Vik has sixteen years of experience spanning venture capital, private equity and information technology consulting. As a Principal with our firm, his responsibilities span all aspects of the investment lifecycle including identifying promising potential companies, conducting due diligence and providing ongoing support to portfolio companies. Prior to joining the Cypress team, Vik was Director of the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC), overseeing the process of identifying, vetting and mentoring companies seeking funding from the State of Texas’ $200 million Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). In that role, Vik developed an extensive, statewide network of relationships with investors, intermediaries, entrepreneurs, economic development officials and service providers. Vik also worked with Dallas-based private equity firm Lone Star New Markets, conducting financial and business analysis projects. He spent the first decade of his career working in the information technology field as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Vik is also very active in the Texas entrepreneur community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of TeXchange, TiE Dallas, the Southwest Venture Forum and the University of Texas – Dallas Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist on entrepreneurial topics at SMU, TCU and UTD. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies and Strategy, and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Texas at Dallas.