Board of Directors

Ben Davis

After a decade in enterprise sales with Fortune 500 companies such as Xerox, Parametric Technology and EMC, Ben left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, following his passion for sports and technology.
In 2003, Ben co-founded Pixiem, which was among the first of its kind as a developer and publisher of mobile video games. The company’s customers included ESPN Networks and Wimbledon. In 2005, Pixiem was acquired by WinWin Gaming.

Ben co-founded Phizzle in 2006. Formerly a professional basketball player in Europe, he currently resides in San Francisco. Ben is a graduate of Walsh University with a BA in Business

Jim Whims

Jim is a partner at Alsop Louie Partners. For the last decade, Jim was a partner at Techfund Capital in the U.S. and Europe, where he invested in companies like 3DFX and Portal Player. Jim was a co-founder of Worlds of Wonder and was a key executive at Software Toolworks and Sony Computer Entertainment. In 1996, Adweek/Brandweek recognized him as the Marketing Executive of the Year for driving revenues from zero to $1B in one year at Sony, where Jim managed the launch of the Playstation in North America. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors at THQ and Synaptics. He received his MBA in Finance from the University of Arizona and a BS from Northwestern University.

Mark Krentzman

Mark is currently Executive Chairman and Owner of Jones and Vining, a global shoe component manufacturing business. He is expanding J&V’s footprint around the world while strategically maintaining its position as the only remaining American ‘last’ manufacturer.

Over the last 10 years, Mark has led business development for BioVentures Investors, a medical and health venture capital fund, and forPremier Capital/Lenders Trust, a real estate recovery and rehabilitation fund.

Mark has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Finance from Northeastern University. Mark currently serves as a Corporator at Northeastern University and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.

Ed Lau

Ed is the Managing Director of  ICCP Venture Partners. He has over 35 years of management and technical experience in US technology businesses in various roles. Since 1982, Ed has been developing technology, managing technology firms, investing in technology start-ups, or founding technology startups. He is a serial inventor – author to 17 patents to date – and has a sharp eye for disruptive technologies.

Ed was the CEO and Co-Founder of Newmoon Systems, an enterprise software company which was acquired by Tarantella, a division of Oracle. He also co-founded Audible, the pioneer and leading provider of spoken audio content on the internet which was acquired by Amazon.

He is currently on the board of directors of Phizzle. He was the former Chairman of TuneIn and served on the boards of FastSoft and BioImagene.

Ed holds a Master of Science and Doctorate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Mathematics from New York University.

Thomas Toy

Thomas Toy is a Managing Director of Startup Capital Ventures Fund II and a Limited Partner of Fund I. Tom has been Managing Director of PacRim Venture Partners (, a Menlo Park-based venture capital firm specializing in diversified information technology, technology and clean technology companies. Tom presently serves on the board of directors of portfolio company HealthCrowd.

Tom is also a Venture Partner/Advisor for ICCP Venture Partners (, which is a limited partner of Startup Capital Ventures Fund I. Previously, Tom was a Partner at SmartForest Ventures and Technology Funding. Tom started his career at Bank of America, where he worked for seven years.

Tom has invested in early stage IT, cleantech and healthcare companies as a VC for more than twenty-five years. He has served on boards of directors of a number of public and private companies. Tom’s current and past investments include SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR), UTStarcom (NASDAQ: UTSI), White Electronic Designs (NASDAQ: WEDC, acquired by Microsemi), LifeCell (NASDAQ: LIFC, then acquired by Kinetic Concepts), Physiometrix (NASDAQ: PHYX; then acquired by Hospira), SyStemix (NASDAQ: STMX, then acquired by Novartis), CafePress (NASDAQ: PRSS), U-Systems (acquired by GE Healthcare), FastSoft (acquired by Akamai), Phoseon and Cloud Cruiser. Tom is currently on the boards of directors of Hanwha SolarOne (NASDAQ: HSOL) as well as several private companies.

Tom graduated from Northwestern University with B.A. and MBA degrees. He taught the New Venture Finance MBA course at San Francisco State’s College of Business, and he is a regular volunteer panelist for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s Job Forum.

Advisor: Reginal “Reg” Spiller

A dynamic and accomplished executive with 20+ years of international and domestic energy capital market experience and a world-class energy expert spearheading oil and gas projects in 60+ countries. Reg earned success in taking 2 companies public in the US and London Exchanges, and has secured millions of investment dollars for expansive projects in the US, Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Reg is recognized by his peers as one of the world’s foremost geoscientists. Reg champions exploration and development projects in the world’s most prolific basins in challenging environments. Reg skillfully translates geoscience and engineering aspects of energy projects into value easily understood by capital markets and then identifies, develops, and mentors top-performing teams to ensure timely completion of projects.