General PARTNERS

David Lane- Co Founder/Partner- 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.

Skip Vaccarello- Co Founder/Partner-

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, co-founder and CEO of The Saratoga Group, and has worked as independent consultant providing strategic planning and investment banking services to privately held companies and mentoring and coaching to business owners. 

 

Skip is the author of the book and blog, Finding God in Silicon Valley. He is also an adjunct professor in the MBA program for William Jessup University and currently sits on the boards of Carpenter’s Code and New Beginnings Community Church, Redwood City, CA; and serves as chairman of the Connect Silicon Valley (formerly known as the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast); and as a member of the advisory board of Transforming the Bay with Christ.

 

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

Reid Rutherford- Co Founder/Partner- 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, Calif.

Andrew Miller- Founder/Partner- brings an extensive background in entrepreneurial and operating experience to the Fund. Andrew is a successful Fortune 100 Senior Executive with an outstanding record of accomplishments garnered at GE Capital, TRW INC. (Fortune 75) as well as with startups including (Bankrate.com, Bleulab, Functionize.com, VendorHawk.io, MobileDay, Nations & Purkd.com). Specific industry expertise includes: Mobile, eAdvertising, B2B, B2C, Real Estate Loan Services, Retail, C Suite Consulting and Fortune 500 Expense Reduction Services.

 

Outstanding management results by driving integrity as Job 1 with direct P&L responsibility for a $150M subsidiary of TRW. Andrew was part of the senior management team taking the Venture-backed Bankrate.com public while originating, negotiating and closing 55 partnerships with Microsoft, AOL, ABC, NBC, CBS, Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, & Motley Fool.

 

Today Andrew is Co-Founder of XSpendNet, a boutique consulting firm that provides large scale expense reduction solutions to the Fortune 1000 and Private Equity firms including Blackstone, Clayton Dubillier & Rice, Icahn.

 

Andrew is a graduate from the University of Connecticut School Of Business. He is a devoted father, husband and born again christian since 1994 and is a member of Church of the Resurrection in Overland Park KS.

Tom Tognoli- Partner- is 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 Buffetts 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. From his inspirational weekly blog, with over 20,000 followers, sharing insights on the keys to business and life success, to his positive message of encouragement for all generations, 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.

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