Never heard of Roda? Well, you should get to know them. Their track record and overall slugging percentage as VCs is second to none. They have had massive wins with companies like Ask Jeeves -- and they have had many other significant wins with companies like SightSpeed. And, their latest victory is with bio-based/algae/renewable oil pioneer Solazyme, which just recently went public at a healthy premium to all Roda investors (the company is currently trading at about a $1.4 billion market cap). Roger and Dan also are great guys -- smart, very smart. Successful, very successful. Great mentors, great entrepreneurs, and great and generous philanthropists who give both their time and their money.
I will meet with Dan and the entire Roda team later this morning -- including Saralynn Nusbaum and Janine DeHart who help make it all possible. I will return to the offices on Parker street in Berkeley. And, I will visit the place that I called my professional home for about 3 years -- which I have not visited for about that same period of time that I have been running Sorenson Media.
A trip back to Parker Street (memory lane) in Berkeley ... will be fun.