Thomas HuotManaging Director
Thomas joined VantagePoint in 2004 focusing on biopharmaceutical and medical device investments. He currently has a primary emphasis in the areas of biofuels and biomaterials. Prior to VantagePoint, he was an Analyst with CDP Capital Technology Ventures, where he developed new fields of investment in the areas of diabetes and metabolic diseases. Earlier in his career, Thomas served as Project Manager for Genopole®, a business incubator specializing in the development of biology on a large scale and the creation of biotechnology companies responsible for conducting technical and economic feasibility studies. Thomas graduated from the University of London. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University College London and a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from University Paris XI, Orsay.
Jon joined VantagePoint in 2008, and works closely with Managing Partner Alan Salzman. Most recently, Jon was a Senior Vice President at JJR Capital, where he evaluated merger and acquisition candidates and prospective bridge loan opportunities. While at JJR, he was also the President and CEO of SSQ Acquisitions, a company he helped to take public. Jon began his career at Bain and Company, where he worked as a consultant on international projects for Fortune 500 clients. Jon is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (HBA).
“VantagePoint has the capabilities and convictions to have impact on a global scale.”
Wei joined VantagePoint in 2008 from KTB Investments, where he focused on research, due diligence, and preparation of investment proposals. Prior to beginning his MBA program, Wei worked at Sinopec Guangzhou Company in various operational and analytical roles focused on maximizing the company’s profit and reducing expenses. He has also participated in internship programs at CITIC Securities and The HINA Group. Wei is a graduate Tsinghua University (MBA) and Lanzhou University (BS).
“It is an exceptional experience to work together with the people you truly like and respect.”
Annette BianchiManaging Director
Annette joined VantagePoint in 2004. She has 24 years of venture capital experience, with significant expertise in many areas of investing, including medical devices, biotechnology, and healthcare information technology and services. She began her career in venture capital in 1985 at Burr, Egan, Deleage & Company, later joining Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners as a General Partner. In 1999, she became a Managing Director at Pacific Venture Group. Annette is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania (BSE and MSE in Biomedical Engineering) and The Wharton School (MBA).
“VantagePoint gives our entrepreneurial companies the resources and guidance to excel in a changing world.”
Stephan DolezalekManaging Director
Stephan has spent more than 25 years in Silicon Valley working exclusively with technology-driven companies. He joined VantagePoint in 1999. He is an active participant in many CleanTech advisory groups, including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Leadership Council, the Center for American Progress (CAP) Clean Tech Council and the University of Texas Energy Management and Innovation Center Advisory Board. Prior to joining the Firm, Stephan was a senior partner with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison acting as Managing Partner of that Firm’s Palo Alto Office, Head of the Business and Technology Group and Chairman of the Life Sciences Group. A graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia (BCP) and the University of Virginia School of Law (JD), he serves on the board of the UVA's School of Architecture Foundation.
“We are solving problems of global scale – working with entrepreneurs to creatively tackle big opportunities and with our Strategic Partners to enter large markets.””
David FriesManaging Director
David joined VantagePoint in 2001. He has been a senior-level venture capitalist for more than 20 years, bringing in total more than 37 years of operations, advanced technology, and investment experience to the firm, where he works with portfolio companies on a broad range of operational matters, including product and infrastructure development and production scale-up strategies. David began his career at General Electric, where he served 17 years in numerous executive roles in engineering, manufacturing, senior management, and finance. He directed GE Venture Capital’s California operations, which later became the venture capital firm Canaan Partners, and, in his last role, was President of General Electric Ceramics, a wholly owned subsidiary. David is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University (BS) and Case Western Reserve University (PhD in Physical Chemistry).
Rafael SimonVenture Partner
Rafael joined VantagePoint from Zenon Environmental (acquired by GE), a leading water treatment company, where he was COO, responsible for all aspects of sales, operations, R&D, and manufacturing of membrane-based water treatment technology. Prior to Zenon, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, focusing on the environment and energy sectors. Earlier in his career, Rafael was a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he invented a new technique to access contaminated groundwater for environmental remediation. He is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley (BA, MEng, PhD).
“As a venture partner, my experience developing technologies to improve water quality and sustainability enables me to ensure start-up companies get the resources they need to solve the world's 21st century water challenges.”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Venture Partner and Senior Advisor
Bobby serves as a Venture Partner at Vantage Point, President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is also a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. A recognized expert on water, Bobby was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet.” He is a graduate of Harvard University, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation, he attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a MA degree in Environmental Law.
“We want to power this country from American innovation and American entrepreneurship rather than Saudi oil. We can do that …it is easily within our grasp.”
—Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Venture Partner and Senior Advisor
Richard HarrochManaging Director and Global Head of M&A
Richard joined VantagePoint in 2003 from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, bringing with him an extensive body of transactional and business expertise. He is a successful entrepreneur, founder and Chairman of two companies: LawCommerce.com (sold to LexisNexis) and Allbusiness.com (sold to Dun and Bradstreet.) He is a noted author, having written and edited a number of legal and best-selling business books on start-up companies, partnerships, and joint ventures. Richard has been involved in negotiating or structuring more than 100 Internet related partnerships, financings, distribution deals, web content and license agreements and e-commerce contracts. Richard has also been involved in more than 250 mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings and strategic alliances. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley (BA) and the University of California, Los Angeles (JD), where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review.
“I joined VantagePoint to invest in promising Internet related businesses. We have been involved in some great companies, including Intermix/MySpace, AllBusiness.com, ReachLocal, Datran, Healthline, Zvents, Gain Capital, and more.”
Managing Director and Global Head of M&A
Bill HardingManaging Director
Bill joined VantagePoint in 2007, bringing with him more than 22 years of experience in venture capital. Prior to VantagePoint, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley & Co. and President of Morgan Stanley Venture Partners. Before Morgan Stanley, Bill was a General Partner of several venture capital partnerships affiliated with J. H. Whitney & Co. Bill is a graduate of the University of Arizona (BS and MS) and Arizona State University (PhD). He also served as an officer in the Military Intelligence Branch of the United States Army Reserve.
“We are excited about our portfolio ... many are leaders in their categories.”