A panel of start-up investment experts discuss strategies for investing in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Merav Bloch is an investor with Square Peg Ventures, and was an early advisor to Kaggle.
Josh joined Sigma in 2010, bringing six years of startup experience. He has expertise in online marketing, marketplaces, and crowdsourcing.
Josh was the 4th employee at oDesk, running Sales, Marketing, Product, and Business Development over five years and contributing to the company’s growth from almost nothing to $100M in annual services. Josh was also the head of product and marketing at AdRoll, helping to design and build the #1 retargeting platform. Prior to oDesk and AdRoll, Josh was a consultant at Arthur D. Little.
Josh has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Warren Hogarth is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital. Warren’s current areas of interest include cloud computing, bioinformatics and energy.
Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2008, Warren completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering, where he developed fuel cell technology. During this time, he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar to Princeton University and a Guest Scientist at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. Warren has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland.
Jeff Karras is a Venture Capital Professional with experience in technology, operations, marketing, and finance including more than a decade of investing in early to expansion stage companies in mobile, wireless, enterprise infrastructure, communications, and digital media technologies.
Jeff is currently a Managing Director with SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he is responsible for running the fund’s North American investment activities. Jeff’s current investments include Baynote, Bubble Motion, Jasper Wireless, Ness, Ruckus Wireless (NYSE: RKUS), Sentilla, Everything.me, and Vuclip.
Before joining SingTel Innov8 Ventures, Jeff was a General Partner with Levensohn Venture Partners (LVP) where he focused on infrastructure and platform technologies across the digital media, security, and cleantech sectors. Past investments include Atheros (Nasdaq: ATHR), Covigo (acquired by Symbol), Veraz Networks (Nasdaq: VRAZ), Informative (acquired by SatMetrix), Radiance (acquired by Comcast), Rapt (acquired by Microsoft), Reconnex (acquired by McAfee), Plum (acquired by Nokia), Wild Pockets (acquired), and ShotSpotter (private). Jeff remains a Venture Partner with LVP.
Prior to LVP, Jeff was at Sun Microsystems where he was hired to help establish the Portal Server division. As a start-up division within the larger organization, Jeff played a lead role in developing the market and product strategy, product specifications, and the partnership ecosystem. Prior to Sun Microsystems, Jeff was a Principal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Strategic Change Group, where he provided strategic guidance across a variety of industries including telecommunications, software, energy and financial services
Jeff received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Tristen Langley serves as a Venture Partner with Southern Cross Venture Partners. Prior to joining SXVP, Tristen was a Business Development and Marketing Manager at Skype Technologies for North America.
She spent several years as an Analyst with the top-tier US venture capital firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) where she initiated the firm’s investment in and led the due diligence for Skype Technologies (sold to eBay for US$2.6 billion), a peer-to-peer communications firm. She was also involved with DFJ’s portfolio companies, Xfire (sold to Viacom for $100M), Visto (wireless email), Anagran (flow routing), abazab (video telephony) and Media Lario (lithography optics).
Prior to DFJ, Tristen was a Senior Associate with the Australian technology venture capital firm, Allen & Buckeridge (A&B). At A&B she led the firm’s investment in the CRC-spinout Wedgetail Communications (sold to Quest Software for US$57M), a security software firm. She joined Wedgetail as Manager, Operations & Planning, where she was engaged in sales, IP management and budget planning.
Tristen Langley holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She completed her graduate studies in software engineering at the Fraunhofer IESE, Germany. She earned a bachelor of science (Honours) from the University of NSW and was the recipient of the University Medal.
David Scott Carlick is a venture partner at Rho Ventures. He believes that successful investing hinges on market opportunities and entrepreneurial teams. Ultimately, collaborative efforts that are cohesive, clever and adaptive yield success in big, new and emerging markets.
He joined Rho in 2009 and focuses on investments in digital media and marketing. Prior to Rho, he was managing director and venture partner of VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he was involved in numerous investments, including Intermix Media (parent company of MySpace that was sold to NewsCorp in 2005) and ReachLocal. He was also executive vice president at Poppe Tyson, where he co-founded poppe.com, which spun out and merged with Modem Media (NASDAQ: MMPT), and DoubleClick, which went public and was subsequently sold to Google.
Bill Tai is Chairman of the Board for Treasure Data, Inc.
Warren Hogarth, a venture capitalist for Sequoia Capital, explains why the startup ecosystem is out of whack and how often the best and brightest companies start out with the least amount of seed funding.