Venture TEAM
Don Wood
Venture Partner
Don Wood has been in the venture industry for 18 years. Don joined DFJ in 2006 as a managing director, and became a venture partner in 2014. Don's primary investment focus has been energy and sustainability, consumer Web, and enterprise IT. He now serves on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Some of Don's investments and boards (current and past) include Vocera Communications (VCRA), ZipRealty (ZIPR), Reflectivity (TI), BroadSoft (BSFT), Cooking.com (Target), MySoftware (MYSW), Newsle (LinkedIn), Enlighted, JIBE, Trustpilot, Oasys, Power Assure, and WaterSmart, and the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a non-profit community organization.

Don's career began with his first post-college job at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. He later became a ski instructor in Vail, Colorado. After graduate school, Don became a consultant with McKinsey & Company in its San Francisco office. Later, he was Senior VP of sales and marketing at International Power Technology, which designed, financed, installed, and operated co-generation power plants. Don ran marketing and service at Octel Communications (OCTL), the inventor of and worldwide leader in voicemail systems. He co-founded Wood-Howard Products with his patent for a laminated publishing format, which he later licensed to Simon & Schuster, FastMark, Rand McNally, and others; more than 100 million products have been sold under these licenses. Don served on the board and was president of Metricom (MCOM), which provided wireless smart grid systems to utilities and pioneered the first wireless Internet service known as Ricochet. Prior to joining DFJ, Don was a general partner at Vanguard Ventures where he invested in IT, consumer Internet, and energy. Don teaches classes in both sustainable energy and entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Don earned a BA in economics from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Don won the "Nonprofit Board Leader Award" from The Volunteer Center of San Francisco. Don is still trying to improve his surfing, golfing, skiing, and tennis.