Neal joined MEST in 2013 with over fifteen years experience in venture capital, technology operations and investment banking. For the previous eight years, he was a General Partner with Rustic Canyon Partners (RCP), an early-stage focused investment fund with $500MM under management. Prior to RCP, Neal was a Corporate Development executive at Macromedia (acq. by Adobe), a venture capitalist with Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), and an investment banker at, Robertson Stephens & Co.
Neal’s proven leadership and track record developing US based start-ups plays an important role in MEST’s future success, while deepening the program’s presence in Silicon Valley. He lives in the hills of San Francisco with his wife and two children, when not in Ghana working from MEST’s flagship campus and incubator facilities. Neal earned his BA from Duke University and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.