Jack HelfandSenior Counsel
Jack joined VantagePoint in 2011 from Everest Group, a private equity firm, where he served as General Counsel. Prior to Everest, Jack was the General Counsel of Investment Banking and Private Equity at Thomas Weisel Partners, an investment banking firm. Jack was a corporate attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Mayer, Brown & Platt representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings and private equity and venture capital transactions. Jack has a J.D. from Washington University and a B.A. from Michigan State University with studies at Kings College in London and Tulane University.
Jim MarverCo-Founder and Managing Director
Jim co-founded VantagePoint in 1996 and is experienced in every element of venture fund management. Over the past three decades, Jim has worked closely with hundreds of public and private companies on all aspects of their operations, especially strategy and finance. He has run global technology practices at leading investment banks and has served as a senior consultant at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute). He is Chairman of the Board of Advisors, Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of the Board of Directors of The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Jim attended Williams College (BA) and the University of California, Berkeley (MPP, PhD).
“We founded VantagePoint to develop game-changing companies, so we are fortunate to have built a world-class cadre of investment professionals and strategic partners and advisors who make our vision a reality.”
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Patricia SplinterChief Operating Officer & Managing Director
Pat joined VantagePoint in 2007 and serves as the Firm's Chief Operating Officer and as a Managing Director. She is responsible for executing VantagePoint’s strategy and overseeing global operations in China, Europe and elsewhere, which includes managing deal flow, investment activity, mergers and acquisitions and serving on the boards of numerous companies. Pat has an extensive 34-year background of success leading and growing workforces globally, managing multi-million dollar budgets, advising executives and implementing tactical initiatives at large multinational corporations and early-stage companies. For much of her career Pat was an executive at Intel Corporation, where she held a variety of senior management roles and was responsible for worldwide human resources for the Microcomputer Components and Technology Group. Subsequently, she was a Senior Vice President at Maxtor and software provider NetManage. Pat serves on the Board of Directors for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the El Camino Hospital Foundation.
“Commercializing technology requires a team of the best investment professionals, strategic partners and advisors. Here we have the opportunity to attract superstars to lead the industry in 21st century technology investing.”
Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director
Stephen D. GrayPartner, Investor Relations
Stephen comes to VantagePoint most recently from Jefferies & Co. where he was the Managing Director and Global Head of the Fund Placement Group. Prior to Jefferies, Steve was at Henniker River Advisors as a Managing Director, Private Equity fundraising for venture capital partnerships. He was the Owner/Director at Gateway Global Partners Limited and a Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at Salomon Smith Barney where he focused on fund raising and early stage equity. Stephen has been a board level participant in emerging growth technology companies with a focus on business and market development. He has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut School of Business.
“VantagePoint provides investors a compelling proposition through impact investing across a broad spectrum of the global economy.”
—Stephen D. Gray
Partner, Investor Relations
Gene GableVice President, Marketing Communications
Gene joined VantagePoint in 2009 and is responsible for Firm marketing and communications. He brings over 20 years experience in marketing, writing and public relations for both large and small companies, primarily in the technology space. Gene was the President of Integrated Media Group, a division of the tech-publisher International Data Group, an executive with Ziff-Davis Events, where he ran the Seybold Seminars trade shows, publications and conferences, and an editor for various technology publications, books and Websites. He has spoken at events throughout the world on the technology of publishing, and has written frequently on the graphic arts industry. Gene is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (BA).
“It is both challenging and exciting to work with so many companies in crafting effective messaging and in getting out such great stories.”
Vice President, Marketing Communications
Alan E. SalzmanManaging Partner
Alan co-founded VantagePoint Capital Partners in 1996 and serves as CEO and Chair of the Investment Committee. As a leading venture investor for over 20 years, Salzman has had hands-on involvement in more than 300 companies and has held overall management responsibilities for a dozen venture funds with over $5 billion of committed capital. As CEO of VantagePoint, he oversees the investment team, a portfolio of innovative companies, and strategic partnerships with a number of leading corporations. Salzman is a frequent contributor and speaker on energy innovation and efficiency, entrepreneurship and global competiveness. He has served as Finance Chair of the World Business Summit on Climate Change, on the BP Alternative Energy Advisory Board, and held a decade-long faculty appointment as Adjunct Professor for Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Companies at Stanford University. He currently serves on the Leadership Council of The Climate Group, the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Selection and Green Investment Committees, and the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He is a graduate (G.C., B.A., J.D., LLM) of the London School of Economics, the University of Toronto, Stanford Law School and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
“Entrepreneurs are the engine of innovation in this country. CleanTech and the technology at the heart of CleanTech will transform the current century.”
—Alan E. Salzman
Neil WolffManaging Director & General Counsel
With more than 700 completed transactions during his 26-year legal career, Neil has provided an experienced perspective as an advisor for the Firm’s investments as well as to its portfolio companies since he became VantagePoint's General Counsel in 2006. Neil was one of VantagePoint’s key outside attorneys when he was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which he joined in 1984. While at Wilson Sonsini he represented a number of VantagePoint portfolio companies. Neil is a graduate of Oxford University (MBA) and UCLA School of Law (JD).
“VantagePoint is one of the very few venture funds with broad reach across many sectors, a true interest in multi-stage investing and portfolio companies all over the globe.”
Managing Director & General Counsel
Harold FriedmanChief Financial Officer
Harold joined VantagePoint from Acacia Venture Partners, where he spent five years as Vice President of Finance. Prior to Acacia, he was assistant controller for Lightspeed Venture Partners, a diversified venture capital and private equity firm in San Francisco, and a staff accountant and assistant controller for Weiss, Peck & Greer in both San Francisco and New York. Harold began his career as a staff accountant for BDO Seidman, a certified public accounting firm in New York. He is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University (BSM).
“I have the opportunity to work with a tremendously diverse group of talented people and be part of a Firm that helps develop innovative companies across a wide range of industries.”
Chief Financial Officer
Lori WaughVice President, Human Capital
Lori joined VantagePoint in 1999 and has more than 15 years of human resources and administrative experience. She oversees all aspects of the Firm’s human resources services, policies and programs including management of administrative operations for its four offices, recruiting and staffing, compensation, and benefits administration. During her tenure at VantagePoint, Lori has managed logistical activities for the opening of offices in New York, Montreal, Hong Kong, and Beijing. Prior to joining VantagePoint, she worked in marketing and legal compliance for Franklin Templeton Group of Funds. Lori is a graduate of University of San Francisco (BS).
“I have the opportunity to work with a team of exceptionally talented people with the resources and commitment to pursue big opportunities.”
Vice President, Human Capital
In all of the areas that are critical to the success of an organization, VantagePoint’s staff has the depth of experience and expertise to ensure that we contribute to the growth and development of our portfolio companies. From infrastructure and portfolio management to liaisons for our limited partners, from marketing and brand development to legal issues, fund management, and strategic human resources, we cover the gamut.