MEET THE TEAM
These are the ones you'll be leaning on during your 9 months with us.
9Plus Team: A combined track record of over $10B in IPOs and Exits in Silicon Valley. And recent companies like CrowdStar, OpenFeint, Hammer & Chisel, Vertica and Tamr have raised over $100M in VC funding through the likes of NEA, Google Ventures, Intel Capital, Time Warner, Accel, IDG Ventures, General Catalyst.
CHIEF MENTOR: PETER RELAN
Peter's passion is collaborating with founders as a guide and a mentor. As a product guy, he loves product vision & strategy first and foremost, plus BD, marketing & sales: basically everything start-up founders need to do. He has personally led IPO companies and was Founder/CEO of his own company acquired by a NASDAQ company. Before that he led the Internet Division for Oracle and was the creator of Oracle App Server, now a multi-billion dollar business. His expertise spreads across a wide swath of domains including software/big data home delivery, gaming B2C mobile services, and more recently consumer hardware. Peter founded YouWeb Incubator in 2007 to help early stage founders achieve their start-up visions, and has incubated over 20 start-ups which have raised over $100M in venture funding and some have achieved exits from Facebook, Google, Gree and Age of Learning. His incubator is always open for rolling admissions from technical founders and hackers focused on changing the world.
Think of YW Partners as a mix of start-up psychologists, advisors, and all around business rock stars. Whether it's developing your market fit or coaching on how to become a Founder CEO, they're your expert resources.
FOUNDING MENTOR: EROS RESMINI
Eros has over 16 years of experience in Digital Entertainment and Gaming, focused on customer-facing roles in both small and large company settings. Most recently Eros ran Marketing and Developer Relations at GREE, a role he held through the acquisition of OpenFeint, where he was an early employee. Eros has held similar roles at Hewlett Packard and Real Arcade (GameHouse), and is a founding partner of San Francisco's independent record label Los Kamikaze Records. Currently Eros is serving as an advisor and board member for several Silicon Valley Start-ups. Eros is a full-time Partner at 9+.
Companies: GREE, Hewlett Packard, Real Arcade (GameHouse) Exits: OpenFeint
Education: BA Business University of Puget Sound, MBA Santa Clara University
PARTNER: LES WRIGHT
Les has 35 years of financial experience in Silicon Valley high tech companies. This includes 25 years of experience as CFO/COO in successful public and private companies from start-ups to over $400 million in revenue. Mr. Wright has helped companies successfully navigate the IPO process, follow-on secondary public offerings, and various types of private equity and borrowing arrangements which have raised over $250 million in capital. In addition, Mr. Wright has helped lead over 15 M&A transactions totaling over $1 billion. Les is a full-time Partner at 9+.
Companies: Infoseek Corporation, The ASK Group, Verplex Systems, Fractal Design, Pharsight, Business Signatures, Crowdstar, and YouWeb. Exits: OpenFeint (acquired by GREE), Sibblingz (acquired by Facebook)
Education: B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting) San Jose State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
FOUNDING MENTOR: JERRY HELD
Jerry has been a successful entrepreneur, executive and investor in Silicon Valley for over 35 years. In 1998, Dr. Held was “CEO-in-residence” at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Most recently he is focused on providing strategic consulting to CEOs and entrepreneurs. Jerry is a part-time Partner at 9+.
Companies: SVP Oracle, CTO TandemBoard level: Informatica Corporation, NetApp, Unwired Planet, Kalio, Trickplay (chairman), Software Development Technologies (chairman), Vertica (acquired by HP)
Education: BS in electrical engineering Purdue, MS in systems engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley
PARTNER: JIM MILLS
Jim has operating experience at startup and industry-leading technology companies, along with more than 15 years of professional venture capital and investing experience. Jim’s operating experience includes management positions with with several successful Silicon Valley companies and VCs. Most recently Jim focused on Venture financing and M&A activities for YouWeb. Jim is a part-time Partner at 9+.
Companies: Webvan Group, Oracle Corporation, VantagePoint Capital Partners, Battery Ventures, Blum Capital Partners, YouWebExits: Crescendo Communications (acquired by Cisco)
Education: BA Dartmouth College, MBA Stanford University
At YW we believe that the entrepreneur should focus on the product and core business. We’ve built a team of professionals to keep your business going allowing you to focus.
MARKETING & GROWTH: JAMES DORSCH
James has over 15 years of experience in Marketing & Growth, focused on B2C and B2B roles in companies of various sizes, from early stage start-ups to large company growth spurts. James' experience includes severl early-stage positions with consumer startups in San Francisco where he developed successful marketing and growth programs.
Companies: Doctor On Demand, Bitcasa, MIlitary.com Exits: MIlitary.com
Education: BS Public Relations University of Florida
ENGINEERING: RAHUL SARAF
Rahul has been building mobile software since day one release of both the iOS and Android SDKs. Aligning his passion for mobile computing, Rahul has worked with companies at various stages as both a technical advisor and development resource building everything from prototypes and proof of concepts to shipping products, iterating new versions and polishing UI.
Companies: Spaceport (acquired by Facebook), Agawi (acquired by Google), Big Fish Games (acquired by Churchill Downs)
Education: BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Boston University's College of Engineering.