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Greg Papadopoulos
CTO, Sun Microsystems


diamondhead ecosystem

The Diamondhead Ecosystem is unparalleled in the venture capital industry. Since Diamondhead’s founding, the firm has developed a proprietary, diversified, and extensive Ecosystem of relationships that aids deal flow, strengthens due diligence and accelerates portfolio company development. This Ecosystem includes university advisors, industry advisors, a corporate network, and a buyer network. Not only do we provide our portfolio companies access to this world-class network, we also act as conductor to ensure these experts work closely with and on behalf of our management teams.

Leveraging the Ecosystem is integral to the firm’s overall investment process, as it has influenced each decision to invest. Members of our Ecosystem Advisors play a key role in the due diligence process. Their ability to evaluate the most innovative technologies, particularly products in the earliest stages of development, enables Diamondhead to perform particularly deep technical and insightful market due diligence.

University Advisors
Our close ties to leading research universities are without compare in the venture capital industry and include a broad range of professor and laboratory connections. We have relationships with Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, University of Southern California, and many others. These associations provide visibility and access to emerging and revolutionary technologies that involve deep intellectual property. We are able to selectively tap into these opportunities and invest prudently in business models that are both disruptive and ready for commercialization. Many of Diamondhead’s university advisors are also deeply involved in industry. For instance, Professor Hector Garcia-Molina is not only a leading Stanford professor but also on the Oracle Board of Directors.

Industry Advisors
Our world-class list of industry advisors includes luminaries in many disciplines of information technology. They actively assist in sourcing opportunities and due diligence. These technology experts also assist our portfolio companies, taking part as board members or advisors. We are continually adding advisors to our Ecosystem to help evaluate emerging trends and new potential investments as well as actively assist our management teams.

Corporate Network
Our select network of corporate advisors provides us with insight, as well as opens doors for our portfolio companies to leverage partnership, distribution and manufacturing opportunities across the globe. The corporate network includes over 10 leading technology companies, such as Oracle, Sun, GE, and Hon Hai Precision. Every Diamondhead portfolio company is given visibility with our corporate network and several corporate partners have also co-invested with Diamondhead Ventures.

Buyer Network
Diamondhead actively maintains a network of corporate information technology executives who are large buyers of enterprise software and hardware. We have developed these relationships over the many years we have worked within the technology industry. This network helps us determine market size for select technologies and ideal price points for prospective products. This network is extremely helpful for portfolio companies who are looking for initial customers. Technology executives from large buyers such as Deutsche Bank, Citibank, Lehman Brothers, Fidelity Investments, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and KLA-Tencor, among others, actively work with the Diamondhead team.