Faculty Advisors

Key domain expertise

Who better equipped to help your startup succeed than the domain experts themselves? Our Faculty Advisors are all professors at UC Berkeley and masters in their respective fields, ready to offer guidance and domain expertise to best propel your startup towards its full potential.

Access to 30+ faculty members

SkyDeck makes warm introductions to Faculty Advisors on an individual basis, giving you access to your ever-expanding faculty network.

Continual lifelong partnerships

Some of our Faculty Advisors have gone on to establish an ongoing relationship with our graduated SkyTeams. At SkyDeck, we are always committed to providing you with the best network we can offer in order to help your startup thrive.

A.K. Pradeep

A.K. Pradeep

Founder/CEO

MachineVantage

Aaron Anderson

Aaron Anderson

Principal

Impact VC

Abby Kearns

Abby Kearns

Executive Director

Adnan

Adnan Asar

Adnan Asar

Founder, CEO

EngineTech.io

Alan White

Alan White

Chief Business Officer

eMotorWerks

Albert Chu

Albert Chu

Managing Partner

Poppyseed

Alex Ha

Alex Ha

Principal Product Manager

Amazon

Alexandra Sepulveda

Alexandra Sepulveda

Head of Legal

Tulip Cremation

Amos Barreto

Amos Barreto

Angel Investor

Amy Herr

Amy Herr

Lester John & Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professor, BioEngineering

UC Berkeley

Anand Shroff

Anand Shroff

Founder

Health Fidelity, New Leaf Venture Partners

Andrea Lo

Andrea Lo

Head of Business Development

Harbor

Andrew Salzman

Andrew Salzman

Founder, Managing Partner

Iris Advisors

Andy Wiedlin

Andy Wiedlin

Independent Advisor

Andreessen Horowitz

Angelo Del Priore

Angelo Del Priore

Partner, HP Tech Ventures

HP

Anshu Bahadur

Anshu Bahadur

CEO

TransPacks Technologies

Anthony St. George

Anthony St. George

Assistant Dean, International and Corporate Partnerships

UC Berkeley

Arman Zand

Arman Zand

Head of Finance

Farmstead

Ashmeet Sidana

Ashmeet Sidana

Chief Engineer

Engineering Capital

Attila Takacs

Attila Takacs

Director

Ericsson

Banu Nagasundaram

Banu Nagasundaram

AI Marketing Manager

Intel

Barbara Alcaraz Silva, Ph.D.

Barbara Alcaraz Silva, Ph.D.

Vice President II, Early Stage Life Science

Silicon Valley Bank

Ben Dahl

Ben Dahl

Managing Director

Signal Peak Ventures

Ben Gruber

Ben Gruber

Senior Analyst, Growth and Marketing

Eventbrite

Ben Sun

Ben Sun

Managing Partner

Aditum Global Advisor

Bill Allison

Bill Allison

CTO

UC Berkeley

Bill Pearce

Bill Pearce

Assistant Dean and Chief Marketing Officer

Haas School of Business

Bill Schneiderman

Bill Schneiderman

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Pemco Capital

Braden Penhoet

Braden Penhoet

Startup Advisor

Savoia

Brandon Simmons

Brandon Simmons

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Tachyus

Brett Wilson

Brett Wilson

Founder

TubeMogul

Carla Newell

Carla Newell

Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer

Ancestry

Cathy Farmer

Cathy Farmer

Co-Founder

Brainotion

Cerina Zhang

Cerina Zhang

Founder

Inno Time LLC

Charles Huang

Charles Huang

Co-Founder

Blue Goji

Chon Tang

Chon Tang

Founding Partner

Berkeley SkyDeck Fund

Chris Carvalho

Chris Carvalho

Member of the Board of Directors

Roblox

Chris Hermanowicz

Chris Hermanowicz

Principal

NTT Docomo Ventures

Christina Li

Christina Li

Investor

Spero Ventures

Chris Giles

Chris Giles

Chief Operating Officer

Oakland A's

Clifford Tong

Clifford Tong

CEO

Diverse Strategies

Cormac Eubanks

Cormac Eubanks

Product Development Specialist

APX Product Design

Craig Pritsky

Craig Pritsky

Senior Area Sales Manager

Invuity

Cynthia Maxey

Cynthia Maxey

Selection Committee

Nutrition Capital Network

Darek DeFreece

Darek DeFreece

Managing Director

UC Berkeley

Darren Cooke

Darren Cooke

Founding Attorney

Torvents

David Atkins-Maters

David Atkins-Maters

System Product Manager

Waymo

David Basiji

David Basiji

Vice President of Engineering

BioCare Medical

David Jiang

David Jiang

Co-Founder

LoopChat

David Riemer

David Riemer

Founder

Box Out Industries

David Soloff

David Soloff

Co-Founder and Chairman

Premise Data

Deebie Symmes

Deebie Symmes

COO and Co-Founder

Aluda Pharma

Deepa Madhavan

Deepa Madhavan

Innovation Leader

Anthem, Inc., Wharton Alumni Angels

Dragos Maciuca

Dragos Maciuca

Executive Technical Director

Ford Motor Company

Eddie Lee

Eddie Lee

President

Pledgecamp

Eli Yablonovitch

Eli Yablonovitch

Professor

UC Berkeley

Errol Arkilic

Errol Arkilic

CEO

M34Capital

Garrett Goldberg

Garrett Goldberg

Partner

Bee Partners

Gary Meyers

Gary Meyers

President

Power Factors

Haroon Mokhtarzada

Haroon Mokhtarzada

CEO

Truebill

Harsh Patel

Harsh Patel

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Wireframe Ventures

Hilary Weber

Hilary Weber

Founder and CEO

Opportu Startup Leadership

Hobert Wai

Hobert Wai

Partner

Hanawa Group, HealthTech Capital,

Ian Sweeney

Ian Sweeney

GM of Mobility

Trov Inc.

Ikhlaq Sidhu

Ikhlaq Sidhu

Founding Director and Chief Scientist

Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley

Jack Kloster

Jack Kloster

Director, Business Development

Uber

Jack McCauley

Jack McCauley

Innovator in Residence

UC Berkeley

James Colgan

James Colgan

Senior Director of Product Management

Microsoft

James Lee

James Lee

Associate Director

Photon Fund

Jana Messerschmidt

Jana Messerschmidt

Founding Partner

#ANGELS

Jana Mirovic

Jana Mirovic

Project Manager, Technology Scouting

Behr-Hella Thermocontrol

Jason Liang

Jason Liang

Vice President of Business Development and Operations

Qeexo

Jatinder Singh

Jatinder Singh

Director - CRM and Digital Strategy

McDonald’s

Jeep Kline

Jeep Kline

General Partner

Translational Partners

Jeff Wallace

Jeff Wallace

Co-Founder

Silicon Valley in Your Pocket

Jerome Engel

Jerome Engel

Faculty Director

UC Berkeley

Joel Onodera

Joel Onodera

VP of Finance

Kountable

John Cleveland

John Cleveland

Senior VP, CHRO

Seagate Technology

John Matranga

John Matranga

Director - Customer Innovation & Academia

OSIsoft

John Peters

John Peters

Chairman

Sacramento Angels

Jonathan Lowenhar

Jonathan Lowenhar

Founder & Managing Partner

ETW Advisors

Jordan Wahbeh

Jordan Wahbeh

Managing Partner

Bay Angels

Josh Elman

Josh Elman

Vice President

Robinhood

Juan L. Aparacio Ojea

Juan L. Aparacio Ojea

Heda of Research Group

Siemens

Julia Rasooly

Julia Rasooly

President & CEO

PuraCath Medical Inc.

Julie Lawrence

Julie Lawrence

Angel Investor

Wharton Alumni Angels

Justin Lokitz

Justin Lokitz

Strategy Designer & Managing Director

Business Models, Inc.

Kai Huang

Kai Huang

Co-Founder

Flash Bike

Kamal Bharucha

Kamal Bharucha

Excecutive Medical Director

Spruce Bioscience

Kara Sammet

Kara Sammet

Founder & Principal

Gender Lenz

Karén Gyulbudaghyan

Karén Gyulbudaghyan

Managing Partner

Strategic Value Ventures

Kelly Gardner

Kelly Gardner

Director, Marketing

Protein Simple

Ketan Gima

Ketan Gima

VP, Strategy & Implementation

Canopy Health

Keval Desai

Keval Desai

General Partner

InterWest

Kevin Chou

Kevin Chou

CEO

Forte Labs, Inc.

Kim Polese

Kim Polese

Chairman

CrowdSmart

Lance Matthews

Lance Matthews

Associate

Deutsche Telekom Capital

Laura Oliphant

Laura Oliphant

Managing Partner

Spirit Ventures

Leigh Teece

Leigh Teece

Founder & Executive Chair

World Mentor

Leila Makarechi

Leila Makarechi

Practicioner in Residence & Big Idea Judge

Blum Center for Developing Economy

Leo Chan

Leo Chan

Member

Sand Hill Angels

Lev Mass

Lev Mass

Managing Partner

Crux Capital

Lisa Edgar

Lisa Edgar

Managing Director

Top Tier Capital Partners

Lisa Lum

Lisa Lum

Executive Director

AAMA Silicon Valley

Lucia Hicks Wiiliams

Lucia Hicks Wiiliams

President

pemco Capital

Marc Bensadoun

Marc Bensadoun

Seed-stage Investor and Advisor

Marc Meyer

Marc Meyer

Member of Selection Committee

Harvard Business School Alumni

Marc Tarpenning

Marc Tarpenning

Trustee

The Nueva School

Mark Coopersmith

Mark Coopersmith

Startup board of Mentors

Haas School of Business

Mary Wheeler

Mary Wheeler

Investory Angellist Syndicate, Therapeutics

Angellist

Matt Kirmayer

Matt Kirmayer

Partner

Perkins Coie LLP

Matt Ogdie

Matt Ogdie

Genomics Entrepreneur

Matt Sonsini

Matt Sonsini

CEO, CIO

Sibrato Capital

Michael Aday

Michael Aday

Senior Manager - External Research

Huawei Technologies

Michael Berolzheimer

Michael Berolzheimer

Founder and Managing Partner

Bee Partners

Micheline Casey

Micheline Casey

Global head of data, Ford Smart Mobility

Ford

Mike Cohen

Mike Cohen

Director, Innovation Ecosystem Development

UC Berkeley

Ming Fang

Ming Fang

VP

Redmile Group

Mona Sabet

Mona Sabet

Managing Director

Tribal Advisors

Nancy Olson

Nancy Olson

Managing Parner

Fog City Capital

Naresh Malik

Naresh Malik

Founding Partner

CoSuccess

Nat Goldhaber

Nat Goldhaber

Senior Advisor

Varuna Fund

Nicholas Henderson

Nicholas Henderson

President

Keiretsu Forum New England

Noah Doyle

Noah Doyle

Managing Director

Javelin Venture Partners

Oliver Williamson

Oliver Williamson

Nobel Laureate, Economic Sciences

Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee

Founder

Hobo Labs

Paul Chen

Paul Chen

Senior Investment Manager

alibaba

Peter Hsi

Peter Hsi

Advisor, consultant

Renata LLC

Peter Milford

Peter Milford

President

Parallel Rules Inc

Po Chi Wu

Po Chi Wu

Honorary Ambassador to Silicon Valley

Invotech

Puya Vahabi

Puya Vahabi

Principal Scientist

Airbnb

Radhika Shah

Radhika Shah

Chair of Tech Advisory Group

Stanford Handa Center, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs

Rajat Monga

Rajat Monga

Engineering Director/Distinguished Engineer, Leading Tensor Flow

Google

Rajiv Dholakia

Rajiv Dholakia

Group VP of Products and Business Development

Nok Nok Labs

Ray Bhatia

Ray Bhatia

CEO, Co Founder

Demand Local

Raymond McCauley

Raymond McCauley

Principal Scientist

Exponential Bioscience

Razmik Abnous

Razmik Abnous

Co-founder, advisor at Vineti

Vineti

Rebecca Lynn

Rebecca Lynn

Co founder, general partner

Canvas Ventures

Regina Leung

Regina Leung

Executive Director

Bay Angels

Ronjon Nag

Ronjon Nag

Executive Director

GTCardio

Roveen Bhansali

Roveen Bhansali

Founder

Newfintech

Russ Holdstein

Russ Holdstein

Managing Partner

FirstMile Ventures

Samir Ghosh

Samir Ghosh

Advisor, Business Mentor, ceo coach

Ghosh.com, 500 Startups, Alchemist Accelerator

Sandeep Shroff

Sandeep Shroff

CEO

myStartUpCFO, Make in LA, Alchemist, Batchery

Sanjiv Taneja

Sanjiv Taneja

COO, FemtoDx

Band of Angels

Scott Woodward

Scott Woodward

Partner, Ventac Partners

Astrazeneca, Synarc, Ventac Partners

Seth Bindernagel

Seth Bindernagel

Senior Director

Strava

Shannon Hall

Shannon Hall

Investor, Consultant, Life Sciences Executive

Life Sciences Investor & Strategist

Shawn Merani

Shawn Merani

Founder and Managing Partner at Parade Ventures

Parade Ventures

Shelley Zhuang

Shelley Zhuang

Founder and Managing Partner at 11.2 Capital

11.2 Capital

Shuo Chen

Shuo Chen

General Partner at Agile VC

Agile VC

Simon Cohn

Simon Cohn

Experienced Physician Healthcare Executive and Consultant

Scohn and Associates

Snow Ge

Snow Ge

Senior Director - Nektar Therapeutics

Nektar Therapeutics, GSK, Schering AG/Bayer

Sohila Zadran

Sohila Zadran

Khosla Ventures

Steve Felter

Steve Felter

Tech & Digial Media Executive

Steve Glaser

Steve Glaser

Managing Director

Cadence Design, Xilinx

Steve Sullivan

Steve Sullivan

Partner, General Manager

Mixed Reality Capture Studios, Microsoft

Steven Atneosen

Steven Atneosen

Vice President, Corperate Development of XPT

NIO, StayWell Health, Reflector Network

Steven Donaldson

Steven Donaldson

Founder, Principal

Radiant Brands

Suhas Gupta

Suhas Gupta

Lead Electrical Engineer

Apple

Sutanto Widjaja

Sutanto Widjaja

Pofolio Manager

Symphony Asset Management

Sydney Thomas

Sydney Thomas

Senior Associate

Precursor Ventures

Sylvain Marseille

Sylvain Marseille

Senior Marketing Manager

Danfoss, Analog Devices, Peugeot

Taejoon Ahn

Taejoon Ahn

President, CEO

John Muir Medical Group

Ted Kuh

Ted Kuh

Founder

Ultima Partners

Terry Wong

Terry Wong

Principal

Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP

Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Portfolio Operations

Bee Partners

Tim Xiong

Tim Xiong

Head of Joint Innovation Center and Geo Expansion Department, AWS Greater China

Amazon Web Services

Toby Stuart

Toby Stuart

Leo Helzel Professor

Haas School of Business

Tom Kehler

Tom Kehler

President, Chief Scientists, Founder and Board member

CrowdSmart

Trevor Darrell

Trevor Darrell

UCB Professor

EECS Department

Trey Roessig

Trey Roessig

Vice President of Engineering

Empower Semiconductor

Ullas Naik

Ullas Naik

Founder and General Partner

Streamlined Ventures

Vahan Tchakerian

Vahan Tchakerian

SVP Global Sales

Cogniac

Vicki Hammerstedt

Vicki Hammerstedt

Digital Media Director

Berkeley Advanced Media Institute

Vince Law

Vince Law

Founder & Principle

vincelaw.co

Vish Pai

Vish Pai

Head of Products

Amazon

Vivienne Ming

Vivienne Ming

CEO

Socas Labs

Wayne Leong

Wayne Leong

Hospital Physician

Kaiser Permanente

Wei Tao

Wei Tao

Angel Investor

Wei Wu

Wei Wu

Healthcare Investment Director

BOE Ventures

Wes Selke

Wes Selke

Managing Director and Founder

Better Ventures, Adjunct at USF, Investment manager at Good Capital

Will Burke

Will Burke

Founder, CEO

Pink - Partners in New Thinking

Yanush Cherkis

Yanush Cherkis

Founder

Ultimate Destiny Enterprises and ETW Advisors

Yasser Elijerah

Yasser Elijerah

Vice President, Global Presales

Zendesk

Ahsan Baig

Ahsan Baig

CIO

AC Transit

Alexander Lovell

Alexander Lovell

Director of Product Management, Einstein

Salesforce

Alka Gupta

Alka Gupta

Entrepreneur, Board Director

Fintel Labs

Andy Ross

Andy Ross

Managing Director

Granite Valuations

Bahigh Acuna

Bahigh Acuna

VP & GM

ORIG3N

Brannan Matherson

Brannan Matherson

Director of Product Marketing

People.ai

Chris Mossing

Chris Mossing

Dir of BD

Visa

David Emerson

David Emerson

Principal

Greendale Ventures

Dutta Satadip

Dutta Satadip

Operations Executive

Pinterest

Dylan Chiu

Dylan Chiu

Associate

Ironfire Capital

Ella Li

Ella Li

Sr. Director of Investment

ZGC Capital Corporation

Eric Chan

Eric Chan

Director, Partnerships & Growth

Chargebee

Erica Zeidenberg

Erica Zeidenberg

Principal

Hot Tomato

Faraz Fatemi

Faraz Fatemi

Investor

Bain Capital Ventures

Feryal Fedowsi

Feryal Fedowsi

Founder/CEO

CATWALK APP

Gert Reynaert

Gert Reynaert

Principal Consultant

SEI - Boston LLC

Gregory LaBlanc

Gregory LaBlanc

Lecturer - Finance, Strategy, and Law

Haas School of Business

Gunther Stein

Gunther Stein

Former Chairman, CEO, and CIO

Symphony Asset Management

Ioana Aanei

Ioana Aanei

Scientific Analyst

QB3

Jedd Marcus

Jedd Marcus

Enterprise Sales Executive

Stack Overflow

Jessica Chao

Jessica Chao

Director, Clinical Innovation Center

UCSF

Jonathan Howard

Jonathan Howard

Co-Organizer

Pitch Crew

Josh Ephraim

Josh Ephraim

Legal Counsel

Gunderson Dettmer

Kamal Nabijee

Kamal Nabijee

Founder/CEO

Stealth Mode

Karly Wang

Karly Wang

Board Member

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Kira Noodleman

Kira Noodleman

Investor

Bee Partners

Lusine Yeghiazaryan

Lusine Yeghiazaryan

Vice President

GoPro

Mariah Lichtenstern

Mariah Lichtenstern

Founding Partner / Managing Partner

DiverseCity Ventures

Mary Jo Potter

Mary Jo Potter

CEO

Healthcare Angels

Mike Nejad

Mike Nejad

Senior Director, Technology Development

TDK InvenSense

Narayan Prabhu

Narayan Prabhu

CFO

Sony Biotech

Reza Banki

Reza Banki

Chief of Staff & Head of Business Ops

Tubi

Sandhya Venkatachalam

Sandhya Venkatachalam

Founder/Managing Partner

Deep Ventures

Seth Rodgers

Seth Rodgers

CEO

NeuroSave

Shahab Choudhry

Shahab Choudhry

CSO

Anexinet

Sharad Vivek

Sharad Vivek

Director, Business Development & Product Partnerships

Uber

Sheng Xu

Sheng Xu

Software Engineer

Huawei

Sheree Chang

Sheree Chang

Head of Mobile Partnerships

Youtube

Simon Morris

Simon Morris

Head of Product

Libra Association

Tina Tran

Tina Tran

AR/VR Enterprise Strategic Partnerships

Facebook

Xiaorui Zhu

Xiaorui Zhu

PhD Forum Chair

IEEE Robotics + Automatic Society