Mentor

Ned Hill

Managing Director, DFJ Mercury

Ned is a Managing Director with DFJ Mercury, a Texas-based seed and start-up venture capital firm. Ned Hill has over 20 years of experience as an operator, consultant, and investor in technology companies, with a particular focus on communications, computing, cloud, and data center technologies.  Prior to joining DFJ Mercury, Ned was with venture capital firm Sternhill Partners where he led investments and worked closely with pioneering start-ups in important emerging markets including WiMAX (Navini Networks, acquired by Cisco); Wi-Fi (Boingo Wireless, IPO); blade servers (RLX Technologies, acquired by Hewlett-Packard); and virtualization (Surgient, acquired by Quest).  Prior to Sternhill, Ned was with BellSouth Internet Services, McKinsey & Company, and BroadBand Technologies, a start-up that went public in 1993. Ned earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from NC State University and an M.B.A. from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College where he was named an Edward Tuck Scholar.

Ned serves on the board of directors of Macheen, a cloud service provider for connected devices; Ambiq Micro, creator of the world’s most efficient micro-controller; ActaCell, an innovator of high power lithium ion battery technology; and the Texas Venture Capital Association; and on the advisory boards of the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship and the Houston Technology Center’s IT Screening Committee.