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

Our Portfolio



Syndesis was the market leader in the creation and activation of converged services over the Internet for the new public network.  They provided operational support system software to manage the Internet.

  • Founded: 1986
  • Round Partnered: Series A
  • Year Partnered: 1999
  • Fund: Prior Art
  • Clear Partner(s): Chris Rust
  • Status: Acquired
  • Year Acquired: 2007
  • Acquirer: Subex Azure
  • Acquisition Price: $ 164,500,000
Chris is one of the smarter, more talented venture pro’s with whom I’ve had the pleasure to become acquainted. I’ve worked with several of Chris’ portfolio companies since the late 90’s and the most impressive recurring theme from entrepreneurs that know Chris is: “He’s the real deal and a complete “Value- add.” Chris understands the markets in which he invests, offers sharp technical and financial insight and works vigorously on behalf of his portfolio companies. Without question, he’s an investor / board member that any entrepreneur or CEO would be thrilled to have in their corner.
Dana Hillman, Managing Partner, Hillman Partner (contributed to Sales Team Build)


  • 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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