As head of the group, which was established in 2009 to build connections between investment groups at some of the world’s largest companies and emerging technology and life science startups, Isacke is responsible for relationships with corporate venture funds, corporate development teams and innovation groups at Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, Isacke was an executive vice president of New Business Ventures at Telefonica Digital where she identified investment opportunities in Silicon Valley, Israel and Europe that had potential to accelerate Telefonica’s business and drove an international Global Partner team to deliver partnerships opportunities for Telefonica across 25 operating businesses in Europe and Latin America.
During that time, she led the acquisition of Mountain View, CA-based Jajah and San Francisco, CA-based TokBox, investments in Boku, Everything.me and Box, and partnerships including Evernote, Pinterest and Rhapsody. Isacke started her career at Xerox.
Claire Lee, who ran Silicon Valley Bank’s Corporate Venture Group, is taking on leadership for the early stage banking business, which is focused on clients at their earliest stages and the ecosystem of strategic partners who support them, including accelerators, incubators, universities and angel investors.