May 16, 2000
Woodside Fund Appoints John Occhipinti Principal
John C. Occhipinti has been named principal at Woodside
Fund, a leading venture capital firm that develops early stage information
technology ventures in Northern California. Occhipinti was
consultant to the Fund for the past year in the areas of Internet
and e-commerce technology, marketing and sales.
“John adds depth to our management team. Woodside Fund is
committed to marketing as a means of gaining a better understanding
of the needs of the market. John’s experience in technology
and marketing will enable us to extend our ability to serve technology
entrepreneurs,” states Robert E. Larson, Woodside Fund managing director.
Prior to joining Woodside Fund, Mr. Occhipinti spent four years
at Netscape Communications, holding the position of Director of
Sales, then Director of Electronic Software Distribution and Strategic
Channel Sales. While managing both e-business operations and
online enterprise e-commerce sales, he worked closely with hundreds
of early stage Internet entrepreneurs helping build scalable e-commerce
and content applications for the web. In addition, he helped
Fortune 500 clients utilize Internet technologies to reengineer
corporate value chains spanning front office and back office operations.
Prior to Netscape, Mr. Occhipinti worked at Oracle Corporation
doing marketing and sales of large-scale enterprise database technologies.
He was the number one performing manager during his tenure there.
Occhipinti has an MBA from the University of California Berkeley,
Walter A. Haas School of Business, and a BA from the University
of California Berkeley.
About Woodside Fund
Founded in 1983, Woodside Fund has one of the longest and
strongest track records of success in early stage venture capital
investing. All Woodside Funds have performed in the upper quartile
of the industry for venture capital partnerships formed in their
respective years. Woodside Fund’s latest partnership, Woodside Fund
IV, which had its final close in April, invests between $5 and $10
million in early stage ventures in Internet and electronic commerce,
computer software, telecommunications, and networking. The
Fund serves as the lead or co-lead investor in most of its portfolio companies.