Managing Director

Mike's current directorships include Bracket ComputingPlatforaPure StorageSila Nanotechnologies, Snowflake, and Sumo Logic.  He is also responsible for a number of the firm's other investments including Instart Logic. 

Mike joined Sutter Hill Ventures in 2008 from Yahoo!, where he was Vice President of Community products -- he joined Yahoo! through the acquisition of Bix, where he served as CEO.  Previously, Mike was Vice President and Technical Advisor to Symantec's Chairman & CEO and served as Vice President of Product Marketing and Product Management at VERITAS Software, which was acquired by Symantec. 

He also co-founded Epinions.com, worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and was an analyst with CS First Boston.

Mike holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.

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Cecilia Zo is a designer focused on creating seamless user interface and user experience. She was most recently the visual designer for the iTunes Team handling iBooks and led the Chinese book store launch.  Prior to her work at Apple, she designed for Design Studio Press, which published concept design books for high profile entertainment and transportation designers. She received her bachelor degree from the Art Center College of Design in 2012. Cecilia joined Sutter Hill Venture as a Designer in Residence in November 2015.

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Jim White's investment focus is on technology companies spanning both enterprise and consumer markets. He currently serves on the boards of CheckmateGlassdoor.com,  Satmetrix,  SilverRail Technologies and Smartsheet. In addition, Jim  represents SHV's investments in C3 and The Hit Forge.  

Jim's past investments are: Bix.com (acquired by YHOO), Data Domain (IPO DDUP, then acquired by EMC), Farecast (acquired by MSFT), Forterra (acquired by SAIC), Infinera (IPO: INFN),  Inquira (acquired by ORCL), Networks in Motion (acquired by TSYS), Object Reservoir (acquired by Halliburton HAL), Ourpictures (acquired by ROVI), Radiance (acquired by Comcast), Right Hemisphere (acquired by SAP), Room77 (acquired by GOOG), Shutterfly (IPO: SFLY), Streetline Networks (acquired by Kapsch) and Vocalocity.

Jim has been named several times to the Forbes Midas List  and to the AlwaysOn Top 100 VC List

Jim joined Sutter Hill Ventures in the fall of 2000 from Macromedia Inc. In his four years with Macromedia he held the position of VP of Marketing and then GM of the Interactive Learning Division which was acquired by IBM Software Group. Prior to Macromedia, Jim was a VP of Marketing for Silicon Graphics. In his eight years at SGI he helped to start and build their 3D graphics workstation business. Jim began his career with the Hewlett-Packard Company in the PC division and was part of the core team that created the Vectra Product line spending time in engineering, sales and product marketing.  

He received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University in 1984 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1989.

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Volkmar Uhlig was CTO and co-founder of Adello, a programmatic digital advertising platform which uses machine learning and predictive models to price ad placements in real-time. Prior, he worked at Teza Technologies, a proprietary High-Frequency Trading firm. Volkmar started his career at IBM Watson Research where he worked on the Blue Gene Supercomputer, high-frequency trading systems, and low-cost massive-scale cloud infrastructure. He published numerous papers and holds patents in the areas of parallel low-latency processing, virtualization, and processor architecture. As part of his PhD, he architected the L4 Pistachio microkernel which is commercially deployed in over 3B mobile devices including Apple and various Android devices. Volkmar joined Sutter Hill Venture as an Entrepreneur in Residence in February 2016.

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Jim Gaither joined Sutter Hill Ventures in 2000 after working with Sutter Hill for many years as advisor, lawyer, Special Limited Partner and fellow director of portfolio companies. 

Jim has been a leading Silicon Valley lawyer and entrepreneur for many years, and helped build his firm, Cooley LLP, into one of the top technology firms in the country. He is currently on the board of NVIDIA and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Makena Capital Management. Jim also has active philanthropic interests. He has served as Chairman of the Stanford Board of Trustees, as well as its investment committee, and as Chair of the Stanford Law School's Advisory Council and Capital Campaign. He also served on the Boards of the RAND Corporation and as Chairman of the Board of The James Irvine Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he previously served as Chairman, and is a former member and past Vice Chairman of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. 

Jim received his BA in Economics from Princeton in 1959 and his JD from Stanford in 1964. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for Chief Justice of the United States, Earl Warren and was a Special Assistant in the Justice Department and Staff Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson before returning to the Bay Area.

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Dave Sweet joined Sutter Hill Ventures as Chief Financial Officer in 2001. Prior to that, Dave was an international tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco for many years. There he worked primarily with Asian-based multinationals and cross-border investment funds. Dave managed the firm's U.S. tax practice in Paris from 1982 until 1984. 

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the California Society of CPAs, and the NVCA CFO Taskforce. 

Dave received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1973 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1977.

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Bill joined Sutter Hill in 1981. He has worked with extraordinary entrepreneurs to start and grow market leaders in the technology and medical fields. Notable companies include COR Therapeutics, Forté, Ingres, Interventional Technologies, Omnicell, Primary Access and Vitria.  

Bill serves on the board of the Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where he is chairman of the investment committee. He is a board member and investment committee chairman at the Gladstone Foundation in San Francisco. He was President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, chair of the Venture Capital Committees of the Stanford GSB Trust and the Duke Engineering School, and President of the Menlo Atherton High School Foundation.  

He earned a BS summa cum laude in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining Sutter Hill Ventures, Bill worked at Cummins Engine and the U. S. Public Health Service.

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Andy Sheehan focuses his investments on software and services companies serving the consumer and enterprise markets. 

Andy currently is a director of  TOA Technologies, and Yext, Inc.  His prior directorships have included, @Road  (acquired by Trimble), AllBusiness.com, BakBone Software, Datran Media, Intermix Media and Myspace (acquired by News Corp.), Global Liquid Markets, LLC, ReachLocal and SPINMEDIA. Andy joined the firm in 2007 from VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he was a managing director. Previously, he worked at Alex. Brown & Sons and ABS Capital Partners. 

Andy received his BA from Dartmouth College with a degree in English. He earned his MBA in 1985 from the Wharton School.

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Len Baker has been a partner of Sutter Hill Ventures since 1973. He has been an active investor in a number of industries, including entertainment media, semiconductors and semiconductor equipment, biotechnology and medical equipment, and software. 

Currently, Len serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies, among them, Corcept Therapeutics, an early stage biopharmaceutical company and Youku Tudou, the leading Chinese internet video company. He is also responsible for Sutter Hill's investment in Chengwei Ventures, a venture capital firm in Shanghai that Sutter Hill helped start in 1999, and in Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm in San Francisco that Sutter Hill helped found in 2000. 

Before joining Sutter Hill, Len worked for Cummins Engine Company, a manufacturer of diesel engines, and for the Delta Foundation, a community-owned, minority business development firm in Greenville, Mississippi.   

Len is a former trustee of Yale University, where he chaired the Finance Committee.  He served on the Yale Investment Committee from 1990 to 2015. He is a member of the Investment Board to the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and is a member of Singapore’s International Academic Advisory Panel.  He is also an advisor to the Packard  Foundation Investment Committee and Alta Advisors, a London family office. Len is a board member of the Environmental Defense Fund and a member of the Board of Trustees of Berklee College of Music in Boston.   He is a former board member and chair of the finance and academic committees of Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California. 

Len earned his BA in mathematics from Yale in 1964 and his MBA from Stanford in 1966.

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Dave Anderson joined Sutter Hill in 1971 from Watkins Johnson Company, where he worked in their Solid State Division.  

Dave has participated in the start-up financing of a large number of highly successful companies, across a broad range of industries. He currently serves on the Board of Brierley & Partners.  Past board seats include Apollo Computing, Dionex, e-Rewards, Hybritech, Integrated Genetics, Molecular Devices, Neurex, and Palm Computing. Dave was also responsible for the firm's start-up funding of Biovest, Linear Technology, LSI Logic, Mentor Graphics, and Quantum Corporation.  

Dave is a former member of the Board of Directors of the MIT Investment Management Company. He is a past Director of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association and a past Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet. He is a past Director and President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, a founding member of Entrepreneurs' Foundation, and served on the Executive Committee of Crystal Springs Uplands School for many years.  

Dave graduated in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966, and received his MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1968.

 

 

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Jeff Bird focuses on healthcare, including biotechnology and medical devices. 

"I'm most excited about saving lives and changing medicine. Examples include helping to develop the leading treatments for HIV (at Gilead), and bringing non-invasive prenatal testing to market (at Verinata), helping millions of women to reduce the need for amniocentesis." 

Recent Series A investments include Forty Seven Inc. (monoclonal antibody immuno-oncology therapies) and XIOS Therapeutics (small molecular immuno-oncology.)  In the genomics space, Jeff is a co-investor with Illumina in Helix (consumer genomics marketplace) and GRAIL (cancer screening test).  

Jeff was CEO and an investor at Verinata Health (noninvasive prenatal diagnosis).  After their acquisition by Illumina in early 2013, he served as their GM for a year.  He is currently a board member at Drais Pharmaceuticals (GI therapeutics), Merganser Biotech (rare iron-related diseases), NuGen Technologies(research reagents), Portola Pharmaceuticals (PTLA,a spin-out of Cor/Millennium focused on cardiovascular therapeutics), Restoration Robotics (aesthetic surgery devices), and Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD, oncology therapeutics).  He also represents the firm’s investments in Acceleron Pharmaceuticals (XLRN, metabolic therapeutics), Ameritox (pain therapeutic drug monitoring) and Pacific Biosciences (PACB, DNA sequencing). 

Jeff was formerly a director at Horizon Pharma (HZNP), Akarx Inc., (acquired by MGI Pharma in 2008), BARRX Medical, Inc. (acquired by Covidien in 2012),and Idun Pharmaceuticals, (acquired by Pfizer in 2005).

Jeff was previously Senior Vice President, Business Operations at Gilead Sciences, where he worked from 1988 to 1990 and then 1992 to 2000.  He was primarily responsible for several alliances with major pharmaceutical companies and helped Gilead to acquire NeXstar in a $550 million transaction.  His commercial responsibilities included direct sales in the US and Europe. 

Jeff received a degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford in 1982, a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology in 1988 and a M.D. in 1992 from Stanford Medical School.

 

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Tench Coxe focuses his investments in telecommunications hardware, application software, semiconductors, and payment infrastructure. 

Tench joined the firm in 1987 following his tenure with Digital Communications Associates in Atlanta, where he managed T-1 products and directed internal MIS and marketing. Previously, he worked with Lehman Brothers in New York City, where he was a corporate financial analyst specializing in mergers and acquisitions as well as debt and equity financing. 

His current directorships include ActianceArtisan PartnersMattersightNVIDIAPINC SolutionsRedSeal Networks, Inc.,  Swift Financial and Tower Cloud, Inc. He was also responsible for the firm's investment in Alteon Networks, Aruba Networks, Inc., @mobile, Avant!, Clarus,  Copper Mountain Networks, Edify, Legato, Lifesize, Lynk Systems, Network Appliance, Grand Junction, NCD, OnStream NetworksRuckus Wireless, Symmetricom, Synernetics, Primary Access, WildCard Systems, and XcelleNet. 

Tench graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in economics. He earned his MBA in 1984 from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business.

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Doug Mohr is Managing Director and Head of Research. His role is to explore the edges of research, and develop long-term relationships with the engineers we would like involved in architecting and building the next great systems and companies.

Prior to joining Sutter Hill Ventures, Doug was president of Mohr Research, a firm that specialized in helping assemble the founding and startup engineering teams for companies such as Pure Storage (all-flash enterprise storage), Snowflake Computing (data warehousing as a cloud service), Bitmoon (stealth mode), and Teza (high frequency trading). 

Prior to founding Mohr Research, Doug worked for Boyden Associates in Toronto, Ontario. Doug holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Doug's passion is to sort out the world’s best engineers, angling for them to get involved in the right emerging companies, to everyone’s benefit. It takes time, effort, incredible tools, and a great team, all of which we have in spades at Sutter Hill Ventures.

 

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Sam’s current directorships include Boxer , FoundationDB and Wavefront.  He is also responsible for a number of the firm’s other investments including Tomfoolery. Sam joined Sutter Hill Ventures from Twitter where he was a senior infrastructure engineer and remains a technology advisor. He came to Twitter via the acquisition of Bagcheck in 2011 where he was co-founder and CEO. Previously Sam was Chief Technologist of Yahoo! responsible for technology strategy across the audience organization and platform team. Before Yahoo!, Sam was Chief Architect of Borland after the acquisition of Gauntlet Systems where he was also a co-founder and CEO.   

Sam came to Silicon Valley to work at WebLogic where he was the first server engineer after the founders and stayed on through the acquisition by BEA Systems.

He received his Master of Science degree in Physics from Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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William Bull was the head of software design for Apple’s iPod product line, where he launched the iPod Nano, Shuffle and Classic. Most recently, he was the Senior Director of Design at Yahoo!, overseeing the creation of their mobile applications and platforms. Prior to his career in design, he was a systems engineer in the embedded and consumer electronics industry with a hands-on background in operation system development. William joined Sutter Hill Ventures as Designer in Residence in May of 2015.

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Stefan joined Sutter Hill Ventures from Juniper Networks where he was Executive Vice President of the Platform Systems Division, responsible for the entire portfolio of routing, switching, and Wireless LAN products. Prior to Juniper, Stefan worked at Cisco Systems leading the Enterprise routing and security business. 

Stefan started his career at Juniper Networks as part of its founding engineering team (employee number 33). During this time from 1997-2004, he held multiple leadership positions in silicon and system engineering as well as product management.  

Over the course of his tenure at Juniper and Cisco, Stefan advised and invested in several startups in the areas of computing, security, networking, mobile and optical technology.   

Stefan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University (where he serves on the Board of Visitors to the School of Engineering), and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

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Tina Huang was an early engineer at Twitter who built and led the notification infrastructure team.  Most recently, she worked as a founding engineer at Sigma computing.  Prior to her work at Twitter, she was an engineer at Google on Blogger and Google News as well as an engineer on the Application Frameworks team at Apple.  She received her bachelors degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001.  Tina joined Sutter Hill Ventures as an Entrepreneur in Residence in November 2015.