Paul is a founding General Partner of Azure with over 25 years of investment experience across numerous sectors of technology. Paul's primary investment focus is on communications technology, data center, cloud infrastructure and applications and mobility solutions. Prior to Azure, Paul was a Managing Director and communications equipment analyst covering the Data Communications and Network Equipment sectors at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in San Francisco. Prior to CSFB, Paul was a Managing Director and held a substantially similar position with Deutsche Bank Securities in San Francisco.
Paul has provided strategic and investment advice on numerous communications equipment and data networking companies. Notable firms included; 3Com, Alantec Networks (acquired by Fore Systems), Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel), Broadcom, Chipcom (acquired by 3Com), Cisco Systems, Conner Peripherals (acquired by Seagate), Efficient Networks (acquired by Siemens), EMC Corporation, Juniper, Latitude Communications (acquired by Cisco), Newbridge Networks (acquired by Alcatel), Packet Engines (acquired by Alcatel), Seagate and Xylan (acquired by Alcatel).
Bob Rees is a general partner with Startup Capital Ventures and an experienced venture capitalist with a 25-year track record of forming, incubating, funding, and growing successful young companies. Prior to joining Startup Capital Ventures, Bob held positions with Access Venture Partners, an affiliate of Draper Fisher Jurveston, and Woodside Fund.
He has built an investment track record that includes exits for Innova Corporation, Hotrail, CashWorks, and AccelGraphics. Prior to entering the venture capital industry, Bob held key executive positions at Mobil and Tenneco and led the sales and marketing group at a Kentucky-based start-up. Bob currently serves on the boards of QuanTEM Laboratories, WhiteHat Security and Xignite.
Laura is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners, a New York-based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management that is funding technology-enabled business services companies throughout the US. StarVest gained national recognition in 2007 as the lead venture capital firm in NetSuite, whose December 2007 initial public offering opened with a $1.6 billion market capitalization, the highest market capitalization of any venture capital-backed technology IPO since Google. Laura is an experienced entrepreneur and private equity investor. She has founded three successful entities, was an early identifier of the growth in digital media and has invested for over a decade in technology-enabled business services companies. As a founding partner of StarVest, in addition to serving on the board of Switchfly, she has been active with StarVest's investments in Connected Corporation (acquired
by Iron Mountain in 2004), MessageOne (software-as-a-service company acquired by Dell Computer in 2008), Newgistics (acquired by a PE firm in 2013), iCrossing (acquired by Hearst in 2010), Fieldglass (acquired by Madison Dearborn in 2010), ideeli (acquired by Groupon in 2014), PrecisionDemand (acquired by AOL TimeWarner in 2014), Veracode (leading on-demand SaaS software security platform), NewComLink (a payment network platform that connects retail consumers) and RetailNext (leading data and analytics company within retail). Laura was the Founding Chairman of the New York New Media Association Angel Investors Program. Laura has a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, a MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and she is a member of WPO and a former member of YPO (Young President's Organization.