fnMentoring helps you accelerate your startup and expand your high tech network through private advising sessions with featured guest experts. Sessions are free to members but require your RSVP. If you are not a member you can apply here. Next week’s featured guest(s) will be:
Venrock has developed into one of the country’s leading venture capital firms with offices in Palo Alto, New York and Cambridge. Venrock entrepreneurs have charted new advancements in cancer, anti-infective and auto-immune therapies, powered semiconductors and the digital era, secured our information technology infrastructure, pioneered on-line advertising, and most recently, are generating power through alternative means, fostering innovation in healthcare IT, and harnessing the social web. Portfolio companies have included Apple Computer, Athenahealth, Centocor, Check Point Software, DoubleClick, Gilead Sciences, Idec Pharmaceuticals, Illumina, Intel, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Sirna Therapeutics, StrataCom and Vontu.
With a current focus on technology, healthcare and energy, Venrock continues the eight-decade Rockefeller tradition of funding entrepreneurs and establishing successful, enduring companies, and the firm’s investment returns place it among the top tier venture capital firms that have achieved consistently superior performance.
B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Steve joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave and CoWave Networks. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation. Steve also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard. At Venrock, Steve focuses on investments in the wireless, mobile and energy sectors. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of ApaceWave Technologies, Asoka, FutureDial, Neoconix, Newport Media, Kineto Wireless, Lavante, Quantenna Communications and TurnHere. Previous board seats include Canesta (Acq by Microsoft) and Teranetics (Acq by PLX Technology).
fnMentoring is on Wednesday, 6/13/12 beginning at 10.30am. RSVP here for one of three available 20 minute slots to meet with our featured guest(s).
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