Founded in 2005, Alpha is an invite-only networking community for founders, CEOs, and leading technology influencers. The idea is simple: to create an environment where leaders in tech can connect and collaborate with their peers in a private setting where they can speak candidly. Alpha curates events that foster strong professional and personal relationships. We bring together the brightest people on a subject, theme or technology trend, and let them decide where to take the conversation.
We host 50+ events per year, including our Annual Alpha Founders' Summit and the Alpha Hardware Conference. What makes Alpha special and unique is the highly-curated guest list where all guests are participants in the conversation. If you are leading technology thought leader, come join us at Alpha.
Members must be nominated by 3 existing Alpha members or a member of our advisory board.
Eric joined Crosslink in 2010 and focuses on Internet, software, and cloud infrastructure companies. He leads the Crosslink Capital Seed program and is also co-founder and president of Alpha —the entrepreneurial networking club for more than 850 Founders and CEOs. Eric brings over 20 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and venture capital investor. Prior to Crosslink, Eric was a partner at Artiman Ventures and Bay Partners focusing on Internet & Software investments, some of which include Opsource (NTT), Invensense (INVN), InterAct and Dropcam (GOOG). Eric's startup experience includes co-founding the Internet server software company WebSpective (INKT), and co-founding TelASIC Communications (MTI). In addition, his operating experience includes business development at Mainspring (IBM) and at MILCOM (Military Commercial Technologies) where he focused on finding and commercializing next generation technologies out of the military, aerospace and Defense Labs. Crosslink Investments include: DataStax, Descartes Labs, Hired, Casper, Jack Erwin, NodeSource, ProtectWise, Scripted, PowerToFly, TakeLessons, True & Co., Enigma, Comparably, Flo and Visually. Eric holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mike is a co-founder of Alpha and founder and Managing Director of Founders Circle Capital, a growth stage technology investor that provides secondary liquidity for founders, early employees and investors. Mike has been a venture investor for over 10 years at Panorama Capital and JPMorgan Partners. Prior to his career as a VC, Mike held executive roles as Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Ask Jeeves (acquired by IAC) and the Exigen Group. Early in his career, he advised a variety of technology companies as an investment banker with Robertson Stephens and as an attorney with Gunderson Dettmer.