Thu, March 24 – 2016
Join us for a rare opportunity to hear legendary Steve Job’s advisor talk about the lessons he learned from working side by side with Steve for over 5 years.
Ron Weissman is a Renaissance man, venture capitalist, angel investor, tech executive, board director, academia professor, sought-after speaker, Fullbright scholar, PhD, mentor and advisor. Ron will also share with us why he invests in DUMB companies.
With over 25 years of experience in the tech world, Ron Weissman has worked side by side with the legendary Steve Jobs, has taken companies such as Verity to new heights of profitability and invested in numerous others as a venture capitalist with Apax Partners. Ron is also an angel investor at Band of Angels, the oldest angel group in Silicon Valley (140+ angel investors) and is a Partner in the group’s Acorn Fund. He is also a member of the Berkeley Angel Network (BAN). He has served as a Board Director for more than 25 companies and has been an advisor to more than 40 venture-backed companies.
A frequent conference speaker, he has published or lectured extensively on venture capital trends and issues, the management of early stage venture-backed companies and software trends and guest lectures at Stanford, UC Berkeley and at the University of Santa Clara’s schools of Law and Business. He has recently lectured on angel capital in Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Armenia and the US White House. As a partner in Circini Innovation, he advises firms globally on Corporate Venture Capital.
He has also been profiled in many publications, including the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Ron has been an advisor to many public and private companies, including Apple, NeXT, Sun Microsystems, IBM and Microsoft as well as many departments of the U.S. government (Energy, Agriculture, DoD, the intelligence community) and was a co-author of the Academy of Public Administration/National Archives’ study of the future of electronic recordkeeping in the federal government. He also assists a number of venture capital and private equity firms including Greycroft, LLR Partners, Trident Capital and Apax Partners. Ron is on the boards of Chiliad (highly scalable federated search) and Attensity (text analytics). He managed the recent sale of Attensity to Aeris Capital and remains on the Board. He is Executive Chairman of Host Analytics (SaaS-based CPM) and of MarketBright (marketing automation via SaaS). He has recently been an advisor and/or investor in a number of other early stage companies, including Allocade (patient management), Cataphora (legal analytics), Grid Agents (energy monitoring for utilities), Modius (data center power management), Peoplechart (personal health records), Practice Fusion (electronic medical records), Ravenflow (natural language requirements documentation) and Sonim (handsets for the grey collar market). He is also currently on the boards of Apax portfolio companies CenterBeam (mid-market infrastructure management via SaaS), Composite Software (data integration for BI), Planview (enterprise portfolio management) and Transera (call center SaaS virtualization) and is board observer for Perfect Commerce (procurement management) and Peregrine Semiconductor (sapphire on silicon technology for high density applications).
In addition to current directorships, he has served as an advisor, observer or director for many early stage companies, including BlueArc, Bristol Technologies (sold to HP), Confluent Software (sold to Oblix/Oracle), Global Factory, HAL Knowledge Systems, Icarian (sold to Workstream), INEA (sold to Cartesis / Business Objects / SAP), Lexiquest (sold to SPSS), Mesh Networks (sold to Motorola), Milcom Technologies, Pictage, Planview, Plexus Online, Preventsys, Promethean, Solid Information Technologies (sold to IBM), Sysis, Tideway and Visalign (sold to CDC). He has served as acting VP of Marketing for several Apax companies including Composite and BlueArc. Prior to joining Apax Partners, he was vice president of global marketing and corporate development for Verity, the industry leader in enterprise information management. During his tenure, the company’s executive team was named the large company Turnaround of the Year (1999) by the Turnaround Management Association after Verity gained dominant market share and saw its valuation grow from $50 million to more than $1.7 billion. Prior to Verity, he spent more than five years at NeXT Computer working side by side with Steve Jobs, and Filoli Information Systems (insurance claims management) where he was VP of Sales and Marketing and acting co-CEO. Prior to joining NeXT, Weissman was Vice President of Academic Computing at Brown University and before that he was Associate Professor and Director of University Computing for the University of Maryland system. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Fulbright Scholar, he received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Ron chairs the Emerging Technologies Forum of the VC TaskForce, is a member of its Executive Committee, is on the advisory board of SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs) and serves on the advisory boards of market research firm BASEX, Stanford University’s SQSS (Stanford Program for the Quantitative Study of Society) and the marketing council of the Entrepreneurs’ Foundation. He also wrote two books on the history of Renaissance Florence. Ron is an Overseer of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and an Associate Trustee of the University. He is also a member of the San Francisco Opera’s Corporate Council and Medallion Society. He serves as Secretary of the Board of San Francisco Classical Voice, the Bay Area’s premier community site for classical music.
Thu March 24, 2016 - 06:00PM