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Roger Strauch
Roger Strauch
Chairman
Dan Miller
Dan Miller
Managing Director

Marty Reed
Partner
  The Principals of The Roda Group are successful entrepreneurs with extensive experience in the development of high technology companies. They support the talents of exceptional entrepreneurs to create companies that are, or have the opportunity to become, market leaders in their respective fields.

Roger Strauch
  ROGER A. STRAUCH
 

Roger Strauch is Chairman of The Roda Group, a seed stage venture capital group, based in Berkeley, California. His firm, co-founded in 1997 with Dan Miller, provides entrepreneurs the resources, environment, and guidance to launch and grow their high technology businesses.

Mr. Strauch is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cool Systems, the manufacturer of Game Ready, a medical physical therapy system.

The Roda Group was the largest investor in Solazyme, a renewable oil and bioproducts company and the leader in algal biotechnology. The Roda Group led or co-led every round of the company’s financings. In 2011 Solazyme set an industrial biotech funds raising record of $227M when they priced their IPO.

He was the first CEO and former chairman of Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com) a leading search engine on the web. Mr. Strauch was a board member and former CEO of Symmetricom, a public telecommunications equipment manufacturer. In 1983 he co-founded TCSI Corp., a telecom software company. As TCSI’s chairman and CEO, Mr. Strauch led the company from a start-up to a successful IPO in 1991 and secondary public offering in 1996. Prior to TCSI, he was a communications system engineer and project manager for Hughes Aircraft's (now Boeing) Space and Communications Group.

Mr. Strauch is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. He is a member of the Engineering Dean's College Advisory Board of University of California at Berkeley. He is the recipient of the 2002 Wheeler Oak Meritorious Award from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2006, Mr. Strauch and his wife Dr. Julie Kulhanjian were named and honored as "Builders of Berkeley". Mr. Strauch endowed the Roger A. Strauch Chair in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and co-founded the William Saroyan Endowment for Armenian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Strauch is an Executive Member of the Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Repertory Theater, winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Roger was the recipient of the 2010 Helen C. Barber Award from the Board of Trustees for a Trustee who serves the Berkeley Repertory Theatre with unique distinction. With Mr. Miller, he helped establish the the Roda Theater at the Berkeley Repertory Theater and the Ask Jeeves Planetarium at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California.

Mr. Strauch is a member of the Madison Council, a philanthropic advisory board to the Librarian of Congress.  He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Northside Center for Child Development, a mental health social services agency in Harlem, New York City. In 2013, Roger accepted the Mamie Clark Award in honor of his aunt Dr. Hilde Mosse, one of the first caucasian child psychiatrists to work in Harlem.

Roger is a member of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies External Advisory Board.

Mr. Strauch is the Chairman of the Paros Foundation which supports arts and education organizations in Armenia. Roger co-founded and was an owner of ICON Communications, a broadband ISP in Armenia utilitizing WiMax technology. He is a Life Trustee of the Armenian Assembly of America.

For forty years, Roger has been a licensed amateur radio operator - he holds an extra class license. His current call sign is KD6UO and it was WA1KZE.

Mr. Strauch earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, from Cornell University and Master of Science degree from Stanford University, both in electrical engineering. He holds two patents in the area of wireless communications.


 

Dan Miller
  DANIEL H. MILLER
 

Dan Miller is Managing Director of The Roda Group, a seed-stage venture capital group focused on clean technology. Dan co-founded the firm with Roger Strauch in 1997.

Mr. Miller is on the Board of Directors of the three most recent Roda Group investments - mOasis, Inventys, and Gridtential. The Roda Group believes that mOasis, Inventys, and Gridtential will fundamentally advance the way we grow food, produce energy and store energy, respectively.

Mr. Miller was previously the president and member of the board of Ask Jeeves, Inc. (now Ask.com), a former Roda Group affiliate. He has served on the boards of other former affiliates including PolyServe (now owned by HP), SightSpeed (which was acquired by Logitech), and Solazyme (IPO May, 2011).

Prior to The Roda Group, Mr. Miller was Executive Vice President of TCSI Corporation, a company he co-founded with his Roda Group partner, Roger Strauch. TCSI (now owned by Rocket Software) is a leading provider of integrated software products and services for the global telecommunications industry. Prior to TCSI, Mr. Miller was a systems engineer at Hughes Aircraft's (now Boeing) Space and Communications Group where he was responsible for designing communications payloads for commercial communications satellites.

Mr. Miller is a member of Cornell University's Faculty Computing and Information Science and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Boards. He is also a member of the board of the Pacific Pinball Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching art, history, and science through pinball.

Mr. Miller is a member of the board and former President of the Foundation Board of Trustees of the Chabot Space & Science Center. At Chabot, Dan spearheaded the development of a climate change exhibit and web site for kids called Bill Nye's Climate Lab, featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Dan is a leading speaker on the urgent need to address climate change, including at the COP15 conference in Copenhagen. An online version of his talk is the second most viewed climate change lecture on the FORA.tv web site. He is a member of Board of Directors of Climate Healers, a group dedicated to deploying solar cooking stoves in developing countries. Mr. Miller is also a member of The Climate Project. You can learn more about climate change and Dan's activities at his Climate Place web site.

Dan received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University and his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He holds three patents in the areas of compression technology and wireless communications systems.

 


 

Marty Reed
  MARTY REED
 

Marty Reed is a Partner with The Roda Group, an early stage venture capital firm focused on clean technology. Having served in operating roles at multiple Roda Group portfolio companies, he joined the firm in 2010.

Mr. Reed is Chairman of the Board of Directors of mOasis, the creator of a soil amendment product that allows farmers to increase crop yields while reducing water and fertilizer applications. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Inventys, the developer of a low-cost method for capturing carbon dioxide from industrial sources, Gridtential, the developer of high-performance, low-cost energy storage systems and Axine, the creator of a low-cost, chemical free solution for treating toxic wastewater.

Prior to joining The Roda Group, Marty was the CEO of Cardstore.com, a Roda Group portfolio company. Under his leadership, Cardstore grew to become a leading online retailer of greeting cards. The company was acquired by American Greetings in December of 2010.

Mr. Reed has held senior management positions at Roda Group companies, CoolSystems and Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com). At CoolSystems, he launched Game Ready, a top brand in orthopedic rehabilitation, growing the company from start-up to $20M in annual revenues. With Ask Jeeves, he helped the company navigate through an IPO and the dot-com bubble bust to emerge as a profitable enterprise, ultimately acquired by IAC (NASD: IACI) in 2005 for $1.85 billion.

Marty is a Director with the Alliance of Chief Executives, the largest organization for CEOs in Northern California. In that capacity he mentors a group of CEOs in the Bay Area. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Save Mount Diablo, an organization whose mission is to preserve, defend and restore the vast unprotected lands on Mount Diablo.

Mr. Reed received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and his Masters of Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University's School of Management, where he received the Avice M. Saint Award for Leadership. In 2013, he was presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership. He began his career as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, serving as the Supply Officer on the USS Elrod.