Executive Chairman, The Orchard and SVP, Growth Investments, MacAndrews & Forbes, Inc.
Founder, Chairman, & CEO, BrightLine
Founder & CEO, Roku
(Inventor of the DVR)
Luminari Capital has developed extensive relationships throughout the media and technology industries that are leveraged in myriad ways to assist the Fund’s portfolio companies. The individuals below are a representative sample of the caliber of those relationships, and they are some of the most astute operators and luminaries in the media and technology industries. We are very fortunate that they are committed to serving as Advisors to Luminari and its portfolio companies.
Daniel V. Leff, Ph.D.
Founder and Managing Partner
Daniel has been a venture capitalist for over fifteen years, investing broadly in technology, media, and telecom (TMT) companies. He founded Luminari Capital in
2013 to focus on investing in the innovation and disruption occurring globally throughout the $500B+ video ecosystem. Daniel’s investments in the video ecosystem include 1Mainstream (acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.), DanceOn, Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon.com, Inc.), fuboTV, Fuisz Media, Kaltura, Matterport, MikMak, Mino Monsters, MOVL (acquired by Samsung), Naritiv, Plumzi, PlutoTV, Roku, Streamable, StreamNation, Sandforce (acquired by LSI Logic), Tapp Media, TheAthletic, Thirty Labs, and Vidyo.
Prior to founding Luminari Capital, Daniel was a Partner with Globespan Capital Partners in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Before joining Globespan, Daniel was an Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Harris & Harris Group, Inc., a publicly held venture capital company (NASDAQ:TINY). Earlier in his career, Daniel worked for Sevin Rosen Funds and Redpoint Ventures, and he also previously held engineering, marketing and strategic investment positions with Intel Corporation.
Daniel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA, where he was an Anderson Venture Fellow.
Board Member, Roku;
Board Member, CheckPoint Software
(NASDAQ : CHKP)
(Former Chairman, National Venture Capital Association; Former Managing Partner, Venrock)
Chief Strategy Officer, Starz
(NASDAQ : STRZA)
Managing Partner, Accretive LLC
Board Member, InterActiveCorp
(NASDAQ : IACI)
(Former Chairman & CEO, Warner Music Group; Former Vice Chairman, Vivendi Universal)
Head of Global Business Development, Spotify
CEO, Nest Labs;
Advisory Board Member, Liberty Global (NASDAQ : LBTYK)
(Former CEO, Google/Motorola Home; Former CTO, Charter Communications
(NASDAQ : CHTR)
Chief Marketing Officer, Roku; Senior Advisor, 21st Century Fox
(NASDAQ : FOXA)
Chief Strategy Officer, CBS Interactive, CBS Corporation
(NYSE : CBS)
Former President & COO, HBO
CEO, Tribune Media Services (TMS) & SVP Corporate Development,
(NYSE : TRCO)