Don Sanders
                                                                                                                                            


 













 

 Don Sanders


Senior Partner and Lean Innovation Practice Lead at Nexus Partners
Director at Alliance of Chief Executives
Advisory Group Member at Citrix Startup Accelerator

Don Sanders brings a wealth of diverse experience, from public company leadership to venture-backed startups and turnaround management. His background includes P&L, corporate development, new market ventures, strategic relationships, and equity and debt financings. As a Senior Partner at Nexus Partners, a strategy firm in Silicon Valley and Cambridge Massachusetts, Don leads the Lean Innovation practice, working with companies of all sizes on market expansion, product and process innovation, and creating the most new customer value with the least business and financial risk.

Don began his career as an engineering manager at Southwestern Bell, rose to serve on the AT&T Chairman's staff for the breakup of the Bell System, and eventually became President for international development at Pacific Telesis Group, now Verizon Wireless. He was then a founding Partner at RES CoVentures, a Los Altos investment banking firm and pioneer in bringing foreign-market capital and joint ventures to Silicon Valley technology companies. After his company was acquired by a San Diego venture firm, Don began a nearly two decade career as C-suite consultant, interim executive, and startup founder, investor and advisor.

As an interim executive, Don served as turnaround CEO for a private mid-market staffing services firm, startup COO for a subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank, and VP at Comerica Bank of California. As an entrepreneur, he was a founder of a venture-backed R&D commercialization firm that spun new ventures out of Stanford and Caltech, a mobile software company acquired by Marvel Technologies, and an online institutional marketplace for FDIC-insured deposits. As a mentor at the US Market Access Center, he teaches business models design and mentors foreign entrepreneurs that enter the US market through Silicon Valley.

Learning from his startup experience, Don took up the mantle of lean innovation, with its focus on customer value and risk-managed business model validation. Lean began at Toyota in the 1990's, was adapted a decade later for startup ventures at Stanford, and is now recognized worldwide as the lean launch methodology. Don now applies these concepts to companies of all sizes, to help them quickly evolve, expand and position in

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