Nexxus Ventures Team

Mo Khan

Founder and Managing Director, Investments

Mo is an experienced deal-maker with a strong track record of closing transactions that drive technology companies forward. Mo brings to Nexxus excellence in identifying investment opportunities, a vast network, business development experience and great experience negotiating win-wins to bring ideas and products to market in both the start-up and established corporate markets. With broad-based skills in venture capital, law and business, Mo is an excellent fund-raiser, fund-manager, IP lawyer and business leader with multiple successful exits. An IP lawyer by training, Mo worked as corporate counsel for Remedy Corporation (now BMC Software) and Microsoft in business development roles.

Mo started and exited several companies previously, where he was the founder and CEO. Mo founded and sold Moya Networks and KLiQ Broadband, both ISP’s in Africa. Mo previously managed a successful venture fund which outperformed the leading venture funds in the Silicon Valley by actively recruiting international startups to the US market and managing these startups growth, business development and exits by acquisition.

Mo is almost a Bay Area native, residing in the valley since 1986. He is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law (Juris Doctor) and attended Fowler Graduate School of Business at San Diego State (MBA) and San Jose State University (BA, Mass Communication, Journalism, and Political Science).

Tsuyoshi Taira

Founder and Managing Director, Investments

Tsuyoshi Taira owns and runs Tazan International Inc. since 1996 providing seed stage financing, management and help with Asia markets.

Tsuyoshi was President of Sanyo Semiconductor Corporation from 1986 to 1993 and Chairman from 1993 to 1996. He was a Founding Investor and Director at Atmel Semiconductor, Pico Power Technology (Cirrus Logic), Junglee Corporation (Amazon), Armedia (Broadcom), and Apptivity (Progress Software).

He served as Chairman of Nayna Networks (ResCon Technology) from 2005 to 2007. Tsuyoshi served as a Director of SST (Microchip), Tripath (Etelos), uReach Technologies, Asia-Links Media, Teleweb, Xpeed Networks. He was a Board member at TNP on The Road Corporation, a Japanese venture fund and a member of the Investment Committee at Convergent Capital.

Tsuyoshi has published books on Audio Amplifier, Transistor Physics and Applications and most recently a popular book for Japanese entrepreneurs. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Newport Asia Pacific University.

Early in his career, Tsuyoshi worked at Fairchild Semiconductor in Mountain View, California as an Analog IC Design Engineer.

Mukesh Ahuja

Founder and Managing Director, Accelerator

Mukesh was the COO for a Silicon Valley incubator prior to founding Nexxus Ventures. He was also a founding member of three venture-funded companies which grew to over $25 Million in value: Asia-Links, an Internet portal; MINO Wireless, a Mobile VoIP company; and Skyroam, a Global WiFi company based in China. Mukesh was CEO of Asia-Links which grew to be one of the top-3 portals with Asia information and business services. Since 2005, Mukesh has consulted for startups in Silicon Valley, India, Singapore and Japan providing help in business and corporate development.

Mukesh was President of the 6000-member MIT Club of Northern California and was instrumental in starting the club’s Entrepreneurship program. Mukesh served on the board of the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab. At the start of his career, Mukesh worked in engineering and marketing in the AI Technology Center at DEC.

Mukesh received a Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT-Mumbai and a Masters in Engineering from MIT where he did research in Artificial Intelligence.

Guillermo Söhnlein

Venture Partner

Born in Buenos Aires and raised in Silicon Valley, Guillermo is a serial entrepreneur, who has started ventures in diverse fields such as technology innovation, commercialization of outer space, and ocean exploration. He is a speaker, consultant, director, advisor, and mentor with experience throughout the United States and Latin America. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Blue Marble Exploration, an exploration-focused media company.

Guillermo was previously co-founder of OceanGate, the OceanGate Foundation, iSpaces, Milo (acquired by Voxeo), and Ansible Space Communications Systems (merged with RBC Signals), as well as founder of Space Angels Network, the Sea-Space Initiative (merged into the Exploration Institute), and the International Association of Space Entrepreneurs (merged into the Space Frontier Foundation). He currently serves on the Boards of the Mamoní 100, Experience Mamoní, SynapseMX, and the WayPaver foundation, as well as the Advisory Boards of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Exploration Institute, Shanghai University's Hadal Science and Technology Research Center, Samudra Skin & Sea, and Spike Aerospace.

A former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Guillermo earned his A.B. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law