Real People. Real Work. Real Rewards.

Our team consists of battle-tested veterans who are authentic, thoughtful, have heart and value honesty...for it is all about the journey together.

What drives me at Icon is the pursuit of excellence in everything that we do.

— Joe Horowitz, Managing General Partner

We work hard to earn the trust and respect of extraordinary entrepreneurs and world-class investors.

— Tom Mawhinney, General Partner

I love the role of being an engineer’s engineer, helping talented teams achieve greater success.

— Debby Meredith, Venture Partner – Engineering

Building a great sales organization starting with a handful of people is an exhilarating ride.

— Paul Sallaberry, Venture Partner – Sales

Great products are at the intersection of what engineers can build and what the market wants.

— Michael Mullany, Venture Partner – Product & Marketing
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Tom Mawhinney

General Partner

Tom Mawhinney joined Icon Ventures in 2003 as a General Partner, bringing a 15-year background in the technology industry as both a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur. Tom has a wide range of technology investing experience and brings a passion for helping to scale young, rapidly growing companies. His venture investing capabilities were acknowledged when he was named to the AlwaysOn Venture Capital 100 Power Players in the Cloud and Entrepreneurial Power Player – West lists.

Before joining Icon, Tom was with Canaan Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. He first developed his skills as a technology investor and entrepreneur during the five years he spent with Summit Partners, a venture capital firm managing over $6 billion. As an entrepreneur, Tom co-founded and spent five years as President and COO of North Systems, a venture-backed software company.

At Icon, Tom is on the Board of or actively involved with Awarepoint, Bill.com, Huddle, Ionic Security, KIXEYE, MarketLive, Reputation.com, Synack, Teladoc (TDOC), Yodle and Zephyr Health. Prior Icon investments include 41st Parameter (Experian), Brion Technologies (ASML Holdings), ClairMail (Monitise), DATAllegro (Microsoft), Infinera (INFN), PostPath (Cisco Systems), Solidcore Systems (McAfee) and Voltage Security (Hewlett-Packard).

Tom’s past investments at Canaan and Summit include AmeriPath (PATH), HAHT Commerce (Global eXchange Services), IntelliQuest (IQST), Microbank Software (SunGard Data Systems), Pediatrix Medical Group (PDX), Powerwave Technologies (PWAV) and SteriGenics International (STER).

Tom received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors from Harvard College.

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Debby Meredith

Venture Partner

Debby Meredith joined Icon Ventures as a Venture Partner in 2003 bringing over twenty years of start-up experience managing engineering teams with state-of-the-art practices. Debby provides great hands-on experience in scaling engineering teams to deliver world-class products. She is a highly sought after resource for many companies in Silicon Valley.

Before joining Icon, Debby was a Venture Partner with Mohr, Davidow Ventures, where she worked with portfolio companies as an interim VP of Engineering or CEO. Earlier in her career, Debby was with AOL/Netscape where she held several positions including Senior Vice President of Strategic Technologies and Products, VP of Browser Products and Chief Quality Officer. Prior to Netscape, she was VP of Engineering for Collabra Software and VP of Development for Slate. Debby also held key technical positions at Metaphor Computer Systems, Logitech and Bell Laboratories.

Along with her role at Icon, Debby takes on consulting assignments for a variety of well-regarded venture-backed companies, often serving as interim VP of Engineering until a replacement can be found with her help. In her consulting roles, she works with technical teams on all aspects of the challenges of an engineering organization including process, quality assurance, scaling, management and recruiting.

Debby’s past clients include Good Technology (Motorola), NearbyNow, OpenTable (OPEN), Proofpoint (PFPT), Scribd, Socialtext and Voltage Security. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Computer History Museum.

Debby earned a Master of Science degree in computer science from Stanford University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Michigan.

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Sunny Sugaya

Strategic Advisor

Sunny Sugaya is a strategic advisor to Icon Ventures and works closely with our Asia Business Development Team based in Tokyo.  Prior to his current role, Sunny was Head of Asia Business Development and a General Partner of Icon Ventures since its inception in 2003. Sunny brings over 24 years of technology and business development experience, and a network of relationships that distinguish our ability to bring leading-edge products to the Japan market. He is viewed as a remarkable asset to entrepreneurs and widely respected by most of the major technology companies in Japan.

Prior to Icon, Sunny joined Jafco Co., Ltd. in 1999, serving in a variety of business development roles. Before that, Sunny spent 12 years at Motorola Japan, where he was responsible for design teams building next-generation cell phones and pagers. In this capacity, he managed both software and hardware development teams. A number of the design modules he created are still in use today. He also held roles overseeing product development and marketing of wireless communication equipment.

In his current role, Sunny advises the Asia Business Development Team who is actively involved with CloudPhysics, Delphix, Devicescape, Groundwork, Inkling, Ionic Security, Pertino, RedSeal, Sencha, TuneIn, Ultrasolar Technology and  Zephyr Health.

They have also been actively involved with Brion Technologies (ASML Holdings NV), FireEye (FEYE), Infinera (INFN), Mimosa Systems (Iron Mountain), Proofpoint (PFPT), SiTime (MegaChips), Solidcore Systems (McAfee) and Vuclip (PCCW).

Companies that Sunny previously supported while at Jafco Co., Ltd. include Arkivio (Rocket Software), Ingrian Networks (SafeNet), Mobilian (Intel), Ocular Networks (Tellabs), Philsar (Conexant) and Trigo Technologies (IBM).

Sunny received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the National Defense Academy in Japan.

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Michael Mullany

Venture Partner

Michael Mullany joined Icon Ventures as a Venture Partner in 2014, bringing over 17 years of executive experience. He has served in senior marketing positions and is credited with building great products for outstanding software and infrastructure companies. He is broadly sought after by many venture-backed companies to help them address their strategy, product, and go-to-market challenges.

Before joining Icon, Michael was the CEO of Sencha (an Icon investment), a leading provider of open-source web application frameworks and tools in HTML5 to major enterprises and developers. Previously, Michael held senior product and executive marketing roles at influential Silicon Valley startups Netscape, Loudcloud, and VMware. At virtualization leader VMware, he served as the vice president of worldwide marketing and product during its break-out into server computing.

Michael currently serves on the Board of Moovweb (an Icon portfolio company) and is a consultant to multiple private start-up and growth-stage companies.

Michael holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Harvard College.

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Paul Sallaberry

Venture Partner

Paul Sallaberry joined Icon Ventures in 2009 as a Venture Partner, having served in sales and field services roles in highly-regarded technology companies for nearly 30 years. With exceptional experience in worldwide sales, marketing and services, Paul has had a major impact on companies from start-ups to multi-billion dollar organizations. His ability to help early-stage companies grow from modest levels of revenue to tremendous scale is best-in-class. Paul is in great demand by the CEOs of our portfolio.

Before joining Icon, Paul’s most recent senior operating role was with Veritas Software through its acquisition of OpenVision Technologies. Paul was responsible for growing Veritas from less than $50 million in sales to more than $1.5 billion, achieving its profit goals and building a global multi-tier sales distribution and professional services powerhouse. In addition, he led the seamless integration of Veritas’ acquisition of Seagate, growing Veritas’ worldwide sales team from an employee base of 200 to over 2,200.

At OpenVision, Paul was the Senior VP of Sales where he led the organization’s product and professional services revenue growth. Prior to OpenVision, he held a series of positions at Oracle Corporation, including VP of Oracle’s Vertical Sales Division.

Paul is on the Board of Acquia, Calypso Technologies, Coho Data, Moovweb and Zephyr Health and is an advisor to Liquid Robotics, PernixData and Pure Storage. Prior Icon Boards include Mimosa Systems (Iron Mountain) and Ocarina Networks (Dell). Paul receives very high marks as an active, hands-on director who works very effectively with the senior management team.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis and serves on the U.C. Davis Foundation Board of Trustees and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Management. He is also a member of the Sacred Heart Schools Board of Trustees. Paul is a frequent speaker at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Joe Horowitz

Managing General Partner

Joe Horowitz, Managing General Partner, was instrumental in securing capital from Jafco Co., Ltd. in 2003 to launch the firm that has become Icon Ventures today, bringing at the time 25 years of experience working with early-stage companies. Joe is passionate about the value-creation process and loves spending time with talented entrepreneurs.

Joe’s venture capital experience prior to Icon includes a 10-year tenure at U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) from 1982 to 1992 and three years with Exxon Enterprises. At USVP, the first deal that he worked on was the seed financing of Sun Microsystems. In addition to being a General Partner, Joe was a member of USVP’s executive committee. Joe also spent several years successfully building his own venture investment and advisory firm, and then gained valuable operating experience as Chairman & CEO of Geocast Network Systems, a broadband infrastructure company backed by Mayfield, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Institutional Venture Partners.

At Icon, Joe is on the Board of or actively involved with Devicescape, KIXEYE, Moovweb, PlayStudios, RedSeal, Sencha, Synack, TuneIn and Zephyr Health. Prior Icon investments include Aster Data Systems (Teradata), Clicker (CBS), Cortina Systems (Inphi), FireEye (FEYE), Infinera (INFN), Meebo (Google), Mimosa Systems (Iron Mountain), Ocarina Networks (Dell), Oodle (QVC), Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Posterous (Twitter), Proofpoint (PFPT), SiTime (MegaChips) and true[X]media (Fox).

Joe’s past investments include Avia Group International (Reebok), Encompass (Yahoo!), Gymboree (GYMB), Imedia (Terayon), Micro Linear (MLIN), Microtune (TUNE), Netsys Technologies (Cisco), Pacific Microsonics (Microsoft), Ross Stores (ROST), Starsight Telecast (Gemstar), Stream Machine (Cirrus Logic) and Sun Microsystems (SUNW).

Joe received his MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. As an undergraduate he studied engineering and applied sciences and then earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Columbia University.

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Ben Shih

Partner

Ben Shih joined Icon Ventures in 2003, bringing eight years of technology operations and private equity investing experience. With an analytical approach, he thinks broadly about attractive markets for start-ups, but he also enjoys digging into the details of a new technology or a compelling business model. He is a real asset to our portfolio companies and has been instrumental in providing the highest levels of due diligence for our deals and operations for our firm.

Before joining Icon, Ben began his venture capital career with Crystal Ventures, where he focused on a wide variety of early-stage technology investments. Prior to that, he was an analyst for MDT Advisers (Federated Investors), a multi-billion dollar asset management firm. At MDT, Ben was a key member of the team that developed and managed a quantitative hedge fund strategy. Earlier in his career, Ben spent time as a software developer at Lotus Development (IBM).

At Icon, Ben is actively involved with Ultrasolar Technology. Prior investments include 41st Parameter (Experian), ClairMail (Monitise), DATAllegro (Microsoft) and Infinera (INFN).

Ben earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, along with a Bachelor of Science degree in management science, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Jeb Miller

General Partner

Jeb Miller joined Icon Ventures in 2009 as a General Partner, bringing over fifteen years of experience working with early-stage technology companies as a venture capitalist, operating executive and investment banker. Jeb has relentless energy and is passionate about teaming with entrepreneurs to help build successful companies. He also serves as a consultant to the US Department of Defense’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office.

Jeb’s venture capital career began with Morgan Stanley Technology Ventures, a corporate venture group he co-founded in 2001. He then further developed his venture investing skills with two leading venture capital firms, three years as a Partner with ComVentures and three years as a Principal with Worldview Technology Partners. Prior to joining Icon Ventures, Jeb was with the Silicon Valley office of The Carlyle Group focused on technology investing. He also gained valuable operating experience as Managing Director of Business Development for Scient, a pioneering Internet consulting firm that helped build and launch over two dozen early internet startups. Jeb began his career with Morgan Stanley’s technology investment banking groups in New York, Boston and Menlo Park. At Icon, Jeb is on the Board of CloudPhysics, Origami Logic, Pertino, TRUSTe, TUNE and WGT Sports, is a Board observer at Delphix and Inkling, and is actively involved with Devicescape. Prior Icon portfolio companies include Aster Data Systems (Teradata), FireEye (FEYE), MoPub (Twitter), Ocarina Networks (Dell), Oodle (QVC) and Vuclip (PCCW).

Jeb’s past investments include AdInfuse (Velti), Innotas, IntruVert Networks (McAfee), LogLogic (TIBCO), ONStor (LSI Logic) and Rhapsody Networks (Brocade). Over the course of Jeb’s fifteen-year venture capital career, he has had the opportunity to work with over 40 start-ups. Jeb has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard College where he graduated summa cum laude and played water polo.

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Dana L. Evan

Venture Partner

Dana Evan joined Icon Ventures as a Venture Partner in 2013, bringing over 25 years of executive leadership experience in global finance and operations management. As an uber-CFO and operations executive, Dana is able to provide tremendous insights to fast-growth, high-performance enterprises. In addition, her broad range of experiences and achievements has led to a great network of relationships in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

Before joining Icon, Dana served for 12 years as the CFO of VeriSign, Inc., where she was a founding executive and a significant contributor to the company’s growth and profitability. She led VeriSign’s worldwide operations related to finance and accounting, IT, human resources, legal matters, investor relations, real estate and property management, as the company grew from a small venture-backed startup to a global enterprise with nearly 5,000 employees and $2 billion in revenue. She led all of the institutional financing rounds, including its successful IPO in 1998. Dana was also responsible for executing and integrating approximately 60 merger and acquisition transactions while at VeriSign.

Prior to VeriSign, Dana served in a range of financial executive roles for several public and private companies including Delphi Bioventures and Identix Incorporated. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of positions at KPMG LLP.

Dana currently serves on the Boards of Box (BOX), Criteo (CRTO), Everyday Health (EVDY), Farfetch, Linden Labs, Proofpoint (PFPT) and Survey Monkey.  Previously, Dana served on the Board of Fusion-IO (FIO), which was acquired in July 2014 by SanDisk for $1.1B, Omniture (OMTR), which was acquired in October 2009 by Adobe Systems for $1.8B, and MySQL, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in February 2008 for $1.2B.

Dana is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Santa Clara.

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Takenori Sanami

Vice President of Finance

Taki Sanami joined Icon Ventures in 2008, bringing a ten-year background in venture capital and finance experience to our firm. His role at Icon is to manage the day-to-day finance operations of the business and help with conducting financial and legal due diligence for new investments. He is dedicated to his work and provides a great bridge to our strategic partner in Japan.

Before joining Icon, Taki was the VP of Investor Relations for SB Life Science, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm sponsored by Softbank Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for accounting and investor relations management. Prior to that, Taki held finance positions at Millea Group, an insurance firm formerly known as Tokio Marine Fire and Insurance.

Taki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in law from Waseda University in Japan.

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Peter Yi

Principal

Peter joined Icon in 2014 as a Principal, bringing over a decade of experience in venture capital transactions and investment operations, and is passionate about diving into new investment opportunities. As a seasoned veteran of venture capital firm operations, Peter brings a strategic, data-driven approach to identifying and processing investment opportunities. He is a valuable resource for our portfolio companies, limited partners and firm operations.

Peter’s venture capital career began with Worldview Technology Partners in 2001 where he held roles as the director of investment operations and more recently as a senior associate. He was responsible for the execution of Worldview’s global investment activities for over 50 portfolio companies. The range of responsibilities that Peter covered at Worldview included due diligence, deal analysis and structuring, financial modeling, market and technology research, and legal analysis. He also provided support for limited partner relations across four funds totaling $1.6B. In addition, Peter worked closely with two startups, theHunt and Table8, from their inception to venture capital funding.

Peter has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated summa cum laude.

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