Eric Ver Ploeg



LightJump Capital

Eric Ver Ploeg, co-founder of serial SPAC sponsor, LightJump Capital, has over 20 years of Silicon Valley high-tech startup and investment experience. From 2017 to 2020, Dr. Ver Ploeg was a Managing Director of Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners venture group, a growth stage focused venture capital investor, where he was involved with the firm’s investments in cloud infrastructure company Fastly (NYSE: FSLY), enterprise SaaS company Dynamic Signal, and cyber security company Anomali. From 2015 to early 2017, Dr. Ver Ploeg was acting as an independent venture investor. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Ver Ploeg was a Managing Director of VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he was involved in the funding of many private companies, including Spatial Wireless and OZ Communications. Dr. Ver Ploeg co-managed the quantitative hedge fund, Recursive Capital, and has made personal investments into private companies in the crypto, fintech, marketplace, and enterprise SaaS sectors. Before beginning his investment career, Dr. Ver Ploeg was the co-founder of two venture-backed startup companies, which raised multiple rounds of venture capital. Dr. Ver Ploeg holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from Stanford University.


2:45 PM - 3:05 PM

Wednesday June 15, 2022

Venture Capital-backed Targets: From Moonshots to Predictable Cash Flows

  • Best advice for VC-backed companies considering SPAC route
  • Minority control: Fickle boards and strong founders
  • SEC proposed rulemaking and its impact on VC-backed companies
  • Generalist vs. specialist SPACs, tradeoffs the venture CEO should consider
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