Paul is a General Partner at Canvas Venture Fund, where he focuses on partnering with innovators building mobile software, proprietary data graphs and large peer networks. A seasoned entrepreneur, operator and venture investor, Paul is on a mission to find early-stage companies that are tackling big, intractable problems and driving progress in enterprise, education, real estate and gaming, where he has deep domain expertise.
Paul joined Canvas in May 2014 from New Enterprise Associates (NEA)—a global investment firm with $14 billion in assets under management — where he spent 10 years as a partner in the firm’s Menlo Park office. During his time at NEA, he worked with seven companies that have since gone public on the NASDAQ or NYSE and helped lead tens of companies to successful acquisitions.
Some of his more noted investments include Houzz, Gaikai, Boingo, Elance-oDesk, SayMedia, and 42Floors, where he served on the boards.
Before taking the plunge into the world of venture capital, Paul founded a venture-backed startup called Mazu Networks, a pioneer in network security that was built from technology developed at MIT. Today, the company provides enterprise IT organizations with the ability to manage, secure and optimize their business services. Paul went on to serve as President and later VP of Product at Mazu, before the company’s sale to Riverbed Technology in 2009.
Paul began his career working in product development at medical device giant, Medtronic, and leading market entry strategy for China at McKinsey & Company. He earned his BSc in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from MIT and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
May 28, 2014 - Current (over 2 years)
|Jul, 2016||Transfix||$22M / Series B||Canvas Ventures|
|Dec, 2015||Everwise||$8M / Series A (Lead)||Canvas Ventures|
|Nov, 2015||Zola||$10M / Series B (Lead)||Canvas Ventures|
|Nov, 2015||Transfix||$12M / Series A (Lead)||Canvas Ventures|
|Jul, 2013||TalentBin||$2M / Series A||New Enterprise Associates|
|Jan, 2013||42Floors||$12M / Series B (Lead)||New Enterprise Associates|
|Jan, 2013||Houzz||$35M / Series C||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2012||SAY Media||$27M / Venture (Lead)||New Enterprise Associates|
|Jan, 2012||Elance||$16M / Venture||New Enterprise Associates|
|Jul, 2011||Gaikai||$30M / Series C (Lead)||New Enterprise Associates|
|Jul, 2004||Elance||$10M / Series E||New Enterprise Associates|
|Apr, 2003||Elance||$6.8M / Venture||New Enterprise Associates|
|Aug 3, 2016||Business Wire - CORRECTING and REPLACING Viewics Secures $10.5 Million in Additional Financing, Closes Funding to Bring Advanced Analytics to Healthcare|
|Jan 22, 2016||Sramana Mitra - 2016 IPO Prospects: Houzz May Unveil The Curtains|
|Jan 7, 2016||TechCrunch - Female Founders: The State Of The Union|
|Dec 21, 2015||PE HUB - Canvas to raise $250 mln second fund|
|Dec 8, 2015||PE HUB - Everwise raises $8 mln; investors include Canvas, Sequoia|
|Oct 15, 2014||PRNewswire All - Viewics Raises $8 Million to Fuel Growth and Innovation|
|May 28, 2014||Venture Beat - NEA veteran joins Canvas Venture Fund, brings both investor and entrepreneur chops to the team|
|May 28, 2013||WSJ Blogs - Canvas Names Ex-NEA Partner As Fourth General Partner For Latest Fund|