Team

David Coats, Managing Director

As a founder and Managing Director of Correlation Ventures, David helps lead the firm, including managing its Life Science and Clean Tech investment practices. David created the original vision for Correlation, driven by the opportunity to offer entrepreneurs and other VCs a better co-investment option and to pioneer the use of predictive analytics in venture capital. David began his venture capital career in 1997. Prior to Correlation, David was a Managing Director of Hamilton BioVentures, an early-stage venture capital fund. As head of Hamilton’s Life Science team, David served on the Board of Directors of such companies as PhotoThera, Transcept (NASDAQ: TSPT), and Egea Biopharmaceuticals (Acquired by Johnson&Johnson). Previously, David was a Venture Partner at Windamere Venture Partners and President of Forge Medical Ventures, an early-stage incubator funded by Enterprise Partners, Mayfield Fund and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation. David was the Founder of Spine Wave, a venture-funded medical device company and Director of Business Development of UroMed Corporation (URMD), a venture-funded startup that raised several rounds of venture capital and completed a public offering. David received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from Princeton University.

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Trevor Kienzle, Managing Director

As a founder and Managing Director of Correlation Ventures, Trevor helps lead the firm, manages its Bay Area office, and leads its Information Technology, Consumer, and Business Services investment practices. Trevor began his venture capital career in 1997. Prior to Correlation, Trevor was a Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital fund headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, he led investments in the technology sector, including in such companies as MetaLINCS (acquired by Seagate) and Onaro (acquired by NetApp). Previously, Trevor was Vice President at GE Equity, the $2 billion venture capital arm of GE Capital, most recently as co-head of the Software Group. He had responsibility for a team of investment professionals managing 26 portfolio companies. He led GE Equity’s investments in Okena (acquired by Cisco), Secureworks (acquired by Dell), and RSA Security (RSAS) (successful PIPE investment, acquired by EMC) and co-led its investment in Netscreen (NSCN, acquired by Juniper). Trevor also was co-founder and CFO of Loans USA (acquired by Mariner Finance). Prior to that, he worked as a management consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLC as well as Furash & Company, and as an investment banker at Bankers Trust Company. The son of a U.S. diplomat, Trevor has lived in seven foreign countries. He received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia.

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Grace Chui-Miller, Chief Financial Officer

Grace is responsible for the financial reporting of the firm’s investment funds as well as day-to-day management of firm-wide finance, operations and investment monitoring. In addition, Grace is responsible for investor relations and works closely with outside legal counsel on fundraising, operations and regulatory compliance matters. Grace has 20 years of professional experience in financial services and began her venture career in 1999. Prior to Correlation, Grace was the Chief Financial Officer of DCM, a technology-focused venture capital firm based in the Bay Area with over $2 billion under management, where she had oversight of global finance operations and advised portfolio company management teams, providing operational and financial guidance and assistance. Previously, Grace spent seven years at KPMG LLP, working as an audit manager on various privately and publicly-held clients in the financial services and information technology industry segments (including several venture capital funds and venture-backed portfolio companies). On a more personal note, Grace serves on the board of a local charitable organization and enjoys participating in triathlons (including one Ironman). She received an M.B.A from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences from the University of California, San Diego. Grace is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.

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Anu Pathria, Partner, Analytics

Anu leads the Analytics function at Correlation Ventures. The Analytics team is responsible for developing Correlation’s proprietary selection model, managing the company’s data assets, and supporting other areas of the business that leverage these data assets. For nearly 20 years, Anu has developed and delivered successful commercial solutions built around predictive analytics. Beginning in the early 1990’s at HNC Software as Executive Director of Modeling, Anu co-developed the Falcon credit card fraud detection system currently responsible for protecting over 60% of credit card transactions in real-time and world-wide—a groundbreaking product that fueled HNC’s 1995 IPO. During Anu’s tenure at HNC, the company grew from 40 employees in 1992 to more than 1,000 by the end of the decade. In 1997, he co-launched the Healthcare division within HNC Software. In 2000, Anu co-founded Burning Glass Technologies, applying predictive analytics techniques to Human Capital Management. After HNC was acquired in 2002 by Fair Isaac for over $800 million, Anu re-joined the company to launch and manage Fair Isaac’s India operation, currently the company’s largest single facility. He later took leadership of Fair Isaac’s Healthcare & Insurance Analytics business unit. Anu received a B.S. (Double Honors) in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and also holds a Masters in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Moiz Saifee, Principal, Analytics

As a Principal at Correlation Ventures, Moiz is a member of the analytics team. During his career, Moiz has successfully applied predictive analytics to develop novel solutions within various domains, including the internet, healthcare and retail. These efforts have resulted in a number of patents and significant returns on investment. Prior to joining Correlation, Moiz led the Analytics function at Info Edge, the most profitable Internet company in India, focusing on core business problems like automating the matching of candidate to a job, optimizing pricing/sales, and improving online marketing and recommendation systems. Formerly, Moiz was an Analytic Scientist at Fair Isaac India, focusing on data driven techniques for fraud detection in the U.S. healthcare industry. Moiz holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Computer Science from IIT Kharagpur.

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Alexa Fischer, Senior Associate

Alexa supports the firm’s sourcing, investment, and analytics activities. Prior to joining Correlation, Alexa worked as an Analyst at Harlingwood Equity Partners, where she performed industry research related to potential M&A, buyout, private placement, and investment opportunities. Previously, Alexa spent two years as a Business Litigation Legal Assistant at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps. Alexa holds an M.B.A. from San Diego State University, where she was named Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year by the Management Department, and a B.A. from The University of Michigan, where she graduated with Distinction.

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Collin West, Senior Associate

Collin supports the firm’s sourcing, investment, and analytics activities. Prior to joining Correlation Ventures, Collin worked for OCA Ventures in Chicago while completing his MBA. Prior to that, Collin founded two businesses in digital advertising and adventure travel, respectively. Collin started his career in IT strategy consulting for Accenture. Collin graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University. He also holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management with an emphasis on Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Finance where he was awarded a prestigious Four Pillars award, awarded to only four members of the graduating class for embodying the values of the school. Currently, he is a Kauffman Venture Capital Fellow. An avid competitor, Collin spends his free time taking on adventure races (national champion) and mountain bike trails. Prior to joining Correlation, Collin and his team of four completed the first-ever expedition across the Arctic Ocean by rowboat, rowing over 1,000 miles non-stop and unsupported for 41 days.

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Jessica Robertson, Office Manager / Marketing Associate

Jessica oversees the administrative management of the office and coordinates the marketing efforts related to portfolio company deal flow. She has over 12 years of experience in administration and project management, business development, and marketing. Most recently, Jessica was employed as Office Manager/Operations of a San Diego based fixed income manager with assets under management totaling over $6.5 billion. Previously, Jessica served as the Foundation Director and Events Manager at the Better Business Bureau of Arizona. Prior to that, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at the Better Business Bureau where she supported the CEO in business objectives, contract negotiations, board relations, and directed the remodel and renovation BBB Phoenix headquarters. She has also held various positions at International Artist Publishing, Tandem Press and The Alabama Environmental Council. Jessica received a B.A. in Art History from The University of Alabama.

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Tiffany McCrady, Executive Assistant

Tiffany supports the firm’s operations and financial management. Most recently, Tiffany served as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Practice Management at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Previously, Tiffany was Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Albany Medical College, and Program Coordinator for New Visions, a day habilitation organization serving adults with disabilities. Tiffany graduated magna cum laude from The College of Saint Rose with a B.A in English.

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