Scanlin leaving Battery Ventures

Mike Scanlin is leaving Battery Ventures, less than two years after joining the firm as a partner in its Menlo Park, Calif.-based office.

In an email to colleagues and friends, Scanlin wrote:

“After 16 years in 5 startups and 6 years of nonstop venture capital, I have decided to take a break. I will be leaving Battery to work on several much-deferred personal projects (among other things, I plan to increase my ranking on… I will send out new coordinates when I decide what I want to do next (most likely more VC, but after a nice break).”

Scanlin added that he plans to continue advising startups in the interim, and would refer deal flow to other VCs, including Battery.

A Battery spokeswoman says Partner Sunil Dhaliwal will replace Scanlin on the board of enterprise storage company Copan Systems.

Scanlin also sits on the board of video surveillance provider Steelbox Networks, which relates to an investment from his previous gig with Sierra Ventures.

While with Sierra, Scanlin’s successful deals included 360Commerce (which was acquired by Oracle); AirMedia (acquired by AOL) and Micro Power (acquired by Weston Presidio). Before that, he was vice president of entrepreneur development operations at, which followed a software development career at General Magic and Storm Technology.