Dr. Eric Ball is a technology finance professional, investor, and board member. He currently serves as General Partner for Impact Venture Capital, which is an early- stage technology venture firm which has made 14 AI-oriented investments since 2017.
Eric also chairs the Audit Committee at Glu Mobile, a San Francisco based publicly-traded leader in 3D freemium mobile gaming, and at Socati (a private agtech company based in Austin). Eric is also an advisor to treasury management software provider Kyriba.
In 2015-16, Eric was Chief Financial Officer at C3 AI, which is revolutionizing the use of big data to make our power network and the Internet of Things more efficient. 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, and served on the board of Oracle Japan (a publicly traded large cap company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange). 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 Masters degrees from the University of Rochester and a BA from University of Michigan. He is the co-author of the book Unlocking the Ivory Tower (available in English and Japanese language versions) and has taught at three universities as well as online.