Dave is an early stage venture capitalist with a hands-on background in technology. An entrepreneur for over 40 years, he formed and managed successful businesses in the entertainment and software arenas, and is a respected technology industry leader and spokesperson. Active as investor or board member in a total of 54 early stage companies since 1993, he was recognized as “2000 Director of the Year – Early Stage Businesses” by the Forum for Corporate Directors of Orange County, CA and as “2001 Businessperson of the Year” by his alma mater, Occidental College. Dave is also a former Advisory Board member of Unisolve, where he worked with Ray Parsons and Dave Eggert for many years.
Chairman of the Board
Dan has over 30 years of investment experience investing in private and public entities. His focus has been private and public real estate investments, banks, health care and technology related companies. Currently a member of the venture capital investment group Tech Coast Angels, Dan continues to be an active investor in the public and private equity markets. In 1985, Dan founded his own real estate development and investment company. He has successfully developed and/or invested in retail, industrial, office and residential projects. Today his company owns and manages a portfolio of investment properties for his own account.
Chris Smith is a technology entrepreneur who has founded, launched and grown companies in partnership with private equity, venture capital and private investors. Chris is currently CEO of Detechtion Technologies, which provides optimization software to the energy industry. Prior to Detechtion, as CEO of CygNet Software, Chris led the company through a period of growth which resulted in a successful exit to Weatherford International. Over the past 20 years he has led numerous technology companies which serve the energy and manufacturing industries.
Bob is a seasoned investor and technology executive, with many years of hands-on management experience, mostly in early stage and turnaround opportunities at companies in industrial CAD/CAM and graphics printing hardware and software. Presently, Bob is a senior executive director and head of global marketing and sales for Roland DG Corporation, a Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also a shareholder, chairman of the board of directors and past president and CEO of Roland DGA Corporation, the company’s American subsidiary, where he started twenty-five years ago.
President and CEO – Member, Board of Directors
Ray is responsible for the overall success of Transcepta. He has led technology organizations for over 20 years including successfully building and selling a software company (Unisolve) to Microsoft. After selling Unisolve in 2001, Ray became the General Manager for Microsoft’s worldwide Supply Chain Management initiative. Ray also served as the General Manager for the Microsoft Business Network, a research effort targeted at identifying ways that companies could simplify their electronic document exchange.