Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Silicon Valley Breakfast - 'VC Grill', sponsored by Orrick. This event was in Silicon Valley on Tues, Nov 18, 2003.
Jack came to the company after 20 years of experience in the telecommunications field, bringing with him an in-depth understanding and passion for this quickly changing and, at times, unwieldy market. Jack utilizes his extensive operational experience to guide young companies, helping them ultimately achieve their business goals and enjoy success.
Jack focuses on the communications and IT infrastructure sectors and is especially interested in wireless and optical networking technology. He currently sits on the boards of Alfalight, Inc., Innovance Networks, Inc., Polaris Networks, Visage Mobile, Vivato, Wave 7, and XiCor.
Before joining ATV, Jack spent 16 years at AT&T, most recently as Vice President of Customer Business Management. He was responsible for the P&L of a $2 billion business unit. Jack rose from an Account Manager, serving in multiple functional roles across the organization. He also built an Internet Infrastructure / application server company, ObjectStream, Inc., from the ground up, eventually supporting $6 million in revenue and 50 employees. Jack graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Biochemistry and holds an MBA from the University of Colorado. He also participated in the management development program at the Harvard Business School.
Deepak Kamra has a knack for identifying innovative companies that disrupt the status quo to become leaders in their fields. After an 11-year career growing technology startups into successful global leaders, Deepak joined Canaan in 1991 and is focused on investments in digital media, specifically as it relates to the seismic shift taking place in online advertising. Deepak led Canaan’s early investment in DoubleClick, the Internet’s first and leading online advertising solution; Match.com, the most popular dating site worldwide; and BharatMatrimony, the world’s number-one online matrimony site.
He also invested in voice-over-IP infrastructure company Acme Packet, which became one of the top-ten performing IPOs of 2006, and his recent IPO, SuccessFactors, is the leading company in human performance and talent management. Deepak is interested in funding innovative companies in what he calls “B2B 2.0”, or enterprise applications and managed services that leverage talent from India and the US to improve business-to-business relationships, as well as companies providing software-as-a-service and open source software. He currently sits on the boards of technology-driven global companies such as On24, the leader in webcasting; and Zmanda, a leader in open source backup software. He also directed Canaan’s investments in AllBusiness.com, Concord Communications, ImpulseBuy Network, iPrint.com, Latitude Communications, PriorityCall Management, Recourse Technologies, SalesLogix and Zoosk. Recognizing early the global nature of venture capital, Deepak initiated Canaan’s investments in the India market starting in 2001.
Before joining Canaan, Deepak gained 11 years of executive operating experience at growth companies in the telecommunications, computer and software industries. He was a key member of the startup team at Aspect Communications, helping lead the pioneer in call center technologies to a successful IPO in 1990, and has also held leadership roles at telecommunications companies like ROLM Corp. and TRW Datacomm International.
Deepak received a BA from Carleton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In his spare time, he is involved in several microfinance initiatives to spur economic growth in developing nations and currently serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee at Deutsche Bank’s Global Microfinance Consortium. He was recently included on the Forbes Midas List, a prominent list ranking the best dealmakers in technology and is also on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association.
"FundingPost allows the venture community to review many interesting deals in a short period of time. The consistent format allows VCs to quickly evaluate companies raising capital based on the criteria that's most important to them. Canaan Partners is happy to participate in this process."
- Deepak Kamra, Canaan Partners
At Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Russell invests in software, electronic commerce, Web services, media and telecommunications. He is currently on the board of: Vertical Networks and Vividence.
Russell also leads other KPCB investments in: NewView, SS8, Veraz Networks and WildBlue Communications.
Russell was involved in AdKnowledge, which was sold to CMG Inc. in November 1999; iExchange.com that became part of Placemark Investments in October 2000; Greenlight.com, which merged with CarsDirect.com in January 2001; pogo.com, which was sold to Electronic Arts in March 2001; Resonate, which was acquired by Gores Technology Group in March 2003; and Tradec, which was acquired by Agile Software in October 2003.
Russell is also on the board of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, an independent public charity, as well as, the non-profit organization Sustainable Conservation.
Russell joined KPCB after seven years at Microsoft. Before Microsoft, Russell was a software engineer who wrote artificial intelligence applications for the financial services industry at Applied Expert Systems, a Cambridge, Massachusetts startup, and was also an engineering consultant. He earned his SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Physics in 1984 and a MBA from Harvard University where he was a Baker Scholar in 1989.
|Fred Dotzler, Managing Director, De Novo Ventures
Fred's previous partnership, Medicus Venture Partners, was an early stage investor in public companies such as Anergen, Applied Molecular Evolution, Biosite Diagnostics, Inhale Therapeutic Systems, Omnicell, Tularik and Vitaphore. Prior to Medicus, Fred was a General Partner with Crosspoint Venture Partners for 5 years where he invested in medical and technology companies.
Previously, Fred served in executive positions in finance, marketing, sales, manufacturing and acquisitions for companies selling pharmaceuticals (Searle), medical instruments (Merrimack), biotechnology research tools (Millipore), and computers (IBM). Fred is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Private Equity.
BOARD INVOLVEMENT: Favrille, GenoRx, Healthtalk Interactive, Microvention
Point Biomedical, Renovis, Senorx
EDUCATION - BS, Iowa State University
Masters equivalent in Economics, University of Louvain Belgium
MBA, University of Chicago
2000 Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering, Iowa State University.
|Manish Chapekar, Associate Partner, Montreux Equity
Mr. Chapekar joined Montreux in 2001 and brings extensive experience in
business development and private equity in the life sciences industry.
Prior to joining Montreux, he has worked with 3COM and Vertex Management
where he evaluated early stage investments and technologies. Previously, he
was a manager of strategy and new business development at Pharmacia (now
Pfizer and previously Monsanto Company) responsible for strategic
development, licensing, acquisitions and investments in life science
companies and technologies.
Mr. Chapekar has received a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian
Institute of Technology, Bombay; a Masters of Science in Engineering from
the University of Kentucky, where he pursued graduate research in cellular
bioengineering and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Business School. At
Stanford, he was co-President of the Venture Capital Club and founding
co-Chairman of the Stanford Global Entrepreneurs' Challenge.
Moderator: Peter Cohn, Partner, Orrick
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