Erik Lassila is Managing Partner of Peakview Capital, heading investments and operations. He is responsible for the management and development of the firm and leads its investment committee. Erik had sixteen years of venture capital investing experience before founding Peakview, having been responsible for investments in dozens of early and growth stage companies and holding seats on 16 boards of directors. Erik has served on boards alongside partners from many top-tier VC firms, including Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, KPCB, Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, Menlo Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and New Enterprise Associates.
Erik began his VC career at Mayfield Fund, a leading US VC firm founded in 1969 with $4 billion under management. He later served as a General Partner with Charter Ventures and Clearstone Venture Partners before forming Peakview Capital in 2015. Prior to his venture career Erik held marketing and management roles for several years with technology company Texas Instruments.
Erik was formerly Chairman of Young Venture Capitalist Association (YVCA), a national group with over 200 members that is now part of National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Erik is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at industry conferences and is a current LP Advisory Committee (LPAC) member of Menlo Ventures Fund XII and Menlo Ventures Fund XIV.
Prior to his venture career, Erik held operating roles with Texas Instruments and Motorola and earned a BS Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Mr. Kevin McQuillan is a Partner with Peakview Capital, bringing his experience and expertise to firm operations, fund investments and direct investments.
Kevin was a General Partner with OCA Ventures and the founding General Partner of Focus Opportunity Fund. He was also Co-Founder and General Partner at Focus Ventures, whose first fund was the 7th highest IRR fund of all time (Preqin). He is a five-time member of the Forbes Midas List and was also highlighted on AlwaysOn’s VC 100 List. To date, Kevin has been involved with more than 25 IPOs (most recently Wheels Up). Focus Opportunity Fund investments include Paydiant (acquired by PayPal), Sensity (acquired by Verizon), Shape Security (acquired by F5), Area 1 BitGo (announced an acquisition by Galaxy Dynamic Signal (acquired by SocialChorus), Inspirato, Lever, Reputation and Tact.ai.
Kevin has over three decades of experience in venture capital and focuses on investments in the Saas, internet infrastructure, AI and enterprise markets. He led Focus Ventures’ investments in Active Software (WebMethods), Agile Software, Alteon Websystems (Nortel), Aruba Networks, Commerce One, Financial Engines, Pixelworks, Ruckus and Upwork; all of which became public companies. Notable M&A transactions include Centrality (acquired by SiRF), DATAllegro (acquired by Microsoft), Kace Networks (acquired by Dell) and LogLogic (acquired by Tibco).
Kevin earned his MBA, JD and BBA degrees. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Benedict Canyon Equities, a member of the Advisory Board for Silicon Valley Executive Network, a member of the Investment Committee for Western Michigan University and a Board Member of Fordham University Angel Fund.
Tyler Hartsock is a Partner with Peakview Capital. Tyler joined Peakview in 2022, bringing with him over a decade of experience in the venture capital industry. At Peakview he helps manage the Firm’s investment practices and fundraising initiatives.
Tyler started his career as one of the early employees of Greenspring Associates, a $12 billion global venture capital FoF based in Baltimore, MD where he was responsible for sourcing and evaluating investments across the Firm's multiple strategies, including primary fund investments, secondary investments and direct co-investments. More recently, Tyler was a Partner at Next Play Capital, a VC FoF based in San Francisco, where he served on the investment committee and led Next Play’s fund partnership investment practice and emerging manager strategy. Prior to Next Play Capital, Tyler was with Northgate Capital, where he co-managed the Firm’s flagship VC FoF and was active on all aspects of the investment process and fundraising initiatives.
Tyler graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech, where he holds a B.S. in Finance.
Mr. Steven Simonian serves as Peakview Capital's Chief Financial Officer. Steve’s responsibilities include finance, legal, administration and compliance. Steve joined Peakview in 2019 through Greenough Consulting Group, where he currently serves as President and Consulting CFO.
Prior to his current CFO roles, Steve operated his own consulting practice where he provided finance and operational services to venture capital funds, private equity funds, and operating companies.
Prior to his consulting practice, Steve served as Chief Financial Officer at August Capital. Steve previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Gabriel Venture Partners and Meritech Capital Partners. Steve earned a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mr. Paolo Zhang is a Senior Associate at Peakview Capital. Paolo joined Peakview Capital in 2016 as one of the early members of the team. Prior to Peakview, Paolo worked at a VC fund of funds and direct investment group in Beijing since 2014. Paolo began his investment career in 2013 as an investment analyst through an internship at Hopu Investments, a leading Asian private equity firm. In 2018 Paolo was named by Forbes Asia magazine as a “30 Under 30” in the Finance and Venture Capital industry.
Paolo received a BSc Degree in Automotive Engineering and a MSc Degree in Engineering and Management from Polytechnic University of Turin, in Italy.
Ms. Stacy Xu serves as Peakview Capital’s VP of Operations. Stacy joined Peakview in 2015 and manages the firm’s internal operations, including legal, accounting and regulatory compliance. Stacy also assumed the role of Chief Compliance Officer in December 2019 when Peakview registered as a Registered Investment Adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In this role, Stacy ensures compliance with SEC regulations as well as adherence to internal policies and procedures.
Stacy was previously employed at Vaughan de Kirby Law Offices and at formerly NASDAQ-listed company Qunar. Stacy earned her MBA from California State University.
Ms. Nicole de Moulpied joined Peakview Capital in 2022 as Director of Marketing. She manages the firm's internal and external communications and works closely with the CEO assisting him with special projects and administrative matters.
Prior to Peakview, Nicole held marketing and sales roles at Ansys, Inc., Clearstone Venture Partners, and several international startups. She graduated magna cum laude from Babson College with a B.S. degree in International Business Studies.