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Board of Directors
Managing Director, Founders Circle Capital
Chris is a proud co-founder of Founders Circle Capital – a partnership built to serve a specific and important community need. He is passionate about helping great entrepreneurs accelerate growth, focusing primarily on mobile and social companies. He currently serve on the boards of Zoove, JiWire, Fixmo and Syncapse. He also believes in the power of community and co-founded C100 and the Marin Internet Entrepreneurs. I serve on the advisory boards of Startup Canada, Grow Labs, Partners for Growth, and SF Big. He has invested in 43 companies as a venture capitalist and angel investor, including Juniper Networks, Tynt (acquired by 33Across), Belair Networks (acquired by Ericsson), Cambrian Systems (acquired by Nortel), Abatis Systems (acquired by Redback), Fastlane (acquired by Quest Software), PixStream (acquired by Cisco), Reflectivity (acquired by Texas Instruments), and Valere Power (acquired by Eltek). Previously, I had the pleasure to be on the team of four start-ups, two of which went public (Digital Island and Newbridge Networks). He also co-founded Panorama Capital, the successor fund to JPMorgan Partners venture practice, where he was a general partner.
Principal, Jackson Hole Group
Barry Briggs is currently a Principal at the Jackson Hole Group (www.jacksonholegroup.com), joining them after a distinguished 28-year career in traditional and interactive media. Most recently, Barry was the President and COO of CNET Networks Inc, a global interactive media company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. There Barry architected and directed the convergence of several different internet media companies such as ZDNET, mySimon, GameSpot, Tech Republic, and namesake CNET into a cohesive operating company that produced fast-growing revenues and profitability, as well as industry prominence.
Prior to serving CNET Networks, Barry was President of ZDNet, the interactive division of Ziff Davis Inc., the leading publisher of technology-focused magazines. Barry helped build ZDNet from its start-up roots into a leading interactive media brand before its sale to rival CNET Networks in 2000.
Prior to joining the interactive media world, Barry started his career in magazine publishing where he spent 15 years in various sales and marketing management positions at Time Inc., most of them with Sports Illustrated and Time magazine.
Partner, Panorama Capital
Shankar is a Partner and part of the founding team at Panorama Capital. He currently focuses on venture capital investments in communication infrastructure, core technology and investments in the mobile space. Shankar has been an active venture investor for 9 years at Panorama Capital and previously at JPMorganPartners. He is deeply passionate about building game changing technology businesses and partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams. Shankar currently brings his passionate commitment to excellence serving as a director on the boards of Zoove, Validity and Neoconix. Previously Shankar was involved either as a director or observer with the firm’s investments in CHiL Semiconductor (acquired by International Rectifier), Reflectivity (acquired by TI), Valere Power (acquired by Eltek), Portalplayer (acquired by Nvidia) and Tagsys RFID.
Shankar started his career as an engineer in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley where he enjoyed solving technical problems and building products. From 1995 to 2000, Shankar held various engineering, business development, and management roles at Applied Materials, Inc., and has been granted seven patents as the primary inventor. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Santa Clara University.
Shankar holds a B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, BHU (India), an M.S. in Materials Science from Arizona State University, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
General Partner, Highland Capital
Sean is a General Partner investing in communications infrastructure and semiconductors. He currently represents Highland on the boards of Casero, CHiL Semiconductor, Covergence, Innovative Silicon, MokaFive, Optasite, picoChip, QD Vision, Radiospire Networks, Starent Networks (Nasdaq: STAR), Tatara Systems, Virtual Iron Software and Zoove and also actively works with ANDA Networks. Sean is a former director of AccessLan Communications (acquired by Advanced Fibre Communications), Altiga Networks (acquired by Cisco), CCTV Wireless (acquired by TerreStar), Envoy Networks (acquired by Texas Instruments), Ocular Networks (acquired by Tellabs), P.A. Semi (acquired by Apple), Telcobuy.com (merged with World Wide Technology) and Telica (acquired by Lucent). The prestigious Forbes Midas List has recognized Sean as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry. Sean received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S in Electrical Engineering from University of Delaware.
Vice President, Rogers Ventures
Mike Lee is Vice President at Rogers Ventures and is responsible for new venture assessment, investment and development.Mike’s approach to investments in thorough and unique. He travels cross-country to meet prospective startup companies as well as holding wall-to-wall meetings to get to know the people behind the ideas as well as to examine the innovative technology scene. He brings these values to Rogers Ventures delivering great people and ideas out of the woodwork. Mike, a University of Toronto grad, believes that the proper innovation and entrepreneurial environment has to be established in order for Canada’s technology sector to grow. He wants Rogers Ventures to help build this environment where Canada can achieve sustained success as an industry and thought leader.
Co-founder & CEO, ShopTAP Inc.
Consultant, Worldview Technology Partners
Tim is the CEO and co-founder of ShopTAP Inc., and before founding ShopTAP he was the CEO of Visage Mobile. Prior to these companies, Tim was a General Partner at Worldview Technology Partners, an early stage VC firm. At Worldview, Tim focused on seed-stage investing in the networking, wireless, consumer digital media, Internet infrastructure and broadband-enabled applications sectors. In addition to his board seat at Visage Mobile, Tim is a board member of Cogent Communications (NASD: CCOI), Ooma and Zoove.
Previously, Tim was a board member of Avvenu (acquired by Nokia), Force10 Networks (merged with Turin Networks) and Movaz Networks (acquired by Adva Optical). Prior to joining Worldview, Tim worked in equity research focused on the telecommunications and networking equipment sectors at Robertson, Stephens and Company. Tim holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.