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Team

The Vanedge team helps entrepreneurs with a combination of deep technical expertise and cross-border operational experience to rapidly scale product development, marketing and sales.

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Finance and Admin Team

Advisors and Entrepreneurs In Residence

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V. Paul Lee

Managing Partner

Paul is the founder of Vanedge Capital and is focused on investments in SaaS businesses that target underserved markets and digital media technologies.

Paul was the former President of Electronic Arts and has been a successful angel investor for over 25 years. Paul serves on the Premier’s Technology Council, the UBC Sauder School Faculty Advisory Board and the Vancouver Public Library Foundation’s Campaign Cabinet.

He is also Chair at D-Wave Systems. Paul has received many awards including Business in Vancouver’s “Forty Under 40”, British Columbia Technology Industries Association Person of the Year, and an Honourary Master’s degree from the Centre for Digital Media.

Paul is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and holds a B.Comm with honours from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

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    Moe Kermani

    Managing Partner

    Moe focuses on investments in the areas of cloud computing, machine intelligence, analytics, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining Vanedge, Moe was a Vice President of NetApp Inc. (NTAP:NASDAQ), a leading provider of enterprise data storage solutions. Before that, Moe was President and CEO of Bycast Inc., the world leader in storage virtualization software for large-scale digital archives and storage clouds. During his tenure at Bycast, Moe led the company from a seed stage startup to a profitable market leader with a global customer base. Bycast was successfully acquired by NetApp in the spring of 2010.

    Moe has extensive experience in working with entrepreneurial companies and taking leading-edge technology products to market. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of OmniSci (previously MapD), Quantum Benchmark, Illusense, xCures, Rigado, Plotly, and Echodyne. He has also served on the boards of Wurldtech Security Technologies (acquired by GE), Metafor (acquired by Splunk), MediaCore (acquired by Workday), Bitfusion (acquired by VMware), Xtract, and Boundless Spatial (acquired by Planet Labs).

    In recognition of his work, Moe was awarded the BC Technology Association’s Person of the Year for 2011. He is also a recipient of Business in Vancouver “Forty Under 40” award. Moe holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of British Columbia and holds several U.S. Patents for his past technical work.

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    Micah Siegel

    Partner

    Micah focuses on helping missionary entrepreneurs, professors and students create the “Next Big Thing” in computational biology, machine learning, scientific instruments and other hard technology platforms that generate complex intellectual property.

    Prior to joining Vanedge Capital, Micah was the Managing Director of C2C Ventures, a venture capital firm he co-founded in Palo Alto, California in 1999. His emphasis at C2C was financing seed-stage technology companies out of universities. Previously, Micah was a faculty member at Stanford University for nine years, where he was a Consulting Professor in the School of Engineering. His engineering research focused primarily on finding commercial applications for new software and hardware technologies, such as scientific instrumentation, molecular biology tools, and machine-learning systems.

    Micah was a founding investor in Stack Overflow (2010), Sentry (2015), Cellular Research (started at Stanford in 2013, acquired in 2015 by Becton Dickinson), BioImagene (started at UCLA in 2003, acquired in 2010 by Roche), Judicata (started at Stanford in 2012), and Hadapt (started at Yale in 2011, acquired in 2014 by Teradata). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of RoosterBio, Illusense, and Femtosense.

    Micah is a techie and holds several U.S. patents related to software systems and genetic engineering and was recognized in 2003 by MIT Technology Review magazine, as “one of the top 100 innovators of the world” (“TR100 List“) In 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, Intellectual Asset Management magazine named Micah as one of the world’s 250 “Leading IP Experts” (“IAM 250“). He graduated from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and received a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

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    Amy Rae

    Principal

    Amy is focused on investing in SaaS businesses and Digital Media technologies. Prior to joining Vanedge, Amy was a Vice President with Ziplocal (USA) where she was responsible for the development of new product rollout. Prior to that, she held the position of Director of Business Development at Canpages Canada. At both companies, she leveraged her deal-making and relationship building skills to attract and broker new partnerships to enhance their online local search businesses. Amy’s previous venture capital experience was as an Associate with JLA Venture Partners and as an Analyst with Latitude Partners, a private equity firm focused on the technology sector. Amy’s career has been entirely focused on entrepreneurship and venture capital. Amy is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and supporting the Canadian startup community. She is a Board member of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum. Amy holds a B.Comm. with a finance specialization from Dalhousie University.

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    Brian Martin

    Principal

    Brian focuses on enterprise analytics and security investments. He has served as a board member or observer of Boundless Geospatial (acquired by Planet Labs), Metafor (acquired by Splunk), Bitfusion (acquired by VMware), and currently serves as a board member or observer on Hystrust, OmniSci, Quantum Benchmark, Xcures and Plotly.

    Prior to joining Vanedge, Brian was the Chief Security Officer of BC Hydro, where he was responsible for the development and execution of the strategy to improve the maturity of the organization’s physical and IT security. Prior to BC Hydro, Brian held a similar role at BC Transmission Corp, where he created a federally NERC compliant IT Security program and put in place the infrastructure prior to the 2010 Olympics. Brian started his career in New York City as a regional manager for Matrikon, a startup that created and sold advanced industrial analytics solutions. In this role, he was responsible for selling and delivering solutions to Fortune 500 clients. Matrikon subsequently went public and was acquired successfully by Honeywell. Brian received his M.B.A. from Queen’s School of Business and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Additionally, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a registered Professional Engineer.

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    Darren Thomson

    Associate

    Darren Thomson focuses on a range of technologies, including HardTech, Machine Intelligence, and high-performance computing. Before joining Vanedge, Darren spent over a decade in a technical R&D role at MDA, where he developed a variety of innovative solutions to challenging problems in space systems, image analytics, and high-performance data processing. He has a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics and a B.A. in History from the University of British Columbia.

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    Annika Lewis

    Associate

    Annika focuses on a range of areas, including SaaS and Applied Analytics. Before joining Vanedge, Annika spent more than six years at Capital One, where she held a number of roles in both New York City and in Toronto. Her background at Capital One was in Strategy, Analytics, and Corporate Innovation in the Financial Services sector, with a focus on emerging technologies.

    Annika holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from McGill University.

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    Todd Tessier

    Acting CFO

    Todd provides financial and operational oversight of the firm. Todd also works with financial technology, hardware and expansion stage investment opportunities.

    Todd was CFO at Recon Instruments Inc, from January 2013 until it was sold to Intel Corporation in June 2015. At Recon, he led the team’s production financing and capital funding strategy. Over the past 20 years he has developed and implemented venture capital programming and institutional funds that have helped early-stage companies to access capital from both angel investors and venture capitalists.

    Before his work at Recon, Todd was Vice President at BC Renaissance Capital Fund, a Crown-sponsored fund of funds in British Columbia that invested in eight venture capital funds with a combined $2.3 billion USD of capital under management. He held the position of Executive Director for the Investment Capital with the Province of BC for seven years. During his tenure, his team developed and implemented venture capital programming, including the BC angel tax credit program. Todd has served on the Board of DigiBC and currently serves as a Director with the Alacrity Foundation. Alacrity’s goal is to encourage engineering graduates to form technology companies. Todd is a Chartered Management Accountant (CMA) and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and earned his B.Comm degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

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    Violet Molnar

    Office Manager

    Violet is responsible for making things run at Vanedge and is instrumental in the daily operations of the firm. Before joining Vanedge at its inception, Violet worked with Paul at Electronic Arts. Prior to that she ran the Constituency Office for the Prime Minister of Canada. Violet has held Executive Assistant positions for the President of Canada Malting and for the VP of StemCell Technologies. Violet holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Teacher’s Certificate from the University of British Columbia.

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    Linda Chen

    Director of Finance

    Linda is responsible for various aspects of internal and external financial reporting for the firm. Prior to joining Vanedge, she was the Director of Finance at Recon Instruments and was actively engaged in the sale of the company to Intel. Prior to that she was with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and specialized in providing assurance and advisory services to private and public clients across a broad range of industries. Linda is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) a Chartered Accountant (CA), and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

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    Mike Gelbart

    Scientific Advisor

    As the fund’s resident machine learning expert, Mike provides our portfolio companies with expertise in machine learning architecture and techniques. Additionally, he assists in vetting the technology of potential investments. Mike is also a Faculty Member in the Department of Computing Science at the University of British Columbia where he leads their Masters in Data Science program. He has deep domain expertise in various aspects of machine learning technologies with a specialty in hyper parameter optimization, a key element of nearly all machine intelligence approaches. Mike has Ph.D. in Machine Learning from Harvard and a B.Sc. in Physics from Princeton University

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    Stanley Chow

    Entrepreneur in Residence

    Stanley helps evaluate new opportunities and advises existing portfolio companies. He is a 25-year digital media executive and entrepreneur who has held executive and management positions at Disney, Zynga and Electronic Arts across North America and East Asia.

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    Glenn Entis

    Senior Advisor

    Glenn provides strategic advice to Vanedge on technology trends in the digital media sector. Glenn is a senior technology executive and entrepreneur who has held senior leadership positions at Pacific Data Images (“PDI”), DreamWorks Animation at Electronic Arts. Glenn is also a member of the Board of Governors of Emily Carr University and serves on the Advisory Board for the Great Northern Way Masters of Digital Media Program.