Gary Morgenthaler

Gary has a national reputation as a successful executive in the software industry and currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Canvas Ventures.

He began his venture capital career in 1989 when he joined Morgenthaler Ventures. Gary continues to serve on the boards of that firm’s portfolio companies, including Big Switch Networks, Nominum, and NuoDB. He was a past Director of Siri, Inc., which was acquired by Apple in 2010, and BlueArc Corporation which was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems in 2011.

Gary co-founded two leading database companies of their time: He was co-founder and past CEO of Illustra Information Technologies, Inc., where he served as a Chairman of Illustra’s Board until its acquisition by Informix in 1996. Gary also co-founded and served as CEO and Chairman of Ingres Corporation, a leading relational database software company.

He also led investments in Catena Networks (acquired by Ciena), Nuance Communications, Premisys Communications, Force10 Networks and QuickLogic.

Gary also worked at McKinsey & Co. as a management consultant, with Tymshare in software development and management, and with Stanford University in software research and development.

He received a BA from Harvard in 1970.