Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Carl Bass was president and CEO of Autodesk from 2006-2017. He spent 24 years at Autodesk where he held a series of executive positions including chief technology officer and chief operations officer. Carl co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Bass serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, Zendesk Inc., Formlabs, Built Robotics, Zoox, Planet Labs, and Autolabs AI; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Art Center College of Design, and California College of the Arts; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information, and UC Berkeley College of Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University.
Vice Chairman of the Board
David Cowan, a partner in Bessemer Venture Partner’s Silicon Valley office, launched the firm’s practices in cloud infrastructure, consumer tech, cyber-security, and space tech. His historical portfolio includes Ciena, Blue Nile, Twilio, LinkedIn, LifeLock, Qualys and 16 other IPOs, as well as many large acquisitions such as Twitch, Postini, Cyota, iSight, Tripwire, Netli, Playdom, Nonimum, Dropcam and Skybox Imaging. His current portfolio—spanning startups founded in the U.S., Argentina, Singapore, Israel, New Zealand and Scotland—includes Rocket Lab, Spire, GetInsured, Smule, Endgame, Claroty, Tile, Iris Automation, Auth0, and Zapier.
During his tenure at BVP, David co-founded three cybersecurity companies incubated at BVD: VeriSign (IPO), where David served as initial Chairman and CFO; Good Technology (fka Visto, acquired by Blackberry) where David served as CEO, and Defense.net (acquired by F5).
David earned an A.B. in math and computer science and an MBA degree from Harvard University. Forbes ranked him #6 on the Midas List and tied for 4th in the Midas List of Hall of Fame. He serves on several non-profit boards including Center for Inquiry. David is co-writer of the Silicon Valley mockumentary series Bubbleproof.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer at VELO3D
Benny Buller is founder and Chief Executive Officer of VELO3D. Prior to founding VELO3D, Benny was an investor at Khosla Ventures. He founded VELO3D to address the limited production capabilities available for additive manufacturing. Consistent with his penchant for problem solving and identifying solutions, he resolved to change the manufacturing market. Earlier in his career, Benny worked at Applied Materials, where he developed multidisciplinary and highly-precise inspection and manufacturing systems for the semiconductor industry. Later, he founded First Solar’s device physics team, and led efforts that resulted in a more than 50% increase in solar cell efficiency. Benny earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Physics from Jerusalem University. He also earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel institute of Technology.
Partner at Playground Global
Jory Bell is a partner at Playground Global in Palo Alto, CA. His areas of investment include: next-generation manufacturing, novel compute substrates, space technologies, genetics and synthetic biology. His previous two decades of operating experience spans established institutions (MIT, IBM, Apple) and startups (most notably as co-founder/CEO of pioneering ultra-mobile computer maker OQO.) Jory received three undergraduate degrees from MIT and has over 20 Patents granted and pending.
Dr. Ofer Shochet
Entrepreneur, Founder of Copprint
Dr. Ofer Shochet is an entrepreneur and technology visionary, specializing in the development and successful implementation of future technologies in various industries. He is the founder of Copprint. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of products, at Stratasys, the world leader in 3D printing. He led the company’s products division including systems R&D, material development and R&D, product management. Prior to Stratasys, Ofer had been the founder in parallel of several companies in multiple high-tech fields, including Navajo Systems (acquired by Salesforce.com). This followed six years at Verint Systems, where he served as senior vice president and built the Corporate Technology Group, focusing on future technologies development in the area of speech, text and video analytics. He has also served as founder and executive vice president of Vigil Technologies, and as vice president of R&D at Silicon Graphics Biomedical. Ofer served five years at the Israeli intelligence corps and was awarded with the prestigious Presidential Israel Security award. He holds a PhD and MSc in Physics from Tel Aviv University.
Partner and CTO at Khosla Ventures (KV)
Sven Strohband is a partner and CTO at Khosla Ventures (KV). He has worked on numerous technologies ranging from autonomous robots, automotive LED front lighting, user interface and display technologies to RFID systems for production verification. While at KV, he has led the technical diligence for numerous investment opportunities in both IT and sustainability. Previously, Sven spent six years at Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he led the firm-wide technical diligence process for the infrastructure IT and sustainability practices. Prior to MDV, as project manager at the Electronics Research Lab of Volkswagen in Silicon Valley, his most visible project was as lead engineer and project lead for the Stanford racing team’s autonomous car, Stanley. Stanley became the foundation for the Google self-driving car project and won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. It is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum. Sven holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and a PhD in Mechanics and Computation from Stanford University.