We bring together an extended, fully engaged team with a personal stake in helping our portfolio companies navigate the most direct route to success.
Rally Ventures supports entrepreneurs in the pursuit of their dreams and aspirations.”
Rally Ventures is a true value-add venture firm. The partners are engaged and wired into the enterprise market; the Tech Partners platform provides an instant ecosystem of veteran founders and entrepreneurs. If you value the idea of standing on the shoulders of giants, I recommend Rally.”
Rally Ventures doesn’t fit the typical VC mold. The first thing that comes to mind about Rally is their integrity. They open doors at the highest levels for customers as well as other investors. When obstacles present themselves, Rally opens the doors to help entrepreneurs through.”
Successful companies are built by driven, focused and empowered people. Rally Ventures and its extended Tech Partner network fast track the identification and empowerment of driven and focused entrepreneurs. The result: successful companies!”
Rally Ventures is truly a value-add investor. Not only did they help us with defining some of the key strategic directions of product, but they also introduced us to an important customer (which has become an investor) and their network of technology partners. I can’t think of a better investor for an enterprise-focused SaaS startup.”
In my experience, the single most valuable input on problems is a fresh perspective. Having superb and experienced talent on the sidelines provides that advantage, resulting in a more perspicacious and savvy entrepreneur.”
As an early stage enterprise-focused startup, it took time to figure out our product/market fit and build our team. Rally’s support and expertise through this process has been essential. Their enterprise focus, attention to detail, patience, and commitment to building a relationship with the management team have all been incredible.”
Rally Ventures and its unique Tech Partner platform provide a deep bench of knowledge and experience that can assist entrepreneurs with most facets of the business. They are willing to spend time to understand the issues and recommend solutions. Rally Ventures, along with its powerful Tech Partners platform, have been there for me and my team to guide us to success.”
It’s all about people. Our relationship with Rally is based on trust, respect and forthrightness, with no agenda beyond the health of the company and its people. It’s so simple—Rally helps companies focus on the real problems they face. It does not get any better if you are entrepreneur.”
The deeper the bench, the stronger the team. Rally Tech Partners bring expertise in every conceivable area to ensure Rally companies have the deepest bench and the strongest team.”
We’ve been investing in early-stage business technology companies for more than 20 years and have a solid track record of helping them go further faster.
Our strong bench includes nearly 100 Rally Tech Partners who are integral members of the Rally team.

Collaborating with our portfolio companies, we aim to be more engaged, accessible, agile, and tenacious than our peers.
We’re grateful that entrepreneurs describe us as value-add partners.
Charles Beeler, General Partner
Jeff Hinck, General Partner
Stephanie McCoy, Chief Financial Officer
Art Coviello, Venture Partner
Zenas Hutcheson, Venture Partner
Don Listwin, Venture Partner
Tom Peterson, Venture Partner
Steve Bourne, Chief Technology Officer
Dennis Johnson, Operating Partner

Charles has been a venture capitalist for more than 15 years and has focused on early-stage business technology companies throughout his career.

 

Charles started his venture career at Scripps Ventures in 1997 then helped manage a technology venture fund at Piper Jaffray before joining El Dorado Ventures in 2000 as a General Partner. Charles produces the Node Summit conference series, which focuses on the evolution and future of web application development.

 

Charles serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of ACM Queue Magazine and is Chairman of the Board of the Camp Chippewa Foundation, harking back to his many summers as a camper in Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest.

Boards: Atlantis Computing, Backtrace I/O, BugcrowdCoupa Software, JoyentReady Pulse, Camp Chippewa Foundation

Expertise: Early-Stage Business Technology Companies

Notable Investments: Compellent—co-led the Series A round with Jeff Hinck and acted as the lead independent director following Compellent’s IPO until its subsequent sale to Dell for $960 million; NuSpeed—co-led the Series A, which generated a 55x return when it was acquired by Cisco Systems; Persistence; Quiver; Swiftstack; Telaxis

Advisory: ACM Queue Magazine

What do you miss most about being a kid?: Summers at Camp Chippewa

Jeff has been a venture capitalist since 1997 and has focused on early-stage business technology companies throughout his career.

 

Jeff began his professional career at McKinsey & Company then started his venture career at Crescendo Ventures. He co-founded Vesbridge Partners with Rally Venture Partner Zenas Hutcheson and has been a General Partner with El Dorado Ventures since 2008. Jeff also ran Sistina Software as CEO and has twice been the President of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association (MVCA).

 

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys biking, boating and fine wine, preferably all in the same day.

Boards: Cloud Elements, Elevate, GutCheck, LockPath, Sport Ngin

CEO Experience: Sistina Software

Expertise: Early-Stage Business Technology Companies

Notable Investments: Algety (acquired by Corvis for $2 billion); Broadsoft (Nasdaq: BSFT); Compellent (acquired by Dell for $960 million); Enstratius (acquired by Dell); IPCell (acquired by Cisco for $150 million); ITKO (acquired by CA for $330 million); NetCentrex (acquired by Comverse for $165 million); NuSpeed (acquired by Cisco for $465 million); Sistina (acquired by Red Hat for $40 million); iBeam Broadcasting (Nasdaq: IBEM)

What do you miss most about being a kid?: Knowing everything I imagined had to be possible.

Stephanie McCoy has more than 14 years of experience in the venture capital industry.

 

Serving as Rally Ventures’ Chief Financial Officer, Stephanie is responsible for the firm’s operations and financial management including legal and regulatory filings as well as investor relations, accounting, tax compliance, and financial reporting for Rally funds.

 

Stephanie began her professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) in 1995. She worked in a variety of industries but decided to focus on financial services and quickly determined the venture capital industry was where she wanted to be. After PwC, she went on to work at Crescendo Ventures and Decathlon Capital Partners. Stephanie is a CPA (inactive).

 

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys yoga, running, and playing any sport with her family.

Expertise: Financial Management, Investor Relations, Accounting, Financial Reporting, Tax Compliance

First Job: Tennis instructor

Art Coviello
Venture Partner

Art has more than 30 years of strategic, operating and financial management experience in high-technology companies and is one of the most recognized figures within the cyber-security industry.

Art joined RSA Security, Inc. in 1995 and became CEO of the Company in 2000. During his tenure he was the driving force in the rapid growth of the company from $25 million in annual revenue to over $1 billion. Following the acquisition of RSA by EMC in 2006, Art continued to lead the company as Executive Chairman and President until he retired from the full-time role in early 2015.

Art has played a leading role in several national cyber-security initiatives including as a founding board member of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, and has served as an advisor to key government agencies as well as public-private initiatives. Art is also an organizer of the Digital Equilibrium Project, which works to bring differing views together in pursuit of a digital constitution to support a safer world for individuals, organizations and nations.

Art was one of the founding investors in Rally Ventures in 2013 and is now a Venture Partner, also investing personal money in technology companies.

Notable Boards: BugCrowd, Cylance, EnerNOC (NASDAW: ENOC), Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF)

Boards: AtHoc (acquired by Blackberry), NetScout Systems (NASDAQ: NTCT), RSA Security (acquired by EMC), Sana Security (acquired by AVG)

CEO Experience: RSA Security, Inc.

What you wish you could tell your 18-year old self? Make haste slowly. You’ll get where you want to go. Be a little more patient and enjoy the ride!

Zenas has been a venture capitalist and successful serial CEO for 30 years.

 

Prior to joining Rally Ventures, Zenas co-founded and has co-managed Vesbridge Partners since 2004. Previously, he served as the co-Managing Partner of SPVC (formerly St. Paul Venture Capital), which he joined in 1997. Zenas was previously CEO of Vivo Networks (acquired by Real Networks), CAECO (acquired by Mentor Graphics), and Control Automation (acquired by Universal Instrument). Zenas also served as a Board member of PictureTel, Natural Microsystems, and Concord Data Systems. He started his career at Bain & Co. and BNY.

 

In his spare time, Zenas enjoys racing sailboats and hunting Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock.

Boards: Corvil, Kwicr, TA Labs, Visitrend, saltDNA

CEO Experience: Vivo Networks, CAECO, Control Automation

Expertise: Early-Stage Business Technology Companies

Notable Investments: Vivo Software (acquired by Real Networks); Acopia Networks (acquired by F5 Networks); Granite Systems (acquired by Telcordia); Castle Networks (acquired by Siemens); GeoTrust (acquired by Verisign); Sistina Software (acquired by Red Hat); Corvil Ltd.

Three “nevers” in your life: Never stop learning. Never give up. Never say never.

Don has spent over 30 years focused on developing networking and data center technologies for the Internet.

 

Don began his career in 1980 at Develcon in Canada, marketing data switching technology for the mini-computer era. In 1985, he relocated to Silicon Valley and joined Cisco Systems in 1990. During a 10-year tenure at Cisco he built the IBM business, the Access business, and the Service Provider line of business. In 2000, he became CEO of Openwave, which invented much of the early mobile Internet technology such as WAP.

 

After 25 years of operating experience, Don founded the Canary Foundation in 2004 and dedicated himself to philanthropic work in the early detection of cancer. The Canary Foundation is the world’s first non-profit organization focused solely on the funding, discovery, and development of tests for early cancer detection.

 

Don became the first investor in Rally Ventures in 2013 and is now a Venture Partner, also investing personal money in technology companies.

 

Don lives part time in Belize where he scuba dives daily and works on restoring and protecting the reef.

Notable Boards: ETEK (acquired by JDSU), JDSU, Redback (acquired by Ericcson), Isilon (acquired by EMC), TIBCO

Boards: Calix (public), Clustrix, D-wave, Genologics, Joyent, Plumgrid, Teradici

CEO Experience: Openwave (public), Sana Security (private)

Expertise: Market Development and Operations for Business Technology Companies

Worst advice received?: No one will ever find out.

Tom Peterson is a veteran early-stage technology investor, focusing on enterprise software and infrastructure companies.

 

Tom began his venture career in 1984 with Union Venture Corp., the venture capital arm of Union Bank, and joined El Dorado Ventures, an early-stage technology fund, at its founding in 1986. Prior to joining Union Venture, Tom held engineering and management positions with Hewlett-Packard and General Electric.

Boards: Appboy, Badgeville, Edgewater Networks, eRelevanceInsideTrack

Board Observer: Beckon, Nanosys

Expertise: Early-Stage Business Technology Companies

Notable Investments: Access Health, NASD:ACCS (acquired by HBOC/McKesson for $1 billion); Cyras Systems (acquired by Ciena for $1.1 billion); Earthlink (NASD: ELNK); Efficient Networks, NASD: EFNT (acquired by Siemens for $1.5 billion); Jigsaw (acquired by Salesforce); MediaQ (acquired by NVIDIA); Rogue Wave (NASD: RWAV); Scout Labs (acquired by Lithium); Swarm (acquired by Groupon)

Best advice received: From my first post-college boss at General Electric: Don’t work at badly managed companies – there are a million ways to screw things up and you can never learn all the things NOT to do. Instead, work for companies that are well managed and copy the habits of good managers.

Steve is internationally known for his work on the UNIX operating system.

 

While at Bell Laboratories, Steve designed the UNIX Command Language — commonly called the “Bourne Shell” — that is widely used in scripting in the UNIX programming environment. In 1983, Steve published The UNIX System, which is recognized as the seminal text for effective use of UNIX.

 

As Chief Technology Officer of Rally Ventures, Steve actively consults with Rally portfolio companies and advises the firm on new investment opportunities.

 

Steve previously served as CTO of El Dorado Ventures and held senior management positions at Cisco Systems, where he was Director of Engineering for enterprise network management; Sun Microsystems, where he launched the Sun SPARCenter 2000 group; Digital Equipment Corp., where he helped develop DEC’s first RISC-based workstation; and Silicon Graphics, where he was one of the company’s first employees and served in senior engineering roles.

 

From 2000 to 2002 Steve was President of the Association for Computing Machinery. Steve is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Boards: Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for ACM Queue, a magazine Steve helped found.

What talent do you envy?: Rock-n-Roll piano playing.

Dennis has more than 30 years of experience as a technology industry executive.

 

As Rally Ventures’ Operating Partner, Dennis works with portfolio companies on their sales strategy including the development of effective sales channels.

 

Dennis was EVP of Sales & Marketing at Compellent, growing sales from zero to over $100 million on its path to an IPO and eventual sale to Dell. He was previously EVP of Sales at Xiotech through its sale to Seagate in 2000 for $360 million, and prior to that served as CEO of XATA where he lead their IPO (Nasdaq: XATA) and COO/Board Director of AmeriData, which was acquired by General Electric for $490 million. Prior to AmeriData, Dennis served in the Office of the President of Anacomp and participated in its listing on the NYSE.

 

In his spare time, Dennis enjoys spending time with family, sports, and music.

Boards: Zero Shock Seating

Expertise: Management Strategies, Sales, Sales Operations, Sales Training, Technical Support/Customer Service, and Channel Management

Notable Investments: Anacomp, XATA, Xiotech, Compellent

Who would you like to meet, living or dead?: Churchill

The Rally platform includes a dynamic group of nearly 100 Rally Tech Partners—visionaries, technologists, and executives across the U.S. with expertise in every tech sector that matters.
Our portfolio companies join forces with a wide range of Tech Partners who provide support and inspiration when needed to help them break away from the pack.
As investors in our fund, every Tech Partner has a personal stake in adding significant value from Day One. Using deep sector expertise, they help our entrepreneurs accelerate to become tomorrow’s technology leaders.
Larry A. Abramson
Partner
PwC Advisory Services
Eric Allman
Research Engineer
Ubiquitous Swarm Lab, U.C. Berkeley
Elie Antoun
CEO
Akros Silicon
Brian Bell
CRO
Sport NGIN
Khaled Bichara
CEO & Co-founder
Accelero Capital
Ian Bonner
CEO
WME Analytics DBA VizExplorer
Peter Bourne
Partner
Dragonfly Group
Marc Brown
Managing Director, Global Head of M&A and Strategic Investments
Microsoft
Mark Burns
Partner
True
Michael Carrel
President & CEO
AtriCure
Mark Copman
VP, Sourcing Operations
3M Company
Arthur W. Coviello, Jr.
Executive Chairman
RSA, The Security Division of EMC
Bill Crane
Interim VP, Engineering; Technical Advisor
Several startups
Mark Cree
Chairman, CEO & Founder
infinite io, inc.
Paul Denning
CEO & Founder
Denning and Company LLC
Kevin DeNuccio
President & CEO
Violin Memory
Chris DiBona
Director of Open Source
Google
Shawn Douglass
President Big Data & Analytics / CTO
Unified Social
Timothy Eades
CEO
vArmour
Staffan Ericsson
Venture Partner
Vesbridge Partners
Mark Evans
Head of Marketplace Intelligence Group
Google
Mark Floyd
Chairman and CEO
Cyan Inc.
Ben Fried
CIO
Google
Patrick Gordan
Managing Director
Leader Ventures
Dale Jantzen
Board Director
Canary Foundation
Michael Jennings
CEO
Secure-24, LLC
Jack Jia
Founder & CEO, Trusper, Inc.; Partner, GSR Ventures
Dennis R. Johnson
Management Consultant
Dennis R. Johnson & Associates
Galen G. Johnson
Board Member
American Investors Bank
Jack Judd
CFO
Proto Labs, Inc.
Montgomery Kersten
Independent Board Member & CEO Advisor
Tom Kieffer
CEO
Virteva
Jill Kitazaki
President
Denning & Company
Atam Lalchandani
Advisor / Board Member
Sierra Angels
Demetrios Lazarikos (Laz)
IT Security Researcher and Strategist
Blue Lava Consulting
Mark Lewis
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Formation Data Systems
Alex Lloyd
Managing Director
Accelerator Ventures
Shekhar Mandal
Partner, Cyras Partners, LLC
Bethany Mayer
President, CEO and Board Member
Ixia
Marshall Kirk McKusick
Computer Scientist & Author
Marshall Kirk McKusick Consultancy
John Michelsen
CTO
CA Technologies
Shridhar Mittal
CEO
Zimperium
George Neville-Neil
Owner
Neville-Neil Consulting
Cos Nicolaou
Vice President, Engineering
Google
Pedro Nosnik
President
Pedro Nosnik MD PA
Michael O’Hair
Senior Operating Advisor
Blackstone
Vincent Pangrazio
SVP, General Counsel & Secretary
Cavium, Inc.
Marc Parrish
Investor and Advisor
Parrish Advisors
John Peters
President / CO
Voltage Security
Joshua Pickus
Technology Executive
Conversica, Bugcrowd
Rafat Pirzada
Serial Entrepreneur & Telecom Visionary
Marty Sanders
Former Executive Director of Technology and Services
Dell Compellent
Theo Schlossnagle
CEO
Circonus
Tom Schnettler
Vice Chairman
Piper Jaffray & Co.
Mike Shapiro
VP Software Engineering, EMC / DSSD
EMC
Al Shipp
President & CEO
3VR, Inc.
Alnoor Shivji
Co-founder, Chairman & CEO
Azure Biosystems
Mike Snyder
CEO & Founder
WEB Products
Mark Tanoury
Partner
Cooley Godward LLP
Scott Taylor
EVP, General Counsel & Secretary
Symantec Corporation
Sunil Tomar
Founder & CEO
Brillus
Tom Wadlow
Founder & Principal
TW.COM
James Waldo
CTO
Harvard University
Sven Wehrwein
Director and Audit Committee Chair
Proto Labs, SPS Commerce, and Uroplasty (all public)
Donna Wells
President & CEO
Mindflash Technologies
Larry A. Abramson
Partner
PwC Advisory Services

San Francisco

Larry was formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager of Oracle’s Advanced Customer Services organization, where he led the business from $250 million to $1 billion in annual revenues. He has held senior leadership positions with Red Book Connect, USinternetworking and Appshop, where El Dorado Ventures named him “2004 Entrepreneur of the Year.”

 

Larry began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co., where he specialized in enterprise application implementations. He entered Andersen’s U.S. Partnership in 1998 and became an Andersen Worldwide Partner in 2000.

 

Larry was raised in Southern California and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management with a double major in Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS). Larry is a member of the Eller College’s MIS Board of Advisors as well as Eller’s National Board of Advisors.

 

Larry moved to Northern California in 1999 and lives in Orinda with his wife, Julie, and their two children.

Experience: CEO, Redbook Connect; SVP & GM, Advanced Customer Services at Oracle; SVP, Worldwide Sales & Marketing at US Internetworking, acquired by AT&T; CEO, Appshop, acquired by US Internetworking; Anderson Worldwide Partner at Arthur Anderson

Expertise: Enterprise Software, SaaS, Professional Services, Cloud Computing, Business Intelligence, ERP, IT Strategy, Customer Service, Solution Selling

Eric Allman
Research Engineer
Ubiquitous Swarm Lab, U.C. Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

 

Work: Neophilic

Eric is the author of sendmail, syslog, tset, trek, and several other programs. He co-founded Sendmail, Inc. and is the author of several IETF RFCs. He started his career on the INGRES Relational Database Management System Project while a student at Berkeley, becoming the Lead Programmer. He then moved to Britton Lee doing interfaces for one of the first database servers. Eric also worked at The International Computer Science Institute on the Ring Array Processor Project for neural-net-based speech recognition and SQLstream doing streaming data analytics. He is currently at the Swarm Lab at U.C. Berkeley, working on open platforms to support large swarms of sensors and actuators for ubiquitous distributed computing (sometimes called the Internet of Things).

 

Eric is a founding member of the Editorial Review Board of ACM Queue magazine, a member of the ACM Council, and on the Board of Trustees for Cal Performances. Previously, he was Vice President and Treasurer of USENIX Association. Eric is co-author of the O’Reilly book Sendmail. He wrote a chapter for The Architecture of Open Source Applications and has authored many papers, articles, and columns.

Experience: Distinguished Engineer, SqlStream; Member, Editorial Review Board, ACM Queue; Founder, CTO, Chief Scientist, Sendmail; Member, Board of Directors, USENIX Association; Principal Programmer, University of California, Berkeley; Sr. Software Engineer, International Computer Science Institute; Staff Programmer, Britton Lee; Programmer, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Expertise: Distributed Systems, Software Development, UNIX, Software Engineering, Open Source, Security, Scalability, System Architecture, Enterprise Software, Python

Where do you find inspiration?: Inspiration is everywhere. Open your eyes and look.

Elie Antoun
CEO
Akros Silicon

Silicon Valley

Elie Antoun is currently serving as CEO for Akros Silicon. Elie is the former President and CEO of Genesis Microchip (NASDAQ: GNSS), a leading supplier of display image processors in both the flat-panel TV and LCD monitor markets. Previously, Elie was President and CEO of Pixim and President and CEO of MediaQ, an EDV portfolio company that was acquired by Nvidia Corp. in 2003. Prior to MediaQ, Elie spent nine years at LSI Logic Corp. in a variety of executive management roles. His last position was EVP of the Consumer Products Division, with overall responsibility for LSI Logic’s PlayStation, DVD, Digital Camera, and Digital Set-Top Box businesses. He also served for six years at LSI Logic KK in Japan, spending the last three as President, increasing revenue to $350 million. Earlier in his career, Elie held process engineering and engineering management positions at Xicor and AMI. He received BSEE and MSEE degrees from UCLA and an MBA from Stanford University.

Experience: President & CEO, AccelOps; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, El Dorado Ventures; President & CEO, Pixim; President & CEO, MediaQ; EVP Consumer Division, LSI Logic; Director, Process Engineering, Xicor; Process Engineer, AMI

Expertise: People – building strong teams, cross-cultural relationships, bridging gaps, erring on the side of giving people another chance; Leadership – leading from the front, with passion, dedication, and commitment; Problem Solving – big problems, dealing with crises, simplifying issues; Combining Technology, People and Management; Balanced Analytical and Decision-Making Abilities

Languages: Arabic, Japanese, French

What do you miss most about being a kid?: Not much – I am still a kid.

Brian Bell
CRO
Sport NGIN

Minnesota

Brian is currently the Chief Revenue Officer at Sport NGIN, a Rally Ventures Portfolio company.  Prior to Sport NGIN, Brian leveraged more than 20 years of experience building and inspiring teams in his previous role as president and COO for Code42 Software. Brian also served as Executive Director of Sales – Americas for enterprise storage at Dell. Before that, he was Vice President of Global Sales at Compellent Technologies, which was acquired by Dell for $960 million. Previously, Brian held an executive role at StorageNetworks, and also served as a Captain and instructor pilot in the United States Air Force flying F-16 fighter jets.

Experience: Executive Director, Enterprise Storage, Dell; VP Worldwide Sales, Compellent; VP Global Services, StorageNetworks; F-16 Pilot, Captain, United States Air Force

Expertise: Leadership, Go-To-Market Strategies, Channel, Team Building

What talent do you envy?: If I could play the guitar, sing, or write music (I can do none of them), I would have loved to have been in a rock band.

Khaled Bichara
CEO & Co-founder
Accelero Capital

Egypt

Khaled Bichara is Group President and Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom Ltd, Group Executive Chairman of Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. (OTH), and Chairman of Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. (Wind Italy). Khaled played a pivotal role in the merger of VimpelCom with Wind Telecom for a total consideration of $25.7 billion to create the world’s sixth largest telecommunications carrier. He ran ten operations across the globe through OTH and Wind Italy and 22 operations worldwide through VimpelCom. He was the Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of LINKdotNET. Khaled currently serves as a Board Member of various telecom and IT companies, including Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E.,  SUPERNAP International S.A., Joyent Inc., MT Telecom SCRL, as well as the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (ECMS). He is the Chairman of the Board of DADA S.p.A. and of Italiaonline S.p.A.

Experience: Board Member, Joyent; Chairman, Dada & Italiaonline; CEO / Board Member, SUPERNAP International; Board Member, Orascom Telecom, Media & Technology (OTMT); Board Member, Mobinil;

Group President & Chief Operating Officer, VimpelCom; Group Executive Chairman / Group CEO / Group COO, Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH); Group CEO / Group COO, Wind Telecom; Chairman / COO / Chief Fixed & Portal Officer, Wind Telecomunicazioni; Founder, Chairman / CEO, “LINKdotNET”

Expertise: Mobile Devices, Mobile Communications, Entrepreneurship, Cloud Computing, Private Equity, Business Planning, VAS, Broadband, Corporate Development, Telecommunications, Product Management, Business Development, Wireless, Data Centers & Hosting, SMB IT Services, Digital Advertising & E-commerce

Languages: Arabic, English, French

Worst advice received?: “Don’t start your own business” advice I didn’t follow.

Ian Bonner
CEO
WME Analytics DBA VizExplorer

San Diego

Ian has built a strong reputation for driving corporate value and operational growth over his 30-plus year career. He has been the CEO of multiple high-growth companies, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of numerous private and public companies in the high-tech space. In his spare time, Ian enjoys golfing, spending time with his family, and following European soccer.

Experience: Board Member, ustyme; Director, Timeline Labs; CEO & President, Director & Chairman, Attensity Group; Director, Wireless Matrix; Director, ITKO; Director, BakBone Software; CEO & President, Inxight; CEO, Inxight Software; CEO, Sistina Software; CEO, Terraspring; VP Partner Marketing, IBM

Expertise: SaaS, Go-to-Market Strategy, Enterprise Software, Strategic Partnerships, Cloud Computing, Professional Services, Sales Enablement, Demand Generation, Business Alliances

Quirkiest habit?: Attire worn for exercise sessions

Peter Bourne
Partner
Dragonfly Group

North Carolina

Peter Bourne is a senior executive with leadership achievements spanning all company operations including board level, P&L, sales and marketing, and R&D. He has spent 18 years in director, CEO, COO, EVP and GM roles at both public and private companies, from early stage through revenue to profitability and exits. Peter’s key strengths include establishing successful company strategies, customer acquisition, building and resizing organizations, and motivating teams. He possesses M&A experience as both target and acquirer from initial contact through final integration, including complex and international transactions.

Experience: Executive Chairman, Spring Metrics; Strategic Advisor, Cognitect; Board of Directors, Daylight Digital; Entrepreneur in Residence, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network; Strategic Advisor, Bright Wolf; Director, RipCode; President & CEO, Entrisphere (Ericsson); President & COO, Entrisphere; SVP Marketing & Product Management; Executive VP Global Business Strategy, Siemens ICN; VP & GM Integrated Access, Efficient Networks

Expertise: Company Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Market Strategy, Customer Acquisition

Favorite Words: Intentional, transformational.

Marc Brown
Managing Director, Global Head of M&A and Strategic Investments
Microsoft

Washington

Marc Brown, JD is a General Manager, Managing Director in the Corporate Development Group and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisition and Strategic Investments at Microsoft (since January 2000). Prior to joining Microsoft, Marc practiced corporate law at a firm in Boston, was a high school teacher and coach, and an investment banker in New York. From May 1998 to December 1999, he was an Associate in the Private Equity and Emerging Companies Group of Goodwin, Procter & Hoar LLP. Before that, from 1987 to 1991, Marc was an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisition and Merchant Banking groups at the Union Bank of Switzerland. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director for Perform Group plc. since March 2011. He is a Member of Advisory Board of Taldan Capital Limited. He served as a Director of Asia Global Crossing, Chyron Corporation, CommVault Systems, Inc., Enterprise Mobile, Inspur Int’l, JCOM, Sendo Holdings plc, and Venturcom, Inc. He also serves a Member of Executive Advisory Board of Merus Capital, Greenspring Advisors, and Volition Capital LLC. Marc holds a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA in Finance from New York University, and a BA in Economics from Colgate University.

Experience: Corporate Development, Microsoft Corp.; Associate, Goodwin Procter; Associate, UBS

Expertise: Early-Growth and Late-Stage Equity Investments, Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Development, SaaS

Mark Burns
Partner
True

Boston

Mark is a Partner in True’s Boston office focused on Retained Executive Searches for high growth technology companies. Prior to True, Mark was with Heidrick & Struggles in the Global Technology and Venture Capital Practice. Mark joined Heidrick & Struggles from IronHill Partners, a venture-focused retained search firm which was acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2008. Prior to IronHill, Mark was the Human Capital Partner for St. Paul Venture Capital, an early stage venture capital fund. Mark began his professional career at Arthur Andersen.

Experience: Principal, Heidrick & Struggles; VP, IronHill Partners; VP Recruiting, Vesbridge Partners; Manager, Vitale Caturano; Recruiting Manager, Arthur Anderson

Expertise: Executive search recruiting expertise working with Venture and PE Backed & Public Technology Companies

Favorite Sound: Skis on snow and ice – (I ski the east!)

Michael Carrel
President & CEO
AtriCure

Minnesota

Michael Carrel joined AtriCure in 2012. Under his leadership, AtriCure is executing on the company’s promise to decrease the global atrial fibrillation (Afib) epidemic by investing significantly in education, clinical science, and product innovation. He is developing a customer-centric culture; his team listens intently to physicians and patients and responds with products that make Afib treatment safer and less complex to encourage adoption by more physicians around the world.

 

Prior to AtriCure, Michael served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Images (NASDAQ: VTAL), a global leader of advanced imaging software for use in disease screening, clinical diagnosis, and therapy decision-making and planning for over 6,000 customers in 90 countries – acquired by Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation in June 2011. Previously he was President and CEO of Zamba Corporation, a publicly-traded technology company, and Chief Financial Officer of NextNet Wireless, a privately-held provider of non-line-of-sight plug and play broadband wireless access systems, now part of Motorola.

 

Michael is currently on the American Heart Association Board of Directors for the Cincinnati and Minneapolis chapters. He holds a BS in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Experience: President & CEO, Vital Images; President, CEO & CFO, Zamba Solutions; CFO, NextNet Wireless; CPA, Price Waterhouse LLP; Executive Leadership Committee, American Heart Association; Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities; Executive Sponsor, Greater Twin Cities United Way

Mark Copman
VP, Sourcing Operations
3M Company

Minnesota

Mr. Copman has more than 25 years of business and leadership experience. He served as Executive Officer of Corporate Development and Mergers And Acquisitions -Staff and Shared Services at 3M Company. He served as Managing Director in the investment banking unit of Piper Jaffray, where he served from 1990 to 2003. He was a U.S. Navy officer from 1981 to 1988. Mr. Copman received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Experience: VP, Corporate Development / Business Development Director, Display and Graphics Business 3M; Managing Director, Piper Jaffray; Officer, US Navy

Expertise: Corporate Development, Business Development, Management, Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercialization

First Job: Cleaning inside back windows at the car wash

Arthur W. Coviello, Jr.
Executive Chairman
RSA, The Security Division of EMC

Bedford, MA

Art Coviello is Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman, RSA, The Security Division of EMC. Art is responsible for RSA’s strategy and overall operations as it delivers EMC’s global vision of information-centric security. He was Chief Executive Officer of RSA Security, Inc. prior to its acquisition by EMC in 2006. He joined the company in 1995 and has been a driving force in its rapid growth since that time. Art’s expertise and influence have made him a recognized leader in the industry, where he plays a key role in several national cybersecurity initiatives.

 

Art has more than 30 years of strategic, operating and financial management experience in high-technology companies. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of Directors at EnerNOC, a leader in demand response systems for energy conservation, and AtHoc, a leading provider of enterprise-class, network-based mass notification systems for the security, life safety and defense sectors. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts.

Experience: Executive Chairman, RSA, The Security Division of EMC

Expertise: Security, Cloud Computing, IT as a Service, Strategy, Operations, Information Infrastructure, Financial Management

Bill Crane
Interim VP, Engineering; Technical Advisor
Several startups

Silicon Valley

Bill is a senior engineering manager for technology-spirited companies. His specialties include: Consumer Web, Network Security, SaaS and System Software. He offers:

 

  • Interim technical management
  • Technical due diligence
  • Agile development
  • Coaching and recruiting

Experience: VP, Engineering, LinkedIn; VP, Engineering, Proofpoint; VP, Engineering, Redline Networks; VP, Engineering, E-LOAN; VP, Engineering, FrontOffice Technologies; VP, Engineering, Network Computing Devices; Manager, Windows Platform Technology, Sun Microsystems; Staff Software Engineer, IBM

Expertise: Cloud Computing, SaaS, Enterprise Software, Agile Methodologies, Distributed Systems, Product Management, Scalability, Mobile Devices, Hadoop

Mark Cree
Chairman, CEO & Founder
infinite io, inc.

Austin

A veteran of routing and switching technology, Mark is currently the CEO of infinite io, inc., a company that has created a disruptive solution to traditional data storage. As the CEO of Storspeed, Mark had several patents filed related to storage caching. Mark led Cisco Systems’ entry into the storage networking market as the General Manager of Cisco Systems Storage Router Business Unit. Mark joined Cisco Systems through the acquisition of NuSpeed, a company he founded that delivered the first commercial iSCSI storage over IP product which became the foundation of a multi-billion dollar market. Between 1989 and 1995 Mark was part of a team that delivered one of the first IP routers and firewalls at technology pioneer Network Systems Corporation (NSC). Mark holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a BS in MIS from the University of Minnesota.

Experience: Advisory Board Member, William C. Norris Institute, Consultant, Infinite IO Associates; Chairman, CEO & Founder, Storspeed; GM, Storage Router Business Unit, Cisco Systems; Chairman, CEO & Founder, NuSpeed; VP Marketing, NEO Networks; Director, Marketing, Switched Network Technologies; Marketing Group Manager, Network Systems Corporation / StorageTek; Sr. Consultant / Programmer Analyst, Lincoln Consultants; President & Lead Developer, MC Systems; Programmer Analyst, Control Data Corporation

Expertise: Storage, Networking, SaaS, Storage Area Networks, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Strategic Partnerships, Product Management

First Job: Paperboy

Paul Denning
CEO & Founder
Denning and Company LLC

San Francisco

Prior to founding Denning & Company, Paul was at Hambrecht & Quist, as Managing Director of the Private Equity Market Group in San Francisco and integrated into the Private Fund Group as co-head following the Chase Manhattan acquisition in 1999, and subsequently the merger with J.P. Morgan in 2001. Previously, Paul was a Managing Director at Robertson, Stephens & Company, a Limited Partner at Montgomery Securities and a Principal at Sutro & Company. Paul has been involved in the investment banking industry for over 35 years and served seven years, pro bono, as a Trustee and Commissioner of the City and County of San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, a $15 billion public pension plan. He has published several industry publications including: “How to Sell Restricted Securities, a Guide to Rule 144” and “Stock Distribution, a Guide for Venture Capitalists”. He inaugurated and hosted The Annual Private Equity CFO conference in San Francisco, Hong Kong and London from 1990-2001. Paul graduated with honors from the University of Akron, Ohio and later received his Master’s Degree in Public Finance. He served in the U.S. Navy as an officer and carrier based aviator from 1966 to 1970.

Experience: Managing Director, Private Equity Market Group / Co-head, Private Fund Group, Hambrecht & Quist; Managing Director, Robertson, Stephens & Company; Limited Partner, Montgomery Securities; Principal, Sutro & Company; Trustee & Commissioner of the City and County of San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System

Expertise: Global Private Investments (Private Equity, Private Debt, Venture Capital), Product Development, Advisory and Fundraising

Kevin DeNuccio
President & CEO
Violin Memory

Silicon Valley

Kevin DeNuccio is Violin’s President and Chief Executive Officer and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since February 2014. Previously, Kevin served as Chief Executive Officer of Metaswitch Networks Ltd., a telecommunications hardware and software company, from February 2010 until June 2012. He remained a member of the Metaswitch Networks’ Board of Directors until joining Violin. Kevin served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Redback Networks Inc., a provider of edge routers, from August 2001 until its acquisition by Ericsson in January 2007 after emerging from bankruptcy in 2004. From 1995 to 2001, he held a number of executive positions at Cisco Systems, including Senior Vice President of worldwide service provider operations. Prior to joining Cisco, Kevin was President and CEO of Bell Atlantic Network Integration, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Communications). He has also held senior management positions at both Unisys Corporation and Wang Laboratories network integration and worldwide channel partner business.
Kevin previously served on numerous public and private Boards of Directors including Redback Networks, JDS Uniphase Corporation, KPMG consulting (BearingPoint), Netpliance (TippingPoint), Salesnet and SanDisk. He earned an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northeastern University.

Experience: Founder, Wild West Capital; CEO, Metaswitch Networks; CEO, Redback Networks; Senior VP, Cisco Systems; CEO & Founder, Bell Atlantic Network Integration; Board of Directors for Juniper Networks, Calix, GrndCntrl, SevOne, Northeastern University, and Violin Memory

Expertise: Management, Technology Consulting, Service Providers, Operations, Network Integration

Chris DiBona
Director of Open Source
Google

Silicon Valley

Work: Dibona

Chris is the Director of Open Source for Google. His team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches. Additionally, he looks after Google Making Science, an emerging scientific outreach program. For Google Ideas, he looks after Uproxy and Project Shield, among other programs.

 

Chris is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He occasionally appears on the This Week in Tech and the This Week in Google podcasts. He is a visiting scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a masters in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, he serves as an advisor to a number of firms.

 

Before joining Google, Chris was an editor and author for the website Slashdot.org. He also co-edited the award-winning essay compilations “Open Sources” and “Open Sources 2.0” and writes for several publications. He was the host of Floss Weekly with Leo Laporte and made a number of appearances on TechTV’s “The Screensavers” and on the Cranky Geeks.

Experience: Advisor, Mixed Media Labs, Google; Scientific Advisor, IRILL; Technical Advisor, Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission; Advisor, Imeem; Co-Founder & VP Marketing, Damage Studios; Director, Community Relations, VA Software; Open Source Evangelist, VA Software & VA Linux Systems

Expertise: Open Source, Programming Methodologies, C++, Python, Perl, Game Development, Game Marketing, Marketing, Public Relations, Developer Relations. Acquisitions, Due Diligence, and so much more.

Best advice received: I know it is trite, but doing unto others as you’d want done upon yourself seems like a pretty good code to live by.

Shawn Douglass
President Big Data & Analytics / CTO
Unified Social

Silicon Valley

Shawn delivers Unified’s technology strategy and architects the company’s rapidly expanding SaaS offerings in cross-platform data management, analytics and reporting. He has been a cloud visionary and key contributor to the emerging enterprise cloud operating model for over a decade. Shawn has held roles as Operating Executive, Technologist, Advisor and Investor. Most recently responsible for the strategy and vision of the Prior to ServiceMesh, he was managing director at EMC Ventures where he drove strategic investments in cloud, security, big data/analytics, and disruptive technology and business models. He has served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Technical Steering Committee for the Enterprise CSC/ServiceMesh Agility Platform, contributing to IT transformation at Global 2000 enterprises, Grid Alliance (EGA), and on the Board of Directors at Joyent, a high-performance cloud infrastructure provider. He is a winner of the Always On 2012 Power Players in the Cloud award and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Experience: Advisory Board Member at Obitera, Joyent, LikeUs Network, Bitvore; CTO, ServiceMesh; Managing Director, EMC Ventures; Sr. Director Advanced Technology Ventures, Office of the CTO, EMC; Board of Directors & Chairman of the Technical Steering Committee, Enterprise Grid Alliance; Director of Partner Engineering, Global Technology Alliances, EMC; Automated Operations Architect, Systems Engineering, Loudcloud; Systems/Network Operations Engineer, Digital Island; Submersible Pilot, Voyager Submersibles; Co-Founder, Innovativestrategies.com

Expertise: General Management, Corporate Strategy, M&A, Building/Leading International Teams (China/India/Japan), Cloud Computing, SaaS, Enterprise Software, Strategic Partnerships, Professional Services, Business Development, Virtualization

Timothy Eades
CEO
vArmour

Silicon Valley

With over 20 years of leadership experience in sales, marketing, and executive management at the CEO level, Tim has deep expertise in driving high growth for computing, security, and enterprise software companies. Tim joined vArmour as CEO in October 2013. Prior to that, he was CEO of Silver Tail Systems from March 2010 until the company was acquired by RSA, the security division of EMC in late 2012. Prior to that, Tim was CEO of Everyone.net, an SMB-focused SaaS company that was acquired by Proofpoint. Tim has also held sales and marketing executive leadership positions at BEA Systems, Sana Security, Phoenix Technologies, and IBM. Tim holds advanced degrees in business, international marketing, and financial analysis, primarily from Solent University in England.

Experience: Board Director, Vorstack; Board Director, Cake4Kids; Board Director / Board Advisor, White Sky; Board Advisor, Victrio acquired by Verint; CEO, Silver Tail Systems acquired by RSA/EMC; Board Director, TrustedID acquired by Equifax; Chairman & CEO, Everyone.net acquired by Proofpoint; VP, Brand, Market Strategy & Operations, BEA Systems acquired by Oracle; SVP Sales & Marketing, Sana Security acquired by AVG; SVP & GM Corporate Marketing & Products, Phoenix Technologies; Marketing & Sales, IBM; Financial Analyst, Dun & Bradstreet

Expertise: Enterprise Data Center Security, Saas, Strategy, Enterprise Software, Product Management, Cloud Computing, Go-To-Market Strategy

Where do you find inspiration?: From the team I work with, and from friends and family. For me it is about creating value for customers to help them solve incredibly difficult problems. That gets me jazzed.

Staffan Ericsson
Venture Partner
Vesbridge Partners

Massachusetts

Staffan has more than 30 years of experience as a technologist, entrepreneur, and investor in high-tech startups. He came to Vesbridge from SPVC, where he had been a Venture Partner since 2000. Staffan founded Vivo Software in 1992 and served as its first CEO and later as Chairman until the company was acquired by RealNetworks in 1998. After Vivo’s acquisition, Staffan joined RealNetworks as a special consultant to the CEO and spearheaded RealNetworks’ entry into the mobile market. Before founding Vivo, Staffan spent seven years at PictureTel. While he was Director of Research, he invented HVQ (Hierarchical Vector Quantization), enabling the company to become the leader in group videoconferencing. As Director of International Sales, he built up a worldwide distribution network for PictureTel’s products. Staffan holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. His PhD Thesis formed the basis for the European research efforts that led to the international standards for video compression (MPEG, H.261, H.263). He holds 14 patents related to video compression and is especially active with seed-stage startups.

Experience: Venture Partner, St. Paul Venture Capital; Special Consultant, RealNetworks; Founder / CEO / Chairman, Vivo Software; Director of Research / International Sales /PM, PictureTel

Expertise: Video Communication, Mobile Communication, Signal Processing

Mark Evans
Head of Marketplace Intelligence Group
Google

San Francisco

Mark is the Head of Marketplace Intelligence Group at Google, founding the globally focused business intelligence organization building a platform for all of Google’s Adsense ad network products and platforms. Previously, Mark was Head of Media Relationships and was responsible for business relationships with key strategic media partners pertaining to Google’s entry into the Display market.

 

As Director in the eBay Strategic Partnerships Group, Mark led a group responsible for multi-million dollar revenue quotas for key partnerships with blue chip companies such as AOL, Toyota, and General Motors. He was instrumental in developing, evaluating, and managing multiple business models such as an innovative “pay-for-performance” internal ad network for eBay merchants for eBay search terms.

 

Before joining eBay, he founded and served as CEO of MarketIt Right.com, an online marketing service that integrates automated marketing planning with a vendor marketplace. Prior to that he worked as Director of National Advertising Sales, Media Planning, Operations & Program Development at Netscape Communications where he spearheaded Netscape’s entrance into web-based advertising and led the multi-million dollar advertising business unit for many years. Mark also co-founded and served as General Partner at full-service advertising agency Bricker-Evans, working with 130 startups as well as publicly-traded companies.

Experience: Head of Media Relationships AdSense, Google; President, MarketIt Right Consulting; Director Business Development, eBay; Director National Advertising Sales, Planning & Ad Networks, AOL / Netscape; Director of National Ad Sales, Netscape; VP Marketing, Starquest Software; President, Evans Marketing; Partner & Co-founder, Bricker Evans

Expertise: Business Development, Advertising Sales, Marketing, Advertising Operations, Advertising Planning, Advertising Programming, Internet, Advertising Agency Management, Marketplace Analytics

Mark Floyd
Chairman and CEO
Cyan Inc.

San Francisco Bay Area

Mark Floyd was most recently the CEO of SafeNet. He was formerly a Venture Partner with El Dorado Ventures and the CEO of Entrisphere, a communications equipment company (and El Dorado Ventures portfolio company) that was acquired by Ericcson.

 

Mark became CEO of Entrisphere after completing the successful $1.5 billion acquisition of Efficient Networks by Siemens in 2001. Prior to founding Efficient Networks (also an El Dorado Ventures portfolio company) in 1993, Mark served as Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Networth Inc., and was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Interphase Corp.

 

Mark holds a BBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and was the Recipient of the 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest region.

Experience: CEO, SafeNet; Board Member, Riverbed Technology; Venture Partner, El Dorado Ventures; CEO, Entrisphere; Founder and CEO, Efficient Networks; COO and Director, Networth Inc.; EVP, CFO and Director, Interphase Corp.

Expertise: Management, Telecommunications, Strategic Partnerships, Entrepreneurship, Business Development

Ben Fried
CIO
Google

New York

Putting Computer Science to Work

Experience: Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Unix Systems Programmer, Columbia University; User Services Consultant, Columbia University; VP of Software Development, Heuristicrats Research, Inc.

Expertise: Enterprise IT, Software Development, Infrastructure

Favorite/Least Favorite Words: Yes/No.

Patrick Gordan
Managing Director
Leader Ventures

Silicon Valley

Patrick founded Leader Ventures in 2005 and is also a Managing Director of Dominion Capital Management. Previously, Patrick was Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development for ShoppingList.com, Inc., a venture-backed start-up. He also served as President and CEO of Paragon Electronic Systems, Inc., a leading backplane manufacturer, and President of Cima Capital Group, a growth equity firm where he concentrated on investment opportunities in the technology and healthcare services sectors. Mr. Gordan holds an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar, and an AB in Social Studies magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Experience: Managing Director, Dominion Capital Management, Inc.; CFO & VP Business Development, ShoppingList.com (now ShopLocal.com)

Expertise: Business Development, Emerging Markets, Corporate Development, Mergers & Acquisitions

Best advice received: Find the most successful person you can, and ask them what’s the best idea they don’t have time to pursue.

Dale Jantzen
Board Director
Canary Foundation

Silicon Valley

Dale has over 20 years of product management and marketing experience in the telecommunications industry. He most recently served as the President of the San Jose Grand Prix for three years. Dale earned his BSEE at the University of Saskatchewan in 1982. For the next eight years, he served as Marketing Director for Develcon Electronics. Dale then held similar positions at Alberta Microelectronics Centre and Sci-Tec Instruments Ltd. During Dale’s eight-year tenure at Cisco Systems, he held the positions of Product Line Manager, Director of Marketing, and Director of Business Development. More recently, Dale has served as Director, Product Management for Luminous Networks, Inc., Vice President of Tiara Networks, and Director, Product Management for Procket Networks, Inc.

 

Throughout his career, Dale has managed large teams of technical product management and marketing professionals while overseeing multi-million dollar project accounts. Dale possesses a wealth of technical skills and in-depth leadership experience.

Experience: President, San Jose Grand Prix; Director, Product Management, Luminous Networks; VP, Tiara Networks; Director, Procket Networks; Director, Business Development, Director of Marketing, Product Line Manager, Cisco Systems; Marketing Director, Develcon Electronics; Marketing Director, Alberta Microelectronics Centre; Marketing Director, Sci-Tec Instruments Ltd.

Expertise: Product Management, Marketing, Telecommunications

Michael Jennings
CEO
Secure-24, LLC

Michael has more than 25 years of experience in information systems and business development. He was the co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development at Appshop, a leading provider of hosted Oracle application and database technology. Michael’s experience includes positions with El Dorado Ventures, United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, InfoSolutions and SimulTrans. Michael has designed and built industry-leading hosting and software delivery platforms, built and managed global information system support organizations, supported over 300 technology sales cycle wins, managed the implementation of more than 30 ERP and CRM deployments, and founded and built three companies.

Experience: CEO, Lifecycle Support; Executive in Residence, El Dorado Ventures; Co-Founder, CTO & SVP, Business Development, Appshop; Principle, VP Professional Services, CFO, Simplify; Founder & CEO, InfoSolutions; Director of Applications, General Accounting Manager, United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney; GM & Controller, SimulTrans; GM & Controller, Kapalua Computers

Expertise: Building and Growing Technology Companies, Technology Design and Deployment, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, CRM, Professional Services

Who would you like to meet, living or dead?: Johnny Cash

Jack Jia
Founder & CEO, Trusper, Inc.; Partner, GSR Ventures

Silicon Valley

Jack is a founder and CEO of Trusper, a mobile marketplace for lifestyle tips with 17 million users. He is also a partner of GSR Ventures and an angel investor. Previously, Jack was a founding CEO of Baynote, Inc., a leading recommendation software company valued at $100 million. Prior to Baynote, Jack was the founding CTO at Interwoven Inc. (NASDAQ: IWOV, now HP), a leading software company that pioneered the CMS category and is valued at $7 billion. Before Interwoven, he was a founder and CEO of V-max America, making Micron the #1 Tech PC in China in the mid-1990s. Jack also led Unix kernel development at Sun, SGI, Stratus, and NASA.

 

Jack received an MBA from Santa Clara University, an MSEE from NYU-Poly, and a BSEE/MSCE from Beijing Jiaotong University. He was recognized in the 2012 Top 10 Chinese Business Leaders – the highest business recognition in China. He was also named one of the 40 most accomplished overseas Chinese entrepreneurs and scholars by the Chinese central government. Jack holds more than 20 technology patents. He is also a board member and former president of Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA).

Experience: Angel Investor; President & Board Member, HYSTA (Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association); Founder & CEO, Baynote, Inc.; Founding CTO, Founding VP Engineering, Interwoven; Founder & CEO, V-Max America; Engineering & Project Manager, SGI; Staff Engineer, Sun Microsystems; Technical Staff, Stratus Computer

Expertise: Mobile, Social, Consumer Internet, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Product Marketing, Enterprise Software, Strategic Partnerships

Languages: English, Chinese

Dennis R. Johnson
Management Consultant
Dennis R. Johnson & Associates

Arizona

Dennis is experienced at all levels from entry level sales to CEO. He has had proven results building start-up companies and repositioning those that are underperforming. Dennis is adept at designing distribution and sales strategies for direct or indirect teams. He is successful in building and implementing software, hardware, professional services, and customer service programs. Dennis’s goal is to work on advisory boards and to provide consulting services.

Experience: EVP, Sales & Marketing, Compellent Technologies; Board Member, Zero Shock Seating; President / CEO, Marix Technologies; EVP, Sales, Xiotech; CEO, XATA Corporation; COO / Director, Ameridata; President, National Business Systems, Inc; President / CEO, Currentech / JWP; SVP–Office of the President, Anacomp, Inc.

Expertise: Management Strategies, Sales, Sales Operations, Sales Training, Customer Service and Channel Management, SaaS, Professional Services, Strategy, Solution Selling, Storage

What talent do you envy?: Artist

Galen G. Johnson
Board Member
American Investors Bank

Florida

Galen Johnson ​currently ​serves as a Director for American Investors Bank​, where he chairs the Audit and Compensation Committees. He also serves as an advisor to the Board for Comply Global and serves on the Cargill Pension Investment Committee. Galen previously served on the Board at ​Morningside College and he served as a Director of Analysts International Corp. ​(AIC) ​from May 2008 until it was sold on October 11, 2013​. During his career at Cargill, Inc., an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services​, Galen served as the Corporate Vice President and Controller​. He previously served as Cargill’s Vice President and Director of Worldwide Audit and Controller ​and Administrative Manager ​for Cargill’s Salt ​business.

Experience: Corporate VP & Controller, Director of Corporate Audit, ​Salt Business Unit Controller, Leadership Team Overseeing Global Process Transformation​, Pension Investment Committee – Cargill; Board Member – Morningside College, American Investors Bank, ​Analysts International Corporation (AIC); Advisory Board Member – Comply Global

Expertise: Business Processes, ​Auditing, Governance, Internal Controls, Mergers & Acquisitions, ERP, Financial Reporting, ​Enterprise ​Risk Management​, Global Compliance

Worst advice received?: Keep your own counsel.

Jack Judd
CFO
Proto Labs, Inc.

Minnesota

Jack Judd has served as Chief Financial Officer of ProtoLabs since June 2011. From June 2006 to June 2011, Jack served as Chief Financial Officer of Compellent Technologies, Inc., a network storage company. From October 2003 to July 2006, he served as Chief Financial Officer of ATS Medical, Inc., a medical device manufacturer. From June 2000 to October 2003, he served as Controller of American Medical Systems Holdings, Inc., a medical device manufacturer. From 1997 to 1999, Jack served as Chief Financial Officer of the Autoglass Division of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a glass technology company.

Experience: CFO, Compellent Technologies; CFO, ATS Medical, Inc.; Corporate Controller, American Medical Systems; Various, Harmon Glass

Expertise: Auditing, Governance, Internal Controls, Mergers & Acquisitions, ERP, Business Process, Financial Reporting, Risk Management

Montgomery Kersten
Independent Board Member & CEO Advisor

Silicon Valley

Montgomery Kersten works with development-stage companies as an independent board member, and CEO advisor on strategic initiatives and the full life cycle of startups from founding to success. Montgomery is an active angel investor in high technology companies and L.P. in venture firms. His expertise focuses on creating, financing and developing young companies, building effective sales and marketing strategies, forging strategic relationships, designing and implementing strong intellectual property protection, advising and safeguarding founders and board members, and accomplishing successful mergers and acquisitions throughout the complete venture life-cycle.

 

Acting as CEO, Montgomery co-founded VitalSigns Software together with Jim Goetz, which was successfully acquired by INS. Since then, he has been fundamental in the creation of several new successful ventures. Before founding VitalSigns, he served in various positions in sales, marketing, business development, legal affairs, and M&A at large, high technology companies as well as startup companies. Montgomery has also served for over a decade as a board member and donor to the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which oversees five charities. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (member of Phi Beta Kappa), and a JD degree from Stanford Law School.

Expertise: Creating, Financing and Developing Young Companies, Sales and Marketing Strategies, Forging Strategic Relationships, Intellectual Property Protection, Advising and Safeguarding Founders and Board Members, Mergers and Acquisitions

Three “nevers” in your life: Never take a risk you can not absorb in failure. Never trust lightly or without care. Never fail to pursue your ultimate self, however it may be realized, and take risks to attain that goal.

Tom Kieffer
CEO
Virteva

Minnesota

Tom Kieffer co-founded Virteva in 2005 and is the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Virteva, Tom founded Agiliti in 1999, a pioneer in the Cloud Computing and SaaS marketplace. In March 2005, after transforming Agiliti into an IT-managed hosting (data center outsourcing) provider, he merged Agiliti with Houston-based VeriCenter and served on the Board of Directors until August 2007 when the company was sold to SunGard. Prior to founding Agiliti, Tom founded Connect Computer, an information technology consulting and services company, in 1986. Following Connects merger with Norstan in 1996, he served as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development until 1998. Tom currently serves as Chair of the Minnesota High Technology Association. He is also a member of the Itasca Project and past Task Force Chair, and serves on the Board of the MMOPA airplane owner pilot organization.

 

Tom has been a technology thought leader and practitioner since 1983 when he was awarded a technology device patent and author of the book Get Connected, A Guide to Telecommunications. Tom is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and was a member of the Track and Field team.

Experience: Board of Directors & Past Chairman, Minnesota High Tech Association; Board of Directors, MMOPA; Board of Directors, Spanlink Communications; Board of Directors, VeriCenter; Board of Directors, Social Venture Partners Minnesota; CEO, Agiliti; EVP Business Development, Norstan, Inc.; CEO, Connect, Inc.; CEO, Connect Computer Co.

Expertise: Cloud Computing, SaaS, Data Center Outsourcing, IT Consulting & Services, Technology Patents

Jill Kitazaki
President
Denning & Company

San Francisco

As President of Denning & Company, Jill is responsible for all aspects of private equity advisory services. Prior to joining Denning & Company, Jill was a senior member of the Partners Group at Whitney & Company responsible for working with the firm’s institutional limited partners worldwide across multiple investment areas including private equity, private debt (mezzanine), public equity (hedge funds), and public debt (structured products).

 

Prior to joining Whitney, Jill was Vice President in the Private Equity Market Group with Paul from 1996-2000 at Hambrecht & Quist (later, JP Morgan H&Q) and was responsible for origination and placement of private equity partnerships worldwide. Prior to joining H&Q, Jill worked at PaineWebber as an institutional equities trader, advising large international money managers. She also worked as a global commodities trader for a Washington, D.C.-based trading company and specialized in counter-trade activity for Asian, European, Russian, and US clients.

 

Jill graduated with a BA in International Affairs and East Asian Studies, and an MBA in International Finance from The George Washington University. Jill currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PE WIN).

Experience: Senior Member of Partners Group, Whitney & Company; VP, Private Equity Market Group, Hambrecht & Quist/JP Morgan H&Q; Institutional Equities Trader, PaineWebber

Expertise: Counter-Trade Activity for Asian, European, Russian and US Clients, Private Equity, Private Debt, Public Equity, Public Debt, Private Equity Partnerships

Atam Lalchandani
Advisor / Board Member
Sierra Angels

Nevada

Atam Lalchandani is a long-time veteran of the information technology industry. He served as CFO and CAO of the National Advanced Systems subsidiary of National Semiconductor from 1983 to 1989, after joining National in a financial management position in 1977. In 1990, he was the CFO of Oracle Corp.’s domestic operations. From 1990 to 1992, he served initially as CFO and later as CEO of Objectivity, a database software company. Since 1992, Atam has been a financial and strategy consultant for various technology companies, including @Home Network, Juniper Networks, Cerent and Equinix, especially in their early stages. His non-profit activities include Board positions with Sierra Nevada College. Atam received a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from IIT, Bombay, India and an MS and PhD in operations research from Cornell University.

Experience: Technology Partner, El Dorado Ventures; CFO, Juniper Networks; CFO, USA, Oracle; CFO, Hitachi Data Systems; Finance Executive, National Semiconductor

Expertise: Strategy, Finance

Demetrios Lazarikos (Laz)
IT Security Researcher and Strategist
Blue Lava Consulting

Silicon Valley

Laz works with Fortune 500 and emerging technology companies in building IT security, IT risk, and compliance solutions to combat advanced cyber threats.

 

He is a two-time former CISO, former PCI QSA, and recognized visionary for building Information Security and Fraud big data analytics solutions. Laz’s work in the areas of cyber threat research and big data analytics have been widely praised by industry analysts at Gartner.

 

No stranger to the boardroom, media, or podium, Laz has presented to thousands of attendees at numerous industry conferences and privately to executives and practitioners. He has contributed, as a writer and with interviews, to business and technology media outlets such as Bloomberg, The Chicago Tribune, ComputerWorld, Dark Reading, Gartner, MarketWired, SC Magazine, SiliconAngle, and USA Today.

 

Laz is the inventor of several patents for Information Security, has served in the United States Air Force (USAF), and is a contributor to several Open Source Information Security efforts. He holds a Master in Computer Information Security (MCIS) from the University of Denver, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and has earned several security and audit certifications.

Experience: Two-time former CISO; inventor of several patents for Information Security; United States Air Force (USAF)

Expertise: Building and supporting Information Security and Compliance Programs, Big Data Analytics, Evaluating Emerging Technology, Information Security Patents

What talent do you envy?: Being able to solve the Rubik’s cube in less than a minute.

Mark Lewis
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Formation Data Systems

Silicon Valley

 

Work: Blog

Mark Lewis is the Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Formation Data Systems. Formation is a venture-backed company revolutionizing how enterprise data is stored, managed, and delivered.

 

Mark is a veteran of the storage industry. His previous roles have included both CTO and Chief Development Officer for EMC, VP and General Manager of HP/Compaq’s Storage Business, and a variety of senior engineering and business roles.

 

Mark holds eight U.S. patents in storage technology. He also serves on the board of Riverbed Systems, is a senior technical advisor to Silver Lake, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, and is the co-founder of TekRocket, an angel investing and incubation firm.

Experience: Senior Advisor, Silver Lake Partners; Board Member, Riverbed Technology; Founder TekRocket; Board Member, Executive Mindshare; Board Member, Contrail Systems (sold to Juniper); CSO, President, EVP, CTO, EMC Ventures, EMC; VP, GM, Storage Business, Compaq Computer System (HP); GM, Storage OEM Business, Storage Engineering, DEC

Expertise: Senior Advisor, Silver Lake Partners; Board Member, Riverbed Technology; Founder TekRocket; Board Member, Executive Mindshare; Board Member, Contrail Systems (sold to Juniper); CSO, President, EVP, CTO, EMC Ventures, EMC; VP, GM, Storage Business, Compaq Computer System (HP); GM, Storage OEM Business, Storage Engineering, DEC

Alex Lloyd
Managing Director
Accelerator Ventures

San Francisco

Alexander Lloyd is the founder and managing partner of Accelerator Ventures, a venture fund focused on seed-stage investments. Prior to founding Accelerator Ventures, Alexander was a venture partner at Rustic Canyon Partners, where he oversaw the development of its seed-stage investment strategy. Before working in Venture Capital, Alexander was the Business Development Manager in Microsoft’s Silicon Valley office responsible for relationships with the West Coast venture capital and startup community. Alexander has also worked at SGI, Activision and Apple Computer, beginning his career at Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst.

 

Born in New York City, Alexander was raised in Paris, France, and is fluent in French. Alexander earned a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School. Alexander is very involved in arts and education. He recently joined the board of SlideLuck and has previously sat on the boards of SF Camerawork, Junior Achievement of San Francisco, and the Contemporary Extension of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA). In 1998 he founded the San Francisco Media Arts Council (SMAC) and served as a commissioner for the San Francisco Art Commission.

Experience: Commissioner, San Francisco Arts Commission; Venture Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners; Business Development Manager, Microsoft; Product Manager, Silicon Graphics, Inc.; Marketing Associate, Activision; Intern, Apple Computer; Financial Analyst, Goldman Sachs

Expertise: Corporate Development, Finance, Private Equity, Mergers, Business Strategy, Product Management

Shekhar Mandal
Partner, Cyras Partners, LLC

Silicon Valley

Shekhar Mandal is a Partner at Cyras Partners, LLC. Previously, he was VP of Finance & Administration for the Metro Switching Division of Ciena Corporation, and was a founder and CFO of Cyras Systems, an EDV-funded company that was acquired by Ciena in March 2001. Shekhar has over 25 years of experience in managing the finances of high-tech companies and has held key management positions in international operations, manufacturing, sales and service at various world-class technology companies. He was the Controller at Fiberlane Communications. Prior to that, he managed Worldwide Sales & Service Finance for Lam Research. During his tenure at Sun Microsystems, he was the Controller of Customer Service (North America Division). At National Semiconductor, he was the Operations Controller. He also helped launch several Silicon Valley startups (including Stratum One and Luxxon).
Shekhar served on the Board of Directors at Appshop, an EDV-funded company. He is also a Limited Partner at various Silicon Valley Venture Capital firms. He holds an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Experience: VP, Finance & Administration, Metro Switching Division of Ciena Corp.; Founder & CFO, Cyras Systems; Controller, Fiberlane Communications; Worldwide Sales & Service Finance, Lam Research; Controller of Customer Service, Sun Microsystems; Operations Controller, National Semiconductor

Expertise: CFO & Chief Operating Officer, Operations, Manufacturing, Sales and Service

Who would you like to meet, living or dead: Mahatma Gandhi

Bethany Mayer
President, CEO and Board Member
Ixia

Silicon Valley

Bethany Mayer is an experienced senior executive and results-oriented leader with over 30 years of experience in product management, marketing and operations. Bethany has had repeated success improving business results of underperforming teams. She also has the ability to develop long-term strategies as well as focus on tactical execution with a collaborative management style that enables cross-functional teamwork and consistently delivers business results. She has unique experience in leading and managing a wholly-owned subsidiary (H3C) in China and is conversational in Mandarin. Bethany has extensive experience building and leading teams across all areas of the company in highly competitive markets.
Bethany previously held senior executive roles at HP, Cisco, Blue Coat, Apple, and startups. She drove a 300% increase in revenue at Blue Coat and raised $24 million in VC-based funding in Skystream, which was sold successfully in 2004 to TandbergTV (now Ericsson).

Experience: SVP / GM, Network Functions Virtualization Business, HP Networking, VP, Marketing & Alliances, Enterprise Servers, Storage & Networking, Hewlett-Packard; SVP of Worldwide Marketing & Corporate Development, Blue Coat Systems, Inc.; CMO, Mirapoint, Inc.; VP, Marketing & Product Management, Vernier Networks, Inc.; VP, Product Marketing, Skystream Networks, Inc.; Senior Product Line Manager, Cisco Systems; Senior Manager, New Products Development, Apple Computer; Special Projects, Project Manager, Lockheed Martin Co.

Expertise: Corporate Development, Finance, Private Equity, Mergers, Business Strategy, Product Management, Marketing

Marshall Kirk McKusick
Computer Scientist & Author
Marshall Kirk McKusick Consultancy

San Francisco Bay Area

 

Works: McKusick.com

Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick writes books and articles, consults, and teaches classes on UNIX- and BSD-related subjects. While at the University of California at Berkeley, he implemented the 4.2BSD fast filesystem and was the Research Computer Scientist at the Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) overseeing the development and release of 4.3BSD and 4.4BSD. His interests include the virtual-memory system and the filesystem. Kirk earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration and a doctoral degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has twice been president of the board of the Usenix Association. He is currently a committer to the FreeBSD Project, a member of the *(Fb Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the editorial board of both ACM’s Queue magazine and FreeBSD Magazine, a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the Usenix Association, ACM, and AAAS. In his spare time, Kirk enjoys swimming, scuba diving, and wine collecting. He lives with Eric Allman, his partner of 35-and-some-odd years and husband since 2013.

Experience: Committer, FreeBSD Project; Board member & Treasurer, FreeBSD Foundation; Editorial board member, ACM Queue and FreeBSD Magazine; Past Board President, USENIX Association; Research Computer Scientist, Computer Systems Research Group UC Berkeley

Expertise: UNIX, FreeBSD, Virtual-Memory System, Filesystem, Software Patents, Trade Secrets & Copyright

John Michelsen
CTO
CA Technologies

Texas

 

Works: The Triumph of Lisa

John has spent his career helping enterprise customers push the leading edge of IT transformation to deliver business outcomes. He is a highly respected technologist who moves others to action. With 12 patents awarded or in process, market-leading inventions delivered in database, distributed computing, virtual/cloud management, multi-channel web application portals, Service Virtualization (LISA), and many others, John is a factory of innovation. He joined CA Technologies in 2011 through its acquisition of ITKO, a company John founded and drove successfully for 12 years. At CA Technologies, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction for service virtualization and driving the continuous innovation vision. Prior to ITKO, John’s broad technology experience includes leading SaaS and E-commerce transformations for global enterprises.

Experience: SVP, Distinguished Engineer, CA Technologies; CTO, CEO, ITKO; VP, Development, Trilogy; VP, Development, Agency.com; Evangelist, Raima Inc.

Expertise: IT Transformation, Patents, Databases, Distributed Computing, Virtual/Cloud Management, Multi-Channel Web Application Portals, Service Virtualization, SaaS, E-Commerce

Shridhar Mittal
CEO
Zimperium

Texas

Shridhar is the CEO of Zimperium, the leader in enterprise mobile threat defense. Previously Shridhar was the GM of the Application Delivery business unit at CA Technologies (CA), where he was responsible for creating the DevOps vision and establishing CA as a leader in the high-growth space. At CA, Shridhar ran a global organization and led the acquisition of Nolio, an Israel-based company focused on Continuous Delivery. Shridhar came to CA with its successful $330 million acquisition of ITKO. Prior to ITKO, Shridhar spent 11 years with i2 Technologies in various roles including pre-sales leadership, sales leadership, and various marketing and general management positions, finishing his tenure there as Chief Marketing Officer. Shridhar is a native of India and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Delhi. A holder of multiple patents, he has also earned a Master’s degree in industrial engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo and has a doctorate in industrial engineering from Purdue University.

Experience: SGM, SVP Application Delivery, CA Technologies; GM, SVP iTKO Business Unit (ITKO acquired by CA); President / CEO, ITKO; SVP Sales, i2Technologies; Application Engineer, Ford

Expertise: Mobile Security, Enterprise Software, Product Management, SaaS, Strategic Partnerships, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Strategy, Solution Selling, Business Development

George Neville-Neil
Owner
Neville-Neil Consulting

George Neville-Neil is a computer scientist, author, and practicing software engineer who consults in the areas of high speed, low latency networking as well as security and network time protocols. George is the co-author of The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System, the only university quality textbook to cover a broadly deployed, open source operating system, used daily by software engineers around the world. He has been a member of ACM since his undergraduate days at Northeastern University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. For the last 10 years Neville-Neil has been an integral part of ACM’s Queue magazine editorial board, joining it before the first edition of the magazine was published and helping to find, select, and bring to publication the best writing from practitioners in the field.

Experience: Consultant; Board Member, Developer, FreeBSD Foundation; Editor in Chief, The FreeBSD Journal; Kernel Programmer, Hudson River Trading; Technical Yahoo, Yahoo!; Sr. Software Engineer, Nominum; Sr. Software Engineer, WindRiver; Research Assistant, Universiteit Twente

Expertise: Networking, Operating Systems and all aspects of Security; TCP/IP, Multicast, 10G and Network Device Drivers, Operating Systems, Embedded Systems, System Security, Network Time Protocols

Where do you find inspiration? : My greatest inspirations come when I’m spending time solving hard problems with smart people.

Cos Nicolaou
Vice President, Engineering
Google

Silicon Valley

Cosmos (Cos) Nicolaou is an Engineering VP at Google where he is responsible for various infrastructure projects. In the past he has managed Google’s Systems Infrastructure team and before that the Search Infrastructure team in addition to various consumer properties such as Google Image Search, News, Video and Froogle. Prior to Google, Cos was director of software at Fabric7 Systems and at Akamai Technologies where he led the video streaming and storage teams. Before moving to the US, he co-founded Nemesys Research, a spin-off from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory that pioneered real-time video delivery and conferencing over ATM networks. Nemesys Research was sold to FORE Systems in 1996 and Cos moved on to manage FORE’s switch and routing group in San Jose as Senior Director. Cos holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge Computer Lab and a BSc(I) in Computer Science from University College London.

Experience: Director of Software, Fabric7; Director Engineering, Storage & Streaming, Akamai Technologies; Sr. Director, Frame Switching, Director, A/V Systems, FORE Systems, Inc.; Co-Founder, Nemesys Research; Consultant, Distributed Solutions Ltd; Research Specialist, APM Ltd

Expertise: Computer Science / Engineering Management, Software, Hardware, Distributed Systems, Networking.

Pedro Nosnik
President
Pedro Nosnik MD PA

Texas

Dr. Pedro Nosnik is a neurologist in Plano, Texas and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano and Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. He received his medical degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and has been practicing for 38 years.

Experience: Director of Neurological Services, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano; President, Head and Spine Institute of Texas, P.A.

Expertise: Spine, Orthopedics, Surgery, Healthcare, Neurology

Languages: Multiple, including Spanish

Michael O’Hair
Senior Operating Advisor
Blackstone

Colorado

Mike brings to Blackstone and their Operating Companies more than 25 years of Information Technology and Outsource experience across a broad range of industries. He has extensive experience leading large integration projects and large carve-out efforts including Hilton Corporation, SeaWorld, and Lendmark. Mike served as Vice President/General Manager for General Motors, EDS’ largest client. He was responsible for providing global information technology services for General Motors and GMAC with annual revenues in excess of $1.7 billion and an EDS account team of approximately 12,000 Information Technology (IT) professionals assigned to over 40 countries supporting all technology aspects of GM’s business. Mike holds a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Iowa.

Experience: Vice President and General Manager (HP and EDS Corporations)

Expertise: Information Technology, Integration, IT Outsourcing, Manufacturing, Hi-Tech Manufacturing, Consumer, Retail, Media, Entertainment, Energy, Business Process Services, Application Services, Infrastructure Services

Best advice received: “If things seem under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”

Vincent Pangrazio
SVP, General Counsel & Secretary
Cavium, Inc.

Silicon Valley

Vince serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Cavium, Inc. Prior to joining Cavium, he was a member of the business department at the law firm of Cooley LLP from 1993 to 2011, serving as a partner from 2001 to 2011. At Cooley, Vince represented high-growth technology companies and venture capital firms in a variety of matters, including financing, technology licensing, employment, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic relationships. From 1999 to 2000, he served as Vice President and General Counsel for Women.com Networks, Inc., a network of online sites featuring content and services for women. From 1985 to 1993, Vince worked as an electrical engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in the areas of power generation and distribution. He received a BS degree in 1985 in Electrical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and a law degree cum laude from Loyola Law School in 1993, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as a member and editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. Vince is a member of the State Bar of California and a Licensed Electrical Engineer.

Experience: Partner, Cooley LLP; VP and General Counsel, Women.com Networks

Expertise: Licensing, Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Law, IPO, Venture Capital, Contracts, Compliance and Employment

Marc Parrish
Investor and Advisor
Parrish Advisors

Silicon Valley

Marc Parrish has more than 20 years of diverse and pioneering E-commerce and mobile experience and has been on the cutting edge of digital marketing since its inception. He has built large data and direct marketing-driven E-commerce sites and online communities, and has executed many multi-channel digital strategies. Marc is an advisor to many early- and mid-stage companies and has held senior management and marketing roles at both Fortune 500 companies and startups. He has an MBA from UCLA and an
 engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Experience: COO, Appboy; Investor / Advisor, Swarm Mobile; Advisor, Data Elite; Advisor, MyBuys; Advisor, Neolane / Adobe Campaign; VP of Membership & Customer Retention, Barnes & Noble; CEO & Co-Founder, StockphotoPro; VP Marketing, Jigsaw / Salesforce.com; VP Marketing, Capcom Entertainment; Director of eCommerce, Palm; Director of Marketing, Egghead.com / Onsale.com

Expertise: E-commerce, Strategy, Online Marketing, Direct Marketing, Product Marketing, Strategic Partnerships, Product Management, Marketing

Quirkiest habit: When I hear a joke, I consciously and immediately deconstruct the humor.

John Peters
President / CO
Voltage Security

Silicon Valley

Since 2002 John has been providing interim CEO and CEO coaching/consulting services to portfolio companies of leading venture capital firms. John has been CEO or President of several venture capital backed companies including Voltage Security, Cyphort, ViVOtech, Adaptive Insights, ShotSpotter, Anagran, Reconnex, PocketThis, Yipes Enterprise Services, Netli, and Sigma Networks. Prior to Sigma Networks, John was executive vice president for Concentric Network Corporation, a business-oriented ISP, where he held various senior management roles leading the operations, engineering, product development, product management, Web hosting services, and corporate development organizations. He was also Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Bell Information Services where he helped launch and operate the residential and business voice mail services for PacBell in California. John has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS degree in statistics from Stanford University.

Experience: CEO Cyphort; CEO, Adaptive Insights; CEO, Reconnex (acquired by McAfee Associates); CEO, Yipes; CEO Netli; VP, GM, Network Services Division, Concentric Network Corp.

Expertise: Enterprise Software, SaaS/PaaS, Internet infrastructure, Telecommunications

Best advice received: Don’t compromise on quality of new hires

Joshua Pickus
Technology Executive
Conversica, Bugcrowd

Silicon Valley

Joshua Pickus is Chief Executive Officer of high-growth software companies. He is focused on SaaS opportunities in enterprise markets. Joshua has expertise in Strategy, Executive Management, M&A, Marketing, Sales, Business Development and Finance, with core skills in team-building, communications and operations.

Experience: President & CEO, Support.com; Board Member, DemandTec; President & CEO, Niku; Partner, Bowman Capital Management; Partner, Venture Law Group and Morrison & Foerster; Board Member, Meta-Software; Law Clerk, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

Expertise: Strategy, Executive Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Finance

What do you miss most about being a kid?: Corn Flakes

Rafat Pirzada
Serial Entrepreneur & Telecom Visionary

Silicon Valley

Rafat Pirzada is a serial entrepreneur and a 20+-year veteran of the telecom industry. He has the unique experience of working at a service provider, an equipment manufacturer for a service provider, and one of the largest customer for offerings from a service provider. Currently Rafat is fostering entrepreneurship by mentoring and serving on the Boards and Advisory Boards of private companies. He has also formally mentored students and helped the faculty at the Haas Business School (University of California at Berkeley) teach entrepreneurship. He is actively involved as a Charter Member with organizations that foster entrepreneurship like OPEN and TiE (where he was driving the Pakistan initiative).

 

Rafat was a Co-founder, Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Cyras (acquired by Ciena for over $2 billion in 2001), where he developed the product strategy. As the company’s “evangelist” he played a large part in enabling Cyras to secure $72 million in VC funding from over a dozen top-tier VCs as well as securing $150 million for Cyras in a greatly oversubscribed convertible debt offering from some of the leading institutional investors, enabling Cyras to be the only private company to be able to structure such an offering.

Experience: VP, Marketing & Business Development, Metro Switching Division, Ciena/Cyras; Co-founder, VP, Marketing, Chief Strategy Officer, Cyras; Director, Technical Marketing, Cerent/Siara/Fiberlane; Director, Carrier Marketing, Xylan; Program Manager, Carriers, Cisco; Principal Engineer, Sprint; Network Engineer, Boeing Computer

Expertise: Business Planning, Telecommunications, Product Management, Product Marketing, Strategic Planning, Product Development

Quirkiest habit?: Being brutally frank.

Marty Sanders
Former Executive Director of Technology and Services
Dell Compellent

Minnesota

Marty Sanders served as the Vice President of Technology and Services at Compellent, which provides Fluid Data storage solutions that automate the movement and management of data, enabling organizations to adapt constantly, slash costs, and avoid risk. Marty heads up Compellent’s storage architects, technical solutions experts, and Copilot support services. Under his leadership, the storage architect and solutions teams evaluate, integrate, and develop new technologies that will continue to propel the industry forward. The teams also work in the field with channel partners to optimize the design and deployment of Compellent storage products. Marty joined Compellent in 2002 as Director of Business Development. At that time, he formed the Compellent Customer Council (C3), an end-user focus group that continues to provide input on product design and development today. Prior to Compellent, Marty served in product management and technical services roles at XIOtech Corp. from 1998 to 2002, most recently as Director of Strategic Technologies. He started his career in 1989 as a technical support engineer. He holds an associate of applied science degree in electronics from the DeVry Institute of Technology in Kansas City, Mo.

Experience: VP, Technology Services, Compellent Technologies; Director of Business Development, Xiotech; Senior Account Manager, CNT; Senior Account Manager, Computer Network Technology; Field Engineer, Triad Systems

Expertise: Storage Virtualization, Enterprise Storage, Storage Area Networks, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, Data Center

Theo Schlossnagle
CEO
Circonus

Washington D.C. area

 

Work:  Lethargy

Theo founded Circonus in 2010, and continues to be its principal architect. In 1997, he founded OmniTI, which has established itself as the go-to source for organizations facing today’s most challenging scalability, performance and security problems. He was also the principal architect of the Momentum MTA, which is now the flagship product of Message Systems, Inc. Additionally, he was the principal architect of Fontdeck, which delivers professional typefaces optimized for the web.

 

A widely respected industry thought leader, Theo is the author of Scalable Internet Architectures (Sams) and a frequent speaker at worldwide IT conferences. He is a member of the IEEE and a senior member of the ACM. He serves on the editoral board of the ACM’s Queue Magazine. Theo earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University in computer science with a focus on graphics and randomized algorithms in distributed systems. He resides in Maryland with his wife and three daughters.

Experience: Member, The Apache Software Foundation; Founder, Fontdeck; Founder & CEO, OmniTI Computer Consulting; Founder, Message Systems; Researcher, Johns Hopkins University

Expertise: Scalable Internet Architecture Design, Industry-Leading Messaging Products (MTA, Anti-Spam, Policy, Anti-Virus), Web Infrastructures and Distributed Systems Design and Analysis

Worst advice received?: I’ve received so much bad advice in my life, but on the top of the list was “If you want to be truly successful, you will inevitably have to place career ahead of family.” That person didn’t understand what success is.

Tom Schnettler
Vice Chairman
Piper Jaffray & Co.

Minnesota

Thomas Schnettler is Vice Chairman of Piper Jaffray & Co., Managing Director in the Merchant Banking Group and member of the General Partner. He initiated the Merchant Banking practice at Piper Jaffray in 2007 and has overseen the business since that time. Thomas previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Piper Jaffray from 2008 to 2011, and as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, he served as head of the Piper Jaffray Corporate and Institutional Services business beginning in 2002, and as head / co-head of Investment Banking beginning in 2000. From 1989 to 2000, he co-founded and led the Healthcare Investment Banking Group. Thomas joined the Piper Jaffray Investment Banking Group in 1986. He serves on the St. John’s University Board of Trustees and on the Advisory Board for the Lillehei Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota. Thomas graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. and holds a Juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Experience: Managing Director, Merchant Banking, Piper Jaffray & Co.

Expertise: Investment Banking, Healthcare Investment Banking

What do you miss most about being a kid?: Three-month summer vacations.

Mike Shapiro is a VP of Software Engineering at EMC’s DSSD Division, following EMC’s acquisition of stealth-storage startup DSSD, where Mike was one of the co-Founders. At DSSD, Mike led the design and implementation of a new family of high-speed Flash storage products designed for big data applications.

 

Prior to DSSD, Mike was a Distinguished Engineer in Sun Microsystem’s Solaris kernel group, the engineering lead for Sun’s Fishworks team and the development of the ZFS Storage 7000-series product line, and later the Vice President for Storage at Sun and then Oracle, following Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

 

While at Sun, Mike led the effort to design and build the Solaris kernel architecture for Fault Management, co-created the DTrace instrumentation tool, and implemented Sun’s kernel debugger (MDB), among many other projects. In Sun’s 25-year history, Mike was one of only two three-time winners of the Sun Chairman’s Award for Innovation. He has also received an InfoWorld Innovation Award for DTrace and Predictive Self-Healing in 2005, and was one of Sun’s recipients of the Technology Innovation Award and Overall Gold Medal for Innovation for DTrace from the Wall Street Journal in 2006.

Experience: Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems; VP Storage, Oracle; Co-Founder and VP SW Engineering, DSSD; VP Software Engineering, EMC / DSSD

Expertise: Software Engineering, Enterprise, Operating Systems, Storage, NAND Flash, Non-Volatile Memories

Favorite Age in Your Life: The next one.

Al Shipp
President & CEO
3VR, Inc.

San Francisco

Robert Allen (Al) Shipp, a veteran technology executive, serves as Chief Executive Officer of 3VR, Inc. Al joined 3VR from Apple, where he built a world-class sales and marketing group, tripling business in 18 months. Under Al’s leadership, Apple’s Enterprise Division quickly became one of its most profitable business units. His extensive executive experience at the company also included hands-on responsibility for worldwide support and the formation of key industry partnerships. Prior to Apple, Al served as President of Critical Path, Inc., Senior Vice President at Inktomi Corporation, and as President of the eCommerce Server and Worldwide Sales Divisions at BEA Systems. Al holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute.

Experience: Board Member and Investor, Sentry Depressurization Systems; Board Member, Wanova; VP, Enterprise Division, Apple; President, Critical Path; Senior VP, WW Field Operations, inktomi; President, Server Division & WW Sales, BEA Systems, Inc.; VP, Sales, IBM Software

Expertise: Enterprise Software, Strategic Partnerships, Business Development, SaaS, Product Management, Go-To-Market Strategy, Solution Selling

Worst advice received?: Don’t bother with that idea, we already tried it. To me that’s like a waving a red flag in front of a bull.

Alnoor Shivji
Co-founder, Chairman & CEO
Azure Biosystems

Silicon Valley

Alnoor is a visionary, serial entrepreneur, and co-founder of five technology companies that have generated over $12.5 billion in shareholder value. As an entrepreneur and a veteran executive, Alnoor is skilled at raising capital, building highly skilled interdisciplinary teams, and emerging products from nascent technologies. He has raised hundreds of million dollars in capital from high net worth investors, venture capital, private equity, and hedge funds for his companies.

 

Alnoor co-founded optical switching startup Cyras Systems and served as its President and CEO until it was acquired by CIENA for $1.5 billion in 2001. Alnoor co-founded networking startup Fiberlane Communications, which changed the face of the networking communications industry when it split into Cerent (acquired by Cisco for $6.9 billion) and Siara Systems (acquired by Redback Networks for $4.3 billion). He also co-founded OSIware, a communications software company that was sold to Infonet.

 

Mr. Shivji currently serves on the board of Azure Biosystems and in the past served on boards including WaferGen, Involver/Oracle, OneAccess, Silecs, Redwave, Neophotonics (NYSE: NPTN), and Zytera. He is a Charter Member of entrepreneurial organizations like TiE and OPEN and has advised and invested in a range of Silicon Valley startups.

Experience: Board Member, Convo; General Partner, Global Asset Capital; National Committee Member, Aga Khan Foundation USA; Chairman of the Board, Chairman & CEO, WaferGen; Board Member, Involver; Investment Director, VPSA; President, Metro Switching Division, Ciena; Co-Founder, President, CEO & Director, VP, Engineering Cyras; Co-Founder, President, Director of Software, Fiberlane Canada; Sr. Product Manager, Isocor; VP, Engineering/VP, Technology, Infonet Software Solutions; Co-Founder & Director, Support Services, Osiware

Expertise: Fundraising, Leading and Growing Multi-Disciplinary Teams, Technology Marketing and Development, Strategic Alliances and Business Planning, New Product Introduction, Financial Management, Mergers and Acquisition, Board Management

What talent do you envy?: Creativity

Mike Snyder
CEO & Founder
WEB Products

Kansas City

 

WEB Products

Michael Snyder founded WEB Products in 1989, which was sold to the Lackey Group in 2009. The Lackey Group is a privately-owned consumer product company with numerous licensed HVAC brands including Arm & Hammer, DuPont, and Glade. Michael now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of WEB Products. WEB Products manufactures and distributes air-conditioning and furnace filters, allergy filters and accessories used to improve residential air quality. Its products are sold by retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Wal-Mart and Westlake Hardware.

Experience: Former Bank President, Mark Twain Bank

Expertise: Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Distribution

Favorite age in your life: 35 (old enough to have gained a bit of wisdom young enough to use it)

Mark Tanoury
Partner
Cooley Godward LLP

Silicon Valley

Mark Tanoury is a partner in Cooley Godward’s Business department based in Palo Alto. He has been with the firm since 1982, serving as chair of the Business department from 1999 to 2002 and currently serving on the Firm’s Compensation Committee. His practice includes all areas of corporate, partnership and securities laws, with a focus on the formation and financing of emerging growth companies and venture capital partnerships. He has served as lead counsel in a wide variety of public and private financings over the years and has been a speaker at numerous seminars on the topic. Mark was named in Chambers USA 2008 as a national leader in Investment Funds: Venture Capital and in California as a leader in Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982 and received an MBA in Finance in 1978 from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Ohio State University in 1977, graduating summa cum laude and was previously a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Experience: Management Committee, Business Department Chair, Cooley LLP; Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Expertise: Venture Capital Partnerships, Public & Private Financing, Investment Funds, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance, Accounting

Scott Taylor
EVP, General Counsel & Secretary
Symantec Corporation

Silicon Valley

Scott Taylor is Symantec’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, reporting to Symantec’s CEO. In addition to serving on the executive team and managing Symantec’s global legal function, he manages Symantec’s government relations, corporate responsibility, and ethics and compliance functions. Before joining Symantec, Scott served as Chief Administrative Officer, Senior Vice President, and General Counsel of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., managing all legal, human resources, facilities, and IT functions worldwide. Before that, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of Narus, Inc. Scott began his legal career as an attorney with the San Francisco-based law firm Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman). Prior to law school, Scott worked briefly as a financial economist for the US Securities and Exchange Commission. He serves as a Director on the corporate board of VirnetX, and is a national advisory board member of the Stanford University Center for Comparative Studies on Race and Ethnicity. Scott holds a juris doctorate from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

Experience: Chief Admin. Officer, SVP & General Counsel, Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

Expertise: Strategic Partnerships, Software Licensing, SaaS, Sales Management, Public Relations, Mergers, Cloud Computing, Management Consulting

Sunil Tomar
Founder & CEO
Brillus

Silicon Valley

Sunil Tomar is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He was a founder of Cyras Systems, a developer and manufacturer of new optical switching technologies that was sold to Ciena in 2001 for $1.1 billion. Sunil is currently an independent investor and is the Founder and CEO of Brillus, Inc., a consulting company advising startups in the technology space. He is an active investor in the public and private markets in equities and real estate.

 

Sunil has over 20 years experience in conceiving, designing, developing and delivering both telecom and data networking equipment. His executive experience spans managing the design and development of ASICS, FPGAs, high-density circuit boards, and hardware subsystems and software for both telecom and datacom systems. Sunil was instrumental in LSI Logic’s development of the ATMizer chipset in addition to developing ASICs for the Apple Newton PDA. At Fiberlane (Cerent), Sunil led the engineering team that developed the world’s largest SONET cross-connect ASIC. Sunil is also co-founder of TransOral Pharmaceuticals, leading the seed round of funding in February 2002. Coincident with co-founding Cyras Systems, Sunil founded TomarIC, a firm specializing in providing ASICs and hardware sub-systems to communications companies. He holds an MS in Engineering (Digital Systems & VLSI) from San Jose State University and a business degree from Sydenham College, Bombay, India.

Experience: Senior VP Engineering, Ciena; Founder, VP Engineering, Cyras, Senior Design Engineer, LSI Logic

Expertise: Technology, Startup and Investment Advice

Best advice received: From Tony Robbins: It does not matter what happened yesterday, tomorrow is a new day and it is up to you how to make tomorrow successful.

Tom Wadlow
Founder & Principal
TW.COM

San Francisco

 

Works: “The Process of Network Security” (book), Addison-Wesley, “Who Must You Trust?” (article), CACM, “The Answer is 42, Of Course” (article), CACM, “Criminal Code” (article), ACM Queue, “Security in the Browser” (article), ACM Queue.

Tom Wadlow, a security and systems operations consultant, was co-founder and VP of Security Research and Development at Pilot Network Services, an EDV-funded company. Prior to Pilot, Tom was a senior research network architect at Sun Microsystems. Tom has held senior technical staff and management positions with Xerox PARC, Schlumberger, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and ParcPlace Systems. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on computer and network security.

Experience: Co-Founder, VP, CTO, Pilot Network Services; Systems & Network Architect, Sun Microsystems Laboratories; Systems Manager, ParcPlace, Inc.; Systems Manager, Xerox PARC; Systems Manager, Schlumberger Palo Alto Research; Programmer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Expertise: Host & Network Security Assessment, Operating Systems, Programming, Business Consulting for Startups, IT Consulting, Writing

Three “nevers” in your life: Never underestimate attackers. Never leave important things to chance alone. Never miss an opportunity to taste something delicious.

James Waldo
CTO
Harvard University

Massachusetts

 

Blog: Where’s Waldo?

Jim Waldo is the Chief Technology Officer for Harvard University, where he is responsible for the architecture and implementation of the technology environment. He is also a Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard, where he teaches courses in distributed systems and privacy. Jim has designed clouds at VMWare, and was a Distinguished Engineer with Sun Microsystems Laboratories. Prior to (re)joining Sun Labs, he was the lead architect for Jini, a distributed programming system based on Java. Jim has also done research and product development in the areas of medical sensing, object-oriented programming and systems, distributed computing, and user environments. Before joining Sun, Jim spent eight years at Apollo Computer and Hewlett Packard. While at HP, he led the design and development of the first Object Request Broker, and was instrumental in getting that technology incorporated into the first OMG CORBA specification. Jim received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and also holds M.A. degrees in both linguistics and philosophy from the University of Utah. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM.

Experience: Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University; Senior Staff Engineer, VMWare; Consulting Member of Technical Staff, Sun Labs, Oracle; Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.; Consulting Engineer, Hewlett-Packard; Consulting Engineer, Apollo Computer; Engineer, Pixel Computer/Pixel Systems/xePIX

Expertise: Distributed Systems, Objects, Software Development, Scalability, Software Engineering, Java, Cloud Computing, Parallel Programming, OOP, Computer Science, Open Source

Sven Wehrwein
Director and Audit Committee Chair
Proto Labs, SPS Commerce, and Uroplasty (all public)

Minnesota

Sven Wehrwein has been an independent financial consultant to emerging companies since 1999 and has more than 35 years of experience as an investment banker, chief financial officer, and certified public accountant. Sven is a Director of public and private companies and a freelance finance journalist. He was a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand, and was an investment banker with Dean Witter Reynolds, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and Wessels, Arnold & Henderson, serving as a Managing Director at both Drexel and Wessels. Sven worked as a CFO for InStent and Digi International, as well as a director of public companies and as Chair of the Audit Committee at Compellent Technologies, Imaging Sensing Systems, SPS Commerce, Synovis Life Technologies, Uroplasty, and Vital Images. He served on the Board of Directors of Compellent Technologies, Inc. from April 2007 until its acquisition by Dell Inc. in February 2011. Sven has a Master’s in Management from the Sloan School, MIT and a Bachelor’s from Loyola University of Chicago.

Experience: Chapter Director, National Association of Corporate Directors, Minnesota Chapter; Director, Project for Pride in Living Enterprises; Director, The Banyan Community; Trustee, The Minneapolis Foundation; Director, Proto Labs; Director, SPS Commerce; Director, Celleration; Director, Uroplasty, Inc.; Director, Synovis Life Technologies; Director, Image Sensing Systems; Director, Compellent Technologies; Director, Vital Images; Trustee, DeLaSalle High School – Minneapolis; Board Member, The Loft Literary Center; Freelance Financial Writer, Twin Cities Business Magazine; Member, Vice Chair, Chair, Minnesota Campaign Finance Board; CFO, InStent, Inc.; Managing Director, Wessels, Arnold & Henderson; VP, Managing Director, Drexel Burnham Lambert; Investment Banker, Dean Witter Reynolds; Staff Auditor, Coopers & Lybrand

Expertise: IPO, Finance, Strategic Planning, CPA, Mergers & Acquisitions

What talent do you envy?: Anyone who can sing.

Donna Wells
President & CEO
Mindflash Technologies

Silicon Valley

Donna Wells is a serial entrepreneur and veteran of three successful Silicon Valley startups, including over $100 million raised, two exits, and one TBD. Donna is currently CEO of Mindflash Technologies, a company on a mission to make employee training radically simpler and actually measurable. Since its launch in 2010, the cloud-based Mindflash.com platform has rapidly grown to market leadership, with over 1,000 customers including McDonalds, Microsoft, Airbnb, Shutterfly, Ben and Jerry’s, and the Four Seasons Hotels.

 

Prior to Mindflash, Donna was CMO for Mint.com, a free, online personal finance tool, where she brought in over 2 million users until Intuit’s acquisition for $170 million in November 2009. Prior to Mint, Donna led client acquisition/retention, brand-building, and product development for organizations ranging from startups to global brands — including Expedia, myCFO, Intuit, Charles Schwab and American Express.

 

Donna serves on the Board of the Boston Private Financial Holdings company (NASDAQ: BPFH). Her teams’ work has won multiple Webby’s and recognition as a Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in Davos. She has been named a Top 25 Women in Tech to Watch by Accenture and a Marketing Executive of the Year Finalist by the Wall Street Journal.

Experience: President, CEO and Board Member, Mindflash Technologies; Board Member, Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH); CMO, Mint.com; SVP Marketing, Expedia; Acting CMO, Intuit; CMO, myCFO; Vice President, Charles Schwab; Senior Director, American Express; Former Board Member, Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco

Expertise: Internet, SaaS, B2B, Training, Marketing, B2C, Travel Services, Financial Services, General Management, P&L, Organizational Leadership, Strategy Development

Favorite way to unwind: Beekeeping

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9Lenses

Sterling, VA

9lenses

 

Companies spend $385B annually trying to gather and capitalize on their organizational intelligence (human insights). However, today’s approaches of gathering these insights are inefficient, disconnected, and slow to deliver value. 9Lenses is the first enterprise SaaS platform that has productized this process, accelerating and automating how companies move from human insights to value-creating actions. 9Lenses customers include leading G1000 corporations, and is led by an executive team with a track record of building disruptive technology companies.

Edwin Miller, Founder & CEO

Acquisition

Acquired By: McKesson

Acquisition Price: $928 Million

Date: December 10, 1998

Valuation at the IPO: $140 Million

IPO DATE: February 24, 1997

Ticker Symbol: NASD:ACCS

Access Health

Sacramento, CA

 

Healthcare services and physician referral solutions; Access Health successfully switched markets and grew into a $100 million revenue public company before being acquired by McKesson/HBOC.

Acquisition

Acquired By: F5

Acquisition Price: $210 Million

Date: 2007

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:FFIV

Acopia Networks

Washington, D.C.

 

Acopia Networks, Inc. is a best-of-breed provider of high-performance, intelligent file virtualization solutions. It offers Acopia ARX series intelligent file virtualization devices that automate data management tasks and eliminates the disruption associated with storage management operations; and FreedomFabric network operating system software, which allows enterprises to manage unstructured file data by automating various storage management tasks and eliminating the disruptions associated with those tasks. Acopia solutions increase F5’s strategic value to customers by optimizing the network storage layer that is entrusted with an organization’s data.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Corvis

Acquisition Price: $219 Million

Date: July, 2000

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:CORV

Algety Telecom

France

 

Algety Telecom developed high-speed fiber optic WDM transmission gear. Algety was founded in 1999 by researchers from France Telecom.

Appboy

New York, NY

Appboy

 

Appboy is the global leader in Marketing Automation for Apps. The company’s suite of services empowers mobile brands to solve app abandonment and manage the customer life cycle beyond the download. Employing rich customer segmentation, multi-channel messaging (push notifications, in-app messages, email, News Feed) and multivariate testing, brands can effectively cultivate relationships with their user base. Clients like Urban Outfitters, LifeLock, Shutterfly and Anthropologie use Appboy to increase engagement, reduce churn and build mobile ROI.

Mark Ghermezian, Co-Founder & CEO
Bill Magnuson, Co-Founder & CTO
Jon Hyman, Co-Founder & CIO
Appfluence

Palo Alto, CA

Appfluence

 

Appfluence is an intelligent delegation and prioritization platform to help employees become more effective. Our product Priority Matrix solves 3 fundamental problems: accountability, visibility, and proof of work. Priority Matrix is an easy to use centralized location for managers to delegate, prioritize work to be done, and generate insightful reports for projects and people. Appfluence currently serves 4,000 paying SaaS customers worldwide including teams at large Fortune 1000 as well as financial, manufacturing, logistics and government organizations. Appfluence founders have deep backgrounds in enterprise software at Oracle and Intel, and management methodologies at Stanford.

Hai Nguyen, Co-Founder and CEO
Pablo Diaz-Gutierrez, Co-Founder and CTO
Luis Adarve, Co-Founder and VP of Engineering

Acquisition

Acquired By: Alcatel

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: December, 2002

Ticker Symbol: NYSE:ALU

Aravox Technologies Corp

St. Paul, MN

 

Aravox provides critical enabling technology for service providers deploying real-time communication applications, including voice and video services. The Aravox IP network services platform is an infrastructure solution that conserves public IP addresses, enables peering between service providers, manages call consumption of bandwidth, and addresses last-mile quality of service management between service providers and enterprises. Aravox provides access control at the network edge to support service providers network peering architectures. Aravox was acquired by Alcatel in 2002.

Atlantis Computing

Mountain View, CA

Atlantis Computing

 

At Atlantis, we are engaged in a resistance movement against traditional data storage. Atlantis Computing offers the industry’s most flexible and powerful software-defined storage (“SDS”) platform.

Chetan Venkatesh, Founder, President & CEO
Backtrace I/O

New York, NY

Backtrace.io

 

A serious solution is needed to help engineers identify, interpret and manage software crashes in complex environments and in large volumes. The Backtrace I/O crash analysis platform fundamentally improves software debugging and fault detection by empowering engineers to identify root causes and trends with unparalleled efficiency.

Abel Mathew, CEO
Samy Bahra, Co-Founder, CTO
Badgeville

Redwood City, CA

Badgeville

 

Badgeville is the global leader in business gamification. With hundreds of name brand customers, Badgeville brings game, reputation, and social mechanics to industry leaders and innovators including American Express, Oracle, Samsung, Bell Media, Kendall Jackson, Philips Electronics, and more. Founded in 2010, Badgeville is based in Redwood City, CA and New York City.

Jon Shalowitz, President & CEO
Beckon

San Mateo, CA

Beckon

 

Beckon was founded in 2011 to help marketers understand and beautifully communicate the business impact of everything marketing does. Today, Beckon is the leader in omnichannel marketing performance measurement and serves many of the world’s biggest brands including HP, Microsoft, The Gap, BSkyB, and Converse.

Jennifer Zeszut, CEO & Co-Founder
Jochen Frey, CEO & Co-Founder

Acquisition

Acquired By: Adtran

Acquisition Price: $24 Million

Date: August, 2011

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:ADTN

Bluesocket, Inc.

Burlington, MA

 

Bluesocket is the first and only provider of wireless network solutions with virtual control. The Bluesocket product family includes a suite of innovative wireless LAN solutions that bring the power of network virtualization to wireless. Bluesocket wireless solutions are ideal for large enterprises, Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs), educational institutions and government agencies deploying scalable, secure and highly reliable wireless LANs to meet the growing demand for always-on wireless access. Bluesocket was acquired by AdTran in 2011. The acquisition catapults ADTRAN into the forefront of industry-leading wireless solutions for enterprise and campus environments.

IPO

Valuation at the IPO: $327 Million

IPO DATE: June 16, 2010

Ticker Symbol: NASD:BSFT

Broadsoft

Gaithersburg, MD

 

Since 1998 BroadSoft has been providing software to the telecommunications industry that delivers innovative IP-communications services. As the industry’s leading IP technology provider, BroadSoft has led the convergence of voice, video and data communications.

Bugcrowd

San Francisco, CA

Bugcrowd

 

Bugcrowd’s revolutionary approach to cybersecurity combines a proprietary vulnerability reporting platform with the largest crowd of security researchers on the planet. Bugcrowd also provides a range of responsible disclosure and managed service options that allow companies to commission a customized security testing program that fits their specific requirements.

Casey Ellis, Co-Founder & CEO
Chris Raethke, Co-Founder & CTO

Acquisition

Acquired By: PGP

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: February, 2010

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:PGP

Chosen Security

Houston, TX

 

Chosen Security, Inc. provides on-demand digital identity management services in the United States and internationally. It offers TC Enterprise ID, a managed service solution for digital certificates; Client Certificates that enable secure communication via Internet; SSL Certificates that enable customers to secure their online services; Root Services that provide users with the security and trust anchor required for a public key infrastructure; and Signing Services that enable users to determine the originator of an electronic document, and check the genuineness of its content, and its date and time of creation.

Clinical Research IO

Boston, MA

Clinical Research IO

 

CRIO is developing the clinical research industry’s first-ever enterprise solution for research investigators. Using our platform, investigators can custom-build source templates and then capture data in real time using a mobile device. Our solution will allow investigators to save time, improve the accuracy of data collection, and collaborate remotely with pharmaceutical sponsors. We will be deploying our solution this year to our initial user group, consisting of 6 leading research sites in the Boston area.

Raymond Nomizu, Co-Founder
Phuc Truong, Co-Founder
Cloud Elements

Denver, CO

Cloud Elements

 

Cloud Elements is a cloud API integration service that uses a “one-to-many” approach to connect your application with entire categories of services, each through a single API. We enable SaaS application developers to rapidly deliver “Cooperative Apps”; apps that connect seamlessly with other leading cloud services. Cloud Elements is headquartered in Denver, CO, but serves customers worldwide.

Mark Geene, CEO & Co-Founder
Vineet Joshi, CTO & Co-Founder
Atul Barve, VP of Product Development & Co-Founder
Gary Gaessler, Market Builder & Co-Founder

Acquisition

Acquired By: Amazon

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: April, 2015

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ: AMZN

Cluster K

Palo Alto, CA

Cluster K

 

ClusterK is a cloud computing platform that puts the world’s underutilized resources to work and solves some of the most important problems in High Performance Computing.

Dmitry Pushkarev, CEO

Acquisition

Acquired By: Dell

Acquisition Price: $940 Million

Date: February 21, 2011

Valuation at the IPO: $401 Million

IPO DATE: October 10, 2007

Ticker Symbol: NYSE:CML

Compellent Technologies, Inc.

Eden Prairie, MN

 

Compellent Technologies, Inc. is a provider of highly-virtualized storage solutions with automated data management features, including tiering and thin provisioning, for enterprise and cloud-computing environments. Compellent Technologies was acquired by Dell in February 2011 for approximately $940 million. Compellent Fluid Data technology broadens Dell’s storage solutions portfolio for scaling and managing more data with fewer resources in enterprise and cloud data centers.

Contactually

Washington, D.C.

Contactually

 

Contactually’s mission is to help relationship-focused professionals expand opportunities through authentic and timely engagement.  Our platform helps our customers stay in touch with the contacts that build their business. They can discover the right person, and develop authentic personalized communication that keeps their business top-of-mind. In just minutes a day, Contactually customers can engage high value contacts to generate more business.

 

Zvi Band, Co-Founder & CEO
Tony Cappaert, Co-Founder & COO
Jeff Carbonella, Co-Founder & CTO
Corvil

Dublin, Ireland

Corvil

 

Corvil is the IT data analytics company for business in the Now™

 

The Corvil Streaming Analytics Platform transforms IT data into real-time operational intelligence to provide order of magnitude improvement in the speed to see, understand and act on business as it’s happening. Corvil provides the full picture of customers, business and IT infrastructure all interacting together in real-time.

Donal Byrne, CEO
Raymond Russell, CTO & Co-Founder
Fergal Toomey, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder
Coupa

San Mateo, CA

Coupa

 

Coupa Software is the leading provider of cloud-based financial applications. More than 450 customers in over 40 countries use the Coupa suite of financial applications to support business agility and reduce costs. Only Coupa provides a suite of true cloud applications for finance, including accounts payable, sourcing, procurement and expense management that allows customers to realize a return on their investment within a few months and savings that continually impact the bottom line.

Rob Bernshteyn, CEO
CrowdStreet

Portland, OR

CrowdStreet

 

CrowdStreet is a financial technology company that is transforming the $15 trillion U.S commercial real estate industry through its integrated approach to online fundraising and investor lifecycle management. CrowdStreet solutions allow real estate developers and operators (sponsors) to accelerate their fundraising processes while achieving enhanced visibility and control over all aspects of investor relations and lifecycle management.  Sponsors are able to use the CrowdStreet Marketplace to gain instant access to a nation-wide audience of accredited investors. Enterprise-level sponsors are able to present investment offerings to their existing investors under their brand and through their own website by deploying CrowdStreet Sponsor Direct. Both solutions democratize access to commercial real estate investment opportunities by connecting accredited investors, family offices and institutions directly with real estate sponsors for no-fee co-investing with a modern digital portfolio management experience.

Tore Steen, Co-Founder & CEO
Darren Powderly, Co-Founder & VP, Business Development
Cymmetria

Israel

Cymmetria

 

At Cymmetria, we are focused on changing the asymmetry of cybersecurity, tilting the traditional security odds so that hackers are the ones who are left vulnerable. Our cyber deception solution, MazeRunner, gives organizations the ability to detect network threats, shape attacker behavior, and mitigate attacks. By turning an organization’s network into a labyrinth of high-risk navigational decisions, Cymmetria’s MazeRunner allows for unprecedented control over an attacker’s movement and activity in a network. Our team consists of cyber deception and InfoSec veterans, military specialists, and APT and malware researchers.

Gadi Evron, CEO
Dean Sysman, CTO

Acquisition

Acquired By: Ciena

Acquisition Price: $1.1 Billion

Date: March, 2001

Ticker Symbol: NYSE:CIEN

Cyras

Fremont, CA

 

Developer of data-optimized optical switching systems for metropolitan area network applications. Cyras was acquired by Ciena in 2001. Cyras formed a new Ciena division focusing on multi-service access and switching.

DecisionNext

San Francisco, CA

DecisionNext

 

DecisionNext is the only predictive analytics solution built especially for commodities-driven industries. It helps them maximize profit margins, minimize uncertainty, and gain competitive edge by providing meaningful context for their decisions about what to produce and where to sell it.

 

Mike Neal, CEO and Co-Founder
Bob Pierce, EVP and Co-Founder
Edgewater Networks

San Jose, CA

EdgewaterNetworks

 

Edgewater Networks develops products that ensure the secure and reliable delivery of IP based voice, video and data for service providers and enterprises. Edgewater Networks’ products offer proven network and operational savings from the customer premises to the core of the network.

David G. Norman, CEO & Founder
Rumus Sakya, VP, Engineering

Acquisition

Acquired By: Siemens

Acquisition Price: $1.7 Billion

Date: April, 2001

Valuation at the IPO: $543 Million

IPO DATE: July, 1999

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:EFNT

Efficient Networks, Inc.

Dallas, TX

 

Efficient Networks is a worldwide developer and supplier of high-speed digital subscriber line customer premises equipment, or CPE, for the broadband access market.

Elevate

St. Paul, MN

ElevateResearch

 

Elevate is the easiest and most affordable way for restaurants and retailers to survey customers who recently dined in one of their restaurants or shopped in one of their stores. It allows all sizes of restaurants and retailers to:

  • Get immediate feedback from real customers
  • Follow up with upset customers to get them to come back
  • Have better conversations about performance.
Joe Stanton, CEO & Co-Founder
John Cohoon, CTO & Co-Founder

Acquisition

Acquired By: Dell

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: May, 2013

Enstratius

Eden Prairie, MN

 

Enstratius was founded in 2008 and became an award-winning provider of software and consulting services that delivers hybrid-cloud and single-cloud management capabilities. Enstratius has earned numerous awards for its innovative technology and contribution to advancing the cloud computing industry, including recognition as one of the Top 20 Coolest Cloud Platforms in 2012 by CRN. Enstratius was acquired by Dell in 2013. The acquisition brought key capabilities to deliver cloud management products to Dell’s customers.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Ericsson

Acquisition Price: $290 Million

Date: February, 2007

Entrisphere

Santa Clara, CA

 

Entrisphere, which was founded in 2000, provides fiber access technology and first deployed its fiber access system in 2003. Fiber technology is essential for High Definition IPTV and other IP based services with high demand on bandwidth and cost efficiency. Entrisphere was acquired by Ericsson in 2007. The acquisition strengthens Ericsson fixed broadband access portfolio and its position in converged networks.

eRelevance

Austin, TX

eRelevance

 

eRelevance, headquartered in Austin, Texas  offers the small to medium-sized business a new choice for internal marketing – an affordable, technology enabled marketing automation service.   Because we have automated so much of what is traditionally labor intensive, we deliver high quality work in a very responsive manner, at a price point that is difficult to compete with.   And unlike others, we quantify the value that we are delivering with nearly immediate return on investment.

Bob Fabbio, Founder & CEO

Acquisition

Acquired By: VeriSign

Acquisition Price: $125 Million

Date: September, 2006

GeoTrust

Mountain View, CA

 

GeoTrust, Inc., an online security services company, was founded in 2001 and provides digital certificates for secure online transactions and business over the Internet in the Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe. The company’s products include SSL certificates that offer extended validation, full organization validation, or domain authentication; signing products, which bind people with electronic documents or code through digital signatures for the trusted exchange of information and applications; and SSL for the enterprise that creates a secure channel between servers and users. It offers retail, developer, ISP and Web host, education, financial services, healthcare, and government solutions.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Intelliden

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: August, 2004

Gold Wire Technology

Waltham, MA

 

Gold Wire Technology, Inc. provides software to control and manage configuration of Internet services for Internet service providers. The company develops, sells, and supports multi-vendor infrastructure integrity assurance solutions for enterprises with revenue or compliance-critical networks in the financial services, retail, automotive, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industries; federal agencies; and MSPs or ASPs. Gold Wire was acquired by Intelliden in 2004.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Telecordia

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: May, 2004

Granite Systems

New Jersey

 

Granite Systems is a provider of network configuration management software for the telecommunications industry.

GutCheck

Denver, CO

GutCheckIt

 

GutCheck is an on-demand research community platform that provides real-time insights from specific customers with quality that is equivalent to or better than traditional research communities. Unlike these offerings that can challenge timelines and budgets, GutCheck’s advanced tools and efficient services deliver relevant feedback in days instead of weeks and 3 – 5x more research for the same budget.

Matt Warta, Co-Founder & CEO
hiveIO

New York, NY

hiveIO

 

hiveIO is a cloud computing company focused on delivering a simple subscription infrastructure for Enterprise and SMB Markets. We have combined proven designs delivered to large enterprises and a ground up build into a unified, one-stop solution — making it easy for customers to build, deploy, consume and manage cloud on premise or through SMB partners. We can host up to 1M guests in a logical cluster, quickly scale from small to large enterprises, and support desktop servers and Hadoop. The solution includes storage acceleration, guest ramdisk access, security (whitelisting, micro segmentation, big data profiling), remote and guest lifecycle management, a guest connection broker and KPI / inventory metrics.
Our key differentiators include the industry’s first message bus management architecture, and a solution that does not require management infrastructure, databases or 3rd-party vendors.

 

Joe Makoid, CEO
Kevin McNamara, CTO
Ofer Bezalel, Solutions Architect

IPO

Valuation at the IPO: $110 Million

IPO DATE: May, 2000

Ticker Symbol: NASD:IBEM

iBeam Broadcasting

New York, NY

 

Founded in 1998, iBEAM (now TalkPoint Communications) provides technology and services for interactive webcasts and virtual meetings.

InsideTrack

San Francisco, CA

InsideTrack

 

Society thrives when students succeed. Since 2001, InsideTrack has used a proven combination of coaching, analytics, consulting and technology to unlock potential in millions of students and the institutions they attend. We invite you to join the leading colleges, universities, foundations and others working with us to enhance the transformative power of higher education.

Pat Wheelan, CEO
Kai Drekmeier, Co-Founder & President
Alan Tripp, Co-Founder & Chairman, Board of Directors

Acquisition

Acquired By: Cisco Systems

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: November, 2000

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:CSCO

IPCell Technologies, Inc.

Texas

 

In 1997, Krishna Kurapati co-founded IPCell Technologies Inc., a provider of software for broadband access networks combining Internet Protocol (IP) and telephony services. IPCell has developed an interface between the call control and service layers for voice over packet applications. It has also developed Opticall, a call agent for legacy-free “greenfield” broadband access packet-based telephony networks. IPCell was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2000.

Acquisition

Acquired By: CA Technologies

Acquisition Price: $330 Million

Date: August, 2011

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:CA

ITKO

Texas

 

ITKO is a leading provider of service simulation solutions for developing applications in composite and cloud environments. ITKO’s LISA product suite is designed to improve the effectiveness of application development teams, especially those involved in custom applications, SOA, and cloud computing. ITKO was acquired by CA Technologies in 2011. The acquisition adds a new and critical dimension to modern IT management and extend it to encompass the entire service delivery lifecycle.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Salesforce

Acquisition Price: $142 Million

Date: May, 2010

Ticker Symbol: NYSE:CRM

Jigsaw Data Corp.

San Mateo, CA

 

Jigsaw, founded in 2004, operates the world’s largest database of up-to-date, downloadable, and complete contact and company information. With a directory of more than 30 million business contacts and over 40,000 contacts added daily by a user base of over one million, the quality, content, and scope of the contact directory is unrivaled.

Joyent

San Francisco, CA

Joyent

 

Joyent delivers container infrastructure as a service, offering organizations high-performance, yet simple, public cloud and private cloud software solutions for today’s demanding real-time web and mobile applications.

Scott Hammond, CEO
Kapta

Boulder, CO

Kapta

 

Kapta is re-inventing the workplace by providing executives an easier way to communicate, align and track company initiatives and performance—all at their fingertips in real-time.

Alex Raymond, CEO & Co-Founder
Ben Blasko, CTO & Co-Founder
Chris Wells, Chief Customer Officer & Co-Founder
Scott Sanders, Co-Founder
Lithium

San Francisco, CA

Lithium

 

Lithium’s software helps companies reinvent how they connect with their customers. Lithium works with more than 300 of the world’s best brands— including Best Buy, Indosat, Sephora, Skype and Telstra — to respond on social networks and to build trusted content on a community they own. The 100% SaaS-based Lithium Social Customer Experience™ platform enables brands to build and engage vibrant customer communities to drive sales, reduce service costs, accelerate innovation and grow brand advocacy.

Rob Tarkoff, President & CEO
LockPath

Overland Park, KS

LockPath

 

LockPath is a market leader in corporate governance, risk management, regulatory compliance (GRC) and information security (InfoSec) software. The company’s flexible, scalable and fully integrated suite of applications is used by organizations to automate business processes, reduce enterprise risk and demonstrate regulatory compliance to achieve audit-ready status. LockPath serves a client base of global organizations ranging from small and midsize companies to Fortune 10 enterprises in more than 15 industries.

Chris Caldwell, CEO & Co-Founder
Chris Goodwin, CTO & Co-Founder

Acquisition

Acquired By: NVIDIA

Acquisition Price: $70 Million

Date: August, 2003

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:NVDA

MediaQ Inc.

Santa Clara, CA

 

Founded in 1997, MediaQ is the leading provider of high-performance graphics and multimedia technology for handheld devices such as PDAs and wireless handsets. MediaQ was acquired by NVIDIA in 2003, extending their platform reach and accelerating their entry into the wireless mobile markets.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Ericsson

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:ERIC

MetraTech

Waltham, MA

 

Founded in 1998, MetraTech’s enterprise and Billing as a Service platform has been acquired by Ericsson to add to their software portfolio. With its ability to enable customers to quickly and flexibly support new revenue models, this platform strengthens Ericsson’s portfolio of billing solutions and solidifies their commitment to enabling global commerce innovation – particularly as industries transform to actively participate in the Networked Society enabled by the Internet of Things and Everything as a Service.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Comverse Technology

Acquisition Price: $175 Million

Date: May, 2006

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:CMVT

NetCentrex

Massachussetts

 

NetCentrex provides a line of Converged IP Communications products centered around IP Telephony and IP Centrex.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Waters

Acquisition Price: $43 Million

Date: March, 2004

Ticker Symbol: NASD:ACCS

NuGenesis Technologies

Massachusetts

 

Founded in 1996, NuGenesis Technologies Corporation provides software solutions for scientific data management. The company offers solution for information technology, laboratory, regulatory, and business management.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Cisco Systems

Acquisition Price: $450 Million

Date: August, 2000

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:CSCO

NuSpeed Internet Systems

Minnesota

 

Founded in 1999, NuSpeed develops technology to combine Internet routing intelligence with storage area networks in an effort to allow direct access to storage via the IP protocol. The company was an early pioneer of the iSCSI protocol. NuSpeed was acquired by Cisco in 2000. The NuSpeed technology connects storage area networks and Internet Protocol networks which will allow Cisco to converge data and storage networks into one infrastructure.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Progress Software

Acquisition Price: $16 Million

Date: November, 2004

Valuation at the IPO: $203 Million

IPO DATE: June, 1999

Ticker Symbol: NASD:PRSW

Persistence

Silicon Valley

 

Persistence’s series of products integrated object-to-relational mapping, caching, and cache synchronization with automated cache management. Persistence extended object-relational mapping technology by adding the concept of mapping related objects.

Acquisition

Acquired By: JDSU

Acquisition Price: $120 Million

Date: May, 2007

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:JDSU

Picolight, Inc.

Louisville, CO

 

Picolight Incorporated, founded in 1995, designed and manufactured high-bandwidth optical transceivers and components. The company offered ethernet and fiber channel transceivers and optical transit and receivers. It catered to the local area networking, optical switches and computer systems, and optical metro applications sectors. Picolight is a leading provider of VCSEL-based optical components. Picolight was acquired by JDSU in 2007.

Qubell

Menlo Park, CA

Qubell

 

Qubell is an enterprise devops platform for companies that continuously develop, deliver and operate web-scale digital services. At its core, Qubell is a configuration management engine that collects configuration information about applications: which services they talk to, what components they consist of, and the nature of the dependencies between these components and the infrastructure on which they run.

Victoria Livschitz, Founder & CEO
Stan Klimoff, Founder & CTO

Acquisition

Acquired By: Yahoo!

Acquisition Price: $16 Million

Date: December, 2002

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:YHOO

Quiver

Silicon Valley

 

Quiver, Inc., founded in 1998, develops information management software that provides the most intuitive and accurate categorization of enterprise and online content. Building on its core technology competencies in information classification, ranking and retrieval, the company delivers the Quiver Knowledge Suite™ (QKS). QKS Classifier™, the company’s flagship product, is an end-to-end categorization and taxonomy application that provides the most accurate and efficient way to organize, manage and distribute information.

Acquisition

Acquired By: SevOne

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: March, 2014

RapidEngines

Minneapolis, MN

 

RapidEngines, a leading provider of highly scalable log analytics software for IT enterprises, service providers and application developers, was acquired by SevOne, the leader of scalable performance monitoring solutions to the world’s most connected companies. SevOne’s large customer base will now have access to RapidEngines’ log analytics software granting users the benefit of automatically collecting and organizing log data to better provide a detailed picture of user and machine behavior.

ReadyPulse

San Carlos, CA

ReadyPulse

 

ReadyPulse is the best way to use social media photos and videos to drive commerce online. Using the Pulse Marketing Suite digital marketers can find brand ambassadors across social media, run and promote marketing campaigns on-demand, display authorized, high quality content in context of digital commerce experiences. Results are significant increases in social referrals, web engagement, and e-commerce conversions.

Dennis O’Malley, Co-Founder & CEO
Srinivas Penumaka, Co-Founder & President
Vinod Gupta, Co-Founder & CTO
Mihir A. Vaidya, Co-Founder & VP Engineering

IPO

Valuation at the IPO: $75 Million

IPO DATE: November, 1996

Ticker Symbol: NASD:RWAV

Rogue Wave

Boulder, CO

 

Founded in 1989, Rogue Wave tools span 40 years, offering everything from cloud-based-services to native platform applications to portable software libraries. But they all have a common, singular purpose: Making it easy to write, test, and run complex code.

Acquisition

Acquired By: AVG

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: January, 2009

Sana Security

San Mateo, CA

 

Sana Security, founded in 2000, is a behavioral security software company that provides enterprise security software. It offers Primary Response SafeConnect, a solution that provides protection against known and unknown threats, including spyware, adware, and rootkits; and Primary Response Memory Shield Server, which provides buffer overflow protection for various servers.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Lithium

Acquisition Price: $20 Million

Date: May, 2010

Scout Labs

San Francisco, CA

 

Scout Labs, founded in 2006, makes social media monitoring and analytics solutions that record social interactions anywhere on the web and develop a contextually rich analysis of customers’ behavior over time. Scout Labs was acquired by Lithium technologies in 2010.

Acquisition

Acquired By: RedHat, Inc.

Acquisition Price: $49 Million

Date: December, 2003

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:RHAT

Sistina Software

Minneapolis, MN

 

Founded in 2000, Sistina’s storage infrastructure software is the foundation for building, integrating and deploying data-sharing storage solutions across the enterprise.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Drugstore.com

Acquisition Price: $36 million

Date: 2010

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:DSCM

Skinstore.com

Sacramento, CA

 

Skinstore.com is a leading online retailer of clinical skin care and beauty products that was acquired by drugstore.com. SkinStore.com carries over 200 premium brands of skin care and beauty products typically found only in luxury spas, fine stores and dermatologist offices.

Sport Ngin

Minneapolis, MN

SportNgin

 

Sport Ngin creates software products for amateur sports teams, clubs, leagues, tournaments, state bodies and national governing bodies around North America. The company is pioneering technology in a marketplace that touches over 30 million athletes domestically.

Justin Kaufenberg, Co-Founder & CEO
Carson Kipfer, Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist
Sqrrl

Cambridge, MA

Sqrrl

 

Sqrrl is the Big Data Analytics company that lets organizations pinpoint and react to unusual activity by automatically uncovering hidden connections in their data. Sqrrl Enterprise is Sqrrl’s linked data analysis platform that gives analysts a way to visually investigate these connections, allowing them to rapidly understand their surrounding contexts and take action. At the core of Sqrrl’s architecture are a variety of Big Data technologies, including Hadoop, link analysis, machine learning, Data-Centric Security, and advanced visualization.

 

Mark Terenzoni, CEO
Adam Fuchs, Co-Founder and CTO
Ely Kahn, Co-Founder and Director of Business Development

Acquisition

Acquired By: Groupon

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: November, 2014

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:GRPN

Swarm Mobile

San Francisco, CA

Swarm

 

Swarm’s family of smart retail devices, coupled with advanced retail analytics and a comprehensive retail management platform, can help businesses connect with and track their customers while in stores thus increasing sales through superior insights.

Rudd Davis, CEO & Co-Founder
Ryan Denehy, EVP & Co-Founder
SwiftStack

San Francisco, CA

SwiftStack

 

SwiftStack’s mission is making software-defined storage simple. The company provides enterprise customers with a reliable, massively scalable, software defined storage platform. SwiftStack has streamlined the deployment, scaling and integration of OpenStack Swift. Its platform seamlessly integrates with existing IT infrastructures, running on standard hardware, and replicated across globally distributed data centers.

Joe Arnold, CEO
Anders Tjerlund, COO

IPO

Valuation at the IPO: $261 Million

IPO DATE: February, 2000

Ticker Symbol: NASD:TLXS

Telaxis Communications

Massachusetts

 

Telaxis developed and supplied broadband wireless access products used by network service providers to deliver integrated voice, video and data services to business and residential customers. Telaxis’ Virtual Fiber Radio™ (VFR) product family was developed to enable direct fiber optic connection to wireless transceiver units and transmit fiber optic signals over a wireless link.

VentureBeat

San Francisco, CA

VentureBeat

 

Founded in 2006, VentureBeat is the leading source for news and perspective on technology innovation. Our news, analysis, and events provide deep context to help executives, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts make smart decisions. We aim to inform and inspire. Led by founder and CEO Matt Marshall, Editor-in-Chief Dylan Tweney, and a team of experienced journalists, VentureBeat covers a range of technology trends — from social to mobile, small business to enterprise, health tech, cloud, games, and more.

Matt Marshall, CEO & Founder

Acquisition

Acquired By: Carbon Black

Acquisition Price: Undisclosed

Date: August, 2015

VisiTrend

Cambridge, MA

VisiTrend

 

VisiTrend provides better data insights by enabling users to more easily perform advanced analytics through interactive visualization. Users can apply data science algorithms to big data by simply building a visualization. Application areas include cyber security, application performance, fraud detection, and more.

John Langton, Founder & CEO

Acquisition

Acquired By: RealNetworks Inc.

Acquisition Price: $40 Million

Date: March, 1998

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:RNWK

Vivo Software, Inc.

Washington, D.C.

 

Vivo Software, Inc., founded in 1992, pioneered internet streaming media. Vivo is an award winning developer of streaming media creation tools for Web developers. The VivoActive player allows users to save and playback audio and video content from the Web. Vivo products are distinguished by their ease-of-use and production quality across bit rates.

Acquisition

Acquired By: Polycom, Inc.

Acquisition Price: $144 Million

Date: January, 2004

Ticker Symbol: NASDAQ:PLCM

Voyant Technologies

Colorado

 

Founded in 1999 and combining its history of innovation with more than 25 years of voice expertise, Voyant Technologies, Inc. designs and delivers high quality, easy-to-use group voice communication solutions. As the market leader, Voyant’s customers can count on reliable, scalable, operationally efficient systems and services that allow people to communicate anytime, anywhere.

 

 

Zipongo

San Francisco, CA

Zipongo

 

Zipongo is a digital health company on a mission to reduce chronic disease by positively impacting the one health behavior everyone does each day: eat. Zipongo works with employers, health plans and other wellness partners looking for an easy way to engage their members in healthy and sustainable eating habits at work and at home. We deliver individualized recommendations tied to convenient, real-time actions including worksite cafe recommendations, healthy recipes, meal planning tools as well as discounts and incentives for healthy groceries. Zipongo makes it easy to eat well.

Jason Langheier, MD, MPH, CEO & Founder