Board Chair

Debbie is Managing Director, Head of Incubation in Citi Ventures.  She is responsible for driving growth through innovation by identifying and executing new business incubations in partnership with Citi businesses globally.  Debbie joined Citi from HP where she was most recently Vice President, Strategic Alliances responsible for HP's worldwide relationship with Adobe.  Debbie is a versatile technology executive with over twenty years experience at Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley including Apple, Sun, Cadence, and eBay.

Past Chair

Deborah is Director of Software Strategy for IBM Venture Capital Group. She is responsible for building ecosystems for IBM by sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world.   She also brings insight form the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies.  She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market.

Claire Hayes

Claire has over 15 years of experience with PwC serving technology and life science companies ranging from emerging companies to public entities; and is based in Silicon Valley in the Emerging Company Services Practice. Claire has extensive SEC experience and assists public and private companies in addressing complex issues including equity transaction accounting, revenue recognition accounting, preparing for an IPO and Sarbanes Oxley 404 implementation. Claire is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPA’s; she is also a Chartered Accountant. Claire is an active community leader participating on non-profit boards and related committees.

Adiba Barney
Board Member

As of January 2014, Adiba Barney is the new CEO of SVForum - Silicon Valley´s largest and oldest non-profit organization, dedicated to educating and creating relationships within the technology and startup community. She was prior to that the Executive Director of Silicon Vikings, a non-profit business networking organization connecting the Nordic´s innovation and startup ecosystem to Silicon Valley. Prior to Silicon Vikings, Adiba initiated, developed, and launched Innovative Sweden, a world tour exhibition promoting Sweden as an innovative country by showcasing a new generation of Swedish innovations. That is what brought her from Sweden to Silicon Valley in early 2011. Prior to the Innovative Sweden project, Adiba worked for 13 years within the Swedish innovation ecosystem (science parks, incubators, regional and government development agencies) where she focused on creating sustainable networking platforms, developing/executing high-profile PR projects, and coaching hundreds of startup entrepreneurs in international marketing, business development, market entry, communication, PR and branding. Adiba holds a BA in International Marketing and Business from Mälardalen University in Västerås, Sweden as well as studies in Branding, PR, Media and Communication from Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, Sweden.

Brian Goncher
Board Member

Brian joined Deloitte & Touche in 2004 as part of their growing Emerging Growth Company Practice. Brian has 30 years of financial and operating experience, including stints at Bank of America, four high-growth companies (Buyers Club, Gear 1, ArtSearch and Astoria Software), Coopers & Lybrand (C&L), Frontier Ventures and Crystal Ventures. In 1991, Brian began a new consulting practice for C&L called Emerging Company Services, which provides financial and strategic consulting to many Silicon Valley start-ups, including Polycom, Network Appliance, Grand Junction Networks and iband Communications.He was founder and president of Frontier Ventures, general partner at Crystal Ventures and served as COO of Astoria Software. Brian has also served for 20 years on the board of SVForum, the largest software industry group in Silicon Valley. 

Brian has an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Jeff Kuhn
Board Member

Jeff is a Co-Founder and the Managing Partner of FLG Partners and member of the Firm’s management committee. He has over 35 years of operational, financial and capital markets experience in investment banking, financial services and technology companies. He has built particular expertise in the technology sector, with significant international experience in Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. As a CFO, he has built staffing and overseen responsibility for budgeting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations and reporting, contracts, licensing, domestic and international tax compliance and reporting, and management information systems and reporting. Prior to co-founding FLG, Jeff was CFO at Planetweb, Inc.,  Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Diablo Research Company, Vice President of Investment Banking, in the Technology Group at Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc., and was CFO, VP Finance, co-founder of, and consultant to, a number of other companies in the financial services and technology sectors.

Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange and SVForum and is the chair of the Board of Advisors for GoGrid. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Kevin Surace
Board Member

Appvance CEO Kevin has repeatedly led organizations to substantial growth in innovation, technology, revenue and investor value including Serious Energy (grew from 0 to 420 employees), Perfect Commerce (leading provider of supply chain software/services), CommerceNet (industry consortium), General Magic (cloud based virtual assistant), WebKnight (Java authoring system) and Air Communications (wireless hw/sw). He has been featured in nearly every major publication including BusinessWeek, Time, Fortune, Forbes and CNN as well as nearly every major network. He has been recognized by dozens of organizations for outstanding leadership including Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine, listed as one of the top 15 innovators of this decade by CNBC, awarded Tech Pioneer by World Economic Forum – Davos, nominated as Innovator of the Year by PlanetForward and inducted into the Innovation Hall of Fame (RIT). He also serves on the boards of Array Power, Zeta Communities, Yap.TV, and BioSmart Sciences. Kevin has been awarded 20 US patents with 10 additional pending. He received his BS in Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Matt Thompson
Board Member

As General Manager of Microsoft’s developer & platform evangelism efforts, Matt has the first hand opportunity to both observe and work with a number of Silicon Valley’s most unique technology startups. His time is split between working with this influential community of technologists as they adopt Microsoft technologies (including Microsoft's cloud offering, Windows Azure, and new phone platform, Windows Phone 7); advising a number of early stage startups; and working with Microsoft customers & partners as they implement solutions on top of the breadth of the Microsoft platform offerings. Previously, as Sr. Director of Sun's Cloud engineering organization Matt was responsible for the development of Sun's platform as a service offering and related cloud developer tools. In a previous role, Matt was responsible for Sun's developer program and technology outreach worldwide. When not working you’ll likely find Matt off an island somewhere following his passion, underwater photography. Twitter: @developerfish

Board Member

Purnima has over 20 years of experience leading application development, marketing and technical-engineering management for startups and leading mobile companies such as Nokia and Verizon. She was responsible for the strategy and growth opportunities for the Nokia portfolio of devices in small- and medium-sized businesses, enterprises, and public sector companies around the globe. Currently, Purnima serves as Director for Google Play's Apps and Games division. 

Steve Goldberg
Board Member

Steve joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave and CoWave Networks. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation. Steve also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard. At Venrock, Steve focuses on investments in the wireless, mobile and energy sectors. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Asoka, FutureDial, Newport Media, Kineto Wireless and Quantenna Communications. Previous board seats include Canesta (Acq by Microsoft) and Teranetics (Acq by PLX Technology).

Steve received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Susan Lucas-Conwell
Board Member

A Wharton MBA, Susan is a global business leader with a proven track record of accelerating revenue growth, successfully building teams, communities and strategic alliances in technology, consumer goods and professional service organizations. Most recently Interim CEO of SVForum and Global CEO at Great Place to Work (a global professional services firm), Susan also had her own international business accelerator in France, Clear-Day, and held senior management positions in Cartier International, Bausch & Lomb/Ray-Ban and General Mills. She is an award winning professional and recognized speaker as well as Board Member, Strategic Advisor for numerous tech startups and not-for-profit organizations.

Rachel Proffitt
Acting Secretary

Rachel Proffitt is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she practices corporate and securities law. Her practice covers a broad range of general corporate and transactional matters, including start-up company representation, venture capital transactions, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions, and public-company disclosure and corporate governance counseling.