I am a Partner at XSeed Capital, and my investment areas include business operations where computational technologies automate/improve company performance, mobile solutions for firms of all sizes, and software systems that shape both business and consumer behaviors.
I sit on the Board of Directors of Foxeye Robotics, Avochato and Cape, and I led XSeed’s investments in Sparta Science, Zooz (acquired by PayU of Naspers — NPN), Hive, Lex Machina (acquired by LexisNexis of the RELX Group — RELX), CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks — PANW), Disco, Breezeworks, The League, Nova, Trove, Teapot (acquired by Stripe), Smart Coffee Technology, Pixlee and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest). I also support other portfolio companies such as Citrine Informatics.
I am on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where I teach The Industrialist’s Dilemma, Systems Leadership, Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, Strategies of Effective Product Management and Entrepreneurial Finance. In these classes I have led research and written cases on companies including Google, Charles Schwab, Daimler, AB InBev, Box, Stripe, General Electric, AngelList, 23andMe, CODE2040, Tableau, Lending Club, PayPal, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Autodesk, Minted, Zuora, Axel Springer, and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others.
I am on the Board of SmartDrive Systems, am a Member of the Supervisory Board of TTTech Auto AG, and am Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech Computertechnik AG. I am a Member of the Industry Advisory Boards for Here Technologies and Tulco, and am the Co-President Emeritus of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community. I have co-authored several articles for the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, am a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and frequently contribute to Fortune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Forbes.
Prior to joining XSeed, I was General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. I was previously Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, I was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world’s first digital picture frame, and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices.
I served in various management roles at Intel Corporation, including an executive position on their Corporate Business Development team, in which I invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel’s vision.
I am the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove’s best-selling book, Only the Paranoid Survive.
I am married to Debbie Siegel and we have three children.