Juan Cueva, Senior Associate, Action Potential Venture Capital
Juan Cueva is a Senior Associate with Action Potential Venture Capital in Palo Alto, CA. Juan was previously an Investment Manager with Applied Ventures, the venture arm of Applied Materials, the semiconductor equipment company. At Applied Ventures, Juan led investments in technologies at the intersection of life science and advanced material engineering. Juan served as Board Observer for Applied Ventures portfolio companies Ultivue, Exo Imaging, and Ontera.
Prior to venture capital, Juan worked in corporate development at Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals, where he identified and evaluated startups developing therapeutics to treat rare diseases. He was also an early employee at Aratome, a startup spun out of Stanford University that developed technology to map and characterize neural circuitry at the nanoscale level.
Juan received an MBA from UC Berkeley, completed postdoctoral training in Neuroscience at Stanford University, received a PhD in Neurobiology from UCLA and BS in Neuroscience in UCLA. He speaks regularly at Haas on Venture Capital. Juan volunteers with Defy Ventures, which provides business guidance to entrepreneurial incarcerated individuals and serves on the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley which grows the high-tech workforce by supporting STEM education for underrepresented primary, secondary, and college students. Juan is originally from Hacienda Heights, CA.