Who We Are

Founding Team

Steven Harrison President & CEO

Steven has over 25 years in financial and operations management experience. Steven has consulted and been involved with various early stage businesses from software technology, medical devices to consumer products.

In 1999 he co-founded IntellectMarket, a software company that was sold to CollabNet in 2001. Steven became Chief Financial Officer of TriVascular, Inc. in 2001 to work on their financing and ensure a path to selling the business. The company was sold to Boston Scientific in April 2005. Steven was a founding team member and investor in Think Tank Photo, Inc. a designer and distributor of carrying solutions (bags) for professional photographers, now available in 58 countries. In 2008 he helped restart TriVascular after its closure by Boston Scientific and saw it through to the receipt of its US PMA. He is Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.


Lorin Kobashigawa CTO & Founding Team Member

Lorin began his career at Organic Online building early ecommerce offerings for major brands like Home Depot, Starbucks and Nortel. In 2000 he co-founding his own web development consulting company, Robot6, to support many clients in the heady days of the dotcom boom. Following the dotcom crash, he became a lead architect for the online banking team at Washington Mutual, developing one of the highest regarded online banking applications in the industry. After the acquisition by J.P. Morgan Chase, Lorin lead the mobile development team for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Orion Harbour User Experience & Founding Team Member

Orion has worked as a UX designer since 1998. He has experience in information architecture, concept development, interaction design, visual design as well as front-end development. Orion has also done work in brand development, print design and publication design. Within the technology industry Orion has worked with such brands as Microsoft, Yahoo, HP, Ebay, Livescribe, and Logitech. Orion has also worked in the actions sports industry with Nike, Burton Snowboards, Forum Snowboards and Skull Candy. Orion has helped roll out enterprise level websites and web applications and has also helped brick and mortar businesses develop ecommerce solutions with products like Big Commerce and Shopify.

Board of Directors

Denny Van Ness Chairman

Mr. Van Ness of Hidden Hill Advisors was the first full-time VC at Hambrecht & Quist, where he helped build its venture capital group over a nine year period. He then co-founded and built Olympic Venture Partners over the next ten years. Denny holds directorships at several private companies. Denny has 12 years of active angel investing experience with the North Bay Angels, including 10 as a Director. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Steven Harrison

Steven has over 25 years in financial and operations management experience. Steven has consulted and been involved with various early stage businesses from software technology, medical devices to consumer products.

Board of Advisors

Nick Goldschmidt

Born and educated in New Zealand, Nick Goldschmidt's career began in 1982 with a research position at the New Zealand Lincoln University where he graduated with Distinction in Horticulture. In 1990, Nick settled down in Healdsburg, California, as Simi's Associate Winemaker. Nick was promoted to Chief Winemaker 1991 and became Vice President and Chief Winemaker in 1996. In May of 2003 Nick accepted the position of Executive Vice President and Winemaker at Allied Domecq Wines USA. During a number of acquisitions Nick became Vice President and Executive Domestic Winemaker for Beam Estates wine portfolio. As winemaker for Beam estates, Nick oversees the production of Clos Du Bois, Buena Vista, Haywood, Garcia, Atlas Peak, William Hill, Gary Farrell and Jakes Fault.

In the global arena his work takes him to Mexico, Spain, Argentina and New Zealand where he is involved with blends being imported into the domestic market as well as several domestic brands that are being exported into other global markets.

David Hehman

Mr. David Hehman is a founding partner of Spartina Ventures, LLC. Spartina assists emerging companies with business start-up matters, business strategy, management team recruiting, capital raising and mentoring.

David has co-founded and sold 5 technology businesses: HealthDesk (HDSK), GetawayZone (VacationSpot/EXPE), MarketHome (CLAC), EscapeHomes (TotalMove), Pagewise.com (DemandMedia).

Mr. Hehman received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from University of California at Berkeley in December 1992, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business in 1998. In 2001, Mr. Hehman attended the PriceBabson@Berkeley symposium for Entrepreneurial Educators.

Jim Schinella

Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships — Yahoo!

Jim heads Yahoo's Corporate Partnership organization which develops and manages a portfolio of Yahoo's top global business partners. Prior to this role, Jim served as Global VP of Business Development at Yahoo! from 2003 to 2006, in this role; Jim oversaw the company's business development activities for the broadband, mobile and digital home businesses. Under his leadership landmark partnerships with SBC/AT&T, Rogers Cable, Bell South, Verizon, Philips, Cingular, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Nokia, and T-Mobile were created. In 2006 Jim expanded the team's focus globally, hiring teams in Europe, Asia and the US.

Jim joined Yahoo! in 2003 after heading sales for a web services start-up, Digital Evolution (now SOA Software). Prior to SOA, Jim held senior positions in Business Development, Sales, and General Management, at America Online, Netscape, and Hewlett Packard.

Jim holds a B.S. in finance from Bentley College and an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School.