John Kim is a co-founder and Managing Partner of HighBar Partners. Prior to HighBar, Mr. Kim was with W Capital Partners, a private equity fund with over $1 billion under management that makes direct investments in growth equity technology companies. Prior to W Capital, Mr. Kim was Director of Corporate Development at Zeborg (acquired by Emptoris), a venture-backed enterprise software company spun off from The Mitchell Madison Group. He was also Director of Investments at ISL Management, a venture capital firm funded by JPMorgan dedicated to early stage software and financial service investments. Prior thereto, Mr. Kim was an investment banker with JPMorgan Chase and Robertson Stephens. Mr. Kim holds a BS in Economics from The University of Chicago and an MBA, with Honors, from Columbia Business School.
Roy Thiele-Sardiña is a co-founder and Managing Partner of HighBar Partners. Over the last 25 years, he has founded, invested in and held senior management positions at numerous prominent companies in the technology industry. Mr. Thiele-Sardina began his career as an early employee of Sun Microsystems, leading it’s Telco sales operation. He later led sales in Intercontinental Operations (Asia, Japan, Latin America and EMEA). He ended his 11 year career at Sun as the VP of Corporate Development in the Office of the Chairman. He was a member of the founding management team at Brocade Communications (NASDAQ: BRCD) as VP of Sales and Business Management. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of Tasmania Networks, a cache proxy company (acquired by Cisco); the CEO and Co-Founder of Ingrian Networks (acquired by SafeNet); and the Chairman of NeoPath Networks (acquired by Cisco). Mr. Thiele-Sardiña holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a GM Scholar, and a MBA from The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
As a co-founder and first CEO of Load DynamiX, Clay Marr is in charge of the company’s strategic initiatives and new growth opportunities. Clay has enjoyed a varied career as a CEO, general manager, as well as a sales and marketing executive. He started his career with large technology leaders (Fairchild, Philips and Adaptec); led a number of technology start-ups (including Plus Logic, RadioLAN, and DRC) and served on several boards including Fiddle Games. Clay received his BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and MBA from Santa Clara University.
Paul Weinstein is a founding General Partner at Azure Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $750 million under management. With over 25 years of investment experience, Paul’s primary investment focus is on communications technology, data center, cloud infrastructure and applications and mobility solutions. He received his BS degree in Finance from Babson College, where he graduated with highest honors. Paul has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Philippe Vincent brings over 20 years of experience in technology industries. Philippe held senior executive positions with BigFix, IBM and Accenture. During his tenure at BigFix, he led several business functions and drove strategy and operations across the company. He helped drive BigFix to a leadership position in the Systems and Security Management markets, and a successful sale to IBM in 2010. At IBM, Philippe helped lead the integration of BigFix into the Tivoli business unit. Before BigFix, he was a Partner with Accenture’s High Tech strategy practice, and a leader of its Software practice. Philippe began his career with engineering positions at Alcatel and PSA Peugeot Citroen. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and Diplome d’Ingenieur from ENSAM (France).
Eric Benhamou, founder of Benhamou Global Ventures, has served on more than 25 corporate boards, including 10 publicly traded companies such as 3Com, Palm, Netscape, Legato and Real Networks. He continues to serve on the boards of Cypress Semiconductors, of Silicon Valley Bank and of Finjan Holdings. Through his career, Eric Benhamou participated in 7 IPO’s and 35 M&A’s. Prior to his venture capital experience, Eric built and operated several IT companies and experienced all the stages of growth from start-up to Global Fortune 500. Principally, he was CEO of 3Com from 1990 to 2000 and Chairman until 2010. He also served as CEO of Palm until 2003, and subsequently as Chairman. Both 3Com and Palm were sold to HP in 2010. Prior to 3Com, Eric was a founder of Bridge Communications, an early networking pioneer which he helped take public in 1985. He started his career as a software engineer at Zilog. Eric has an MS from Stanford University’s School of Engineering, a Diplôme d’Ingénieur and Doctorate from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, Paris.
Jim Labe is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of TriplePoint Capital. Mr. Labe is widely recognized as the pioneer of the venture leasing and lending segment of the commercial finance industry. He played a key role in making venture leasing and lending an essential source of capital for venture capital backed companies. Over the past twenty-five years, Mr. Labe has worked closely with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs introducing them to the benefits of venture leasing and lending. Prior to co-founding TriplePoint, Mr. Labe founded Comdisco Ventures in 1987, the venture division of Comdisco, Inc. Mr. Labe holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont.