Mike Scanlin is leaving Battery Ventures, less than two years after joining the firm as a partner in its Silicon Valley office. In an email to colleagues and friends, he wrote:
“After 16 years in 5 startups and 6 years of nonstop venture capital, I have decided to take a break. I will be leaving Battery to work on several much-deferred personal projects (among other things, I plan to increase my ranking on www.mosttraveledpeople.com)… I will send out new coordinates when I decide what I want to do next (most likely more VC, but after a nice break).”
Scanlin added that he plans to continue advising startups in the interim, and would refer deal-flow to other VCs, including Battery. It is unclear if he’ll retain his Battery-related board seat with enterprise storage company Copan Systems [Update: A Battery spokeswoman says partner Sunil Dhaliwal will replace Scanlin on the Copan board]. Scanlin also sits on the board of video surveillance provider Steelbox Networks, which relates to an investment from his previous gig with Sierra Ventures.
While with Sierra, Scanlin’s successful deals included 360Commerce (acquired by Oracle), AirMedia (acquired by AOL) and Micro Power (acquired by Weston Presidio). Before that, he was VP of entrepreneur development operations and Garage.com, which followed a software development career at companies like General Magic and Storm Technology.
It’s also worth noting that all of the above pales in comparison to his top adult achievement: Beating myself and dozens of others to win the 2007 VC in the Rockies Poker Tournament. Maybe the first place he’ll travel to is Vegas…
(btw: Credit for this scoop goes to my colleague Connie Loizos… I only posted because she’s officially on vacation)