About EnterVentures   
ABOUT US

EnterVentures is a business accelerator that works closely with high-growth emerging technology companies towards the successful launch of and execution of their business models. Our talented team provides the guidance and support technology companies need to execute their business models and meet strategic objectives quickly and successfully.

With US offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco and an Asia/Pacific base in Sydney, Australia, EnterVentures is able to leverage its international network of key resources to work with and develop not only early stage US start-ups but also companies outside the US, particularly those looking to ultimately access the US capital markets, including Venture Capital or NASDAQ listing.


MANAGEMENT TEAM

Rob Allan
is a founder and CEO of EnterVentures. Previously, Rob was the Managing General Partner and CEO of PoleStar Business Development, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on Internet-related opportunities and e-commerce. Rob has also been a Partner with the New York venture capital firm, The Anvil Group, a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, and a consultant in the Silicon Valley practice of Egon Zehnder International, the global executive search firm.

Rob holds degrees in Business (MBA), Law (LLM), and Medical Sciences (BSc), and sits on the Boards of several portfolio companies and non-profit organizations including Altomak, Ltd (ASX), the advisory and IPO firm, Avelin Capital and Bright Hope Australia - a non-profit organization partnering with the extreme poor throughout the world.


Diana Saca
is a founder and COO of EnterVentures. Diana has over ten years experience in representing both privately held and publicly traded high technology, retail, entertainment and real estate companies. Diana was a named partner with the Silicon Valley law firm of Hagan, Saca & Hagan Law Corporation for seven years.

She served as outside General Counsel to many of her high technology start-up clients and has advised them through all aspects of formation, funding, intellectual property protection, securities regulation, licensing, employment issues and general business structure and strategy. Diana holds degrees in Political Science and Administration of Justice. She completed certification with the Hong Kong International & Comparative Law Institute in 1989 and obtained her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was a Member and Associate Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review.


John Chaisson
is a founder of EnterVentures. Most recently, John has provided strategic advice and support to a variety of Internet-based start-up companies, first as Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at DataMain, a Milpitas-based Internet incubation firm, and later as President of Interbiznet Group, an incubator and intellectual venture capital firm based in Marin.

John has also served as General Counsel for several Bay Area technology companies, worked extensively with the business development departments of technology firms, and served as the Vice President of Business Development while at Resumix Inc. John began his career assisting fast growth technology firms while at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati. He obtained his law degree from Stanford University.


Bill Kelsall
is a founder of EnterVentures. Prior to joining EnterVentures, Bill was responsible for Arthur Andersen's Strategy Practice in Melbourne. He has also been a strategy consultant with the leading global firm McKinsey and Company, spending significant time in McKinsey's Global Innovation Practice in New York. He has also worked for several years as an independent consultant specializing in innovation and step-out growth for a variety of companies.

In addition to his consulting work, Bill was the founder and CEO of Fresh Cosmetics. In that capacity, he covered a wide range of business operations-from concept development to strategic planning, from raising venture capital to marketing and promoting products and ideas. Bill began his professional career as a physical therapist, during which time he opened 8 successful practices, both as a partner and as sole proprietor. Bill holds an MBA from Cranfield University in the U.K., and a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from Curtin University in Australia.

Advisory Board

Mario Rosati

Mario has been with the Palo Alto, California, law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati since 1971. Since 1978, Mario has specialized in corporate law, especially as it relates to high-technology companies. In 1981, he participated in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Task Force of the office of President-elect Ronald Reagan and in 1982-83 he served as a special consultant to Secretary of Transportation Drew Lewis and Deputy Secretary of Transportation Darrel Trent.

Mario is a director of several publicly and privately traded companies, including C*ATS Software Inc., Genus, Inc., MyPoints, and Aehr Test Systems. He is also a member of his firm's executive committee, which manages the company. He has served as judge pro tem in the Superior Court, State of California, San Mateo County and is an adjunct professor at University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Mario has a BA in history from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley's Boalt School of Law.
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