Fred Haney was the founder and manager of 3i Ventures, a highly successful $80Million venture capital subsidiary of 3i Group, plc, the world’s largest venture capital firm. He was the founding Chairman and CEO of NovaDigm Therapeutics, Inc., (vaccines for MRSA and candida), DRC Computer, Inc., (super-computer co-processors), and PulSentry, Inc. (monitors for early detection of cardiac tamponade). In 1984, he founded Monday Club, a 500-member mentoring network in Orange County, Los Angeles South Bay, and Santa Monica. He was a co-founder of Tech Coast Angels in 1997.
Fred has been a director over 30 companies, including Rainbow Technologies, Inc. (NasDaq: RNBO, now merged with SFNT),IC sensors, Inc., Evernet Systems, Inc. and Sierra Semiconductor (investor/observer).
Fred has been an advisor to USC’s Entrepreneur Program since 1984. He has been assisted by approximately 15 interns from that program. He currently works with Amy Hvitfeldsten, a 2013 graduate. His personal assistant is Barbra Ongwico.
Before founding 3i Ventures, Fred managed strategic planning organizations for Xerox, Inc., Computer Sciences Corp., and TRW, Inc. While in graduate school, he held part-time jobs with IBM in Columbus, OH, Denver, CO, New York City, NY, and Providence, RI.
In 1999, Fred was selected as “Mentor/Angel of the Year” by the American Electronics Association of Orange County. In 2002, he was chosen as “Director of the Year for Early Stage Companies” by the Orange County Forum for Corporate Directors.
Having served on “both sides of the table” as investor, entrepreneur, and senior executive, Fred brings a unique perspective to his role as a corporate director. He plays an active part in strategic planning, management, corporate strategy, and fundraising.
Fred received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. His Masters degree, in Mathematics, is from Colorado State University. His B.A. degree is from Ohio Wesleyan University.
In 2006, Fred published “My Doggie Says: Messages from Jamie,” a collection of 85 color photographs capturing various “behavioral” messages sent by Jamie, a golden retriever. For four years he hosted the “My Doggie Says” radio talk show on KFNX, in Phoenix. On the show, he interviewed well-known authors, dog trainers, officers of dog-related companies, and radio and TV personalities. Fred plays soccer every day with his 6 1/2 year old golden retriever, Callie. He is a dedicated 18-handicap golfer who practices more than he plays.
Fred is married; he has two grown children and two granddaughters.