Omar Khan
Venture Partner

Founder and Venture Partner at IdeaShepherdVC - Led investments in IOT Healthcare, Digital Media and Consumer Mobile Startups.

Previously he was the Founder and CEO of Netpace – An IT services and solutions company.

Netpace has been honored by the Inc. 5000 List as one of the fastest growing companies for three years in a row (2013-2015).

Khan has over 20 years of experience in delivering enterprise IT solutions to fortune 500 companies.

Prior to founding Netpace, he was at Cisco Systems where he led the global implementation of PeopleSoft HRMS. He was also responsible for implementing a 24x7 global call tracking system in support of the customer support engineering organization. He was further part of a global ERP Implementation team at Cisco.

Before Cisco, Khan was with Pacific Bell Directory, where he was involved in the development and deployment of a National Yellow Pages management system.

He is a featured speaker on the International business and academic circuit and has lectured on wide ranging subjects including the future of digital media, IOT and Data Analytics.

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Randy Pond
Venture Partner

Randy brings his vast experience as an industry leader and a recognized Silicon Valley veteran to this position. He is overseeing investments in IOT, Data Analytics and Enterprise Software Solutions.

Previously he was the Senior Vice President of Operations at Cisco, He oversaw the function of corporate affairs and led Cisco's global philanthropy efforts as Trustee and Secretary of Cisco's Foundation and Network Academies. He also served as executive sponsor for Cisco's Community Relations and Sustainability efforts, as well as country executive sponsor for the company's work in South Africa.

Previously Pond was Executive Vice President of Operations, Processes, and Systems at Cisco, where he oversaw the functions of human resources, information technology, global business services, corporate affairs, supply chain operations, and legal services. Before that, as Vice President of Manufacturing, he oversaw all aspects of manufacturing operations, including new product introduction, planning, procurement, production operations, and distribution and logistics. He joined Cisco in 1993 as Director of Manufacturing Operations through the acquisition of Crescendo Communications.

Pond's key accomplishments at Cisco include establishing consistent business processes and operational metrics across the company, double-digit productivity growth, redefining the manufacturing model, delivering Cisco's new business models into operation, and redesigning the employee value proposition.

Prior to joining Cisco, he was Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Vice President of Operations at Crescendo Communications. He has also held various finance and operations positions at Versatec, David Systems, Xerox Corporation, Schlumberger, and Arthur Andersen.

Pond has been a March of Dimes volunteer since 2005, and is currently serving as chair of the Campaign To End Premature Birth research project in California. He also chairs the board of the Islamic Networks Group and the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley, serves as a board member for CARE USA, and chairs the CARE Enterprises board, and still serves on the Cisco Foundation board. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and economics from Ball State University in Indiana, is an advisor for the Miller College of Business Board of Advisors, and a Trustee and Secretary of the Ball State University Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of MetricStream.

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