|John Kim - Managing Partner|
John Kim is a co-founder and Managing Partner of HighBar Partners. Prior to HighBar, Mr. Kim was with W Capital Partners, a private equity fund with over $1 billion under management that acquires and makes direct investments in growth equity technology companies. Mr. Kim joined as the firm's first employee in 2003. During his time at W Capital, Mr. Kim acquired direct investments in the secondary market from corporations, financial institutions and general partnerships while also focusing on structured and special situations investing.
Prior to W Capital, Mr. Kim worked in operations as Director of Corporate Development at Zeborg (acquired by Emptoris), a venture-backed enterprise software company spun off from The Mitchell Madison Group, where he focused on financial operations and corporate strategy. He was also Director of Investments at ISL Management, a venture capital firm funded by JP Morgan dedicated to early stage financial services and software investing.
Mr. Kim worked as an investment banker with JPMorgan Chase (and its predecessors) and Robertson Stephens where he worked on complex leveraged finance and merger and acquisition transactions across sectors including technology, financial and healthcare services and industrials.
Mr. Kim holds a BS degree in Economics from The University of Chicago and an MBA with Honors from Columbia Business School.
|Roy Thiele-Sardiña - Managing Partner|
Roy Thiele-Sardiña is a co-founder and Managing Partner of HighBar Partners and a successful venture capitalist and entrepreneur with over 25 years of investment and operating experience in the technology industry. Prior to HighBar, Mr. Thiele-Sardiña was a Managing Director with Steelpoint Capital (a spin-out of the private equity group of Moore Capital Management) and initiated the firm's infrastructure investments in storage and security.
Mr. Thiele-Sardiña was also an Executive-In-Residence at the Mayfield Fund where he evaluated the storage and security space and initiated Mayfield's investment in Mendocino Software.
Before becoming an angel investor and venture capitalist, Mr. Thiele-Sardiña was a highly regarded operating executive. He was co-founder and CEO of Ingrian Networks, a leading data privacy provider, and co-founder and CEO of Tasmania Networks, a cache proxy company (acquired by Cisco). He was also a member of the founding management team of Brocade Communications Systems where, as Brocade's Vice President of Sales and Business Development, he signed the company's original OEM agreements.
Prior to Brocade, he worked at Sun Microsystems for eleven years. While at Sun, Mr. Thiele-Sardiña started the company's telco business and grew it to 10% of Sun's worldwide revenue. He later led Sun's international sales and business development team (Asia, Japan, Latin America and EMEA) and was also responsible for the company's corporate development organization in the Office of the Chairman.
Mr. Thiele-Sardiña holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business.
|Rohit Malhotra - Managing Director|
Rohit Malhotra joined HighBar Partners from the StepStone Group in 2013. At StepStone Mr. Malhotra was a member of the co-investment and venture fund investing teams. Prior to StepStone, Mr. Malhotra was a senior investment professional at a $240 million India-focused private equity fund. He was also a Vice President at Goldman Sachs' Principal Investing Area (PIA) and was responsible for leading transactions in the firm's technology investing practice. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Malhotra was an Associate at Bessemer Venture Partners.
Prior to his investing career, Mr. Malhotra held marketing and engineering positions in the semiconductor industry with KLA-Tencor, Nikon and Motorola. Mr. Malhotra began his career as the lead technology developer for Proler Environmental Services, a start up in the waste-to-energy industry.
Mr. Malhotra holds a BE degree in Chemical Engineering with Honors from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, an MS in Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
|Brian Peters - Senior Associate|
Brian Peters joined HighBar Partners from Barclays Capital where he had worked as an investment banker in the Technology Media and Telecom group. In that role, he provided companies with strategic advisory services and assisted them with their capital market needs. Mr. Peters completed more than 20 transactions, raising over $1 billion in capital through equity, debt and hybrid security offerings. Notable advisory mandates included assisting Cisco Systems in the sale of its Home Networking business unit ("Linksys") to Belkin International and advising Entropic Communications in its acquisition of Trident Microsystems' Set-Top Box business unit.
Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Peters was with Rosemount Capital Management, a hedge fund backed by Merrill Lynch which focused on direct trade-related credit investments in corporate and financial institutions in more developed emerging markets. During his time at Rosemount, Mr. Peters originated, structured, syndicated and traded a diversified portfolio of trade finance debt obligations.
Prior to his finance career, Mr. Peters worked as a software developer for Nextel Telecomunicações Ltda. and Evertec, Inc. where he developed .NET web services across sectors including telecom, government, education, and financial services.
Mr. Peters holds a BSE degree in Computer Engineering with Honors from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
|Carl Press - Senior Associate|
Carl Press joined HighBar Partners from Oaktree Capital Management, where he was an Associate in the Principal Investments Group. While at Oaktree, Mr. Press evaluated and executed leveraged buyout, distressed debt-for-control and special situations investments in the technology, energy and financial services sectors. Prior to joining Oaktree, Mr. Press was an investment banker with UBS Investment Bank, where he worked on leveraged finance and restructuring assignments for financial sponsors and corporate clients in the technology and industrials sectors.
Mr. Press has also worked in business development at Addepar, a venture-backed financial software company, where he focused on opportunities in the alternative asset management industry. Additionally, he has held engineering roles at Analog Devices and Motorola.
Mr. Press holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering with Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.