Since co-founding Canaan Partners in 1987, Eric has helped launch a multitude of market-leading technology companies from inception to IPO or acquisition.
An active investor in the communications and enterprise technology sectors, Eric has generated numerous positive outcomes from startups such as Argon Networks, Capstone Turbine, Copper Mountain Networks; Diffusion Software, Enpirion, Frame Technology, International Network Services, Kalpana, ONI Systems, SandForce, Spectrian and Visigenic Software.
Prior to Canaan, Eric was a Senior VP of GE Venture Capital, where he led successful investments in companies such as Nellcor and Octel Communications. Eric also held a variety of sales, marketing and operations management positions at GE in two power-related industrial product businesses.
Eric currently sits on the boards of EnStorage, a developer of grid-scale energy storage systems; Cortina Systems, a leading supplier of highly integrated communication devices; Ebates Shopping, number one in online shopping loyalty programs; Lancope, the global leader in network behavior analysis for security, and Xirrus, an innovator in high performance enterprise Wi-Fi systems.
Eric earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a MBA from Northwestern University. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Cornell University’s entrepreneurship initiative, Entrepreneurship@Cornell, as well as a frequent speaker to university students at Cornell and Stanford on the transformative power of entrepreneurship.
Argon Networks (Acq. by Siemens)
Capstone Turbine (CPST)
Copper Mountain Networks (CMTN) (Acq. by TUT, susequently by Motorola)
Diffusion Software (Acq. by Vignette)
Enpirion (Acq. by Altera)
Frame Technology (FRAM) (Acq. by Adobe Systems)
International Network Services (INSS) (Acq. by Lucent)
Intntl Packaging Assembly Corp. (IPAC) (Acq. by I2A)
Kalpana (Acq. by Cisco
Nellcor (NELL) (Acq. by Tyco International Ltd.)
Octel Communications (OCTL) (Acq. by Lucent)
ONI Systems (ONIS) (Acq. by Ciena)
SandForce (Acq. by LSI)
Spectrian (SPCT) (Acq. by REMEC)
Visigenic Software (VSGN) (Acq. by Borland Software)