Ron Bernal

Venture Partner, Menlo Park

Ron is an entrepreneur, high-tech business executive and venture capitalist. He joined NEA in 2010 as a Venture Partner and focuses on information and energy technology investments. Ron serves on the boards for several NEA portfolio companies.

Prior to NEA, Ron was a Partner at Sequel Venture Partners and a Venture Partner at Sutter Hill Ventures. Prior to SHV, he was Chief of Staff/COO for the Service Provider and Product Technology Group Businesses at Cisco. Ron joined Cisco via the acquisition of Growth Networks, an internet switching fabric company where he was President and CEO. Ron also worked at Silicon Graphics, Inc. as SVP and GM of the $1 billion-plus server division and President of the MIPS group, the microprocessor subsidiary of SGI. Ron was VP of Engineering, COO and co-founder of Edge Computer. Ron also serves on the boards of Open Network Summit (ONS), Colorado School of Mines Advisory, and Colorado State University Ventures. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology.



  • Edge
    1983–1990 Edge Computer co-Founder, COO & VP, Engineering
  • SGI
    1990–1998 Silicon Graphics, Inc. SVP & GM, President of MIPS
  • Growth
    1998–2000 Growth Networks co-Founder, President & CEO
  • Cisco
    2000–2002 Cisco Systems VP Operations, SPLOB & CDO
  • Sutter Hill
    2002–2006 Sutter Hill Ventures Venture Partner
  • Sequel
    2006–2010 Sequel Venture Partners Partner
  • NEA
    2010–Current NEA Venture Partner
  • December 16, 2003

    Data Domain Investment

  • January 20, 2011

    Nicira Investment

  • October 1, 1998

    Growth Networks Founded while Ron is an EIR at NEA

  • June 17, 2004

    LifeSize Investment