Don Wood

Mr Don Wood


Don Wood is a Managing Director investing in information technology, Internet services, and energy technologies. Don is an experienced and accomplished entrepreneur, senior executive and management consultant with significant experience in his industries of focus. Prior to joining Vanguard Ventures, Don was the President of Metricom and a member of its Board of Directors. In this role he was responsible for evolving Metricom from a wireless equipment manufacturer to a wireless Internet service known as Ricochet. Don was with Octel Communications, Inc., worldwide leader in voicemail systems, where he was responsible for all marketing, product management and sales engineering. In 1987, he co-founded Wood-Howard Products, a consumer product publishing company, and licensed his patent for a folding, laminated publishing format to Simon and Schuster, Rand McNally, FastMark and others. Today more than 100 million products have been sold under these licenses. He was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing with International Power Technology, supplier of micro-turbine, co-generation power systems. Don was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company where he worked on operations, marketing, and acquisition projects for Fortune 500 companies. Don also worked in the policy-planning department of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University, and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Early stage information technology venture capital firm.
Managing Director (Menlo Park) (past)
Managing Director (Palo Alto) (current)

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