James F. Gibbons, Chairman of the Board.

Jim is a successful serial entrepreneur, with a long history of leadership in Silicon Valley. He has started or helped start over nine companies, and he has been on the Board of major corporations including Lockheed Martin, Cisco and El Paso Energy. He is also a faculty member at Stanford University

Lambertus Hesselink, CEO and President

Bert has started three companies and has been involved in both startup and Fortune 100 companies. He was CTO and Chief Strategist for Branded Products at Western Digital Corporation. He is also a faculty member at Stanford University

Steve Bragonier, CFO

Steve is a veteran startup CFO working primarily for NEA funded companies. He has a wealth of CFO experience with high-tech Silicon Valley Startup companies

Ann Miura-Ko, Boardmember, Lead Investor

Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding managing partner at FLOODGATE where her investment interests include e-commerce, capitally efficient software and radical science. Ann has been recognized by Forbes as one of the "Most Powerful Woman in Startups" and got her Ph.D. in Quantitive Modeling of Computer Security at Stanford University. Over the years through her teaching post in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Ann has worked with over 500 students on more than 150 startup ideas. In addition to Ayasdi, Ann's board seats include Modcloth, Refinery29 and Xamarin. Ann also has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University.


Floodgate is an early stage venture capital firm located in Palo Alto, California focused on helping today's most ambitious entrepreneurs develop tomorrow's legendary companies. We are seed stage investors in companies that include Twitter, Chegg, Demandforce, Ayasdi, Wanelo and Modcloth.