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Temple University, BS 1981
Computer Science/Mathematics
Lehigh University 1979
Mechanical Engineering

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Will Herman

In my current life, I’m an active angel investor, corporate director and startup mentor. I was previously a serial entrepreneur, having started 5 companies - mostly successes, but a couple of miserable failures. I live and work mostly in the Boston area.

I sold my last company, Innoveda (NASDAQ:INOV), a supplier of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software tools to Mentor Graphics in 2002. Innoveda was created when Viewlogic, my previous company, did a reverse acquisition of Summit Design, a public company. I co-founded Viewlogic (NASDAQ:VIEW) in 1984 and left the company in 1992, a year after the company’s IPO. I then rejoined the company in 1995 initally as President, then as CEO. Viewlogic Systems was acquired by Synopsys in 1997. One year later, most of the assets acquired by Synopsys were re-purchased by a small team I led via an MBO reforming Viewlogic as a new private company. Confused yet?

During my hiatus from Viewlogic, I was first the President of Scopus Technology, a startup supplier of software automation tools in the customer information systems marketplace. I later helped create Silerity, a developer of high-performance logic and electronic physical synthesis tools where I was President and CEO. Silerity was purchased by Viewlogic in 1995, thus completing my great career circle of life.

Prior to founding Viewlogic, I held management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and was involved in two other software startup operations, Dataware Logic, which I founded, and Health Care Computer Systems. I am currently a director of four private companies; Carbon Design, StillSecure, Standing Cloud and TrustPlus. I’m also a mentor at TechStars and actively advise about a half dozen individual startups. Previously, I served as a director of several other public and private companies including, Template Graphics Software, Hall Kinion, Rebar, Lexra, Quintus, Viewlogic Systems, Innoveda, Silerity, ChannelWave, AccuRev, Bionaut Pharmaceuticals and Zipix. Specialties

Startups, M&A, Venture Capital, Angel Investing, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Management

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
ViralGains 3/2014Seed$1.2M15
Zagster 10/2012Venture Round$1M9
Marginize 8/2010Seed$650k11
SocialSci 7/2010Angel$500k6
FitnessKeeper 11/2009Seed$400k4

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Sources

  1. Silicon Valley Venture Capital Almanac - Source [edit]
  2. Zagster raises $1M to take bike-sharing service nationwide (bizjournals.com) [edit]
  3. techcrunch.com [edit]
  4. School on hold as start-up gets $ (bostonherald.com) [edit]
  5. FitnessKeeper lands seed funds. (masshightech.com) [edit]
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