Who We Are

Nearly a decade ago, we saw a significant rise in the number of leading global corporations that sought to collaborate with emerging companies to drive innovation and growth. As former founders, funders, advisors, and executives, we knew we could help.

The Challenge

A noisy startup ecosystem filled with thousands of companies made it hard for corporations to know which emerging players to engage with

Identifying emerging technology partners required peripheral vision—the ability to see past traditional industry boundaries to spot trends and opportunities—that large companies didn’t have

Navigating the innovation ecosystem required long-term relationships with trusted partners whose aligned incentives, deep expertise, and global reach enabled them to act as an extension of corporate teams

Silicon Foundry was designed to solve these challenges. We serve as a bridge between corporates, startups, investors, and other ecosystem players. We’ve spent our careers at the intersection of new markets, business models, and corporate-startup partnerships, so we know what it takes to drive innovation from all angles. By working with Silicon Foundry, organizations can anticipate change and navigate what’s next.

Our Team

Committed to Impact, Inspired by Curiosity 

We’re a group of seasoned, dedicated professionals with deep relationships across the innovation ecosystem and decades of startup, corporate, investment and advisory experience. Our core team is complemented by an active group of network advisors—across industries and geographies—and strategic partners including BCG and Silicon Valley Bank. While San Francisco is our center of gravity and home to our hub, we live and work across the globe and span New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Miami, and New England.

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Neal is the CEO and Managing Partner of Silicon Foundry, where he leverages over 25 years of venture capital, product management, technology operations, corporate development, and trusted advisory experience to lead the firm.

Prior to joining Silicon Foundry, Neal was Managing Director of the emerging markets technology training, investment, and incubation program at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), where he managed a global team of 150+ professionals, over twenty startup investments, and partnerships with Google, Samsung, and Vodafone.

Neal previously served as a General Partner at Rustic Canyon Partners (RCP), an early-stage focused VC fund with $500MM under management. He also worked in the Corporate Development group at Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR, acq. by ADBE), where he was responsible for global M&A transactions and strategic equity investments. In this role, he traveled extensively throughout Asia and learned firsthand the challenges and impact of building relationships and executing cross-border transactions.

Neal’s first exposure to venture capital was as an Associate at Technology Crossover Ventures, after which he learned the ins and outs of a fast growth software company as a product marketing director at webMethods (Nsasdaq: WEBM, acq. by Software AG). Neal first moved to the Bay Area and began his career as an investment banking analyst at Robertson Stephens & Co. during the original internet boom (and bust!). Originally hailing from the beaches of Southern California, he earned his BA from Duke University, studied at University College London, and received an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children and when not at home, at Foundry’s downtown office, or on the road around the world visiting with our Members, he can be found driving his kids between sports practices or at one of the local surf breaks trying to catch a few waves.

Steve is a systems-level thinker with a unique talent for spotting the industry fault lines and associated business opportunities that arise when new technologies, consumer expectations, and regulatory changes create entirely new ways of doing business. He advises Silicon Foundry’s clients on how to navigate near-term disruptions, embrace emerging technologies, and build more resilient institutions.

Over the course of his career, Steve has built and invested in FinTech innovations, launched startups in collaboration with large corporations, and served as Founding Director of the Design and Innovation Lab at Trinity College Dublin, a government funded research center developing leading-edge AI & ML technologies. He has advised senior executives on the development of emerging technologies, ecosystem strategies, and new venture creation at a range of international corporations and government agencies around the world.

In addition to his advisory work, Steve serves as a Venture Partner at MFV Partners, a DeepTech focused venture capital fund based in Palo Alto. He also teaches graduate courses on strategy and innovation at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, where he holds an honorary appointment as Distinguished Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Steve holds an MBA from the University of Oxford with a specialization in Technology & Innovation Strategy. Steve regularly discusses emerging technologies at organizations such as the United Nations, the British House of Lords, the NTT Data Institute of Management Consulting, Stanford University, Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University. When he’s not working, you’ll find Steve traveling, spending time with his wife and three boys, and staying up late creating art.

Janina has dedicated her career to helping organizations identify and execute their purpose and vision. She advises Silicon Foundry’s financial services clients and leads the firm’s culture and mentorship initiatives. Prior to joining Foundry, Janina led Product & Marketing at Grasshopper Bank, a digital bank serving start-ups and VCs. Janina previously worked as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Pivotus Ventures, a venture studio set up by Umpqua Bank, to build out an award winning digital-human banking solution which was successfully acquired by Temenos in 2018. Over her career, Janina has worked in product and marketing roles across a range of large financial services organizations and emerging start-ups in London, San Francisco, and New York. Janina earned her BA in Business & Mass Communications at London Metropolitan University and her MSc in International Management at King’s College London. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her husband and their beloved fluffball of a cat, Summer.
Chad has over twenty years of entrepreneurial, venture capital, private equity, and strategic advisory experience. At Silicon Foundry, he uses his wide-ranging experience and network to surface relevant opportunities for our Member organizations. He also has had great success helping thriving startups form trajectory-changing partnerships with large corporations. Previously, Chad co-created and launched Capital Factory’s corporate innovation consulting practice, served as CEO of cloud accounting firm CollBox, worked in investment banking and private equity, and founded two residential services firms, where he served as president until their acquisitions. Chad holds a BA from Washington and Lee University. Outside of work, he enjoys eating Japanese food, creating chaos in pickup basketball games, and last second trips to beach and mountain locations with his wife and their two boys, Forrest and Banks.

Erik has spent his career turning groundbreaking clean technology research into commercial products that make our world cleaner and more efficient. At Silicon Foundry, he advises organizations on their cleantech adoption, commercialization, and investment strategies. Before that, he worked at Ionic Materials, where he negotiated partnerships to bring the company’s novel solid polymer technology to market in battery applications. He also led Qualcomm’s Halo program, which brought wireless charging technology to the electric vehicle market.  Earlier in his career he gained experience in venture investing at HarbourVest Partners and investment banking at Robertson Stephens. Erik holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Wharton. When he’s not working, you’ll find Erik spending time with his family in San Diego and working on his electronic music production hobby.

Sehr has spent her career at the intersection of strategy, partnerships and transformation. At Silicon Foundry, she helps organizations identify innovative ways to drive growth and tackle challenges at an organizational level. She also leads professional development initiatives and takes an active role in mentoring the Silicon Foundry team, ensuring they have pathways to grow. Previously, Sehr co-founded and ran an executive advisory firm that worked with global brands, family offices, and c-suite executives to build brands, structure strategic partnerships, and launch new ventures. She also held senior leadership roles at NBC, MTV, Paramount, and Edelman Digital. Sehr earned an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MS in Global Affairs from NYU, and a BA in Marketing and Vocal Performance from Indiana University. Sehr is a classically trained opera singer, started a non-profit for physically handicapped women in Bombay, helped architect The White House Initiative for Asian American and Pacific Islanders Anti-Bullying Campaign, and has built mentorship, diversity, and leadership programs within every company she’s worked at to create access, opportunity, and elevate platforms for under-represented groups. She lives in Miami.
Elsa advises Silicon Foundry Members on public-private partnerships, economic development, and innovation ecosystems. Prior to joining Silicon Foundry, Elsa was a speechwriter at West Wing Writers, a speechwriting and strategy firm based in Washington DC. She began her career as a consultant at Capco, where she worked with commercial banks to transform their digital and omnichannel strategies. Elsa holds a BS in International Politics and Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She lives in San Francisco with her fiance and their dog, Otis. When she’s not working, Elsa writes short stories and nonfiction essays.
Camille is passionate about advising Silicon Foundry’s Members on emerging technologies and trends that are disrupting industries, including mobility, manufacturing, and consumer products.  Previously, she practiced corporate law at a top global law firm, representing PE and VC firms as well as corporates and start-ups in various M&A, VC financing, and corporate governance matters. Prior to attending law school, Camille operated her family’s full service hair salon in Miami, where she managed a staff of 30. She holds a BBA from the University of Miami and a JD from New York University School of Law. Camille lives in New York with her fiance and enjoys taking improv classes to “yes and” her way to collaboratively finding creative solutions.
Isabelle Styslinger advises Silicon Foundry Members on mobility and emerging technologies and supports the firm’s business development efforts. She previously served as a strategy consultant at BTS and worked in product at Netflix, where she ensured that solutions and operations were in compliance with emerging privacy regulations. Isabelle also worked as a lobbyist for tech companies in D.C., where she focused on intermediary liability policy. Isabelle is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she received a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Technology Policy & Internet Law. She is a California native, lives in San Francisco, and enjoys learning obscure trivia and fun facts to share with her colleagues.
John advises Silicon Foundry’s Members on navigating opportunities in financial innovation. Previously, he led strategy and operations at First Circle, a Series A-funded fintech start-up in Southeast Asia. He brings a background in investment management, global strategy consulting, and international development from his work at AllianceBernstein, Albright Stonebridge Group, and USAID. He is FINRA Series 7 & 63 licensed and is currently a Fellow at On Deck. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Global Business from the University of Southern California, where he was a first-generation college graduate and Questbridge Scholar. He enjoys traveling (30 countries explored so far) and Japanese cuisine (both cooking and eating).
Eli has spent his early career working in startups, venture capital, climate change, social impact, tech, and innovation. He advises Silicon Foundry’s Members on emerging technologies and trends that are disrupting industries, including mobility, financial services, and consumer products. Previously, he worked as a Social Impact Incubator Intern at Halcyon Incubator in Washington, D.C. and as a Sustainability Intern at Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I in London. After completing his Bachelors, he participated in the International Graduate Program at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. He holds BSc degrees in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Bocconi University. Eli lives in New York and enjoys traveling, reading, yoga, and cooking.
Sarah is a career storyteller who oversees Silicon Foundry’s marketing and content strategies. Prior to joining the Silicon Foundry team, she served as Editor in Chief at AirMap, a drone technology start-up. Previously, Sarah worked for the digital marketing firm Women Online, reported for North Country Public Radio and NPR, and was named a National Geographic Young Explorer. Her work has appeared in Jezebel, New York Magazine’s The Cut, and Slate, and aired on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The World, The Takeaway, and Snap Judgement. She holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Clarkson University. When she’s not working, you’ll find Sarah adventuring in her home state of Vermont, binge listening to podcasts, and spending time with her husband and two cats.

Jenny oversees administrative operations, people and culture initiatives, and CEO special projects. Prior to joining Silicon Foundry, she worked in nonprofit development supporting anti-hate, higher education, and youth sports in underserved communities both domestically and internationally. Jenny holds BA degrees in Politics and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

Tapan advises Silicon Foundry Members on developing trends, emerging markets, and strategic connectivity between start-ups and corporations. He is also a Venture Partner at The Fund and Republic.co. Before joining Silicon Foundry, Tapan was a Program Manager at Techstars and ran the Backstage Capital Accelerator, where he invested in 30+ underrepresented founders. In partnership with MSU, Tapan founded and ran a food startup called Zest Meal until 2017. When he’s not working, you’ll find Tapan spending time with his fiance, family, and friends in Detroit and moonlighting as an Indian wedding DJ.