Meet Your Investment Team
These are your classmates who wake up every day on your behalf to assemble a great venture portfolio
Andre de Baubigny
Andre is an experienced investor, investment banker, and entrepreneur. He backed leading-edge Internet ventures such as Songza (GooglePlay), Trulia (sold to Zillow), Dash (sold to RIM), and Oodle (sold to QVC). He co-founded Deep Fork Capital as a Managing Partner of Fund I, investing for an ultra-high net worth family, and also founded wine management business Vintrust ($300M+ in assets). Earlier, he managed a $500M venture fund for billionaire Bernard Arnault, ran Morgan Stanley’s global Internet banking practice (working directly with Mary Meeker), and founded the Internet banking practice at Robertson Stephens. He received an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1995, JD at Boston University School of Law, and BA in Economics from Trinity College.
Prior to joining Spike Ventures, Catherine was a successful entrepreneur, product manager, and software engineer. She was Director of Product at NEA-backed DataVisor, an enterprise company offering an unsupervised machine learning fraud solution. Prior to DataVisor, she co-founded the retail analytics company Fancy That, which was acquired by Palantir in 2015. While at Stanford, she built an online platform used by thousands of students and instructors to streamline grading. Catherine graduated from Stanford with a BS and MS in Computer Science, focusing on artificial intelligence.
Classmates and fellow investors who help create your venture portfolio
Michael Whitaker “Whit” is Senior Vice President of Emerging Solutions for ICF. He specializes in advancing organizational approaches to innovation management, high-value collaboration, and emerging solution development across both the public and private sectors including domains such as resiliency, smart cities, cyber security, digital transformation, public health, international development, and disaster management. Previously, Whit co-founded and successfully exited a startup focused on using advanced data analytics and behavior change to achieve quantifiable improvements in urban sustainability. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Design) from the University of Colorado–Denver and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Science and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
Don has an extensive track record of success in semiconductors. He began his career as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and held management positions at Honeywell SPT and Sierra Semiconductor before co-founding Integrated Sensor Solutions where he served as COO and VP of Engineering. He took the company public and headed up the integration team when subsequently acquired by Texas Instruments. Don then joined Linear Technology where he was VP & GM for a $500M+ power products business unit. He played a key role in the $14.8B acquisition of Linear Technology by Analog Devices. Don received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Arun Penmetsa is a Partner at Storm Ventures and invests in early stage Enterprise SaaS companies. Some areas of focus include Security, Devops and Digital Health. Specifically, Arun is excited about how modern data architectures and AI are disrupting industries and creating innovative solutions. Previously, Arun built enterprise solutions at Google (Google Apps for Business) and Oracle (Enterprise Manager). Arun holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and an MS in Computer Engineering and an MBA both from Stanford University.
Canyon Chan, CFA
Canyon has over 25 years of investment management experience in asset owner and asset manager roles. He was most recently the chief investment officer of HP Inc. and was responsible for managing over $30B in investment assets for HP’s pension and retirement plans. Prior to HP, Canyon was a senior vice president and portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Investments. He held various investment and portfolio management roles in Franklin’s global fixed income, alternative investments, and US equity investment teams. Canyon graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in quantitative economics and is a CFA charterholder.
Sam is a transactional attorney for entrepreneurial companies. He helped develop the first RSA wireline cellular company in the Rocky Mountain region. He has lead M&A transactions in a number of industries, including cable television, specialized mobile radio and medical device. He was in-house general counsel for a VC-backed internet data center company, a Japanese-owned geophysical company, and a PE-backed REO company. He is currently general counsel for a 503A/503B compound pharmacy. Sam received his BS in Accounting from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and his MBA and JD from Stanford University.
Dr. Middleton is internationally recognized as a serial innovator and as thought-leader in clinical informatics and healthcare information tech. He is Chief Informatics and Innovation Officer at Apervita, which delivers a PaaS for the democratization of healthcare data and analytics. Earlier, he was a professor of Biomedical Informatics and of Medicine at Stanford, Harvard, and Vanderbilt. He has also held executive leadership roles at Stanford, MedicaLogic/Medscape, Partners Healthcare System, and Vanderbilt. He studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado, received a Master’s in Public Health from the Yale University School of Public Health, and an MD from SUNY Buffalo.
Jen is an adviser, consultant, and board member with expertise in digital strategy, cybersecurity, data and analytics, and social media. She is CEO of JEM Consulting & Advisory Services and managing director of Consultants Collective. Earlier, she was VP of Digital & Social Media at Thomson Reuters and held management roles at Redwood Collaborative Media, Ziff Davis, and Ketchum. She served on the Social Media Advisory Council of the UN’s Population Fund and co-founded the nonprofit think tank Society for New Communications Research. Jen received her Master’s degree from Stanford and her Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College.
Eric is a Managing Director at Montage Capital, a leading provider of growth debt to capital-efficient companies. At Montage, he co-manages investment funds and oversees investor relations, operations, and finance. Earlier, Eric was a venture investor at DCM, where two of his early stage investments became billion dollar IPOs. He also founded and ran his own startup company, managed products at Cisco and HP, and served in investment banking at a Boston-based boutique. Eric received an AB in Economics from Harvard (magna cum laude) and an MBA from Stanford.
Tamara is the President of Amaratal, a consulting company that offers strategic marketing and business consulting services to clients ranging from technology startups to established companies. She has over 25 years of experience in new technologies and markets in the US, Europe, and Latin/South America. Her areas of expertise include digital advertising, mobile, big data, digital media and entertainment portals, mobile gaming, social networking and consumer applications, e-commerce platforms, enterprise and embedded operating system software. Tamara has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Christina S. Zacamy
Christina is the President and Managing Director of Zacamy & Co., which provides strategic and financial advice to both public and private companies, including advice on corporate strategy, M&A, capital raising alternatives, and strategic partnerships. Previously, she worked in the Principal Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs and in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Advisory Group at Deutsche Bank Securities. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The LPGA Foundation, Chair of The LPGA Foundation Leadership Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee. Christina has a degree from Stanford University.
Cliff has 40+ years of experience in investment banking and investment management. He was a product specialist and client portfolio manager for an asset management firm for municipal and taxable strategies before joining Brandes Investment Partners, an employee-owned investment manager. There he worked as a Director and Co-Head of Fixed Income. Clients included corporate cash portfolios and pension plans, endowments, foundations, and pension consulting firms. He was president of the Stanford Club of NYC and is a member of the Stanford Associates. Cliff has a BA in Economics from Stanford and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bruce is an angel investor, tech mentor, and startup advisor who lives at the intersection of innovative hardware products and business. He was a Co-founder/CTO of Immersion, leading development of haptic simulation and 3D shape-scanning products and technologies. He was also one of two Engineering Fellows (VP) and a main system architect at Intuitive Surgical, creators of the daVinci Surgical Robot. After Intuitive, Bruce was a senior member of the Robotics Initiative at X Inc. (fka Google[x]). He has 147 issued US patents and 200+ international patents and patents-pending. Bruce has a BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a D. Eng. degree from Stanford.
Theresia is an engineer, experienced entrepreneur, and investor in the new mobility space, focused on security, data analytics, and consumer sectors. She recently co-founded Aspect Ventures, leading early investments in Cato Networks, Exabeam, ForeScout, The Muse, SelfScore, and BirchBoxr. Previously, she was a Partner at Accel, championing many companies through IPOs or acquisitions, and a founding VP of Business Development & Sales at Release Software. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company. Theresia has been named to Forbes’ Midas List six times, most recently in 2017. She holds a ScB in Engineering from Brown University and an MBA from Stanford.
Brian has been providing financing to high-tech firms in Silicon Valley and Southern California since 1982. He co-founded AVI Capital, a VC partnership with resources of $75M focusing on early stage IT investments, and co-founded Alpha Partners. He has also worked at Hewlett Packard and the Stanford Research Institute. Brian has served on many boards, including Digimarc, Apptitude, Intraspect Software, Pointbase, InViso, and Prosetta. He is also a past Board Member of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies and the Monterey Bay Stanford Alumni Club. Brian holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.
Mark D. Edwards
Mark is a partner at Five Peaks Capital Management, a PE firm focused on investments in tech-enabled services companies. He has over sixteen years of experience in private equity, with senior roles at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (~$10B of capital under management) and JLL Partners (~$4B of capital under management). He has led PE and distressed debt investments across a range of sectors. Prior to that, Mark was an investment banker for Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Securities, executing debt and equity financing and M&A advisory transactions. Mark holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA with distinction from Tuck at Dartmouth.
Avin is Director of Strategic Operational Finance at Wayfair, building the finance infrastructure for their supply chain & operations. Previously, he served as VP Finance for healthcare tech startup par8o. Earlier, Avin spent a decade at VC and PE firms, including Goldman Sachs. Avin began his investing career at Summit Partners, with later stints at Google, Great Point Partners, and OpenView. He has also been an angel investor and adviser to seed stage tech companies, including Rentjuice (sold to Zillow), Kahuna, vSplash, and more. Avin earned a BS and MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Venture Advisors & Partners
Alumni with extraordinary backgrounds supporting the growth of the fund
Cameron has an extensive background in venture investing, digital finance, software management, and industrial artificial intelligence. His recent projects include mobile financial retention research in sub-Saharan Africa for The Gates Foundation and the financial fraud prediction system for Starbucks. He served as founder and CEO of ClickStream Technologies (acquired by Microsoft) and went on to lead Microsoft’s Telemetry practice, managing all inbound data systems globally. Cameron serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at StartX, is a Venture Studio Advisor at Stanford’s GSB, and co-manages the Oxford Angel Fund. He serves on the External Technology Advisory Board for Accenture. Cameron holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Oxford University and MS in Statistics from Stanford.
Rishi started his career in consumer internet at Mozilla and later as Head of Business Development at Cooliris (acq. Yahoo). He transitioned to mobile with Qik, leading Business Development and then becoming Head of Product, leading development of the first US mobile video chat app. After Qik was acquired by Skype, Rishi became Principal Program Manager of Mobile before Microsoft acquired Skype ($8.5B). He is now Co-founder and Managing Partner of HiFi Ventures, a boutique VC firm that builds and advises early-stage companies. Rishi graduated from Stanford, where he was VP of the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students.
Lyon Wong has an extensive investment track record of working with companies across multiple stages, focusing on founder growth and product market fit. He co-founded Spectrum 28, a $170M early stage venture fund with investments in Plangrid, Rhumbix, Karius, Freenome, Duetto, Reflecktive, Bizzy (acq. by Sendgrid), and more. At Lightspeed, he invested or worked with companies such as Blend, Affirm, Comprehend Systems, Kitematic (acq. by Docker), and Branch. He is a Creative Destruction Lab Fellow and a C100 member. Lyon received his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Systems Design Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.
Lonnie works at Intellectual Ventures, where she helps support funds that create and commercialize intellectual property. At IV, she helped launch a $160M fund with Microsoft and other investors, formed TerraPower (financed by Bill Gates and others) and the Global Good Fund (with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). She also developed a novel legal structure for sponsored invention that has been used by the BBC and others. Earlier, she was COO at Azulstar, SVP and General Counsel at Blue Frog Media, VP of Corporate Development at AT&T, and Associate at Preston Gates and Ellis. Lonnie has a JD from the University of Washington and a BA from Stanford.
John is a tech investor, founder, and CEO with decades of experience in funding, launching, and leading companies. As an entrepreneur and CEO, he focused on database technologies, including Tokutek (as CEO) and StreamBase Systems (as Co-founder) with Turing Award-winner Michael Stonebraker. At Accel Partners and Summit Partners, he sourced and/or led investments in Rapt Corp. (acq. by MSFT), Counterpane Internet Security, and comScore. He now focuses on foundational and infrastructure technologies such as machine learning, blockchain, and databases. He has an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford.
Gina is the Founder & CEO of Mighty Networks, the fastest way to create and grow a community-powered brand on your own deep interest network on mobile and web. Previously, Gina and Marc Andreessen co-founded Ning, a pioneering social platform for niche networks online. Under her leadership, Ning grew to 90 million people across 300,000 active communities in entertainment, politics, and education. In addition to Mighty Networks, Gina serves on the board of directors of Scripps Networks, The Food Network, and The Travel Channel. Gina has also appeared on Charlie Rose, CNBC, and CNN. She received her BA and MBA from Stanford.
Leo was recruited as one of the first five engineers to build and scale the infrastructure for MyFitnessPal. Under Leo, the successful mobile app scaled eight-fold and he led a big data initiative to turn terabytes of mobile and web data into actionable insights for users such as Kafka, Kinesis, Hadoop Spark, Tableau, and redshift. MyFitnessPal was acquired by Under Armour for $475M. The last four big data/AI startups where Leo served as core contributor all led to successful IPO or M&A (combined valuation of $1B+). Leo is now mentoring local college graduates and young adults in Hong Kong and China about innovation-driven entrepreneurship.
Cyril is the Co-founder of Landis and Managing Partner at Berd Industries, a global real estate investment firm. Earlier, he was a Director at Crown Acquisitions, a NY-based real estate investment firm. Before joining Crown, he worked at Houlihan Lokey, where he advised companies on M&A, equity and debt capital markets, and restructuring transactions. Previously, he worked in Credit Trading at Citigroup. Throughout his career, he has completed over $10B in transactions. He is also now an advisor to early stage companies and a director at TP NYC, a real estate investor. He holds an undergraduate degree from Emory University and an MBA from Stanford.
Frank R. Atkinson
Frank is an experienced PE and VC fund manager. He has founded or co-founded three PE firms and invested in early stage tech in Silicon Valley; real estate developments in Hong Kong, Mexico City, and the US; plus technology and leading-edge agricultural projects in the Middle East. Frank was the founding President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, the first VC trade organization in the world (now over 100 Silicon Valley venture firm members). Frank spent two seasons playing professional football (Steelers, Broncos), and he and his family have now endowed a scholarship for Stanford student athletes. He has a BA from Stanford and an MBA from UCLA.
Select group of young Stanford alums participating in our Venture Fellow Program
Community Engagement Fellow
Dennis has previously worked with StartX and the Alchemist Accelerator, improving their products and offering for their entrepreneurs; at McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst; and as a Cofounder at Buzz Solutions, a drone enterprise software solution for inspecting and analyzing the electric grid infrastructure. He holds a Master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering, both from Stanford.
Community Engagement Fellow
Michelle has spent her career working in global financial markets and financial services and has a proven track record in portfolio management, investment and financial analysis. She began her career at Morgan Stanley, where she built an award-winning equity portfolio risk analysis and trading platform called BasketLink™. Mid-career, Michelle opened the first Manhattan office of Edward Jones in its 88-year history. She subsequently launched her own Registered Investment Advisory firm, where she has consistently grown AUM by over 58% year over year. She was a senior advisor to the board at Lehman Holdings during their $82B liquidation, and has advised CXO’s overseeing more than $85B in revenue on maximizing IT digital transformation ROI. She holds Electrical Engineering degrees from Rice and Stanford Universities, is a licensed investment advisor, and has earned over 12 finance and advanced technology certifications.
Jason is an emergency medicine trained physician with a passion for backing early stage life science companies. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Urban Studies, attended medical school at the University of Chicago and completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. Jason has practiced emergency medicine with Kaiser Permanente in San Leandro and Fremont, California and currently works in the Emergency Department at San Ramon Regional Medical Center. He has also worked for a telemedicine startup in San Francisco and a litigation consulting firm in New York City. Jason is an active angel investor with a particular interest in the areas of life sciences and medical devices.
James is currently a software engineer at Airbnb working on furthering the company’s growth engine. Previously, he worked at Facebook and Expedia where he developed expertise in building large-scale software and machine learning systems. He is also an active angel investor with a particular interest in the areas of big data, machine learning, and life sciences. James holds Bachelor’s degrees in Bioengineering and Computer Science from the University of Washington and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Alex (’12) is Head of Audience Growth for Autolist.com, a profitable, mobile-focused automotive search and buyer intelligence startup. Previously, he worked for Mercer Talent consulting, specializing in leadership development, organization design and performance, and sales effectiveness. At Stanford, he was Chair of the Program of Writing and Rhetoric undergraduate advisory board and worked with professors to found Virtual Admit Weekend for international students.
Alumni Ventures Group Support Staff
The team behind the Spike Ventures Investment team - freeing them to build you a great venture portfolio
Investor Relations Manager
Prior to joining AVG, Chris was a Customer Advocate at Graphic Packaging and in Sales & Marketing at Putnam Investments, where he created materials for reps and investors. He’s a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Manning School of Business, where he studied Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Studies.
Investor Relations Manager
Previously, Anne was an Applied Behavioral Analysis Counselor for Melmark and a medical biller for Physicians Resources. She is also a certified Certifiied Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, with her own clientele. Anne has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.
Director of Investor Relations
Prior to joining AVG, Hilary was a Staffing Executive and Program Manager at Robert Half. Previous positions include Retirement Planning & Guidance Consultant for Fidelity and an Investor Assistant for an independent investor. She has a Bachelor of Science, Business Management & Marketing from Fisher College.
Community Relations Manager
Jamie was the Clinical Secretary Sr for Pediatric Gastroenterology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Earlier, he served as a Claims Processor Associate and then a Senior Associate at Cigna Health. He has also served in multiple church youth ministries for over 15 years throughout Ontario, Canada, in many different cultural contexts. He was part of the adjunct faculty in the youth ministry department at Tyndale University College. He has a BA in Psychology from York University, a Masters of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.