Microsoft to Acquire Affirmed Networks

Great companies grow out of recessions. Hassan Ahmed created the idea behind Affirmed Networks when he was working as an Executive in Residence at CRV in 2009 and today, the company announced its acquisition by Microsoft. The two companies will make a profound impact on the next generation of wireless networking, and we can't wait to see what they have in store for us under the Microsoft umbrella. Congratulations to Hassan, Anand, and the entire team!

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004 The Team

Izhar Armony

SaaS / Mobile

“If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.
- Mario Andretti ”

  • Airobotics Airobotics
  • Cybereason Cybereason
  • Drift Drift
  • Kodiak Robotics Kodiak Robotics
  • Ordway Ordway
  • Sense Sense
  • TerraPower TerraPower
  • Upstream Security Upstream Security
  • Zoba Zoba
Aveksa - Acquired by EMC 2013
Conduit Labs - Acquired by Zynga 2010
GrabCAD - Acquired by Stratasys 2014
Guardent - Acquired by Verisign 2004
HubSpot - IPO 2014
iBasis - IPO 1999
iPhrase - Acquired by IBM 2005
iSkoot - Acquired by Qualcomm 2010
Oberon - Acquired by OnDisplay 2000
RPX - IPO 2011
SimpliVity - Acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise 2017
ThinQ - Acquired by Saba Software 2005
Virtusa - IPO 2007
Vlingo - Acquired by Nuance Communications 2012
Xamarin - Acquired by Microsoft March 2016
Yantra - Acquired by Sterling Commerce 2005

Jon Auerbach

Mobile Consumer & Enterprise / Ad Tech / Infrastructure

“I look for world class teams. One part expertise. One part insight. Two parts drive.”

  • Stella Stella
  • Affirmed Affirmed
  • Lola Lola
  • SessionM SessionM
CCTV Wireless - Acquired by TerreStar 2008
Flatiron School - Acquired by WeWork 2017
Optasite - Acquired by SBA Communications 2008
Quattro Wireless - Acquired by Apple 2010 (Co-led at Highland)
Starent Networks - IPO 2007, Acquired by Cisco 2009 (Co-led at Highland)

Murat Bicer

SaaS / Cloud / Enterprise IT

“Great entrepreneurs are not afraid of crazy ideas and neither are we. CRV’s early stage focus means taking big risks is business as usual for us.”

  • mabl mabl
  • Gorgias Gorgias
  • Abacus Insights Abacus Insights
  • Concord Concord
  • Fauna Fauna
  • Iterable Iterable
  • Signal Sciences Signal Sciences
  • Zerto Zerto
Datadog (NASDAQ: DDOG)

Reid Christian

SaaS/Cloud/Enterprise IT/Big Data

“...History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. – Michelle Obama”

  • GreyNoise GreyNoise
  • Squire Squire
  • Gtmhub Gtmhub
  • Vercel Vercel
  • Carrot Carrot
  • Automox Automox
  • Factorial Factorial
  • Postman Postman

Max Gazor

Cloud / SaaS / Enterprise Software / Big Data / Infrastructure

“CRV's focus on early-stage investments allows me to do what I enjoy the most - helping entrepreneurs succeed.”

  • Respond Software Respond Software
  • Airtable Airtable
  • CloudGenix CloudGenix
  • Diamanti Diamanti
  • Usermind Usermind
SimpliVity - Acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise 2017

Saar Gur

Consumer & Mobile / Media / SMB SaaS

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead”

  • Kapwing Kapwing
  • Mercury Mercury
  • Patreon Patreon
  • DoorDash DoorDash
  • Bird Bird
  • ClassPass ClassPass
  • Pared Pared
  • Niantic Niantic
  • Dropbox Dropbox
  • Tophatter Tophatter
  • Oportun Oportun
Ring - Acquired by Amazon 2018
AdMob - Acquired by Google
Brightroll - Acquired by Yahoo! (co-founder)
MileIQ - Acquired by Microsoft 2015
Orchestra (product: Mailbox) - Acquired by Dropbox 2013
ViKi - Acquired by Rakuten 2013
Other: Karma/Facebook, Flixster/WarnerBrothers, Scan/Snapchat, - Talentbin/Monster, Sincerely/ProvideCommerce

Dylan Morris


“Progress in science depends on new techniques, new discoveries, and new ideas, probably in that order.
— Sydney Brenner”

  • Dyno Therapeutics Dyno Therapeutics
  • Plexium Plexium
  • Recursion Pharmaceuticals Recursion Pharmaceuticals
  • Freenome Freenome
  • Wild Type Wild Type
  • System1 Biosciences System1 Biosciences

Bruce Sachs

Mobile and Enterprise Infrastructure/Cloud/Robotics & Consumer Electronics

“People are the most important ingredient… when I am lucky, those people let me help them be successful.”

  • Light Light
  • Nantero Nantero
Acopia Networks - Acquired by F5 2008
BigBand Networks - IPO 2007
BNI Video - Acquired by Cisco Systems 2011
Cedar Point Communications - Acquired by GenBand 2011
Flarion Technologies - Acquired by Qualcomm 2006
GreatCall - Acquired by GTCR 2017
Hammerhead Networks - Acquired by Cisco Systems 2002
Icontrol - Acquired by Comcast and 2017
River Delta Networks - Acquired by Motorola 2001
SimpliVity - Acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise 2017

Kristin Baker Spohn

Enterprise/ Healthcare

“The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly. - Theodore Roosevelt”

  • Wheel Wheel

Erica Van

Enterprise / Frontier Tech / Saas

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. - Arthur Schopenhauer”

  • Zoba Zoba
  • Ordway Ordway

Devdutt Yellurkar

Developers/ Cloud/ SaaS

“As an entrepreneur, I have first hand experience with CRV always believing in founders. As a VC, that's the team I wanted to be on.”

  • Gatsby Gatsby
  • Postman Postman
  • Standard Cognition Standard Cognition
  • Kong Kong
  • Aviatrix Aviatrix
  • Cratejoy Cratejoy
  • OneLogin OneLogin
  • Qubole Qubole
  • Webaroo Webaroo
Zendesk - IPO (NYSE: ZEN) 2014
Accompany - Acquired by Cisco 2018
Wave - Acquired by H&R Block 2019
SignalFX - Acquired by Splunk 2019
Other: OpenMile/Echo Logistics, Rethink Robotics/Hahn Group, Symphony Commerce/Quantum Retail

George Zachary


“Advancing health through revolutionary computer science. Building on 21+ years of consumer and enterprise investing.”

  • Wild Type Wild Type
  • PillPack PillPack
  • Plexium Plexium
  • Recursion Pharmaceuticals Recursion Pharmaceuticals
  • Freenome Freenome
  • System1 Biosciences System1 Biosciences
  • Udacity Udacity
  • Health IQ Health IQ
  • Scribd Scribd
  • Wonder Workshop Wonder Workshop
Twitter - IPO 2013
Yammer - Acquired by Microsoft 2012
Accrue Software - IPO 1999
Andale - Acquired by Vendio 2006
Critical Path - IPO 1999
Jambool - Acquired by Google 2010
Metaplace - Acquired by Playdom/ Disney 2010
Millennial Media - IPO March 2012
Sandcastle Inc. - Acquired by Adobe Systems
Securify - Acquired by Kroll- O'gara 1999
Shutterfly - IPO 2006
Supertracks - Acquired by Centerspan 2001
Telebot - Acquired by Z-Tel

Other Team Members

  • Hillary Frank

    Head of Community

  • Sachin Sood


  • Chris Baldwin

    Partner Emeritus

  • Rick Burnes

    Partner Emeritus

  • Ted Dintersmith

    Partner Emeritus

  • Mike Zak

    Partner Emeritus