Venture Capital Panel
Steve Arnold, Polaris Venture Partners
Patrick Ennis, ARCH Venture Partners
Enrique Godreau, Voyager Capital
Matt Gordon, Intel Capital
Rick LeFaivre, OVP Venture Partners
Matt McIlwain, Madrona Venture Group
John Reagh, WRF Capital
John Zagula, Ignition Partners
Thursday, November 3, 2005: 7:00 p.m.
Paul G. Allen Center, Microsoft Atrium
Steve Arnold is a co-founder and managing general partner of Polaris' Seattle office. Along with Jon Flint and Terry McGuire, he founded Polaris in 1996. Steve focuses on investments in information technology. Prior to starting Polaris, Steve served as a special advisor to Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. following more than 10 years in executive positions in the software industry. He served as vice president of Broadband Media Applications at Microsoft Corporation and as president and CEO of Continuum Productions (now Corbis), a private company founded by Bill Gates to pioneer the creation of large digital libraries for online distribution. Before coming to Continuum, Steve served as vice president and general manager of LucasArts Games and Learning divisions, and vice president of the New Media Group at Lucasfilm Ltd. He continues to serve as vice chairman of the board of directors of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Steve represents Polaris on the boards of directors of Esurg, Impinj, MessageGate, Syncronex, and Turbine Entertainment. Steve holds a BS with honors from Macalester College and an MA and PhD from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco.
Patrick Ennis is a Managing Director with ARCH Venture Partners. He concentrates in the areas of semiconductors, materials science, communications, and imaging. Patrick has 20 years of experience in the technology world as a scientist, business executive, and venture capitalist. Patrick currently serves on the boards of Artificial Muscle, Univa, Djinnisys, Impinj, InnovaLight, Kotura, Syncronex, and the SIRTI Research Foundation. Previous board seats include Advanced Imaging Technologies, Arroyo Optics, MidStream Technologies, and LightCross. Patrick has also worked closely at the board level with Xtera Communications, Nanosys, and Malibu Networks. He is also a founding member of the steering committee for the Washington Nanotechnology Initiative. Prior to joining ARCH in 1998 as a Kauffman Fellow, Patrick held several senior positions with Lucent Technologies, AT&T, and Bell Labs. These included lead roles in Product Management for optical networking and switching devices, Engineering where he led projects in software development, speech recognition, network design and operations, and Consumer Marketing where he led three new product launches and major advertising campaigns. Before joining Bell Labs in 1991, he conducted research in Solid State and Nuclear Physics from 1984 to 1991 at several national laboratories in the U.S., Canada, and England. Patrick holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, a Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University, and a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from the College of William and Mary where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa.
Enrique Godreau focuses on technology-rich investments primarily in software, infrastructure, and wireless communication businesses. Enrique has been actively involved in the IT industry for nearly 25 years. Before co-founding Voyager in 1997, he was the initial Washington-based industry analyst for the Gartner Group. At Gartner, he specialized in commercial interactive media and Internet technologies, advising some of the world's leading cable, telephone, media, and computer software and hardware companies. Prior to this, Enrique managed Adobe's Dynamic Media Business Group and was also a principal engineer for Aldus, where he championed several acquisitions and was a major contributor to its interactive publishing business. Enrique began his career at Xerox, including seven years on the research staff at the Company's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Enrique currently serves on the board of directors of Qsent and is a board advisor to Kryptiq, Zebra Imaging and RGB Labs. He previously served as a board advisor to aQuantive. His professional affiliations and activities include the Association of Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Oregon Entrepreneur's Forum. He also serves as a director for the Pike Place Market Foundation. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Matt Gordon, Director of Intel Capital Seattle, is Intel Capital's relationship manager for the Pacific Northwest venture community including western Canada. His role is to work is to source and drive venture capital deals for Intel Capital, support local portfolio companies, and strengthen engagements with VCs. He has a primary focus on the wireless space. Matt has been with Intel for over 13 years with the last 5 1/2 in his Intel Capital role. His previous 8 years at Intel were in a variety of Intel architecture marketing roles where he last was a Director of Industry Marketing for the Workstation Products Group. He has a MBA from Columbia University and an MSEE/BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Before his MBA and his career at Intel, Matt was a circuit designer at Cypress Semiconductor in San Jose for three years.
Rick LeFaivre is a venture partner at OVP, and brings over thirty years of accomplishment as a computer scientist, professor, R&D executive and venture advisor working at leading universities, high technology companies and venture firms. He has served as VP of the Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer, as SVP of R&D and CTO at Borland International, and held R&D management positions at Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems and Tektronix. He was a founding partner of the Zazi Forum, which brings together world-class technology experts to advise corporations and government agencies on matters of national importance; IdeaEdge Ventures, a San Diego-based venture development organization; and the Software Patent Institute, which advises the government on issues related to software patentability. He started his career as a professor in the computer science department at Rutgers University, teaching and carrying out research in artificial intelligence and advanced programming technology, and later served as Executive Director of the Von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the University of California, San Diego, focused on the effective commercialization of university-developed technology. Rick has published extensively in the computer science literature, has served on a number of industry and academic advisory boards, and has testified before the Congress of the United States on matters of technology policy. Rick's degrees include: AB, Mathematics, University of Missouri; MS and Ph.D., Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin. He serves on the board of WatchGuard Technologies.
Matt McIlwain focuses on a broad range of software-driven companies for Madrona. He currently serves on the boards of Hamlet, Isilon Systems, PayScale, Vykor and World Wide Packets. He was on the boards of Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive) and Nimble (acquired by Actuate) and was actively involved with TeamOn Systems (acquired by Research in Motion). Previously, he was Vice President of Business Process for the Genuine Parts Company (GPC), a Fortune 250 company. He also was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in the telecom, supply chain and financial service industries, and worked in investment banking at CS First Boston. Matt is a Technology Advisor to the Discovery Institute and advisory board member for Families Northwest. He and Greg Gottesman teach an annual course on venture capital in the University of Washington Executive MBA Program. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Reagh (pronounced "Ray") focuses on investments in communications, electronics and information technology, including software, semiconductor, and Internet-related applications. Mr. Reagh currently serves as WRF Capital's investment manager for Hamlet, Intelligent Ion, and nLight Photonics. He was also previously responsible for WRF Capital's investments in Consystant Design Technologies, Lumera (NasdaqNM: LMRA), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive) and Reality Based Learning (acquired by McGraw Hill Education). Prior to joining WRF Capital, Mr. Reagh served as manager of business development for N&N Contact Lens, where he was responsible for negotiating and managing all agreements between N&N and its commercial partners. Mr. Reagh was also a founding member and director of Numinous Technologies, a WRF Capital-founded software graphics company that was later acquired by Microsoft. Mr. Reagh received a bachelor's degree in physics from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Chicago. He has been admitted to the bar of the State of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
John Zagula is a partner at Ignition. He invests in enterprise software and services as well as end-user/consumer-facing companies. John represents Ignition as director on the board of Enclarity, Full Capture Solutions, and N'Site Solutions. He also acts as Ignition observer on the boards of Intelligent Results, Clearsight Systems, MarketRange, and MobileLime. John is also the co-author (along with Rich Tong) of the bestselling, acclaimed new book, The Marketing Playbook. Prior to Ignition, John spent over 8 years at Microsoft in various senior marketing and strategy positions. As GM of Global Campaigns he was responsible for Microsoft's overall business-to-business communications across all business targets, products and offerings. In previous positions he was responsible for the development of the Microsoft Office brand and marketing the desktop and server applications product lines. He contributed to the original competitive wins of Word and Excel and the re-positioning of desktop applications into Office. John's other contributions and responsibilities at Microsoft included the company's most successful online marketing campaigns; its first use of internet banners and email; the establishment of a database marketing practice; and an ongoing marketing and business strategy training curriculum. Before Microsoft, John was a marketing manager at American Express in International Business Development, Customer Acquisition and Retention. John was also an associate at International Data Corporation where he wrote the first industry whitepaper on the Desktop Publishing Industry. John holds a Masters in International Economics and Monetary Theory from the Fletcher School (Harvard/Tufts), BA (magna cum laude) from Marquette University and a Fulbright Scholarship at Universität zu Köln.