Roy Y. Liu is a managing director in the Technology Group. Liu has more than 20 years of operating and finance experience with technology companies, and has provided financing across a broad range of stages from early to later stage and leverage buyout to industries, including semiconductor, data communications and networking, and enterprise software. Liu has also represented Hercules on the board of InfoLogix (acquired by StanleyWorks).
Before co-founding Hercules in 2004, Liu was a Vice President at GrandBanks Capital from 2002 to 2004, an early-stage, information technology-focused venture capital firm, where he led the investment in Colubris Networks (acquired by Hewlett Packard). In addition, Liu was a founding principal of VantagePoint Structured Investments, a debt fund affiliated with VantagePoint Venture Partners. In 1997, Liu co-founded Imperial Bank’s Emerging Growth Industries Boston office, where he focused specifically on debt financing for venture-backed companies and previously was head of the High-Lending-Group for State Street Bank & Trust Co. Liu’s first finance position was in the Acquisition Finance Division of the Bank of Boston.
Liu’s operational experience includes roles as the Vice President of Finance and CFO to technology companies including toysmart.com, Inc. and Microwave ByPass Systems, Inc. He began his career at IBM in research and development. Liu holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. Liu is currently a Mentor in Northeastern University’s IDEA start-up incubator.