Alex Mendez

Managing Director

Alex is a founding Managing Director of Storm Ventures, an early stage venture fund focused on Mobile, SaaS and Cloud. He is passionate about working with seed and early stage entrepreneurs and companies and has a strong reputation of being a trusted partner. Alex currently focuses on any mobile or software opportunities that are disruptive and create value for enterprise customers. He thinks that the transformation of IT from vertical stove pipes to horizontal utilities will create massive disruption and unprecedented opportunities for value creation over the next couple of decades.

Mobile investments include Cellfire (acquired by Catalina Marketing), Flint Mobile (mobile payment solution for micro merchants), and MiMoni (mobile micro lending service). Alex was also one of the first investors and board members of Airespace (enterprise WLAN platforms, acquired by Cisco).

Software investments include Rafter, fka BookRenter, (higher education course materials platform), Restorando (mobile and online reservations for Latam market) and Nearpod (OS platform for K12 classrooms). Prior investments include Qumu (video management platform, acquired by Rimage), and Sanera Systems (director class SAN switch, acquired by McData). Alex served as a public board member at Mcdata. He is also a board member of DEEM Inc. (fka Rearden Commerce).

Prior to Storm Ventures, he spent twenty-one years in networking and computing at ROLM, IBM, Stratacom, and Cisco in several executive positions. He was part of the founding team at Stratacom, which Cisco acquired ($4.3 billion) in 1996. He was a SVP/GM during Cisco’s high growth era (1996-2000), where sales and employees grew fivefold to $20B and 40,000 respectively and 63 companies were acquired.

Alex holds a BSEE from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He helped create the Advisory Board of the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara. He is also a co-founder and on the board of Puente Labs, an organization whose mission is to find the best and highest potential companies in Latin America and help their founders scale their businesses by leveraging Silicon Valley resources.

He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and speaks both Spanish and German fluently. He is an avid pilot, golfer and skier, and enjoys traveling.



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