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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  SPINMEDIA, Global Liquid Markets, LLCTOA 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.) and ReachLocal. 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; Line 6, a leading producer of guitar amplifiers; 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 continues to serve on the Yale Investment Committee. He serves as an advisor 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 Environmental Defense Fund.  He is a former board member and chair of the finance and academic committees of Sacred Heart School 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 and E-Rewards, both private companies.  Past board seats include Apollo Computing, Dionex, 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 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. 

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 (oncology therapeutics), Horizon Pharma, Inc. (HZNP,novel fixed dose drug combinations), NuGen Technologies(research reagents), Portola Pharmaceuticals (PTLA,a spin-out of Cor/Millennium focused on cardiovascular therapeutics), Restoration Robotics (aesthetic surgery devices), Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD, oncology therapeutics), and ViroBay, Inc. (pain and inflammatory 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 Akarx Inc., (acquired by MGI Pharma in 2008), BARRX Medical, Inc. (acquired by Covidien in 2012), Idun Pharmaceuticals, (acquired by Pfizer in 2005), Roxro Pharma (acquired by Daiichi-Sankyo in 2010), and Xoft, Inc. (acquired by iCAD in 2010). 

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 PartnersKineto WirelessMattersightNVIDIAPINC 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!, Copper Mountain Networks, Edify, Legato, Lynk Systems, Network Appliance, Grand Junction, NCD, OnStream NetworksRuckus Wireless, Synernetics, Primary Access, 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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Entrepreneur in Residence

Rob joined as an entrepreneur in residence in the spring of 2013.  Before coming to Sutter Hill Ventures, he worked as a systems engineer, team lead and architect on next generation systems software, packet optical and Gateway GPRS Support Node projects at Juniper Networks as well as being responsible for directly building and leading a team of senior engineers on the Cisco IOS XE operating system project (as an early employee of BCN Networks, acquired by Cisco Systems in 2004). Prior to Juniper and Cisco, he worked at Nuasis Corporation, a pre-cloud-era startup in the distributed, hosted call center SaaS space.

He brings his background in networking, manageability and systems rebirth projects to Sutter Hill Ventures and is most interested in the connectivity, IaaS and software defined networking spaces.

Rob received degrees from the University of Maryland in Computer Science and Japanese..

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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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Michael Beesley is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures. Prior to joining SHV, Mr. Beesley was SVP & Chief Technology Officer of Juniper Networks’ Platform Systems Division, responsible for technical strategy, innovation and next generation product development for Juniper’s portfolio of routing, switching, branch, and Wireless LAN products, as well as for the ongoing evolution and development of the JUNOS operating system. Prior to this, Mr. Beesley served as VP of Architecture for Juniper’s Data Center Business Unit (DCBU) overseeing the architecture, development and future roadmap in terms of technology and product offering of Juniper’s Data Center product lines and solutions, including QFabric and standalone Ethernet switches, encompassing stack integration, orchestration and workflow integration with current and emerging technologies (Openstack, SDN, OpenFlow etc.).

Mr. Beesley worked at Huawei Technologies from 2009-2010 as VP of IP R+D building and managing a Silicon Valley based team chartered with developing the next generation of advanced IP packet equipment for Huawei covering core and edge routing and DC Core switches. Mr. Beesley also managed a standards team pursuing Huawei’s agenda in several standards bodies including IEFT and IEEE. He also acted as senior Strategy Consultant to many of Huawei’s large business units in China.

From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Beesley worked at Cisco Systems in a variety of roles, ultimately serving as the Chief Technology Officer of the Edge Routing Business Unit (ERBU) providing technical leadership, architectural direction and product innovation for a multi-billion dollar product portfolio targeted at both service provider and enterprise markets. Mr. Beesley also drove portfolio software innovation across a multitude of business units resulting in the IOS-XE operating system being adopted from the original ASR-1000 Series on which it was initially developed onto many product lines including lower end CPE routers and Ethernet switches. Mr. Beesley rejoined Cisco in 2004 after the acquisition of BCN Systems, a networking startup he founded, by Cisco.

From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Beesley was a member of Juniper Networks founding engineering team as employee number 47. During this time, he held multiple leadership positions in engineering and was instrumental in architecting JUNOS and delivering the first several generations of Juniper routers including the M40, M160 and T640. Mr. Beesley was one of four Distinguished Engineers in the company during the early years and also managed and grew the embedded software team. Prior to joining Juniper, Mr. Beesley worked for six years at Cisco Systems as a Distinguished Engineer driving the architecture, design and implementation of several billion-dollar IOS product lines including the C4000 Series and the C7200 Series of routers.

Mr. Beesley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science and a Masters degree in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

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Stefan's current directorship include Benu Networks and OpenDNS. Stefan is also the founding investor and CEO of Skyport Systems. 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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Prior to joining Sutter Hill Ventures, Will Eatherton was the VP of Engineering for 3 years of the Core Routing Business Unit at Juniper Networks.  This role had responsibility for over 300 engineers across Hardware, software, optical, and test as well as the BU operations team managing the BU’s spend.  He had responsibility for multiple router product lines for Juniper as well as the Juniper optical team and future Junos software technologies team.  At Juniper, Will received the CEO excellence award for delivering a new product line to market (PTX) with strong customer reception.

For 10 years before Juniper (2000-2010) Will was at Cisco Systems in wide range of roles and technology covering silicon to software to systems. He joined Cisco in 2000 with the acquisition of Growth Networks, where he was one of the founding engineers.  Growth Networks architected a scalable multi-terabit router/switch fabric silicon solution.

His first contribution at Cisco was in his role as the line card architect for the Carrier Routing System (CRS-1), a scalable multi-terabit router system that has been the top selling core router in the industry in the past decade.  Then in 2002 Will started the Cisco Packet Processor Group and was lead architect of the CPP chipset and Software technologies.  Based on his leadership in development of CRS1 and CPP, Will was promoted to a Cisco Distinguished Engineer in 2005.

From 2005-2010 Will was part of the Edge Routing Business Unit (ERBU), ultimately in role of Sr. Director running IOS-XE operating system as well as leading SW for ASR1k and other product lines.

Will has amassed 24 patents and has spoken at a # of industry conferences as well as been program chair of conferences in networking as well as Hot Chips.  He holds an EE degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and an MSEE from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Mike's current directorships include PlatforaPure StorageSila Nanotechnologies, 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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Jason is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures. Prior to joining SHV, Jason was at MapR as the architect for their distributed database, M7. He was responsible for the overall system design and delivered the GA release.

From 2007 to 2011, Jason worked at Clustrix on databases. He led the query optimizer team and also worked on a variety of other components, including query execution, session management, and distributed data placement. Prior to Clustrix, Jason worked at Agami Systems on the file system for their NAS product.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering & Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology.

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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 Glassdoor.com, Room 77SatmetrixShutterfly (IPO: SFLY), SilverRail Technologies and Streetline Networks. In addition, Jim  represents SHV's investments in C3FreeMonee 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) 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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Rob joined Sutter Hill Ventures in January 2014 as an Entrepreneur in Residence. 

Prior to joining SHV, he spent 6 years at Salesforce.com serving as the CTO for the Salesforce Platform and Work.com, Architect for Salesforce Chatter, and Sr Vice President, Platform Product Management.

Rob spent 1998 through 2007 at BEA Systems developing WebLogic Server and ultimately serving as its Chief Architect in 2005 - 2007.

Rob holds a B.S.E. in computer science from Princeton University.

 

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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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Andrei joined as Entrepreneur in Residence in April 2014.

Prior to joining Sutter Hill, Andrei was CEO of Proton Digital Systems, a company which developed NAND Flash Media Manager IP and licensed it to Solid-State Storage enterprise customers.

In 2006-2009 Andrei was LSI Fellow at LSI. In that role he managed multi-disciplinary (signal processing, IC implementation, applications) organization spread over multiple sites in North America and Asia and developed the HDD industry's first 40nm disk-drive read channel. Prior to LSI, Andrei was Director of Engineering at Broadcom, responsible for read channel signal processing and IC implementation.  During 1998-2003 Andrei held various roles in engineering and marketing at Infineon and Marvell Semiconductor.

Andrei started his professional career as a research mathematician and was Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1996-1998.

Andrei received Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University and PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. He holds 31 issued US patents and has published papers in academic journals in Mathematics and Engineering.