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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.

dan-phillipsDan Phillips, Operating Partner

Dan Phillips has spent his entire career at the forefront of IT infrastructure management and its evolution of changing technology and business impact.

scott-carmelScott Carmel, Operating Partner

Scott Carmel is a professional investor who manages a diverse portfolio of both public and private equities across a multitude of industries including financial services, payment processing, software, restaurants, consumer products, industrial products and real estate.

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.

les yettonLes Yetton, Operating Partner

Mr. Yetton is an CEO and startup executive with domain expertise in SaaS, Big Data and Analytics. Currently incubating a new cloud AI project

Michael FrankMichael Frank, Operating Partner

Michael Frank is a seasoned, results-driven technology company executive with 40 years of experience in operating, investment and advisory roles. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs to help startup and early stage companies in business strategy, business/corporate development, fundraising, management mentoring and board structuring.

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.

Eric GilerEric Giler, Operating Partner

Eric Giler is currently Chairman of Endeveo, Inc., an early stage technology company in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an adjunct professor at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and is also Chairman and CEO of Speedy Packets, a software company based in Boston.

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, Operating Partner

Ralph Rodriguez brings over 25 years of experience spanning executive management, IT, research and entrepreneurship in a variety of executive roles. As an entrepreneur, Rodriguez has founded cloud security companies such as, Delfigo Security, Invenio, and Blue Hill Research. He has held executive positions as SVP and Research Director at Aberdeen Group (NYSE:HHS), CTO of Brooks Automation’s Enterprise Software Division (NASDAQ:BRKS), acquired by Applied Materials in 2007, EVP-CIO of Excelon Corporation (NASDAQ:EXLN) acquired by Progress Software in 2003 and C-bridge Internet Solutions (NASDAQ:CBIS) acquired by Object Design in 2001.


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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