Nick Sturiale joined Ignition as managing partner in 2013, after more than 25 years of experience developing startups, both as venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Prior to Ignition, Nick spent three years at JAFCO Ventures as a general partner, where he invested in companies such as Reputation.com, Bill.com and Delphix.
Prior to JAFCO, Nick spent eight years at Sevin Rosen Funds, where he incubated and led first investments in companies such as XenSource, which was acquired by Citrix Systems (CTXS) for $500 million; Splunk (SPLK), the leading public company in “big data”; and Hightail (formerly YouSendIt), a leading SaaS vendor in file collaboration. Nick also worked at The Carlyle Group as a managing director and co-head of its Silicon Valley office.
Prior to venture capital, Nick spent twelve years as a software entrepreneur. He was founding CEO of Timbre Technologies, a manufacturing-analytics software company, which won the 1999 UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition and was acquired by Tokyo Electron for $138 million in 2001.
Currently he serves on the board of directors of Splunk, Hightail, Vuclip, StrongLoop and BlueData.
Nick holds a BS degree in economics from California State University, Chico, and an MBA with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a frequent guest lecturer.