Don Wood is a Venture Partner at DFJ. Don's primary investment focus is consumer web, enterprise IT, and cleantech. Don also leads DFJ's Global Network of Funds which has grown to include 16 firms managing over $7B on four continents, with 140 professionals, and hundreds of active portfolio companies.
Don has been a venture investor for 15 years. Prior to joining DFJ, Don was a General Partner at Vanguard Ventures where he invested in IT, consumer internet, and cleantech. Some of Don's investments and Boards (current and past) include Vocera Communications (VCRA), ZipRealty (ZIPR), Reflectivity (acq. by TI), BroadSoft (BSFT), Cooking.com (acq. by Target), MySoftware (MYSW), Array Power, Enlighted, JIBE, Konarka, Newsle, Oasys, Power Assure, Redux, Trustpilot, WaterSmart, and the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a non-profit community organization.
Don's career began with his first post-college job at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He later became a ski instructor in Vail, Colorado. After graduate school, Don became a consultant with McKinsey and Company in their San Francisco and Sydney offices. Later he was SVP of Sales and Marketing at International Power Technology which designed, financed, installed and operated co-generation power plants. Don ran marketing and service at Octel Communications (OCTL), worldwide leader in voicemail systems. He co-founded Wood-Howard Products with his patent for a laminated publishing format which he later licensed to Simon and Schuster, FastMark, Rand McNally, and others; more than 100 million products have been sold under these licenses. Don served on the Board and was President of Metricom (MCOM), which provided wireless smart grid systems to utilities and pioneered the first wireless mesh-network Internet service known as Ricochet.
Don earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University, and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Don won the "Nonprofit Board Leader Award" from The Volunteer Center of San Francisco. Don is still trying to improve his surfing, golfing, skiing, and windsurfing.