Eric Young

Member of the Board of Advisors

Co-Founder, General Partner, Canaan Partners

Eric Young co-founded Canaan Partners in 1987, and since then he has led investments in numerous market-leading tech companies, helping them grow from inception to exit. Eric has partnered with startups that have defined their industries: Argon Networks, Capstone Turbine, Copper Mountain Networks, Diffusion Software, Enpirion, Frame Technology, International Network Services, Kalpana, ONI Systems, SandForce, Spectrian and Visigenic Software.

Currently, Eric serves on the boards of EnStorage, a developer of
grid-scale energy storage systems, Cortina Systems, a leading supplier of
highly integrated communication devices, Lancope, the global leader in
network behavior analysis for security, Ebates, number one in online
shopping loyalty programs, and Xirrus, an innovator in high performance
enterprise Wi-Fi systems.

Before starting Canaan, Eric was a Senior VP in GE Venture Capital, where
he led successful investments in companies such as Nellcor and Octel
Communications. Eric also held a variety of sales, marketing and
operations management positions at GE in two power-related industrial
product businesses.

Eric earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a
MBA from Northwestern University. He’s a member of the Advisory Council of
Cornell University’s entrepreneurship initiative,
Entrepreneurship@Cornell, and actively promotes the transformative power
of entrepreneurship within the broader Cornell community. In addition,
Eric serves on the steering committee for SINET, the IT security industry
group dedicated to promoting innovation in the public and private sectors

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