Like the teams we work with, we are entrepreneurs and engineers with a deep business focus. We have led technology companies through the IPO process and made many acquisitions, and we have also seen failures and learned tough lessons. We do not think of ourselves as money managers; we are technology, process and customer oriented. We still relish diving in and getting our hands dirty.
Frank founded Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) in 1988 and built it into the largest optical communications component maker worldwide. Finisar now ships fiber optics adding at least 100 Mb/s per month per person on Earth. Frank is the Managing Partner at Small World Group and a General Partner and co-founder of Phoenix Venture Partners, a group that focuses on advanced materials and device innovations.
Frank earned his BS from Butler University and his PhD from the University of Virginia. He was one of the original funders of the CleanTech Open, now an international clean technology startup competition, and currently serves as a mentor to several advanced materials, IT, and clean tech startups as well as on the board of directors of Fabrinet (NYSE:FN).
Julia brings over 8 years of experience as an engineer and investor in clean tech and industrial organizations. Prior to joining Small World Group, Julia analyzed Private Equity investments at Canadian Shield Capital, a PE firm focused on energy and industrial companies. Julia was previously a Senior Engineer for Hatch, a global engineering-consulting firm focused on mining, energy and infrastructure, advising industrial clients with solutions to reduce their operating costs, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Julia holds both a M.Eng. in Energy Engineering from INSA Lyon (France), and a M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering from Mines ParisTech (France) and Tsinghua University (China). Julia grew up in Paris, France, and lived, studied and worked in France, Canada and China.