Nick Sturiale joined Ignition in 2013, as a managing partner and oversees the Palo Alto office. Early on, Nick spent 12 years as an entrepreneur in three startups where he held most all functional roles from QA, to product management to channel sales to marketing and BD. He was also founding CEO and Director of Timbre Technologies, a manufacturing-analytics software company, which won the 1999 UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition and was acquired by Tokyo Electron for $138 million in 2001.

As a VC the last 15 years, Nick’s has been directly involved in over 100 startups, held more than 25 board seats and invested across multiple platform generations from applications to web/cloud infrastructure to mobile enterprise to Big Data. To date, Nick’s companies have generated nearly $700M in realized value from approximately $100M in investment cost.

Prior to Ignition, Nick spent three years at Icon Ventures (formerly JAFCO Ventures) as a general partner, where he invested in companies such as VuClip (PCCW),, and Delphix. Nick spent eight years at Sevin Rosen Funds, where he incubated and led first investments in companies such as Actional (PRGS), XenSource (CTXS), Solidcore (INTC) and Splunk (SPLK). Nick also worked at The Carlyle Group as a managing director and co-head of its Silicon Valley office.

Nick holds a BS degree (and completed BA requirements) from California State University, Chico, and an MBA with academic distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a frequent guest lecturer and a member of the Haas School Dean’s Advisory Group.