Venk is a General Partner at Monta Vista Capital. With a varied background in sales, marketing and general management, Venk has a proven track record of leading companies through rapid growth. He has worked as a senior marketing executive in large technology companies in Silicon Valley and has been involved with numerous early stage companies as an executive, investor, board member, or advisor.
As president of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE), he presides over one of the most powerful networks focused on technology startups in Silicon Valley. TiE, a 21-year-old non-profit, exists to promote wealth creation through entrepreneurship, and its membership includes the entire ecosystem of entrepreneurship – VCs, successful entrepreneurs, senior executives in public companies as well as budding entrepreneurs.
Within TiE, Venk started a CIO Forum, which connects 25 CIOs from companies such as Costco, Walmart, Clorox, GE Capital, HCA Health Care and others with the most innovative B2B companies in the Valley.
Venk is also the Founding Chair and active member of TiE Angels, which is one of the most active Angel investor groups in the Valley with 140 members and 26 investments in the last three years, mostly in the B2B space.
Venk holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and BSEE from NIT in India.
Prashant is a Partner at Monta Vista Capital. He serves as the Managing Director of TiE LaunchPad, an accelerator for enterprise startups. He is also an active Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley, a member of its Board of Directors, and Co-Chair of TiE Angels. Prashant has been an early stage venture investor since 2001. Previously, he was with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, an early stage VC focused on enterprise and infrastructure software. Prior to Hummer Winblad, Prashant spent many years defining and launching high tech products. His background spans all seven layers of the OSI stack, with product management roles at enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), Cypress Semiconductor and AT&T.
Prashant received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Glen has served a variety of engineering and management roles for eleven
companies in Silicon Valley since 1990, including two bootstraps and one VC-funded
start-up. He began his career in the VLSI design team of Sun Microsystem's
UltraSPARC, moved to Electronic Design Automation software tools, and then to data
networking. For the most recent eleven years he was at Google, where he built and
ran the Applied Machine Intelligence team, supporting hundreds of internal teams
using the TensorFlow machine learning toolkit and its precursors.
Glen received a BSEE from the Univ. of Michigan and an MSEE from UC Berkeley.
Roger is a successful early stage enterprise venture capitalist. For over twenty years he has invested in a wide range of leading technology enabled solutions focused on improving the productivity and efficiency of businesses. Roger is the founding member of Cloud Capital Partners. He seed funded or help start over 15 companies focused on enterprise cloud computing including DocuSign (DOCU) and Acquia. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Boards at TrackMaven and Workspot. Formerly, he served on the boards of Cloud Technology Partners (sold to HP Enterprise), Compass.io (sold to Sage Software), Iron.io (sold to Oracle), Flow.io (sold to Sierra Wireless), SeeWhy (sold to SAP), Cloudscaling (sold to EMC), Aprimo Software (sold to Teradata), Intraspect Software (sold to Vignette) and was a Board observer at Interactions Software, Acquia, Blue Agave (sold to I2 Technologies), newBrandAnalytics (sold to Spriklr) Tervala Software and Densify.
Roger is also a co-founder of IoT Capital Partners. IoT Capital Partners is an early stage Boston based investment fund focused on enabling technologies and application-specific solutions that enable the instrumentation of the physical world or ‘The Internet of Things’. It works closely with the IoT Impact Lab – a dedicated effort to deploy and understand IoT technologies in the real world. In 2017 the IoT Impact Lab was acquired by Context Labs.
Roger was also Venture Partner for over five years at Sigma Partners focusing on the enterprise software, IT, and business services industries. During that time he sourced and made investments in eight investments which also included DocuSign, vLingo (Sold to Nuance Communications), WordStream, Virtera (sold to Glasshouse Technologies) in addition to providing broad portfolio support in the areas of strategy, new customer acquisition and financing.
Before Sigma, Roger was a partner with JEGI Capital, focusing on the intersection of technology with the media, marketing and information industries. He has also served as a Managing Director in Veronis Suhler Stevenson's Business & Professional Information Group and directed the private equity fund's investing efforts in the healthcare information market (Solucient LLC– acquired by Thomas Corporation), in addition to its efforts in venture investing. Roger has held senior executive positions in corporate development, marketing, and product management at WebLine Communications (acquired by Cisco Systems), Stream International (acquired by Solectron), the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, where he founded D&B Services; D&B Small Business Solutions, and opened business credit joint venture operations across Eastern Europe. He began his career at IBM. Roger is a frequent speaker and a writer on venture capital industry.
Roger earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University.
Roger is a mentor at TechStars Boston and Accelprise and in the past TechStars Cloud. He is on the Board of the Tisch School at Tufts University, the Rennie Center for Education Policy, the Greenlight Fund Boston and a Trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.
Job Simon was until recently VP and CTO of Business Technology at Workday, responsible for overall Architecture strategy for IT, Alpha Lab, Digital Strategy and Advanced Analytics Technology. Prior to that he was VP aof Enterprise Architecture & Strategy at Salesforce. He was the CTO of Data Products at Cymer where he lead a Data Science team, using Predictive models for early failure detection. Prior to that he was VP of IT Architecture and Strategy at VMware, driving strategic programs with focus on Hybrid Cloud, SaaS, Mobile, Social and Big Data. Job has been with the High Tech industry in technology management roles at Netapp, Intel & Applied Materials. He has Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Robotics from University of Rhode Island and Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from NIT Trichy in India.
Kaz is a Venture Advisor at Monta Vista Capital. Kaz was formerly a managing director and a board member of ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Inc. (ITV), a venture capital firm based in Tokyo. Prior to joining ITV in 2006, Kaz was responsible for the business development and strategic investment of ITOCHU’s ICT & Media Group mainly in the U.S. and Japan. Kaz has led Venture Investment efforts in the US, investing in early-stage Silicon Valley technology companies since 1997. And Kaz was also responsible for ITOCHU's first U.S. technology venture capital fund, Horizon Ventures to be established in 2000. He is currently President & CEO of A2O, Inc., a management consulting firm based in Tokyo, President of TiE Japan and a board member of Macnica Fuji Electronics Holdings, Inc. (TSE:3132).
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Japan's Waseda University.
Akshay is a Partner and co-founder of Unanimous Capital and is a Venture Advisor to Monta Vista Capital. Prior to founding Unanimous Capital, Akshay worked as Head of Corporate Strategy at Captiv8, a platform enabling brands and influencers to own, grow, and monetize their social media followings. At Captiv8, Akshay drove growth and profitability by analyzing and evaluating internal business plans and processes. He also oversaw fundraising efforts and played a key role in arranging strategic alliances. Before Captiv8, Akshay was an Associate at Monta Vista Capital, and was responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence processes, and community relations. During his time at MVC, Akshay held positions of increasing responsibility as a Venture Capitalist. Akshay also co-founded and served as CEO of TipdOff Inc., a FinTech platform that looked to democratize trading. Simultaneously, Akshay founded and led an angel syndicate that sourced capital and resources to start-ups.
Outside of the office, Akshay volunteers his time and resources to various social causes. Akshay enjoys interacting with the next generation of entrepreneurs by staying active in his local community as a mentor. Akshay is a Bay Area native, and calls San Francisco home.
Akshay graduated from Pepperdine University where he studied Business Administration and Political Science.
Craig E. Dauchy
Craig is the Legal Counsel for Monta Vista Capital. Craig is a Partner in Cooley's Business department and head of the Venture Capital practice group. Associated with the Firm since 1975, Craig became a partner in January 1981 and is resident in the Palo Alto office. He is a member of the Firm's Management Committee.
Recognized in many leading journals such as Legal 500, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. In 2012, Craig was named to the list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal. In addition, Craig was named the 2010 Corporate Lawyer of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Area by The Best Lawyers of America. He was included in the 2012 edition of the Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law; Leverage Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law; and Venture Capital Law. Craig was also recognized in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA as a national leader in Investment Funds: Venture Capital and a leader in California in Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital.
Craig holds a JD/MBA from Stanford University, and a B.A. from Yale University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark is the Chief Financial Officer at Monta Vista Capital. With over 40 years of experience working in finance, he has held the position of CFO at companies such as U.S Venture Partners, Meris Laboratories and Rocket Science Games among others.
Mark holds a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Oregon State University and an MBA from the University of Oregon Charles H. Lundquist College of Business.