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004 The Team

Izhar Armony

SaaS / Mobile

“If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.
- Mario Andretti ”

  • 24M 24M
  • Airobotics Airobotics
  • Capriza Capriza
  • Cybereason Cybereason
  • Drift Drift
  • GrabCAD GrabCAD
  • HubSpot HubSpot
  • TerraPower TerraPower
  • Xamarin Xamarin
Aveksa - Acquired by EMC 2013
Conduit Labs - Acquired by Zynga 2010
GrabCAD - Acquired by Stratasys 2014
Guardent - Acquired by Verisign 2004
iBasis - IPO 1999
iPhrase - Acquired by IBM 2005
iSkoot - Acquired by Qualcomm 2010
Oberon - Acquired by OnDisplay 2000
RPX - IPO 2011
ThinQ - Acquired by Saba Software 2005
Virtusa - IPO 2007
Vlingo - Acquired by Nuance Communications 2012
Yantra - Acquired by Sterling Commerce 2005

Jon Auerbach

Mobile Consumer & Enterprise / Ad Tech / Infrastructure

“I look for world class teams. One part expertise. One part insight. Two parts drive.”

  • Affirmed Affirmed
  • Flatiron School Flatiron School
  • Lola Lola
  • SessionM SessionM
  • BotCentral BotCentral
  • Wyth Wyth
CCTV Wireless - Acquired by TerreStar 2008
Optasite - Acquired by SBA Communications 2008
Quattro Wireless - Acquired by Apple 2010 (Co-led at Highland)
Starent Networks - IPO 2007, Acquired by Cisco 2009 (Co-led at Highland)

Murat Bicer

SaaS / Cloud / Enterprise IT

“Great entrepreneurs are not afraid of crazy ideas and neither are we. CRV’s early stage focus means taking big risks is business as usual for us.”

  • Fauna Fauna
  • Iterable Iterable
  • Zerto Zerto

Rafael Corrales

Consumer / Marketplaces / San Francisco

“As a startup founder, I went through many ups and downs… I joined CRV to help support ambitious, extraordinary founders navigate that same journey.”

  • Amino Amino
  • PillPack PillPack

Danny Crichton

Consumer & Mobile / Labor / Quantification

“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness - George Santayana”

Max Gazor

Cloud / SaaS / Enterprise Software / Big Data / Infrastructure

“CRV's focus on early-stage investments allows me to do what I enjoy the most - helping entrepreneurs succeed.”

  • Airtable Airtable
  • CloudGenix CloudGenix
  • DataGravity DataGravity
  • Diamanti Diamanti
  • SimpliVity SimpliVity
  • Usermind Usermind
  • Xamarin Xamarin

Saar Gur

Consumer & Mobile / Media / SMB SaaS

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead”

  • ClassPass ClassPass
  • DoorDash DoorDash
  • Dropbox Dropbox
  • Imzy Imzy
  • Laurel & Wolf Laurel & Wolf
  • MileIQ MileIQ
  • Oportun Oportun
  • Patreon Patreon
  • PullString PullString
  • Ring Ring
  • Tophatter Tophatter
AdMob - Acquired by Google
Brightroll - Acquired by Yahoo! (co-founder)
MileIQ - Acquired by Microsoft 2015
Orchestra (product: Mailbox) - Acquired by Dropbox 2013
ViKi - Acquired by Rakuten 2013
Other: Karma/Facebook, Flixster/WarnerBrothers, Scan/Snapchat, - Talentbin/Monster, Sincerely/ProvideCommerce

Bruce Sachs

Mobile and Enterprise Infrastructure/Cloud/Robotics & Consumer Electronics

“People are the most important ingredient… when I am lucky, those people let me help them be successful.”

  • DataGravity DataGravity
  • GreatCall GreatCall
  • Icontrol Icontrol
  • Jibo Jibo
  • Light Light
  • Nantero Nantero
  • SimpliVity SimpliVity
  • SpiderCloud SpiderCloud
Acopia Networks - Acquired by F5 2008
BigBand Networks - IPO 2007
BNI Video - Acquired by Cisco Systems 2011
Cedar Point Communications - Acquired by GenBand 2011
Flarion Technologies - Acquired by Qualcomm 2006
Hammerhead Networks - Acquired by Cisco Systems 2002
River Delta Networks - Acquired by Motorola 2001

Devdutt Yellurkar

Saas & Cloud / Big Data / Mobile Enterprise

“As a CRV-entrepreneur, I have first hand experience of how the team always believes in the founders. As a VC, that's the team I wanted to be on.”

  • Accompany Accompany
  • Aviatrix Aviatrix
  • Cratejoy Cratejoy
  • OneLogin OneLogin
  • Qubole Qubole
  • Rethink Robotics Rethink Robotics
  • SignalFx SignalFx
  • Symphony Commerce Symphony Commerce
  • Wave Wave
  • Webaroo Webaroo
  • Zendesk Zendesk

George Zachary

Deep Insight Bioengineering

“Advancing health through revolutionary computer science. Previously 21+ years of consumer and enterprise investing.”

  • Freenome Freenome
  • Twitter Twitter
  • Yammer Yammer
  • Udacity Udacity
  • PillPack PillPack
  • Health IQ Health IQ
  • Scribd Scribd
  • Wonder Workshop Wonder Workshop
  • Millennial Media Millennial Media
  • Zinc Zinc
Twitter - IPO 2013
Yammer - Acquired by Microsoft 2012
Accrue Software - IPO 1999
Andale - Acquired by Vendio 2006
Critical Path - IPO 1999
Jambool - Acquired by Google 2010
Metaplace - Acquired by Playdom/ Disney 2010
Millennial Media - IPO March 2012
Sandcastle Inc. - Acquired by Adobe Systems
Securify - Acquired by Kroll- O'gara 1999
Shutterfly - IPO 2006
Supertracks - Acquired by Centerspan 2001
Telebot - Acquired by Z-Tel

Erick Schonfeld

Partner, Velocity Networks

Erick has been discovering and working with startups his entire professional career as a technology journalist, startup event producer, and founder. Erick is the former Executive Producer of the DEMO conferences and former Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch (where he helped conceive, lead and select startups for the Disrupt conferences, among other duties). Prior to TechCrunch, which he joined as Co-Editor in 2007, Erick was Editor-at-Large for Business 2.0 magazine, and a senior writer at Fortune magazine covering technology.

Neal Silverman

Partner, Velocity Networks

Neal has in-depth knowledge of both emerging technologies and the technology needs of larger enterprises. He served 15 years as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of DEMO—the world-renowned launching pad for emerging technology. Neal oversaw the expansion into international events, online development, and its professional services practice. He led the the expansion of the DEMO brand into China, Singapore, Africa, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Russia, and Brazil. Prior to joining DEMO (part of IDG Enterprise), Neal held executive management positions at Fast Company Magazine, US News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, and CMGI.

Hillary Frank

Head of Talent

As Head of Talent, Hillary is focused on connecting CRV to the best people in Silicon Valley and expanding CRV's talent network. She is passionate about building genuine, long term relationships with talented executives and connecting them to our partners as well as portfolio companies. Prior to CRV, she was at Facebook & Google, where she led teams in Sales, HR and Customer Success. Hillary lives in Los Altos and is a mom to three kids.

Tanya White

Director of Marketing

For the past 12 years, Tanya has led marketing, PR and thought leadership programs for top-tier technology companies such as Google and HP, well-known consumer brands like Nintendo and Coca-Cola, and a variety of startups. Her operational and agency background made for a natural transition to venture in 2013 via Norwest Venture Partners. Tanya was most recently Director of Marketing at Canaan Partners, where she tripled the firm’s events presence and name recognition in key investment areas, and worked hand-in-hand with portfolio companies on their go-to-market strategies.

Tanya received her B.A. in Public Relations from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She has also been a member of the American Marketing Association since 2009.

Startup Services

  • Erick Schonfeld

    Partner, Velocity Networks

  • Neal Silverman

    Partner, Velocity Networks

  • Hillary Frank

    Head of Talent

  • Tanya White

    Director of Marketing

Other Team Members

  • Rick Burnes

    Partner Emeritus

  • Chris Baldwin

    Partner Emeritus

  • Ted Dintersmith

    Partner Emeritus

  • Bill Tai

    Partner Emeritus

  • Mike Zak

    Partner Emeritus

  • Adam Amero

    Chief Financial Officer