External Members

There shall be a minimum of seven (7) Members external to Cornell (3-year term, renewable).

Preferably, external members will be alumni with expertise in engineering or physical sciences and/or entrepreneurial success and/or experience as a professional investor in engineering or physical science ventures in the venture capital and/or industrial context.

John Alexander, President and Founder – The CBORD Group, Trustee Emeritus – Cornell University

John E. Alexander (Cornell AB ’74, MBA ’76) is the founder of The CBORD Group Inc., a systems integration firm based in Ithaca, NY. He earned an undergraduate degree in physics and an MBA in finance while at Cornell. Immediately after graduation, he was vice president in the Money Market Division of Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank.) in their Eurodollar trading operation.

As President and CEO of CBORD, Mr. Alexander led CBORD through 29 years of growth. The CBORD Group, founded in 1975, is the world’s leading provider of campus and cashless card systems, food and nutrition service management software, nationwide student discount and off-campus commerce programs, housing and judicial process management software, and integrated security solutions. Mr. Alexander stepped down as the CEO in 2004 and from the board in 2008 after the acquisition by Roper Industries.

Mr. Alexander was elected to Cornell’s Board of Trustees by the alumni body to a four-year term beginning July 1, 2000, and was reelected in 2004. He has served on numerous committees, and chaired the Audit Committee for 3 years, taking the university through the Sarbanes Oxley process. He currently serves at a Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Councilor. He serves on the advisory councils of the Entrepreneurship@Cornell (E@C) Program, the Johnson School, and is the alumni advisor to the Johnson Board Fellows program and BR Consulting. He also serves on the community advisory board of the Johnson Art Museum. He was the 1987-88 Dorothy M. Proud Lecturer at Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences. He currently chairs the executive committee of the Sphinx Head Society, Cornell’s first undergraduate honor society. Ernst and Young selected Mr. Alexander as the Upstate New York Technology Entrepreneur of the in 2002. Cornell selected Alexander as its 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year.  John and Elaine Alexander were honored in 2014 as recipients of Cornell’s prestigious Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award for their service to Cornell.

Eric Young, Partner / Co-Founder –

Eric Young co-founded Canaan Partners, an early stage venture capital investment firm, in 1987. Since then, Canaan has raised $5 billion in capital, making startup investments in over 450 newly formed companies that span the information technology and healthcare industries.  Eric led Canaan’s investments in IT-based companies such as Copper Mountain Networks, Ebates, Enpirion, International Network Services, Kalpana, Lancope, ONI Systems, SandForce, Spectrian and Visigenic Software. Before starting Canaan, Eric was a SVP at GE Venture Capital, and previously held leadership positions in other GE operating businesses. An active proponent of skill development in young entrepreneurs, Eric serves as an Advisor to several Cornell-affiliated groups, including Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Cornell Silicon Valley, Red Bear Angels, Thayer Ventures, CoVenture and BR Venture Fund. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Steven Greenberg, Chief Strategy Officer and Partner, Nexwell Power

Steve has over 20 years of operating and investing experience, having closed 30+ equity, debt, and M&A transactions totaling over $5 billion. Steve is currently a partner at Nexwell, an impact investment platform, and serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of its Nexwell Power unit, where he is responsible for strategy, capital raising, and M&A. Prior to this, Steve was the Managing Partner of Triphammer Ventures, part of the $500+ million Alumni Ventures Group family of funds, where he ran several VC funds serving the Cornell alumni community, investing from seed stage through late stage/pre-IPO.  Previously, he was Founder and Managing Partner of Fox Meadow Capital Partners, a PE and infrastructure investment and advisory firm. Prior to that, he was a General Partner and top performer at Clarity Partners, an $800M PE fund, and a Vice President and top performer at Clarity’s predecessor, Rader Reinfrank & Co., a $100M TMT venture capital fund. While at Clarity, Steve founded ImpreMedia, which he built into the largest Spanish language newspaper company in the US as CFO/EVP of Corporate Development. Steve has also worked in investment banking and as a developer and investor in energy and utilities. He has a JD from Stanford, an MBA from Cornell, and a BS with distinction from Cornell’s College of Engineering. From 2008 to 2019, Steve taught Advanced Private Equity For Cornell at both the College of Engineering and the Johnson Graduate School of Management, and since 2014 he has served on the advisory council of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP).

Jimmy Kan, Senior Associate – Anzu Partners

Jimmy Kan is a Senior Associate at Anzu Partners who brings significant materials science and semiconductor technology experience to the firm.  Prior to joining Anzu, Jimmy was a Senior Hardware Engineer at Qualcomm, where he focused on research and development of advanced memory technologies for low-power computing and IoT devices. His work in this area resulted in improved understanding amongst the semiconductor community on how next-generation non-volatile memory technologies could be reliably embedded into logic processes. Before Qualcomm, he spent time at Genentech developing high-throughput processes for characterizing and modeling protein purification.

He earned his B.S./M.S. degrees in Physics from University of California, San Diego as well as a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, where his dissertation focused on ultrathin metallic multilayers designed for the study of several magnetic, electronic, and optical phenomena.  Jimmy has given invited talks around the world regarding nanomaterials and advanced memory technologies, published over 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and currently holds 13 US patents.

Michael Beck, Managing Director – Regent Advisors LLC

Michael Beck is a private equity investor focused on the resources and tech sectors.  He’s been a co-founder and/or founding investor of a number of companies.  Recent companies that have been IPO’d or sold include Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. – Expected Sale in Aug. 2019 for $501 million, LSC Lithium Corp. – sold March 2019 for $110 million, Minerva Intelligence Inc. (IPO – April 2019) and Voyager Digital Ltd. (IPO – Feb. 2019).  Notable past transactions include co-founder and sale of uranium company, Uramin Inc, for $2.5 billion in 2007.

Since 1999, Mr. Beck has served as Managing Director of Regent Advisors LLC a private investment company.  From 1994 thru 1999, Mr. Beck served as Managing Director of N M Rothschild & Sons where he was co-head of the firm’s corporate finance advisory business focused on the resources industry. From 1988 thru 1994, Mr. Beck managed Librion Group Inc., his personal investment company.  From 1985 thru 1988, Mr. Beck was with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group where he had responsibility for investments in the mining, oil & gas sectors.  From 1978 thru 1985, Mr. Beck held a variety of positions at Exxon Corporation and several of its overseas affiliates.  Mr. Beck has an M.S. in Engineering from Princeton University and a B.S. (High Honors) in Engineering from Rutgers University.

Rustom J. Desai, Board Member, Educator, Tech Advisor

Rustom Desai is a global technology executive and dynamic board director, with 25 years of experience building and leading businesses to profitable growth and scale in developed and emerging markets. A highly driven and innovative leader who spent his career at Corning Incorporated, he has delivered results across a broad set of industries including semiconductors, consumer electronics, and optical communications. Rustom has also spent nearly two decades as a trusted public and private board director. In the fall of 2020, Rustom will start to teach a graduate-level course at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business.