Chairman, Generation Capital, LLC
Palo Alto, CA
Lev Leytes is an entrepreneur, technologist, advisor to CEOs, investor and philanthropist. Together with his wife Galina Leytes, he was a co-founder, Chairman and CEO of LJL BioSystems, Inc., (LJLB) in Silicon Valley, an FDA-licensed diagnostics and drug-discovery device manufacturer, shipping worldwide. Under Lev’s leadership, the company created an industry “gold standard” bio-analytical instrument and consumables product line aimed at pharmaceutical and research markets. It was ranked #41 on the INC.500 list of fastest growing US private companies, executed a Nasdaq IPO, and later successfully merged with another public company.
He is co-founder, board member and president of I-SAEF, a nonprofit that has funded 24 alternative energy research projects in Israeli academia, such as converting CO2 into fuel using solar energy. Lev is also Chairman of Generation Capital, LLC, a private advisory and investment firm. As a co-founder, CEO and board member of both public and private technology companies over the past 25+ years, he has hands-on experience with planning and executing the entire life-cycle of growth strategy, operations and investments from early-stage development to manufacturing and global shipments. His expertise covers emerging company financing, including seed, venture capital, IPO and M&A. A licensed professional engineer, he has published numerous entrepreneurship and technology-related papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has multiple issued patents. Lev is a sought-after speaker, guest lecturer and panelist at investment, entrepreneurial, technology and philanthropic forums. In 2009, he was featured in Chinese Entrepreneur magazine, highlighting him as a leading Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur.
Lev holds a graduate degree in engineering with the highest honors from Moscow Engineering Institute and graduated from the Advanced Management College at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Lev and Galina live in Palo Alto, California. They are most proud of their two adult daughters, Stanford graduate and a Yale graduate, and of their two granddaughters.
Partner: Galina Leytes