Mark Platshon is a Partner with Birchmere Ventures and the Senior Investment Advisor to the BMW i-Ventures corporate VC fund. Previously Mark was a partner in the Cleantech group at VantagePoint and a Silicon Valley CEO for 20+ years. He is co-founder of Amprius, a Lithium-ion battery company spun out of Stanford and was an early investor in Tesla. He has served on the Boards of numerous companies, including Synxis, acquired by Sabre; Everdream, acquired by Dell; ChargePoint, Embark, Solexant, Amprius, GLO, Idetek, ELO, Ancore, Zing and Capnia. Mark earned a BSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan and his MBA from Stanford University. As a Lieutenant in the Navy, Mark was on Admiral Rickover’s nuclear submarine engineering staff. Personally, Mark is a cyclist and avid automobile hobbiest.