Daily News: May 7, 2019

Hercules Capital Promotes Jadot, Kuo to Leadership Roles

Hercules Capital promoted R. Bryan Jadot to head of Life Sciences Venture Lending and Steve Kuo to head of Technology Venture Lending.

Jadot and Kuo each served long-term tenures of more than 13 years at Hercules, respectively, and have made significant contributions to the growth of the company’s debt and equity investment portfolio, which stands at more than $2.1 billion today. Both will continue to report to Scott Bluestein, interim chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Hercules.

“Both Bryan and Steve have made significant contributions to the firm, each demonstrating their industry insights and value to the expansion and success of our industry-leading venture lending platform,” said Bluestein. “Moving forward, we will continue to opportunistically and strategically make investments in our organization that helps achieve our growth objectives for the year and supports our vision of becoming a broader provider of specialty debt financing solutions.”

R. Bryan Jadot brings nearly 20 years of financial and credit structuring experience to Hercules. Prior to joining Hercules in 2005, Jadot served as vice president of the Life Sciences Group at Silicon Valley Bank in Newton, MA, where he co-managed a banking group dedicated to New England-based life science clients including biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare IT clients. He also worked as the vice president of the Software Group at Silicon Valley Bank in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to Silicon Valley Bank, he worked with the Corporate Banking arm of the Banque Nationale de Paris in San Francisco and was an assistant economist with the Department of Treasury’s Office of Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union in Washington DC.

Kuo brings more than 16 years of operational and structured finance experience. Since joining Hercules in 2006, he has led more than $1.2 billion in capital investments. Kuo was appointed a co-head of Hercules Capital SaaS Finance division in 2018 and has been involved with early stage startups with passionate founders and great concepts as well as billion-dollar revenue businesses looking to finance their next big market. Prior to Hercules, he was a strategic member of Lightcross, a silicon photonics startup, where he led the product management team. Before joining Lightcross, he was a principal at Comdisco Ventures.