Mark Ashida joined OVP Venture Partners in 2007 and focuses on investments in infrastructure, SaaS, networking, and enterprise software.
Prior to joining OVP, Mark served as general manager of Windows Enterprise Networking at Microsoft Corp., where he was responsible for the networking infrastructure and authentication servers and client software, representing over $450M in enterprise sales. Prior to Microsoft, Mark was chief operating officer at InterTrust (ITRU), a public company. InterTrust provided secure, trusted computing for secure distribution of music, video, and other digital goods and was the leading company in digital rights management. The underlying technology was seminal, as confirmed by Microsoft paying the company over $400M in a license settlement. InterTrust was sold to Sony and Philips for $450M in 2002.
Before joining InterTrust, Mark was also a general manager at Intel Architecture Labs, which spun out as CEO PassEdge, a company focused on security, networking, and digital rights management. Mark was CEO of an early venture-backed WAN networking equipment company sold to 3Com, involved as a turnaround of one of the earliest web measurement companies. He also was a partner at Braxton Associates, acquired by Deloitte & Touche, and leader of its West Coast Strategy Practice. Mark currently serves on the boards of directors of Avenda, DepotPoint, Serus, and Symform, and is a board observer to Lucid Commerce, CGI, Carbonflow, and Collaborative Software Initiative.
Mark received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and his MBA from Harvard Business School. Mark grew up as the son of a U.S. diplomat and spent most of his pre-college life in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He is the father of two teenagers and has yet to find a high-tech gadget he did not enjoy.