Brendan is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, the largest & most active venture capital fund investing in Built World technology (real estate, hospitality/travel, construction, infrastructure & Smart City technology). Brendan was previously Co-founder & CEO of Identified, a data & analytics company focused on workforce optimization that raised $35M of venture capital and was acquired by Workday (WDAY) in 2014. Brendan was also involved in the founding of Cabify and was its first investor alongside Adeyemi Ajao. Brendan has personally invested in over 75 companies, including early investments in DollarShaveClub, SpaceX, Coinbase, Bonobos, Zenefits, Cabify, Philz Coffee, OpenDoor, Clutter and many more.Brendan began his career at Goldman Sachs in investment banking and The Blackstone Group in real estate private equity. Brendan received an MBA from Stanford University & graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University. Brendan was born in New York City, Brendan is 33 years old and an avid skier, kiteboarder, triathlete & mountaineer. Brendan is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Richard Yoo is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Rackspace US. Through his vision and influence, Rackspace has become a powerhouse in the web hosting industry, leveraging its bullet-proof infrastructure and Fanatical Support offering. With a recent IPO and revenues exceeding $300 million annually, its customer list now includes names like Sony Music, GE, Hilton Hotels, Delta Airlines, Virgin and Miller Brewing. Yoo also set out and founded the perfect Self-Managed Server company. Built from the customer up, ServerBeach used custom proprietary technology to tailor the hosting product for a more technical and scrappy user. The Beach (as its often called) has become popular with influential internet hipsters such as Nick Denton of Gawker and Evan Williams of Twitter. Today, Yoo can be found functioning as an advisor to several companies including Inventables and Natuba. While he enjoys spending time advising others with their entrepreneurial endeavors, he spends most of his days at his own start-up incubator - Hush Labs. As an avid technology evangelist, Yoo can be heard via radio as a regular guest of the The David Lawrence Show. He is an active member of the Trinity University Computer Science Advisory Board, and has been recognized as one of San Antonios rising stars with the San Antonio Business Journals Annual 40 Under 40 Award for 2003. Additionally, he is a Houston Technology Centers Emerging Technology Council member, served as the Chair of the Accessibility Internet Rally for Houston and as a judge in the Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC).
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.
Christian Ehrenthal currently serves as Managing Director of Blackbird Ventures, where he incubates and invests in early-stage technology companies with a particular focus on infrastructure software and SaaS. Ehrenthal is serial entrepreneur with a strong history of software operations and strategy as well as mergers and acquisitions. Most recently co-founded and was CEO of security software vendor Cygna Labs, which he led through a successful acquisition in the end of 2018. Prior to that he was the founder and CEO of the Blackbird Group, an award-winning provider of compliance management software. Under his leadership, Blackbird Group became one of the fastest growing vendors in its category, achieving consistent high growth and profitability while amassing over 20 million seats under management before concluding its successful sale to BeyondTrust.
Sohin Shah is a Co-Founder & Chief Compliance Officer at iFunding. Sohin has managed the crowdfunding listing and reporting process for the tens of millions of dollars raised via iFunding, and is a liaison for investors and operating partners. He also oversees the development team building the platform infrastructure, mobile application and interfaces to integrated solutions. Sohin holds a Series 82 license as a representative for private securities offerings. He previously has worked at investment banks in NYC and is a graduate from New York University, with a Masters degree in Finance & Risk Engineering. He also is the creator of Valuation App, an app that allows finance professionals to analyze businesses and start-ups, making use of valuation techniques that are at par with what is used in the real world. Sohin successfully raised capital to develop this app by crowdfunding it from 57 backers. He is also an Angel Investor.
Felipe Mendoza is a Managing Director of Aristos Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on early-stage technology companies in Texas. Felipe Mendoza recently led the early stage technology investments for the $200 million ORIX Texas Technology & Infrastructure Fund. Felipe joined ORIX from GLP Advisors, a Sevin Rosen affiliate and previously co-founded TAC Portfolio Advisors. Felipe was formerly at Dallas based Silver Creek Ventures, an early stage, information technology, venture capital firm where he was the CFO and Associate. Prior to Silver Creek Ventures, Felipe held management and engineering positions at Cisco Systems, Monterey Networks (acquired by Cisco), Flextronics, Yotta Networks, Boehringer Mannheim (acquired by Roche Diagnostics), Alcatel-Lucent, and DSC Communications (acquired by Alcatel). Felipe has been involved in the development of products ranging from optical routers and networking equipment to diabetes monitors and container tracking systems. Felipe has a diverse background having been involved in all facets of the early stage capital experience – from employment at technology start-ups to venture capital funds. He has firsthand experience as an engineer in helping to grow a successful venture backed startup, Monterey Networks, from an early stage company until its acquisition by Cisco Systems for $501 million in 1999. Felipe received an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University. He is a frequent guest speaker at SMU and has been the industry mentor for the SMU Business Plan Competition since 2008. He holds 6 patents.
Robbie Allen serves as Chief Executive Officer at Infinia ML. He also is an Angel Investor. He is also the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Automated Insights. Allen is the Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Automated Insights. Robbie Allen oversees all aspects of Automated Insights as well as leads the software development and information technology teams for the company. Prior to founding Automated Insights, Robbie was a Distinguished Engineer, IT at Cisco where he worked for 13 years. During his time at Cisco, Robbie led large-scale IT architecture projects that involved overhauling Cisco's internal infrastructure to a cloud-based solution. He managed teams from 5 to 40 people that developed complex network management software. Just before leaving the company, Robbie designed advanced protocols for Cisco's core router platforms. Before Cisco, Robbie worked at IBM in the Networking Hardware Division and at Lucent in a variety of software engineering positions. Robbie received a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Math from East Carolina University (magna cum laude). He has Masters degrees from MIT in Engineering Management and Civil & Environmental Engineering. He is the author of ten books on a variety of technical topics from O'Reilly, Apress and Addison-Wesley. Robbie has been very active in the startup community for over ten years. He's served as an advisor and mentor to numerous startups and entrepreneurs.
Hummingbird ventures is a venture capital firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. The firm makes transactions in seed round, early stage, growth capital and later stage funding. It specializes in the information technology, online service and focuses on digital media, social media, e-commerce, cloud computing, infrastructure software, enterprise software, gaming and mobile application sectors.
Sherman Ting serves as President Emiritus and Board Member at Sand Hill Angels. 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.
Eric is interested in companies at the intersection of health and information technology, finance and technology, and consumer services. He supports TransLink’s portfolio companies to engage customers and partners in Asia and leads the firm’s investment activities in Israel. Active current lead investments include aktiia, Opsys Technologies, Sensifree, and Somnoware as well as active engagement with HZO. Noteworthy past TransLink investments include Misfit (ACQ: Fossil). Eric is a founder of Eternal Capital and a private investor, board member, and advisor to public and private technology companies. He was previously the Founding Managing Director of the SOFTBANK Asia Infrastructure Fund (SAIF). Together with Gary Rieschel, Eric defined the strategy, recruited the team, and led investments for SAIF I, a $404 million venture capital fund launched by SOFTBANK Corporation in partnership with Cisco Systems in 2000. Eric has led investments in technology, media, and telecommunications companies in China, India, Korea, and the United States. Prior to SAIF, Eric was an associate partner with SOFTBANK Venture Capital focused on seed and early-stage communications services, e-commerce, and e-finance investments. Prior to joining SOFTBANK Venture Capital, he was a member of Merrill Lynch’s Technology Investment Banking Group and a consultant with The LEK/Alcar Consulting Group in Boston. Eric earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College and is a certified acupuncturist.
Neal Hansch serves as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner at Silicon Foundry. He served as Incubator Managing Director at Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. Previously, he served as a Principal at Saints Capital. He served as a Partner at Rustic Canyon Partners. He brings several years of experience in venture capital, technology operations and investment banking. Before joining Rustic Canyon, he worked in the Corporate Development group at Macromedia, where he was responsible for executing worldwide M&A transactions and strategic equity investments. Prior to Macromedia, he was at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he focused on investments in the software, networking infrastructure and e-commerce industries. He has also worked in Product Marketing at webMethods (Nasdaq: WEBM), a leading enterprise application integration company, and co-founded a start-up that provides popular software extensions for Web development tools. He began his career as a financial analyst in the Software Group at Robertson Stephens, where he worked with clients such as BEA, BroadVision, HNC, Hyperion, Informatica and Intuit. He also served as a Board Member at Cashie Commerce and UrbanSitter. He received his M.B.A. with distinction from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was a Deutschman Venture Fellow. He also received Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Psychology from Duke University.
Covera Ventures is a venture capital firm that focuses on investing in early-stage technology companies based in the United States and Canada. It seeks to invest in companies operating in the infrastructure, wireless and mobility, software and technology-enabled service sectors. The firm was founded in 2009 and is based in Austin, Texas.
Tim Guleri serves as Managing Director at Sierra Ventures. He serves as the Board Member at Appcues. He is also an angel investor. He serves as the Board Member at Applitools. He also serves as a Board Member at DotNetNuke, Appcelerator and MakeMyTrip. He joined the firm in 2001 and focuses on investments in the consumer (mobile Internet), enterprise software (SaaS), infrastructure software (security, deployment, management), and open source. Guleri has several years of hands on operating and investing experience, but also on a solid technical education. Prior to joining the firm, he built two software infrastructure companies. Guleri served as the Vice Chairman and the Executive Vice President of Business Development at Epiphany. He co-founded Octane Software and served as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman from 1997 to 2000. Guleri served as a Vice President of Technical Field Operations and Product Marketing at Scopus Technology from 1992 to 1997, heading the Sales and Marketing functions, and was a leader in the CRM space. He began his career as an Executive in Information Technology at LSI Logic between 1989 and 1992. Guleri has presented at numerous industry conferences such as ABA, ETRA, DCI, and eCommerce World. He also serves on Board of PhenomPeople. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College and MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Omnes Capital is a private equity and infrastructure firm with EUR 3.6 billion in assets under management. The firm provides companies with the capital needed to finance their growth in a number of areas such as buyout & growth capital, venture capital and infrastructure. It is a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
Norwest Venture Partners is a multi-stage venture capital and growth equity investment firm based in Palo Alto, California. The firm prefers to invest in the cloud and IT infrastructure, SaaS and enterprise software, internet and consumer, healthcare, technology, information services, financial services and consumer products sectors.
Updata Partners is a private equity firm that provides growth equity to software and software-enabled businesses. The firm invests in the infrastructure software, application software, SaaS, technology-enabled services, digital media and e-commerce sectors. It was founded in 1998 and is based in Washington, District of Columbia.
I started rebelling against my parents when I was nine years old by staying up all night to game, hack, and program a new computer. A few years later, I taught myself 3D computer graphics and IP networking while working for EPRI and Stanford University, the local hub for the Internet’s precursor, the NSFNET. At 19, I helped start GlobalCenter, one of the first web hosting providers, with initial customers such as CNN, Netscape, Playboy, and Yahoo! More recently, I was a General Partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, from April 2012 to November 2014. During my tenure I started the seed practice and led investments in Lytro, Periscope.io, Quora, and Ravel Law, in addition to co-founding Coolan. Prior to NBVP, I worked at Facebook, where I led global infrastructure, site architecture, and internal systems as VP Infrastructure & Technical Operations, from 2007 until 2012. During that time Facebook grew from 35 million to over 800 million users. Facebook witnessed unprecedented scale and velocity, one of our most impactful decisions was defying the status quo and sharing our lessons learned in infrastructure with the world through 100+ open source projects, consequently, forming the Open Compute Project. Before that, I held executive engineering roles at Wal-Mart and Danger (acquired by Microsoft). I also spent several years as Chief Operating Officer for Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP). Earlier in my career, I co-founded and was CTO of GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s venture capital group. While scaling GlobalCenter, we saw an opportunity to build the world’s first native-optical IP network. When others were adopting ATM, we chose the path less traveled with a novel approach. I currently serve on the board of directors of Webmonsters, in addition to Vertex portfolio companies PerimeterX, CloudAcademy, and SpaceIQ. I have individually invested in and actively help several companies, including Cloudera, Coravin, Diffbot, Dropbox, Square, and ThousandEyes.
Compass Partners is a merchant banking and investment advisory firm founded in 1997. Compass focuses on investing in middle market companies and corporate restructuring. The firm has an interest in investing in global infrastructure, aerospace and defense, capital goods, industrial and consumer products, retail and business services. Compass has built a transatlantic franchise with transactions in excess of $2.7 billion, of which $1 billion represents secondary directs. Deals typically include at least three businesses and deal size ranges from $100 million to $800 million. The first Compass fund focused on European industrial assets and deployed $850 million in seven investments (comprising 15 transactions) and returned $1.6 billion to its investors.