Institutional Venture Partners (IVP)
Steve Harrick, who joined IVP in 2001, focuses on investing in later-stage technology companies with exceptional
growth potential. He targets Internet, communications, and technology-enabled services companies that have the
potential to become leaders in their respective markets. Mr. Harrick led IVP’s investments in Business.com,
CafePress.com, Teros, Tripwire, WebEx Communications, and others. Before joining IVP, Mr. Harrick was with the
Internet Capital Group (ICG) in San Francisco. As vice president of acquisitions, he was responsible for identifying
and executing strategic acquisitions, generating partner company liquidity, and providing operational advice to
partner company management teams. Before joining ICG, he served Highland Capital Partners in Boston, where his
focus on Internet technologies and enterprise software led to investments in Bolt Media, ChemConnect,
Gamesville.com, Raindance Communications, and others. Before entering the venture capital industry in 1997,
he served in new business development for Netscape Communications and as a financial analyst in mergers and
acquisitions for Morgan Stanley.
Editor in Chief
Susan Hassler joined IEEE Spectrum in 1999 after an eight-year stint as editor of Nature Biotechnology. At Nature
Biotechnology, she led the effort to reposition this monthly publication and developed a number of brand extensions
for it. Ms. Hassler brings to the IEEE more than 20 years of experience as a science editor and journalist dealing with
a wide range of complex topics from genetic engineering to computational biology. Her experience includes serving as
editor for ten years at the Neurosciences Institute at Rockefeller University; associate editor for The Sciences magazine,
published by the New York Academy of Sciences; and a member of the editorial startup team at Quest magazine.
She also served as an adjunct professor in the science and environmental writing program at the NYU School of
Journalism. A member of the IEEE, she was named to Folio magazine’s Folio: 40—The Most Influential People in the
Eric Hippeau has served more than 25 years in senior management positions in large media companies and has been
involved in various capacities with Softbank Capital’s investing activities since 1995. He served as chairman and CEO
of Ziff Davis, a former public subsidiary of Softbank, from 1993 to 2000 when the company was sold. Mr. Hippeau
then took on his current position as managing partner of Softbank Capital, which focuses on early-stage venture
investments in the fields of technology, digital media, and the Internet. Mr. Hippeau serves on the boards of several
public and private companies, including Yahoo!, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Pure Video, Thumbplay,
Associated Content, Huffington Post, and Goodmail Systems. He graduated from the Lycee Francais de Londres and
attended the Sorbonne University in Paris.
CEO and President
J.B. Holston has run a wide range of technology and media enterprises over the last two decades. As president of Ziff
Davis International, he managed the company’s operations across more than 100 countries, and launched Yahoo!
Europe. He was part of the senior management team that led the successful LBO of ZD by Forstmann, Little, and
subsequent sale to Softbank. Since selling his last technology startup, Mr. Holston has helped create a wide range of
for-profit and not-for-profit entities, including Media-x at Stanford. After receiving a BA in creative writing from
Stanford in 1979, he taught English at Phillips Academy, worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group
in Boston, studied and wrote in Paris, then was in strategic planning for NBC and RCA. He received his MBA from
Stanford in 1986, then served on Jack Welch’s staff at GE before moving back to NBC, where for five years he was
responsible for strategic planning and NBC’s international operations.