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The co-founder and principal investor of the venture capital firm Focal Point Ventures, Darren Niemann prefers to focus his investments on the fields of information technology and green technologies such as semiconductors and bio-fuels. As the firm’s Managing Partner, Darren Niemann strives to find investment opportunities in companies that possess innovative technologies, an experienced management team with a track record of success, and that have the backing of leading early-stage venture capital firms. Using the firm’s network of global relationships to add strategic gains to Focal Point’s portfolio, Mr. Niemann invests in companies that need additional capital to achieve expansion into new markets, facilitate acquisitions, or to grow internally. By limiting the scope of his firm’s investments, Darren Niemann hopes to position the company’s portfolio with the most impactful opportunities available. At Focal Point, Mr. Niemann has invested in such companies as Amyris Biotechnologies, the mobile software firm Motricity, and the RMI Corporation, which creates semiconductors in Santa Clara, California. In addition to his experience as the Managing Partner of Focal Point Ventures, Darren Niemann has owned and operated a variety of successful businesses that included restaurant chains, an insurance company, a micro-loan financing firm, and an investment company. Currently, Mr. Niemann operates a real estate private equity partnership he co-founded that focuses on real estate opportunities located in the Midwestern United States, and Naif Al-Ghoroub, an international commodities group located in Amman, Jordan. As a sports lover, Darren Niemann personally invests in the Tijuana Zonkeys and the Mexicali Bomberos, two basketball teams playing in the Mexico-based sports league Circuito de Baloncesto de la Costa del Pacifico.