Winston calls on his experience as an athlete, coach, scientist, entrepreneur, and technology investor to guide the firm’s investments in software and hardware solutions for modernizing the IT Infrastructure, products and services that compute, connect, store, analyze and manage data for the cloud, enterprises and mobile platforms. Winston loves helping entrepreneurs commercialize new technologies to create or disrupt markets.
Winston serves on the boards of Active-Semi, Box, Jeda Systems, Kilopass, Redwood Systems, Qnovo and Xicato. During the past decade, Winston served on the boards of Brion Technologies (acquired by ASML), Clear Shape Technologies (acquired by Cadence), New Focus (NUFO), and Teknovus (acquired by Broadcom in 2010). Winston contributed to CadMOS (acquired by Cadence), Sierra Monolithics (acquired by Semtech), Guidewire (GWRE), Intermolecular (IMI), Mellanox (MLNX) and Maxlinear (MXL).
Winston joined USVP in 1997, following his selection as a Kauffman Fellow in Venture Capital. Prior to joining USVP, Winston helped found Vixel Corporation, which made its initial public offering in 1999 (NASDAQ: VIXL) and was subsequently acquired by Emulex (ELX) in 2003. Winston served in technical and marketing roles at Vixel Corporation, which successfully brought fiber-optic-based Fiber Channel and Gigabit Ethernet interconnects to market. Prior to helping launch Vixel, Winston investigated and developed technologies in the areas of multimedia, semiconductors, optoelectronics, magnetic materials and superconductors at Intel, Stanford University, MIT, Sandia National Laboratories, and 3M Company.
Winston was born in Rangoon, Burma, and he immigrated to the United States at age six. Like many immigrants, Winston’s family strongly emphasized education, and consequently, he earned a bachelor's degree in Physics from MIT, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was an Austin Scholar. Winston is a former captain of MIT's NCAA Division I volleyball team and a former assistant coach for two nationally ranked juniors volleyball teams. Winston is married and has two children.