G. Leonard Baker Jr.
Len Baker has been a partner of Sutter Hill Ventures, Silicon Valley’s oldest venture capital firm, since 1973. He has been an active investor in a number of industries, including entertainment media, semiconductors and semiconductor equipment, biotechnology and medical equipment, and software.
Currently, Baker serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies, including Corcept Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company; Line 6, a leading producer of guitar amplifiers; and Youku Tudou, the leading Chinese internet video company. He is also responsible for Sutter Hill’s investment in Chengwei Capital, a venture capital firm in Shanghai that Sutter Hill helped start in 1999; and Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm in San Francisco that Sutter Hill helped found in 2000.
Before joining Sutter Hill, Baker worked for Cummins Engine Company, a manufacturer of diesel engines, and for the Delta Foundation, a community-owned, minority business development firm in Greenville, Mississippi.
Baker is a former trustee of Yale University, where he chaired the Finance Committee.
He continues to serve on the Yale Investment Committee. He serves as an advisor to the government of Singapore Investment Corporation and is a member of Singapore’s International Academic Advisory Panel. He is also an advisor to the Packard Foundation Investment Committee and Alta Advisors, a London family office. Baker is a board member of the Environmental Defense Fund and a former board member and chair of the finance and academic committees of Sacred Heart School in Atherton, California.
Baker earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Yale University in 1964 and his MBA from Stanford University in 1966.