Chris is a proud co-founder of Founders Circle Capital, a partnership built to serve a specific and important community need. He is passionate about helping great entrepreneurs accelerate growth, focusing primarily on mobile and social companies. He currently serves on the boards of Zoove, JiWire, Fixmo and Syncapse. He also believes in the power of community and co-founded C100 and the Marin Internet Entrepreneurs. He serves on the advisory boards of Startup Canada, Grow Labs, Partners for Growth, and SF Big. He has invested in 43 companies as a venture capitalist and angel investor, including Juniper Networks, Tynt (acquired by 33Across), Belair Networks (acquired by Ericsson), Cambrian Systems (acquired by Nortel), Abatis Systems (acquired by Redback), Fastlane (acquired by Quest Software), PixStream (acquired by Cisco), Reflectivity (acquired by Texas Instruments), and Valere Power (acquired by Eltek).
He was a member of four start-ups, two of which went public (Digital Island and Newbridge Networks). He also co-founded Panorama Capital, the successor fund to JPMorgan Partners venture practice, where he was a general partner.
Barry Briggs is currently a Principal at the Jackson Hole Group (www.jacksonholegroup.com), joining them after a distinguished 28-year career in traditional and interactive media. Most recently, Barry was the President and COO of CNET Networks Inc, a global interactive media company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. There Barry architected and directed the convergence of several different internet media companies such as ZDNET, mySimon, GameSpot, Tech Republic, and namesake CNET into a cohesive operating company that produced fast-growing revenues and profitability, as well as industry prominence.
Prior to serving CNET Networks, Barry was President of ZDNet, the interactive division of Ziff Davis Inc., the leading publisher of technology-focused magazines. Barry helped build ZDNet from its start-up roots into a leading interactive media brand before its sale to rival CNET Networks in 2000.
Prior to joining the interactive media world, Barry started his career in magazine publishing where he spent 15 years in various sales and marketing management positions at Time Inc., most of them with Sports Illustrated and Time magazine.
Sean is a General Partner investing in communications infrastructure and semiconductors. He currently represents Highland on the boards of Casero, CHiL Semiconductor, Covergence, Innovative Silicon, MokaFive, Optasite, picoChip, QD Vision, Radiospire Networks, Starent Networks (Nasdaq: STAR), Tatara Systems, Virtual Iron Software and Zoove and also actively works with ANDA Networks. Sean is a former director of AccessLan Communications (acquired by Advanced Fibre Communications), Altiga Networks (acquired by Cisco), CCTV Wireless (acquired by TerreStar), Envoy Networks (acquired by Texas Instruments), Ocular Networks (acquired by Tellabs), P.A. Semi (acquired by Apple), Telcobuy.com (merged with World Wide Technology) and Telica (acquired by Lucent).
The prestigious Forbes Midas List has recognized Sean as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry. Sean received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S in Electrical Engineering from University of Delaware.
Mike Lee is a General Partner for Rogers Venture Partners where he and the team invest in great teams building innovative companies, with a focus on Mobile services and infrastructure, Cloud, Internet, and Digital Media.
Prior to this, Mike served as Chief Strategy Officer for Rogers Communications where he was responsible for strategy development, business development, and strategic partner management for the Rogers Communications group of companies, which include Rogers Cable, Rogers Wireless and Rogers Media. Mike also held the roles of VP, Strategy and Development; and VP Product Management at Rogers Cable. Previous to joining Rogers, Mike was a founder-entrepreneur in two technology companies.
Mike co-founded Worldview in 1996, and has over 20 years of experience as a venture capitalist. He has successfully invested in communications, internet, software, and semiconductor start-ups. Mike has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 100 Venture Capitalists on the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009 Midas Lists.
Mike has led successful investments into leading companies such as Accelerant Technologies, AFC, Aeluros, Ciena, Collation, Corvis, Cosine, Cyras, DigitalThink, IGN.com, NVIDIA, Netcore, Obsidian, Oplink, Redstone, Tellium and Tivoli.
Mike currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Loglogic and Wavemaker, and was a Board observer at Infinera.
Mike also serves as a board member of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, the Stanford DAPER Investment Fund, the Stanford Cancer Center Advisory Board and was formerly on the Stanford Athletic Board. Mike is also a member of the SF Bay YPO Chapter.
Before founding Worldview, Mike was a Fund Manager at JAFCO, where he spearheaded the firm’s investments in numerous successful companies. Prior to this, he was a Research Analyst at Robertson Stephens & Company where he covered the computer systems industry and worked on financings for companies such as Dell Computer and Sun Microsystems.
Mike earned an M.B.A. degree and a B.A. degree, both from Stanford University. At Stanford, Mike taught a course on entrepreneurship, and created the first business plan competition for Stanford student entrepreneurs.