Clint Chao is a founding Managing Director at Formative Ventures. Clint invests in early-stage technology start-ups, most recently focusing on web services, cloud computing applications and software infrastructure. Clint is an experienced technology executive who brings more than 20 years of start-up operating experience including marketing, sales and business development to Formative Ventures. His investment and
board leadership experience include Adept Cloud, Mashery (acquired by Intel), SOASTA, Silicon Clocks (acquired by Silicon Labs), Vungle and Zyray Wireless (acquired
Prior to co-founding Formative Ventures, Clint served
as the first vice president of marketing, sales, and business development at SkyStream
Networks (acquired by Tandberg TV), a leading provider of video routing solutions. Under his
leadership, SkyStream became the worldwide leader in MPEG routing solutions to the broadcast, networking and enterprise markets.
Prior to joining SkyStream, Clint served as senior
director of marketing at C-Cube Microsystems where he was responsible
for marketing for the PC Division, a group he co-founded and grew
to run rates exceeding $50M in sales annually. Clint began his
tenure at C-Cube as the first salesperson for the company, where
he created the company’s
sales representation network around the country. While there, C-Cube became the dominant supplier of digital video and imaging compression chips to the consumer electronics, computing and communications markets.
Before joining C-Cube in 1990, Clint held numerous
sales and sales management positions at Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector,
where he was recognized as one of the company’s top salespeople.
Clint earned a bachelor of science degree
in electrical engineering and computer science from the University
of California at Berkeley.
On entrepreneurs: “Company founders are
usually singularly focused on the technology behind their company,
but truly successful start-ups need to also be focused on how their
technology gets adopted by the marketplace – converging their
offerings with the actual needs of their early-adopter customers. Entrepreneurs
should look to partner with investors who have a seasoned business
background to help position their company for market leadership.”
Read Clint's Tumblog,
Board experience: Adept Cloud (observer), Marketocracy, Mashery (acquired by Intel), Silicon Clocks (acquired by Silicon Labs), Smalltown (acquired by major Silicon Valley co.), SOASTA, Zyray Wireless (acquired by Broadcom)
Follow Clint on
"Formative Ventures delivers on what they advertise: in addition to being savvy technology investors, they help us with their deep marketing and sales expertise. We think of Clint and his partners as valuable members of our team who are always accessible to discuss ideas about how to grow our business."
– Hal Rucker
CEO of Smalltown