Scientist, Engineer,

Lifelong Inventor

Experienced at invention of market changing IP monetization strategies

 

Named on 600+ patents, referenced on over 18,000 patents by global companies including Microsoft & Apple

Financial Strategist

& Entrepreneur

25 Year Silicon Valley veteran with IPO & management history including large transaction experience

 

20 Year tech financier,
startup coach & advisor

David Van Wie

David Van Wie

Founder &

Chief Investment Officer

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We're on a mission

for the future.

To advance commercially viable scientific research

To promote the interests of inventors in society​

To create technologies for the betterment of civilization

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Stan Hanks

General Partner

Technology

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Stan is an experienced technologist and executive, fluent in legal and financial arcana. He is a "big picture" strategist with a long term view, but comfortable with fine technical detail and financial consequences of immediate actions.

He has been founder or key man in 14 startups, with 9 exits including 5 IPOs. As a PE operator he acquired 9 entities and had four exits. As an institutional venture investor, he has made 8 investments with four exits so far.

He has been involved with patent prosecution and enforcement, with significant involvement in monetization and licensing endeavors.

Star Read

Star Read

General Partner

Venture

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Star is a 3rd generation UC Berkeley alum, graduating in 2001 with a (pre-med) BA in Integrative Biology. She first worked as an investment analyst for the Bay Angels, deal scrubbing early stage opportunities for the thousands of accredited angel and VC members. Star identified investment targets, performed due diligence, and helped entrepreneurs develop compelling presentations for monthly pitch sessions. She helped structure $1.5M in equity financing across 10 companies and later worked with other Angel and Venture groups, including Keiretsu Forum, NanoSIG, and Alameda Capital, a fund in formation where she helped write the extensive private placement memorandum to secure $5M from lead investor, Eastman Chemical.

Jurgen Vollrath

Jurgen Vollrath

General Partner

Intellectual Property

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Jurgen’s career spans over 25 years: inter alia with premier boutique firm Oblon Spivak; partner at Arter & Hadden; IP counsel at National Semiconductor, and Chief IP Officer of SAP. At Arter & Hadden he headed up their patent department in the SF office, and was involved in a $100M patent infringement/trade secret misappropriation case.

As CIPO of SAP’s global patent group he restructured and streamlined the company’s IP department, negotiating a global cross license with Microsoft and defining the IP strategy that has secured SAP’s position as market leader in the enterprise software space.

 

At National Semiconductor he created the company’s first trademark group and headed up their licensing and M&A due diligence teams.

 

In 2011 he co-founded and served as CEO of medical device company: Corinthian Ophthalmic, which was later sold and went public as EyeNovia.

 

In 2015, he created IP commercialization company: Exponential Technology Counsel, defining effective exit strategies and maximizing company valuations prior to acquisition. He joins Aventurine as General Partner, heading up the company’s IP group.

Sydney Plavins

Sydney Plavins

Founder

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Sydney Plavins is an entrepreneur, investor, and recruiter. As co-founder of Aventurine, Sydney grew the company from its seed stage and is responsible for operations as well as hiring, business planning, and investor relations.

Sydney started her career at a private equity company where she administered operating functions including portfolio company management, consulting, planning and internal controls. Sydney was involved in a number of notable exits where she supported board participation and facilitated syndicate partner relationships.

Specialties: Investments, Entrepreneurship, Due Diligence, Social Media, Recruiting, Investor Relations, Business Planning, Project Planning, Patents, Managerial Finance, Internal Controls, Private Equity

Charla Triplett

Charla Triplett

Partner 

Commercial Science

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For over 20 years, Charla has worked with entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, marketing and business teams, inside companies (large and small), nonprofits, and universities. She is a results-oriented leader with demonstrated strength in new business development, strategy and building programs. Charla uses her science and engineering background, combined with her business acumen and experience bringing together expertise in research, design and strategy in the medical device and digital health space.


She worked as a product development strategist for a design firm and in business development for an interactive digital marketing agency. Early in her career, Charla spent over 15 years focused on connecting industry and academia in the area of Biomedical Engineering, including founding and running a non-profit with this mission and working with over 60 Universities nationwide. She holds an M.S. in Bioengineering from Oregon State University, a B.S. in Microbiology from Washington State University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Arizona State University.

Ted Hillson

Ted Hillison

Partner

Business Development

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A 25 year banker with over $375 million in deal flow, Ted Hillison has had a career marked by high performance relationships and Retail/Commercial Banking/Lending success at F500 companies such as JPMChase, WellsFargo and US Bank.  A MBA in International Business in Technology from University of Hawaii, set the stage for global business acumen.  An advisor, consultant, ecosystem builder and entrepreneur, Ted has participated in the entire start-up lifecycle and brings a passion and experience centered on financial success driven by relationship and team performance.  An advisor to CEO's and an adjunct instructor in Real Estate Finance, Strategic Formulation & Implementation and eCommerce, education and coaching are in his DNA.

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Becky Priebe

Director

Design & Experience

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Becky Priebe has 15+ years of experience in technology design and education working with companies worldwide, including Microsoft Xbox Innovation, NVIDIA, McLaren Automotive, Deutsche Telecom, Cisco and a number of technology startups. She has built and run global design teams working on the newest technologies in agile environments. In her current role as Director of Design and Experience, she collaborates with product and technology leaders to bring new science technologies to market.

Kevin Crawford

Kevin Crawford
Director

Business Operations

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Building cultures of innovation that embody core values, deliver brand promises, and fulfill organizational vision is foundational in Kevin Crawford’s career contributions. He develops and engages teams by facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration while fostering an environment of knowledge and skill expansion. Utilizing process and structure, he leverages collective wisdom to create the framework necessary to realize desired outcomes and timely project progression. With 20-plus years in corporate and start-up environments, Kevin enables the operational foundation needed to help entrepreneurs and inventors succeed through engaging with our team at Aventurine.

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