Sam has been a serial entrepreneur and investor in many early stage technology companies across a wide variety of industries. Prior to Bandgap Ventures, Sam was the founder and Managing Director of Bluecap Partners, an Austin-based venture capital firm focused on equity investments in hardware/physical science technology companies.
Before starting Bluecap Partners, Sam was the VP of Business Development at Applied Nanotech, Inc. (nanotechnology), CTO of LimeLite Technologies (energy efficient lighting), founder and CEO of Hybiscus Technologies, Inc. (semiconductor packaging), founder and CEO of Vasecure, Inc. (medical device), senior engineer at Illumina, Inc. (biotechnology), and has served on advisory boards of several start-up companies. Sam brings technical depth and operational experience in a variety of fields including advanced materials, nanosensors, nanoelectronics, photonics, semiconductor physics, alternative energy technologies, printed electronics, biotechnology, and medical devices. Sam holds over 20 patents in the areas of nanotechnology, self-assembly, photonics, and advanced materials.
Sam holds a MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Dual PhD in Electrical Engineering and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington.