Eric Manlunas is co-Founder & Managing Partner of Wavemaker Partners (f/k/a Siemer Ventures), an early-stage venture capital firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Eric co-founded Wavemaker Partners in 2011 following its merger with Frontera Group, a prior early-stage boutique venture capital firm he founded in 2003. Eric is also Chairman of Wavemaker Labs, a Singapore-based start-up incubator he co-founded in January 2012. He is a 2x start-up entrepreneur turned venture capitalist who has a proven track record as an early investor in over 130 early-stage ventures.
Eric also served in a concurrent capacity as a Principal of an LA-based hedge fund from late-2002 until its sale to a San Francisco-based commercial bank in mid-2006.
Prior to Frontera, Eric founded Sitestar in mid-1999. Sitestar is an Internet service provider in the rural markets of the mid-Atlantic region of the US. Upon helping steer Sitestar in becoming one of the largest independent ISPs in the region, Eric successfully divested his remaining ownership stake in Dec 2002. Prior to that, Eric’s first startup was Interfoods, a specialty foods venture he founded in early 1997 focused on the consolidation of independently-owned specialty foods providers in the southern California region. During Eric’s 2 ½-year tenure, Interfoods grew to become a mid-sized specialty foods provider in its market and was successfully acquired in late 1999.
Eric began his career as an associate with Arthur Andersen’s retail management consulting division from 1991-1995. He earned an M.B.A from Pepperdine University in 1995 and a B.S. in Communications from Florida International University in 1990. Eric is currently a member of the board of a number of emerging companies and has previously served as board member of over half a dozen ventures. He is also a Trustee of the Philippine Development Foundation, an organization committed to social and economic development initiatives in the Philippines, Eric’s country of origin. [+]