Eric Ball is a technology finance professional and investor. He serves as Founding General Partner for Impact Venture Capital. Impact VC makes early-stage applied-AI investments in collaboration with corporates.
He also serves on multiple boards, including SoundHound (Nasdaq: SOUN, audit chair), CapConnect+ (capital markets startup, cofounder and board chair). He serves as a director or observer on several other Impact VC portfolio company boards (including Scaeva, Nightingale Security, and Airlinq) and three nonprofit boards (Stanford Institute for Research in Social Sciences, Lucas Medical Foundation, National Association for Urban Debate Leagues).
Until May 2016, Eric was Chief Financial Officer at C3 AI (now publicly traded), which is building enterprise-scale AI applications. From 2005 to 2015, Eric served as Senior VP & Treasurer at Oracle, one of the world’s premier technology companies. While there he was named one of the 100 most influential people in finance by the editors of Treasury & Risk Magazine. Prior to joining Oracle, Eric served in various finance roles at Flextronics International, Cisco Systems, Avery Dennison, and AT&T.
Eric holds a PhD in management from the Drucker-Ito School, as well as master’s degrees from the University of Rochester and a BA from the University of Michigan. He is the co-author of the business book Unlocking the Ivory Tower and author of the just-released startup fiction novel Silicon Galaxy, and has taught at three universities as well as online.