Clean Technology 2010
Don Wood

Don Wood

Managing Director

Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Don Wood is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where he leads the DFJ Global Network Funds and is an active member of DFJ's investment team, with a primary focus on Cleantech and IT investing. The DFJ Global Network has grown to include 16 funds managing over $6B on four continents, with 140 professionals, and hundreds of active portfolio companies. Don's cleantech career began with his first post-college job at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. working in the policy planning department. Later he was SVP of Sales and Marketing at International Power Technology which designed, financed, installed and operated gas-turbine co-generation power plants. Don also assisted the founders of SunPower (SPWR) in writing their original business plans and raising capital. Don served on the Board and was President of Metricom (MCOM), which provided wireless smart grid systems to utilities and pioneered the first wireless mesh-network Internet service known as Ricochet. Don's active cleantech investments include Oasys and Konarka.

Prior to joining, DFJ Don was a General Partner at Vanguard Ventures where he invested in IT, consumer internet, and cleantech. Don's past and present Boards include Vocera Communications, ZipRealty (ZIPR), Reflectivity (acq. by TI), Sylantro (acq. by BroadSoft), Cooking.com, Casabi, MySoftware (MYSW), and the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a non-profit community organization. Don was also with Octel Communications (OCTL), worldwide leader in voicemail systems. He co-founded Wood-Howard Products with his patent for a laminated publishing format which he later licensed to Simon and Schuster, FastMark, Rand McNally, and others; more than 100 million products have been sold under these licenses. Don was also a consultant with McKinsey and Company in their SF and Sydney offices.

Don earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University, and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Don recently won the "Nonprofit Board Leader Award" from The Volunteer Center of San Francisco. Don is still trying to improve his sailboarding, golfing, and skiing; his basketball is now limited to watching Stanford play.

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