Board & Advisors
Bill Perry (Board)
Bill Perry serves as Venture Advisor at Vision Ridge Partners, as well as at Infield Capital. He is active across a broad spectrum, including: fund strategy, sector research, deal identification and screening, deal structuring and negotiation, and development of portfolio companies. Bill came to Colorado in 1982 as President of Precision Visuals, Inc. (a software company focused on engineering graphics). He built the venture from a ten-person garage shop into number 49 on the Top 100 Software Company list. In the early 2000s, he developed Webroot Software, Inc. into his second Top 100 Company. He also co-founded, and continues to serve with SoftBridge Advisors. Under his leadership, SoftBridge has logged three IPOs, seventeen successful mergers, and raised or assisted in over forty financings totaling $350 million. Bill spent the early years of his career in large corporations, with key assignments as off-highway, then later on-highway marketing manager at Detroit Diesel Allison (a $1bn line of industrial products), and as chief financial officer of a rapidly growing, Latin American telecom group. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from MIT, an MBA from Harvard, and is a recipient of Esprit’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship.
Darlene Mann (Board)
With nearly 30 years in the software industry, Darlene brings both operating and investment experience to her business consulting practice. Since 2008, Ms. Mann has provided interim executive and CEO advisory services primarily to VC-backed companies in the internet services and enterprise SaaS software segments. Prior to consulting, Ms. Mann was CEO of Siperian, growing the business from pre-revenue to a recognized industry leader in the Master Data Management space. From 1996-2002, she led the internet services and software practice at ONSET Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm, and served as a Director for more than a dozen portfolio companies. Before joining ONSET, Ms. Mann served in a variety of operating roles including Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Avantos Performance Systems, Founding Vice President of Marketing at BroadVision, Inc. and a number of senior product management positions with Verity, Paramount Communications, and Lotus Development Corporation. She is a currently a Director of StreetLight Data Inc. and Strevus Corp. and a founder of the non-profit Pacifica Education Foundation. Ms. Mann holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at San Diego, Revelle College.
Thomas Vogel (Board)
Thomas Vogel is an Investment Director at Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments, managing corporate venture capital and strategic investments for DT Group. He is based in San Francisco and active as a board member at various portfolio companies. Thomas is responsible for investments in start-ups in the Segments Digital Services (including marketing tech, data analytics, e-commerce, IoT) and Telecommunications Technology.
Thomas Vogel has been active in managing, advising and investing in technology and media companies for more than 18 years. He started his career in investment banking with Credit Suisse First Boston working on technology M&A transactions, followed by a position at a publicly listed Internet Investment Holding. After a job with T-Online in its M&A and Corporate Development department he worked for Scout24 and co-founded and led a new online market place. He also worked as COO / CFO for selected start-up companies, before joining T-Venture in Germany in 2010 and moving to San Francisco in 2014.
Marc Singer (Board)
Marc Singer is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Osage University Partners (“OUP”), which he joined in 2008. OUP partners with high quality university and research institutions to serve as their coinvestment vehicle in start-ups that are licensing their technology. Osage works with its partner institutions to build a broad venture capital portfolio across a range of advanced technologies, including software, hardware, advanced materials, life sciences, and more.
Marc has spent more than twenty years in venture capital. He previously served as a General Partner and Co-Founder of BEV Capital, an early stage venture capital firm he co-founded in 1997. Over ten years Marc helped BEV raise and invest over $200M in over 40 companies and co-invest with over 100 other venture capital firms. Marc managed or co-managed eighteen of BEV's investments and successfully managed multiple companies from start-up through IPO or trade sale. Prior to co-founding BEV in 1997, Marc worked at Consumer Venture Partners, another VC firm he joined in 1993. Marc earned his BS from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Scott Pinizzotto (Board)
Scott Pinizzotto is currently Senior Investment Director for ENGIE New Ventures, the corporate venture arm of ENGIE. Prior to this role, he served as Senior Director of Corporate Development and Director of Product Management at Ecova, a North American energy services business unit of ENGIE. Scott has 20+ years of experience defining, developing and launching new products and services in energy, sustainability and consumer products industries. Prior to Ecova, Scott held various roles with Amazon.com, Indian Motorcycle and Sony Electronics in addition to founding and leading as CEO for six years Brondell, a home products company.
Scott earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and obtained his MBA from University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
Laura Schewel (Board, CEO)
Laura, founder and Chief Executive Officer, is a leading advocate and researcher in advanced transportation, with particular expertise in transportation systems, sustainability and safety, and vehicle/system modeling and analysis.
After completing degrees in engineering and comparative literature at Yale University, she worked at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), managing their vehicle electrification projects, including the Smart Garage Charrette and Project Get Ready. Next, Laura joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to develop planning for regulatory strategy for electric vehicles and energy storage. Laura’s work at StreetLight is an extension of her graduate studies at UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Energy Engineering, and the author of several publications about vehicle electrification and sustainable transportation.
Paul Friedman (Board, CTO)
Paul, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in engineering and product management of business intelligence, analytics, database architectures and Big Data technologies. He has started three successful software companies and has built four successful engineering teams that delivered many scalable SaaS analytics applications.
Paul served as a software engineer at the MIT Media Lab, DEC, and Oracle. He later co-founded and served as Vice President, Chief Technology Officer or Chief Architect at Stanford Technology Group (acquired by Informix), Supplybase (acquired by I2 Technologies), and Purisma (acquired by Dun & Bradstreet). Paul has a MS and BS in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rich Miller (Advisor)
Rich, co-founder and adviser, is a Silicon Valley veteran with extensive technical and commercial experience in cloud computing, IT infrastructure, middleware, and wireless/telematic data. Rich has a strong executive background (CEO/COO, Board and Advisory Board Member) as well as a successful track record in business development.
Most recently, Rich served as CEO/COO and managed the financing for a number of early stage companies including Replicate Technologies and Univa. He was on the founding team at General Magic (IPO) and successfully drove its early business development efforts. As Managing Director and Principal of Telematica Inc., a holding company and consultancy, he has made significant contributions to influential technology companies including Instill, Phone.com, WebTV, Palm Computing, PostX, Beatnik, Diffusion, iPass, Slam Dunk Networks, Moai Technologies, NetMoves, and others. Rich has a MA in Communication Research and Information Science (Doctoral Candidate in Information Science) and BA in Political Science from Stanford University.