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Stage 1 Ventures Team

David William BaumDavid William Baum, Managing Director | Waltham

David Baum is an experienced general partner with 25 years in the information technology industry, including fifteen years in technology finance and ten years in entrepreneurial operating management roles.


Jonathan GordonJonathan Gordon, Managing Director | Waltham

Jonathan Gordon has been a successful executive, entrepreneur and investor for over 30 years. He has been at the forefront of many historic market and technology changes in the high tech global economy.


Rob RandallRod Randall, Special Strategic Advisor | Waltham

Mr. Randall has spent over 24 years in the networking industry as an entrepreneur, senior executive and venture capitalist. Prior to forming Vesbridge Partners, Mr. Randall was a General Partner with St. Paul Venture Capital (SPVC) since 2000, where he led the mobile investment practice.


Stephen Lyle, M.D., Ph.D.Stephen Lyle, M.D., Ph.D., Operating Partner

Dr. Lyle is a physician-scientist with expertise in the pathologic evaluation of tissues and biologic samples. In addition to his seminal work characterizing the molecular and biologic properties of adult stem cells, he has made significant contributions in translational cancer research and the commercialization of new diagnostics.


Scott MurrayScott Murray, Operating Partner

Mr. Murray has extensive experience leading a number of technology, software and business service companies and serving on Boards of Directors over the past twenty years covering both public and private companies. He is one of the industry leaders in the business service industry using integrated technology platforms, including social media applications and enterprise software solutions. His experience includes cyber security, telecommunications and integrated network solutions. He is a dual Canadian and United States citizen, is considered a Financial Expert under the rules of the SEC and lives in Wellesley, MA.


Joesph PianelliJoesph Pianelli, Operating Partner | Dallas

Mr. Pianelli is the Founder and Managing Partner at Pegasus Consulting Group, Inc., a business strategy firm that specializes in commercialization, business development, channel development and M&A for technology, media and wireless telecom companies. He has over 25 years of experience in finance, corporate development, business formation, as well as senior level operating roles in the following sectors: wireless, publishing, digital media, Internet and consumer retail. He has worked on a global basis with C-level executives of large and small enterprises developing strategic growth plans and launching new business ventures.


Kevin WernerKevin A. Werner, Operating Partner | San Diego

Mr. Werner has 25+ years of experience in evaluating business objectives and structuring, negotiating and closing complex strategic transactions. From 2007 – 2011, Kevin served as SVP of Corporate Development & Strategy for VeriSign, Inc., during which time he sold 15+ non-strategic business units and generated more than $2B cash proceeds.


Gary ShihGary Shih, Operating Partner | Taiwan

Mr. Shih is a veteran with 30 years in the information technology industry, including six years in engineering and twenty-four years in sales marketing as well as extensive entrepreneurial operating roles.


Bill O'ConnellBill O’Connell, Operating Partner | Taiwan

Mr. O’Connell is an information technology veteran with over 30 years of experience in the sale and licensing of many critical components in the IT market. Bill’s primary focus over the last 20 years has been licensing key technologies and intellectual property to key Taiwan and China based OEMs/ODMs. Bill has extensive knowledge of the Far East and currently resides in Taiwan.


David BuckleyDavid H Buckley, Operating Partner

Mr. Buckley is an experienced operator and investor with a strong knowledge of the graphic arts industry, niche equipment manufacturing and distress / turnaround management. An entrepreneur with a strong balance sheet driven style, he is also a savvy private equity investor and well connected in both Europe and the US.


Ralph RodriguezRalph A. Rodriguez, Research Fellow | Waltham

Ralph Rodriguez is CEO and Founder of Delfigo Security and brings over 20 years of experience spanning management, IT, and entrepreneurship in a variety of roles. Previously, Rodriguez was the Senior VP and Research Director of the Technology Practice at Aberdeen Group (NYSE:HHS) a Boston based technology research firm.


Advisory Board

Early stage venture capital is hard work – It takes more than just a group of managing partners to make a firm successful and to give it a global reach. The Managing Partners at Stage 1 Ventures have tapped their vast database of contacts to establish an active Advisory Board that provides leverage in many areas, including deal flow, due diligence, business development, industry trends, sales & marketing, international distribution, later stage fund raising, recruiting, banking, corporate operations & governance, intellectual property, research and development, education and legal.

Stage 1 Ventures is honored to have the following industry leaders / luminaries as Advisory Board members.

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