CEO – Jeda Networks
At USVP, Paul has led or co-led investments in 3Ware (sold to AMCC), Total Beauty, Trovix (sold to Monster), PlaceIQ, Swoop, and others. He has also served on the board of Homestead (sold to Intuit) and was an Angel Investor in Fra’ Mani, a sustainable food producer. During his early tenure at USVP, Paul served as interim CEO of several of the firm’s portfolio companies.
Prior to USVP, Paul was CEO of HearMe, taking that company public in 1998. His two decades of operating experience include eight years with Adaptec, where he was Vice President and General Manager of the SCSI storage and connectivity division leading the business to over a quarter billion in revenues. Upon leaving Adaptec, Paul served as a Resident Entrepreneur for Institutional Venture Partners in 1995 and was an advisor to Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures in the 1990s. Paul earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins and a B.A. from the University of the Pacific.. He is a frequent lecturer at business schools, including Notre Dame, University of Minnesota, Montana State and U.C. Davis.
Heiner is Managing Director at Miramar Venture Partners where he focuses on storage and cloud related investments. In addition to Jeda Networks, he is a Director of AccelOps, Fastsoft, IMT and Matrix Sensors, and previously served on the board of Azuro (acquired by Cadence), Protego Networks (acquired by Cisco) and SiliconSystems (acquired by Western Digital). Prior to joining Miramar, he was a Senior Managing Director of H&Q Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for technology investments in Asia and Silicon Valley and served on the boards of several technology start-ups incl. Headway Technology (acquired by TDK in 2000).
Heiner started his professional career at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics in Stuttgart and joined IBM Research in San Jose, California in 1980 working on advanced storage technology. In 1986, he became Director of Storage Systems and Technology for IBM Research and in 1992 joined IBM Europe in Paris where he became co-founder and Director of IBM Europe’s corporate venture group.
Heiner is a graduate of the Technical University of Munich and received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1976 for his work at the Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique in Grenoble, France and the University of Konstanz, Germany. He is author of numerous scientific publications, holds several patents and was awarded the 1994 IEEE Medal for Engineering Excellence.