1Flourish Partners

David Lane 1Flourish Capital Partner

David Lane

  • 30+ years succssful venture capital investment experience
  • Co-managed over $1 billion in venture investments
  • Diamondhead Ventures, Harvard Endowment
  • University of Southern California, BSEE; Harvard Business School, MBA

David loves working alongside world-class entrepreneurs to create and build enduring, highly-valued, technology-based companies. During the past 30+ years, he has directly co-managed institutional venture capital funds totaling in excess of $2 Billion. During his career, he has focused on making direct investments in seed to later stage opportunities in the information technology and health care sectors.

In 2000, David co-founded Diamondhead Ventures, an early stage $140M fund which invested in Cavium (IPO, acquisition by Marvell), Danger Inc. (acquired by Microsoft), Entercept Security Technologies (acquired by McAfee), PassMark (acquired by RSA Security) and UPEK (acquired by Apple/AuthenTec). David’s prior investments include: Harmonic, Inc. (IPO), TriQuint Semiconductor (IPO), NexGen (IPO), Viewlogic Systems (IPO) and Harbridge Merchant Services (acquired by First Data Corporation).

David was a Managing Director at ONSET Ventures ($1B in assets under management) as well as a senior venture capital investment officer at the Harvard Management Company, which manages Harvard University’s endowment ($8B in assets under management). Prior to his venture capital career, he worked for IBM selling large enterprise IT systems and Hughes Aircraft as an electrical engineer.

David is a Deacon at Menlo Church and has been involved in church planting. He earned a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He serves on the University of Southern California Viterbi Engineering School's Board of Councilors as well as other non-profit boards.

Neil Ahlsten 1Flourish Capital Partner

Neil Ahlsten

  • Former head of Google's C-level commercial transactions and investment process
  • Founder of Abide, including a successful exit
  • UC Berkeley, Summa Cum Laude; Princeton University, MPA

Neil grew up in rural Sonoma County, California. He spent much of his time helping his father with a house flipping business, where he learned trade skills like painting, masonry, tiling and even welding and electrical. In high school, he felt a calling to help people thrive, especially to help the most vulnerable in society. After graduating UC Berkeley summa cum laude in economics, Neil headed to Africa to do war relief work. He led a project in Congo to rebuild 4,000 homes with just $250,000. While researching how to tackle this task, his team discovered that the main reasons people were unable to rebuild their homes was because they didn’t have the tools and they could not make a small payment to a mason to build the foundation. They found villagers wanting to do the work and equipped them with the tools, and when the leader of the United Nations came to visit he was impressed to see a whole village being rebuilt by its people.

Back in the US, Neil got a Masters in Quantitative Economics from Princeton and went to work at Google, leading BD for new Google Advertising products for Insurance, Autos and Finance. He became the Google Deal-Making Chair, and led C-Level deal approvals for high value, high risk and first-of-a-kind deals. Some of these included Apple integrations, Android, Google Insurance and Google Fiber.

After leaving Google, Neil set out to create a technology product that would provide emotional and health value. He co-founded a company called Abide that created a Christian meditation app, essentially playing Bible verses for users to fall asleep to. After leading product and sales and becoming a top 40 grossing app, he sold Abide in 2021.

Neil has been married to Nadia Ahlsten for 17 years, and together they have 4 children– 2 who were adopted from Congo. His family loves exploring outside together, especially backpacking the Lost Coast, sea kayaking the San Francisco Bay, ziplining or just having a picnic.

Tom Tognoli 1Flourish Capital Partner

Tom Tognoli

  • Cofounded and sold the largest real estate firm in Silicon Valley (top 10 in U.S.) to Berkshire Hathaway
  • Expert at building winning cultures and teams. Active real estate and angel investor/advisor
  • Distinguished Alumnus CSU-Chico

A Silicon Valley native, Tom Tognoli co-founded Intero in 2002 and built it into the largest real estate company in Silicon Valley; and one of the top real estate companies in the United States, doing in excess of $12 billion in annual sales volume at the time of his departure. Tom and his partners sold Intero to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in April 2014.

Tom, an enigmatic powerhouse personality, continued on as CEO of Intero after the acquisition. Under Tom’s leadership Intero continued to grow throughout the country until his departure from the company in April of 2019.

Tom is a passionate entrepreneur with expertise in leadership, building healthy teams and cultures and human behavior & performance. Tom is also an active real estate developer, investor and advisor.

Tom is a dedicated man of faith with a no-nonsense attitude and authentic approach to both business and life. Tom is committed to helping individuals and organizations succeed. He is a graduate of CSU Chico, Tom resides in his hometown of Sunnyvale, California with his wife of nearly 30 years, Lynn. They are the proud parents of two young men, Tommy & Nick.

Bill Hooper 1Flourish Capital Partner

Bill Hooper

  • 35+ years of expertise in investment management, business management, and board governance.
  • Co-founder of private equity firm with over $1 billion AUM
  • Former Chairman Borland Software (NASDAQ: BORL)
  • Dartmouth College, BA; Stanford University School of Business, MBA

Bill comes to 1Flourish with over 35 years of expertise in investment management, business management, business strategy, and board governance. He has a successful track record of evaluating and completing investments in industries including real estate, hospitality, agriculture, consumer goods, health care, software and more. A McKinsey & Company alum, Bill also boasts decades of experience at the EVP and President level at Woodside Hotels and as an owner at the Monterey Plaza Hotel.

Bill co-founded Trinitas Partners, a successful multi-fund private equity investment firm which manages over $1B in assets. Currently, Bill serves on the board of Pillar Vision Inc., Veritas Substrates, TuDOC, Stanford University's DAPER Investment Fund, and is an advisor at Plug and Play (one of the world's largest business accelerators) and its venture fund. Bill also serves on the Finance Committee of the board of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA.

He has served as the Vice Chair and Elder at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and has been a chair or director at many nonprofits. Bill's favorite nonprofit is currently Street Life Ministries where he drives the food van, washes the dishes, and greets and serves about 80 unhoused friends at weekly dinners in a parking lot in Redwood City.

Skip Vaccarello 1Flourish Capital Partner

Skip Vaccarello

  • Christian author, thought leader and public speaker
  • Entrepreneur; 3X Silicon Valley CEO in software and services
  • Adjunct Business Professor
  • Harvard, BA; Boston University, MBA

Skip brings over 35+ years of experience in leadership positions for Silicon Valley technology companies, including VisiCorp, the provider of the first personal computer spreadsheet, VisiCalc. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of Applied Weather Technology, a global company providing software and information services to the maritime industry. His other experience includes CEO of Communications Solutions, Inc., division general manager of 3Com, and co-founder and CEO of The Saratoga Group. In addition, he has worked as an independent consultant providing strategic planning and investment banking services to privately held companies and mentoring and coaching business owners.

For sixteen years, Skip chaired Connect Silicon Valley (formerly called The Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast), a non-profit organization that offers speaking events featuring high-profile leaders to encourage conversations about faith and life. In addition, he has served on corporate and non-profit boards and speaks to various groups on leadership and organizational health. He also taught an MBA course on leadership and ethics for three years.

Skip earned an A.B. in economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Boston University.

Reid Rutherford 1Flourish Capital Partner

Reid Rutherford

  • Silicon Valley CEO, 4X Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
  • Business Finance, Software Development, Angel Investor
  • Adjunct Business Professor
  • Pepperdine, BA; Stanford, MBA

Reid is a serial entrepreneur engaged primarily in technology and finance. Currently an investor/board member in several emerging technology oriented companies including DSP Concepts and BigRentz. Reid has more than 35 years of business management, finance and venture capital experience. His career has been marked by combining new technologies with innovative financing structures to serve unmet needs. Reid has founded several Silicon Valley finance and technology companies, including: eFinance Corporation, a pioneer of online credit delivery services; Concord Growth Corporation, which grew to become one of the largest independent California commercial finance companies; and Research Applications for Management, a provider of decision support software for transit agencies throughout North America.

Accomplishments include: Conception and development of multiple successful business strategies. Creation of three nationwide distribution systems for products and services. Development of a transaction management systems that processed over $3+ billion financial assets. Founded, built and successfully sold three companies.

Specialties: Entrepreneurial Multidisciplinary Skill set, including: Communications, Strategic Planning, Finance, Asset Finance, Financial Analysis, Operations, Internet Technology, Network Systems, Solar, Energy Finance and Organizational Structures.

Mr. Rutheford is an Adjunct professor of Business at William Jessup University. He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, Calif. and a BA in religion from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.