Don leads the global expansion of DFJ’s Network Affiliate Funds into new geographic and sector markets. Most recently, Mr. Wood was a General Partner at Vanguard Ventures where he invested in information technology, Internet services, and energy technologies. Mr. Wood serves as board member of Casabi, Cooking.com, Sylantro Systems, Vocera Communications and ZipRealty (ZIPR). Mr. Wood also serves as Chairman of the Board
of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a non-profit community organization.
Prior to Vanguard Ventures, Mr. Wood was President of Metricom and a member of its Board of Directors, where he led the creation of the wireless Internet service known as Ricochet. Prior to Metricom, Mr. Wood was with Octel Communications, Inc., worldwide leader in voicemail systems, where he was responsible for marketing, product management and sales engineering. In 1987, he co-founded Wood-Howard Products and licensed his patent for a folding, laminated publishing format to Simon and Schuster, Rand McNally, FastMark and others. Today more than 100 million products have been sold under these licenses. Earlier, he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing with International Power Technology, supplier of micro-turbine, co-generation power systems, and was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company. Mr. Wood also worked in the policy-planning department of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Mr. Wood earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University, and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.