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Steve O'Hara has been the principal founder in three venture-backed companies and an advisor, board member and investor in several others.

In 2013, Steve co-founded and is a general partner at The Valley Fund, an early stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, CA. Steve founded TVF with Alex Gould, a former Stanford Management Company analyst, venture capitalist, entrepreneur and current Professor of Economics at Stanford University.

Previously, Steve founded Nebula in 2010. Nebula is the creator of Nebula One, the world's first cloud computer for large scale computing for enterprises. The company has raised two rounds of venture financing and is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Highland Capital Partners, Comcast Ventures and Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors. Nebula's other investors include Scott McNealy, Harris Barton, William R. Hearst III and Google's first three investors -- Andy Bechtolsheim, Ram Shriram and David Cheriton.

In 1999, Steve founded optical facilities-based carrier and U.S. leader OnFiber Communications. Steve founded OnFiber with seed funding from Andy Bechtolsheim, and later incubated the start-up at Kleiner Perkins under Vinod Khosla. OnFiber raised its A, B and C rounds from from Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Bear Stearns and Bechtel. OnFiber was acquired by Qwest (NYSE: Q) in 2006 for $170M.

In 1994, Steve founded CoreLogic with backing from Intel Capital, Mitsubishi (Visys) and a private syndicate of angel investors. CoreLogic was a virtual chip pioneer that designed Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) processors and technology to the netlist level. In 1997, CoreLogic merged with another venture-backed start-up, Rendition, and in 1998 Micron Technology (NYSE: MU) acquired the combined company for $90M.

Steve started his career at Nortel (NYSE: NRTLQ) in 1988 and worked at the company through 1994. He held roles in applications engineering, sales management and business development.

Steve was the founding Advisor and an investor in NetScreen (IPO in 2001, acquired by Juniper Networks in 2004 for $4.6 billion), an Advisor and investor in SiByte (acquired by Broadcom in 2001 for $2.1 billion), an Advisor and investor in Infinera (IPO in 2007 Nasdaq: INFN) and on the board of directors at EuPhonics (acquired by 3Com in 1998) and Acclaim (acquired by Level One in 2001).

Steve graduated in 1988 with a BS degree in Math from Santa Clara University, where he currently serves as an advisor at the School of Engineering.

Steve lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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