Steve joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave and CoWave Networks. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation. Steve also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard. At Venrock, Steve focuses on investments in connectivity, M2M/Internet of Things, robotics and embedded systems. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Asoka, FutureDial, Red Seal, and Quantenna Communications. Previous board seats include Canesta (Acq by Microsoft), Kineto Wireless (Acq by Taqua), Newport Media (Acq by Atmel), and Teranetics (Acq by PLX Technology). Steve received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
With over forty years of experience, William H. Draper III is one of the West Coast's first venture capitalists and the founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, California. During his twenty years as the senior partner of Sutter Hill, he helped to organize and finance several hundred high technology manufacturing companies. Former Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Undersecretary General of the United Nations, he is currently the General Partner of venture capital companies Draper Richards L.P., Draper Investment Company, and Draper International. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University. Recently, Mr. Draper authored the book, The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs. Mr. Draper received the Vision Award from SD Forum and was inducted into the Dow Jones Venture Capital Hall of Fame. He also has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Silicon Valley Fast 50, the International Business Forum, and the National Venture Capital Association.
Over the last 35 years, Steve has been part of, or co-founded eight Silicon Valley startups. These have run the gamut from semiconductors and video games to personal computers and supercomputers (MIPS, Zilog, Rocket Science Games, SuperMac, Convergent Technologies, Ardent, ESL). Steve's last company was E.piphany, an enterprise software company. Steve moved from being an entrepreneur to teaching entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley-Haas Business School, Columbia University, NYU, Stanford University Engineering School and UCSF. Steve is a past board member of California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), Audubon California, Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Startup Weekend. He served as a governor's appointee to the California Coastal Commission. Steve Blank's The Four Steps to the Epiphany is the bestselling classic that launched 10,000 startups and new corporate ventures - one of the most influential and practical business books of all time.
Kenneth Singer is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, university lecturer, and director/advisor to numerous startups in the US and Europe. A 14-year veteran of the mobile industry, Ken created solutions spanning all forms of mobile technology and has founded or co-founded five companies in the mobility space. Ken was the co-founder and CEO of AppCentral, the first enterprise app store to let companies distribute mobile applications to their employees'iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Ken successfully led the company through difficult market conditions and several rounds of venture financing. Since 2008, Ken has been teaching the Mobile Applications and Entrepreneurship course in the College of Engineering. One of the first of its kind, the interdisciplinary course provides Berkeley students the opportunity to develop a working mobile application and business plan. Ken is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Tsinghua University and CYUPS in Beijing.
Vadim is a collaborative leader who combines expert level statistical modeling and computer science knowledge and understanding of the business to provide powerful models used in making strategic decisions. He has ability to lead teams and work independently under demanding time constraints and a passion for designing high performance analytical systems with deep understanding of underlying data. Vadim's charter is to maximize the value of data assets through facilitation of planning, governance and prioritization of PayPal's core & functional data needs, improvements in data definitions, quality and consistency, certification of critical data, and providing strategic framework to improve overall capabilities. He also advises U.S. Department of Commerce efforts to revolutionize Commerce's data - to foster innovation, create jobs, and drive better decision-making throughout economy and society. Previously, Vadim worked as a Head Scientist at eBay Inc Big Data and as a Head of Inc Data Lab.
I'm a geek, investor, former coder & entrepreneur, occasional blogger and internet marketing nerd. I've lived in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and I'm passionate about startups & entrepreneurship. I've invested in hundreds of companies all over the world. I'm the founding partner of 500 Startups (http://500.co), a global venture capital firm with ~$250M under management. We have invested in over 1,500 companies across 50+ countries including: Credit Karma, Grab, Twilio, Udemy, Ipsy, TalkDesk, Intercom, MakerBot (acq SSYS for $400M), Wildfire Interactive (acq GOOG for $350M), and Viki (acq Rakuten for $200M). Previously, I was on the investment team at Founders Fund (2008-2010), and led the Facebook fbFund incubator (2009). I was Director of Marketing at PayPal (2001-2004) before IPO and after acquisition by eBay. After leaving PayPal in 2004, I was an investor/advisor in ~15 startups including Bix.com (acq YHOO), Mint.com (acq INTU), Jambool (acq GOOG), TeachStreet (acq AMZN), SlideShare (acq LNKD), and Mashery (acq INTC). Before PayPal, I founded Aslan Computing, acquired by Servinet in 1998. 500 Startups invests in companies building consumer and business internet services. Our headquarters are in Silicon Valley, although our team speaks 25 languages and is all over the world, including San Francisco, New York, Miami, LA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, UK, Norway, Germany, Turkey, and the Middle East. In addition to investment, we help startups with product and marketing, customer development, design and usability, online distribution, business metrics, and fundraising.
Hugh Molotsi is an innovation leader, whose goal is to dramatically improve the lives of people involved in small businesses and organizations by developing revolutionary products and services that enable them to run more effectively and efficiently. Hugh is the Vice President of the Intuit Labs, an internal incubation team in Intuit's Innovation and Advanced Technology Group that incubates nascent strategic businesses and helps grassroots innovation teams develop their concepts into products they can experiment with customers. Hugh has a passion for innovation and has helped to launch several new businesses at Intuit including Intuit Payments. Hugh is also a Financial Advisory Board member at the #YesWeCode initiative targeting low-opportunity youth and providing them with the necessary resources and tools to become world-class computer programmers. Hugh holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Renaud is the co-founder and CTO of Eventbrite with CEO Kevin Hartz, and President Julia Hartz. He is a mentor, advisor, and investor in many European accelerators and startups. Renaud started his career as an environmental consultant with Geomatrix Consultants where he designed and managed large-scale environmental cleanups. Fascinated by the Internet, Renaud joined, as the Director of Engineering, Internet photo-sharing pioneer, Zing Networks which was funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and later acquired by Sony ImageStation. Renaud is also an accomplished architectural and travel photographer. His work is represented by various stock photo agencies around the world like Getty Images, Age Fotostock or Alamy. His work has been used in magazines, books, movies, brochures and advertisements in more than 20 countries. A portfolio of his work can be seen on his photography web site. Renaud has a Master of Engineering from Cornell University and from Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France).