Chairman, Managing Director, DFJ Growth Funds
An acclaimed Internet pioneer, Barry Schuler has developed emerging technologies into successful enterprises for the last 25 years. A serial entrepreneur, his career spans breakthroughs in early video games, computer graphics, interactive media, e-commerce, consumerization of the Internet, and most recently ultrafast lasers. Schuler spent eight years with AOL, where he was the architect of the consumer experience that brought the Internet into the lives of more than 25 million households. After performing in several roles of increasing responsibility during AOL’s explosive growth, Schuler ultimately served as Chairman and CEO during the height of the company’s reach and influence. Prior to AOL, Schuler was CEO and co-founder of multimedia development firm Medior Inc. until its acquisition by AOL in 1995. Under his leadership, Medior pioneered the use of interactive multimedia for applications such as electronic commerce, entertainment, and corporate information systems. The company designed the America Online interface that ultimately made AOL the leading consumer online service. Schuler is a graduate of Rutgers University and a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
John H. N. Fisher
John H. N. Fisher is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, with 29 years of venture capital investing experience. On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, John has served on the boards of many companies, both private and public. At present, his board positions include SolarCity, Good Technology, CafeMom, SCIenergy, Pulsepoint, and Raydiance. In addition, John serves on the Investment Committees of DFJ Growth Fund (Menlo Park), DFJ Esprit Ventures (London), DFJ ePlanet Ventures (global, and DFJ New England (Boston). Previously, John worked at ABS Ventures, where he focused on enterprise software and services. In addition to his venture capital experience, John gained further investment industry experience at Alex. Brown & Sons and Bank of America. In the non-profit realm, John serves as a Trustee of the California Academy of Sciences, and he is on the board of Common Sense Media. John is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Managing Director, Greenstreet Partners
As a result of his diversified financial background, Jeffrey has more than 30 years of experience involving acquisitions, strategic planning, and asset management involving a diversified set of industries. Jeffrey is the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Greenstreet Partners. He is also a founder of Greenstreet Real Estate Partners, a company engaged in the business of real estate investment, and is the Chairman of their Investment and Advisory Committees. He is also the Chief Financial Officer for K1 Ventures, Ltd, a publicly listed investment company traded on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Jeffrey is the Chairman and CEO of Propco Holdings, a privately held portfolio of education related real estate properties. He also serves as a director of K1 and Knowledge Universe Education LLP, Long Haul Holding Corp., a director and member of the KUE Management, Inc. audit committee, and Knowledge Schools, Inc. Executive Committee. He is an active member of a number of civic and charitable institutions in Miami, Florida, and is the Chairman of the University of Miami, Department of Pediatrics Children’s Council, as well as a trustee of the Green Family Foundation. Jeffrey graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Pace University. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Taxation from St. John’s University, New York. Prior to entering the private sector, Jeffrey was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York and Florida. During the course of his career, he attended advanced finance and real estate courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University.
President and CEO
Dick Pierce was named president and CEO of Raydiance in 2011, and since that time has led the company as it introduced four new solutions, increased sales by more than 400 percent and expanded customer reach globally by 200 percent. Pierce is a recognized technology start-up executive with experience in growing companies from early stage to significant revenue with multiple successful exits.
Throughout his career, Mr. Pierce held leadership positions at companies in numerous sectors, including software, Internet search, enterprise, mobile, networking, infrastructure and semiconductor. Prior to joining Raydiance, he served as CEO of Orbital Data Corporation, a provider of solutions to speed the delivery of software applications over wide area networks (WANs). Earlier in his career, he was executive vice president and COO of Inktomi Corporation, a search and software infrastructure provider, where he was responsible for growing the company’s revenues to more than $250 million in five years, culminating in a public offering in 1998.
Pierce began his career at Intel, where he spent 15 years in a variety of executive roles for the microprocessor, microcontroller and software divisions. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.