October 2005, he returned to Finance from the Sales Organization where he coordinated the Company's activities surrounding the Consumer Electronics market as the SVP, Consumer Electronics Business Development from January 2004. O'Malley joined Seagate in 1988 & has held various management roles within the Finance organization including Manager of Consolidation & Cost Accounting, Director of Finance - Corporate FP&A, Sr. Director of Finance for Oklahoma City Operations, Sr. Director of Finance for Desktop Design, VP of Finance for Recording Media Operations & SVP of Finance for Manufacturing Operations. Prior to joining Seagate, he spent four years as a Sr. Staff Accountant for Arthur Young & Co. O'Malley holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame (Class of 1984).
Yves Béhar is a design entrepreneur who believes that holistic product, digital, and brand design are the cornerstones of any business. He is the founder and CEO of fuseproject, an integrated design and branding firm he established in 1999. Béhar is also the Chief Creative Officer of Jawbone, winner of a 2010 IDSA Design of the Decade Award, and the co-founder of August, the next generation home entry system. Renowned designer Yves Behar brings more than twenty years of product design, branding, user experience and communications work to August. He is the founder and CEO of fuseproject, a design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also chief creative officer at Jawbone, where for the last 11 years his products, brand and communications work has helped the company become a leader in wearable and audio consumer electronics. Behar is also the creative co-founder of OUYA, an open sourced gaming platform. In addition, he is currently the artist trustee of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and was named a Top 25 Visionary by TIME Magazine. His other collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, GE, Puma, PayPal, SodaStream, Samsung, Issey Miyake, Prada and many others have received international acclaim. Béhar's works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, and he is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability and business topics.
Richard Sussman is a veteran venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive with 20 years’ experience as a founder, board member, advisor and investor. His background spans numerous VC-funded, early stage and globally-traded companies all with market caps above $100M. Sussman is a proven builder of big business whose passions include monetization, transformative innovation, and disruptive content, products, services and technologies that change the way consumers interact with brands, companies and devices. Among his previous ventures include executive roles with The Nielsen Co., IPG Mediabrands, TiVo / Rovi Corporation and Tribune Media / Gracenote. Earlier in his career, Sussman was CEO and founder of GorillaExchange, Inc., a web 2.0 social entertainment, virtual currency platform, as well as CEO and co-founder of two .com 1.0 ventures: StreamExchange, Inc. and Quickflicks.com. StreamExchange was the first technology service provider that enabled global advertisers to embed television-style commercials into targeted streaming content over the Internet and Quickflicks.com was the first streaming content search engine with 30,000+ video titles. All entities had respectable exits. Sussman is often interviewed and profiled on the state of technology by media publications such as Los Angeles Business Journal, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, CNBC and The Los Angeles Times. He is often seen speaking at industry events such as the Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group, Digital Hollywood, Digital Analytics Association, Venture Capital Symposiums and the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). He also speaks at various Private Equity firms and is an occasional Guest Lecturer at UCLA's Anderson School of Management MBA program. He is a recipient of numerous industry awards, including the two-time recipient of ARF’s Great Mind Award, Nielsen’s Best of the Best Award. Sussman is originally from London, England. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1990. He was raised in Los Angeles, studied and worked in Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Sussman is a graduate of The Harvard Business School and a devoted husband and father of two children who enjoy spending time together skiing and traveling. Board member to: SHIFT, Inc. - Los Angeles - Sold to Brand Networks Weblife, Inc. - Los Angeles - Sold to Proofpoint BIScience, Inc. - Tel Aviv Blip Technologies Inc. (Carblip) - Los Angeles EYP Ventures, Inc. (Exploringyourpotential.com)