We have been the earliest investor with dozens of
teams that have dared to pursue their vision


Many have created and led new markets
by redefining the possible


All have inspired us in some important way

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Founded by the inventor of the L-band irbuim-doped optical amplifier Dr. Yan Sun, Onetta was the first vendor to build a dynamic optical amplifier for metro transport networks. Onetta ramped quickly to $15m in revenue in year two, then was acquired by Bookham Technology, since renamed to Oclaro.

  • Founded: 2000
  • Round Partnered: Series A
  • Year Partnered: 2000
  • Fund: Prior Art
  • Clear Partner(s): Chris Rust
  • Status: Acquired
  • Year Acquired: 2004
  • Acquirer: Bookham (BKHM)
  • Acquisition Price: $ 35,300,000
Chris Rust understands engineering. He cares about founders deep from his heart and soul! Our experience of working with Chris was awesome! I am very impressed with his organized process, systematic analysis, and in-depth understanding of the company building process. He is the best in what he is doing. You can consider Chris not only an outstanding investor, but also a partner in the trenches. It is easy to find a good investor when things are going well, but it is very challenging to find a partner during hard times. Startups must be prepared for hard times. Chris is one partner you want to have to cover your back.
Dr. Yan Sun, Founder & CTO


  • Spence Green


  • Samantha Reiss

    Head of Services

  • John DeNero

    Chief Scientist

  • Paula Shannon

    Chief Evangelist

  • Cassie McGruder

    Head of Finance

  • Omar Orqueda

    Head of Engineering

  • Ashwin Purohit

    Head of Technical Operations

  • Sylvia Borek

    Head of Revenue, AMER

  • Larry Gloss

    VP of Public Sector

  • Matt Mores

    Head of Revenue, EMEA

  • Alice Lulka

    Head of People


The 4 companies our team co-founded produced over $1.7 billion of market cap from 2 IPOs and 2 acquisitions

The 50+ early-stage companies we funded produced over $52 billion of market cap from 34 exits, with 8 going from seed/series A to IPO, 24 acquisitions

Some of our greatest learnings and closest personal partnerships have come from our losses

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