Baris has been the CEO of Hip Digital Media since 2008. Prior to joining Hip Digital Media, Baris was a venture capitalist for ten years, at U.S. Venture Partners, a leading Silicon Valley based venture capital firm and at Fuse Capital. As a VC, Baris invested in a wide variety of industries including telecommunications, semiconductors and the Internet. Baris’ recent board seats/investments include: Hip Digital Media, Like.com (Acquired by Google), SpectraLinear (acquired by SiLabs NASDAQ:SLAB), Minerva Networks, Redline Communications (LSE: REDL) and Aspendos Communications (Acquired by Beceem Communications).
Before becoming a venture capitalist, Baris worked in both engineering and marketing at 3Com/U.S. Robotics, where he developed software for the company’s networking and cable modem products. His efforts at U.S. Robotics resulted in a number of U.S. patents.
Baris holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, where he graduated summa cum laude.