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Frank M. Creer, Managing Director

Mr. Creer, a founder and Managing Director of Zone Ventures, is an experienced venture capitalist and finance executive who has been involved in the starting of, and investing in dozens of new technology based companies. He has also worked in management consulting for small to medium size technology businesses and has also placed financing for a diverse range of real estate developments. Mr. Creer also worked in the Development group of a company where he was involved in financial analysis and economic feasibility studies of proposed co-generation power projects. He is a Managing Director of Zone Ventures and a Partner in the Wasatch Venture Fund which he also co-founded in 1994. He currently sits on the Boards of Directors for Akimbo, DivX, OnMeta (BiggerBoat.com), emWare, Inc., e-Style Inc., and Vizional Technologies. Mr. Creer also sits of the Board of Directors for the Lassonde New Venture Development Center at the University of Utah. Mr. Creer has a degree in Finance from the University of Utah.

Dr. N. Darius Sankey, Partner

Dr. N. Darius Sankey is a Managing Director at Zone Ventures, a seed to early stage venture capital firm based in Los Angeles. Dr. Sankey has led the Zone Ventures technology assessment efforts and overseen its portfolio investments for over eight years, serving as a board member for several companies including Siimpel Corporation, Lumexis, Inc. and Microfabrica and Neven Vision (Acquired by Google). He has led several transactions in the micro electronics, wireless telecommunications, media & entertainment, and business & consumer software sectors. Dr. Sankey has a strong interest in strategizing market applications for basic science research on the university level. This interest has also led him to a position as adjunct professor in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Before his tenure at Zone Ventures, Dr. Sankey worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and held strategic planning, consulting, and R&D positions at RAND and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Sankey holds a B.S. in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in Optical Engineering from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester.

Dr. William Lewis, Partner

Dr. Lewis joined Zone Ventures in 2007 as a Partner, bringing eight years of experience in financial services and ten years as a researcher and engineering manager in the technology industry. Most recently at JP Morgan, Dr. Lewis analyzed investments in technology companies, working with leaders in the areas of semiconductors, communications, hardware, and storage. He has extensive financial and business model experience, and brings a network of relationships with strategic partners across these technology verticals.

Prior to JP Morgan, Dr. Lewis was in management at Intevac, a leading equipment supplier to the data storage industry. He previously conducted research at IBM and was a consultant and analyst at The RAND Corporation.

Dr. Lewis holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Timothy Draper

Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Zone Ventures. As an early stage venture capitalist, Mr. Draper has backed Glam.com, Tagworld, SocialText, decentral.tv, and Chroma Graphics. Previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), Overture.com (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY) and Digidesign (AVID), among others. back to top


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