The Five VC Judges



Bob Metcalfe - Professor of Innovation, Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise

Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering.

Dr. Metcalfe was an Inter­net pioneer at MIT starting in 1970 and in 1973 received his PhD from Harvard for “Packet Communication.” He invented Ethernet in 1973 and founded 3Com Corpora­tion (now part of HP) in 1979.

Dr. Metcalfe has received numerous industry awards and recognition including the ACM Grace Hopper Award in 1980, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal in 1988, the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1996, the National Medal of Technology in 2005, induction into to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007, and the Fellow Award from the Computer History Museum in 2008. In November 2010 Metcalfe was selected to lead innovation initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. He began his appointment in January 2011.



Jim Lussier – Managing Director, Head of Dell Ventures

Jim leads our venture investing activities companywide and is responsible for setting our overall investment strategy and with navigating the ecosystem of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to determine how Dell can add the most value.

Prior to joining Dell Ventures, Jim spent a decade as a general partner at Norwest Venture Partners, a global venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. Before that, he managed the High Tech Strategy practice for Accenture, was vice president and general manager of a division of Corporation and held executive positions at Metaphor and Booz & Company.

Jim holds a B.S. in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Stanford.



Janice Roberts – Partner, Benhamou Global Ventures

Janice Roberts is both an experienced venture capitalist and global technology executive and has spent over 22 years in Silicon Valley. Combining many years operating in the IT industry and as an early investor in mobile and wireless businesses, at BGV Janice looks to leverage that knowledge into the “re-invention of the enterprise” and the Internet of Things.

Janice has extensive corporate governance experience, having served on many private and public boards in North America, Europe and Asia. Current public board seats are with ARM Holdings plc; Zebra Technologies Inc and RealNetworks Corporation.

Prior to joining BGV as a partner in April 2014 Janice served as a a Managing Director at Mayfield Fund for over 13 years. At Mayfield she invested in communications and networking, wireless, mobile and consumer technology companies. These companies included Peribit Networks (Juniper Networks); Convedia Corp( Rasdisys Corp); Mobile365 (Sybase; SAP); QuickOffice (Google); PlayFirst (GluMobile) and Jawbone.

Preceeding her career in venture capital Janice held a number of executive roles in Europe and the USA. As a senior executive with the pioneering networking company, 3Com Corporation (Hewlett Packard), Janice served in a number of leadership roles including Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Business Development, President of the Palm Business Unit and President of 3Com Ventures. While at 3Com Janice also lead the company’s acquisition activities, new business initiatives, information technology advisory councils and global partnerships.

Before 3Com, Janice held various positions in the communications and networking industry in Europe and the USA, including that of Managing Director of BICC Data Networks which she span out of BICC Plc and was acquired by 3Com in 1992. Earlier Janice held a number of senior marketing, sales and business development roles; including those with BICC Technologies Ltd, STC PLC’s Electronic Components business and Digitron Instrumentation.

Janice’s enthusiasm for innovation and entrepreneurship has extended to being an adviser to SALT Branding and Illuminate Ventures; and to various activities with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Recent personal investments include Fastacash, a social payments platform, based in Singapore; and The Hunt a community powered mobile shopping experience.

She is also the President of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, which provides accommodation and support for families of children with life-threatening illnesses. Janice lives in the Bay Area with her family where she enjoys a love of the outdoors, an enthusiasm for various sports, and engaging with her community. With business interests and family on multiple continents Janice has an ongoing passion for travel.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Birmingham in the UK.


 Dan Scheinman – Angel InvestorDan

Dan Scheinman is an angel investor in high growth emerging technology companies.  Scheinman was an early investor in,, Sentinel One, Treasure Data and others.   Scheinman was also an investor in Reveal Imaging, acquired by SAIC, Tomfoolery acquired by Yahoo, and Think Big Analytics acquired by Teradata.  Scheinman is a shareholder and Board member at Arista Networks (ANET) and Greenwave Sytems.

Previously, Scheinman had a diverse 18 year career at Cisco Systems, Inc. where he was entrepreneur, strategist and leader. Scheinman was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cisco Media Solutions Group (CMSG), an internal start up which successfully developed and marketed a hosted software solution to help media owners grow social direct to consumer businesses. Scheinman was also named to the Billboard 100 to follow on twitter.

Prior to that, Scheinman was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, overseeing the merger and acquisitions, venture investment, strategic alliance, and technology incubation functions within Cisco.  Taking over in 2001, Scheinman helped rebuild Corporate Development as a growth enabler for Cisco (including acquiring Aerospace, Linksys and Scientific Atlanta).  Under his leadership, revenue from acquisitions tripled as a percentage of revenue.  Previously, Scheinman was the general counsel at Cisco.

Scheinman holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Duke University Law School and a political science degree from Brandeis University.



Murli Thirumale – Co-founder & CEO of Portworx Inc. 

Murli is co-founder and CEO of Portworx Inc. currently in stealth mode in the containerization industry.  He was a storage executive at Dell before that.  Prior to its acquisition by Dell, Murli was CEO of and co-founder of Ocarina Networks, the leader in primary storage optimization, reducing the costs of rampant storage growth. Prior to Ocarina, as Group VP &  GM of the Citrix Advanced Solutions Group, Murli drove the SSL-VPN acquired from Net6 to the number #1 unit market share in 18 months.  As CEO and co-founder of Net6, Thirumale led the company’s unique  focus on SSL-VPN security, IP telephony/VOIP applications and data mobility.  As EVP and GM of Symmetricom, he founded a new broadband division for the company and helped establish it as the undisputed leader in telecom network timing. Prior to Symmetricom, Murli spent 15 Hewlett-Packard where he served as GM of the Timing Solutions for Communications Operation and founded two new business units at Hewlett-Packard, Network Synchronization and OEM Wireless Timing.

Thirumale has a B.Tech. in electronics engineering from IIT-BHU in India and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s.