I have over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley start-ups including over 25 years as a President, COO, or CEO. I have been through 3 IPOs (including one as COO and one as CEO), as well as 5 successful acquisitions. I have raised over a dozen rounds of venture money across several companies. In addition, I
I have over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley start-ups including over 25 years as a President, COO, or CEO. I have been through 3 IPOs (including one as COO and one as CEO), as well as 5 successful acquisitions. I have raised over a dozen rounds of venture money across several companies. In addition, I have worked as a venture partner or EIR at two venture capital firms, and served as a board member for several start-ups.
Specialties: Start-ups from inception to 200+ people.
Direct, channel and web-based sales models.
Hardware and software products, and services.
Enterprise and consumer products and services.
Start-up finance and administration.
Raising venture capital.
Hiring senior executives.
Preparing for and executing an IPO or acquisition.
Board Member or Executive Chairman.
Independent Consultant @ Board of Directors work and interim and consulting work at the CEO, COO and Executive Chairman level. From September 2015 to Present (4 months) Maps @ Member of Apple Maps Team From January 2015 to August 2015 (8 months) CEO @ Coherent Navigation developed a commercial high-precision navigation service. Potential applications included agriculture, surveying, construction, mining, and oil and gas exploration as well as mobile consumer electronics. Coherent also did both classified and unclassified work for the U.S. government. From April 2013 to December 2014 (1 year 9 months) Independent Consultant @ Interim and consulting work at the CEO, COO and Executive Chairman level. From August 2012 to March 2013 (8 months) CEO and Board Member @ CEO of medical technology start-up that uses 3D scanning, 3D CAD, and 3D printing technology to produce custom orthopedic and prosthetic devices. Grew company to about a dozen employees and first revenue. Raised $4M in venture and private investment. Sold company to 3D Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DDD) in May 2012. From September 2010 to August 2012 (2 years) San Francisco Bay AreaIndependent Consultant @ Senior executive advisory work, mostly for start-up companies. From November 2008 to August 2010 (1 year 10 months) Board Member @ Served as board member, chairman of marketing, long-range planning, finance and IT committees. Held a Vice Chair position for approximately the last five years of my board service. From 1996 to 2010 (14 years) CEO and Chairman @ CEO of consumer electronics start-up that built the world's first Internet-connected automotive GPS navigation device. Grew company to approximately 100 employees, launched company and first consumer product to first revenues through Amazon.com, Crutchfield and other online channels. Prepared company for launch in Best Buy and other bricks and mortar channels. Raised 3 rounds of venture capital from firms including Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital. Acquired by Research In Motion (RIM). From November 2005 to November 2008 (3 years 1 month) Venture Partner/CEO in Residence @ Helped partners find and analyze investment opportunities. Attended weekly partner meetings and helped look at well over a hundred deals. From November 2004 to August 2005 (10 months) CEO and Chairman @ As CEO of this maker of video search and asset management software, grew company to nearly $30M in revenue, raised several rounds of venture capital and took public in June of 2000. Customers included ABC, CBS, CNN, Major League Baseball, the NHL, Disney, NSA, CIA. Sold company to Autonomy, PLC in 2003. From June 1995 to December 2003 (8 years 7 months) Associate and CEO in Residence @ Helped partnership find and analyze venture capital investments. During my tenure, Sutter Hill invested in Virage, Inc. which I became interim CEO of during 1995 and then fulltime CEO of in January of 1996. From January 1995 to December 1995 (1 year) COO and Board Member @ As Chief Operating Officer, ran manufacturing, sales, finance, and, at various times, marketing for this maker of digital audio recording, mixing and editing hardware and software. Helped grow company to over $30M in revenue. Helped take company public in December 1993. Helped sell company to Avid Technology (NASDAQ:AVID) in 1994. From June 1988 to December 1994 (6 years 7 months) Director of Product Marketing @ Held various marketing and sales positions for this manufacturer of UNIX superminicomputers. As Director of Product Marketing, managed 5 product managers and was responsible for all product marketing functions for the entire company. Was also a sales rep for Pyramid for just over a year and booked $1.7M versus a quota of $1.2M in revenue during that time. From May 1984 to June 1988 (4 years 2 months) Manafacturing Management Program @ GE MMP Program including the following positions:
2nd shift foreman, Wire and Cable, Lowell, MA
Manufacturing Engineer, Industrial Automation, Charlottesville, VA
Subcontract Buyer, Medical Systems, Waukesha, WI
Supervisor Receiving Inspection, Medical Systems, Milwaukee, WI From June 1980 to August 1982 (2 years 3 months) Engineering Coop Student @ Work/study engineering assignments in fall of 1978 and summer of 1979 at DEC's midrange systems advanced development division in Tewksbury, MA. Worked on microcode for VAX 11/780 and early Ethernet implementations. From September 1978 to September 1979 (1 year 1 month)
MBA, General Management @ Harvard Business School From 1982 to 1984 BSEE, Electrical Engineering @ Cornell University From 1976 to 1980 Paul Lego is skilled in: Raising Venture Capital, Start-ups, Venture Capital, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Product Management, Mobile, Marketing Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Digital Media, Team Building, Leadership, Enterprise Software, Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions
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