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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 School in Atherton, California.
Len earned his BA in mathematics from Yale in 1964 and his MBA from Stanford in 1966.
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.
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.
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 Actiance, Artisan Partners, Kineto Wireless, Mattersight, NVIDIA, PINC Solutions, RedSeal 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 Networks, Ruckus 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.
Vikram joined as an Entrepreneur in Residence in Sep 2014. Prior to joining Sutter Hill, Vikram was part of the founding and executive team at Bromium Inc, responsible for managing the engineering team at Bromium, as well as creating and driving strategies in alignment with Bromium’s vision and business goals. Prior to Bromium, Vikram managed the Database Storage Engine group within Oracle RDBMS. He was lead architect for several key Exadata technologies such as Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression. He was also Senior Development Manager for the protocols group at Oracle where he designed and implemented major components of the NFSv4 server and led the team responsible for protocol development. He has held senior engineering roles at Pillar Data Systems and Valicert. He is a prolific inventor who holds 22 issued patents.
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
Andrei Michael Herasimchuk was the Sr. Interface Designer on Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign during the 90s, developing the overall design strategy for what would become the Adobe Creative Suite. He was also the Project Lead on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Most recently, he was a Director of Design at both Twitter and Yahoo, and the Creative Director at Involution Studios, an agency that specialized in designing software for the top companies and startups in Silicon Valley. He joined Sutter Hill Ventures as a Designer in Residence in October of 2014.
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.
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.
Mike's current directorships include Bracket Computing, Platfora, Pure Storage, Sila 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.
Jim White's investment focus is on technology companies spanning both enterprise and consumer markets. He currently serves on the boards of Checkmate, Glassdoor.com, Satmetrix, Shutterfly (IPO: SFLY), 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), Streetline Networks (acquired by Kapsch) and Vocalocity.
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.