Neal is General Partner at Bay. Through cycles
of change, Neal's investment thesis has been to find entrepreneurs
with domain expertise and the fine art of listening. At the end of
the day, customers decide whether startups will succeed or not and
without listening to customers, entrepreneurs are seldom successful.
This thesis has served him well through investments in category creating
companies like Brocade, Informatica and Shiva.
Neal balances the stresses of his workload by giving back to the community.
In addition to serving on over a dozen boards of Bay portifolio companies, he also
serves on the Board of EMQ Children and Family Services (a.k.a. Eastfield Ming Quong). Neal's
leadership helped establish the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program
at the University of Washington Business School. Neal made
the largest gift ever from an alumnus to the University of
Last but not least, Neal is a passionate college sports fan.
He is very actively involved with The University of Washington
basketball and football programs. To support these athletic
programs at his alma matter, Neal sponsored the Dempsey Indoor
Training Stadium at the University of Washington.
B.A., University of Washington