Professor Micah Siegel

 

Micah Siegel

consulting professor

School of Engineering

 

 

Background

Micah joined the Stanford faculty as a Consulting Associate Professor in 2006 and returned to investing full-time in 2014. His research at Stanford focused on economic issues that arise in technology, such as commercial litigation, licensing and technology damages analysis, and econometric models of venture capital investments. From 2006-2013 he taught Business for Engineers (EE204), which was a graduate-level course on New Product Development, Intellectual Property, Accounting and Finance for Stanford's Management Science, Engineering, and Computer Science graduate students. Former EE204 students include the founders of Junglee (sold to Amazon.com for $180 Million), ZenPayroll, Pulse (sold to LinkedIn for $90 Million in 2013) and Katango (sold to Google in 2011).

Micah is an active investor in new technology companies formed by students, faculty, and former students at the earliest stage (often before there is a company) through Vanedge Capital, where he is a General Partner. Micah’s passion is helping missionary entrepreneurs, professors and students create the “Next Big Thing” in machine learning, enterprise software, scientific instruments and other technology businesses that generate complex intellectual property. Micah was a founding investor and adviser to Stack Overflow (spun out of Fog Creek Software in 2010), Cellular Research, Inc. (spun out of Stanford in 2013, acquired in 2015 by Becton Dickinson for $120M in cash), BioImagene (spun out of UCLA in 2003, acquired in 2010 by Roche for $100 Million in cash), Judicata (spun out of Stanford in 2012), Hadapt (spun out of Yale in 2011, acquired in 2014 by Teradata), and C2C Patents (spun out of Stanford in 2014). Earlier he was the founding investor and board member of Affinity Circles (spun out of Stanford in 2002, litigation resulted in a license and settlement with Google in 2006), and Adapt Technologies (spun out of Caltech in 2004, acquired in 2008 by Webvisible, now a subsidiary of The Berry Company). These companies have raised more than $70 Million in seed-stage venture capital and significant follow-on capital from Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, Union Square Ventures, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Bezos Expeditions, Index Ventures and other leading venture capital firms.

From 1999 to 2017, when he joined Vanedge Capital, Micah was a Managing Director at C2C Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm he co-founded in Palo Alto. His emphasis at C2C was financing seed-stage technology companies out of universities. From 2010-2013 he also worked with Intellectual Ventures, a large investment fund family (total capital > $5B) dedicated to patents (over 30,000 patents and applications) to develop patent valuation models, royalty analyses, and licensing revenue projections. He is no longer affiliated with Intellectual Ventures.

Micah began his academic career in 1993 working directly for Carver Mead and designing early machine-learning VLSI chips. In 1999, he and Craig Johnson, a well-known Silicon Valley lawyer, formed C2C Ventures. Micah is a techie and the co-inventor of several U.S. patents related to electronic advertising and genetic engineering, and was recognized in 2003 by MIT Technology Review magazine, as "one of the top 100 innovators of the world" ("TR100 List") and in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine as one of the world's 250 "Leading IP Experts" ("IAM 250"). Micah is a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CPVA). He was born the eldest of six children and raised in Okemos, Michigan. He graduated from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and received a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. He can be reached at and on twitter