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Cliff Higgerson

Venture Partner at Walden International LLC
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Cliff Higgerson

Venture Partner at Walden International LLC

Overview

Age
77 (Born 1941)
Notable Companies
Tekla Capital Management LLC

Hambrecht & Quist LLC

ComVentures LLC
Board Seats
30
Number of Relationships
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Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures LLC

Managing Director, Executive Education at University of California - UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Venture Partner at Illuminate Ventures

Co-Founder at CaféX Communications, Inc.

President & Chief Executive Officer at Agiliance, Inc.

Former Chief Executive Officer at Aviat Networks, Inc.

Director at Ciena Corp.

Former Advisor at Khan Academy, Inc.

Executive Vice President, Managing Director-Enterprise at EarthLink LLC

Investor at Influitive Corp.
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Educational Background

BS 
The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is the second oldest public university in the state (after Illinois State University), and is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. It is considered a Public Ivy and is a member of the Association of American Universities.
MBA 
The Walter A. Haas School of Business, also known as the Haas School of Business or simply Haas, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. The school runs a range of programs and is consistently ranked among the best in the country. Known for its small class size, academic rigor, and application selectivity, Haas is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world. It is the second oldest business school in the United States.

Career History

Venture Partner
2006 - Current
PEI specializes in small private equity secondary purchases. They are a primary investor in venture capital, growth equity and buyout funds. Transactions are typically less than $50 million in net asset value.PEI also manages primary funds-of-funds that invest in venture capital, growth equity and buyout funds at the time of their origination. PEI's investors include major fund managers, corporations, endowments, foundations and family offices.
Venture Partner
Current
Walden International focuses on investments in the following sectors: semiconductors, software, internet & digital media and emerging technologies. They make seed stage, early-stage and expansion round investments. The firm prefers to invest in the US and Asia. The firm generally seeks board representation.
Special Advisor
Current
Illuminate Ventures focuses on early-stage investments in US-based high growth, capital efficient high technology companies. The firm focuses on companies operating in the fields of Internet, SaaS, cloud computing, infrastructure, data analytics, security, IIoT, technology enabled services and mobile and wireless solutions. Illuminate Ventures is typically the first institutional investor at early stages, but they also invest at a point where established companies seeking for first equity financing. They invest in Series and Seed rounds by filling the gap between angel capital and larger funding rounds of traditional VCs. The firm is particularly interested in new and innovative business ideas led by committed, talented and diverse teams, particularly those that include women entrepreneurs. They also make co investments.
Advisor
Current
Artiman Ventures makes early-stage investments in the commercialization of leading-edge technologies. Their technology-diversified investment strategy focuses on opportunities where a company has no identifiable competitors and has a market or technology lead of at least twelve months. Artiman typically serves as the first institutional investor, investing at the concept stage when the founders are still refining their key ideas and concepts. The firm's initial investments range in size from $100,000 in seed funding to a conventional Series A investment of $2 million to $4 million. They prefer to limit aggregate investment over the life of a company to approximately $10 million.
Partner
Prior
Hambrecht & Quist Venture Partners specializes in investments in technology and branded consumer companies. They invest domestically and internationally
General Partner
1991 - Prior
Co-Founder
1986 - 2006
ComVentures invests in pioneering companies that are meeting the ever-increasing demand for communications and Internet infrastructure, technologies and services. The firm is focused on growing communications companies that will be leaders in their markets. Their focus on early-stage companies is a basic principle of their investment strategy. They establish an equitable valuation based on the quality of management, product development and market development
Special Limited Partner
1984 - 1985
L.F. Rothschild (later known as L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin) was a merchant and investment banking firm based in the United States and founded in 1899.
Managing Partner & Director of Research
Prior
Tekla Capital Management LLC is the investment adviser for four closed-end equity funds: Tekla Healthcare Investors, Tekla Life Sciences Investors, Tekla Health Care Opportunities Fund and Tekla World Healthcare Fund. The funds invest in public and private growth equities in the healthcare and life sciences industries.Tekla Healthcare Investors (HQH) is a broadly diversified closed-end healthcare fund that invests primarily in biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. The fund seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation through investments in companies in the health technology industries that have the potential for above-average long-term growth. The fund focuses on smaller, emerging companies with no more than 40% of its assets invested in the restricted securities of public and private companies. The fund is somewhat larger than Tekla Sciences Investors.Tekla Life Sciences Investors (HQL) is a broadly diversified closed-end healthcare fund that invests primarily in biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. The fund seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation through investments in companies in the health technology industries that have the potential for above-average long-term growth. The fund is more focused on life science technology than Tekla Healthcare Investors, expanding the biotechnology focus to include investments in agricultural biotechnology and environmental technology, focusing on smaller, emerging companies with no more than 40% of its assets invested in the restricted securities of public and private companies. Both funds invest in small, emerging growth companies but Tekla Life Science's holdings tend to be somewhat smaller and slightly more volatile.Tekla Healthcare World Fund (TWH) is a non-diversified closed-end fund that invests primarily in the healthcare industry. The Fund's objective is to seek current income and long-term capital appreciation through investment companies engaged in the healthcare industry, including equity securities, debt securities and pooled investment vehicles.Tekla Healthcare Opportunities Fund (THQ) is a non-diversified closed-end fund that seeks current income and long-term capital appreciation through investment companies engaged in the healthcare industry, including equity securities, debt securities and pooled investment vehicles.
Research Director & Managing Partner
Prior
Hambrecht & Quist (H&Q) was an investment bank based in San Francisco, California noted for its focus on the technology and internet sectors. H&Q was founded by William Hambrecht and George Quist in California, 1968.
General Partner
Prior
Vanguard Ventures focuses on seed and early-stage investments in US-based communications, information technology and life sciences companies. The firm typically invests at the seed or Series A financing rounds. Investments range from $10 million to $12 million per company.Within the communications sector, Vanguard Ventures focuses on (1) broadband access (2) foundry and manufacturing (3) integrated access (4) IP enabling technologies (5) optical components, modules and subsystems (6) optical systems (7) network enabled applications (8) network management software and operation support systems (9) switching and routing (10) testing and measurement and (11) wireless. The firm looks for companies with deep technical foundations that address very large markets and offer price/performance improvement to currently available solutions.Vanguard Ventures' life sciences investments focus on (1) biopharmaceuticals (2) medical devices (3) drug delivery systems (4) diagnostics (5) capital equipment (6) tools for increased drug development efficiencies including bioinformatics, biochips and high throughput systems and (7) telemedicine.The firm looks for information technologies that can measurably improve productivity or lower costs. Within the areas of hardware and software, Vanguard Ventures focuses on companies with technologies that offer (1) low cost storage and management of digital information (2) rapid and intelligent access to digital information (3) security for digital information (4) low cost distribution of digital information (5) low cost and effective aids to collaboration and communication between people in different locations (6) breakthrough computing architectures (7) networking advances that improve communications and lower the cost of communicating between people and between machines and (8) software with the potential to enable the real time enterprise.Across all their areas of interest, Vanguard Ventures looks for companies with technologies or ideas that have the potential to define new markets or redefine existing markets. Companies should have a large, definable, approachable market and the potential to achieve market leadership. Companies should also offer breakthrough and protectable technologies.
Director-Communications Group
Prior
L.F. Rothschild (later known as L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin) was a merchant and investment banking firm based in the United States and founded in 1899. The firm collapsed following the 1987 stock market crash.
Planning Analyst
Prior
FMC is one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies. We are proud that our chemistries are helping to grow the world’s food, enabling new innovations in pharmaceutical delivery, enhancing foods and beverages, contributing to a more sustainable energy supply, facilitating the remediation of our environment, and advancing the manufacture of hundreds of essential products.
Project Engineer, Manufacturing & Engineering
Prior

Boards & Committees

Corporate Boards ▾
Member, Board of Directors
2000 - Current
Xtera Communications, Inc. engages in the provision of optical transport solutions. Its products include NXT and Nu-Wave Optima configuration. The company was founded by Mohammed Islam, Robert A. Lundy, and Hayden H. Harris in 1998 and is headquartered in Allen, TX.
Director
Current
CaféX Communications, Inc. provides software solutions. It offers CaféX Fusion, a software platform that embeds real-time collaboration capabilities within business applications across mobile and fixed endpoints, such as smartphone, tablet, desktop and other digital channels. The company was founded by David Jodoin and Rami Musallam in 2013 and is headquartered in New York, NY.
Director
Current
Agiliance, Inc. engages in the provision of security and operational risk management solutions for governance, risk, and compliance programs. It provides cloud managed, compliance and consulting services. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.
Member, Board of Directors
Current
Lambda OpticalSystems Corp. develops optical solutions. It offers LambaNode 2000, LambaNode 3000, LmabaNode 5000, LambaNode 200, and LambaCreate. The firm serves government, telecommunication carriers, research institutions, and affiliations. The company was founded by Abdella Battou in March 2003 and is headquartered in Reston, VA.
Member, Business Advisory Council
Current
Illuminate Ventures focuses on early-stage investments in US-based high growth, capital efficient high technology companies. The firm focuses on companies operating in the fields of Internet, SaaS, cloud computing, infrastructure, data analytics, security, IIoT, technology enabled services and mobile and wireless solutions. Illuminate Ventures is typically the first institutional investor at early stages, but they also invest at a point where established companies seeking for first equity financing. They invest in Series and Seed rounds by filling the gap between angel capital and larger funding rounds of traditional VCs. The firm is particularly interested in new and innovative business ideas led by committed, talented and diverse teams, particularly those that include women entrepreneurs. They also make co investments.
Director
Current
Conduce unifies all data from internal systems and external sources in a single, intuitive visual interface – without requiring any integration. It allows your people not just to find information, but discover its significance – and act on it instantly. Conduce illuminates what was previously impenetrable. Conduce revolutionizes decision making and leadership. Conduce unlocks people's data’s potential, and unleashes people's power to use it.
Director
Current
Geronimo Energy LLC operates as a utility-scale renewable energy development company. It develops wind farms and solar projects. The firm also offers custom renewable energy development solutions. Geronimo Energy was founded by Noel P. Rahn in 2005 and is headquartered in Edina, MN.
Advisory Member
Current
Castile Ventures Management focuses on investments in early-stage technology ventures including disruptive enabling technologies, next-generation service infrastructure and delivery platforms, leading edge application software and innovation-enabled Internet services. They invest in all stages from company formation to product development to initial market expansion. Castile Ventures looks for companies that have the potential to become a public company or an attractive acquisition candidate within a 3 to 7 year timeframe. The firm typically leads or co-leads in investment syndicate. Castile Ventures invests in companies located in the US and Canada.
Independent Director
2014 - 2015
Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. is a premium content Video On Demand service provider with primary operations in the People's Republic of China. The company through its subsidiaries and variable interest entity, provides premium content and integrated value-added service solutions for the delivery of VOD and paid video programming to digital cable providers, Internet Protocol Television providers, Over-the-Top streaming providers, mobile manufacturers and operators, as well as direct customers. It has content distribution agreements with Hollywood's studios including Disney Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Miramax Films, Lionsgate and Magnolia Pictures, as well as a broad selection of the best content from Chinese filmmakers. The company has a comprehensive end-to-end secure delivery system, governmental partnerships and approvals and offers additional value-added services. The company was founded by Shane B. McMahon on October 19, 2004 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.
Director
Prior - 2011
World of Good, Inc. provides handcraft products marketing and consulting services. It brings handcrafted products from cooperatives, NGOs and nonprofits in developing countries to the US market through whole selling and online retailing. World of Good was founded in 2004 by Priya Haji & Siddharth Sanghvi and is located in Emeryville, CA
Director
Prior - 2007
Tut Systems, Inc. manufactures mobile hardware and software solutions. They design, develop and sell digital video processing systems that enable service providers to deliver digital video signals over their networks. They also offer broadband transport and service management products that encompass Internet access and broadband data-related services. The company was founded in 1983 and is located in Pleasant Hill, CA.
Independent Director
2007 - 2015
Aviat Networks is a leading provider of microwave networking solutions, providing public and private operators with best-of-breed products and a full range of service options. Designed, built and supported in the USA, Aviat Networks’ builds robust, secure and dependable networks that withstand the most demanding mission critical applications. We are your trusted microwave specialist with a staff of local engineers that are by your side throughout your equipment deployment
Director
2006 - 2007
Director
2000 - Prior
Access Media Holdings LLC provides telecommunications services to commercial businesses. It offers comprehensive digital media and telecommunication solutions, including design, installation, maintenance and management services for property managers, condo associations and developers. The company was founded by Glenn Meyer, Dan Wilson and Jason Johnson in September 2001 and is headquartered in Oak Brook, IL.
Director
1993 - 2004
Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc. designs, manufactures & markets telecommunication access products and services. The solutions and services enable the connection between the central office switches of telecommunications service providers & their end users for voice and high-speed Internet, data & video communications. Its products include Integrated Multiservice Access Platforms, Multiservice Central Office Switching Platforms, Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers, Integrated Access Devices and network element management systems, cabinets. The customers of the Group include independent operating companies, large incumbent local exchange carriers and international carriers. The company was founded in 1992 and is located in Naperville, IL.
Director
Prior
Ciena Corp. engages in the provision of network and communication infrastructure. It operates through the following segments: Converged Packet Optical; Packet Networking; Optical Transport; and Software and Services. The Converged Packet Optical segment develops and sells optical processors, switching systems, and operating system software. The Packet Networking segment includes service delivery switches, services aggregation switches, and ethernet packet configurations. The Optical Transport segment manufactures and trades optical transport systems, common photonic layer, data networking products, data center interconnection, and virtual networks. The Software and Services segment provides wide are network controller, network functions virtualization platform, and software applications. The company was founded by Patrick H. Nettles in November 1992 and is headquartered in Hanover, MD.
Director
Prior
Astute Networks, Inc. develops and manufactures virtualization acceleration appliances. It provides performance storage appliances for physical, virtual, and cloud computing environments that increase performance, enhance user productivity, and lower IT costs. The company was founded by Keith Klarer, Roger Moyer and Osman Fazil on August 7, 2006 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.
Director
Prior
MCI, Inc. provides telecommunication services. It serves thousands of businesses and government entities throughout the world and provides voice, data and Internet communication services for millions of customers. The company is located in Ashburn, VA
Director
Prior
ThruPoint, Inc. provides collaboration solutions and Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS). Its products include Fusion, Fusion Service Broker, UC, Mobility, Conferencing, MyConnect, Click2Connect, Creator and Application Server. ThruPoint was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in New York, NY.
Director
Prior
Digital Island, Inc., a subsidiary of Liberty Latin America Ltd., is a company headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The firm provides network services for e-business applications.
Director
Prior
Hatteras Networks, Inc. provides broadband Ethernet services. The company was founded on June 20, 2000 and is headquartered in Durnham, NC.
Director
Prior
Kotura, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets silicon photonics circuits. It engage in the design and manufacture of application-specific silicon photonics circuits that integrate a broad range of optical and optoelectronic functionality. Its products include single channel ultra VOA, 4-8 channel ultra VOA, and SFP ultra VOA. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Monterey Park, CA.
Director
Prior
AOL Inc. (previously known as America Online, written as AOL and styled as "Aol." but commonly pronounced as an initialism) is an American multinational mass media corporation based in New York City that develops, grows, and invests in brands and web sites.[4] The company's business spans digital distribution of content, products, and services, which it offers to consumers, publishers, and advertisers.
Director
Prior
Tellabs innovates to enable the mobile Internet and help you succeed Our solutions help you boost revenue, reduce expenses and optimize networks That's why 80% of the top global telecom service providers choose Tellabs mobile backhaul, packet optical, business and services solutions. We serve telecom service providers, independent operating companies, MSO/cable companies, enterprises and government agencies with networks in more than 90 countries around the world. Tellabs is a medium-sized company that can innovate more quickly than giants. With experienced engineers, established customer relationships and a solid financial foundation, we get ahead of start-ups
Director
Prior
BA Systems India Pvt Ltd. designs and sells integrated service routing platforms to Internet telephony service providers. Its products include EN3500, EN2400, and BA2000 series. The firm manufactures enterprise core and edge managed routers. It serves the computer networking industry. The company was founded on July 15, 2005 and is headquartered in Bangalore, India.
Director
Prior
Director
Prior
Fast growing companies add and upgrade their mission critical software at two to three times the rate of conventional companies. Keeping up with the software advances usually means investing in new network hardware. BA Systems offers enterprises an efficient alternative to endless box buying with a one stop connectivity solution for complex networks.BA Systems has developed the industry's first cost effective network product designed for fast growing companies. Leveraging a combination of new packet processing software and embedded management utilities, BA's products empower IT managers to align network resources to applications thereby reduce significantly both CAPEX and OPEX for multi-site deployments.
Director
Prior
Director
Tenure Unconfirmed
Ormet Circuits, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of electrically conductive sintering pastes. It offers a lead-free conductive paste, a no slump Cu-sintering paste, thermally conductive Pb free die attach paste, screen printable and lead-free sintering paste, and finer pitch and dispensable paste; and online video training and written illustrated guides for the application and usage of transient liquid phase sintering materials. The company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.
Non-Profit Boards ▾
Member, Board of Trustees
Prior
The University of California, Berkeley Foundation (UCBF) has been dedicated to supporting UC Berkeley’s core endeavors — teaching, research, and public service — since 1948. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of volunteer and campus leaders. In addition to fundraising for the University, the Board’s mission is to serve as an advisory group for the Chancellor and the campus as a whole — to ensure UC Berkeley’s continuing stature as one of the world’s preeminent institutions of higher learning.
Audit Committee Chair
Tenure Unconfirmed
TO CONDUCT RESEARCH IN THE FIELD OF BASIC COMPUTER SCIENCE.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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William J. Clinton Foundation works to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and protects the environment, by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and private citizens. The foundation focuses on worldwide issues that demand urgent action, solutions, and measurable results - global climate change, HIV/AIDS in the developing world, childhood obesity & economic opportunity in the United States, and economic development in Africa and Latin America.

Political Donations

$500
2014
Representative at Office of the Representative from California's 18th District, Anna Eshoo
$250
2013
Representative at Office of the Representative from California's 18th District, Anna Eshoo
$500
2012
Representative at Office of the Representative from California's 18th District, Anna Eshoo
$500
2011
Senator from New York
$1,000
2010
Former Senator from California
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Investments

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World of Good, Inc. provides handcraft products marketing and consulting services. It brings handcrafted products from cooperatives, NGOs and nonprofits in developing countries to the US market through whole selling and online retailing. World of Good was founded in 2004 by Priya Haji & Siddharth Sanghvi and is located in Emeryville, CA

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