Erik Lassila joined Clearstone in early 2000 and founded its Silicon Valley office. His investment focus is on Internet services and technologies for the enterprise, including software, systems, and semiconductors.
Erik has been a venture capitalist for 9 years and had 6 years of prior operating experience. He began his venture career as an Associate with Mayfield Fund, where he focused on software and Internet investing. Erik has served on the board of directors or as point person for past investments including: CityAuction (acquired by InterActive Corp.), eGain Communications (EGAN), Eve.com (acquired by idealab), Financial Engines, Interwoven (IWOV), Neomar (acquired by Good Technology), and NetBoost (acquired by Intel).
Prior to his venture career, Erik held management positions with Texas Instruments and Motorola, developing and marketing semiconductor and software products. His roles included leading a European product launch as a software Product Manager based in France, serving as distribution specialist in charge of pricing decisions for $180 million of distribution sales in California, and direct sales management responsibility for $20 million of annual revenue.
Erik is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and guest lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering with high honors from Iowa State University and an MBA from Stanford University. His interests include Chinese culture and business, international travel, collecting original manuscripts, and snowboarding.
Erik represents Clearstone’s interests with regard to investments in Aceva Technologies, CastBridge, Centrata, Exemplary Software, Good Technology, and Syndera.