Investing Area: Information Technology Dick began his venture career in 1969 as a General Partner with Arthur Rock and Co. after nine years in general management as Manager of Financial Planning at the Kroger Co. and Investment Management as Executive Vice President at Gardner & Preston Moss Company in Boston. Since co-founding NEA in 1978, he has been involved in eight companies that have grown from start-up or near start-up stage to companies with market value in excess of $1 billion, including Juniper Networks, Ascend Communications (acquired by Lucent), ImmuneX (acquired by Amgen), Macromedia (acquired by Adobe), and Dallas Semiconductor (acquired by Maxim Integrated products). Dick was the first investor to invest in the Ethernet at 3Com with Bob Metcalfe and an early investor with Dr. John Simpson in balloon angioplasty at Advanced Cardiovascular Systems (acquired by Eli Lilly) as well as Forethought (acquired by Microsoft), the company that originated PowerPoint. Dick continues to work with start-ups such as Financial Engines, Force10 Networks, MaxiScale, Tabula, Visual Edge, Xoom,&#160
Dino has spent his career as an entrepreneur, investor, and executive in leading technology companies. Now he is putting his passion and focus on building and growing the tech eco-system in Oregon and the broader northwest. He is the founder of Seven Peaks Ventures, Oregon's leading early stage venture capital firm. Dino earned his MSEE and MBA degrees from the University of Washington and a BSEE degree from San Diego State University.
For more than 35 years, Dixon Doll has influenced and guided entrepreneurs, investors and executives in the computer and communications industries. In recognition of his accomplishments in venture capital, Dixon received the 2013 Special Achievement Award from the International Business Forum. Dixon was also named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 venture investors on its Midas List for four consecutive years. In April, 2005, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) in Washington, D.C. He also served as NVCA Chairman from 2008-2009 and as a member of their Executive Committee from 2007-2009. Under Dixon’s leadership and direction as Chairman, the NVCA developed a widely embraced set of recommendations (NVCA 4-Pillar Plan) to help enhance liquidity in the U.S. venture capital industry. These recommendations have resulted in bipartisan Congressional support for new legislation to simplify the IPO process for young emerging growth companies.
Dixon currently serves on the Board of Directors of DIRECTV (DTV), where he also serves on the Compensation and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committees. He is also the Board Chairman of Network Equipment Technologies (NWK) and the past Board Chairman of Force10 Networks, which was recently acquired by Dell. He also serves on the boards of numerous private DCM companies.
Dixon has led DCM’s investments in About.com (Acquired by The New York Times Co.), Adkeeper, @Motion (Acquired by Openwave), CENX, Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR), Coradiant (Acquired by BMC), Force10 Networks (Acquired by Dell), Foundry Networks (Nasdaq: FDRY), Internap (Nasdaq: INAP), Ipivot (Acquired by Intel), Neutral Tandem (Nasdaq: TNDM) and Roamware, among others.
In the mid-1980's, Dixon co-founded the venture capital industry's first fund focused exclusively on telecommunications opportunities. Those funds launched such noteworthy companies as Alantec, Bridge Communication, Centillion Networks, Network Equipment Technologies, Optilink, Picturetel, Polycom and UUNet.
Earlier, Dixon was the founder and CEO of an internationally recognized strategic consulting firm focused on telecommunications and computer networking. From 1972 to 1980, Dixon also served as a faculty member of the IBM Systems Research Institute in New York City. He authored the seminal text Data Communications published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1978. It was adopted as a course text by more than 60 colleges and universities worldwide.
Dixon has traveled extensively to six continents to serve on advisory boards and give highly sought after lectures and conference presentations. Through their family foundation, he and his wife Carol give generously to numerous educational and philanthropic organizations, including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (where he has served as Chair of the museum’s dual governing boards), San Francisco Symphony, Kansas State University, the University of Michigan, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, and the University of San Francisco where he has served as the Investment Committee Chair. He has served as a trustee or board member for each of these organizations. He also serves on the Executive Committee and Advisory Board for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), is a member of the Board of Overseers at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and also is a San Francisco City Commissioner.
Dixon received his B.S.E.E. degree (cum laude) from Kansas State University as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, where he was a National Science Foundation scholar.
Keith G. Daubenspeck, Chairman and Co-Founder, is a 22-year veteran of the securities industry. He started his career working at the Chicago offices of Lehman Bros., Oppenheimer and Bear Stearns. In the mid-1990Ã¢Â€Â™s he co-founded Madison Securities. Recently named to Forbes magazineÃ¢Â€Â™s Midas 100 List, a prestigious list of the worldÃ¢Â€Â™s best global deal makers in technology and life sciences, Mr. Daubenspeck serves as the head of the firmÃ¢Â€Â™s venture capital investment banking activities. He also sits on the Board of Directors for several of AEIÃ¢Â€Â™s portfolio companies, including Alien Technologies, Motricity, and MetricStream and Force10 Networks.
Paul Madera was a founder of Meritech in 1999. He currently focuses on the SaaS, financial technology, digital consumer, and medical device sectors.
He has led Meritech’s investments into BlueArc (Hitachi Data), DataStax, DealerSocket, Facebook (FB), Force10 Networks (DELL), Glaukos (GKOS), MuleSoft (MULE), Openlane (KAR), Panzura, Riverbed Technology (RVBD), Salesforce.com (CRM), Yammer (MSFT) and 21Vianet (VNET).
Prior to Meritech, Paul was Managing Director and Head of the Private Equity Group at Montgomery Securities/Banc of America where he assisted tech and consumer-based startups in raising capital. He began his career in finance as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he served in the United States Air Force as an F-16 Instructor Pilot based in South Korea, Spain, and Utah.
Paul holds a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and currently serves on the board of the US Air Force Academy Endowment. Paul spends his off hours cycling the hills west of Palo Alto to prepare for “century” rides.
Dallas Semiconductor, DASAN Zhone Solutions, Decru, Fabric7 Systems, Foveon, InfoGear Technology Corporation, KOR Electronics, Movius, NetSolve, Plurimus Corporation, SmartDrive Systems, Tabula, TAE Technologies, VertiCom, Visual Edge Technology, WebMD (acquired by Healtheon), Xoom, and Zambeel
Droplr, Eightfold Logic, HarvardNet, Kollective Technology, Manzama, Pulsewave RF, and Veebeam
Bizzblizz, Colubris Networks, Coradiant, fastmobile, Goodmail Systems, IPWireless, Keep Holdings, LOYAL3, Mig33, Network Equipment Technologies, Roamware, and Violin Systems
Alien Technology, MetricStream, and Motricity
BlueArc, DealerSocket, Glaukos, MediaTek USA, OpenLane, Panzura, Tegile Systems, and Transitive