Winston is a seasoned entrepreneur, athlete, coach scientist and technology investor. Entrepreneurs appreciate that Winston’s advice and support is based on his experience as a fellow entrepreneur and technologist.
Before founding LDV Partners, Winston served as a General Partner at US Venture Partners for 14 years. Winston backed industry leaders such as Box (BOX), Brion Technologies (acquired by ASML), Clear Shape Technologies (acquired by Cadence), Guidewire (GWRE), MaxLinear (MXL), Mellanox (MLNX) and New Focus (NUFO).
Prior to USVP, Winston was a founder of Vixel Corporation, where he helped bring Fiber-Channel and Gigabit Ethernet fiber-optic interconnects to market. Vixel (VIXL) made its initial public offering in 1999 and was subsequently acquired by Emulex in 2003. Winston led Product Marketing at Vixel where he focused Vixel’s technology on the short-reach fiber-optic communications.
Winston began his venture career as a Kauffman Fellow at US Venture Partners. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management where he was an Austin Scholar. Winston holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University and a BS in Physics from MIT. Winston is a former captain of MIT’s NCAA volleyball team and a former coach and a current Director of the Front Range Volleyball Club in Colorado.