Prior to co-founding the General Partner, Mr. Patel served in the White House from 2001 through January, 2009 as a top advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney. He finished his tenure in the Vice President’s office as the Assistant to the Vice President for Domestic and Economic Policy. In this role, Mr. Patel served as the Vice President’s primary advisor on all domestic and economic policy issues, including: energy and environment, health care, financial services, transportation, international economics and technology/telecommunications. He also represented the Vice President at White House economic and domestic policy meetings up to the Cabinet level.Before joining the Bush Administration in February 2001, Mr. Patel served as Assistant General Counsel at UUNET Technologies, Inc., a Worldcom company. UUNET was one of the world’s leading carriers of internet traffic. At UUNET, Mr. Patel was involved in a broad array of technology policy issues including: e-commerce, internet taxation, and internet security and abuse. He also served as UUNET’s lead for law enforcement issues.Prior to joining UUNET, Neil practiced law with the Washington, D.C. office of Philadelphia based Dechert Price & Rhoads. He also served as Staff Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Patel has been an active investor for nearly 20 years and he has extensive experience investing in early stage private companies.Mr. Patel received his B.A. from Trinity College (CT) and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business.