Board of Directors
Barry Schuler, Managing Director, DFJ Growth Fund
Barry Schuler has an impressive record of thirty years of visioneering.
He was formerly Chairman/CEO of America Online Inc. and is considered one of the pioneers of the Internet. He has made many notable contributions to the IT industry including developing early video games in the 1970s, pioneering the color desktop presentation category, co-developingthe first commercial interactive ecommerce technology which included wallet-based 1-click checkout, co-developing the predecessor to interactive CRM technology developing the first version of America Online designed to appeal to mass market consumers, and notably a member and ultimately leader of the senior management team that matured AOL from $1B to $250B in market cap during 20 consecutive quarters of growth.
Mr. Schuler is a serial entrepreneur and a DFJ alumnus. He joined AOL through the acquisition of DFJ-backed Medior, Inc., and previously was CEO of Cricket Software (acquired by Computer Associates.) He is highly experienced in M&A and rollup activities. Barry has worked with venture capitalists for 25 years, has had a long-standing close relationship with DFJ, and co-founded the DFJ Growth Fund in 2006. Barry is also Chairman and Co-founder of Raydiance, Inc., a DFJ Growth Fund portfolio company, and serves on the boards of Synthetic Genomics, Good Technology, Raydiance, Inc., EDGAR Online. and UUSee. Barry graduated with a B.A. from Rutgers University and is honored as a Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni member..
In the philanthropic world, Barry is well known as a tireless education reformer. Mr. Schuler is chairman of New Tech Network, the nation’s most replicated classroom transformation model, now a unit of KnowledgeWorks Foundation, where he serves as a director. He also co-founded Blue Oak School, Napa Valley's only K-8 independent progressive school.
John H. N. Fisher, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)
Mr. Fisher is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, with 27 years of venture capital investing experience. On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mr. Fisher has served on the boards of many companies, both private and public. At present, his board positions include SolarCity, Good Technology, CafeMom, SCIenergy, Pulsepoint, and Raydiance. In addition, Mr. Fisher serves on the Investment Committees of DFJ Growth Fund (Menlo Park), DFJ Esprit Ventures (London), DFJ ePlanet Ventures (global), and DFJ New England (Boston). Previously, Mr. Fisher worked at ABS Ventures, where he focused on enterprise software and services.
In addition to his venture capital experience, Mr. Fisher gained further investment industry experience at Alex. Brown & Sons and Bank of America. In the non-profit realm, Mr. Fisher serves as a Trustee of the California Academy of Sciences, and he is on the board of Common Sense Media.
Mr. Fisher is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Gary Dillabough, Partner, The Westly Group
Mr. Dillabough runs the Clean Building Materials Practice at the Westly Group. Prior to joining the Westly Group, Mr. Dillabough was the General Manager of Corporate Environmental Affairs at eBay. In this capacity he led all of eBay’s environmental efforts and helped design and set specifications for a 200,000 sq ft Gold LEED certified building. In addition he installed San Jose’s largest commercial solar deployment (650 kW) and a 500 kW fuel cell. During these projects, Mr. Dillabough met with and built relationships with numerous green building material suppliers and vendors.
Prior to that Mr. Dillabough was the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at eBay. This team generated $575 million in revenue through revenue sharing agreements and ad sales over a five year period. Mr. Dillabough negotiated and put in place a number of large partnerships with the US Postal Service, UPS, General Electric, Sun, and Fidelity. He also oversaw the acquisition and integration of FairMarket which at one time was one of eBay’s largest competitors.
Mr. Dillabough spent four years in corporate real estate and developed his own portfolio of close to 100 apartment units. Mr. Dillabough is one of the few people in this industry with a combination of clean tech and hands on real estate development experience.
Mr. Dillabough has a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Lucile Packard Hospital Foundation and OneMillionLights, and formerly served as a director of the Internet Advertising Board (IAB) and the One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC).
Mr. Dillabough recently installed a 5 kW fuel cell at his home. This is one of the first residential installations in the state.
Raj Atluru, Partner at Silver Lake Kraftwerk
Prior to joining Silver Lake Kraftwerk, Mr. Atluru was Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) were he spearheaded the firm’s cleantech investment practice since 2001 and its India investment operations since 2005. He has been active across technology sectors, with an emphasis on renewable energy, energy storage, smart grid and energy efficiency applications, wireless technologies and business software and services, among others. Mr. Atluru also sits on the following additional boards: Ping Identity, Great Point Energy, Konarka Technologies, Solicore Technologies, and Varolii, and he has been the lead partner on a variety of other companies across the cleantech sector, including EnerNOC (ENOC), Bright Source Energy, CoalTek, Deeya Energy, Reva Electric Vehicle, and Tioga Energy.
Mr. Atluru received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Stanford University where he taught the solar and wind energy lab and was a full time research assistant on the Waste Isolation Pilot Project for Sandia National Labs (Department of Defense Nuclear Repository Study). In addition, he received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Bill Halter, Former Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Mr. Halter brings extensive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Elected as the Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas in November 2006 with over 57 percent of the popular vote, Bill was subsequently elected by his colleagues as Chair of the Democratic Lieutenant Governor’s Association. Bill Halter has advised the President of the United States while serving on the White House staff, led the Social Security Administration as its COO, provided economic analysis to the United States Congress, consulted for Fortune 500 companies with McKinsey & Company, and served as a Board member for five public companies in information technology (Akamai Technologies, webMethods) and life sciences (InterMune, Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Xenogen). He has deep ties to Stanford having served as a Trustee of the University for 7 years (Chairing the Academic Policy Committee of the Board) and serving on multiple other Councils and Committees.
Mr. Halter is a Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar, earning a Master of Philosophy degree in Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. from Stanford University in Economics and Political Science.
Michael C. Morgan, Co-Founding Partner, Triangle Peak Partners, LP
Michael C. Morgan joined the SCIenergy Board of Directors in 2011. Mr. Morgan is a co-founding partner of Triangle Peak Partners, LP and serves as its chairman and chief executive officer. Since 2004, he has served as president and chief executive officer of Portcullis Partners, LP, a private investment partnership. From 2001 until 2004, he was president of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) and of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), which together comprise one of the largest natural gas and petroleum products pipeline companies in the United States. Mike joined Kinder Morgan at its founding in early 1997 and headed Kinder Morgan’s corporate development efforts until 2001, completing 23 acquisitions worth over $5 billion. He continues to serve as a member of the board of directors of KMI.
Mr. Morgan received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and both a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University.
Mr. Morgan currently serves on the board of DriveCam, Inc. and as a board observer of Scientific Conservation Inc. He has previously served on the boards of two public energy funds affiliated with Kayne Anderson (NYSE: KYN and KYE) and as an Adjunct Professor in the Practice of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University in Houston.
Ricardo Angel, Senior Vice President, GE Energy Financial Services
Ricardo Angel joined the SCIenergy Board of Directors as an observer in 2011. Mr. Angel is Senior Vice President for GE Energy Financial Services’ venture capital team, focusing on investment opportunities in the western United States. GE Energy Financial Services focuses on equity investments in companies that pursue game-changing technologies and services throughout the energy and water value chain, from natural resources to clean tech. The GE unit’s venture capital group is one of the most active investors in energy technology markets, with a presence in San Francisco, Munich, Boston and Stamford, CT.
Based in San Francisco, Mr. Angel joined GE Energy Financial Services from ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures, where he originated and executed Energy and Cleantech venture capital investments. He previously worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and as a technology consultant with CNA Corporation.
Mr. Angel holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Engineering from the University of Illinois.