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Cliff Lardin

BA, '06, MBA '07

Cayuga Venture Fund (Ithaca, NY)


Cliff Lardin, Principal, is an experienced engineer and dedicated entrepreneur. His management experience includes serving as CEO of Cyan Data Systems, LLC; Founder and VP of Systems at; founder of Bright Island, LLC; and Director of PC Programming at Flowers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FLO). In addition, Cliff has worked as a Senior Software Developer for ChemSW, Inc; and as a Senior Engineer at Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSEA).

Cliff also volunteers his time as President of New York State Early Music Association and its period instrument ensemble, NYS Baroque.


Cliff studied Computer Science and English at Amherst College from 1993-1995, and Cornell University from 2004-2007. He received his BA in English with Distinction in all Subjects from Cornell in 2006 and his MBA from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2007.