John C. Dean
John has 20 years of experience as CEO of five financial services companies. Most recently, from 1993 to 2001, he served as the CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, a leading provider of financial services to early-stage technology companies and venture capital firms. John grew Silicon Valley Bank's market capitalization from $65 million in 1993 to over $3 billion in 2000. Also, he led the creation of the company's own venture investment business, with the launch of the company's first two venture capital funds in 2000. This included a $150 million fund of funds, and a $65 million direct equity fund. In 2001, Forbes ranked him as one of the "50 most powerful dealmakers." In 2001, Fortune ranked Silicon Valley Bank, under John's leadership, among the "100 Fastest-Growing Companies" based on growth in revenues, earnings per share, and total market return over three years.
John also has many years of experience investing in technology companies. He has served as Managing Director of Tuputele Ventures Fund, LLC, a small private equity fund investing in early-stage technology companies and venture capital funds. He is an investment director for various venture capital firms, both in the U.S. and overseas, including Advanced Technology Venture (ATV), Institutional Venture Fund (IVP), Walden International, and Authosis Capital. John serves as an advisor or director of various technology companies. He brings a wide network of industry contacts to the Fund, notably in Silicon Valley and Hawaii.
In March 2010, John joined the Board of Directors of Central Pacific Financial Corporation and Central Pacific Bank as Executive Chairman. The company is under an FDIC Consent Order to meet certain capital ratio requirements and John has joined as Chair to assist this organization in its turnaround.
Tim is a Partner at Startup Capital Ventures, a Palo Alto based Venture Capital firm. As such, he is a Director or Advisor to several of the firm's investments including Silvertail Systems, RadioTime, TagArray and Suturenetics.
Prior to joining SCV, Tim founded Hawaii Superferry in 2001, a company that brought energy-efficient inter-island vehicle ferry service to Hawaii and was recipient of the HVCA Deal Of The Year 2006.
A serial entrepreneur, Tim co-founded Grassroots.com, the the leading political web technology company in 1999 (acquired by Edelman). In 1995, he founded WorldPages.com, the internet's first white and yellow pages (NYSE:WPZ, then acquired by BT). He was also the first investor in match.com (NASDAQ:IACI), and Accept.com (acquired by Amazon.)
A believer in social responsibility, he has an energy conservation foundation - usehalf.org He is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at the University of Hawaii. Tim co-founded TRUSTe.org which is internet's privacy standard and is a founding Board Member of Reef Check Hawaii and an active member of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association.
Previously, Tim was a principal at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he led CEO-level strategy consulting work in high-technology, transportation, and energy industries.
Tim was previously an electrical engineer at Beckman Instruments, where he developed the first electronic speech synthesizer for use in intensive care units, and the world's first medical and scientific instrument-on-a-chip.
He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine where he founded the UCI Cycling Team.
He serves or has served as chairman, board member or advisor to numerous companies including Adama Materials, Dali Wireless, TRUSTe, Silvertail Systems, TagArray, RadioTime, Hawaii Superferry, Grassroots.com (acquired by Edelman), Accept.com (acquired by Amazon), Affinity Engines and WorldPages (ex NYSE:WPZ, now BT).
Tim was born in England to parents who instilled simple values for which he thanks them enormously. In his spare moments, he enjoys sailing, spending time with his family, and traveling. He claims the only items he could not live without are his passport, Mac, and bicycle.
Danny has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. In 1982, he founded Daw Computer Systems Ltd., a software company that developed commercial software applications for minicomputers in Hong Kong. In 1987, together with the China Academy of Sciences' Institute of Computing, Danny co-founded Lenovo (formerly known as Legend Computer), the largest PC manufacturer in China. Seven years later, he led Lenovo's successful IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Today, Lenovo is a constituent member of the Hang Seng Index, and in December 2004, acquired the PC Division of IBM for $1.7 billion. In 1989, under Danny's leadership, Lenovo launched the QDI Group, Legend's motherboard subsidiary. By 1997, this company was the largest manufacturer of motherboards, with 21 offices worldwide.
Danny left Lenovo in 1997. He became the Chair of American Pacific Technology Group Ltd., a venture capital firm investing in IC design and wireless and broadband technology companies in Hong Kong, China and Silicon Valley. In 2000, Danny founded Authosis Capital, a venture capital firm focusing on software investments in the U.S. and China.
Bob Rees is an experienced venture capitalist with a 25-year track record of forming, incubating, funding, and growing successful young companies. His background also includes operating executive experience in sales, marketing, and strategic planning positions with two Fortune 500 companies (Mobil and Tenneco).
As a Special Limited Partner of Woodside Fund from 1993 to 1999, Bob built a successful investment record including exits for Innova Corporation, Hotrail, and AccelGraphics. Bob and three of his Woodside Fund partners left the firm in 1999 to form Access Venture Partners, an affiliate of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. As a Managing Director of Access Venture Partners until 2004, Bob sourced technology deals in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma and syndicated these deals with top-tier venture capitalists in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. At Access, Bob led the firm's syndication of Dallas-based Cashworks, Inc. which was later sold to General Electric Card Services.
Prior to his venture roles at Woodside Fund and Access Venture Partners, Bob led the successful diversification of Rees/Source Ventures, Inc., a family-owned oil and gas business, through creation of a venture capital investment program. In 1987, he launched the Oklahoma City Innovation Center as Oklahoma's first privately run business incubator. He also played an active role in helping the state develop its own entrepreneurial and venture capital initiatives, which culminated in the founding of the Oklahoma Capital Investment Board (OCIB) and Oklahoma Technology Commercialization Center (OTCC).
Bob continues as an active board member of QuanTEM Laboratories, one of the Oklahoma companies originally incubated by the Oklahoma City Innovation Center. He holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business and a BA in business from Principia College.
At Startup Capital Ventures, Bob serves on the boards of WhiteHat Security and Xignite. He is also a board observer at EzRez Software, Suturenetics, and Think Finance.
Bob was born in Oklahoma to a family with a long history of entrepreneurship. Risk taking was encouraged and successful results were celebrated. When not at SCV, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and family which includes two adult children and three grandchildren. He enjoys California hiking and Oklahoma football.
Catherine has almost 20 years of operations, legal and management experience, including as the Chief Operating Officer of SVB Alliant, the investment banking affiliate of Silicon Valley Bank. As COO, Ms. Ngo led all business operations for the firm, including for IT, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, and Marketing. Prior to COO of SVB Alliant, she was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). In addition to overseeing all legal and regulatory affairs for SVB, Ms. Ngo also was responsible for loan operations and other support divisions of the company. She also was a founding board member of SVB's first two venture capital funds. Prior to joining SVB, Catherine practiced law in California and Texas.
Catherine sits on the boards of several portfolio companies for Startup Capital Ventures, including acting as a Board advisor to Zero2IPO, a Chinese financial services provider that sits at the hub of China's venture and private equity market. In her role as Board advisor to Zero2IPO, Catherine has played a key role in the launch of the company's venture capital business, including in the founding of the company's first two direct equity funds. More recently, she has spearheaded the company's efforts to raise the first Zero2IPO fund of funds. Catherine continues to act as a Special Fund Advisor to all of Zero2IPO's venture funds.
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