Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Dallas Early-Stage VC Breakfast, sponsored by Convergence Homes. This event was in Dallas, TX on November 7, 2007.
James Y. Lancaster, General Manager, The Research Valley Innovation Center
Mr. James Lancaster is the General Manager of the Research Valley Innovation
Center, a collaborative effort between the Research Valley community and key
entities of the Texas A&M University System. He is currently putting
together two early stage funding tools for the RVIC, including a loan fund
in partnership with area banks and a seed fund with area angels, both
focused on very early stage companies. He previously angel invested in five
early stage companies and he is a technology-focused business professional
and entrepreneur who co-founded seventhVIEW corporation, Avalion Consulting
and SkyBox 360, and is currently on the boards of Avalion Consulting,
Timetag, and the non-profit Wednesday’s Child Benefit Corporation, and
advisor to ContentPilot, IdeaTango, Intelliun Corporation and Net Watch
Solutions. Most recently CEO of TotalChart, previously Senior Vice President
with Avvantica, Vice President with Intelliun, CEO of seventhVIEW and Senior
Manager with Deloitte Consulting. With over 18 years of experience in the
technology industry, his areas of experience include strategic planning,
business leadership, fundraising, corporate governance, company culture
development and team-building, product development, innovation and launch.
James received a BBA from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the
University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Adler joined Silver Creek Ventures as a General Partner in 2007. His areas of expertise include data and voice communications, semiconductors, and wireless applications. Mr. Adler has also served as a board member of the Texas Venture Capital Association since its inception in 2004.
Prior to joining Silver Creek, Mr. Adler served as a Partner with InterWest Partners since 2001, a leading diversified venture capital firm in information technology and life sciences. Representative investments include Covaro (acquired by Adva Optical), kajeet, Nuventix, Venturi Wireless and VizionWare.
Prior to InterWest Partners, Mr. Adler developed 17 years of operating experience in product management and engineering from Rockwell International, Alcatel, Monterey Networks and Cisco Systems. Mr. Adler received a BSEE and MBA from Southern Methodist University and has authored or co-authored four US patents.
Ned Hill, Director, Sternhill Partners
Ned Hill joined Sternhill Partners following a career in the communications industry, both in operations and strategic planning, and as a management consultant. He has been involved with both Fortune 50 corporations and start-ups in the technology and telecommunications industries.
Until January 2001, Ned was director of FastAccess, BellSouth's high-speed DSL and fiber optic Internet service. In that role, he was in charge of many facets of operations and planning, including network planning and deployment, new product implementation, and customer service and network operations support. Additionally, he developed new approaches to service installation and support to substantially enhance the customer experience while reducing costs. Prior to assuming his operations role, Ned was actively involved in the strategic planning of broadband services, including DSL, fiber-in-the-loop, and satellite technologies.
Before joining BellSouth, Ned was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, and across a spectrum of issues, including strategy, operations, and organizational development. Prior to McKinsey, Ned worked with BroadBand Technologies, a start-up fiber-in-the-loop equipment manufacturer that went public in 1993. He has also worked for Alcatel Network Systems and Siecor Corp., a leading fiber optic cable manufacturer.
Ned is actively involved with ClearCube Technology Corp. (Austin, TX); Navini Networks, Inc. (Richardson, TX); Luminous Networks, Inc. (Cupertino, CA); RLX Technologies, Inc. (The Woodlands, TX); and Surgient, Inc. (Austin, TX). Ned also serves on the Rice Alliance Roundtable Advisory Board.
Ned holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Dartmouth College where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar and served as class president.