Backing and Guidance from Industry Leaders
Samsung Catalyst Fund
The Samsung Catalyst Fund is Samsung Electronics’ evergreen multi-stage venture capital fund that invests in the new data economy and strategic ideas for Samsung’s mobile, device solutions and consumer electronics groups. Samsung Catalyst fosters innovation through guidance, expertise and connections, transforming innovative core technologies into world-changing products at scale to reshape industries. At Samsung, venture capital is an important strategy to co-develop products that impact and inspire lives around the world.
Board Member: Michael Mullany
Icon Ventures believes that great companies start with extraordinary entrepreneurs. Based in Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA, Icon Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on leading Series B or C financings. With over $1 billion under management, Icon co-invests with the world’s leading venture firms in companies that are category winners at their earliest stages of momentum. Icon Ventures investments include market-leading companies such as Aster Data, FireEye, 41st Parameter, Infinera, MoPub, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint and Teladoc.
Board Member: Forest Baskett
New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) is a global venture capital firm focused on helping entrepreneurs build transformational businesses across multiple stages, sectors and geographies. With nearly $20 billion in committed capital since the firm’s founding in 1977, NEA invests in technology and healthcare companies at all stages in a company’s lifecycle, from seed stage through IPO. The firm’s long track record of successful investing includes more than 230 portfolio company IPOs and more than 400 mergers and acquisitions.
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Lightspeed Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends in the Enterprise and Consumer sectors. For over two decades, the Lightspeed partners have backed and helped build more than 200 companies globally, many of which have become market leaders. The Firm currently manages over $3 billion of committed capital and is headquartered in Menlo Park with investment professionals in India, Israel and China with Lightspeed China Partners.
Dr. Edouard Bugnion co-founded VMware, Inc. in 1998 and served as its Director of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer. Ed went on to become co-founder of Nuova Systems in 2005. At Nuova/Cisco, he led the core software teams of what would become Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), an integrated networking & server platform
Diane B. Greene is currently a member of the Stripe board of Directors. Previously, Diane was Chief Executive Officer of Google Cloud until early 2019, and she was a member of the Alphabet board of directors.
Diane founded bebop Technologies, Inc. (bebop) and served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of its board of directors from December 2012 to December 2015 when bebop was acquired by Google.
Diane also co-founded VMware, Inc. in 1998 and took the company public in 2007. She served as Chief Executive Officer and President of VMware from 1998 to 2005, and as Executive Vice President of EMC Corporation from 2005 to 2008.
Kai Li, along with Ben Zhu and Brian Biles, co-founded Data Domain which built the first commercial deduplication storage system. In June 2009, EMC Corporation acquired Data Domain for $2.4 billion, and by 2010 had captured 64.2% share of the market for purpose-built backup devices worldwide.
At Data Domain, Mr. Li served as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and then Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He also served as its Chief Scientist and was responsible for leading the strategic direction and product vision for the company.
Phil has spent his career building cloud and large scale distributed systems. Most recently, he was the VP of Engineering at Datrium. Previously, as the Co-Founder and CTO of SignalFx, he built one of the first completely cloud-native and web-scale SaaS products. He was also a software architect at Facebook, where he led the development of Facebook’s IaaS platform and several key, web-scale application management solutions. He played a pioneering role in the development of the data center automation category as the chief architect at Opsware.
Mr. Rosenblum is a professor of computer science at Stanford University and was a co-founder of VMware. He served as its chief scientist until 2008.
Mr. Rosenblum is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery “for contributions to reinventing virtual machines”, and had previously received the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award in 2002.
Mr. Frank Slootman is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Snowflake and previously served as Chief Executive Officer of ServiceNow, Inc. from 2011 to 2017.e served as the President of Backup Recovery Systems at EMC Corporation until leaving for ServiceNow.
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