Robert H. Niehaus
Mr. Niehaus is the Chairman and Founder of GCP Capital Partners LLC, an independent private equity investment firm founded in 2009 which currently manages several private equity funds totaling $1.9 billion in committed capital. GCP Capital Partners is the successor firm to Greenhill Capital Partners LLC, the merchant banking business which Mr. Niehaus founded in 2000 as a subsidiary of Greenhill & Co.
Prior to joining Greenhill, Mr. Niehaus spent 17 years at Morgan Stanley & Co. where he was a Managing Director in the merchant banking department from 1990-1999. Mr. Niehaus is also Chairman of Iridium Communications, Inc. (NASD: IRDM) and is a director of several private GCP portfolio companies. GCP has made several financial technology investments, including Complete Merchant Solutions, Heartland Payment Systems and TransFast.
Mr. Niehaus is a Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (“CFF”) and serves as Chair of CFF’s Investment Committee, which oversees a $3.9 billion endowment. Mr. Niehaus also serves on the Boards of Acumen, Student Sponsor Partners, the Touch Foundation and the Finance Committee of the Archdiocese of New York. Mr. Niehaus graduated from Princeton University in 1977 and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1982 where he was a Baker Scholar.
Skip joined Foundation Capital in 2007, and works to assist the firm’s portfolio companies and help in the assessment of potential new investments. He has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to dozens of successful software, networking, and security companies, including as CEO and President of URoam (acquired by F5), COO of Kiva (acquired by Netscape), VP of Field Operations at Illustra (acquired by Informix), VP of Marketing at Sybase, and trading area manager at IBM.
He currently represents Foundation Capital on the boards of Guardian Analytics, InterAct, SpringCM and Venafi. Skip has advised Foundation Capital portfolio boards and senior management at companies including Cloudshield (acquired by SAIC), Tealeaf (acquired by IBM), and MSDS online (acquired by ICG).
While working with Foundation Capital, Skip has been instrumental in assisting a number of portfolio companies with executive recruiting, corporate strategy, and establishing senior customer relationships. Representative companies have included Interact911, SilkRoad, Visier, ForgeRock, Moxie Software, Zetta, Hotlink, MobileIron and Silver Spring Networks.
Prior to Foundation Capital, Skip worked with Canaan Partners, representing that firm on the boards of Voyence (acquired by EMC), Groundwork Open Solutions, and VUE Technology (acquired by Tyco). As an early stage investor, Skip has invested in several technology startups including Sygate (acquired by Symantec), SleepyCat Software (Acquired by Oracle), eHealth Insurance (IPO) and Riverbed Technology.
Skip has also used his entrepreneurial expertise in the charitable world, having participated in the funding and management of a number of organizations. He is a recipient of the J. William Brownsfield award for outstanding civic contribution. Skip holds a BS from Sacramento State University and an MBA from University of Arizona. In his rare moments of downtime, he can be found cycling, hiking, and vacationing with his family.
J. W. Chip Fowler
J. W. Chip Fowler is a first-round investor in Cantaloupe Systems.
Chip is semi-retired and the general partner/owner of INCAL Associates providing business development and marketing services to technology-oriented early-stage companies. His primary area of interest is in companies that provide integrated hardware and/or software solutions for manufacturing or commercial process-flow management.
His strengths include international and domestic sales and marketing, representative and distributor management, product development and engineering/research management. During a two-year consulting assignment with GW Associates, a provider of semiconductor industry process-management software, he developed and executed a strategy to position and sell the company to a major equipment manufacturer in the industry.
Before forming his consulting service, Chip was Senior Vice President, COO and Member of the Board of Quester Technology Inc., a builder of atmospheric pressure CVD systems used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices. He had primary responsibility for Marketing and Sales, all Customer-support activities and the Technology Research and Development Group. He led the management team that negotiated and sold the company to Canon Sales Co. of Japan and remained with the company after the sale.
Prior to joining Quester Technology, Chip held senior world-wide sales, marketing and management positions in Therma-Wave (semiconductor process- analysis instruments), Optimetrix/Eaton (microlithography systems), Coates & Welter (scanning electron microscopes) and Atmospheric Sciences (automation systems for the lumber industry).
Chip holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Mitch Lowe has been a groundbreaking leader in the home entertainment and tech industries since the 1980s, when he started Video Droid, a rental movie vending machine and store. After years crafting websites for video stores, he was asked to help in the formation of Netflix in partnership with Marc Randolph and Reed Hasting.
There he served as its vice president of business development and strategic alliances from 1998 to 2003. Leaving Netflix in 2003 after their IPO Mitch joined a small team from McDonald’s to form what became Redbox DVD Rental Kiosks. There he served as COO and from early 2009 as President. Mitch helped scale Redbox from a handful of rental kiosks to nearly 32,000 kiosks and over $1.5B in annual revenue. Since leaving Redbox in late 2011, he has served as an independent consultant for entrepreneurs and startups. He currently is a Board Advisor to Alchemy Entertainment, Fandor, Moviepass, Spray, GoWatchit, SkywriterRX, and as a Board Member of Medbox, and an LP in several VCs.
Mandeep co-founded Cantaloupe Systems and is the company’s chief executive officer. He is responsible for setting Cantaloupe Systems’ overall direction and product strategy.
Mandeep’s favorite vending snack is Peanut M&Ms.
Born into a family in the vending business, Mandeep stocked his first vending machine when he was 13, and has never stopped trying to make the industry smarter, faster, and better. Today, he and the Cantaloupe Systems team are helping vending machine operators optimize their business operations through innovative technologies and services, including wireless communications and cloud-based applications.
While keeping his hand in vending through his family’s business, Mandeep began his entrepreneurial career with a website development business started while in high school. Mandeep met his Cantaloupe Systems co-founder, Anant Agrawal, at UCLA, and immediately found common ground in their shared interest in entrepreneurship and technology.
Mandeep has had a variety of relevant work experience, including Work Life and Cisco Systems. While working with these companies, Mandeep had the opportunity to research, analyze, and improve data-driven service offerings, while also gaining knowledge in testing and quality assurance in software and hardware. His experience at Cisco in particular gave Mandeep an appreciation for network connectivity that helped shape his vision for Cantaloupe Systems. What he learned through his online service experience with these companies contributed to Mandeep’s creation of Cantaloupe Systems’ innovative, web-connected vending solutions designed to lift vending from a plodding, best-guess industry to a more precise, technology-driven undertaking.
Mandeep earned a B.S. degree in Engineering from UCLA.
Anant co-founded Cantaloupe Systems and is the company’s president and chief revenue officer. As President and CRO, Anant is responsible for the company’s revenue strategy, worldwide business development, marketing, sales, consulting and customer support.
Anant’s favorite vending snack is Twix.
Anant is responsible for the company’s revenue strategy, worldwide business development, marketing, sales, consulting and customer support. Anant’s love of entrepreneurship began in high school, with his computer-building business and when he entered UCLA, Anant interned at technology-focused venture capital firms throughout his college years.
Anant met Mandeep at UCLA, where they discovered their shared interest in technology and its application to business ideas. This fortuitous friendship also began Anant’s education in, and passion for, vending. Upon graduation, the two entrepreneurs set out on a three-week trek through India where, as a sidelight to their journey, they began to brainstorm specific business ideas, and Cantaloupe Systems was conceived. Anant gave up a full time offer at a VC firm to devote his efforts to building the new company, and he hasn’t looked back. He credits his early experiences in technology design, sourcing, business development and manufacturing as a major factor in the growth and development of Cantaloupe Systems.
Anant has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. Economics from UCLA.