Vikki Recktenwald

Vikki joined the finance team in January 2013. This is her first foray into the VC world, coming from a long history in corporate finance at companies like Siemens, Philips, and Varian. She holds degrees in accounting, environmental compliance and liberal arts. She loves trouble shooting, creating processes and making everything balance.

In her free time, Vikki enjoys working on her house and garden, spending time with her family and volunteering as a mentor for women undergoing difficult life changes.

Ravina Harding

Ravina has spent the last 16 years as an executive assistant in the VC world and comes to Canvas via New Enterprise Associates, Mayfield Fund and Oracle. She joined the Morgenthaler/Canvas team in 2011 as an EA to Rebecca Lynn and also lends a hand with events and operations.

Ravina is a news junkie and a lover of food and wine. Her favorite activity is cooking for her family and friends, a fact they all appreciate whenever she hosts for dinner.

Stephanie White

Stephanie joined the Canvas finance team in 2014. In conjunction with Canvas, Stephanie also serves as the Manager of Finance at Morgenthaler Ventures and MPE Partners. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she focused on multi-national corporate tax provisions as well as corporate, partnership, and high net worth individual tax planning and compliance.

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and her Master of Accountancy, with an emphasis in taxation, from Gonzaga University.  Stephanie is an active Certified Public Accountant in the state California.  In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys traveling off the beaten path with her family.

Nicole Mitchel

Nicole joined the Canvas finance team in January 2016 as a Fund Accountant. In conjunction with Canvas, Nicole also serves as a Fund Accountant at Morgenthaler Ventures and MPE Partners.  Before relocating to the Bay Area, she spent five years at Rockefeller & Co., Inc. in New York City. While there, she held accounting positions in corporate finance as well as in the fiduciary trusts and estates division. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Pace University.

When she isn’t working, Nicole enjoys nature documentaries, cooking, and planning her next trip to her hometown of St. Thomas.

Ian Cruz

Ian is a senior fund accountant at Canvas Ventures. He joined the firm in their Menlo Park office in August 2014. In conjunction with Canvas, Ian also serves as the Senior Fund Accountant at Morgenthaler Ventures and MPE Partners.  Ian previously worked at PwC in their assurance practice, where he primarily served clients in the life science and venture capital industries. He is a Certified Public Accountant (active) and has a bachelor’s degree in business economics from University of California, Los Angeles.

Outside of work, Ian coaches an amateur boxing team and is the treasurer Dreamland Boxing, a non-profit organization. He also enjoys traveling, running half-marathons, and spending time with friends and family.

Travis Boettner

 

Travis has been with Canvas since inception and is responsible for all aspects of accounting, tax, reporting, and compliance for Canvas. In conjunction with Canvas, Travis also serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Morgenthaler Ventures and MPE Partners. Travis began his career in PwC’s San Jose office where he spent five years in their Private Company Services group.

Travis earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego and he earned his Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency from Santa Clara University. Travis is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Paul Hsiao

Paul Hsiao is a General Partner and founding managing member of Canvas Ventures. His active Canvas investments and board seats include eporta, Everwise, Fluxx, KIDBOX, Roofstock, Thrive Global, Transfix, and Zola.  Prior to Canvas, he served as Partner at NEA. At NEA, he has worked on the following investments: Houzz, Upwork, Atheros (NASDAQ: ATHR), Salesforce (NASDAQ: CRM), Tableau Software (NASDAQ: DATA), Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU), Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD), SMIC (NYSE: SMI), Actions Semiconductor (NASDAQ: ACTS), and BCD Semi (NASDAQ: BCDS). Prior to NEA, Mr. Hsiao co-founded Mazu Networks (acquired by Riverbed Technology, NASDAQ: RVBD). He began his career at Medtronic and McKinsey. Paul received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from MIT.

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.

Rebecca Lynn

Ranked #31 out of 100 top tech investors on Forbes’s 2018 Midas List, Rebecca Lynn is a General Partner at Canvas. She focuses on early-stage venture investments in AI, FinTech, digital health, SaaS, and mobile. Rebecca led Canvas’s investments in Casetext, Figure Eight, Gabi, HealthLoop, Owl, Roofstock, and Vida Health, and currently sits on the boards of each. She also led Canvas’s investment in Luminar, 11 Honore, as well as, FutureAdvisor which was acquired by BlackRock.

In 2007, Rebecca joined Morgenthaler Ventures and continues to serve on the boards of that firm’s portfolio companies. She led an early-stage investment in Lending Club (NYSE: LC), which was the largest US technology IPO of 2014 and the fourth largest US Internet IPO since 2001 behind Facebook, Twitter, and Google.  She also led investments in Check (acquired by Intuit), RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce), Doximity, Practice Fusion, and Convo.

Rebecca is a native of the Midwest, born and raised in Missouri and worked in Ohio for her first job out of college. She began her career at Procter and Gamble’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati where she launched new products internationally.

She then joined NextCard in the San Francisco Bay Area as employee number 30, and rose up the ranks to become VP of Marketing and head of customer acquisition. During her four years at NextCard, Rebecca led product development efforts and managed one of the top-five largest online marketing efforts of that time. NextCard was the first online credit card company, and it went public in 2000 with a $1.3B market cap. After NextCard, she ran her own consulting business focused on online marketing for financial services and affiliate marketing.

Rebecca is a member of the California Bar Association and a member of the US Patent Bar, with a focus on intellectual property litigation and corporate law. She was published in the Berkeley Law and Technology Journal. Rebecca is also an inventor on several issued patents.  She has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Missouri and a JD/MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

She is active on the boards of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck, and Signature Innovation Fellows.

Gary Little

Gary Little is a General Partner at Canvas. He led the firm’s investments in Folloze, Kinetica, Platform9 and Totango, and is on the board of Viewics. He focuses on innovative software and services investments. Twice in the past five years, Gary has been named to the Forbes Midas List which seeks to identify the venture capitalists that were instrumental in creating the most impactful and valuable companies of tomorrow.

Gary joined Morgenthaler Ventures in 1997 and continues to serve on the boards of Morgenthaler portfolio companies, including Adara, Evernote and MuleSoft. He also led the investment in NexTag and PeopleMatter. Gary serves, or served, as a board observer of Lending Club, Practice Fusion and Sonatype.

Previously, Gary held several roles at Apple Computer, including SVP of Apple’s Power Macintosh Division, VP Sales Americas, and Sr. Dir. of Marketing for Apple’s Pacific division (China, Japan, Asia, Latin America, Canada). Prior to his time at Apple, Gary spent seven years at Sun Microsystems as Director of Product Marketing, Director of Asia Pacific Marketing (including a posting in Hong Kong), and as Group Manager of Industry Marketing. Before Sun, he held sales and marketing positions at IBM. Gary began his career as an IC design engineer for TRW’s microelectronics research labs. Gary earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles.