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Our goal is to become a partner over the long haul, invested in the ongoing growth and success of our clients.

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With general management experience, diverse backgrounds, huge networks, and domain expertise, our Operating Partners & Advisors can manage the complexity inherent in the most challenging engagements. 


BVA is a team of fundable, highly-networked Operating Partners and Strategic Advisors focused on achieving key objectives across a range of engagements - from strategy assessment & development, hands-on business & corporate development, interim C-level management & team building, to fundraising and guiding a company to an optimized liquidity event.



Jerry Brown

Founder/General Partner

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Jerry Brown founded BVA in 1992 after a successful career at IBM and Texas Instruments. At TI, he was an Officer/VP Data Systems Group responsible for the Systems, Software and Systems Integration businesses

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Tim Lauer

Operating Partner

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Tim is an Operating Partner at BVA with expertise in product marketing, business development, and sales operations.  Most recently, Tim was the Director of Business Development for Intel Capital.
His experience spans 20+ years in engineering, marketing and sales leadership roles. 


Anita Biddappa

Operating Partner

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Anita is an Operating Partner at BVA following a successful 25+ years of global executive leadership in product development across the stack of silicon to systems and client services. She has worked at IBM, Intel and Lattice semiconductor

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Dave Sanders

Talent Partner

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Dave is the Talent Partner at BVA. His focus is on helping client and portfolio companies build outstanding teams. He is a founder of an international Executive Search firm and has a strong track record working with early and mid-stage high-growth companies.


Jeff Brown

Managing Partner

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Jeff is an Operating Partner at BVA following a successful 25-year Product and General Management career at some of the Valley’s best and innovative companies, including Silicon Graphics, NVIDIA Corp.,, Bitfusion

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Gary Wang

Operating Partner

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Gary is an Operating Partner specializing in corporate & business development, go-to-market, technology partnership, cross border, helping companies build and grow businesses. Gary had a successful 20+ years engineering, business development, sales and general management career


Omer Tadjer

Strategic Advisor - Talent

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CEO of BVA portfolio company Comeet, Omer also serves as a domain expert in the area of hiring, recruiting, and team building and is passionate about applying his practical IT and management experience to creating valuable products and transforming the way the HR industry operates.

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Albert Comparini

Strategic Advisor - Venture & Sciences

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Albert Comparini is a Consultant to early stage, technology based companies. He has served on Boards of Director and in senior interim management positions for Bay Area companies, including the Board of InMage Systems, Inc. sold to Microsoft


Chris Augur

Strategic Advisor - M&A

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Chris has closed M&A transactions with Google, Intel, Oracle, ARM, Symantec, Seiko Epson, ViaSat, TPG, Conexant, Oak Technology, Gemalto, Fairchild as well as VC's and private investors.

He led these as a Managing Director at Intelligent Capital. Chris is also an experienced operating executive.


Dan Lankford

Strategic Advisor - Energy & Medical

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Dan Lankford is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur, and investor. He has been CEO of 4 companies and chairman of 3 others. His experience as a CEO includes an IPO and a couple of successful sales in companies ranging from start-ups to $250M in revenue


Steve Bird

Strategic Advisor - Venture Capital

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Steve focuses on investments in the enterprise software and electronic commerce areas. He has led successful investments in Broadbase (acquired by Kana), FrontBridge (acquired by Microsoft), Mimosa (acquired by Iron Mountain), and Entropic, Interwoven and ShoreTel, all of which became public companies

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Chris Robertson

Strategic Advisor - DevOps

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Chris focuses on assisting BVA clients with their DevOps and IT Security and Compliance requirements. His primary areas of expertise are in architecting systems and leading teams to support hyper-growth periods, navigate complex regulatory environments, and get early products to market


Ken Aitchison

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Strategic Advisor - Semi & Process

Ken is an Special Advisor at BVA following a successful and extensive Technology and management career including CEO, GM, Board of Directors, VP of Technology and other senior executive roles for leading companies such as Novellus (now Lam Research), BOC Edwards, The Aerospace Corporation, Genus, and others


Darien Kindlund

Strategic Advisor - Security

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Darien Kindlund is a veteran security principal, who has developed multiple tactical and strategic security programs, focused on advanced threat detection and response. Darien was awarded multiple patents while developing FireEye’s detection platform and holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University

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