Software Lead, Band of Angels – Silicon Valley
Dr. Ronald Weissman is Chairman of the Software Industry Group of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest angel organization and manages the Band’s mentoring programs.
A partner at Performance Works, he advises technology companies on market entry strategies in such areas as Financial Services, Energy, Health Care and Media. He has also advised corporate venture funds and innovation initiatives at G2000 companies. He was a Partner for seventeen years at Apax Partners, a global venture firm, focusing on software and cross-border technology investments and managed its venture software portfolio after Apax became a private equity firm.
Prior to Apax, he was CMO and head of Investor Relations at Verity (the leader in enterprise knowledge retrieval). Verity’s management team won Large Cap Turnaround of the Year (Turnaround Management Association) after the company increased its market cap, profitably, from $50M to nearly $2B. Prior to Verity, he directed Strategic Marketing and European Marketing for NeXT, reporting to Steve Jobs.
Ron invests in enterprise SaaS, IoT, Fintech, analytics and AI, vertical market B2B software and Health IT. He has advised or invested in 60+ companies and has served on 30+ boards worldwide.
Ron advises companies on SaaS strategies, capital strategies and venture finance, SaaS business models and private company Board governance. He is a guest lecturer at Stanford, UC Berkeley and at the University of Santa Clara’s schools of Law and Business and universities in Europe. He has recently advised organizations in Chile, New Zealand, Australia and Armenia and has lectured on creating innovation hubs to many US and global organizations, including the US White House on the links between venture investing, next generation networks and economic development.
Ron has been profiled in the Silicon Valley Business Journal (“Angel of the Apocalypse”), Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Technology Forecast and other business publications. He is a Fulbright Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, with BA, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley.
Ronald is participating in the Cognitive Computing Consortium Conference at AI World