Susan has 28 years of operating, management, and venture capital experience.
Susan is a General Partner with Aligned Partners, a venture firm she co-founded with another Kauffman Fellow (Jodi Sherman Jahic, Class 5). Aligned Partners specializes in investments in highly capital efficient IT startups. Susan is focused on early stage startups in the cloud and mobile computing areas.
Prior to co-founding Aligned Partners, Susan was with Onset Ventures for 15 years and helped raise 5 ONSET funds. She came to Onset Ventures in 1996 after holding positions in high technology engineering, marketing and business development.
Susan previously led a successful consulting practice, helping Fortune 100 corporations capitalize on emerging markets and technologies. Earlier in her career, she held positions in marketing and engineering design for high-performance systems and microprocessors at Fujitsu Microelectronics, Fairchild Semiconductor and NCR Microelectronics.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Susan received a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and her MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Susan is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 2 and served her fellowship under mentor Rob Kuhling at ONSET Ventures in Menlo Park, CA. She has served as a mentor to Class 15 member Miriam Rivera and Class 18 member Beto Pallares. Susan is a founding board member and Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Venture Education.