John Freidenrich is Chairman, co-founder and member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Freidenrich began his career as a lawyer, starting the law firm of Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper Rudnick) in 1968. He also founded the venture capital firm, Bay Partners, in 1976 and led the firm for over a quarter century. Mr. Freidenrich retired from Bay Partners in December, 2004. He received his bachelor's degree and L.L.D. from Stanford University, to which he has maintained close ties. Mr. Freidenrich was a member of Stanford University’s Board of Trustees for a decade and Chairman of the Board for four years in the mid 1990s. He sits on the Board of Directors of Stanford Hospital and Clinics; American Century Funds; and the Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life.
Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer
Robert Burlinson is a Managing Partner, Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer and member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Burlinson also serves as the firm’s Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer. He previously worked as a Principal for Industrial Growth Partners, a private equity firm focused on middle-market manufacturing businesses. Mr. Burlinson also executed public and private financings and merger advisory assignments for Alex Brown & Sons, Inc. and Kidder, Peabody & Co. He began his career in the private placements group of Manufacturers Hanover Securities Corporation. Mr. Burlinson received an A.B. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Burlinson also serves on the investment committee of the Skoll Foundation.
Partner & President
Peter Gifford is a Partner and member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Gifford also serves as the firm's President. Prior to joining Regis in 2006, Mr. Gifford worked at Advanced Technology Ventures, a multi-stage venture capital firm. Previously, he worked in business development at Loudcloud/Opsware and in the investment banking and investment management divisions of Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Gifford holds an A.B., with distinction, from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Gifford is President of the Palo Alto Community Fund and a prior Chair of its investment committee. He also serves on the Board of Governors of The Hotchkiss School and the board of the East Palo Alto Charter School.
Michael Ross is a Strategic Partner and member of the Investment Committee. In addition, Mr. Ross is the Director of MLR Properties and has partnered with Regis to identify distressed real estate opportunities. Mr. Ross was a founder of Makena Capital Management and was its Chief Investment Officer from its founding until April 2010; serving as Senior Advisor to the firm until April 2012. Makena Capital manages a single pooled private endowment fund with approximately $15 Billion in assets under management. Prior to forming Makena Capital, Mr. Ross was the Chief Investment Officer at the Stanford Management Company which is responsible for Stanford University’s $20 Billion in financial assets. Mr. Ross joined SMC in 2001 becoming Chief Investment Officer in early 2002. Mr. Ross received an B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Mr. Ross has served as a trustee and Chairman of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Trust and also sits on the Investment Task Force at the Crystal Springs Uplands School. Mr. Ross is on the Board of Advisors of Atrium Capital Corporation and was previously on the Board of Directors of the Capital Guardian Emerging Markets Growth Fund.
Michael Darby is a Partner and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Regis in 2007, Mr. Darby has invested in private equity direct and fund investments. He managed a diversified $150M fund for Sterling Stamos, an investment firm with $5B under management. As General Partner for Battery Ventures and Director for Cisco Systems, he returned multiples of invested capital backing technology startups. Mr. Darby previously was a Vice President at the U.S. Investment Fund, an emerging markets private equity firm, and provided strategic advice as part of Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Mr. Darby graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. from Harvard University and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Stephen Donahue is a Partner and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Regis in 2004, he served as an Analyst at Bay Partners, an early-stage technology venture capital firm, focusing on enterprise and infrastructure software companies. Earlier in his career, he worked in investment banking at Banc of America Securities and at Kana Software. Mr. Donahue earned an A.B. in Economics and History from Dartmouth College. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Partner & COO
Steven Go is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Regis. Mr. Go is responsible for all of the business operations and general day-to-day office activities of the firm including back-office operations, information technology, compliance and other non-investment related activities. Prior to joining Regis in 2010, for three years Mr. Go was the Chief Financial Officer of Black Ship Capital Management, LP, a start-up hedge fund manager and before that, Chief Administrative Officer of Seneca Capital Management, LP where he was responsible for all back-office activities as well as information technology. Mr. Go earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and received his M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Matthew Krensky is a Partner and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Regis in 2011, Mr. Krensky was responsible for constructing and implementing investment portfolio, wealth and estate planning strategies for ultra high net worth families, foundations and endowments at JPMorgan Private Bank. Mr. Krensky earned an A.B. in Economics from Stanford University.
Kristof Neukermans is a Partner and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to Regis in 2006, he conducted healthcare economics research at Stanford University and Cornell University and has published articles in several journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Earlier he worked in engineering and prototyping at Xros, a telecommunications company acquired by Nortel. Mr. Neukermans earned a BA in molecular biology from Princeton University and received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.