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Deal Team

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Andre de Baubigny

Managing Partner

Andre is an experienced investor, investment banker, entrepreneur, and Stanford alum (GSB '95). As an entrepreneur, he has launched two private venture funds for individual family offices and founded a wine-related logistics company. As a banker, Andre worked with the most innovative startups of the late 90’s and advised Fortune 500 companies on how to react to the immense change that Internet adoption would bring. As an investor, he backed leading-edge Internet companies, including Songza (sold to Google, now GooglePlay), Trulia (IPO, sold to Zillow), Dash (sold to RIM), Oodle (sold to QVC), and Dataminr. 

Andre co-founded Deep Fork Capital in 2008 as a Managing Partner of Fund I investing directly for an ultra-high net worth family. In 2003, he co-founded Vintrust, a wine management business with over $300 million in wine assets generating over $10 million in revenue (sold in 2009). Prior to Vintrust, he managed a $500 million venture fund for French industrialist and billionaire, Bernard Arnault.

In 1998, Andre joined Morgan Stanley & Co. to run its global Internet banking practice, working directly with Mary Meeker. Before that, he founded the Internet banking practice at Robertson Stephens in 1996 and developed Robertson’s unique approach to research coverage for the Internet. Earlier, he was a securities lawyer with Brown & Wood (now Sidley Austin) in both their New York and San Francisco offices.

Andre received his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1995. He also earned his JD at Boston University School of Law in 1989, where he served as a managing editor of the Annual Review of Banking Law. In addition, he received a BA in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, in 1986.

Andre is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Chapter of JDRF, supporting research to treat and cure type 1 diabetes. He lives in Menlo Park with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Charlotte, and son, Nicolas.

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Catherine Lu

Principal

Catherine joined the AVG Fellow Program while working as the first product manager at machine learning startup DataVisor, where she delivered products that protect the world's largest online services from spam and fraud. Catherine has now transitioned from her role in the Fellow Program to working full-time with The Farm Ventures as the Principal of the fund.

Prior to DataVisor, Catherine led new product efforts for Palantir’s commercial business and co-founded the retail analytics company Fancy That (acquired by Palantir). While at Stanford, she built an online platform that was used by thousands of students and instructors to streamline homework submissions and grading. Catherine graduated from Stanford University with a BS and MS in Computer Science, focusing on artificial intelligence.

Investment Committee

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Tamara Artim

Tamara is the President of Amaratal, Inc, a consulting company that offers strategic marketing and business consulting services to clients ranging from technology start-ups to established companies. She has over 25 years of experience in new technologies and markets in the US, Europe and Latin/South America in 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.

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Avin Bansal

Avin is currently Director of Strategic Operational Finance at Wayfair, building the finance infrastructure for Wayfair's supply chain & operations. Previously, he served as VP Finance for par8o, a healthcare technology startup. Before making the move to operating roles, Avin spent a decade at venture capital and private equity firms, including Goldman Sachs, where he served on the boards of AFS Technologies and EZ Lube.

Avin began his investing career at Summit Partners in 2003, with later stints at Google, Great Point Partners, and OpenView. He has also been an angel investor and adviser to seed stage technology companies, including Rentjuice (sold to Zillow), Kahuna, vSplash, and more. 

Avin earned a BS and MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and was on the fencing team. He later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Brian Grossi

Brian has been providing financing to high technology firms in Silicon Valley and Southern California since 1982. He co-founded AVI Capital, a VC partnership with resources of $75 million specializing in seed and early-stage investments positioned for high growth segments of the IT market. He also co-founded Alpha Partners where he served on the boards of many portfolio companies including Analog Design Tools, Quintus Computer Systems, High Yield Technology, Accuwave, Anergen, Answer Computer, Photonics, and Network Peripherals. He has also worked at Hewlett Packard and the Stanford Research Institute (SRI). 

Brian served on the Board of Digimarc Corporation (DMRC) for 10 years after leading its IPO, and held previous board directorships at Apptitude, Intraspect Software, Pointbase, InViso, Vivant!, and Prosetta Corporation. 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 University.

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Eric Gonzales

Eric Gonzales is a Managing Director at Montage Capital, a leading provider of growth debt to capital-efficient companies. In addition to co-managing the Montage investment funds, Eric also oversees investor relations, operations, and finance. Earlier, Eric spent six years as 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 has also served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and mentors entrepreneurs participating in the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leadership Program. He received an AB in Economics from Harvard (magna cum laude) and an MBA from Stanford.

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Theresia Gouw

Theresia is an engineer, experienced entrepreneur, and successful investor in the new mobility space, focused primarily on Security, Data Analytics, and Consumer opportunities. She recently co-founded Aspect Ventures, where she led the firm’s early investments in Cato Networks, Exabeam, ForeScout, The Muse, SelfScore, BirchBox, and BaubleBar.  Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Partner at Accel where she championed many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions:  Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS), Kosmix (WMT). Theresia has been named to Forbes’ Midas List six times, most recently in 2017.

As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding VP of Business Development & Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as a product manager at Silicon Graphics. Theresia holds a ScB in Engineering from Brown University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Theresia serves as Treasurer of Brown University’s Corporation Board, vice-chair of DonorsChoose.org and at Stanford co-teaches a course on Venture Capital at the GSB. She also serves on the GSB Advisory Council and DAPER investment fund. 

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Mark D. Edwards

Mark is a partner at Five Peaks Capital Management, a private equity firm focused on investments in technology-enabled services companies. He has over sixteen years of experience in private equity, with senior roles at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (~$10 billion of capital under management) and JLL Partners (~$4 billion of capital under management). He has led private equity and distressed debt investments across a range of sectors, including information and business services, retail and consumer products, industrial services, and healthcare.

Prior to that, Mark was an investment banker for Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Securities, where he executed debt and equity financing and M&A advisory transactions. He is a board member of Phoenix Energy Technologies, and a former board member of AOS, FC Holdings, Total Safety, Luxury Optical Holdings, DeCrane Aircraft Holdings, and Merrill Communications.

Mark holds a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MBA with distinction from Tuck, where he graduated as an Edward Tuck Scholar.

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Tom "TK" Kuegler

TK is Chairman of Alumni Ventures Group (formerly Launch Angels) and a longtime entrepreneur. Besides serving as Chairman of Launch Angels, he is Chief Investment Officer, assisting in the launch of new funds, recruitment of deal teams, and oversight of portfolio management.

TK is also the Co-founder and General Partner of Wasabi Ventures, a venture capital, incubator, and consulting firm that specializes in building and advising early stage technology companies. In the last ten years, Wasabi Ventures has built, financed, and advised over 200 startups, including Right Now Technologies, PBworks, Ustream, and Etherpad.

Previously, TK was the co-founder of two successful Internet startups, SNT and SpinBox. He is also the author of Web Advertising and Marketing and dozens of articles about the Internet, as well as a frequent lecturer.

Since 2010, he has served on the Board of Sponsors of Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University Maryland. TK earned a BS in Economics from Loyola.

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Jen McClure

Jen McClure 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. She leads the Stanford Women on Boards initiative. Jen received her Master’s degree from Stanford and her Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

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Dr. Blackford Middleton

Dr. Blackford Middleton is internationally recognized as a thought-leader in clinical informatics and healthcare information technology and as a serial innovator in academic and industrial R&D. He is now Chief Informatics and Innovation Officer at Apervita, which delivers a PaaS for the democratization of healthcare data and analytics at scale. Earlier, he was a professor of Biomedical Informatics and of Medicine at Stanford, Harvard, and Vanderbilt Universities. He has also held executive leadership roles at Stanford (CMIO), MedicaLogic/ Medscape (Sr VP/CMO), Partners Healthcare System (Director Clinical Informatics R&D), and Vanderbilt (CIO). He has an M.Sc from Stanford’s School of Medicine, an ABIM from the University of Connecticut Health Center, and an MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Bruce Schena

Bruce lives at the intersection of innovative hardware products and business. He was a Co-founder/CTO of Immersion Corporation where he led the development of haptic simulation and 3D shape-scanning products and technologies for consumer, medical, and scientific applications. He spent 13 years as an Engineering Fellow (VP-Level) at Intuitive Surgical, creators of the daVinci Surgical Robot. During his tenure at Intuitive, he was responsible for many key developments, including new surgical instrument architectures, 3D endoscopes, robot arms, and countless other core technologies. His contributions helped propel robotic surgery from a laboratory curiosity to the standard-of-care for multiple surgical procedures. After Intuitive, Bruce spent 2 years as a senior member of the Robotics Initiative at X Inc. (formerly Google[x]). His focus was on developing new technologies designed to enable “Google-scale” adoption of robotics.

Bruce holds 147 US Patents and over 200 international patents, and patents-pending worldwide; covering a broad array of technologies – sensors, actuators, algorithms, and mechanisms. He is also an active angel investor, technology mentor, startup advisor, and long-time member of the TED community.

He has a BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a D. Eng. degree from Stanford.

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Cliff Schireson

Cliff has over 40 years of experience in investment banking and investment management. His career has included the underwriting and placement of cross-border and domestic syndicated loans, debt in leveraged leases, asset securitizations, mezzanine and other high-yield financings, and senior and subordinated debt private placements. He was a product specialist and client portfolio manager for a New York-based asset management firm for both municipal and taxable strategies before joining Brandes Investment Partners, an employee-owned investment management firm. At Brandes, he worked as a Director and Co-Head of Fixed Income before retiring in 2017.

Cliff's clients have included corporate cash portfolios and pension plans, public pension plans, insurance entities, and endowments and foundations. He also worked for the past seven years with pension consulting firms in North America on both equity and fixed income strategies. He has volunteered for Stanford University in alumni relations and fundraising, was president of the Stanford Club of NYC, is a member of the Stanford Associates, and has received a number of volunteer recognitions from the school (including the Governor’s Award).

Cliff received a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Christina S. Zacamy

Christina is the President and Managing Director of Zacamy & Co. LLC, which provides strategic and financial advice to both public and private companies, including advice on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising alternatives, and strategic partnerships. Prior to founding Zacamy & Co. LLC, she worked in the Principal Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs & Co. and in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Advisory Group at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., both in New York City. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The LPGA Foundation and is Chair of The LPGA Foundation Leadership Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

Christina has a degree from Stanford University.

Venture Partners

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Frank R. Atkinson

Frank is an experienced and successful private equity and venture capital fund manager with a U.S. and international background. He has founded or co-founded three private equity firms. During his career, he has invested in areas as diverse as early stage technology in Silicon Valley, real estate developments in Hong Kong, Mexico City, and the U.S., as well as technology and leading edge agricultural projects in the Middle East.

Frank was the founding President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (Menlo Park, CA). The WAVC was the first venture capital trade organization in the world. Membership today includes over 100 Silicon Valley venture firms and over 1,000 professional venture investors such as Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Intel Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, Sequoia Capital, U.S. Venture Partners, and Venrock, among others. In a non-business activity, Frank spent two seasons playing professional football (Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos) between earning his undergraduate degree at Stanford and graduate degree at UCLA. These experiences have been chronicled in three books, 'Tales from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sideline' (2013), 'The '63 Steelers' (2012) and 'A Steeler Odyssey.'

Frank and his family endowed a scholarship for undergraduate student athletes at Stanford University. He also acted as the Chairman of Stanford's Buck Club (now the Buck/Cardinal Club) fundraising for Stanford athletic scholarships.

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Cyril Berdugo

Cyril is the co-founder of real estate tech company Landis and Managing Partner at Berd Industries, a global real estate investment firm. Prior to founding Landis and Berd, he was a Director at Crown Acquisitions, a NY-based real estate investment firm, where he was responsible for acquisitions, dispositions, refinancings, and asset management. Before joining Crown, he worked at Houlihan Lokey where he advised companies on M&A, equity and debt capital markets, and restructuring transactions across all industries. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, he worked in Credit Trading at Citigroup. Throughout his career, he has completed over $10 billion in transactions. He is also currently an advisor to early-stage companies and a director at TP NYC, a real estate investment firm.

Cyril holds an undergraduate degree from Emory University and an MBA from Stanford University.

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Leo Chiu

Leo was recruited as one of the first 5 engineers building & scaling the mobile, web front & backend infrastructure for MyFitnessPal. Under Leo, the successful mobile app scaled from 10mm to 80mm users.  He and his team enabled seamless data integration with IoT fitness gear partners such as fitbit and jawbone. He lead a big data initiative to turn terabytes of food, recipe, exercise and social data collected from mobile and web into actionable real-time insights for users via technologies such as Kafka, Kinesis, Hadoop Spark, Tableau, redshift. In early 2015, MyFitnessPal was acquired by Under Armour for US$475mm. 

The last 4 big data/AI startups Leo served as core contributor all lead to successful IPO or M&A, with a combined market valuation of over US$1B. Leo is currently mentoring local college graduates and young adults in Hong Kong and China about innovation driven entrepreneurship via various mentorship programs and the mainstream media as public speaker and lecturer.

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Gina Bianchini

Gina is the Founder & CEO of Mighty Networks. Mighty Networks is the fastest way for entrepreneurs, organizations, and companies to create and grow a community-powered brand on your own deep interest network on mobile and web. Mighty Networks employs proprietary algorithms and smart technology to instantly connect members by their location, by the topics they choose, and by the categories they define. 

Before Mighty Networks, 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 (which owns HGTV), The Food Network, and The Travel Channel. Gina and Mighty Networks have been featured in Fast Company, Bloomberg, Wired, and The New York Times. She has also appeared on Charlie Rose, CNBC, and CNN.

Gina received her BA and MBA from Stanford University.

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Rishi Mallik

Rishi started his career in the consumer internet space at Mozilla and later as the Head of Business Development at Cooliris (acquired by Yahoo). He transitioned into the mobile space in 2007 by joining the founding team of Qik, where he later became the Head of Product leading the development and launch of the first mobile video chat application in the US (16M users). Qik was acquired by Skype, and Rishi became the Principal Program Manager of Mobile for Skype. At Skype, he led video initiatives across all platforms including the launch of Skype Video Messaging (>250M users). Skype was acquired by Microsoft for $8.5B. He is now Co-founder and Managing Partner of HiFi Ventures, a boutique venture capital firm that specializes in building and advising early-stage companies. 

Rishi graduated from Stanford University where he was the VP of the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES).

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John Partridge

John is a successful technology investor, founder, and CEO with three decades of experience in funding, launching, and leading technology companies from inception, through product definition, to sales and marketing, and to exit. As an entrepreneur and CEO, John has focused on database technologies, including Tokutek (as CEO) and StreamBase Systems (as co-founder) with Turing Award winner Michael Stonebraker. As an investor at Accel Partners and Summit Partners (Summit Accelerator Fund), John sourced and/or led investments in Rapt Corp. (acquired by MSFT), Counterpane Internet Security, and comScore. He currently focuses on foundational technologies such as ML (machine learning) and blockchain; and infrastructure technologies such as databases and information security.

John has an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.

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Lonnie Rosenwald

Lonnie currently works at Intellectual Ventures where her primary responsibilities include supporting investment funds that create and commercialize intellectual property rights from in-house and sourced inventions. At IV, she has supported many high-profile initiatives, including the launch of a $160M fund with Microsoft and other investors, the formation of TerraPower (financed by Bill Gates and others), and the Global Good Fund (Collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) She has also developed a novel legal structure for sponsored invention that has been used by the BBC and others. 

Prior to joining IV, she was the 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 (now K&L Gates). 

Lonnie has a JD from the University of Washington and a BA from Stanford University.

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Lyon Wong

Lyon Wong has an extensive investment track-record of working with companies across multiple stages, focusing on founder growth and product market fit.
 
Lyon co-founded Spectrum 28, a $170M early stage venture fund invested into companies such as Plangrid, Rhumbix, Karius, Freenome, Duetto, Reflecktive, Collective Health, Bizzy (Acquired by Sendgrid) and more. At Lightspeed, he invested or worked with companies such as Blend, Affirm, Comprehend Systems, Kitematic (Acquired 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.

Venture Fellow Program

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Alex Klein

San Francisco, CA

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.

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James Wong

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.