Stephen spent 20 years inside investment banks in Asia and the US. He ran the Asia Pacific Equity activities of Salomon/Citigroup from 1999 to 2001, after stints at Morgan Stanley, UBS and Deutsche Bank. From 2005 through 2007 he built Merriman Curhan Ford’s asset management division as the group’s Chief Operating Officer. He is also active member of the Innovation Advisory Council of the Japan Society of Northern California. Stephen graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in History and attended the Falcon Program for Japanese Studies at Cornell University. He is an enthusiastic reader, skier, biker, coach, carpenter, dad, student and mentor.
Scott Lin, CFA, CPA, Partner Scott is an experienced finance professional, spending over 15 years in the US and Hong Kong with JP Morgan, Swiss Re and Daiwa Capital Markets. He covered key Asian markets such as China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, focused on financial and technology industries. Scott advised clients on M&A and capital market transactions, as well as invested in illiquid and liquid markets acting on behalf of clients and as principle. Prior to going to Hong Kong, he was an accountant and consultant at PwC Los Angeles. Scott has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a MBA from USC Marshall School of Business. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker.
Sheryl WuDunn, Partner - New York Sheryl has served in a variety of roles marketing, strategic planning and banking, raising capital in new media, media technology and healthcare. Previously, Sheryl has worked as investment advisor at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and at The New York Times. Her work for the Times was both as an executive and journalist: and in management roles in the Strategic Planning and Circulation Sales departments. As the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, Sheryl was selected as one of 60 notable members of the League of Extraordinary Women by Fast Company magazine. In August 2015, Business Insider named her one of the 31 most prominent graduates of the Harvard Business School.
Kevin Layton, Venture Partner – Aerospace and Defense Kevin serves as PPGV’s Aerospace and Defense Venture Partner. He is the CEO of Data-Dynamix, a privately held digital marketing agency. Prior to Data-Dynamix Kevin held C level positions in SRA International (now GDIT) and Decision Sciences International (DSIC). Kevin led the Air Traffic Systems business for SRA International, was technical director of Australia’s Jindalee OTH Radar program for Lockheed Martin, was technical director of the European COBRA Radar system, and was Deputy Program Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Transformational Satellite Mission Operations (TMOS) System. Kevin received a BS in Computer Science from Penn State and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne University School of Business. Kevin has traveled the world, done business in over 37 countries, and has lived in Germany, Australia and the Czech Republic.
Stephen Cohen, Venture Partner - London Stephen Cohen began his career at SGWarburg/Mercury Asset Management in 1980. He spent 3 years in the USA and 7 years in Japan, starting and running two asset management businesses in Tokyo. He managed Japanese and global equity portfolios for over 10 years. He also worked extensively in Asia and Europe to build Mercury’s global business. Subsequently he worked at Zurich Scudder and Putnam heading up regional businesses, then set up a Russian hedge fund business for Troika Dialog. His last executive role was CEO of GO Investment Partners which managed European and Japanese equity activist funds. Today he is an NED at the UK Gambling Commission, the UK Health and Care Professions Council, JPMorgan Japan Investment Trust plc, and EG Capital Advisors. Stephen lives in London, has an MA in Physiology from University College, Oxford and is A Fellow of the UK CISI.
Roger Marshall, Venture Partner - North Asia Since 1975, Roger has been actively involved in business consulting and retained executive search consulting in Japan, Korea and APAC, and helping Japanese and Asian multinational firms to build successful organizations. Since 1990, Roger has been a Partner & Managing Director Global Business Development at Odgers Berndtson Japan, a London-based top-tier global consultancy. Prior to that, Roger was a director at KPMG Consulting, building and leading one of the firm's practices in Japan and Korea. Roger is fluent in Japanese, with a B.A. degree in Asian Studies from Sophia University. He also studied Biotechnology at Penn State University, College of Science.
John Bourne, Venture Partner – Cleantech and Social Impact John serves as PPGV’s Cleantech and Social Impact Venture Partner. John was the founder and CEO of BrightCurrent, a VC-backed retail clean energy marketing services provider, which was acquired in 2017 by Horizon Solar Power, the nation’s 4th largest residential solar installer. Prior to launching BrightCurrent, John led business development efforts for SunEdison’s residential solar unit. John volunteers on behalf of BUILD, a youth business incubator, and serves as a Board Member at the Munzer Foundation where he leads the foundation’s impact investment program. John studied History and Entrepreneurship at Brown University and will complete his MBA at UC Berkeley Haas in 2018.
David Cooper, Venture Partner - Consumer & Retail David is an experienced CFO who is skilled at leading companies through significant change while maximizing value. He has taken six companies public, and completed $24B of M&A/debt/equity transactions for technology and food companies, including Agilent, Art.com, AvantGo, QRS, Satmetrix, Premier Nutrition, PowerBar, Edison Brothers Stores, and Dole Food Company. Most recently David was CFO of Tile, the IOT company that helps you keep track of your keys, wallet, and other important items. David studied Economics at Yale and earned a MBA with honors in Finance at NYU. He loves staying fit and getting outdoors to enjoy the Bay Area.
Malik Franklin, Venture Partner - Real Estate Malik serves as PPGV’s Real Estate Venture Partner and is a Partner at his own firm, Northbridge Investments, LLC. Malik previously worked as CFO of First Capital REIT and as a Director and VP in the Real Estate Investment Banking Groups of RBC Capital Markets and Banc of America Securities, respectively. Prior to BofA, Malik worked as a banker covering the technology sector at Soundview/Wit Capital and the healthcare sector at Smith Barney. Over his career, Malik has executed over 50 corporate and asset-level capital and advisory transactions valued at more the $15 billion. He completed his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College with degrees in Computer Science and Economics, and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.