Technology

Eric Young

Partner and Co-Founder / West Coast

Since 1987

Eric co-founded Canaan as a spin-out of GE Venture Capital. Over 32 years, Eric led multiple generations of Canaan investors and shaped the firm's culture.

Aside from advising Canaan’s current investment team, Eric serves on multiple advisory boards outside of Canaan. All of them are involved in venture and entrepreneurial skill development, primarily connected to several different university-related ecosystems. He is particularly passionate about the commercialization of new technologies emanating from research. Eric earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Eric in 5

Talent: Engineer's logic coupled with a racer's sense of urgency

Sport: San Jose Sharks

Interests: Getting outdoors - especially fly fishing

Accomplishments: Proud father of two fine young men

Giving: Experiential learning in entrepreneurship

Investments

Current

  • Verance
  • Previous

    • Argon Networks
      Acquired by Siemens
    • Capstone Turbine Corporation
      IPO
    • Copper Mountain Network
      Acquired by Tut Systems
    • Diffusion Software
      Acquired by Vignette
    • Ebates
      Acquired by Rakuten
    • Enpirion
      Acquired by Altera
    • Frame Technology
      Acquired by Adobe Systems
    • International Network Services
      Acquired by Lucent
    • Kalpana
      Acquired by Cisco Systems
    • Lancope
      Acquired by Cisco
    • ONI Systems Corporation
      Acquired by CIENA
    • SandForce
      Acquired by LSI Logic
    • Spectrian
      Acquired by REMEC
    • Visigenic Software
      Acquired by Borland Software
    • Xirrus
      Acquired by Riverbed Technology

    Latest

    Eric in 5

    Talent: Engineer's logic coupled with a racer's sense of urgency

    Sport: San Jose Sharks

    Interests: Getting outdoors - especially fly fishing

    Accomplishments: Proud father of two fine young men

    Giving: Experiential learning in entrepreneurship