Israelsen, the new chief technology officer of New Media Venture Partners, is
|Title: Chief technology officer|
|Company: New Media Venture Partners, Salt Lake City|
|Goal: "To leverage our combined international expertise."|
His position-one that is increasingly taking center stage at VC firms-is crucial. All the marketing in the world, after all, will do little for a start-up with redundant or faulty technology.
Israelsen also scouts international opportunities for U.S.-centric companies in New Media Venture Partners' portfolio, such as Campus Pipeline Inc. and Talk2 Technology Inc.
Prior to joining New Media Venture Partners late last month, Israelsen was VP-consulting services unit of Oracle Corp.'s Asia-Pacific Division. Before that he held Asia- and Europe-based positions with Electronic Data Systems Corp. and PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P.'s predecessor. He learned Thai as a Mormon missionary in 1970 and picked up Mandarin in graduate school.