Vertical Venture Partners Team

Dave Schwab


David Schwab, Founder and Managing Director

Dave has a 15 year operating background in engineering management at Lockheed Martin, sales management at Sun Microsystems and executive management at Scopus Technology. At Lockheed his projects involved guidance and control systems for airplanes and satellites. At Sun he managed a local sales territory in Santa Clara, CA. After his tenure at Sun, he co-founded Scopus Technology, an IPO success story in the CRM space. Scopus was subsequently sold to Siebel Systems in a $500M transaction.

Dave started his venture career at Sierra Ventures where he helped build the Enterprise Software Practice. He also created and managed the CIO Advisory Board to a strength of 75 Fortune 500 CIOs in multiple vertical markets.

At Vertical Venture Partners his focus is vertical CRM, business intelligence applications, mobile, and university commercialization.

Some of Dave’s prior investments include Micromuse (NASDAQ: MUSE; sold to IBM), Saleslogix (NASDAQ: SLGX; sold to Sage), Fatbrain (NASDAQ: CMPL), 360Commerce (sold to Oracle), Parature (sold to Microsoft), Corrigo (sold to JLL), On-Link (sold to Siebel Systems) and Opalis (sold to Microsoft).

Dave currently serves on the boards of Revionics, Zipari, PowWow Mobile, SOCI, and Profitect.


BA – UC San Diego, Systems Science
MS – Stanford University, Aerospace Engineering
ENG – Stanford University, Aerospace Engineering
Thesis Topic: Control Systems for Large Space Structures
MBA – Harvard Business School

Paul Conley


Paul Conley, Managing Director

Paul has 15 years of operating experience in technical and management roles. He worked for six years at Los Alamos National Labs where he led doctoral and post-doctoral research projects in the computational modeling of high explosive materials and components. Following his research career he entered the commercial world where he founded two companies. He was the founding CEO of both BrightScale and Appfluent Technology, where he drove strategy, operations and fund raising. Appfluent developed enterprise software for management of high-performance relational databases. BrightScale developed massively parallel multi-core microprocessors for applications in big data analytics and high definition image/video processing.

Since 2007, Paul has been a venture capital investor in early stage technology companies. He began his investing career at Paladin Capital Group, a firm with specialty in security and defense technologies with commercial application. At Paladin, he has invested broadly in enterprise software, semiconductors and life sciences. At Vertical Venture Partners, Paul has particular interest in commercialization of technologies coming out of major research universities.

Paul in an active investor who often leverages operating experience by serving on portfolio company boards. Examples of current Board roles: Twist Bioscience, 10X Genomics, HealthTell, IonPath, Menlo Microsystems.


PhD – UC San Diego, Computational Physics
Thesis Topic: Analysis of Solid Viscosity in Porous HNS
ME – UC San Diego, Bioengineering
MS – University of Virginia, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Thesis Topic: Dynamics of Vehicles Modified for the Disabled
BS – University of Virginia, Mechanical Engineering

Brad Corona


Brad Corona, Partner

Brad has 14 years of investment, operating, and corporate advisory experience, including roles as an investment banker, entrepreneur and early-stage investment professional. He is actively involved with portfolio companies Ordermark, Profitect, Redeam, SOCi, and Zipari.

In addition to his role at Vertical Venture Partners, Brad is a Venture Partner at Lakewood & Company, where he focuses on the execution of venture capital investments. Representative investments include SOCi, Profitect, RiskSense, and IdentityMind Global.  Before Lakewood, Brad worked with multiple family offices on the execution of early-stage investments in technology and healthcare.  Previously, he was the Co-Founder and CEO of an e-commerce business in the retail vertical.  He began his career as an investment banker at Jefferies in the New York office, where he spent six years in the Financial Sponsors and Healthcare groups on capital raising, advisory, and M&A engagements.


Brad received his BA in Business Economics from Brown University.

Tim Richardson


Tim Richardson, Venture Partner

Tim has extensive experience as a Founder, Senior Executive and Board Member of multiple technology companies. He was a founder and senior executive of Liquid Robotics which was sold to Boeing in 2016.  He was President and CEO of Micro Linear Corporation (Nasdaq: MLIN) which was acquired by Sirenza Microdevices and President and Co-Founder of VeriFiber Technologies which was acquired by Bandwidth 9. Tim currently serves on the board of IXYS Corporation (Nasdaq: IXYS), a public semiconductor company.

He is also a strategic advisor and guest lecturer for the Georgia Tech Research Institute, a founding and active Member of the Jupiter Research Foundation and a Council Member of Stanford’s Hoover Institute.

Additionally, Tim served as a Technology Advisory Board Member – Speaker of the House – USA and is a certified SEC expert.


Double Major – Auburn University, Alabama

Doreen Thawley

Executive Assistant


Doreen, is a seasoned administrative assistant having spent the last 18 years in the venture capital industry. Preceding that she supported the CMO at Amdahl Corporation (now Fujitsu) as a senior executive assistant for 10 years.

Doreen brings a strong professional background and skills to the Vertical Venture Partners’ organization. She is a highly driven, personable, and creative professional with valuable experience in providing support to David Schwab and the team, as well as executives in multiple Vertical Venture Partners’ portfolio companies.

Strategic Advisors

Mark Angel

CTO, Renaissance Learning

General Manager, Nuance Communications

Bruce Armstrong

Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

VP & General Manager, Teradata

Kia Behnia

CTO, BMC Software

Vice President, Splunk

Lloyd Carney

CEO, Brocade Communication

Board Member, Visa International

Iain Cooper

Manager Corporate Venture, Schlumberger

Product Development Manager, Schlumberger

Claudia Fan Munce

Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group

Vice President, IBM Corporate Development

Peter Flaherty

Managing Director, Arcon Partners

Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Prabhu Goel

Chairman, FusionOps Inc

Board of Directors, Cadence Design Systems

Clark Golestani

President Emerging Businesses and

Global CIO, Merck

Steve Hart

Founder and CTO ViaSat

Engineering Executive Linkabit

Fran Harvey

Former Secretary of the Army

Former Executive at Westinghouse

Robert Locke

SVP Corporate Development, Tyco

VP & Managing Director, Tyco Ventures

Rahul Merchant

Sr. Executive Vice President

Head of Client Services & Technology


Todd Papaioannou

Equity Partner, Data Collective

Chief Cloud Architect, Yahoo!

Al Pisano

Professor & Dean, Jacobs School

of Engineering, UC San Diego

Professor & Chair, Mechanical

Engineering, UC Berkeley.

Bryan Richardson

Senior Program Officer of
Measurement Learning, and Evaluation at the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Co-Founder and Partner, UPD Consulting

Russ Sach

Sr. Executive Corp. Development, Expedia

Executive, Northwest Airlines

Todd Schofield

Former Managing Director, SC Innovation Studios,

Standard Chartered Bank

Bill Vass

VP Engineering, Amazon Web Services

President & CEO, Liquid Robotics

Chuck Wallace

Co-founder, Esurance

Board Member, Advisor, Consultant and Investor with multiple companies and private equity firms

Bill Warner

Board of Directors, Community

Hospital Monterey Peninsula

President, Naval Postgraduate

School Foundation

Deborah Weinswig

Managing Director, Fung Global Retail & Technology

Fung Business intelligence Centre

Managing Director, Citi

John J. Young, Jr

Board of Directors, Tenax Aerospace

Board of Directors, SRI International