Alex Aydin, Founder and CEO
Alex Aydin is a serial entrepreneur and senior technology executive with over twenty years of experience
in the software sector.
A dynamic leader and resourceful thinker, Alex has developed an expertise in successfully managing the
operations throughout each phase of a company’s life cycle, developing innovative and profitable
After co-founding Procom Technology (NASDAQ: PRCM) in 1987, an embedded operating systems developer,
Alex led the expansion of Procom’s operations for 16 years taking the company public and eventually
selling to Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW).
As CFO, he took the company through a successful IPO, Secondary Offering, and a Debt Offering; raising
over $100 million in public financing and bringing the company’s growth from no revenue, to $120 million
While at Procom, Alex managed over 400 employees in 5 countries, established OEM relationships with HP,
Dell, Fujitsu, and Sun Microsystems, and developed the sales infrastructure selling to Fortune 1000
He was responsible for all SEC reporting and SOX compliance, and worked directly on the integration of 6
companies acquired by and integrated into Procom’s core operation.
Alex was also the founder of Pacific Horizon Communities a builder of new home communities, and the
founder and CEO of Home America Lending a wholesale mortgage lending company. His gained experience in
both the new home building and Mortgage markets led him to his next software startup Icanbuy.
In 2006 Alex founded Icanbuy, an innovative Saas based online comparison-shopping platform for financial
products. As CEO of the company, Aydin set up a large software development operation in Ukraine, worked
on establishing partnerships with most major real estate and financial website publishers and large
online mortgage companies. Alex subsequently sold Icanbuy to Informa (LON: INFR), and then worked on
migrating Informa legacy software platform into Icanbuy’s state of the art platform.
Mark Farrell, Managing Director
Mark brings experience as both a finance and legal professional to Thayer Ventures. Most recently, Mark
served for over five years as an investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners, where he helped lead the
Internet & Digital Media team and founded the firm’s Social Media practice. During his tenure, Mark
advised clients on a number of notable transactions, including the sale of Intermix (MySpace) to News
Corp., and Google’s initial public offering. Mark was also chosen to lead the internal deal team during
the Thomas Weisel Partners’ IPO, and served the dual role of lead underwriter and internal corporate
Previously, Mark practiced law for three years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he represented
venture capital firms and technology companies in private financings and M&A transactions.
Mark received his B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, cum laude, M.A. from University College Dublin
(Ireland), with honors, and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude. Mark is
currently an Advisor to Pacific Community Ventures and serves on the Penn Law School Alumni Society
Board of Managers, as well as the Board of Directors for San Francisco Plan C and SAFE.
Jeff Jackson, Managing Director
In addition to a large reservoir of solid business skills and judgment, Jeff brings a wealth of
knowledge, experience and connections in the transportation and distribution space where he spent the
bulk of his career.
Located in Dallas, Jeff spent 14 years with American Airlines, managed the legal separation of Sabre,
Inc. from AA and left to become EVP and Chief Financial Officer of the stand-alone company in 1998.
Over his 13 years at Sabre, both as Chief Financial Officer and as EVP Corporate Development, Jeff
managed the Sabre initial public offering, completed over 25 acquisitions and divestitures of over $8
billion in value, served on the Board of Travelocity, managed the globalization of the Sabre
organization, and completed sale of the company to a group of private equity firms, thereby taking
Sabre, Inc. private.
Currently Jeff serves on the Boards of Rent-A-Center, a $2.8 billion public rent-to-own retail space
company and of Getty Images.
Jeff is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA from the Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School.
He serves as Chair of Parents Advisory Committee of Carleton College and as an ex-officio member of the
Board of Trustees.
Vahid Manian, Chief Operating
Vahid Manian brings more than 30 years’ semiconductor industry experience to his role of Chief Operating
Officer for Ethertronics. As COO, Manian is responsible for Ethertronics’ Chip and Systems Divisions,
and leads all global manufacturing, supply chain, quality, sales, technology design, marketing and
business development efforts for the company.
Prior to Ethertronics, Manian served as senior vice president of global engineering and operations for
Entropic. A seasoned semiconductor executive with more than 30 years of proven business, technology and
operations experience, Vahid was responsible for Entropic’s global engineering and operations
organizations, including hardware and software product development, technical operations, quality and
supply management. In his two years at Entropic, Manian successfully expanded the scale and scope of the
public company’s global operations organization, and implemented innovative manufacturing cost reduction
and long-range capacity planning strategies that had a significant impact on gross margins and inventory
Prior to Entropic, Manian was responsible for all operations activity at Telegent Systems, a leading
supplier of silicon solutions for mobile TV applications, later acquired by Spreadtrum Communication, a
Shanghai-based semiconductor company. Prior to Telegent, Manian served as senior vice president of
global manufacturing operations at Broadcom Corporation, where he oversaw the company’s operations and
manufacturing activities including foundry operations and process technology direction. He joined
Broadcom in 1996, and established the operations strategy, which helped grow the company from a start-up
to a multi-billion dollar organization leveraging best-in-class delivery and inventory management
He previously served on the Board of Directors, and was elected vice chairman, of the Global
Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), which is focused on accelerating the growth and increasing the return on
invested capital for the global semiconductor industry.
Mark Moshayedi, Co-Founder and
Mark served as President of STEC, Inc. (formerly, Simpletech Inc.) from March 20, 2007 and as its
Interim Chief Executive Officer from September 18, 2012 to September 12, 2013.
Mr. Moshayedi was a Co-Founder of STEC, Inc. and served as its Secretary from January 1995 to March
He served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technical Officer of STEC, Inc. since January 1995.
He served as President of Research and Development at STEC, Inc. from June 1994 to December 1994 and as
its Senior Vice President from April 1992 to June 1994.
He served as a Director of STEC, Inc. from March 1992 to September 12, 2013. Mr. Moshayedi graduated
with a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine