V. Paul Lee is the Managing Partner of Vanedge Capital. As the former President of Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), the global leader in interactive software, he was responsible for its Worldwide Studios group. EA had fiscal 2008 revenues of US $3.67 billion. He managed more than 6,000 employees and US$1 billion in annual capital and operating expenses in the development studios making it the largest entertainment studio in the world. Lee joined EA in 1991 when EA acquired Distinctive Software, Inc. (DSI), a leading independent videogame developer where he was an executive and part owner.
In 1996 Lee was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Lee was awarded the British Columbia Technology Industries Association Person of the Year Award in 2002. Lee has also received numerous awards for his community service including the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for significant contribution in the form of public service in 2003. In 2005 he was recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Lee has served as Chair of the British Columbia Technology Industries Association from 1998 to 2001. Lee currently serves as a member of the Premier’s Technology Council and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of DigiBC and is one of Canada’s representatives to Asia Pacific Economic Council’s Business Advisory Council.
Lee has been an active and successful investor for over 20 years, starting with DSI’s sale to EA in 1991. He was an investor A.L.I. Technologies, a digital radiology information systems company, until it was purchased by McKesson in 2002; and in leading strategic interactive marketing agency Blast Radius until its sale to WPP Group. Lee was also an investor in ActiveState, a spam-management and open-source software company, which was sold to Sophos in 2003 and in Bycast, an enterprise cloud storage provider until its sale to NetApp in 2010. Lee remains active as an angel investor and Director in Pacific Bio-Energy, the leading manufacturer of wood pellet biomass fuel; and D-Wave Systems, developer of the first commercial quantum computer of which he is also Chair.
Moe Kermani, Ph.D. focuses on investments in the areas of: cloud computing, infrastructure software, security, open source businesses, and vertical market solutions.
Prior to joining Vanedge, Moe was a Vice President of NetApp Inc. (NTAP:NASDAQ), a leading provider of enterprise data storage solutions. Prior to that Moe was President and CEO of Bycast Inc., the world leader in storage virtualization software for large scale digital archives and storage clouds. During his tenure at Bycast, Moe led the company from a seed stage startup to a profitable market leader with a global customer base. Bycast was successfully acquired by NetApp in the spring of 2010.
Moe has extensive experience working with entrepreneurial companies and taking to market leading-edge technology products. He currently serves on the board of directors of Metafor Software, and Boundless. Previous to its acquisition by GE, he served on the board of Wurldtech Security Technologies.
In recognition of his work, Moe was awarded the BC Technology Industry Association’s Person of the Year for 2011. He is also a recipient of the Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 award. Moe holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of British Columbia and a holds several US Patents for his past technical work.
Howard Donaldson is the CFO at Vanedge Capital where he provides financial and operational oversight for the fund and its portfolio companies. Howard most recently held the position of President for DigiBC, the industry association for digital media and wireless companies in BC. Previously, Donaldson served as Vice President, Studio Operations for Disney Interactive Studios after co-founding Propaganda Games in Vancouver which was later acquired by the Walt Disney Company. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of EA Canada where he, as part of the executive team, led EA Canada’s double-digit annual growth to almost $1 billion in revenue.
Howard has also held previous Vice President and CFO positions with Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing and executive positions in mergers and acquisitions with Unisys. He has served on the board of DigiBC and New Media BC for over four years and is the founder of Vancouver International Video Games Summit. Howard holds a BBA, an MBA and a CPA designation.
Amy Rae is a Principal at Vanedge Capital. Rae is the former Vice President & General Manager of Mobile and Social Commerce with Ziplocal (USA) where she was responsible for the development of their local search apps and new digital product rollout. Prior to that she held the position of Director of Business Development at Canpages after they acquired Ziplocal Canada. In this capacity at both companies, she leveraged her deal-making and relationship building skills to attract and broker new partnerships to enhance their online local search businesses.
Amy’s previous venture capital experience was as an Associate with JLA Venture Partners (co-managing partner of the Blackberry Partners Fund) where she provided due diligence and investment candidate screening that eventually let to the financing deal that saw the formation of ZipLocal in August 2006. Prior to joining JLA, she was an Analyst with Latitude Partners, a private equity and strategic advisory firm focused on the technology sector.
Amy holds a BComm with a finance specialization.
Todd joined Vanedge Capital in September of 2015. His past position beginning in 2013 was CFO at Recon Instruments where he led Recon’s fund raising efforts. During his term at Recon the company went onto raise $12M in capital from venture, corporate and angel investors. Recon was acquired by Intel Corporation in June of 2015.
Prior to Recon, he was Vice President of Investments at BC Renaissance Capital Fund managing a fund of funds investment pool of $90M. Over the past 20 years, he has developed and implemented venture capital programming like the BC angel tax credit program.
Todd earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and then went on to complete both his professional accounting designations. He enjoys outdoor pursuits that include skiing, surfing, and wake-boarding on Shawnigan Lake.
Brian Martin has been or is actively involved at the Board level of Boundless Geospatial, MapD, Hytrust and Recon (acquired by Splunk). has prior experience managing the security of a major utility, as an investment banker for technology companies and as a manager for an early stage industrial control systems company. At Vanedge, he works with companies in the areas of security, infrastructure, cloud computing, governance/risk/compliance and enterprise software.
Brian has had a focused career in security management and investment; while at BC Transmission Corp, a $1BN revenue utility (merged with BC Hydro) he was the Enterprise Security & Business Continuity Manager. In that role, he created a NERC compliant IT security & infrastructure program and completed $21M in associated technology investments. At BC Hydro, he led the development of and received Board approval for a $90M strategy to improve the maturity of their security program. Brian started his career at Matrikon (acquired by Honeywell) delivering public safety systems in New York City post 9-11. He later became the tri-state area manager and profitably grew operations with Fortune500 clients such as Entergy, Con Edison and PG&E. Prior to joining Vanedge, Brian was Managing Director at an investment bank, Performance Capital Advisors, where he completed multiple M&A and advisory engagements, including the sale of OpenEC to QHR Technologies.
Brian is an independent Board member of the Mole Hill Housing society; the society owns and manages a collection of twenty heritage houses that provide affordable housing for low and middle income families.
Brian received his M.B.A. from Queen’s School of Business and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Alberta where he was the Chairman of the Engineering Student’s society. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a registered Professional Engineer (New York State).