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

Founder &

Chief Investment Officer


Sydney Plavins



Stan Hanks

General Partner



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

General Partner



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

General Partner

Intellectual Property


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.


Charla Triplett


Commercial Science


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.


Genevieve Lemarchal



Genevieve leads the advisory, education and co-creation practice at Aventurine, and serves in a direct advisory/board role to several portfolio companies. She has over 10 years experience building and growing start-ups and early stage businesses in various roles. Her functional expertise is in early stage strategy, growth strategy, demand generation, online education and curriculum design, early stage fundraising and capitalization and business development. She speaks and advises entrepreneurs across the country and is a frequent panelist, keynote speaker and podcast guest on various entrepreneurial topics. Prior to joining Aventurine to focus on new science and deep technology, Genevieve amassed diverse experience in various industries including consumer products, outdoor/activewear, technology, eCommerce, fashion/apparel/accessories and lifestyle brands. Genevieve has an MBA from University of Washington and a degree from Washington State University. She is a co-founder and founding board member of the XXCelerate Fund, a loan fund and education program for high performing women entrepreneurs, and is on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts which has the largest entrepreneurial program and STEM education pipeline for girls in the U.S.


Ted Hillison


Business Development


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.


Becky Priebe


Design & Experience


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.


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