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John C. Dean

Formerly, Chairman and CEO of Silicon Valley Bancshares and Silicon Valley Bank

John C. Dean is the former Chairman and CEO of Silicon Valley Bancshares and Silicon Valley Bank, its wholly owned subsidiary. During Mr. Dean’s eight years as CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, from 1993 to 2001, its assets grew from $935 million to $5.5 billion; employees from 235 to over 1,000; and market capitalization from $63 million to a peak of over $3 billion. Previously, he was the CEO of four regional banks.

With 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Mr. Dean is a widely respected authority on venture capital funding and technology start-up companies. He is currently the Managing General Partner of Startup Capital Ventures and has served as Managing Director of Tuputele Ventures Fund, a small private equity firm investing in early-stage technology companies and venture capital funds. He is an investment director for several other venture capital firms, including Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV), Authosis Capital, Institutional Venture Fund (IVP), Leapfrog Ventures, and Walden International. He also serves on the Board of Directors of H5 and other fast-growing companies.

In 2001 Mr. Dean was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Dealmakers.” In 1997 he was named by Business Week as one of Silicon Valley’s top 25 “Movers and Shakers.” He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa.