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Bill joined Greylock in 1984. His areas of focus include enterprise information technology and biomedical.
Bill represents Greylock on the boards of Incipient, Music Nation, OATSystems, OutlookSoft, Panther Express, Reveal Imaging, Vettro, and Zipcar.
Bill also led Greylock's investments in Exact Sciences, Upromise(acquired by Sallie Mae), Outlooksoft (acquired by SAP), Tessera (merged with iXL), Ontogeny, Hyperion Software, Filene's Basement, Pharmacopeia, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Staples.com (acquired by Staples), and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.) and the Harvard Business School (MBA)
Kevin P. Ryan is the Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, an innovative e-commerce company offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices.
In 2007, Kevin along with a founding team created Gilt Groupe as an invitation-only site for coveted women's apparel and accessories. Today, Gilt Groupe has expanded to include business lines in home décor (Gilt Home); kids & baby (Gilt Kids); men's apparel and gear (Gilt MAN); artisanal food and wines (Gilt Taste); an online retail store for men's apparel and accessories (Park & Bond); vacation travel (Jetsetter); local U.S. services and experiences (Gilt City), and has founded the leading flash-sale site in Japan (Gilt Japan).
Kevin is one of the leading Internet entrepreneurs in the United States having founded several New York-based businesses, including Gilt Groupe, Business Insider, and 10gen/MongoDB, and helped build DoubleClick from 1996 to 2005, first as president and later as CEO. He fostered DoubleClick's growth from a 20-person startup to a global leader with over 1,500 employees. Ryan built DoubleClick into a multi-billion dollar global industry leader. Under his direction, DoubleClick was awarded the title of "New
Anil Pereira is Founder & CEO of SecondSpace,
an online services company, and serves as an advisor to a number of
privately-held startups. He is best known for his leadership role at
internet services provider VeriSign, where, during his six-year tenure,
he was instrumental in launching numerous high-growth businesses,
generating hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues. During
this time, VeriSign grew from 90 to 3,500 employees and from $500,000
to $1.2 billion in revenues.
2003-2004, Anil served as Senior Vice President of New Businesses and
International for Classmates Online, prior to its sale to United
Online. At Classmates, he launched several new businesses, including
Classmates' highly successful European operations. Earlier in his
career, he spent six years at American Express in a variety of
executive roles, including Vice President of the Affinity Card Group
and head of Direct Response Television.
holds a Bachelor of Management Degree (with Great Distinction) from the
University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada where he was named Alumnus
of the Year in 2000. He also holds an MBA in Strategy and Finance from
the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Allen Beasley is a partner with Redpoint Ventures. Prior to joining
Redpoint, Allen was an associate with IVP, a firm he joined in 1998.Allen focuses on infrastructure and consumer media investments and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Airplay, Buzznet and Obopay. Allen also led or was actively involved in investments in Intermix (acquired by News Corp.), MetaTV (acquired by Comcast and Cox), ON Semiconductor (ONNN), Orbital Data (acquired by Citrix). OuterBay (acquired by HP), and TopSpin Communications (acquired by Cisco). Prior
to joining IVP, Allen worked in marketing and product management for
Ipsilon Networks, a developer of IP switching technology founded in
1994 and acquired by Nokia in 1997. Allen holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Michael Eisenberg has been a key figure in Internet and software
investing in Israel since 1995, playing a central role in the
development of many of Israel’s leading companies and startups.
to joining Benchmark, Michael was a partner at Israel Seed Partners for
eight years. Michael joined Israel Seed in 1997 from Jerusalem Global,
where he started and headed the firm’s successful investment banking
group and partnership with Montgomery Securities.
Gurunet (Amex GRU), Picturevison (acquired: EK), Seeking
(Nasdaq: EBAY), Tradeum (acquired: VERT), Xacct (acquired: DOX), and Zlango.
Other Affiliations: Michael serves on the board of Snunit, Israel’s
foremost nonprofit organization, specializing in integrating technology
and the Internet into Israel’s elementary schools. Michael also lectures
frequently on the topics of venture capital and entrepreneurship at Hebrew
University in Jerusalem.
Education: Michael holds a BA in Political Science from Yeshiva University in New York.
Joe Lacob has been a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
since 1987. He has been closely involved with KPCB's investments in
over fifty life science companies, including the start-up or incubation
of a dozen ventures and with KPCB's medical technology practice, which
includes over thirty therapeutic and diagnostic medical device
companies. Joe is also an active investing partner in KPCB's Internet
company initiative; he led the firm's investment in AutoTrader, eHealth
and Sportsline. Most recently, Joe has focused on energy investments as
part of KPCB’s growing initiative in the fields of greentech and
alternative energy. Investments include Terralliance, in efficient oil
and gas exploration, Glori Oil, in microbial enhanced oil recovery and
an incubation in novel geothermal energy.
currently serves on the Board of Directors of three public companies,
Align Technology, Orexigen and eHealth as well as several other
privately-held companies including Ophthonix, NeuroPace, TherOx,
Arresto BioSciences and Codon Devices. He's also on the Board of Director of GloriOil and BAS Medical.
Joe is actively involved
in industry organizations including the American Heart Association and
the AHA Roundtable. He is also very involved at Stanford University,
serving on advisory boards at the Medical Center, Business School and
Joe received his Bachelor's in Biological
Sciences from the University of California at Irvine, his Master's in
Public Health from UCLA and his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate
School of Business.
Jerry Yang (traditional Chinese: 楊致遠; simplified Chinese: 杨致远; pinyin: Yáng Zhìyuǎn; born November 6, 1968) is a Taiwanese-born American internet entrepreneur, the co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc.
Yang was born in Taipei, Taiwan on November 6, 1968, and moved to San Jose, California at the age of ten with his mother and younger brother. He claimed that despite his mother being an English teacher, he only knew one English word (shoe) on his arrival. Becoming fluent in the language in three years, he was placed into an Advanced Placement English class.
Yang graduated from Sierramont Middle School and Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
While Yang studied in Electrical Engineering at Stanford, he co-created in April 1994 with David Filo an Internet website called "Jerry and Dave's Guide to the World Wide Web" consisting of a directory of other websites. It was renamed "Yahoo!" (an exclamation). Yahoo! became very popular, and Yang and Filo realized the business potential and co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in April
Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (/ˈdʒɒbz/; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields. Jobs also co-founded and served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar.
In the late 1970s, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak engineered one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC's mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Apple Lisa and, one year later, the Macintosh. By introducing the LaserWriter he enabled a revolution called desktop publishing.
After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1985, Jobs left Apple and founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher-education and business markets. In 1986, he
Ash has a long track record of success in building high growth
businesses to address emerging markets. Over an 18-year period, he was
instrumental in driving Flextronics' revenue growth from less than $100
million a year to over $15 billion annually. Ash has been the CEO of
Aricent since the summer of 2005.
Prior to assuming the CEO role, he was President of Original Design
Manufacturing and Design Services at Flextronics. In this position, Ash
formulated Flextronics' software development and solutions strategy and
acquired and merged the various businesses that compose Aricent.
Previously, Ash was President of Worldwide Sales and Strategic Accounts
at Flextronics, where he successfully established and grew the
company's most important customer relationships. Prior to running the
global sales organization, Ash was President of Flextronics
Asia-Pacific based out of Hong Kong. After quickly recognizing the
manufacturing opportunity in Asia, Ash established operations in South
China, and expanded Flextronics' operations into North China, India,
Japan, and Malaysia. Ash holds a BSEE from the Thapar Institute of
Engineering (India) and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University
Henry joined Greylock in 1969. He focuses on the software sector while overseeing Greylock's strategic direction.
Henry came to Greylock after serving for two years in the Office of
the Secretary of Defense. He was responsible for Greylock's early
involvement in the software industry with his backing of market-leading
firms including American Management Systems, Pansophic (acquired by Computer Associates), Cullinane (acquired by Computer Associates), McCormack and Dodge (acquired by D&B Software) and VM Software
(acquired by Sterling Software, and now part of Computer Associates).
Over the ensuing 40 years of his tenure, Greylock has raised a series
of eleven partnerships, with current committed capital in excess of
$2.2 billion, and helped build approximately 300 developing companies.
In recognition, Henry received the National Venture Capital
Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in May 2004. And, along with
Greylock's founding partners, the Harvard Business School Award for
Alumni Achievement in 2003. In 2000, Henry was voted one of the
country's 10 best VCs by Forbes.
Henry is currently on the board of Praecis Pharmaceuticals.
He also served on the board of and led Greylock's investment in
companies such as Tellabs, Shiva Corporation (acquired by Intel),
Manugistics, Trilogy, ABT Corporation (acquired by Niku), Narrative
Communications (acquired by @Home), Gradient Technologies (merged with
Entegrity Solutions), Information Resources, Epsilon (acquired by
Relizon) and Gateway Design (acquired by Cadence). In addition he
served on the Board of Directors of Continental Cablevision for 25
Henry is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School.
Joseph Costello is a prominent person in electronic design automation (EDA) industry. He was president and COO of SDA Systems from 1987–1988 and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, which became the largest EDA company under his tenure, from 1988–1997.
In 2004, he was awarded the Phil Kaufman Award in recognition of his business contributions that helped grow the EDA industry.
Joseph received his B.S. in Physics in 1974 from Harvey Mudd College. He also has a master's degree in Physics from both Yale and U. C. Berkeley. He started his career at National Semiconductor, which he soon left to found "Electronic Speech Systems".
He entered the EDA industry when James Solomon invited him to SDA Systems, where he rapidly rose to senior management. While Joseph was President of SDA, it merged with ECAD to become Cadence Design Systems.
In 2001, Joseph gave the commencement address at Harvey Mudd, two days after the sudden death of Douglas Adams, who had been scheduled to speak.
He was formerly the CEO of think3, a product lifecycle management software and consulting company, and is currently CEO of Orb Networks.
He also served as chairman of Barcelona Design, BravoBrava!, Soliloquy Learning,
Noel has been part of the Silicon Valley venture capital community for
35 years. Prior to co-founding Trinity Ventures in 1986, he was
co-founder of three successful technology startups, and CEO of two of
them, Covalent Systems and Acurex. From 1983 to 1986, he led Covalent
Systems from start-up to a profitable $12 million sales level in three
years. He led Acurex from 1972 to 1982 during a period when sales
increased nearly ten-fold to $65 million.
Noel is actively involved in the World Presidents'
Organization and the Stanford Athletic Board, and is a past chairman of
the Northern California Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization
and a past chairman of the American Electronics Association.
Focus: Software and Services
M.B.A., Stanford Graduate School of Business
B.S., Chemistry, Cornell University
Colin Luther Powell ( /ˈkoʊlɨn/; born April 5, 1937) is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Colin Luther Powell was born on April 5, 1937 in Harlem, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Jamaican immigrant parents Maud Arial (née McKoy) and Luther Theophilus Powell. He also has Scottish ancestry. Powell was raised in the South Bronx and attended Morris High School, a former public school in the Bronx, from which he graduated in 1954. While at school, he worked at a local baby furniture store where he picked up Yiddish from the shopkeepers and some of the customers. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in
joined Greylock in 1980 and opened our west coast office in 1983. He is
a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School.
Dave is on the board of AtHoc, CoWare, Edge Dynamics, EMC Corporation, Lontra, Progreso Financiero, SuccessFactors, and Tabula.
Dave also led Greylock's historic involvement with companies such as Forte Software (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Kiva Software (acquired by Netscape), Legato Systems (acquired by EMC), Decru (acquired by Network Appliance), Internet Security Systems (acquired by IBM), Mentor Graphics, Mobile Automation (acquired by iPass), Net Effect Systems (acquired by Ask Jeeves), Octane Software (acquired by Epiphany) and Wily Technology (acquired by CA).
Ray joined Venrock in 1988 and after nearly 20 years and over 40
investments, his passion for building companies continues. His venture
capital career has its roots at Yankee Atomic Electric as a nuclear
engineer, at Sun Microsystems and with two failed startups. An engineer
at heart with a keen insight into product markets, Ray loves to tinker
with technology. In addition to venture capital, he serves on the Board
of Trustees of the Texas A&M Foundation, where he chairs the
investment committee. Ray also serves on the Visiting Committee of the
MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department.
currently serves on the board of Check Point Software and the boards of
current investments: a la Mobile, Inc., Imaginova Corp., Imperva, Inc.,
Jadoo Power Systems, PGP Corporation, RedSeal Systems, Transonic
Combustion, Inc., Vernier Networks, and Vontu, Inc. Ray’s previous
investments include: Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ: CHKP),
Digex, Inc. (IPO/Acquired by Intermedia Communications, Inc.),
DoubleClick, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLCK/Acquired by Google), Fogdog Sports,
Inc. (Acquired by GSI Commerce, Inc), Haystack Labs (Acquired by
Trusted Information Systems/Network Associates), P-Cube, Inc. (Acquired
by Cisco), Pedestal Software (Acquired by Altiris ALTS), Qpass, Inc.
(Acquired by Amdocs), Spyglass (IPO/Acquired by OpenTV, Inc),
UCA/Softbank, USInternetworking, Inc. (IPO/Acquired by AT&T), and
WholeSecurity (Acquired by Symantec).
Mr. Hippeau has been involved in various capacities with SoftBank
Capital’s investing activities since 1995, and joined SoftBank Capital
in 2000 from SoftBank’s former subsidiary, Ziff-Davis. He has served as
a media industry CEO, having spent over 25 years in senior management
positions at large media companies. Mr. Hippeau joined Ziff-Davis in
1989, and he became Chairman and CEO in 1993. In 1995, SoftBank
acquired Ziff-Davis, and Mr. Hippeau continued in the role of CEO until
2000, when the company was sold.
During his career at
Ziff-Davis, Mr. Hippeau was early to recognize the trend toward on-line
media. Under his stewardship, ZDNet became one of the few successful
examples of a strong on-line business model evolving from traditional
magazine content, and he was instrumental in SoftBank’s first
investment in Yahoo! in 1995. Mr. Hippeau was also responsible for
founding ZDTV, a cable channel dedicated to technology and the
Internet, and an early success in integrating television and the Web.
He also directed several successful magazines and marketing service
launches in the technology and Internet field.
was President of SoftBank International Ventures, where he established
SoftBank’s international private equity funds and expanded them into
Europe, Latin America and Asia. He was also SB Capital’s board
representative for its direct investments in industry leading
companies, such as Yahoo!, Geocities and CNET.
His experience prior to joining Ziff-Davis includes senior executive positions at International Data Group.
Mr. Hippeau serves on the boards of several public and private companies,
including Yahoo!, Danger, Insider
Pages, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Perpetual
Entertainment, Beliefnet, Goodmail Systems, Huffington Post.com, PureVideo, ThumbPlay and
He is also on the investment committee for the SB Asia Infrastructure
He graduated from the Lycee Francais de Londres and attended the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Phil joined Columbia Capital in 1992. He is currently a member of the
Board of Directors of Hatteras Networks, Hillcrest Laboratories,
Imagine Communications, Mangrove Systems, and Vibrant Solutions and is
actively involved with Broadsoft, Rivermine Software, and Sandbridge
Technologies. Former Columbia Capital portfolio companies that Phil
managed include Altiga Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), Call
Technologies (acquired by 3Com), Columbia Spectrum Management (acquired
by P–Com), NMP (acquired by AppNet / Commerce One), Ocular Networks
(acquired by Tellabs), Riverbed Technologies (acquired by Aether
Systems), Saville Systems (NASDAQ: SAVLY subsequently acquired by ADC
Communications), Taqua (acquired by Tekelec), Telular (NASDAQ: WRLS),
and Torrent Networking Technologies (acquired by Ericsson). In 1993,
Phil joined Telular Corporation as its Chief Financial Officer where he
led the company through an initial public offering, returning to
Columbia in 1994. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, he served in
various financial management positions for Energy Service Company,
Energy Insurance International, Marsh & McLennan, and Lloyd's of
London broker C.T. Bowring & Co. in London, England. Phil received
his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. from
Kenan–Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina–Chapel
Jack French Kemp (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) was an American politician and a collegiate and professional football player. A Republican, he served as Housing Secretary in the administration of President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, having previously served nine terms as a congressman for Western New York's 31st congressional district from 1971 to 1989. He was the Republican Party's nominee for Vice President in the 1996 election, where he was the running mate of presidential nominee Bob Dole. Kemp had previously contended for the presidential nomination in the 1988 Republican primaries.
Before entering politics, Kemp was a professional quarterback for 13 years. He played briefly in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL), but became a star in the American Football League (AFL). He served as captain of both the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills and earned the AFL Most Valuable Player award in 1965 after leading the Bills to a second consecutive championship. He played in the AFL for all 10 years of its existence, appeared in its All-Star game seven times, played in its championship game five times, and set many of the league's career
Mr. Barsema is Chairman of Blue Lane Technologies. He was previously
the CEO and Chairman of Onetta, Inc., and led the company through the
early stages of development and growth. Onetta was recently acquired by
Bookham Technologies of London, England. Before joining Onetta, Mr.
Barsema was the president and CEO of Redback Networks, where he led the
company through rapid growth and one of the most successful IPO's in
Wall Street history.
Mr. Barsema has more than twenty years of executive experience in
telecommunications, software, and optical networking. Prior to joining
Redback in 1997, he held senior executive positions at Centigram
Corporation (acquired by ADC), Softswitch (acquired by Lotus
Development Corporation), Primary Access (acquired by 3Com), and
Paradyne Corporation (acquired by Zhone).
Mr. Barsema serves on the board of directors of several venture capital
funded, Silicon Valley based companies, including Blue Lane
Technologies and Stoke. He also serves as a director on several
non-profit boards including Northern Illinois University Foundation,
and Carpenters Place of Rockford, Illinois. He is also an advisor to
the non-profit micro-finance organization, Opportunity International,
as well as the Schools of Business at Northern Illinois University and
Santa Clara University.
Mr. Barsema earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Northern Illinois University.
Laura D'Andrea Tyson (born June 28, 1947) is an American economist and former Chair of the US President's Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. She also served as Director of the National Economic Council. She is currently a professor at the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley.
Tyson was born Laura D'Andrea in New Jersey. Her father was Italian American and her mother was of Swedish and Dutch descent. Tyson graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Smith College in 1969 and earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974. She joined the faculty of the economics department at Princeton University in 1974 and remained in the position until 1977 when she became a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. She was appointed a professor of business administration in 1990. She is married to writer Erik S. Tarloff and has one son, Elliot S. Tarloff. Her brother is Alan D'Andrea, an American cancer researcher and the Alvan T. and Viola D. Fuller American Cancer Society Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School. Her sister is Susan D'Andrea Lee,
Pete Fiore has more than 25 years experience with a strong operational
background in marketing strategy, sales, mergers and acquisitions,
business development, and product development in high-technology
companies. Prior to joining Crossbeam Systems, he most recently served
as vice president of IBM’s Information Platform and Solutions business,
where he oversaw all aspects of the $500+ million business segment’s
strategy and growth. He joined IBM as a result of the company’s
acquisition of Ascential Software, where he served as president since
the company’s inception in July 2001. During his tenure, he led
Ascential through its transition to an independent public company, and
grew revenue by more than 140% while becoming the revenue and market
share leader. Prior to Ascential, Pete was president of Informix
Business Solutions, a leader in business intelligence and analytical
applications. Earlier in his career, he served as executive vice
president and general manager of Ardent Software, and its predecessor,
VMARK Software. Pete has also held various sales, marketing and product
development positions in networking, computer systems and enterprise
software companies. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors at
Lumigent Technologies and Pragmatech Software. He holds a BA in
Engineering and Applied Sciences from Harvard University.
Pierre Morad Omidyar (Persian: پیر مراد امیدیار; born June 21, 1967) is a French-born Iranian American entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site. Omidyar and his wife Pam are well-known philanthropists who founded Omidyar Network in 2004 in order to expand their efforts beyond non-profits to include for-profits and public policy.
Omidyar was born in Paris, France to Iranian immigrant parents who had been sent by his grandparents to attend university there. His mother Elahé Mir-Djalali Omidyar (Persian:الهه میرجلالی امیدیار), who did her doctorate in linguistics at the Sorbonne, is herself a well-known academic. His father was an Iranian surgeon. The family moved to the US when Omidyar was six.
Omidyar was 28 when he sat down over a long holiday weekend to write the original computer code for what eventually became an internet superbrand — the auction site eBay. The site was launched on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 1995, as "Auction Web"; it was hosted on a site Omidyar had created for information on the ebola virus. The word 'eBay' was made up on the fly by Omidyar when he was told that his first choice for his web site,
Michael Heinstein, President, Chief Executive Officer
and Chairman of the Board of Art.com, has served as Chief Executive Officer since 1998 and is one
of the founders of Art.com, Inc. The company is now the dominant retailer of
posters, prints, and framed prints worldwide, with three core brands: Art.com,
AllPosters.com, and Poster.de.
Michael brings over 23 years of technology and entrepreneurial experience to
Art.com, Inc., with prior work in pre-Internet online gaming communities and
Michael received a B.A. degree with honors in Political Science from the
University of California, Berkeley. Heinstein also has an M.A. degree from the
University of Illinois (Chicago) in Clinical Psychology, where he practiced as
a clinical psychologist and conducted research on the impact of communities on
pro-social behavior and mental health.
Risa Stack joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2003. Risa
specializes in the development of life science companies. She was the
founding CEO and is currently a board member of several companies
including CardioDx, Nodality, and an incubation in the personalized
medicine area. She is a board observer at Codon Devices, Xdx, Orexigen
(OREX), Tethys, and Pacific Biosciences.
to joining KPCB, Risa was a Principal at J.P. Morgan Partners in the
life science practice for 6 years. While at J.P. Morgan Partners she
sponsored a series of investments including Acurian, AlgoRx (now
Anesiva), Connetics, Diatide, Ilex Oncology, Illumina, Praecis
Pharmaceuticals and Triangle Pharmaceuticals.
Prior to working
in the venture capital industry, Risa worked as a Derivative Specialist
on the Chicago Board of Trade where she traded futures and options on
government securities. As an intern at ARCH Development Corporation she
participated in the development of several companies based on the
research of University of Chicago scientists. At Abbott Laboratories,
Risa worked to develop a new Hepatitis C assay system and researched
new procedures for evaluating patient samples for HIV and Hepatitis B.
received her B.S. in Genetics and Development with distinction from the
University of Illinois and her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University
of Chicago. She was also a member of the second class of Kauffman
Risa was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2004.
Roy J. Bostock is an American businessman who had served as chairman of Yahoo! Inc. from January 2008 until May of 2012. He also serves on the boards of directors of Morgan Stanley and Delta Air Lines. From 2000 to 2001 he served as chairman of the advertising firm BCom3 Group, Inc. He is the chairman of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and a former trustee of Duke University.
Bostock is a 1962 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke, where he was an English Literature major and a member of the varsity baseball and football teams. Bostock also received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bostock joined Benton & Bowles in 1964. Following the merger and subsequent creation of D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in 1985, Bostock served as President of the combined company. From 1990 to 1996, he served as Chairman and CEO of the company. He also served was Chairman and CEO of the McManus Group from from 1996 to 2000 and Chairman of B/Com3 from 2000 to 2002.
On 6 September 2011 Bostock fired Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz by telephone after stormy weather prevented their scheduled face-to-face meeting. Third Point LLC, which has a 5.2% in Yahoo, called for Bostock's resignation along with the rest
Dave joined the firm in May 1997. Prior to joining Benchmark, Dave
founded Ramsey/Beirne Associates, the leader in senior management,
high-impact search for information technology companies. In his more
than 10 years at Ramsey/Beirne, Dave was CEO of the firm and developed
a nationwide reputation for recruiting high-profile executives.
Investments: 1-800-Flowers, Inc.(FLWS), Blazent, Galyan's Trading Company (GLYN), Kana (KANA), NorthStar, Securify, Vivecon, Vontu and Webvan.
Education: BS from Bryant College, 1985.
Dan Warmenhoven is the chief executive officer of Network Appliance,
Inc., a leader in enterprise data management and open networked storage
solutions. Under Warmenhoven's leadership, Network Appliance has grown
to become a multi-billion dollar company and is now recognized as a
market leader in networked storage—a concept the company pioneered.
joined NetApp in October 1994 and led the company's initial public
offering in November 1995. Today, NetApp has over 6,000 employees
worldwide, with distribution channels in over 120 countries. NetApp is
included in both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 indices and has been
ranked as one of FORTUNE magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work for in
America for the past five years. In 2007, NetApp also ranked as one of
FORTUNE magazine's Most Admired Companies and was included on the "400
Best Big Companies in America" list by Forbes magazine.
will receive an honorary degree from Santa Clara University in June,
2007 for his dedication to global business and technology leadership.
In 2006, Warmenhoven was named one of the 50 Most Powerful People in
Networking by Network World. In 2004, he also won the prestigious
National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and in 2001
BusinessWeek named Warmenhoven as one of its Top 25 Managers for the
Previously, Warmenhoven served as chairman, president, and
CEO of Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T.), a telecommunications
manufacturer. He is a veteran of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), where he
held senior management positions including General Manager of the
Information Networks Group. Prior to HP, Warmenhoven was a 13-year
veteran of IBM Corporation.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from Princeton University.
Vivek brings twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur,
business manager, and R&D leader in a number of network computing
and systems companies. He has also been an active investor and advisor
to startups in the areas of infrastructure software, networking,
security, storage, and wireless.
Prior to joining August Capital, Vivek co-founded Cobalt Networks
in 1996. As CTO & VP of Product Development, Vivek developed the
first successful server appliance and grew Cobalt into a worldwide
leader in the category, culminating in a successful IPO and acquisition
by Sun Microsystems for $2B. At Sun, Vivek served as the Vice President
and General Manager of the Cobalt Business Unit and a member of Sun's
Technical Architecture Counsel.
Prior to founding Cobalt, Vivek held a number of technical and
management positions at Apple, SGI, and Digital Equipment Corporation
and successfully developed numerous products including Internet enabled
set-top boxes, PDAs, RISC workstations, and high performance graphics
Vivek received a BS in Electronics from Punjab University,
India, and an MS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. He
is the holder of one US patent.
Vivek serves on the Board of Directors of Encentuate, NeoPath
Networks, PulseCore, and Reconnex, and previously sat on the board of
Iridigm (acquired by Qualcomm-QCOM). Prior to joining August Capital,
Vivek served on the board of Net6 (acquired by Citrix-CTXS), was an
advisor to Perfigo (acquired by Cisco-CSCO), and an early investor in
NetFish (acquired by Iona-IONA) and Octane Software (acquired by
Arthur works with start-up entrepreneurial teams in Software and
Services. As the lead investor he has helped management teams develop
their companies into market defining leaders. IPO's of such companies
include: Actuate, (Reporting); iPass, (Roaming); MetroPCS, (Cellular Carrier); Portal Software, (Internet Billing); UUnet/MCI-WorldCom, (ISP); and Veritas, (Storage). He has also been a Director and Investor in many other public information technology Companies.
He is currently on the Boards of several private companies including: Aptana (Open Source Web 2.0 Infrastructure); Arcot Systems (Authentication); Centrify (AD Based Identity Management); Coremetrics (Marketing Spend Optimization); Integral Development (FX Trading Systems); Iron Planet (Heavy Equipment Online MarketPlace); NewlineNoosh (Print BPM); Rapt (Media Inventory Optimization). Recent private exits include Savi Technology (RFID based Supply Chain Management) sold to Lockheed Martin, and Counterpane (Security Monitoring and Response) sold to BT.
Prior to co-founding Accel Partners, Arthur was General Partner of
Adler & Company. He started in venture capital at Citicorp Venture
Capital. At Citicorp, he also managed a fund of publicly traded
equities and was on the Equity Committee of Citicorp's Investment
Management Group. Previously, Arthur worked in Washington for the
International office of the U.S. Treasury Department - International
Monetary, Trade and Development Policy.
Arthur served as the President of the Western Association of
Venture Capitalists and a Director of the National Venture Capital
Association. He received an AB and an MBA from Harvard.
Arthur lives in San Francisco with his wife, Louise Muhlfeld, and
their four still almost perfect children ages 14, 12, 10, and 6.
David Krall is president and chief executive officer of Avid
Technology, Inc. He joined Digidesign, a division of Avid, in 1995 and
became COO of that division in 1998. The following year, Krall was
named president of Avid, and in April 2000 he was promoted to CEO.
Krall's direction, Avid has revitalized its video postproduction
product line, grown its audio division through product development and
acquisitions, and expanded its broadcast business to become the global
leader in end-to-end news production solutions. These initiatives have
enabled Avid to achieve new records in revenue and net income over the
past five years.
As Avid has solidified its lead in the
professional media industries, Krall has also led the company's
expansion into the consumer video and audio markets through the
acquisitions of Pinnacle Systems and M-Audio. Today, Avid's diverse
portfolio of offerings supports the full spectrum of digital content
creation, from the beginner to the Oscar-winning professional.
holds bachelor of science and master of electrical engineering degrees
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master of
business administration degree, with distinction, from the Harvard
With a track record of five successful startups in the past 12 years,
Andy Palmer specializes in founding and accelerating the growth of
early-stage companies. In early 2005, Palmer partnered with Dr.
Stonebraker to found Vertica®. Prior to co-founding Vertica, Palmer
served as the senior vice president of operations at Infinity
Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ : INFI) , where he was a member of the initial
startup team. At Infinity, he was responsible for information
technology, informatics, operations, finance, human resources, and
organizational development as the company raised over $140 million in
financing, grew to more than 100 employees, and put its first compound
into the clinic for the treatment of cancer. Prior to joining Infinity,
as a member of the startup team and vice president of sales and
marketing at Bowstreet, Palmer led the creation and execution of all
early sales, marketing, and professional services initiatives as the
company grew from 3 employees to more than 300 employees. Before
joining Bowstreet, Palmer was the first vice president of marketing at
pcOrder.com (NASDAQ: PCOR), where he was directly responsible for
dramatic revenue growth and rapid customer acquisition in preparation
for a successful initial public offering as the company grew from 5
employees to more than 250 employees. Prior to joining pcOrder, Palmer
served as marketing director for pcOrder's parent company, Trilogy
Palmer earned an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
College and bachelor's degrees in English, history, and computer
science from Bowdoin College.
Douglas A. Levin (Doug Levin) is an American businessman best known as the founder and former chief executive officer of Black Duck Software for the company's first eight years. Currently, Levin is the co-founder and CEO of Quant5, Inc., a predictive analytics company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Levin also serves on the Board of Directors for the MassVentures, and actively works as an early stage advisor to Boston-area startup companies, including Hubspot and Visible Measures
Levin holds four software patents in the areas of software algorithm examination and license dependencies.
Levin began his career as a product evangelist on the Microsoft Excel for Windows version 1.0 team for Microsoft Corporation, where he worked from August 1987 to May 1995. He then served as CEO of MessageMachines (acquired by NMS Communications in 2002) and X-Collaboration Software Corporation (acquired by Progress Software in 2000), two VC-backed companies based in Boston.
Alongside Marc Krellenstein, Levin helped found and fund Lucid Imagination from 2007-2009. Subsequently, he served on the company’s first boards of directors and advisors when it was located in Needham, MA. Today, the company is
Kingsland is a founding member of the Granite Ventures team and has
focused his investments in communications and components technologies
since the firm's inception. He joined Granite from Hambrecht &
Quist's Venture Capital department.
brings extensive experience working with emerging growth companies to
the Granite team. Over Sam's thirteen-year career in the venture
business, he has worked with more than 60 venture-backed companies and
on more than 110 financings. Although Sam has focused on the
communications sector for the past decade, during his career he has
worked with early-stage companies in the software, bio-tech,
healthcare, and consumer markets. Sam is the team leader managing
Granite's relationship with Texas Instruments.
led Granite’s investments in DigitalThink (acquired by Convergys),
NetBoost (acquired by Intel), Nexabit Networks (acquired by Lucent),
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) and SnapTrack (acquired by Qualcomm). He
currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Fulcrum Microsystems,
Navini Networks, NetEffect, Top Layer Networks and Zeugma Systems.
Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno (born 15 May 1948 and originally christened Brian Peter George Eno), professionally known as Brian Eno or simply as Eno ( /ˈiːnoʊ/), is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.
Eno was a student of Roy Ascott on his Groundcourse at Ipswich Civic College. He then studied at Colchester Institute art school in Essex, England, taking inspiration from minimalist painting. During his time on the art course at the Institute, he also gained experience in playing and making music through teaching sessions held in the adjacent music school.
He joined the band Roxy Music as keyboard and synthesiser player in the early 1970s. Roxy Music's success in the glam rock scene came quickly, but Eno soon tired of touring and of conflicts with lead singer Bryan Ferry.
Eno's solo music has explored more experimental musical styles and ambient music. It has also been extremely influential, pioneering ambient and generative music, innovating production techniques, and emphasising "theory over practice". He also introduced the concept of chance music to popular
Steve Bennett joined Intuit in January 2000 as the company's
president and chief executive officer. Since then, Bennett has combined
the company's historic innovative and customer-driven expertise with
strategic and operational rigor.
As a result, Intuit revenue grew to more than $2.3 billion in fiscal
2006 from less than $1 billion in fiscal 2000. In addition, operating
margins expanded to nearly 28 percent in fiscal 2006 from 17.5 percent
in 2000, while operating profits grew to $654 million compared to $172
million over the same period.
Intuit has grown under Bennett’s leadership by pursuing a
straightforward strategy: Be in growth businesses, high-profit
businesses and attractive new markets with large unmet or underserved
needs Intuit can solve well. This strategy has led the company’s
expansion into new areas that serve larger and more complex businesses,
creating solutions that go beyond accounting and tax preparation. This
includes Intuit’s emerging presence in online banking and health care,
complementing its portfolio of flagship brands – QuickBooks, TurboTax
and Quicken software, leaders in the small business, consumer tax
preparation and personal finance management fields.
Since Bennett’s arrival, Intuit has strengthened its legacy of
customer-driven innovation. It has developed an array of “Right for Me”
products and services that solve important problems and make it easier
for customers to solve nagging, everyday problems.
At the same time, Bennett has led the transformation of Intuit’s
culture. He has instilled a “True North” mindset, where all employees
consistently work to deliver best-we-can-be results for employees,
shareholders and customers in the short- and long-term. His focus on
increasing employee engagement and creating a high-performing
organization has led Intuit to being named to Fortune Magazine’s “Best
Companies to Work For” list for six consecutive years and Most Admired
Software Company for three years running.
Bennett joined Intuit from General Electric Co., where he managed
complex and diverse organizations – from consumer appliances to
financial services – during a 23-year career. He served as an executive
vice president and member of the office of the CEO at GE Capital, the
financial services subsidiary of GE. In this position, he oversaw a
portfolio of five different companies with more than 20,000 employees.
Prior to this appointment, Bennett was president and chief executive
officer of GE Capital e-Business. He was also president and chief
executive officer of GE Capital Vendor Financial Services, a global
leader in providing sales financing for manufacturers and distributors.
Bennett is a member of the board of
directors of Sun Microsystems, and graduated from the University of
Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate.
Vladimir joined NEA in 2005. He focuses on investments in
information technology, including software, communications and
technology-enabled services. Currently he is on the Board of Directors
of Compiere and Pentaho and serves as an advisor to Sugar CRM. Since
starting his venture career with Robertson Stephens Venture Capital in
1996, Vladimir was involved in investments in over 20 companies,
including Cendura (acquired by Computer Associates), CenterRun
(acquired by Sun), Equinix (NASDAQ EQIX), IMLogic (acquired by
Symantec), Metapath (acquired by Marconi), OnDisplay (acquired by
Vignette), Saba Software (NASDAQ SABA). Previous board memberships
include, among others, AmberPoint and NewScale. Before joining NEA,
Vladimir was a Managing Director at Crosslink Capital, a fund
established after a management buyout from Robertson Stephens.
Previously, he was a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Company in
San Francisco and Milan, Italy. Prior to that, Vladimir worked at Intel
and Ingres. Vladimir received his MBA from Harvard Business School and
a BS in Computer Science from the University of San Francisco.
Allen Morgan's principal focus is on two major investment areas: enterprise software applications and infrastructure, particularly innovative solutions that enhance knowledge-worker productivity, as well as on start-ups in the area of consumer internet services, interactive entertainment, online advertising and new media.
Allen's investments include BlackArrow, DECA, Electric Cloud, Jobster, Pluck, Slide, Snap, Tagged and Zenprise. Allen's notable investments include Beatnik, Jotspot (acquired by Google), PlanetOut, Serious Magic (acquired by Adobe) and Varsity Group.
Allen has spent 25 years counseling entrepreneurs throughout the startup process, first as a well-known Silicon Valley lawyer and, since 1999, as a managing director at Mayfield.
Prior to joining Mayfield, Allen was a partner with two renowned Silicon Valley law firms, Latham & Watkins and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. In his career, he has closed more than 750 venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other public offerings.
Allen earned an undergraduate degree (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Dartmouth College, a second bachelor's degree and master's degree from Oxford University (Christ Church) and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
He is an eclectic reader of everything from economics, history and other social sciences to philosophy, counting The Success of Open Source, Everything Bad is Good for You and The Substance of Style as recent books he has enjoyed.
Dr. Sherwani brings over 19 years of experience
in technical engineering and general management to his position as
President and CEO of Open-Silicon. Prior to co-founding Open-Silicon,
Dr. Sherwani was the founder and General Manager of Intel
Microelectronics Services where he led efforts to promote the use of
disciplined ASIC methodologies to improve design efficiency and
Naveed co-architected the Intel microprocessor design methodology
and environment that has been used in various leading microprocessors.
Prior to joining Intel, he worked as a consultant for various
telecommunications and computer companies, mainly focusing on ASIC
design flow and cell library design to improve time-to-market. He also
served as a Professor at Western Michigan University, where his
research concentrated on VLSI Physical Design Automation,
combinatorics, and graph algorithms.
Dr. Sherwani is the author of the main textbook on Physical Design,
which is widely used at major universities around the world. In
addition, he has authored or co-authored 3 books and over 100 articles
on various aspects of Physical Design Automation and ASICs.
In last 15 years, he has been a frequent speaker at DAC, ICCAD,
International Conference on VLSI and other major conferences around the
Dr. Sherwani received his Ph.D from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Wilmot Reed Hastings, Jr. (born October 8, 1960) is an entrepreneur and education philanthropist. He is the CEO of Netflix, and on the boards of Microsoft, Facebook, and numerous non-profit organizations.
Hastings was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from high school in 1978 from the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His father was a lawyer who once served in the Nixon administration, serving as general counsel in the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. After high school, he spent a year selling Rainbow vacuum cleaners door to door.
Hastings majored in mathematics at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and won its mathematics department's Smyth Prize in 1981, and its Hammond Prize in 1983. Hastings received his bachelor's degree from the college in 1983.
Hastings entered Marine Corps officer training through their Platoon Leader Class and spent the summer of 1981 in Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia. "I found myself questioning how we packed our backpacks and how we made our beds," said Hastings. "My questioning wasn’t particularly encouraged, and I realized I might be better off in the Peace Corps. I
As President and CEO of Kineto Wireless, Rick Gilbert is responsible for setting the
company's strategic direction and overseeing its rapid growth as the
key innovator and leading supplier of UMA technology, the 3GPP standard
for fixed-mobile convergence. Mr. Gilbert brings to Kineto a
distinguished track record in leading high-growth public and private
technology companies. Prior to joining Kineto, Mr. Gilbert was the
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Copper Mountain Networks, a
leading provider of broadband access products to ILECs, CLECs, IOCs,
IXCs, PTTs, and other facilities-based network providers worldwide.
Under Mr. Gilbert's leadership, Copper Mountain achieved nearly $500
million in aggregate sales and was one of the most successful initial
public offerings of 1999. Prior to Copper Mountain, Mr. Gilbert was the
President of ADC Kentrox, one of the fastest growing and most
profitable divisions of ADC Telecommunications. Additionally, Mr.
Gilbert has held numerous senior management positions with companies
that include Make Systems, Vitalink Communications Corporation, and IBM
Corporation. Mr. Gilbert's educational background includes a MS degree
in Computer Science from Stanford University and a BS degree in
Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Donald T. "Don" Valentine is an influential venture capitalist who concentrates mainly on technology companies in the United States. He has been called the "grandfather of Silicon Valley venture capital". The Computer History Museum credited him as playing "a key role in the formation of a number of industries such as semiconductors, personal computers, personal computer software, digital entertainment and networking."
After graduating with a B.A. from Fordham University, he began his technology career in the 1950s and was a founder of National Semiconductor, as well as being a senior sales and marketing executive for Fairchild Semiconductor.
In 1972, he founded venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, and in that role was one of the original investors of Apple Computer, Atari, LSI Logic, Oracle Corporation, Cisco, Electronic Arts, Google, YouTube and many other companies.
Valentine is a former Chairman of NetApp and Traiana. He has, over decades, served on the boards of many other technology companies including Apple, Atari, C-Cube, Cisco Systems, Electronic Arts, Linear Technology, LSI Logic, Microchip Technology, NetApp, Oracle, PMC-Sierra. Valentine was featured in the documentary
Wes joined ATV in 1999 and concentrates on investments in the internet infrastructure and data networking markets. Since January 2000, Mr. Raffel has been a Managing Director of Advanced Technology Ventures. His representative investments include Apprion, Calisolar, CaseCentral, Omneon Video Networks, NeoScale, Redline Networks (acquired by Juniper Networks NASDAQ: JNPR), and Sub-One Technology. Wes Raffel has served as a member of the Omneon board of directors since November 2002.
Prior to ATV, Wes served as Vice President of Sales and General Manager at Informix Software where he was last responsible for the Company's Web and e-commerce business. He held positions as acting CEO and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AssureNet Pathways, which was acquired by Axent Technologies. He also was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Global Village Communications, where he grew revenue from zero to over $100 million in three years. Wes spent nearly 10 years of his career with 3Com in various sales and marketing roles, lastly driving the rapid growth of its non-European international business as the Vice President of Intercontinental Operations.
He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A., Cum Laude, from Harvard College.
Aneel Bhusri is Workday's co-founder and President, responsible for the company's overall strategy and day-to-day operations. He joined Greylock in 1999 from PeopleSoft, where from 1999 to 2004, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board at
PeopleSoft. From 1993 to 1999, Aneel held a number of senior leadership
positions at PeopleSoft, including senior vice president in charge of
product strategy, business development, and marketing.
At PeopleSoft, he was responsible for developing and guiding all
product strategy, corporate and product marketing. He also led the
company's business development efforts in key areas such as new product
development, vertical market initiatives and corporate expansion. Prior
to PeopleSoft, Aneel held positions in both venture capital and
He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor of science
and arts in electrical engineering and economics from Brown University.
Aneel currently serves on the Boards of Cape Clear, Data Domain, Symphoniq, Data Robotics, and Workday. In addition to PeopleSoft, Aneel formerly served on the boards of PolyServe (Acquired by HP), Corio (acquired by IBM), Outlooksoft (acquired by SAP), Marimba (acquired by BMC Software), Perfigo (acquired by Cisco), SeeBeyond, (acquired by Sun Microsystems) and Vantive (acquired by PeopleSoft). Aneel also represented Greylock's investment in Unicru (acquired by Kronos).
William Nelson Joy (born November 8, 1954), commonly known as Bill Joy, is an American computer scientist. Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Andy Bechtolsheim, and served as chief scientist at the company until 2003. He is widely known for having written the essay "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us", where he expresses deep concerns over the development of modern technologies. He played an integral role in the early development of BSD UNIX while a graduate student at Berkeley, and he is the original author of the vi text editor.
Joy was born in the Detroit suburb Farmington Hills, Michigan to William Joy, a school vice-principal and counselor, and Ruth Joy. Joy received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979. Joy's graduate advisor was Bob Fabry.
As a UC Berkeley graduate student, Joy worked for Fabry's Computer Systems Research Group CSRG in managing the BSD support and rollout where many claim he was largely responsible for managing the authorship of BSD UNIX, from which
Aaref brings extensive technology, entrepreneurial management, and Fortune
500 consulting expertise to his position. Prior to Clearwell, he was
Co-Founder, President and CEO of CenterRun, which he led from inception
in 2000 to its acquisition by Sun Microsystems in August 2003. CenterRun
was a leading provider of application provisioning software and today
forms the basis of Sun's data center automation product suite.
Prior to co-founding CenterRun, he worked in corporate and business
development at Excite@Home Networks, which at that time was one of the
largest internet companies. He joined Excite@Home from The Boston Consulting
Group (BCG), a global management consulting company. At BCG, Aaref led
projects advising Fortune 500 companies on a variety of sales, marketing
and product development issues, with particular focus in the software
and telecommunications industries.
Aaref earned an MBA from Harvard Business School with high distinction
as a Baker Scholar. He holds a BA Honor’s degree from Oxford University,
and a Master’s degree from McGill University, where he was awarded
the Arthur Tagge Fellowship.
To learn more about Aaref and his thoughts about eDiscovery and Email Intelligence, visit his blog at http://clearwellsystems.blogspot.com/.
Aart J. de Geus is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Synopsys, Inc..
| From the Synopsys website... since co-founding Synopsys in 1986, Dr. Aart de Geus has expanded Synopsys from a start-up synthesis enterprise to a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA). As a technology visionary, he is frequently asked to speak on topics related to the electronics industry. As one of the leading experts on logic simulation and logic synthesis, Dr. de Geus was made a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in January 1999. He was also honored for pioneering the commercial logic synthesis market by being named the third recipient ever to receive the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Industrial Pioneer Award.
In 2002, shortly after transacting the largest merger in EDA history, Dr. de Geus was named CEO of the Year by Electronic Business magazine; and in 2004, Entrepreneur of the Year in IT for Northern California by Ernst & Young. In November 2005, Electronic Business magazine chose Dr. de Geus as one of ￢ﾀﾜ|The 10 Most Influential Executives.￢ﾀﾝ
Dr. de Geus is known to readily take to the stage to play jazz piano and blues guitar with his
Michael is an 'as true as the Queen of England' Englishman. So true that he left because it's easier to be really English when you're not in England.
Michael moved to California expecting glorious sunshine and felt cheated when he discoverd that San Francisco has more fog than a Dickens novel.
When he's not moaning about how cold the beer is in the US Michael can be found cranking away at the code and trying to work out what a CEO is meant to do.
Michael is married to Xochi Birch. Together with Michael's brother Paul they founded BirthdayAlarm.com many moons ago (actually 4 years ago), they also founded 2 children together (without Paul's help). Bebo was given birth to in January 2005 with a major relaunch in July 2005.
So where did Michael and Xochi meet? At University of course, in Southside Bar, Imperial College, London.
Michael's biggest dream is to raise enough money to build an Atlantic Tunnel since the English Channel Tunnel was such a blinding success. Donations gratefully accepted.
Piyush Gupta has a proven record of delivering
enterprise software to the marketplace over the last 20 years. Prior to
Exeros, Piyush Gupta was founder and CEO of Promeria Software, a venture
funded supplier of eSourcing software for the procurement of direct
materials, sold to Ariba during 2004. Prior to catching the
entrepreneurial bug in 1999, Piyush Gupta was a Vice-President at Informix
Software where he managed a software organization of 200 people with
cradle to grave responsibility for several product areas including
database servers, middleware and systems management. Prior to that, he held various technical and management positions at the IBM
Corporation. He was responsible for delivering IBM's pioneering
enterprise information integration (EII) product, DataJoiner, to the
market in 1995. Piyush Gupta started his IBM career at the Thomas J.
Watson Research Center. Early in his career, he spent three years
developing real-time software at Schlumberger. Mr. Gupta holds a
Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from The Indian Institute of
Technology-Kanpur, a Masters in Computer Science from The University of
Texas-Austin and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
John joined NEA in 1989 and became a General Partner of NEA in 1993 and became a Special Partner in October 2000. He focuses on a wide range of high-technology companies with an emphasis on healthcare services, information systems and medical devices. Current board memberships include Acclarent, Apnex, CVRx, Davita Corporation, Denali, Evalve Corporation, Exploramed III, NC3, NeoTract, Prospex Medical, TargetRx, and Vibrynt. His prior board memberships include among others, Bridge Medical (acquired by Amerisource Bergen), Celeris Corporation (assets sold), EndoMatrix (acquired by C.R. Bard), Integrated Telecom (acquired by PMC Sierra), IRIDEX Corporation, Optical Sensors, Primax Recoveries, Proxima Therapeutics (acquired by CYTEC Corporation) , Surgical Health (acquired by HealthSouth), TELOGY Networks(acquired by Texas Instruments), TransVascular (acquired by Medtronic) and Vivra (acquired by Gambro ab). Prior to joining NEA in 1989, John was a Managing Director of Alex. Brown & Sons with primary responsibility for developing the firm's healthcare research, investment banking and capital markets businesses. John also serves since 1989 as the Managing General Partner of Catalyst Ventures. John is also Chairman of the Baltimore School for the Arts. He received his BA from the University of Michigan.
Vinod Khosla (Gurmukhi- ਵਿਨੋਦ ਖੋਸਲਾ) (born 28 January 1955) is an Indian-born American businessman and venture capitalist. Khosla was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems, where he served as its first CEO and Chairman in the early 1980s. In 1986, he became a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he remained through the early 2000s. In 2004 Khosla formed his own firm, Khosla Ventures, which focused on venture investments in various technology sectors, most notably clean technology.
He is a strong supporter of clean technology and said "If it doesn't scale, it doesn't matter. Most of what we talk about today—hybrid, biodiesel, ethanol, solar photovoltaics, geothermal—I believe are irrelevant to the scale of the problem."
Khosla's father was an officer in the Indian Army and was posted at New Delhi, India. He read about the founding of Intel in Electronic Engineering Times at the age of fourteen and this inspired him to pursue technology as a career.
Khosla went on to receive degrees from the IIT Delhi, India (Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering), Carnegie Mellon University (Masters in Biomedical Engineering), and
Marc Russell Benioff (born September 25, 1964) is the founder, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, a cloud computing company.
Benioff started salesforce.com in March 1999 in a rented San Francisco apartment and defined its mission as The End of Software®. He is “credited with turning the software industry on its head” by using the Internet to “revamp the way software programs are designed and distributed.” He has long evangelized software as a service as the model that would replace traditional enterprise software. He is the creator of the term “platform as a service” and has extended salesforce.com’s reach by allowing customers to build their own applications on the company’s architecture, or in the salesforce.com “cloud”. He is the author of three books, including the national best seller Behind the Cloud.
Prior to founding salesforce.com, Benioff was at Oracle Corporation for 13 years in a variety of executive positions in sales, marketing, and product development. At 23, he was named Oracle's Rookie of the Year and three years later he was promoted to vice president, the company's youngest person to hold that title. Before joining Oracle, Benioff worked as an assembly language
Mr. Crowley became president and CEO of Amicus in January 2005, having
served as a director since 2004. Previously he was founding president
and CEO of Orexigen Therapeutics. Preceding Orexigen, Mr. Crowley was
senior vice president at Genzyme Therapeutics, a position he assumed
after overseeing the sale of Novazyme Pharmaceuticals to Genzyme in
September 2001. Mr. Crowley was the founding president and CEO of
Novazyme that was developing a novel treatment for Pompe disease. He
previously served in several senior management roles with the
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS), including director of the Executive
Committee for the U.S. Medicines Group, director of Business Strategy
for the U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group, and director of U.S. Area Marketing
for the Neuroscience and Infectious Disease Division. Preceding his
experience at BMS, Mr. Crowley worked as a business strategy consultant
for Marakon Associates. Mr. Crowley began his professional career as a
litigation associate in the Health Care Practice Group of the
Indianapolis-based law firm of Bingham, Summers, Welsh & Spilman.
Crowley is involved with several charitable and community
organizations, including serving as president of the National Tay-Sachs
and Allied Diseases Association. He is also on the Research Advisory
Board of the national Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Board of
Directors of St. Peter's University Hospital. Mr. Crowley's involvement
with biotechnology stems from the 1998 diagnosis of two of his children
with Pompe disease - a fatal neuromuscular disorder. Mr. Crowley and
his family have been featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal
and on The Today Show, CNBC and The Paula Zahn Show.
Mr. Crowley is a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve (active).
Crowley earned his B.S. degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown
University's School of Foreign Service, his J.D. from the University of
Notre Dame Law School and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Paul Ferri, a venture capitalist for more than 30 years, was
the founding partner of Matrix Partners in 1982. Prior to
Matrix, he founded Hellman Ferri Investment Associates (1977
to 1982) and was a general partner of WestVen Management (1970
The family of Matrix Partnerships has achieved industry record-setting
returns over the last decade. In 2003, Ferri was inducted
into the Private Equity Hall of Fame, citing his work "in
founding and helping to build Matrix Partners into one of
the most successful venture firms in the industry." In
February 2001, Forbes magazine selected Ferri as one of the
Top 20 Venture Investors of all time and the "Best VC
in Boston." Also, in 2001, Ferri received the Massachusetts
Telecommunications Council Award for "Venture Capitalist
of the Year."
Paul serves or previously served on the Boards of Directors
of Airvana, Applix, ArrowPoint Communications, Ascend Communications,
Atria Software, Aylus Networks, Banctec, Bytex, Cascade Communications,
Codex Corporation, Empirix, Paradyne, Redstone Communications,
Sonus Networks, Stratus Computer, Sycamore Networks, veveo.tv,
VideoServer, Winphoria Networks, Xyplex and numerous other
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from
Columbia University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and a Bachelor
of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University.
Philip Rosedale (born September 29, 1968) is an American entrepreneur, best known as the creator of the virtual world Second Life. His Second Life avatar name (username) is Philip Linden.
In 2008 Rosedale was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Linden Lab’s creation of the Second Life online world.
Rosedale took an interest in computers, technology, and virtual reality from an early age. He started his own company selling database systems to small businesses at 17, used the proceeds to fund his college education and ultimately earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from the University of California at San Diego.
In 1995, Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product (called "FreeVue"), which was later acquired by RealNetworks, where (in 1996) he went on to become Vice President and chief technology officer. A year later Rosedale left RealNetworks and founded Linden Lab, named after a street in Hayes Valley (a neighborhood in San Francisco). With the creation of Second Life, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of creating an Internet-scale virtual world. In 2006, he and Linden Lab received WIRED's Rave Award for Innovation in
Ravi joined NEA in February 2004 as a Principal and became a Partner in December 2004. He focuses on information technology investments with special emphasis in hardware, energy, wireless, and growth equity investments. Ravi is on the board of Availink, ISGN Technologies, Jentro Technologies, Liquidia, and ViXS and works closely with ProtoStar, Tele Atlas, GlobalLogic and our energy portfolio companies.
Prior to joining NEA, Ravi worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was co-head of the technology practice in their private equity group and led direct, fund, and secondary investments in the areas of information technology and life sciences. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ravi worked for McKinsey & Company and advised clients in the software, communications, and pharmaceutical sectors on strategy, acquisitions and new business building. Previously, Ravi worked for Raychem Corporation in the Corporate Technology Division where he focused on research and product development in semiconductors, liquid crystals, and other materials systems.
Ravi received a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he focused his research on materials science applications in molecular electronics, biomaterials, and nanotechnology. Prior to graduate school, Ravi received a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Reid Garrett Hoffman (born August 5, 1967) is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. Hoffman is best known as the co-founder of LinkedIn, a social network used primarily for business connections and job searching.
Hoffman was born in Stanford, California, the son of Deanna Ruth Rutter and William Parker Hoffman, Jr., and grew up in Berkeley, California. His paternal great-great-great-grandfather was Presbyterian minister and Indiana University president pro tempore Theophilus Adam Wylie. He attended high school at The Putney School. He graduated from Stanford University in 1990 (where he won both a Marshall Scholarship and a Dinkelspiel Award) with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and Cognitive Science. He went on to earn an M.A. in philosophy from Oxford University in 1993.
Hoffman says he saw academia as an opportunity to make an "impact", but later realized that an entrepreneurial career would provide him with a bigger platform. "When I graduated from Stanford my plan was to become a professor and public intellectual. That is not about quoting Kant. It's about holding up a lens to society and asking 'who are we?' and 'who should we be, as individuals and a society?'
In addition to serving as a venture partner at Benchmark, Rich is Chairman
and CEO of Zillow Inc.,
an online real estate service dedicated to providing home buyers and sellers
with valuable tools and information.
Prior to Zillow, Rich
founded Expedia within
Microsoft. In 1999,
he led the spin-off of Expedia from Microsoft and served as the company’s
president and CEO until March, 2003, by which time Expedia had grown to
become the world’s largest online travel retailer.
Prior to founding Expedia, Rich worked in various product management roles on Windows and MS-DOS at Microsoft.
Board Seats: Rich serves as a director of Avvo
and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX).
Education: Rich holds a BS degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University.
A Cambridge-educated economist, Mr. Evans
has been associated with the Boston-based venture capital firm
Greylock since May 1989. He has been a Greylock general partner since
Greylock, Mr. Evans was president and chief executive officer of Micom
Systems, Inc., a data communications equipment manufacturer, which he
co-founded in 1976.
He is on the board of Picarro, RightNow Technologies, Silver Peak Systems, Vudu Labs and Unipier.
Roger also served on the board of and led Greylock's investment in companies such as Ascend (acquired by Lucent), Argon Networks (acquired by Siemens), Crosscomm (acquired by Olicom), Maker Communications (acquired by Conexant), Openwave, Sahara Networks (acquired by Cascade), Sirocco Systems (acquired by Sycamore), Syndesis (acquired by Subex Azure), Whitetree (acquired by Ascend), Xircom (acquired by Intel), and Zeitnet (acquired by Cabletron).
Dana Mead joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in May 2005 to work in the life sciences practice.For
the past 23 years, Dana's career has focused on identifying new medical
technologies, developing new markets and therapies, and building
world-class management teams. He has worked with physician thought
leaders around the world representing 10 different medical specialties.
At KPCB, Dana leverages experience gained from his venture-funded,
start-up management roles and board participation to support
entrepreneurs and innovators dedicated to making a real difference in
the lives of millions suffering from life-limiting disease.Prior
to joining KPCB, Dana was President of Guidant Vascular Intervention, a
fully integrated billion dollar division with over 4500 employees.
Since joining Guidant in 1992, he held positions of increasing
responsibility including Vice President and General Manager, Cardiac
& Vascular Surgery; Vice President and General Manager, Stents,
Vascular Intervention Group; President, Japan and A/P Operations based
in Tokyo; and Vice President, Corporate Relations and Policy with
responsibility for investor relations, corporate communications,
corporate marketing and public policy initiatives. Prior to joining
Guidant, Dana worked in various sales and marketing roles at Allergan,
Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. A native of Connecticut, Dana received
his Bachelor's degree from Lafayette College and holds an MBA degree
from the University of Southern California. Dana serves on the boards
of the California Healthcare Institute (CHI), the Cardiovascular
Research Foundation (CRF), AesThera, Inc., Corventis, Inc., Sinexus,
Spotlight Surgical, Navigenics, Synvascular, OtisMed Corporation and
Lucille Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH).
As CEO at oDesk, Gary Swart brings more than 15 years of sales,
management, and leadership experience in the enterprise software
market. Most recently Gary was the VP of Worldwide Sales for
Intellibank, responsible for building the direct and indirect sales
organization and channel development. Prior to Intellibank, he was a
Business Unit Executive for IBM's Rational Software Product Group. Gary
was responsible for leading Small and Medium Business sales for the
Americas, including 180 field, technical, and telesales team members.
In this capacity, he had responsibility for $200m in license,
consulting and support revenues.
Gary joined IBM through the acquisition of Rational Software where
he ran Western Field Operations contributing $120M to Rational's $700M
revenues. He also held a number of other senior management positions at
Rational, including Americas Medium Business Leader, Area Manager,
District Manager, and Director of Telesales. Prior to Rational Gary
held a number of sales, management, and leadership positions with Pure
Software, subsequently Pure-Atria, which previously merged with
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
As a Managing Director, of General Catalyst
Partners, Hemant invests in both new and existing technology
businesses. Areas of special interest include technology-intensive,
disruptive software, systems and components in various sectors
including wireless, energy, and consumer-focused businesses.
Hemant is a Board member of Mascoma, 80108 Media (GC co-founded the company), Jumptap (GC co-founded the company), Stion and Sand9 and a board observer for Advanced Electron Beams, and Quickplay Media. Hemant also served on the Board of SiteAdvisor, a General Catalyst investment that was acquired by McAfee (MFE) in April 2006, and a board observer for m-Qube (General Catalyst founded the company) that was acquired by Verisgn (VSGN) in May 2006.
joining General Catalyst in 2002, Hemant was founder, president and CEO
of Isovia, a Boston-based mobile software and applications company that
was acquired by JP Mobile (MOT) in 2001. Earlier in his career, he
worked closely with operations management faculty at MIT to consult to
supply chain executives at Fortune 1000 firms on their global supply
Hemant is the co-founder and president of NEEIC.org,
a non-profit, collaborative organization focused on bringing together
local thought leaders and experts to apply New England innovation
towards solving the world's energy problems. He is a charter member of
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a non-profit organization focused on
helping entrepreneurs. He also is a frequent speaker at
industry-leading wireless events, including the Enterprise Wireless
Forum, DCI and Gartner; and has been a guest lecturer at MIT and
Hemant holds an M.S. in Operations
Research, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a
B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer
Science, and a B.S. in Biology & Biomedical Engineering; all from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
J. Donald deBethizy, Ph.D.President and CEODr.
deBethizy is a co-founder of Targacept, Inc. and has served as
President and Chief Executive Officer, since its spinout from R. J.
Reynolds Tobacco Company in August 2000, and has served as Targacept's
President since its inception in 1997. Previously, Dr. deBethizy held
positions of increasing responsibility at RJR, including Vice President
of Product Evaluation, Research and Development, where he was
responsible for development, regulatory affairs and market introduction
of reduced risk products. At Targacept, Dr. deBethizy played a key
role in development of a portfolio of clinical stage novel small
molecules targeting central nervous system diseases, and in developing
business relationships with AstraZeneca, Aventis, and Dr. Falk Pharma.
Dr. deBethizy led Targacept’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) in April,
2006, raising $45 million; during Targacept's years as a private
company, he was instrumental in raising $123 million in venture capital.
Dr. deBethizy co-authored Innovation That Fits: Moving Beyond the Fads to Choose the Right Innovation Strategy for Your Business
published by Prentice Hall. Dr. deBethizy was recognized by Ernst
& Young as Emerging Company Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 for
his leadership in founding Targacept, and in June of that year,
Targacept was also the subject of a Best Practice case study article in
the Harvard Business Review entitled Spinning Out a Star.Within
the Winston-Salem community, he has served on the board of directors of
the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Idealliance!, Forsyth Technical
Community College Foundation, United Way of Forsyth County, Piedmont
Triad Partnership, and the Board of Visitors of Winston-Salem State
University. He is currently on the advisory board of Piedmont Triad
Entrepreneurs Network (PTEN) and was recently elected to the Emerging
Companies Section Governing Body of the Biotechnology Industry
Organization (BIO). In December, 2006, he joined the Board of Directors
of LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals.
In July, 2002, Dr. deBethizy was
recognized as the "Carolinas Entrepreneur of the Year" by the
professional services firm Ernst and Young.
Kevin Kelly (born 1952) is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog. He has also been a writer, photographer, conservationist, and student of Asian and digital culture.
Kelly was born in Pennsylvania in 1952 August 14 and graduated from Westfield High School, Westfield, New Jersey in 1970. He dropped out of University of Rhode Island after only one year.
Kelly lives in Pacifica, California, a small coastal town just south of San Francisco. He is a devout Christian. He is married and has three children; Tywen, Ting and Kaileen.
Among Kelly's personal involvements is a campaign to make a full inventory of all living species on earth, an effort also known as the Linnaean enterprise. The goal is to make an attempt at an "all species" web-based catalog in one generation (25 years).
He is also sequencing his genome and co-organizes the Bay Area Quantified Self Meetup Group.
Kelly's writings have appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, The Economist and other periodicals —in addition to the books he has authored and the magazines he either edited, founded, or helped to found.
When he was 27 Kevin Kelly was a freelance photo
Peter joined NEA in 1992, became a General Partner in 1993 and Managing General Partner in 1999. Peter specializes in information technology companies. Present board memberships include Boingo Wireless , Broadview Networks, Cyren Call, Hillcrest Labs, InnerWorkings (NASDAQ: INWK), Jobfox, MediaBank, Neutral Tandem, ProtoStar and Vonage (NYSE: VG). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association. Prior board memberships include among others, UUNET Technologies (NASDAQ: UUNT), AMISYS (acquired by HBO), CareerBuilder (NASDAQ: CBDR), Mobius Management Systems (NASDAQ: MOBI), SALIX Technologies (acquired by Tellabs) and Tripod (acquired by Lycos, Inc.). Peter is a member of the Board of Trustees, Northwestern University; Board of Overseers, Tuck School at Dartmouth College; Board of Advisors, Tuck's Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth. Before joining NEA, Peter was President and Chief Operating Officer at LEGENT and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Systems Software Division at UCCEL. He also held various management positions between 1977 and 1985 at General Electric, including Vice President and General Manager at GE Information Services. He received a Masters in Business Administration from Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Shirley Young is president of Shirley Young Associates, LLC, a business
advisory company, and serves as senior advisor to General Motors, China. From 1988 until December
31, 1999, she served as corporate vice president of General Motors Corp. As vice president for
China strategic development and Asia Pacific counselor, Young had key involvement with General
Motors' two-billion-dollar investment in China's auto industry, particularly with Shanghai GM
building Buick cars. Subsequently her responsibilities included operational responsibility for
marketing, distribution, and sales in China. Prior to this, Young served as vice president for
consumer market development at General Motors' headquarters, working across the various marketing
divisions of the company.
Young serves on the board of Teletech Holding, Inc. and salesforce.com. She has served as
director of the Bank of America, Bell Atlantic/Verizon Corporation, Dayton-Hudson/Target
Corporation, Holiday Inn/Promus/Harrah's, and the Bombay Company and as vice chairman of the
nominating committee of the New York Stock Exchange.
Young is Governor and ex-Chairman of the Committee of 100, a national Chinese-American
leadership resource, and serves as chairman of the Committee of 100 Cultural Institute. She serves
on the worldwide board of directors of The Nature Conservancy and on its Asia-Pacific Council. She
is a founding member of the Committee of 200, an international organization of leading
businesswomen. Young was appointed to the President's Commission on Executive Exchange and was a
member of the Business Advisory Council for the U.S. State Department Agency for International
Joe Kennedy was appointed President and CEO for Omneon Video
Networks in June, 2003. He is a seasoned chief executive experienced in
management, operations, sales/marketing, and engineering, with a
special interest in high-technology emerging markets. Over the past
several years, Kennedy has served as founder and CEO of a number of
successful technology companies. In the role of President and CEO for
Omneon, Kennedy is chiefly responsible for setting company direction as
well as managing all day-to-day company operations.
to Omneon, Kennedy held CEO appointments at Pluris Networks, a developer of scalable Internet routers, from June 1999 to March 2002.
Prior to that Mr. Kennedy was the founder and Chief Executive Officer
of Rapid City Communications, developer of routing switch technologies,
from February 1996 until that company was acquired by Bay Networks,
Inc., a provider of networking products, in June 1997, after which time
he served as President and General Manager of Bay Networks’ switching
products division until June 1998. He also held CEO appointments at Hughes LAN Systems (acquired
by Whittaker Corporation) and Phoenix Technology (acquired by Bridge
Communications). Before founding Rapid City, he had founded Phoenix Technology,
a LAN security company, which was sold to Bridge Communications, and was a member
of the founding team at Ungermann-Bass. At each of these companies, he has excelled at
providing market vision and operational leadership directly impacting
revenue growth and profitability. Prior to his CEO positions, Kennedy
was vice president of engineering at Ungermann-Bass and director of
engineering at Zilog.In addition to Omneon, Mr. Kennedy currently serves on the boards of
directors of Adaptec, Inc., a provider of storage solutions, and
several privately-held companies.
Kennedy holds a Masters (cum
laude) degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, both from the University of
California, Berkeley. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and Phi Beta Kappa.
Michael Ralph Stonebraker (born October 11, 1943) is a computer scientist specializing in database research.
Through a series of academic prototypes and commercial startups, Stonebraker's research and products are central to many relational database systems on the market today. He is also the founder of a number of database companies, including Ingres, Illustra, Cohera, StreamBase Systems, Vertica, VoltDB, and Paradigm4. He was previously the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Informix. He is also an editor for the book Readings in Database Systems.
Stonebraker earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1965 and his master's degree and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1967 and 1971, respectively. He has received several awards, including the IEEE John von Neumann Medal and the first SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award. In 1994 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. In 1997 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Michael Stonebraker was a Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, for twenty-nine years, where he developed the Ingres and Postgres relational database systems.
Patrick joined NEA in 2004 and became Partner in 2007. Patrick focuses on venture growth equity, consumer, Internet, and mobile investments. He is a director of Loopt and Realtime Worlds, and is actively involved with 23andMe, Xoom and the firm's venture growth activities. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick helped to grow ZEFER, an Internet services firm (acquired by NEC) to more than $100 million in annual revenues and more than 700 people across six global offices. The company attracted over $100 million in venture capital financing. Prior to ZEFER, Patrick was with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in hardware, software, and services companies. Patrick received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, where he was the only candidate in his year to earn honors at both. He also served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Patrick was one of only nine Canadian citizens to be elected a Commonwealth Scholar to study at Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Science degree and won both class prizes for Best Dissertation and Best Overall Performance. Patrick earned his A.B. degree at Harvard University in Environmental Science. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars.
David Yuan joined Redpoint Ventures in 2005, as a principal and the
head of Redpoint China. David is based in Shanghai and focuses on
investment opportunities and portfolio development. David is a board
member of Cgen Media, China eNet and Leeuu Technology. He has also
been involved in several other investments and is a board observer of
Qihoo and 51.com. David has over twelve years of entrepreneurial and
management experience with a demonstrated track record of starting and
building technology companies both in Silicon Valley and Asia Pacific.
He has developed strong domain expertise in semiconductor,
communication technologies and services.Prior to joining
Redpoint, David co-founded and served as CEO of iTelco Communications,
a technology and solution provider for the next generation of
communication networks. Previously, David was a co-founder of Opentel
Communications, a facility-based international telecom carrier. Prior
to Opentel, David co-founded Genesol Enterprise, one of the first
telecom system integration companies in China. David began his career
with Intel as a design engineer and a product manager in the
microprocessor group.David holds a B.S. in Electrical
Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management,
where he was a Sloan Fellow.
As executive vice president and chief financial officer, Rocky Pimentel directs financial policies and functions of Glu Mobile worldwide. Pimentel joined Glu Mobile from Zone Labs where, as executive vice president and chief financial officer, he oversaw the company's successful negotiation and merger with Check Point Software. Prior to Zone Labs, Pimentel was a partner with Redpoint Ventures, where he managed the firm's operational activities as well as contributing to business development and new investment development. Pimentel's career has also included leadership positions with WebTV Networks (acquired by Microsoft, Nasdaq: MSFT); LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI). Pimentel was a member of the founding management teams of Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX), a NYSE-listed Global 500 developer, and Conner Peripherals, Inc., which was acquired by Seagate in 1996. Pimentel has also held board of director positions with Livingston Communications, where he advised the company's sale to Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) for more than $1 billion; Crossworlds Software, where he assisted in the sale of the company to IBM for approximately $250 million; SoftCom Microsystems, where he advised management in its sale to Intel Corporation (Nasdaq:INTC). In addition to his board of directors positions, Pimentel also sponsored early-stage corporate investments in Brocade Communications (Nasdaq: BRCD) and Siebel Systems (Nasdaq: SEBL) during his business career.
Bruce is a seasoned veteran of venture
capital with more than 15 years experience in high-tech investing.
Prior to Benchmark, Bruce spent six years as a general partner with
Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre (MPAE). Before MPAE, Bruce served
as general manager of the Personal Computer Division of Everex Systems,
which he founded and grew to a multi-hundred million-dollar business
unit. Bruce also worked in investment banking for three years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and as a systems designer and programmer with Andersen Consulting.
Investments: Accept.com (acquired by Amazon.com), Catapulse (acquired by Rational Software), Collabra Software (acquired by Netscape Communications), Encompass (acquired by Yahoo!), Good Technology, Genesys Labs (acquired by Alcatel), Handspring (acquired by palmOne), iCompression (acquired by GlobespanVirata), Kalpana (acquired by Cisco Systems), Matrix Semiconductor, NetXen, Orchestria, Palm Computing (acquired by 3Com), Pure Digital Technologies, Rambus (RMBS), Raza Microelectronics, ServiceSource, SnapTrack (acquired by Qualcomm), Tabula, Unicru and Wink Communications (acquired by Liberty Broadband Interactive).
Industry Associations: Bruce is a former director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists.
from Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1984 where he was an Arjay
Miller Scholar; and a BA from Rice University, 1979.
As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, David invests in both new and existing technology businesses. Areas of special interest include: application software; infrastructure software; open source; IP TV services; as well as software on-demand business models. David is a board member of: Brightcove (Jeremy Allaire and General Catalyst co-founded the company); EZ Prints; Impress Software; Laszlo Systems; Imprivata; OnForce; Ping Identity, rPath and ScanScout; He formerly served on the board of IMlogic, a General Catalyst investment that was acquired by Symantec in February 2006.
Prior to co-founding General Catalyst, David held the positions of President, CEO or Senior VP of Sales, Operations or Marketing for four publicly held companies. Most recently, David led Allaire Corporation from 1997 to 2000 as President, CEO and Board Member. During his tenure, Allaire grew from a venture-backed start up to an $119M public corporation trading on the NASDAQ. The company pioneered the Internet Application Server market with industry leading products such as ColdFusion and JRUN. In January of 2001, Allaire merged with MacroMedia Corporation and continues to be a leading Internet software company.
Prior to his CEO role at Allaire, David held the positions of Senior VP of Sales Operations and Marketing at Frame Technology Corporation, Claris Corporation, and SQA Corporation. Frame Technology and SQA Corporation were venture-backed corporations that successfully completed Initial Public Offerings on the NASDAQ.
Throughout his career, David has been an angel investor, advisor, and board member to several companies, including, Voxeo Corporation, and Firespout Corporation. He earned a B.A. in Business and Accounting from Norwich University of Vermont.
Dr. Baldino founded Cephalon in 1987 and grew it from a privately held
company to the sixth largest publicly traded biotechnology company in
the U.S., with 2005 revenue exceeding $1.2 billion. Cephalon expects
to propel its annual revenue to $2 billion by 2008 with dramatic growth
of its core products combined with new product launches, acquisitions
and industry collaborations.
Dr. Baldino has nearly two decades of scientific experience in
neurobiology, molecular biology and electrophysiology, and has authored
more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature,
Journal of Neuroscience Research and Brain Research. Dr. Baldino
received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Temple University. From
1981-1987, Dr. Baldino served as senior research biologist in the
medical products department at E.I. duPont de Nemours & Company,
where he was responsible for developing research strategies for
identifying novel neuropharmaceutical agents.
Dr. Baldino Chairs the Executive Council of the Harvard Division of
Sleep Medicine, and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Temple
University and The Franklin Institute. In addition, Dr. Baldino serves
as a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia
Chamber of Commerce, the Eastern Technology Council, NicOx, S.A.,
PhRMA, BioAdvance Biotechnology Greenhouse Corp., Biotechnology
Industry Association (BIO), Pharmacopeia Drug Discovery, Inc., Quaker
BioVentures, L.P., Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, and
Acusphere, Inc. He is also a member of the Healthcap Advisors Board and
the Vantage Point Venture Partners Advisory Committee. Dr. Baldino also
holds several adjunct academic appointments, and serves on the
Muhlenberg College Board of Observers.
Kim Karin Polese (born November 13, 1961) is a previous CEO of SpikeSource, and was one of the most prominent Silicon Valley executives during the dot-com era. In 1997, she made Time Magazine's list of "The 25 Most Influential Americans".
She received a BA degree in biophysics in 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley and studied Computer Science at the University of Washington.
Polese is a fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Engineered Innovation.
After a stint at Intellicorp, Ms. Polese spent more than seven years with Sun Microsystems, where she was the original Java product manager who influenced the transition of its internal name of "Oak" to "Java".
After leaving Sun in 1996 she co-founded Marimba, a Java-based business, where she served as CEO until 2000, leading Marimba through its public offering in 1999 and bringing it to profitability. In July 2000, she was replaced as CEO by John Olsen, who in turn was replaced in a year by Rich Wyckoff, who led the sale of Marimba to BMC Software for $239 million in 2004.
Since September 2004 and until recently , Polese has been CEO of SpikeSource, a provider of business-ready open source solutions. The company
Luís Filipe Vieira Ferreira (born 22 June 1949 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese businessman who is currently the chairman of Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
Luís Filipe Vieira was the President of Futebol Clube de Alverca for a couple of years, at a time when the Angolan player Pedro Mantorras was a rising young star at the Alverca side, and Alverca an affiliated satellite football club for parent club Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
On 3 November 2003, Vieira was elected by Benfica's associate members the 34th President of the club, succeeding Manuel Vilarinho. He was committed to bring Benfica back to its European glory.
In the 2004–05 football season, the club won the SuperLiga, with the Italian Giovanni Trapattoni as manager. In the 2005–06 season, he hired Ronald Koeman, a Dutch international and former AFC Ajax coach, as manager. He guided Benfica to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, knocking out the defending champions Liverpool. Under his management, Benfica reached over 160,000 associate members in 2006, and was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest sports club in the world by number of registered paying associates.
The Benfica cycling team was reactivated,
Prior to joining Benchmark, Alex led C-Cube
and DiviCom, two pioneering companies that drove the MPEG standard to
dominance in consumer electronics and broadcasting. Alex founded C-Cube
in 1988. In 1994, he took the company public, and in 1998 he
orchestrated C-Cube’s acquisition of DiviCom. By 2000, C-Cube was
generating a half-billion dollars in annual revenue with 1,200
Widely recognized as industry leaders,
C-Cube and DiviCom were the recipients of several prestigious awards,
including an Emmy—the first ever awarded to a semiconductor company.
C-Cube was also voted the Most Respected Public Company as well as the
Best Financially Managed Company by the Fabless Semiconductor
Association. By the time C-Cube was acquired by LSI Logic in 2001, the company was
generating a half-billion dollars in annual revenue and had 1,200
employees worldwide. C-Cube is now the consumer division of LSI Logic,
and DiviCom represents the largest part of Harmonic.
Alex serves on the Boards of Ambarella, Aspendos,
Decru (acquired by Network
Mu Security, Newport
Alex holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from Harvard University as well as a B.S. from Harvard College.
Bob Lisbonne joined Matrix Partners as a General Partner in our Silicon Valley office
in June 2001. Before Matrix, Lisbonne was a general partner with Crosspoint Venture
Partners. Prior to Crosspoint, Lisbonne was Senior Vice President and General
Manager of Browser Products at Netscape. Before that he was Vice President of Marketing at
Collabra Software, which was acquired in 1995 by Netscape. Previously, Lisbonne was
Director of Integrated Products at Claris and a co-founder of Pacific Coast Software.
Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker specializing in high technology
companies at Goldman Sachs.
Bob attended Stanford University, where he earned MBA, MA, and BA degrees and did
graduate studies in Computer Science.
Bob serves or has served on the boards of
Blue Lane Technologies,
(acquired by Hewlett-Packard),
Technology and Xign.
Mr. Brennan came to LogLogic in 2004 with 22 years of operating
experience in both startups and large-scale multinational companies.
Most recently, he was president and CEO of Banter. Prior to Banter, he
was president, CEO, and member of the board of directors of Mobileum,
Inc., now called Roamware, where he recruited a strong management team,
raised $45 million in funding, and secured a long list of partners,
including BEA, TIBCO, Sun, Lucent, Sybase and Genesys. He also landed
many large customers, including Schwab, VISA, Honda, APL and Merrill
Lynch as initial customers. He guided Mobileum’s merger with
UnwiredSoft to become Roamware. Before Mobileum, Brennan served as
senior vice president and CFO of Genesys Telecommunications, a contact
center software company with $140 million in revenue. He was
instrumental in repositioning Genesys and later completed two
acquisitions before the company was itself acquired by Alcatel. Mr.
Brennan has also served in executive positions with Diamond Lane
Communications, Newbridge Networks, and Tandem Computers, and in
management positions with Digital Equipment Corporation, WANG
Laboratories and Atari. He holds a B.S. degree in Commerce from the
University of Louisville, where he remains a National Visiting
Committee member to the College of Business and Public Administration.
Dick has more than 35 years of venture capital investment experience. Dick focuses on a broad range of technically oriented companies. He was fortunate to have been the first person to have invested in the Ethernet with Bob Metcalfe, an early investor in Balloon Angioplasty with John Simpson and also backed the company that originated PowerPoint presentations. Present board memberships include Fabric7 Systems, Financial Engines, Force10 Networks, Foveon, Informative, Visual Edge Technology, Tabula, Nexthop Technologies, Xoom Corporation and Zhone Technologies (NASDAQ: ZHNE). Previous board memberships include among others, 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS), Ascend Communications (acquired by Lucent Technologies), Dallas Semiconductor (acquired by Maxim Integrated Products), Healtheon/WedMD (NASDAQ: HLTH), Immunex (acquired by Amgen), InfoGear (acquired by Cisco Systems), Juniper Networks (NASDAQ: JNPR), Macromedia (NASDAQ: MACR) acquired by Adobe, NetSolve (NASDAQ: NTSL) acquired by Cisco Systems, Decru (acquired by Network Appliance), Silicon Graphics, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) (NYSE: SMI). He was recently Chairman and President of the National Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining NEA, Dick was a General Partner of Arthur Rock & Associates and Executive Vice President of Gardner & Preston Moss. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in History from Northwestern University. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Venture Capital Association and the University of California-Haas School of Business. He and his wife Pam are noted collectors of Media Art.
A long-time healthcare technology strategist, Jim
Bradley has served in many of the industry's most progressive
organizations, including United HealthCare Corporation. As chief
information officer there, he led a systems organization that received
a patent for the use of artificial intelligence technology in health
care. His organization was ranked by Computerworld magazine as a top
ten most effective information technology management team and one of
the world's top 100 strategic users of IT. After United HealthCare, Mr.
Bradley was chief technology strategy officer at iMcKesson, the
internet technology division of McKesson Corporation, the largest drug
distribution and healthcare technology company in the world. Before
that, Mr. Bradley founded and served as chairman and CEO of Abaton.com,
Inc., a developer of web-based physician connectivity services and
applications, which was purchased by McKesson. Mr. Bradley was also
president of Health Systems Integration Inc., a managed healthcare
software and communication technology company.
most recently led RxHub, LLC as CEO of the nationwide electronic
prescription drug information exchange. Mr. Bradley is currently
partnered with Northrop Grumman Corporation as the Program Director for
their contract with U.S. Health and Human Services to develop a
prototype infrastructure of a national health information network.
Bradley serves on the board of directors for the National Committee for
Quality Assurance (NCQA) and chaired that Board from 2002-2005. He
serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Minnesota Medical
Center - Fairview, and is a director of Prematics, a Washington,
DC-based startup in the e-prescribing field.
Marc Lowell Andreessen ( /ænˈdriːsɨn/ an-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur, investor, software engineer, and multi-millionaire. He is best known as co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; as co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation; and as co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He founded and later sold the software company Opsware to Hewlett-Packard. Andreessen is also a co-founder of Ning, a company that provides a platform for social networking websites. An innovator and creator, he is one of the few people who has pioneered a software category (Web browsers) used by more than a billion people and established several billion-dollar companies. He sits on the board of directors of Facebook, eBay, and HP, among others. A frequent keynote speaker and guest at Silicon Valley conferences, Andreessen is one of only six inductees in the World Wide Web Hall of Fame announced at the first international conference on the World Wide Web in 1994.
Andreessen was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and raised in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, the son of Patricia and Lowell Andreessen, who worked for a seed
Mark joined NEA as a Consultant in 1995 and became a General Partner in 1996. Mark focuses on information technology investments. Present NEA portfolio companies include Alien Technology, Glacier Bay, Interlace Systems, ISGN Technologies, NewPath Ventures LLC, newScale, ProStor Systems, TestMart, Think3, and TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO). Previous board memberships include, Growth Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), Hyperion Solutions (NASDAQ: HYSL), iManage (acquired by Interwoven), Magma Design Automation (NASDAQ: LAVA), Silicon Graphics (NASDAQ: SGI), Silicon Spice (acquired by Broadcom), and Trading Dynamics (acquired by Ariba). From April 1994 to December 1995, Mark served as President and Chief Executive Officer and then as Chairman of Viewstar Corporation. From 1985 to 1994, he was an executive with Silicon Graphics, Vice Chairman (1992-1994) responsible for worldwide field operations, Executive Vice President (1988-1991) responsible for the product divisions, and Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer (1985-1987). Prior to this, Mark was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sonoma Vineyards and a partner at Arthur Young & Company. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California. Mark received a Masters in Business Administration (with distinction) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (cum laude) from Amherst College. He is also a member of the board of Northern California Public Broadcasting (KQED).
Margaret Cushing "Meg" Whitman (born August 4, 1956) is an American business executive. She is the president and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard. A native of Long Island, New York, she is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. Whitman served as an executive in The Walt Disney Company where she was vice president of strategic planning throughout the 1980s. In the 1990s, she served as an executive for DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro. Whitman served as president and chief executive officer of eBay from 1998 to 2008. During her ten years with the company, she oversaw expansion from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue.
In February 2009, Whitman announced her candidacy for Governor of California, becoming the third woman in a twenty year period to run for the office. She won the Republican primary in June 2010. The fourth wealthiest woman in the state of California with a net worth of $1.3 billion in 2010, she spent more of her own money on the race than any other political candidate spent on a single election in American history, spending $144 million total of her own
As a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Russell invests
in consumer and energy related technologies and markets, including
software, electronic commerce, Web services, semiconductors, consumer
systems, media and telecommunications. He is currently on the boards of
Digital Chocolate, Friendster, Lilliputian Systems, Mobilygen, Quorum
Systems and RazorGator.
also leads KPCB's investment in WildBlue Communications, and is also on
the board of the non-profit organization Sustainable Conservation.
joined KPCB after seven years at Microsoft. At Microsoft he helped
launch LAN Manager, Microsoft's first network operating system, then
was the marketing manager in charge of Windows for Workgroups, a
small-business networking version of Windows. For the first half of
1993, Russell worked directly for Bill Gates, during which time he
researched the online market and recommended an entry strategy for that
market. This led to the formation the Microsoft Network (MSN),
Microsoft's online service. Russell became the first employee of this
division and became its General Manager and then Vice President through
April of 1996. Under his direction, MSN was developed and launched and
reached over one million paying members. Russell was also responsible
for the formation of the Slate project, Microsoft's World Wide Web
political and arts commentary. He recruited the editor, Michael
Kinsley, and was the business manager in charge of Slate until he left
Microsoft in July 1996.
Before Microsoft, Russell was a software
engineer who wrote artificial intelligence applications for the
financial services industry at Applied Expert Systems, a Cambridge,
Massachusetts startup, and was also an engineering consultant. He
earned his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Physics
in 1984 and an MBA from Harvard University where he was a Baker Scholar
Yogen Dalal's successful history as an entrepreneur and executive coupled with his legacy as an engineer makes him enormously valuable as a venture capitalist and Mayfield leader since 1991. He brings broad talent to a wide range of early-stage investments in the consumer/media, enterprise and communications software arenas.
Yogen currently sits on the boards of Affinity Labs, Consorte, Packet Design, PacketHop, Podbridge and Revenue Science. Yogen's past notable investments include Arbor Software, BeVocal, BroadVision, Concur, Nuance, OuterBay, Packet Engines, Snapfish, TIBCO, Vantive and Whistle.
Prior to joining Mayfield, Yogen was a founding member of two successful startups, Claris Corporation and Metaphor Computer Systems. Yogen was also a member of the original Star and Ethernet development teams at Xerox and a co-author of the TCP Specification while at Stanford University.
Yogen earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay where he was recently honored as a Distinguished Alum.
Yogen is a Charter Member of TiE and a board member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a nationally acclaimed professional non-profit theater company in Ashland, Oregon.
Jim Swartz has been active in venture capital for four decades. Experienced in the operating needs of young companies, he particularly enjoys working with start-up teams that are defining new industries. He has served as a Director for over fifty successful companies and has been closely involved as lead investor with the emergence of numerous industry pioneering firms including Avici Systems, BroadBand Technologies, FastForward/Inktomi, FVC.com, Illustra/Informix, Medical Care America, Netopia, PictureTel, Polycom, Remedy Corporation, Riverbed Technology and Ungermann-Bass.
Current private company directorships include Gen3 Partners, Ingenuity Systems, Leapstone, MetraTech, RGB Networks , and Transera Communications. In addition, Jim works with the Accel Europe team as a founder/mentor of Accel's European business.
Before founding Accel Partners, Jim was founding General Partner of Adler & Company, which he started with Fred Adler in 1978 after his tenure as a Vice President of Citicorp Venture Capital. Early in his career Jim worked as a management consultant, entering the venture capital industry in 1972.
Active in industry affairs, Jim is former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and a former President of the New York Venture Capital Forum. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a concentration in Engineering Sciences and Applied Physics (he mostly remembers something about playing football) and holds an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Outside interests include serving as Chairman of the Swartz Foundation and the Christian Community Center of Park City and as a Board Member and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors to Pacific Community Ventures, Board Member and Founder of the Deer Valley Music Festival, and Chairman of the Major Gifts Committee for the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard. From 1999 to 2002, he served on the Management Committee of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics of 2002 (SLOC). He is the recipient of a Merit Award from Carnegie Mellon University and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Western Governors University.
Jim is also skipper of the champion yacht Moneypenny, winner of the 2006 Swan World Cup (Porto Cervo, Italy), the 2006 US IRC National Championship (Key West, FL) and the 2005 Swan North American Championship (Newport, RI).
Jim and Susan Swartz reside in Park City, Utah. Susan Swartz is an accomplished painter with a particular love for landscapes and nature. Son Scott is President and CEO of MetraTech, daughter Karin is a medical doctor, and daughter Kristin is a teacher of learning disabled children. Jim and Susan are proud contributors to nine wonderful grandchildren.
Peter Andreas Thiel (German: [ˈpeːtɐ̯ anˈdʀeas tiːl]), born October 11, 1967, is a German-born American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. Thiel co-founded PayPal with Max Levchin and served as its CEO. He currently serves as president of Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund with under $700 million in assets under management; a managing partner in The Founders Fund, a $275 million venture capital fund that he launched with Ken Howery and Luke Nosek in 2005; and co-founder and investment committee chair of Mithril Capital Management. He was the first outside investor in Facebook, the popular social-networking site, with a 10.2% stake acquired in 2004 for $500,000, and sits on the company's board of directors. Thiel was ranked #293 on the Forbes 400 in 2011, with a net worth of $1.5 billion as of March 2012. Thiel lives in San Francisco, California.
Born to German parents in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, Thiel moved to America with his parents when he was a toddler, and was raised in Foster City, California. Thiel was a US-rated Chess Master and one of the highest ranked under-21 players in the country.
Thiel studied 20th-century philosophy as an
Eric Benhamou's professional and personal accomplishments center on the creation and intelligent deployment of information technology towards improving the performance of businesses and non-profits and the quality of life of individuals around the world.
Eric Benhamou is chairman and CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures, LLC. Benhamou Global Ventures, started in 2003, invests and plays an active role in innovative high tech firms throughout the world. Mr. Benhamou is also the chairman of the board of directors of 3Com Corporation and Palm, Inc. He is an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. He served as chief executive officer of Palm, Inc. from October 2001 until October 2003. Benhamou served as chief executive officer of 3Com Corporation from September 1990 until December 31, 2000.
In 1981, Mr. Benhamou co-founded Bridge Communications, an early networking pioneer, and was vice president of engineering until its merger with 3Com in 1987. Before joining Bridge Communications, he worked four years at Zilog, Inc., serving as project manager, software engineering manager and design engineer.
In 2003, Mr. Benhamou was appointed to the Joint High Level Advisory Panel of the U.S.- Israel Science and Technology Commission by U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. In 1997, former President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Benhamou to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee which advises the President on research and development focal points of federal programs to maintain United States leadership in advanced computing and communications technologies and their applications.
In 1998, Mr. Benhamou was recognized by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the Foreign Investor Jubilee Award. That same year, Benhamou received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which pays homage to the immigrant experience, as well as individual achievement to U.S. citizens from various ethnic backgrounds. In 1998, he became a Fellow of the International Engineering Consortium. He is a graduate of the American Leadership Forum, which seeks to revitalize leadership within communities across the nation. In 1997, Benhamou received the Medaille Nessim Habif from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Paris. In 1992, he received the President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Award, the United States' highest environmental award.
Mr. Benhamou currently serves as chairman of the board of Cypress Semiconductor and as a member of the board of directors of RealNetworks, Inc and of Silicon Valley Bancshares. He serves on the board of directors of privately held companies, Atrica, WisdomArk, Finjan and GO Networks. He serves on the Venture Capital Advisory Board of 3i. He serves on the board of the New America Foundation, a Washington DC-based think tank. Mr. Benhamou serves on the executive committee of TechNet. He also serves on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), and as a member of the board of Smart Valley. In addition, he serves on the boards of the INSEAD School of Business, the Stanford University School of Engineering and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He is the chairman of the Israel Venture Network, a venture philanthropy organization for a stronger Israeli society.
Mr. Benhamou, 51, holds honorary doctoral degrees from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Widener University, Western Governors University and the University of South Carolina. He has a Master of Science degree from Stanford University's School of Engineering and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Paris.
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Doug Carlston (born 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts) is the founder and current CEO of Tawala Systems based in San Rafael, California. He was previously CEO, chairman, and co-founder (with brother Gary) of Brøderbund Software, a major software publishing firm that produced such hit titles as Myst, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and Prince of Persia. Brøderbund was acquired by The Learning Company for $420 million, and the combined company was sold to Mattel for $3.6 billion.
Carlston received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1970 and also studied economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975. Prior to founding Brøderbund in 1980, he was an attorney.
As of April 2008, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Public Radio International (PRI) and of the Carlston Family Foundation (formerly the Brøderbund Foundation), and serves on the Boards of the MoveOn Political Action Committee, the Ploughshares Fund, the Albanian American Enterprise Fund, A.H. Belo Corporation and the Long Now Foundation. He also serves on the Committee on University Resources of Harvard University, and the
As a former founder and executive of four start-up technology
companies, Greg uses his expertise to assist entrepreneurs in building
strong businesses. Greg has been in the high-technology industry for
more than 17 years. He joined Sigma in 2000, and brings to the firm
expertise in new venture creation and marketing. Greg tracks markets
that have an impact on both the enterprise and the consumer, including
business applications, enterprise infrastructure, storage, Internet
services, consumer services, and alternative energy.
1997, Greg co-founded Connectify, an enterprise software company that
sold software for Electronic Direct Marketing. After selling Connectify
to Kana Communications in 1999, he stayed on board as the Vice
President of Electronic Direct Marketing. Prior to Kana, Greg started
GiftONE in 1996, which he later sold to SkyMall. In 1993, Greg launched
his first start up, Vicarious, an education and reference CD-ROM
publisher. Early in his career, Greg spent time at Apple Computer
where, in addition to spearheading product marketing programs, he lead
a project partnering with CNN that offered the first public showcase of
QuickTime. Before joining Apple, Greg was an IT consultant for Andersen
Consulting (now Accenture).
B.B.A in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Georgia
John Zicker is a veteran entrepreneur with a proven track record of
expeditiously bringing companies from initial concept to thriving
businesses. At Sana, Zicker has transformed an interesting laboratory
project into a thriving business within 24 months, breaking through the
exceedingly crowded computer security market to emerge as one of the
top three vendors in intrusion prevention, competing with some of the
biggest names in technology today. With an enviable list of high
profile customers in the hotly competitive financial and government
sectors, Zicker currently dedicates himself to high-level customer
care, overseeing product development, directing company operations,
increasing sales and attracting investment. In his previous role as founder and executive vice president of
Sagent Technology, Zicker brought to life a highly complex business
intelligence concept, built a team of 200+ worldwide employees, and
broadened the company’s offerings and differentiation through two
highly successful, strategic acquisitions. His leadership contributed
to an extremely successful initial public offering, and a market
capitalization in excess of $1 billion.
At ReportSmith, a company he co-founded in 1991, Zicker pioneered
the world’s first ‘live’ database reporting concept, acquiring enough
customers and revenues to sell the company to Borland for six times its
revenues – an unmatched multiple for its time.
Zicker holds an MSEE degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a BSEE degree from the University of California, Davis.
Bob Davoli is an American venture capitalist at Sigma Partners in Boston, Massachusetts.
Davoli obtained a history degree from Ricker College and held a variety of early jobs, including as a substitute teacher in Boston’s public schools. As he considered his career options, Davoli began to study computer software by taking courses at Northeastern University.
In 1981 he started working for Stone and Webster, and in 1986 he founded a database consulting firm, D & N Systems, with a partner, Dave Newsom. In January 1990, in Davoli’s first successful high-tech exit, D & N Systems was acquired by Sybase a few months before that company went public.D & N Systems changed its name to SQL Solutions, and Davoli stayed on to run it as a separate operating subsidiary.
In 1992, Davoli was recruited to become CEO of Epoch Systems, a Sigma Partners portfolio company with a hierarchical storage management product.In 1993 Davoli sold Epoch Systems to EMC Corporation for $140 million. This solidified Davoli’s reputation as a successful entrepreneur and CEO. Davoli left Epoch / EMC about a year after the acquisition, and started doing angel investing and advising local startups.
At about this time,
Mr. Vijay C. Parikh (Managing Principal) was Vice-President and
General Manager within the Public Carrier IP Group (PCIPG) at Cisco.
During his tenure he was responsible for developing and introducing the
10G solution on the 12416 GSR platform, which resulted in the sales
growth from $400 million in FY 1998 to several billion dollars FY in
Parikh was President and CEO of StratumOne Communications, a leading
developer of framers and layer 2/3 engines for 10G solutions in
high-end routing/switching applications. StratumOne was funded by
Sequoia Capital, Brentwood Capital, Institutional Venture Partners, and
Redwood Ventures. Cisco Systems acquired StratumOne on September 20,
1999 representing its most expensive private acquisition at that time.
Prior to StratumOne, Mr. Parikh was VP/GM of the Wireless
Communications Division (WCD) at Conexant where he grew it from a
non-revenue position to a $180 million business at the time of his
departure. WCD had programs in all of the key wireless technologies
including GSM, CDMA, TDMA, Spread Spectrum, PHS, DECT and PDC. Prior to
that he had several VP/GM positions at Conexant including those for the
Personal Computing Division (PCD) which involved programs in software
modems, PC audio and xDSL and the Global Positioning System (GPS)
division which had programs focused on the integration of multi-channel
GPS with wireless data systems including those for ARDIS, CDPD and
Mobitex. He also held several management positions at Conexant in its
Japanese Operations facility.
Mr. Parikh is on the Board of Newport Media and Teranetics.
Mr. Parikh has a BSEE from the Birla Institute of Technology and
Sciences in India and an MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann
Global Catalyst Partners' web site is: www.gc-partners.com
Warren Edward Buffett (/ˈbʌfɨt/; born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. He is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world's wealthiest person in 2008 and is the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2011. In 2012, American magazine Time named Buffett one of the most influential people in the world.
Buffett is called the "Wizard of Omaha", "Oracle of Omaha", or the "Sage of Omaha" and is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation. On April 11, 2012, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Buffett was born in 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska, the second of three children and only son of U.S. Representative Howard Buffett, a fierce critic of the interventionist New Deal domestic and foreign policy, and his wife Leila (née Stahl). Buffett
George Reyes is the former CFO of Google, and a director of BEA Systems, Symantec and LifeLock.
Reyes was the CFO from 2003–2008, his announcement of retirement came in 2007. He became the CFO, Senior VP in 2006. Reyes received his Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of South Florida. He then went on to earn his masters degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. Reyes has spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems and held a variety of jobs, including Vice President and Corporate Controller from April 1994 to April 1999. He then became Vice President and Treasurer from April 1999 to September 2001. In 2000 George joined Symantec's board of directors. From February 2002 to June 2002, Reyes was an interim Chief Financial Officer for ONI Systems in which he helped the sale of Ciena Corporation and ONI.
Reyes is Cuban American. His nephew Gregory Reyes is a former CEO of Brocade and his brother Gregorio Reyes is a member of the Board of Directors of Seagate Technologies. On August 28, 2007 George Reyes announced that he would retire from his job at Google as CFO in the near future, and will help Google to replace his position. He was replaced as CFO by
brings over 20 years global experience in the computer and networking
hardware, software, and service industries to his role as Chairman
and CEO of RGB Networks. Graham has previously held positions of
CEO, executive vice president and general manager in Fortune 500
companies and private start-ups. Graham has a proven track record
of driving successful global product development, marketing, sales
and channel management efforts.
Prior to RGB, Graham was executive
vice president of the Application Products Group (APG) at Juniper
Networks, a division created through
the acquisition of Redline Networks and Peribit Networks, a company
focused on improving business efficiency by resolving the technical
limitations of WANs. As chairman and CEO of Peribit, Graham successfully
guided the company through a $337 million acquisition by Juniper
Before joining Peribit, Graham held the post of senior
vice president at 3Com overseeing operations of their Commercial
and Consumer division.
During his tenure at 3Com, Graham managed several key business
units, including the systems, connectivity and consumer business
Graham served on the executive committees at both 3Com and Juniper,
reporting directly to the CEO.
From 1993 to 1995, Graham served
as the CEO of Trident Systems, a document management systems integrator.
Prior to Trident, Graham
worked for Hewlett-Packard for fifteen years at several posts around
the world, most recently serving as general manager of both a hardware
and a software division. He began his career as an IBM systems
Graham currently serves on the board of directors for NETGEAR
and holds a B.A. with honors in Business Studies from Sheffield
Hallam University in the United Kingdom.
Lawrence F. Probst III is Chairman of the Board of Directors at
Electronic Arts, the world’s leading developer and publisher of
Mr. Probst joined Electronic Arts in 1984 and served as the Vice
President of Sales until 1986. From January 1987 to December 1990 he
was Senior Vice President of the company’s publishing division. He led
Electronic Arts as President from December 1990 to October 1997, and
was named Chief Executive Officer in May of 1991 serving in that
capacity until April 2007. Mr. Probst has been a Director of Electronic
Arts since January 1991 and was elected to the position of Chairman of
the Board of Directors in July of 1994.
Under Mr. Probst, EA navigated multiple technology transitions and made
strategic investments in new platforms such as mobile and online, and
emerging markets. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew its annual
revenue from $175 million in 1992 to roughly $3 billion in 2006 and
expanded international operations to over 75 countries.
Before he joined Electronic Arts, Mr. Probst held the positions of
National Sales Manager at Activision, Inc. and National Accounts
Manager at Clorox. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Administration from the University of Delaware. Mr. Probst lives with
his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ping Li joined Accel Partners in 2004 and focuses primarily on information
technology infrastructure (compute, networking, security and storage),
as well as digital media solutions. He currently serves on the Board of
Directors at BitTorrent, Mendocino Software, Mochi Media, Mu Security, and YuMe, and he is actively involved in Consentry, Imperva, and Oak Pacific Interactive. Ping was also responsible for Accel’s investment in Reactivity (acquired by Cisco).
Prior to Accel, Ping was a Senior Product Line Manager and Director
of Corporate Development at Juniper Networks. He managed Juniper's
M-series router product portfolio that generated revenues over $50
mm/quarter. In addition, Ping worked on Juniper's acquisition of
Netscreen Technologies ($3.5 billion transaction) and led all
subsequent security and routing product and R&D integration
activities. He also worked as a strategy consultant for Mckinsey &
Company, advising technology clients in their growth strategies.
Ping has extensive international experience as well. At Singapore
Telecom, he served directly for the executive management team in
assessing and investing in Asian growth opportunities. Prior to
SingTel, Ping worked at Goldman Sachs Asia, transacting large PTT
privatizations and advising telecom clients on complex restructuring
and asset divestitures. Ping continues to be active in China investing
by working with IDG-Accel China Fund.
Ping holds an A.B. from Harvard University, with honors, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Tim Haley is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to
founding Redpoint, Tim was a general partner with IVP, a firm he began
working with in 1987 and joined in 1998.
Tim focuses on investments in software, consumer Internet and digital media. Tim currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Homestead Technologies, Movaris, Netflix (NFLX) and TheFind. He also led investments in Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!), ChemConnect, Inc., Onebox.com (acquired by OpenWave), Kendara (acquired by @Home), M7 (acquired by BEA Systems), Responsys, Inc. and Reflect, Inc. (acquired by Procter and Gamble).
to joining IVP full-time in 1998, Tim was the principal of Haley
Associates, one of the premier executive recruiting firms in the high
technology industry. Tim was instrumental in the formation of numerous
successful companies, including Alteon Networks, Applied Digital Access
(IPO 1994), Centillion Networks (acquired by Bay Networks), Crescendo
Communications (acquired by Cisco Systems), Epigram (acquired by
Broadcom), FaceTime, Ipsilon Networks (acquired by Nokia), MMC Networks
(IPO 1997), Mpath Interactive (IPO 1998), OnStream Networks (acquired
by 3Com), Portera Systems, PMC-Sierra (merged with Sierra
Semiconductor), PointCast (acquired by idealab!), Primary Access
(acquired by 3Com), Pure Software (IPO 1995), SkyStream, Virage (IPO
2000), Whistle Communications (acquired by IBM), Whitetree (acquired by
Ascend Communications) and Zip2 (acquired by Compaq Computer).
Tim received his B.A. in Philosophy from Santa Clara University.
Arthur D. Levinson (born March 31, 1950) is the current chairman of Apple Inc. (2011 to present) and was the former chairman of Genentech (1999-2011) . He is the former chief executive officer of Genentech (1995–2009) and is also a member of Genentech’s Scientific Research Board, which serves as an advisory group to the company regarding its research and early development projects.
In addition to serving as Chairman for Genentech and Apple. Inc., Levinson serves on the Board of Directors of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc. and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He currently serves on the Board of Scientific Consultants of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Industrial Advisory Board of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), the Advisory Council for the Princeton University Department of Molecular Biology and the Advisory Council for the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.
He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1972, and his PhD in Biochemistry from Princeton University in 1977. He subsequently moved to a postdoctoral position with
William Warren "Bill" Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American hall of fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party's nomination for President in the 2000 election.
Bradley was born and raised in a suburb of St. Louis and excelled at basketball from an early age. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, did well academically and was an all-county and all-state basketball player in high school. He was offered 75 college scholarships, but declined them all to attend Princeton University. He earned a gold medal as a member of the 1964 Olympic basketball team and was the NCAA Player of the Year in 1965. After graduating in 1965, he attended Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, delaying a decision for two years on whether or not to play in the NBA.
While at Oxford, Bradley played one season of professional basketball in Europe, and eventually decided to join the New York Knicks in the 1967–68 season, after serving six months in the Air Force Reserve. He spent his entire ten-year professional basketball career playing for the Knicks, winning two championship titles. Retiring in 1977, he ran
George W. Everhart joined Alien in January
2007. Mr. Everhart has over 25 years of executive leadership experience
with specific expertise in leading high growth phases of industry
leading technology companies. Everhart has held CEO and sales and
marketing executive positions with both small startup companies in
emerging markets, and large multinational companies, experiencing a
rapid pace of growth. He has extensive experience in global markets as
well as the domestic U.S. market.
recently held CEO positions with early stage startup companies,
SealedMedia and Onesecure, where he led successful company funding and
expansion and established both companies as recognized leaders in their
markets. Previously, Everhart was Sr.VP, Worldwide Sales & Service
for 3COM Corporation, managing the Americas, Asia/Pacific, and EMEA
(Europe, Middle East & Africa) business activities as well as the
1,000 person global service organization. Prior, Everhart was President
& CEO, Fujitsu PC Corporation, where he led the company’s market
entry and rapid growth in the notebook PC business. Everhart also held
a series of executive leadership positions with Apple Computer during
the company’s fast growth years, 1987-1996, including VP US Sales, VP
& GM PC Business Division, and VP Business & Government Sales.
Everhart’s early career included marketing, sales, and business
management positions with The Braegen Corporation and Memorex
Mr. Everhart has been active in
industry, government, and education associations as well holding both
board and advisory positions. He was a member of the “Highway One
Committee” to assist in the automation of Congress. He currently is a
member of the Board of Fellows at Santa Clara University.
Mr. Everhart holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.
For more than two decades, Paul Lego has developed and led profitable
and innovative Silicon Valley companies. He has served as a key member
of several executive management teams, overseeing and growing those
companies through both good times as well as adversity. Paul's interest
in video and rich media led him to Virage, a company that developed the
world's first technology to automatically capture, encode and index
television, video and audio content from any source. For more than
eight years, Paul acted as chairman, president and CEO, leading the
company through multiple rounds of funding, a $50 million IPO and
acquisition by Autonomy Corporation. Prior to Virage, Lego was
executive vice president, COO, and a board member at Digidesign, a
manufacturer of digital audio recording systems. Digidesign went public
in 1993 and was bought by Avid Technology in 1994. Paul has also held
positions at Pyramid Technology Corporation, the General Electric
Company, and Digital Equipment Corporation. Lego received a master's
degree with highest distinction from the Harvard Business School, and a
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University. He
is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and serves on the
board of trustees for the San Francisco Ballet.
Peter L. S. Currie is a business executive notable for being the chief financial officer for Netscape during the 1990s. Currie was described by Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Vascellaro as one of the "Silicon Valley wise men". He advised Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about business matters in 2009. He is an investor in Internet start-ups and serves on the boards of numerous firms. He is president of Currie Capital and is a charter trustee of Phillips Academy. In February 2011, he was elected to be the president of the school's board of trustees, and his term began on July 1, 2012.
Currie graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover in 1974 in the school's first co–educational class. His fellow classmates included jazz Grammy–winner Bill Cunliffe, actor Dana Delany, painter Julian Hatton, poet Karl Kirchwey, writer Nate Lee, political commentator Heather Mac Donald, restauranteur Priscilla Martel, children's TV producer Jonathan Meath, editor Sara Nelson, and sculptor Gar Waterman. Currie earned a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1978 and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University. He worked in various capacities at Morgan Stanley including holding the title of Principal from
Richard joined Sigma Partners in 2000, bringing to the firm 16 prior
years experience founding and running software companies. His proven
leadership abilities combined with deep technical and operational
expertise provide a platform to advise entrepreneurs in building solid
technology companies. At Sigma, Richard focuses on opportunities in the
areas of infrastructure software and security technologies. He also
seeks and supports opportunities in vertical industry software,
especially in compliance, health and pharmaceutical arenas.
Sigma, Richard co-founded Phase Forward Incorporated (NASDAQ: PFWD), a
provider of service and software infrastructure for managing
pharmaceutical clinical trials over the Internet. At Phase Forward,
Richard also served as the Vice President of Services and the Vice
President of Strategic Development. Prior to Phase Forward, Richard was
Vice President of Operations for Vermeer Technologies, creators of
FrontPage which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. Prior to Vermeer,
Richard held roles in professional services management, senior product
management and IS management at some of industry’s best technology
companies including SQL Solutions, Sybase, Epoch Systems (acquired by
EMC) and MicroTouch Systems. Richard also provided early stage advice
and consulting to FirstSense, OnDisplay, Vignette and QXL.com.
Richard received a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Durham in England.
Alan has more than 20 years of operating executive and investment experience
and is currently managing general partner with Polaris Venture Partners. Alan
focuses on investments in information technology, with an emphasis on
revenue-stage companies, digital media, and e-commerce.
Before coming to Polaris, Alan was with The Washington Post Company, where he
worked for 18 years. During his career with The Post Company, he served as
president, chief operating officer, board member, chief financial officer,
president of Newsweek, head of newspaper marketing, and head of corporate
business development. Prior to The Washington Post, Alan was an officer at The
Boston Consulting Group, an international management consulting firm
specializing in corporate strategy.
Alan earned his B.S. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a M.S. at
M.I.T.'s Sloan School of Management; and a J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law
Arun Sarin (Hindi:अरुण सरीन) (born: 21 October 1954; Pachmari, Madhya Pradesh, India) is an Indian-born American executive.
Sarin was the former CEO of the telecom giant - Vodafone Group plc, serving from 2003 till 2008. He was the driving force behind the Vodafone's strategic move into emerging markets - especially Asia and Africa; through the purchases such as that of Turkish operator Telsim, and a controlling stake in Hutchison Essar in India. He is currently a senior adviser at the private equity firm KKR. He also serves on the board of directors of Cisco Systems, Charles Schwab and Safeway, Inc.
Sarin, a naturalized American citizen and resident, received an honorary knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 10 March 2010.
Sarin graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur with a B.Tech degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1975. He was a resident of Azad Hall. He received the B C Roy gold medal for the best allround graduating student in 1975. In 1978 he gained a MS in Engineering and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to this he did his schooling from Bangalore Military School (Famously known as
Krishnamurthy was appointed President and CEO of Voltage Security in
March 2003 and brings over 15 years of computer networking, messaging
and security software experience to the company.
Prior to joining Voltage, Sathvik was Vice President
of Marketing and Business Development at ValiCert, a leading provider
of secure file transfer, messaging and authentication software. While
at ValiCert, Sathvik created, implemented and oversaw the company’s
global strategic marketing and partnership initiatives, helping to
drive revenues from zero to $24M.
Before ValiCert, Sathvik served in various capacities
at Worldtalk Corporation, including Vice President and General Manager
of the security division. At Worldtalk, Sathvik led the company into
the secure messaging marketplace which led to the company’s $200M
acquisition by Tumbleweed in January 2000.
Prior to Worldtalk, Sathvik held engineering positions
at various data communications companies including Retix, TITN, and
Sathvik holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and
Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Bob Miller has built a distinguished career with some of the world's
most prominent computing giants as well as successfully leading more
than a dozen promising computer startups. He began as an engineer at
IBM and rose to director of IBM's Boulder Colorado Laboratory in the
General Systems Division. Bob then transitioned to Data General where
he led all of Data General's Computer Systems business, reaching $1.3
billion by the time Bob left in 1987.
Over the past two decades, Bob has held leadership roles in 13
startups, nine of which have achieved market capitalizations in excess
of $100 million and several of over $1B. Just prior to joining ONStor,
Bob was founder and CEO of Slam Dunk Networks, which operates the
Internet's first and only global infrastructure to guarantee delivery
and tracking of transaction messages. Bob's impressive record with
startups also includes MIPS, the developer of the industry's first
64-bit microprocessor, which had a successful initial public offering
and subsequent purchase by SGI. Additionally, Bob led NeTpower, the
first company to build high performance workstations using a
combination of MIPS processors and Windows NT.
Bevocal, Contivo, and Interweave are among the startups Bob has led,
invested in, and on whose boards he has served. Over the years, Bob's
board positions have included companies such as Box Hill (transitioning
them from privately held through an initial public offering), Ingress,
Rasna, and Vitesse. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from
Bucknell University and an M.S. in thermodynamics from Stanford
University. Bob is a licensed Professional Engineer, holds six patents,
and is a distinguished alumnus of Bucknell University. Bob currently
serves on the board of directors for Contivo, ONStor, Slam Dunk
Networks, and is a life trustee of the Urban Institute.
Joel Toledano is Chief Executive Officer of Krillion. Prior to founding
Krillion, Joel was the Director of Business Development and chief
negotiator for the Yahoo! Search business unit, where he was
responsible for establishing and managing strategic partnerships and
executing new revenue-producing channels and business initiatives
including Yahoo!'s Search, Access and subscription services businesses.
In addition, he previously managed day-to-day aspects of the company's
sponsored search relationship with Overture Services prior to Yahoo!'s
acquisition of the company.
Prior to his work for Yahoo!
Search, Joel worked in business development for Yahoo! Consumer
Services, where he was responsible for development and implementation
of Yahoo!-branded Internet access services including services offered
through alliances with SBC and other broadband and narrowband providers.
joining Yahoo!, Joel ran business development for Rentals.com until it
was acquired by Primedia in 2001. Joel started his career as an
attorney with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, where he
represented and advised public and private companies, successfully
navigating companies through a series of high-profile IPOs and
Investing Area: Information Technology
Peter specializes in information
technologies with a focus on communications, electronics and software
infrastructure and is a member of the advisory group to NEA’s
Management Committee. His active portfolio companies include Agitar
Software, Force10 Networks and Tele Atlas. Past investments include
Accelerated Networks (Occam), Alteon WebSystems (Nortel), Berkeley
Networks (FORE Systems), Carrier Access, Clarify (Nortel), Cybermedia
(Network Associates), Cyras Systems (CIENA), Fibex Systems (Cisco),
Gadzoox, iAsiaWorks, IronPort Systems, Juniper Networks, Packeteer,
Tasman Networks (Cisco), Troika Networks and Virata (Globespan). Prior
to joining NEA in 1992, he was a General Manager at Telebit, and prior
to that he was with Montgomery Securities and Bain and Co. He has been
honored numerous times by Forbes magazine as one of the most successful
venture capitalists in America. Peter received his Masters in Business
Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Richard Yanowitch is a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur with a
proven track-record transforming early-stage companies into high-growth
market leaders, creating millions of customers, billions of dollars in
revenue, and multi-billions of dollars in sustained shareholder value.
Since September 2006, he has served as venture partner for Accel
Partners, with a particular focus on digital media. He currently serves
as an independent director on the boards of video ad network Yume and global mobile social network Mig 33.
Prior to Accel, Richard served as Vice Chairman of the NDS Group, a
$600 million market leader in digital media technologies, and as Senior
Consultant to the News Corporation. For nearly five years, he served as
Executive Vice President for internet services provider VeriSign, where
his team built numerous high-growth businesses and led its
international expansion, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in
annual revenues. He participated in VeriSign’s strategic financings,
IPO, and acquisitions. VeriSign grew from 30 to 2,500 employees and
from $500,000 to $700 million in revenue during this period, creating a
multi-billion dollar market valuation. Richard reported to Stratton
Sclavos, Chairman and CEO.
Prior to VeriSign, Richard served as Vice President of Corporate
Marketing for database provider Sybase, where his team drove core
marketing operations, including marketing communications, direct
marketing, product marketing, customer acquisition, and international.
He participated in Sybase’s late-stage financings, IPO and
acquisitions. Sybase grew from 300 to 5,000 employees and from $10
million to nearly $900 million in annual revenue during this period,
generating a multi-billion dollar market valuation. Richard reported to
Dr. Stuart Schuster, Executive Vice President.
Prior to Sybase, Richard was Director of Strategic Marketing at
UNIX operating system provider The SCO Group, where he was lead
negotiator for a breakthrough Microsoft licensing agreement and
investment. SCO grew from $5 million to $24 million in revenue during
this period, subsequently going public and achieving a half-billion
dollar market valuation. Prior to SCO, Richard held various sales,
marketing, and management positions with Digital Equipment Corporation
and Lanier Harris. He also served as entrepreneur in residence at the
venture capital firm IVP.
Richard received a B.A. in the Honors Program for Classical Studies
at Swarthmore College and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. He
serves on the board of directors of the Bay Area Discovery Museum. He
is married to Wendy Shuman Kesser, a former Executive Producer for ABC
News in San Francisco, and they have two children. He also serves as a
senior advisor to national congressional leaders on economic
leadership, entrepreneurialism, and the internet.
Steven T. "Steve" Jurvetson (born March 1, 1967) is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). He was a Venture Capitalist (VC) investor in Hotmail, Interwoven, and Kana. He also led the firm's investments in Tradex and Cyras (acquired by Ariba and Ciena, respectively).
Current Board seats include NeoPhotonics, SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and Tesla Motors.
Jurvetson graduated from Dallas' St. Mark's School of Texas in 1985. At Stanford University, Jurvetson finished his degree in electrical engineering in 2.5 years and graduated #1 in his class. He then earned an M.S. in electrical engineering and an M.B.A., also from Stanford. As a consultant with Bain & Company, Jurvetson developed executive marketing, sales, engineering and business strategies for a wide range of companies in the software, networking, and semiconductor industries and worked together with Meg Whitman and Mitt Romney. He first joined DFJ after his second year of business school, and became a partner after proving his talent on several investments.
Jürvetson is a son of ethnic Estonian refugees, who fled the Soviet invasion of Estonia during World War II. He is a relative of president Konstantin Päts, a
Bill joined Greylock in 1986 after a seven-year career in sales and
marketing with Hewlett Packard and Apollo Computer. He is a graduate of
MIT with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer
science and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Bill is currently on the boards of Constant Contact, Full Capture Solutions, Lumigent, Red Hat and WildTangent.
He previously served on the boards of Alias Research (acquired by SGI), Avid Technology, CheckFree, Clarus, Course Technology (acquired by Thomson), Gateway Design Automation (acquired by Cadence), Mainspring Communications (acquired by IBM), MapInfo, Open Market (acquired by divine), Raptor Systems (acquired by Axent, now part of Symantec), Reflectent (acquired by Citrix), SightPath (acquired by Cisco), Spyglass (acquired by Open TV), Student Advantage and Tenth Planet (now part of Mattel).
John Walecka is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to
founding Redpoint, John was a general partner with Brentwood Venture
Capital, a firm he joined in 1984.John works closely with
entrepreneurs to build industry leading companies in emerging
technology sectors and he is interested in innovative business models
built on deep intellectual property. In the Information
Technology area, John focuses on critical infrastructure appliances and
platforms, and he is currently working with enterprise and data center
appliance companies Fortinet, Trapeze and Schooner. In
the Semiconductor area, John looks for companies with unique
opportunities to build category leading companies. He is currently
working with Entropic Communications, Avnera and BCD Semiconductor. IIn addition to his work in IT, John also leads Redpoint's investment
activity in the Energy and Materials sector. Areas of interest include
alternative and renewable energy and storage, innovative new materials,
clean coal and water technologies, efficient transportation, and energy
management solutions. John is currently working with Envia, Solyndra, Intermolecular and AMEC. John also works closely with Redpoint's China activities.John
has also worked closely with a number of very successful companies in
the enterprise and broadband infrastructure space. Key investments in
the communications products area include: Xylan (acquired by Alcatel), Wellfleet Communications (merged into Bay Networks), Synernetics (acquired by 3Com), Agile Networks (acquired by Lucent), Network Equipment Technologies (NWK), Polycom (PLCM), Onstream (acquired by 3Com), Avici Networks (AVCI), TransMedia Communications (acquired by Cisco), Lightera Networks (acquired by Ciena), Promatory Communications (acquired by Nortel), Netro (NTRO), and StratumOne (acquired by Cisco). John has also led investments in a number of software infrastructure companies, including Sybase (SYBS), Documentum (DCTM), Object Design (ODIS) and Vitria Technology (VITR). John served as Director of the Western Association of
Venture Capitalists (WAVC) and he is currently a Director of the
Stanford Business School Venture Capital Trust, an advisor to the
Stanford Engineering School, and on the Investment Committee of Sacred
Heart School in Menlo Park. Prior to joining Brentwood, John worked at
Hewlett Packard and the Stanford University Smart Product Design
Laboratory.John received a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering from
Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of
Muhammad Yunus (Chittagonian, Bengali: মুহাম্মদ ইউনুস, translit. Muhammôd Iunus; born 28 June 1940) is a Bangladeshi banker, economist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He previously was a professor of economics where he developed the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. In 2006 Yunus and Grameen received the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts through microcredit to create economic and social development from below". Yunus himself has received several other national and international honors.
In 2012, he was installed Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, serving in this capacity as the university's titular head. He is also a member of advisory board at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. Previously, he was a professor of economics at Chittagong University where he developed the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. He is the author of Banker to the Poor and two books on Social Business Models, and a founding board member of Grameen America and Grameen Foundation. Grameen
Richard Wong joined Accel Partners in 2006, with a focus on mobile and broadband
services software, as well as messaging and security applications. Rich
currently serves on the board of AdMob,
the leading mobile advertising company, and Sana Security. Through
pre-Accel associations, Rich also serves as a board advisor to Plaxo,
Simplicita, and 4thMedia. Some of Rich’s writing on key trends in the mobile industry can be found here.
Prior to Accel, Rich was SVP/GM of Products at Openwave. In this
capacity, Rich launched several of OPWV’s most successful new products
such as the Edge security gateway (anti-abuse), integrated messaging,
and location-based services. Rich was previously GM of Messaging
Products, growing the business from $50MM to $180MM from 2003 to 2005,
and Chief Marketing Officer from 2001 to 2003.
While at Openwave, Rich founded and chaired the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group, a consortium of ISPs and technology providers working together to combat internet abuse.
Previously Rich was the Chief Marketing Officer and EVP/GM of
Value-Added Services at Covad Communications, the DSL provider. During
his time Covad revenue grew from $5MM to $250MM. Preceding Covad, he
was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, focusing on
software and consumer technology. Rich started his career as a Brand
Manager at Procter & Gamble
Mr. Wong holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his MBA from the MIT
Sloan School of Management.
Rich remains active as an EVP of the MIT Club of Northern California, Board Member of the MIT CNC - Entrepreneurship Program, and the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus.
Copies of Rich’s recent presentation on Future of Digital Media & Advertising, or presentation on wireless from the MIT C3 Wireless event, can be downloaded here.
Ryan Wuerch founded Motricity in 2001 and has since served as chairman and chief executive officer of the company.
Under Wuerch's leadership, Motricity has grown into one of the
wireless industry's leading and most recognized mobile content service
providers. Motricity's customer-centric approach to mobile content
delivery, as well as its success in reaching more than 250 million
mobile subscribers, has made the company the trusted partner for
industry leaders such as AT&T, Alltel, Sprint Nextel, Palm, BET,
CBS, Turner and others.
Motricity has attracted over $200 million in venture capital from
premier venture investors, strengthened its management team with proven
executives from throughout the technology and wireless industries, and
grown to more than 300 employees. The company has earned numerous
industry accolades, including being named one of the top 15 global
wireless companies by Fierce Wireless and one of the top 100 technology companies in North America by Red Herring
magazine. Motricity was also named the NCTA 2005 Private Company of the
Year and its Fuel platform received the 2006 GSM Association Award for
Best Service Delivery Platform, as well as Frost & Sullivan's 2005
Premium Mobile Content Platform of the Year award. Prior to
founding Motricity, Wuerch was a partner and president of Learning
2000, a leading education software company. Prior to Learning 2000,
Wuerch served as senior vice president of ShapeRite, a leading
nutritional supplement manufacturer. Under his leadership, the company
was recognized as one of the fastest growing private corporations in
America, reaching 44th in Inc. Magazine's annual list of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the nation.
Wuerch was named the 2005 Carolinas' Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of
the Year. He serves on the board of CED (the Council for
Entrepreneurial Development) and is a member of the Board of Directors
for the Miss America Organization.
Arno Allan Penzias (born 26 April 1933) is an American physicist and Nobel laureate in physics.
Penzias was born in Munich, Germany. At age six he was among the Jewish children evacuated to Britain as part of the Kindertransport rescue operation. Some time later, his parents also fled Nazi Germany for the U.S., and the family settled in the Garment District of New York City in 1940. In 1946, Penzias became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1951 and received a bachelor's degree from the City College of New York in 1954. From Columbia University, he received his Master's degree in 1958 and his Ph.D. in 1962.
He went on to work at Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey, where, with Robert Woodrow Wilson, he worked on ultra-sensitive cryogenic microwave receivers, intended for radio astronomy observations. In 1964, on building their most sensitive antenna/receiver system, the pair encountered radio noise which they could not explain. It was far less energetic than the radiation given off by the Milky Way, and it was isotropic, so they assumed their instrument was subject to interference by terrestrial sources. They tried, and then
Flint Brenton is a veteran of the technology industry
with over 20 years of experience as a senior executive
in the IT sector. Formerly Senior Vice President &
General Manager of NetIQ's Security & Administration
business unit, Flint has held leadership positions at
NetIQ Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, BMC
Software and IBM.
As Senior Vice President and General Manager at NetIQ,
Flint dramatically increased revenues for the Security
and Administration business unit through organic development
as well as mergers and acquisitions. As Senior Vice
President of Engineering, he managed the company's development
staff of 500 across five locations and delivered all
NetIQ products to market. Flint's team developed more
than 100 major releases of existing products and four
new products, winning over 20 "Product of the Year"
Prior to NetIQ, Brenton was Vice President of Worldwide
eCommerce for Compaq Computer Corporation, where he
led the team that developed the company's global e-commerce
strategy and built the online applications required
to execute it. Brenton began his career in technology
at IBM where he held a variety of sales and sales management
positions, consistently ranking among the organization's
Following IBM, Brenton was general manager of European
operations for I-Net Corporation, a networking services
company. He then joined systems management leader BMC
Software where he managed the assimilation of the Boole
& Babbage products following BMC's acquisition.
Brenton also started and grew BMC's MQ Series product
line to become one of the company's most profitable
Flint received a Masters in Business and Public Management
from Rice University in 1984 and a Bachelor of Science
degree from Mount Union College in 1978. Flint also
serves on the Board of Directors.
Gary Oliver brings an important combination of management experience
to Blazent, both as a successful software leader, and as a senior level
IT executive. This first hand experience allows him to clearly
understand the business needs of today's IT executive, and to then to
manage the delivery of solutions to directly meet those needs.
joins Blazent from Peregrine Systems, where he was Vice President and
General Manager of the Infrastructure Management Business Unit,
responsible for Peregrine's application solutions. These solutions were
installed in over 92% of the Fortune 500. Prior to Peregrine, Gary
served as Vice President and General Manager of the IT Service
Management business at Remedy Corporation, with over 10,000 customers
Prior to Remedy, Gary was Sr. Vice
President at Visa International, responsible for the company's internal
technology environment. In this role he established the important
balance of running IT as a business while delivering high levels of
service and speed. Prior to Visa, Gary held several marketing and sales
management positions at IBM, including the management of worldwide
sales and marketing of IBM's data management solutions.
Gary graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a BA in Economics.
Brian Atwood co-founded Versant Ventures after spending four years at Brentwood Venture Capital where as a general partner he led investments in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and bioinformatics. He also has more than 15 years of operating experience in the biotechnology industry, with emphasis on therapeutic products, devices, diagnostics, and research instrumentation. Prior to launching his career in venture capital, Mr. Atwood was founder, president, and CEO of Glycomed, a publicly traded biotechnology company. At Glycomed, Mr. Atwood concentrated on business development and strategic alliances. Prior to this, he co-founded and served as director of Perkin Elmer/Cetus Instruments, a joint venture for robotics automation and genomics research instruments and products later acquired by Perkin Elmer. Mr. Atwood currently serves as a Board member for Cadence Pharmaceuticals, ForteBio, Helicos Biosciences, Pharmion and Saegis Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Atwood received a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, a Master's degree from the University of California, Davis, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Hometown: Westminster, Colorado
University of Colorado, BS, Magna Cum Laude
President & CEO, since 1998
Senior Marketing Director, Samsonite Americas
Product Management Director, Samsonite USA
Samsonite (11 years total)
Why @ eBags: I became a "bag expert" at Samsonite. There, my
teams worked on more than 20 distribution channels, and I managed
design direction, presentations, pricing, P&L's, and forecasts for
more than 1,500 products. As the Internet began expanding, I knew the
world was facing radical change. Rejoining some of my all-time favorite
workmates and helping to change the world's shopping habits -- via more
convenience, better information and outstanding values -- excites me!
So yes, having 11 years of relevant bag and retail experience is
important. But I am really at eBags because of belief and
determination. I am thankful to have grown up in a great family and to
have great friends. They inspired me to follow dreams. They also taught
me to value relationships with people. To get great satisfaction in
life, you need to create good things "with" and "for" other people.
Throughout my life, certain core values have proven to work. To (1)
believe, (2) remain positive, (3) focus and (4) work hard no matter
what. In high school, I left home to play Junior A hockey. After eight
grueling months, my team won a national championship. Our team included
19 amazing guys and a fantastic coach who believed, worked hard and
treated each other with immense respect.
Later, my roommate on that team got cancer three times and lost an eye
playing hockey. Yet, today he is a 36-year-old radiology oncologist. To
me, he's an incredible inspiration. He always believed in his dreams,
remained positive and stayed focused.
Another teammate became rookie of the year in the NHL after being
ignored at draft eligibility time. He showed me again that good things
happen when you believe, remain positive and keep your nose to the
Starting in mid-1998, the founders of eBags worked eight months without
pay. More importantly, they spent their savings to build the eBags Web
site. At times, I still get chills when I think of their incredible
belief in an "idea" and their commitment to making it real. They
believed, remained positive and stayed focused -- week after week. In
January 1999, angel investors and firms including Benchmark Capital,
Mitsubishi Corporation, Dain Rauscher Wessels, and partners from
Goldman Sachs placed significant investments into eBags ... helping
eBags become world-class in the way we provide services to consumers.
Today, more people have joined our team because they "believe" in eBags
and the professionalism of each person here. We all share the same
So it goes beyond my bag experience. Our shared beliefs, our positive
attitudes and our focus on building a world-class e-store are the
primary reasons why I am here at eBags.
Favorite Childhood Trip: My Dad is drawn to golf. When I was 10, he loaded my brother, sister, Mom and
me into the car with luggage and three sets of golf clubs. We drove for three
weeks, from Denver to Spokane to Vancouver, ferried to Prince Rupert British
Columbia, then drove to Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise and finally home. We played
some great courses along the way and I caught the travel bug!
Other Great Trips: A 90-day, 2,500-mile bicycle/tenting trip
through the British Isles. A seven-day hike up 19,000-foot Kilimanjaro
in Africa. A 10-hour ice and snow climb up 19,000-foot Cotapaxi in
Ecuador -- done through the night with four layers of clothing, axes,
crampons and headlamps. In the past, I craved adventurous travel, but I
am more likely to go to the beach these days.
Favorite City: Hong Kong is #1 for big cities -- picture New
York City dropped into the hills around Vail with an unbelievable
harbor and a hundred cultures mixed together. Boulder is my favorite
for small cities -- I love the Pearl Street Mall, Chataqua Dining Hall
and the University of Colorado.
Favorite eBags Feature: Consumer Ratings! Placing the power of information in your hands -- the
person who "uses" the product -- is unique to the Internet.
Favorite Product: For my business case I use the Trager Cross Country Brief or the Chrome Fireball. And for me, Ogio makes the best locker bags.
Favorite Travel Book: "Investment Biker" by Jim Rogers ... a
great story about a couple who completed a 20-month, 51-country,
57,354-mile around-the-world trek on a BMW bike. It is a top-flight
travelogue. The book includes highly colorful sketches of people and
places visited in addition to thorough insights regarding highly
diverse local economies on six continents.
Contact me: Jon@ebags.com
Asheem joined Greylock in 2003. His areas of interest include enterprise infrastructure, datacenter, networking and security.
Asheem's company boards and investments include Imperva, Palo Alto Networks, Securent, TechProcess and Xsigo Systems. He is also on the board at Sourcefire (Nasdaq: FIRE).
He was previously on the boards at CipherTrust (acquired by Secure
Computing), NetBoost (acquired by Intel) and PortAuthority Technologies
(acquired by Websense).
Prior to joining Greylock, Asheem spent over fifteen years in
industry operating roles helping create, grow and lead multiple
technology businesses and product lines to market leadership positions.
Most recently, Asheem was vice-president of business development and
product management with Check Point Software Technologies.
During his 6.5 year tenure, Check Point became one of the world's
fastest growing and most profitable companies. Asheem founded the
business development and product management organizations, led
corporate marketing during high growth years, and directed Check
Point's product/business strategy, product management and industry
partnerships. Asheem is also credited with creating, growing and
leading Check Point's OPSEC Alliance into the largest and most
successful security partner program in the IT industry. Prior to Check
Point, Asheem was vice-president of marketing with CoroNet Systems (a
venture-backed startup acquired by Compuware), where he helped create
and define a new product category for application-aware network
monitoring. Previously, Asheem held strategic marketing and product
line positions with SynOptics/Bay Networks and AT&T Bell
Asheem is a Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley. He is also on the Advisory Board for the RSA Conference and was a Judge for the 2005 and 2006 Wall Street Journal Global Technology Innovation Awards.
Born and raised in India, Asheem holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in
electrical and computer engineering from Case Western Reserve
Prior to joining Benchmark Capital Europe, Barry spent five years as CEO of Esat Digifone, Ireland's second largest GSM mobile operator. Under Barry's leadership, Esat Digifone expanded to a profitable company with 900 employees, more than 1 million customers and IR400 million in revenues. Esat Digifone was acquired by British Telecom at a market value of IR£2 billion and is now part of the O2 Group.
Before Esat Digifone, Barry spent two years at Xerox Corporation in Palo Alto, California, where as Vice President of first Business Development and then Channel Operations, he was instrumental in revolutionizing Xerox’s approach to global marketing. Before this Barry enjoyed a pan-European career at Digital Equipment as European Pricing Manager, Director of Software Business Europe and Vice President of the Component and Peripheral Business Unit Europe.
Chuck is a Co-Founder and General Partner of NEA. His investment activities focus on healthcare services, healthcare information services and biopharmaceutical companies. His board memberships include Bravo by ElderHealth, CoGenesys, Hospital Partners of America, Pharmos, Sensors for Medicine & Science, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, TargetRx, Trine Pharmaceuticals, and Vitae Pharmaceuticals. His prior board memberships include among others, AMERIGROUP, Caremark, Chomerics, Genetic Therapy, LifeMetrix, Life Technologies, PatientKeeper, Russ Pharmaceuticals, Scandipharm, Sepracor, Surgical Health, and Zymark Corporation. In 1986 he founded the Mid-Atlantic Venture Capital Association (MAVA), which now has over 80 venture capital firms that are members, and is one of the most active regional venture associations in the country. He is Chairman Emeritus of MAVA. Chuck served in Vietnam commanding an independent platoon including an initial reconnaissance of Hamburger Hill. His decorations include the Silver Star and Bronze Star V (1st OLC.) Before co-founding NEA, Chuck was Vice President of T. Rowe Price Associates (Vice President of their New Horizons Fund). He received his MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and his BA in English Literature with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.
Forest joined NEA in 1999 as a Venture Partner and became a General Partner in 2004. Forest focuses on information technology investments. Present board memberships include Aeluros, Aprius, Arch Rock, Audience, Catalytic, Chelsio Communications, Foveon, Fulcrum Microsystems, Luxtera, Rinera Networks, RingCube, SiBEAM and T-RAM Semiconductor. He also serves as an advisor to Cassatt, Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), SiTime, Tableau Software and Telegent Systems. Previous board memberships include, among others, Atheros Communications (NASDAQ: ATHR), E2O, Nanochip, Newisys and RingCube Technologies. Forest also previously held an advisory position with FineGround, PolyServe, ReShape and SMIC. Prior to NEA, Forest was Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation from 1982 to 1986 before joining SGI. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1971 to 1982. He also spent two years at Los Alamos National Laboratory building an operating system for the original Cray-1 computer and a year and a half at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a Principal Scientist doing VLSI research. At Stanford, he worked with Andy Bechtolsheim on the SUN workstation project, with Jim Clark on the Geometry Engine project, and with John Hennessy on the MIPS microprocessor project. Dr. Baskett received a BA in Mathematics from Rice University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
John T. Chambers (born August 23, 1949) is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc.
Chambers was born on August 23, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio to John Tuner "Jack" and June Chambers. His mother was a psychiatrist and his father was an obstetrician. The family resided in Kanawha City, West Virginia.
When Chambers was nine years old, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. Aided by a therapist, Chambers learned to cope with his disability.
He holds a bachelor of science / bachelor of arts degree in business and a law degree from West Virginia University and a master of business administration degree in finance and management from Indiana University. Previously, he also attended the School of Engineering at Duke University from 1967 to 1968.
After obtaining his MBA, Chamber began his career in technology sales at IBM. After six years, he moved to Wang Laboratories. There, he became the Vice President of U.S. Operations in 1987. He then left Wang in 1991 and joined Cisco.
Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 as senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Operations. Since January 1995, when he assumed the role of CEO, the company has grown from $1.2 billion in annual revenues to its current
Mark Kremer is a U.S. and Israeli citizen with more than 15 years
experience as a successful Silicon Valley executive and entrepreneur.
Prior to joining Benchmark, Mark served as CEO of Broadbase Software Inc. (Nasdaq: BBSW), a leading provider of e-business applications.
founded Broadbase in November 1995, receiving early funding from
Benchmark. As CEO of Broadbase, Mark recruited an outstanding executive
team and led the company to a leadership position in the e-business
In the nine years prior to founding
Broadbase Software, Mark held several executive positions in
high-profile Silicon Valley companies, including Oracle and Verity. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1986, Mark was one of the pioneering engineers of Motorola Semiconductor in Israel.
Board Seats: Clarizen,
(acquired by Broadcom).
Education: BSc Degree from the Technion in Israel.
R. Martin Roscheisen is an Austrian-American technology entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley.
Martin Roscheisen was born and raised in Munich, Germany, as an Austrian citizen. Attending Feodor Lynen high school near Munich, he graduated valedictorian in 1987. While still a teenager, he spent a year at the legendary Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Silicon Valley. He subsequently studied computer science and electrical engineering at Munich Technical University, graduating at the top of his class. In 1992, he moved to California to earn a doctorate in engineering at Stanford University (with fellow students in Terry Winograd's group of the same year including Sergey Brin and Larry Page.)
Roscheisen was among the first generation of entrepreneurs in the late 1990s pursuing opportunities in the commercial Internet; and starting in 2000 he was one of the first entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley to focus on green energy technology:
- In 1995, Roscheisen co-founded FindLaw, which became the most widely used Internet legal site, for the first time making U.S. case law including all Supreme Court decisions accessible to the public. FindLaw is now a business unit of Thomson's West
S Nagarajan is the co founder and Chief People Officer of 24/7 Customer and is based in India. Nags (as he is known in the industry) leads 24/7 Customer's workforce of over 4500 employees that delivers offshore-based services for Global 1000 companies. Through a consistent focus on operational excellence Nags has been instrumental in building 24/7 Customer into a strong player in the ITES/BPO space.
Prior to 24/7 Customer, Nagarajan co-founded the US based Business Evolution (BEI), a provider of integrated customer interaction technology. Nags played an active role in the development and marketing of BEI's products from the company's inception.
Nagarajan also held various technical and senior management positions for IT projects in the US, Europe, and India at companies such as Comsys Technical Services, Churchill Insurance Co. and Tata Consultancy Services. While at Tata Consultancy Services, he led the development of various versions of the famous financial accounting software EX. At Churchill Insurance in London, he led the development of customer communication software. Nagarajan has a Master's Degree in computer applications from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, a professional degree in statistics from Loyola College Chennai, and more than 17 years of experience in offshore based services.
Nagarajan is a widely recognized thought leader in the offshore BPO industry who shares his views in various industry forums and also delivers guest lectures at leading management institutes.
Vinod Dham (Gurmukhi: ਵਿਨੋਦ ਧਾਮ) is an inventor, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is popularly known as the Father of the Pentium chip, for his contribution to the development of highly successful Pentium Processors from Intel. He is a mentor, advisor and investor; and sits on the boards of many companies including promising startups funded through his India based fund – Indo US Venture Partners, where he is the founding Managing Director.
Vinod Dham was born in 1950. His father was a civilian in the army who had moved from Rawalpindi to India during the Partition of India. Dham completed his graduation in Electrical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering in 1971 at the age of 21. He has three brothers and a sister. At the age of 25, he left his family in New Delhi to get a graduate degree in the U.S., arriving with just $8 in his pocket. He is married to wife Sadhana and has two sons.
After graduation in Electrical Engineering (with an emphasis in Electronics) from Delhi College of Engineering (Now renamed Delhi Technological University), Delhi University in 1971, he joined a Delhi-based semiconductor company called Continental Devices. In 1975, he left this job
Craig Conway has enjoyed one of the most distinguished and successful careers
in the technology industry. He has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Managers by
BusinessWeek, one of the Ten Most Influential People In
High Technology by
Computer Business Review, and one of the Fifty Most
Powerful People in Networking by
As president and chief executive officer, Conway has led several technology companies to
success including most recently, PeopleSoft. Conway joined PeopleSoft in 1999 and began one of the
most dramatic turnarounds in the technology industry. His vision to develop the industry's first
pure Internet architecture, determination to expand into new products and markets, and intense
focus on execution drove PeopleSoft to become the world's second largest provider of business
software. In 2002
Fortune magazine named PeopleSoft the Second Most Admired
Forbes magazine named PeopleSoft one of Five Overachieving
On June 2, 2003, Conway announced the acquisition of JD Edwards, making PeopleSoft a $2.9
billion company with 12,000 customers in 150 countries and starting a wave of industry
consolidation. Four days later PeopleSoft itself became a takeover target by Oracle Corporation,
and so began the longest hostile takeover attempt in history. Eighteen months later PeopleSoft was
sold for $10.3 billion, almost $4 billion more than Oracle's initial offer and $7 billion more than
the value of the company when Conway took over as CEO.
Conway has served as president and CEO of TGV Software, One Touch Systems, and PeopleSoft. He
has also held executive management positions at a variety of leading technology companies including
executive vice president at Oracle Corporation.
William T. "Bill" Gross (b. 1958) is an American businessman. Gross grew up in Encino, California and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
He founded GNP Loudspeakers (now GNP Audio Video), an audio equipment manufacturer; GNP Development Inc., acquired by Lotus Software; Knowledge Adventure, an educational software company, later acquired by Cendant; and the business incubator Idealab in March, 1996, of which he serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He is also credited as the creator of the Sponsored Search model of search advertising where advertisers pay when their ad is clicked.
Gross serves on the boards of numerous companies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and of the Art Center College of Design.
One company founded by Gross, GoTo.com, Inc., was the first company to successfully provide an Internet search engine which relied upon sponsored search results and pay-per-click advertisements. GoTo.com was later renamed Overture Services Inc. and was then acquired by Yahoo! to provide their Yahoo! Search Marketing products.
David joined August Capital in 2000. He invests broadly in information
technology companies, with a focus on enterprise application and
infrastructure software and consumer facing software and services.
Prior to joining August Capital, David was an intellectual property and
corporate attorney at Venture Law Group, Cravath Swaine & Moore,
and Perkins Coie LLP. In his legal practice, David represented high
tech startups in all aspects of their formation, financing and
operations, including Yahoo!, When.com (AOL), Sonique (Terra Lycos),
Pure Payments (Excite@Home), BuyDirect (Beyond.com) and Ofoto (Kodak).
David has an eclectic technology background. At Stanford, he studied
and taught the impact of technology on music, earning a degree in
Computer Music. At Cambridge, England, he explored the power of
technology in tracking and combating bias crime, receiving an M.Phil.
in Criminology. At Harvard Law School, from which he received a J.D.,
magna cum laude, David focused upon the convergence of technology and
the law, serving as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and
Technology and publishing papers on digital audio and software piracy.
David has taught business and law internationally and is a lecturer
at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He currently sits on the
board of directors of DoneRight, Nomis Solutions, PayCycle, Six Apart,
Splunk Technology and VideoEgg. He previously served on the board of
Evite which was acquired by Ticketmaster and was a board observer with
Tickle Inc. which was acquired by Monster and Actional which was
acquired by Progress Software.
Chamath is an Internet generation executive, having designed, launched and managed some of the Internet's most successful and well-known consumer products and services. Currently Chamath is the VP of Marketing and Operations for Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Chamath focused on consumer Internet, advertising and media investments for Mayfield. Prior to Mayfield, Chamath spent five years with AOL, most recently as the vice president and general manager of the Desktop Messaging group with overall responsibility for the AIM and ICQ businesses. Prior to his role as head of AIM and ICQ, Chamath was vice president of business operations for AOL's broadband subscription service helping to build the business to over $1 billion in revenue. He also co-founded and launched a Music Video-On-Demand (VOD) Channel to both critical and user acclaim, garnering successive Emmy nominations in 2005 and 2006. Earlier, Chamath held management positions with Internet music pioneers Spinner.com (AOL) and Winamp (AOL). Chamath attended the University of Waterloo, where he graduated First Class Honors with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He is a native of Sri Lanka, was raised in Canada and has lived in the United Kingdom.
Jim joined NEA in 2001 as a General Partner. He specializes in biotechnology and works with members of NEA's healthcare investment group on medical devices, healthcare information systems and healthcare services companies. Present board memberships include Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals, CoGenesys, Inc., GlycoMimetics, Inc. Inhibitex, Inc. (NASDAQ: INHX), Iomai Corporation (NASDAQ: IOMI), Nucleonics, Inc., Peptimmune, Inc., Pharmion Corporation (NASDAQ: PHRM), Ruxton Pharmaceuticals, Sensors for Medicine and Science, Inc.. Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Targacept, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRGT) and YM Biosciences (AMEX: YMI). Jim formerly served on the board of MedImmune, Inc. (acquired by AstraZeneca). Prior to NEA, Jim served as Founder/Chairman/CEO of Sensors for Medicine and Science (1997 - 2001) where he remains Chairman. Prior to that, he was Chairman/CEO of Genetic Therapy, Inc. (1987 - 1995), President/CEO of Life Technologies (1985 - 1987), and President/CEO of Bethesda Research Labs (1982 - 1983). Prior to 1982, Jim worked in various divisions of SmithKline. NEA and Jim have worked together since 1982 when he was recruited to run Bethesda Research Laboratories, Inc., which merged with Life Technologies, Inc. NEA then backed Jim at Genetic Therapy, Inc. and later at Sensors for Medicine and Science, Inc. Jim received a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Tennessee, his MBA from the University of Santa Clara, and a BS in Chemistry from Boston College.
Moshe Mor joined Greylock in 2000. His areas of focus include: enterprise software, systems and services.
Previously, Moshe spent eight years at SPL WorldGroup,
a leading international provider of enterprise software and services.
He was a member of SPL's founding team; from 1995 he led it as its CEO
through rapid expansion to reach 1,000 employees and $150 million in
revenues worldwide. Prior to SPL WorldGroup, Moshe held management
positions in software companies in diverse stages, from start-ups to
large established players. He also served six years in the Israeli Army
as a Captain in the Military Intelligence branch.
Moshe leads Greylock's investment activities in Israel. His investments consist of ClearForest (acquired by Reuters), Farecast, HyperRoll, Illuminator, Payoneer, Red Bend Software, Unipier and Zend.
Moshe holds a BS degree in Economics from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Oprah Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her self-titled, multi-award-winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. She has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and was for a time the world's only black billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.
Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, claiming to be raped at age nine and becoming pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated
Andrew S. Rappaport or Andy Rappaport (born 1957) is an American Silicon Valley venture capitalist partner; he works with August Capital, an information technology venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California.
In the last three years he has become recognized as one of the largest American Democratic Party donors and philanthropist with his wife Deborah Rappaport.
He has three daughters, Leah, Sara and Rebecca.
Andy Rappaport joined August Capital in 1996. His expertise is in the areas of technology and finance related to open-source software, broadband communications, semiconductors, and computer systems. He has more than 15 years of experience as a founder, investor, and/or director of venture-backed start-ups. He has served on more than 30 public and private company boards.
Prior to joining August Capital, he was involved in more than a dozen venture capital-backed start-ups since 1985 including Actel, Atheros Communications, Genoa Corp, MMC networks, Silicon Architects (acquired by Synopsys), Silicon Image, Viewlogic, and Transmeta. For over thirteen years he was the president of the Technology Research Group (TRG), a Boston-based strategy consulting firm he founded in
As a serial entrepreneur, Hank Nothhaft has been a pathfinder in the telecommunications and networking industries, growing pioneering startups, such as Concentric Network Corp., DSC Communications and GTE Telenet Communications (now Sprint), into mature industry leaders. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Danger, Inc., Hank has directed the company from its initial product launch in 2002 to its present position as a market leader in the mobile internet market.
Previously, Hank served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Concentric Network Corporation from 1995 to 2001, where he led the company from its earliest stages through a successful IPO in 1997 and a merger with NextLink in 1999 (creating XO Communications). Prior to Concentric, Hank held key executive roles at DSC Communications Corporation, including Senior Vice President of Marketing, and Group President, in addition to serving as a Member of the Board of Directors. Hank also held the roles of Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Sales for GTE Telenet Communications Corporation (now Sprint), which pioneered x.25 networks, the initial public data networking protocol.
Hank serves on the board of Tessera, Inc., a developer of semiconductor packaging technology for miniaturization and increased performance of electronic products. Before joining Danger, he was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Endforce (formerly Smartpipes), a leading provider of network security software. He remained chairman of the board through March 2005.
Hank has an M.B.A. from George Washington University and a B.S. degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, and he is a former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Jeff Brody is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to founding Redpoint, Jeff was a general partner with Brentwood Venture Capital, a firm he joined in 1994.
Jeff is focused on investments in new technology companies spanning both enterprise and consumer customers. He currently serves on the board of directors of Danger, Fraud Sciences, HomeAway Vacation Rentals, Kodiak, LifeSize, Mobilygen, MobiTV and ZING Systems (acquired by Dell).
Jeff is a board observer for JumpTap and former board member of Loopnet (LOOP).
Jeff was an early investor and director of Concur Technologies (CNQR), GetThere (GTHR), mySimon (acquired by CNET), NextCard (NXCD), Onebox (acquired by OpenWave), ViaVideo (acquired by Polycom), and Web TV (acquired by Microsoft).
Prior to joining Brentwood, Jeff spent six years with Comdisco Ventures. Before Jeff joined Comdisco, he was an Associate at Crosspoint Venture Partners and co-founded a mobile telecommunications company. Jeff also worked as a field engineer for Schlumberger Ltd. in Europe and Africa.
Jeff received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Education Princeton University, 1980 BSE New York University, 1984 MBA
Experience AT&T/Bell Labs, 1980-1984, Operations,
R&D Sierra Ventures,
Directorships of Public and Acquired
Companies Centex Telemanagement (CNTX-NASD, Acquired by
MFS/Worldcom) Combinet (Acquired by Cisco Systems) Convergenet (Acquired
by Dell) Evolve Software (EVLV-NASD, Acquired by Primavera) Fairmarket
(FAIM-NASD, Acquired by Ebay) Frontbridge (Acquired by Microsoft) Micro
Power (Acquired by Westin Presidio) Micromuse (MUSE-NASD) NetMoves Corp.
(NTMV-NASD, Acquired by Mail.com) On Assignment (ASGN-NASD) Paracer
(Acquired by Stratos Lightwave - STLW-NASD) QUINTA (Acquired by Seagate) Stratacom (STRM-NASD, Acquired by Cisco Systems) Sychip
(Acquired by Murata)
Theravance (THRX-NASD) Vertel (VRTL-NASD) VINA (VINA-NASD, Acquired by Verilink)
Directorships of Private Companies American Fiber Systems
Element Labs Metrobility Optical Networks NP
Photonics Valere Power
Non-Directorship Investments Active Software (ASWX-NASD, Acquired by
WebMethods) Applied MicroStructures AuthenTec (AUTH-NASD) Epoch Systems (Acquired
Meriton Networks Terayon
(TERN-NASD) Verari Systems
Maynard Webb is the author of Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship, a long-time technology executive and angel investor, a board member of Salesforce.com, Yahoo! and LiveOps, and philanthropist. Webb founded Webb Investment Network in 2010 and is the former CEO of LiveOps and former COO of eBay.
With Carlye Adler, Webb authored a book entitled Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship, to be published in January 2013. The book focuses on how work models developed a century ago are out of sync today, identifies four mindsets about work, and explains how to leverage technology to change how we work. Over the years, Webb has blogged about entrepreneurship and work in the Internet economy.
Webb received his Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University. After graduation, he took an entry-level job at IBM. He later held management and leadership positions at Bay Networks, Quantum Corporation, and Thomas-Conrad Corporation and was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Gateway, Inc.
From 1999 to 2006, Webb held various titles at eBay, including President of Technology and Chief Operating
Neal Dempsey joined Bay Partners in 1989
after a varied business career including five years as chief executive
officer of Qubix Graphics Systems, one year as chief executive of
Envision Technology, and several senior management positions with
Zentec and Harris Corporation Through cycles
of change, Neal’s investment thesis has been to find entrepreneurs
with domain expertise and the fine art of listening. At the end of
the day, customers decide whether startups will succeed or not and
without listening to customers, entrepreneurs are seldom successful.
This thesis has served him well through investments in category creating
companies like Brocade, Informatica and Shiva.
Neal balances the stresses of his workload by giving back to the community.
In addition to serving as Managing General Partner at Bay, he serves on the
Board of EMQ Children and Family Services (a.k.a. Eastfield Ming Quong). His
leadership helped establish the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program
at the University of Washington Business School. He made
the largest gift ever from an alumnus to the University of
Last but not least, Neal is a passionate college sports fan.
He is very actively involved with The University of Washington
basketball and football programs. To support these athletic
programs at his alma matter, Neal sponsored the Dempsey Indoor
Training Stadium at the University of Washington.
P V Kannan co-founded 24/7 Customer in April 2000. Under PV's leadership, 24/7 Customer is the first in the industry to provide services across the entire customer lifecycle. It is PV's vision and belief that is the foundation for success of 24/7 Customer growth. His vision is to make it simple and easy for companies to acquire and retain their customers, and for customers to seek solutions to their queries, anytime and anywhere in the world. PV's belief that our clients are customers for life is the culture of the organization. 24/7 Customer provides its services to global 1000 companies, round the clock from locations around the world.
PV has been featured as a thought leader in the field of global sourcing, including Tom Friedman's “The World is Flat”, “Outsourcing Thought Leaders” by Booz Allen Hamilton, and in Fortune Magazine. He is also a regular speaker at industry events and has been a panelist in Forbes Conference 2006, Academy of 2006 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, to name a few .
PV's career in on-line and off-line customer sales and service has resulted in a number of U.S. and international patent filings.
Prior to 24/7 Customer, PV Kannan was an officer and VP at Kana Software. In 1995, he founded his first company Business Evolution (BEI) based in Princeton , New Jersey , which was acquired by Kana Software in 1999. Prior to Business Evolution, P V worked in the U.S. and Europe in various leadership roles overseeing IT projects.
Trained as a Chartered Accountant in India , P V Kannan holds professional degrees in accounting and finance.
PV lives in Los Gatos , California with his wife and daughter.
Ed Cluss, president and chief executive
officer of NextHop Technologies, is responsible for
all funding, planning, policy, operational and strategic
decisions for the company. Most recently, Mr. Cluss
served as an executive-in-residence at New Enterprise
Associates, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley,
collaborating on investment opportunities and assisting
portfolio companies. Previously, he was a vice president
at Cisco Systems Inc., where he structured strategic
relationships with wireless LAN (802.11) partners. Prior
to that, Mr. Cluss was the president and CEO of InfoGear
Technology Corp., an Internet pioneer that developed
and delivered software to manage services on multiple
types of Internet appliances. Under Mr. Cluss' leadership,
InfoGear was acquired by Cisco Systems just prior to
a planned initial public offering. Before that, he held
several vice president positions at Aspect Telecommunications.
During his tenure, Aspect's revenues grew from zero
to more than $200 million in annual sales, and market
value surpassed $1 billion.
Mr. Cluss holds a master of business
administration with high distinction (Baker Scholar)
from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business,
and bachelor and master of science degrees in mechanical
engineering with Tau Beta Pi academic honors from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jeanne has had an email address since 1980. She is proud of being
part of the technology revolution over the last 24 years and working
with some of the world's greatest high tech companies. Jeanne likes to
say, "I have participated with some of the most successful companies of
our times, seen great CEO's and teams in action and learned how to and
how not to build a great company…" She represents StarVest on several
technology company boards.
Prior to StarVest,
Jeanne's 30-year business career includes 24 years in the information
technology field and fourteen years in the venture capital business as
a Managing Director for Olivetti Ventures. These U.S.-based funds
invested in 40 early and growth-stage information technology companies.
From 1981 to 1990, Jeanne was with AT&T and gained many years of
operating experience as Product Director for a Bell Laboratories
venture business unit. From 1971 to 1978, she was with Bozell
Worldwide, in business marketing roles.
a full grasp of the issues facing growth-stage companies today, Jeanne
contributes in the areas of marketing, channel development, product and
strategic direction for technology companies. She helped build the New
York New Media Angel Investors Program and served as Chair of the
selection program. She is a frequent guest lecturer on the subject of
investing in technology companies.
As Chief Technology Officer, Joe acts as a strategic and tactical guide for the technical and intellectual property aspects of Danger's business. Joe
brings more than 14 years of experience building consumer products to
Danger, and he has been awarded 13 patents as a result of his work. His
specialty is designing system software for consumer electronic devices.
Prior to co-founding Danger, Joe spent over four years at WebTV
Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1995. As the first
non-founding employee, he was responsible for the architecture and
creation of the system software used in the WebTV set-top boxes. Joe
was involved in the design of every hardware product shipped by WebTV
during his time there.
Before WebTV, Joe worked at Catapult
Entertainment. Joe was part of the team that created the Xband Video
Game Network, a system which enabled multi-player gaming over the
Internet. Joe contributed to the system software as well as the
technology required to enable video games for network play. Before
Catapult, Joe worked at the 3DO Company, contributing to the design of
a game console powered by a PowerPC CPU.
Joe started his
Silicon Valley career at Apple Computer, working in the RISC (Reduced
Instruction Set Computer) Products Group. Joe was a core member of the
ROM (Read Only Memory) development team for the first generation
Joe holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Patrick joined NEA in 2006 as General Partner focusing on a broad range of information technology investments with particular emphasis on enterprise software, network infrastructure and Internet companies. Pat is currently on the board of ChannelAdvisor. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick was General Partner of Grotech Capital Group where he specialized in high-tech investments and served on a number of boards including Advertising.com, Bluefire Security, CDnow, Fieldglass Software, Hillcrest Labs, SALIX Technologies, and Synchrologic. Prior to Grotech, Patrick spent nearly 10 years at Alex. Brown & Sons as an investment banker for high technology companies. At Alex. Brown & Sons, he was responsible for a range of financing and advisory projects including initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions for high-tech companies. Prior to that, Patrick was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Patrick served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he spent substantially all his tenure on the staff of Admiral H.G. Rickover at the Headquarters of the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program. Patrick is Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. He received a Masters in Business Administration, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University.
As CEO of Motion Computing, Inc., Scott Eckert brings a wealth of
executive leadership, high-tech business experience and entrepreneurial
spirit to the company.
Prior to leading Motion Computing
to early success, including the No. 1 position in worldwide market
share for slate tablet PCs, he was an executive at Dell Inc. for six
years and widely known as the chief architect of that company’s
worldwide Internet strategy. Under his management, Dell’s electronic
commerce revenue grew from zero to about $20 million per day, making it
the largest computer vendor on the Internet and one of the most
celebrated e-commerce success stories.
Mr. Eckert was also general manager for Dell’s Home and Small Business
Division in Brazil and was responsible for implementing a turnaround in
one of Dell’s strategic target markets. Prior to his time in Brazil, he
was managing director for Dell’s Home and Small Business Division in
the UK and Ireland, one of Dell’s largest international business units
with 900 employees and revenues exceeding $800 million.
Mr. Eckert also launched Dell’s Web hosting business in Europe,
claiming the No. 2 position in the UK market within six months.
Prior to joining Dell, Mr. Eckert was a member of a turnaround team at
L.A. Gear, the nation’s third largest shoe manufacturer. He served as
director of strategic planning and subsequently director of operations.
Mr. Eckert also spent a number of years in strategy consulting with
Bain and Co. and the LEK Consulting Group in Los Angeles and Sydney,
In 2004, Mr. Eckert was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur
of the Year for Austin. This distinction is among the world’s most
prestigious awards for entrepreneurs. Mr. Eckert was also the inaugural
winner of the Computerworld Smithsonian Program’s 21st Century Pioneer
Award in 1998. The award recognizes “individuals whose ideas and
actions are destined to open the new frontiers of a new millennium.” He
was recognized in the Museum of American History, Smithsonian
Institution, from 1998 through 1999. He was also selected as a “Digital
Media Master” by Advertising Age as well as one of 75 “people who make
a difference in enterprise networking,” by Network World.
Mr. Eckert earned a master's degree in business administration from
Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in quantitative
economics from Stanford University.
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Сергей Михайлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) is a Soviet-born American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who, with Larry Page, co-founded Google, one of the most profitable Internet companies. As of 2012, his personal wealth is estimated to be $20.3 billion. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 percent of the company.
Brin immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union at the age of six. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps by studying mathematics, as well as computer science. After graduation, he moved to Stanford University to acquire a Ph.D. in computer science. There he met Larry Page, with whom he later became friends. They crammed their dormitory room with inexpensive computers and applied Brin's data mining system to build a superior search engine. The program became popular at Stanford and they suspended their PhD studies to start up Google in a rented garage.
The Economist magazine referred to Brin as an "Enlightenment Man", and someone who believes that "knowledge is always good, and certainly always better than ignorance", a philosophy
Tom Bogan joined Greylock in 2004. His areas of focus include: software and development tools.
Before Greylock, Tom was president and COO of Rational Software, an
S&P 500 enterprise software company from 2000 until its sale to IBM
in 2003. He previously had served Rational as its COO and general
manager of its testing business from 1996 to 2000. Prior to Rational,
Tom was president and CEO of two early stage technology companies that
focused on networking and peripheral products Pacific Data Products
(1993 to 1996) and Avatar Technologies (1987 to 1993). Before Avatar,
his background was in finance and he served as a financial officer in
public and private companies as well as positions in public accounting.
Tom's investments consist of ClearForest (Acquired by Reuters), iConclude (Acquired by Opsware), Mazu Networks, OATSystems, Ounce Labs, and Troux Technologies. He also serves as the Chairman of Citrix Systems
and is a trustee of Stonehill College. He was previously a director of
several public and private companies including eRoom Technologies and
When David E. Liddle joined USVP in 2000, he'd already had a long association with the firm. Having served for nearly 10 years on USVP's Technical Advisory Board, David left his post as president and CEO of business incubator Interval Research Corporation and was persuaded by long-time friends Irwin Federman and Phil Young to "just come in and look at a few deals."Prior to co-founding Interval with Paul Allen, David founded Metaphor which was acquired by IBM in 1991, which named him Vice President of Business development for IBM Personal Systems. David's extensive experience in research and development has focused largely on human-computer interactions and includes 10 years at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), from 1972 to 1982. He has been a director of Sybase, Broderbund Software, Borland International and Ticketmaster, and is currently on the board of the New York Times Company. His board involvement at USVP includes Axiom Microdevices, Caspian Networks, Gear6, Klocwork, MaxLinear, MaXXan, Optichron, PacketHop and T-RAM.
David earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in EECS at the University of Toledo, where his dissertation focused on reconfigurable computing machines and theories of encryption, encoding and signal recovery. His contributions to human-computer interaction design earned him the distinction of Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art.
David served on the board of the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose through 2004. He is on the boards of the Colleges of Engineering at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan. An avid hiker, David and wife Ruthann Quindlen enjoy travel, especially to Italy and Spain, and Santa Fe, where he once chaired the board of the Santa Fe Institute, an organization that promotes the sciences.
Edgar Masri is President and Chief Executive Officer of 3Com. He leads the company's global operations, which include H3C Technologies Ltd. Co. in China, a leader in IP-based enterprise networking.
Prior to rejoining 3Com in August 2006, Masri spent six years at Matrix Partners, a venture capital firm focused on technology investments, and more recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Redline Communications.
During his first tenure at 3Com, Masri led the company's Network Systems Business Unit as Senior Vice President and General Manager. In this position, he had worldwide responsibility for the development, manufacturing and marketing of 3Com's range of industry-leading enterprise and carrier systems products. Previously, Masri managed the Workgroup Systems Business Unit. Under his leadership, the division grew to more than $1 billion in sales and, according to industry research groups, held 35 percent market share. Masri also served as President of 3Com Ventures, the company's investment arm, and held management positions in Product Management, Marketing and Business Development.
Masri holds a Diplome d'Ingenieur from Ecole Centrale de Paris, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's in business administration with distinction (Arjay Miller Scholar) from Stanford University.
Jerry Rudisin - CEO and President - joined Agitar as CEO in July
2003 and has served on Agitar's board of directors since November 2002.
Jerry Rudisin joined Agitar in July 2003 from NightFire Software, a
startup offering service-management software to telecom carriers, where
he was CEO from April 1999 to July 2003. NightFire, founded in October
1997, was funded by Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates, US
Venture Partners, Technology Partners, and The Roda Group. Jerry led
NightFire to profitability in spite of the telecom depression; the
company was sold in August 2003 to NeuStar (NYSE: NSR). Prior to
NightFire, Jerry led marketing for almost eight years at Rational
Software Corporation (now IBM Rational), joining when it was a private
company with $28 million in revenue and leaving when it was a public
company with $412 million in revenue and a $3 billion market
capitalization. He was responsible for product and corporate marketing,
sales support, and the marketing aspects of three public company
acquisitions and two stock offerings, which raised a total of $217
million. Previously he was vice president of marketing and customer
support, product manager, development manager, and software architect
at startups in Boston and Pittsburgh. Jerry earned a master's degree in
computer science from the University of California at Los Angeles and a
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering/computer science from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Keith Rupert Murdoch, AC, KSG (born 11 March 1931) is an Australian American media mogul. Murdoch became managing director of Australia's News Limited, inherited from his father, in 1952. He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of global media holding company the News Corporation, the world's second-largest media conglomerate.
In the 1950s and '60s, he acquired various newspapers in Australia and New Zealand, before expanding into the United Kingdom in 1969, taking over the News of the World followed closely by The Sun. He moved to New York in 1974 to expand into the US market and became a naturalised US citizen in 1985. In 1981, he bought The Times, his first British broadsheet.
In 1986, keen to adopt newer electronic publishing technologies, he consolidated his UK printing operations in Wapping, causing bitter industrial disputes. His News Corporation acquired Twentieth Century Fox (1985), HarperCollins (1989) and The Wall Street Journal (2007). He formed BSkyB in 1990 and during the 1990s expanded into Asian networks and South American television. By 2000 Murdoch's News Corporation owned over 800 companies in more than 50 countries with a net worth of over $5 billion.
In July 2011
Wade joined Sigma in 1987 and became a general partner in 1990. He
has been helping startup technology companies become valuable
enterprises for more than twenty years. In that period, he has
developed experience with a broad range of technology segments ranging
from semiconductors to communications services to enterprise software.
In 1993, he made the venture industry’s first investment in the
Internet. In the course of his venture career, Wade has been through
many of the events and decisions, both pleasant and unpleasant, that
entrepreneurs must confront to be successful.
has a background in electrical engineering and law. For four years
prior to joining Sigma, he was in the technology and emerging companies
departments of the Cooley Godward law firm.
holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University in electrical
engineering, a law degree from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from
the University of California Haas School of Business. While at
Stanford, Woodson was named the Outstanding Senior in Engineering, was
a Terman Scholar and was elected to the Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa
Dries Buytaert (born 19 November 1978 in Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium) is an open-source software programmer notable as founder and lead developer of the Drupal CMS.
Buytaert defended his PhD dissertation in Computer Science on 27 January 2008 at Ghent University in Belgium.
From 1999-2000 he was the maintainer of the Linux-WLAN FAQ.
On 1 December 2007, Dries announced, together with co-founder Jay Batson the launch of a start-up called Acquia. Acquia is a commercial open-source software company providing products, services, and technical support for Drupal. Acquia wants to be to Drupal what Red Hat has been to Linux. In 2009, Acquia helped re-launch Whitehouse.gov on Drupal.
On 31 March 2008, Dries launched Mollom, a service dedicated to stopping website spam: "Mollom's purpose is to dramatically reduce the effort of keeping your site clean and the quality of your content high. Currently, Mollom is a spam-killing one-two punch combination of a state-of-the-art spam filter and CAPTCHA server." Over 15,000 websites are protected by the Mollom service, including all of Netlog's messages.
In 2008, Buytaert was elected "Young Entrepreneurs of Tech" by BusinessWeek. He was also named to
Andy served as a Benchmark general partner from 1995 until 2004.
Since the raising of our latest US fund, he has reduced his role to
focusing on his existing portfolio companies and no longer evaluates
new investments. With his free time, Andy serves as a lecturer in
entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also
serves as a member of the board of trustees of the University of
Pennsylvania and as an overseer for its School of Engineering and
Prior to his ten years as a general
partner at Benchmark Capital, Andy spent ten years as a general partner
with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre (MPAE). Before joining MPAE,
Andy held a variety of positions in the investment industry, working as
an associate at Harvest Ventures; as a portfolio manager at Lamoreaux,
Glynn & Associates; and as a financial analyst at Blyth Eastman
Investments: Abrizio (acquired by PMC-Sierra), America Online, Blue Coat Systems, Blue Lane Technologies, C-Port (acquired by Motorola), Epigram (acquired by Broadcom), Equinix, Juniper Networks, Legato Systems (acquired by EMC), Opsware, Shasta Networks (acquired by Nortel Networks), and Silver Peak.
Education: MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1984; and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania, 1980.
Charles joined Greylock
in 2000. His area of focus is systems, semi-conductors and related
software for communications, computing and storage for the enterprise,
service provider and consumer markets.
Prior to Greylock Charles held executive positions in the
communications sector that spanned both service providers and equipment
suppliers. He joined Greylock from CIENA Corporation where he was vice
president of marketing. Previously Charles had co-founded and led
marketing at Lightera Networks, Inc., a market defining optical core
switching company acquired by CIENA. Before Lightera he held marketing,
sales engineering and engineering roles at Cisco, StrataCom, AT&T
Canada and Bell Canada. During his tenure he developed and launched a
number of new products and services based on new technologies.
Charles represents Greylock on the boards of Aquantia, C2 Appliance, Calista Technologies, Espial, Quorum Systems, SiTime and ZeroG Wireless. Charles' previous investments include Sanera Systems (acquired by McDATA) and Siliquent (acquired by Broadcom).
He earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Systems and Computer Engineering in 1988 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
has been President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of NeoMagic
since April 2005. Previously, he was VP of Worldwide Sales at NeoMagic.
Prior to joining NeoMagic in February of 2004, Mr. Young was Senior
Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Planetweb, Inc., a provider of
embedded multimedia application and browser software for consumer
electronics devices. At Planetweb, Mr. Young worked with customers such
as Samsung, Sharp, Philips and other large OEMs.
Mr. Young has managed sales in many different environments ranging
between large systems enterprise sales to the 'Fortune 500' and ODM and
OEM sales in the consumer electronics market. He has over 25 years
experience working for companies such as IBM, Storage Technology
Corporation, Unilease Computer Corporation, Data General and Hitachi
Data Systems. He has worked in hardware and software sales, and he was
President and CEO of a computer and satellite leasing company.
Mr. Young has a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Princeton University and
a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The Stern School of
Business at New York University.
Greg is a managing director for Mobius Venture Capital. Since 2000, he
has led early stage investments in semiconductors, communications
equipment, wireless infrastructure software and internet-centric mobile
He currently serves as a board member and director in a number of
private companies notably Aprio, Bloom Energy, Danger, Fujin, HVVi,
Impinj, PhoneSpots, Infinera, PocketThis, SkyPilot Networks and Visage Mobile. He
previously led investments into Transilica (acquired by Microtune) and
Dantz (acquired by EMC).
Mr Galanos is a veteran of the
software development industry as both a developer and an entrepreneur.
In 1985, he founded and helped build Metrowerks, one of the world's
leading software development tools providers, producers of the
CodeWarrior line of programming tools(acquired by Freescale
Semiconductor, formerly Motorola, in 1999). He also helped define
FreescaleÕs software strategy as part of the Office of the President in
Prior to joining Mobius Venture Capital, Greg held the following positions:
Director, Sector Software Strategy, Office of the President, Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector
Irwin joined USVP in 1990 as a general partner with significant
investment experience: as CEO of Monolithic Memories, he led his firm's
investments in successful startups such as Cypress Semiconductor,
Xilinx and Altera. During his tenure as CEO from 1978 to 1987, Irwin
spearheaded MMI's turnaround from virtual bankruptcy to a $250 million
revenue organization. When MMI merged with Advanced Micro Devices,
Irwin assumed the post of Vice Chairman of AMD.
As former Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association and
board member of the National Venture Capital Association, Irwin draws
on the breadth of his experience to help entrepreneurs consider their
options:Irwin was a founding or lead investor in Blue Martini, CheckPoint
Software Technologies, Centillium Communications, Crescendo
Communications, MMC Networks, NeoMagic, Netro, Nuance Communications,
Quick Logic, SanDisk and TelCom Semiconductor. He has led USVP's
investments in BeVocal, On24 and Mellanox, among many others.Irwin received a B.S. in Economics from Brooklyn College and was
awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Santa Clara
University. A recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of
Liberty, Irwin is involved with a number of community organizations in
San Francisco and on the Peninsula. Irwin and his wife enjoy ballet and
opera and support the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Neil Clark Warren (born September 18, 1934) is a Christian theologian, inspirational speaker, and chairman and co-founder of the online dating services eHarmony and Compatible Partners.
Warren was born in Urbandale, Iowa, a Des Moines suburb where he was also raised. He is a former dean and psychologist at Fuller Theological Seminary. Warren holds a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Chicago in 1967. Warren and his wife Marilyn live in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Building upon his research and writing on the subject of building strong marriages (including his most successful book, Finding the Love of Your Life), Warren started eHarmony in 2000 as a web-based method of matching singles with compatible mates for marriage. His "29 dimensions of compatibility" can be divided into four categories:
Warren attributes much of eHarmony's initial success to its promotion on the daily radio broadcast of Focus on the Family. As the company expanded and sought broader market share, Warren parted ways with Focus on the Family and its founder, James Dobson. In 2005,
Roelof F. Botha (born September 19, 1973) is a venture capitalist and company director. By training, he is a qualified actuary.
Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital and currently sits on the boards of Jawbone, Eventbrite, Evernote, Mahalo, Natera, Nimbula, Square, Tokbox, Tumblr, Weebly, Unity and Xoom. He also works with 10gen, AssureRX, FutureAdvisor, Instagram, MixPanel and MuSigma. He previously sat on the board of directors of Meebo and YouTube before they were each acquired by Google.
On Forbes' Midas List, an annual ranking of venture capital professionals, he ranked 22nd in 2008 and 26th in the 2009.
Botha was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and at the age of six he moved to Cape Town with his parents. He was raised in Hout Bay, a suburb of Cape Town, and attended Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck. Botha earned a BSc in Actuarial Science, Economics, and Statistics from the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1996 with the highest GPA in the history of the program. A year and a half later he became the youngest actuary (Institute of Actuaries and Faculty of Actuaries) in South African history. Botha worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Co., Johannesburg, from August 1996
>Gregory J. Rossmann, a Managing Director, joined Pequot Ventures in
2000 where he focuses on investments in information technology. Greg
has more than 20 years of operating and investment experience
principally in technology companies. Previously, Mr. Rossmann was a
Managing Director at Broadview International where he managed the
firm's global merger and acquisition practice in Hardware and
Communications Equipment, leading transactions with Siemens, Nokia,
Intel and other major technology firms. Prior thereto, Mr. Rossmann was
a Manager of New Business Development with Acterna Corporation and its
subsidiaries. He was also a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of
Telemaster Corporation and former product manager and development
engineer at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. specializing in signal
processing, storage and networking semiconductor devices.
Rossmann holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
from the University of Cincinnati and earned an M.B.A. from the
University of Santa Clara.
Mr. Rossmann currently serves on
the Board of Directors of GCT Semiconductor, Hammerhead Systems,
Mantaro Networks, NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR), Securify, Summit
Microelectronics and Touchdown Technologies.
Jake Winebaum is President of RHD Interactive and was the Founder and
Chief Executive of Business.com. Jake is also Co-Founder of eCompanies
which, in addition to Business.com, founded Jamdat (JMDT, sold to EA),
Boingo, USBX Advisory Services, LLC and was the lead investor in Lower
My Bills (sold to Experian).
Business.com and eCompanies, Jake held several senior management
positions at The Walt Disney Company including: Chairman of Buena Vista
Internet Group (BVIG) overseeing Disney.com, ESPN.com, ABCNews.com,
ABC.com, and Family.com, President of Disney Online, where he led the
team that developed and executed the expansion of the Disney brand onto
the Internet beginning in 1994, and President of Walt Disney Magazine
Publishing. He also founded both FamilyFun and FamilyPC magazines and
served as President, Editor and Publisher of both publications. Jake
sold FamilyFun to The Walt Disney Company in 1992.
to FamilyFun, Jake served as Senior Vice President of Marketing at U.S.
News & World Report. He also founded and served as President of
U.S. News Productions, a television production company. Prior to that
position, Jake worked for Time Warner at Fortune and Time magazines.
expertise and contributions to the Internet industry have been
recognized by Time magazine, which awarded him a place in the Top 50
Cyber Elite, and Wired Magazine, which named him one of the Wired 25.
He is a Director of USBX, and until its recent sale to Scripps, Jake
was a Director of Shopzilla/Bizrate.com. He is the Founding Chairman of
Seven Arrows Elementary School, and currently serves on the California
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Jake is married and
the father of two daughters. He is a Dartmouth College graduate.
Jim Blair has been a Partner of Domain Associates since its founding in 1985. He has over 35 years experience with venture and emerging growth companies. In the course of this experience, he has been involved with the creation and successful development as a board member of more than forty life science ventures including Amgen, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Applied Biosystems, Aurora Biosciences, Dura Pharmaceuticals, Sicor, NuVasive, Pharmion and Molecular Dynamics. A former Managing Director of Rothschild Inc., Dr. Blair was directly involved at a senior level with Rothschild/New Court venture capital activities from 1978 to 1985. From 1969 to 1978, he was associated with F.S. Smithers and Company, and White Weld and Company, two investment banking firms actively involved with new ventures and emerging growth companies. From 1961 to 1969, Dr. Blair was an engineering manager with RCA during which time he received a David Sarnoff Fellowship. He is presently an Advisor to the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, an Advisor to the Department of BioEngineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Dr. Blair received a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Princeton University and a Master's degree in Engineering and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kevin Efrusy came to Accel Partners in 2003 and serves as a General Partner. His
background is primarily as an entrepreneur and operating executive. He
served two stints as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Kleiner Perkins
Caufield and Byers where he started Corio, an ASP pioneer which went
public on Nasdaq and was acquired by IBM in 2005. Later he served as
the first CEO of IronPlanet,
an online marketplace for heavy equipment which currently sells in
excess of $170M/year of equipment. Prior to KPCB, Kevin served as a
product manager at Zip2 and a consultant at Bain & Company.
Kevin invests broadly in software and internet businesses, but he
focuses on consumer internet companies, open source software, and
wireless application providers. He co-led Accel’s investment in The Facebook and Tumri, currently serves on the boards of Metacafe, Hyperic, Xensource, Terracotta, and BBN Technologies and Medio Systems. He is also actively involved in Riverbed Technology and Transera.
Kevin has an MSEE, BSEE, and BA in Economics all from Stanford
University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business
where he was an Arjay Miller scholar.
Click here to read Kevin's article on The Elusive Great Consumer Experience.
As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, Larry invests in
both new and existing technology businesses. Areas of special interest
include: open source, information technology; systems; and software
on-demand business models. Larry is a board member of Advanced Electron Beams; Black Duck Software; ChoiceStream; Demandware; HubSpot; Optaros; QUMAS and VisibleMeasures, which are all active General Catalyst investments. Larry also served on the Board of Venetica, a General Catalyst investment that was acquired by IBM in October 2004.
to joining General Catalyst, Larry was the chairman, president and CEO
of NetGenesis, a market leading software and analytic solutions
provider. Larry led NetGenesis from 1997 to 2001, overseeing the
company’s business, product strategy and direction. During this time,
NetGenesis was a two-time Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 award winner
and was included among the Inc 500. In February 2000, Larry took the
company public (NTGX) and in December 2001, NetGenesis was acquired by
SPSS, Inc. (SPSS).
Prior to his role as CEO and president of
NetGenesis, Larry was president of PC DOCS, Inc. (DOCSF), a leading
developer of document management software for enterprise networks.
Under his leadership, PC DOCS’ product advanced to the number one
market position. He also led the company's public offering in 1998.
Prior to joining PC DOCS, Larry was senior vice president of marketing
and business development at Interleaf, Inc. (LEAF), where he defined
and implemented the corporate strategy that put its electronic
publishing solutions in a top market position and helped grow the
business to more than $120 million in revenue.
acknowledged thought leader, Larry has spoken at leading industry
events and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Stanford, and the Amos
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He was also a founder and the
first president of OASIS, the industry consortium promoting XML
Larry is an honors graduate of the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst, and holds a masters of arts degree in
Linguistics from Clark University.
Mitch Lasky has spent more than two decades
in the mobile gaming, new media and interactive entertainment business.
Prior to joining Benchmark Capital, Mitch served as executive vice
president of Mobile and Online at Electronic Arts. Previously, he was
chairman and chief executive officer of JAMDAT Mobile, Inc, the leading
global publisher of wireless entertainment applications, which was
acquired by EA in 2005.
Prior to JAMDAT, Mitch served as general manager of eCompanies Wireless
LLC, an Internet business incubator. He also spent five years at
Activision, most recently serving as executive vice president of
Worldwide Studios. In that role he was responsible for product
development, business development and global operations. Earlier in his
career, Mitch practiced law, worked at the Walt Disney Company and
started a massively multiplayer online game company.
Board Seats: Grockit
Education: Mitch received his Bachelor of Administration degree in
History and Literature from Harvard College and earned a J.D. from the
University of Virginia School of Law.
Peter Fenton joined Benchmark Capital in 2006 after spending seven
years as a partner with Accel Partners, where his investment interests
included software, digital media, and technology enabled services.
to joining the venture capital community, he spent several years
working with Silicon Valley software and high-technology companies as
an entrepreneur and strategy consultant. He was an early employee at
Virage, a multimedia information retrieval company that went public on
the NASDAQ in 2000. Peter also worked as a management consultant at
Bain & Company in San Francisco, where he advised high-technology
businesses in Silicon Valley on their product and business strategies.
Current Investments: Coremetrics,
Pacific Interactive, Terracotta,
Yelp, and Zimbra.
Previous Investments: JBoss
(acquired by RedHat), Mendocino
(acquired by Cicso), Wily
Technology (acquired by CA), and Xensource.
Education: MBA from Stanford Business School, Arjay Miller Scholar; BA from
Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa.
Ravi is a founding partner of
Lightspeed, and primarily focuses on internet, digital media and
software investments. He has twelve years of venture capital experience
and six years of operating experience.
Before joining Lightspeed, Ravi was with Bessemer Venture Partners, and
invested in NetGenesis Software (Nasdaq: NTGX), Verio (Nasdaq: VRIO),
VIA-Networks (Nasdaq: VNWI), Webspective Software (acquired by Inktomi)
and InCert Software (acquired by Geodesic).
Before entering the venture capital industry, Ravi was with Silicon
Graphics, where he was a product manager and later directed the
company's workstation market development efforts. Previously, he spent
time in Lehman Brothers' technology investment banking group and in
management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton. Ravi began his career
as a software engineer at BDIS, a Silicon Valley-based, analytical
Ravi has served on the Board of Directors for The Indus
Entrepreneurs Group (TiE) in Silicon Valley and has been recognized as
a Top 100 dealmaker on Forbes' Annual VC Midas List and has served as a
judge for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
He holds a BS in electrical engineering, a BA in economics and an MBA from Stanford University.
Scott joined NEA in 1996 as an Associate, became a Partner in 1999 and a General Partner in 2000. Scott focuses on investments in information technology and alternative energy, and is responsible for NEA’s activities in China. Present board memberships include Agami Systems, Bloom Energy, Cassatt, Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), Dexterra, DreamFactory, HelioVolt, SolFocus, Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD), SugarCRM, Tableau Software, Telegent and Teneros. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the board of the Software Development Forum. He has sponsored investments in 3ware (acquired by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation), Amplitude Software (acquired by Critical Path), Fineground Networks (acquired by Cisco), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks, (NASDAQ: JNPR), NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ), Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) and WebEx (NASDAQ: WEBX). Scott started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and later joined C-ATS Software as the company's first salesman. He founded and ran the European Subsidiary before attending Stanford Business School. During and after business school, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95. In addition to an MBA from Stanford, Scott holds an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Brook Byers is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the brother of Stanford University Professor Tom Byers and Atlanta, Georgia engineering entrepreneur Ken Byers.
Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Byers earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1968 from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Stanford University.
Brook Byers has been a venture capital investor since 1972. He has been closely involved with more than fifty new technology based ventures, over half of which have already become public companies. He formed the first Life Sciences practice group in the venture capital profession in 1984 and led KPCB to become a top tier venture capital firm in the medical, healthcare, and biotechnology sectors. KPCB has invested in and helped build over 110 Life Sciences companies which have already developed hundreds of products to treat major underserved medical needs for millions of patients.
Byers was the founding President and then Chairman, of four biotechnology companies which were incubated in KPCB's offices and went on to become public companies with an aggregate market value over $8 Billion. He is often featured on the Forbes Midas list and is currently on the
Lawrence Kaplan is Vice Chairman of Omneon Video Networks. As a
founder, he has served as President and CEO of Omneon from its
inception until June of 2003. Mr. Kaplan brings substantial experience
in television and computer networking technologies. His tenure in these
businesses includes strong relationships with computer network,
satellite, television and media companies worldwide that have
integrated sophisticated digital media networks.
to co-founding Omneon Video Networks in 1998, Mr. Kaplan was senior
vice president at Sony Electronics with overall responsibility for Sony
Broadcast in the US. Sony Broadcast includes all of the company's
professional audio, video and data systems product lines. His
organization also included the Sony systems integration and software
development operations that designed and built several major television
facilities including DirecTV in Colorado and AskyB in Arizona. Prior to
joining Sony in 1995, Mr. Kaplan had overall responsibility for both
the computer graphic and television operations at Tektronix-including
the color printer division (acquired by Xerox) and the Grass Valley
Group. These businesses today generate more than $1 billion in revenue.
Mr. Kaplan has an MBA from Rutgers University and a BSEE from the
University of Wisconsin.
Nick Beim, a General Partner in the Waltham office, focuses primarily on Internet and software investments. Nick serves on the boards of TheLadders, Care.com, Gilt Groupe, OATSystems, and Mazu Networks. Previous investments Nick was involved in include JBoss (acquired by Red Hat) and AppIQ (acquired by Hewlett-Packard). Prior to Matrix, Nick advised a variety of technology companies on strategic, operational and financial issues at McKinsey & Co and Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Nick graduated from Stanford University and holds an M.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Nick also serves on the board of Endeavor, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Wayne Jackson joined Sourcefire in May of 2002 and
serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. During Wayne's
tenure, Sourcefire has grown from a fledgling open source startup to a
profitable category leader with more than 200 employees and operations
worldwide. On March 9, 2007, Sourcefire raised more than $86 million
dollars in its initial public offering of stock – the first network
security industry IPO in over five years.
Before joining Sourcefire, Wayne co-founded Riverbed Technologies, a
wireless infrastructure company, and served as its CEO until the
successful sale of the company to Aether Systems for more than $1
billion dollars in March of 2000. At Riverbed, Wayne grew the company
from startup to category winner in less than two years with more than
100 employees and relationships with industry leaders including Palm,
Oracle, IBM, Symbol, and Microsoft.
As the Managing Director of Aether Capital, Wayne led the process for
strategic investing and played a key role in two secondary stock
offerings that raised more than $2 billion dollars. Previously, Wayne
built a sophisticated emerging technologies profit center for a large
systems integrator and has consulted to organizations including General
Electric, the World Bank, and the Federal Reserve.
Wayne holds a B.B.S in Finance from James Madison University, 1985.
Arati Prabhakar joined U.S. Venture Partners in
2001 after 15 years of working with world-class engineers and
scientists across many fields to brew new technologies. At USVP, her
focus is fabless semiconductor and semiconductor manufacturing
opportunities. She serves on the boards of Arradiance, Kilopass, Kleer,
Leadis Technology (NASDAQ: LDIS), Lightspeed Logic, Pivotal Systems,
Arati was a program manager and then director of the Microelectronics
Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from
1986 to 1993. At DARPA, she supported R&D in company and university
labs in semiconductor manufacturing, imaging, optoelectronics and
nanoelectronics. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Arati Director of
the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she led the
3,000 person staff until 1997. Arati then joined Raychem as Senior Vice
President and Chief Technology Officer. She was subsequently Vice
President and then President of Interval Research Corporation. Arati
began her career as a Congressional fellow at the Office of Technology
Arati serves on advisory committees for Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech,
and UC Santa Barbara. She is a member of the Science, Technology, and
Economic Policy (STEP) board of the National Research Council. Arati
received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University.
She received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Applied
Physics from the California Institute of Technology. Arati is a Fellow
of the IEEE.
Carlos Slim Helú (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaɾlos esˈlim eˈlu]; born January 28, 1940) is a Mexican business magnate and philanthropist. He is currently ranked as the richest person in the world in 2012. Slim has been ranked the richest person in the world since 2010. His extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, SA de CV, have amassed interests in the fields of communications, technology, retailing, and finance. Presently he is the chairman and chief executive of telecommunications companies Telmex and América Móvil.
América Móvil, which in 2010 was Latin America’s largest mobile-phone carrier, accounted for around US$49 billion of Slim's wealth by the end of 2010. His corporate holdings as of March 2012 have been estimated at US$69 billion.
Slim was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1940 to Maronite Christian parents Julián Slim Haddad and Linda Helú, both of Lebanese descent. His father, born Khalil Slim Haddad, immigrated to Mexico at the age of 14 in 1902 and changed his first name to Julián. As it was not uncommon for Lebanese children to be sent abroad before they reached the age of 15 to avoid being conscripted into
White's investment focus includes consumer facing, enterprise
application and infrastructure solutions. Common to his investments
are opportunities that have exceptional people and a compelling point
of view on the marketplace and a unique value proposition. Jim
currently serves on the board of Digital Chocolate, Farecast.com, Forterra Systems, Inquira, Networks in Motion (NIM), Object Reservoir, Radiance Technologies, Right Hemisphere, Satmetrix, Shutterfly (IPO 9/06 Nasdaq:SFLY) and Streetline Networks and led SHV's investment in and works closely with Bix.com (acquired by Yahoo 01/07), Data Domain (IPO 6/07 Nasdaq:DDUP), Infinera (IPO 6/07 Nasdaq:INFN) and There.com (Makena Technologies).
White joined Sutter Hill Ventures in 2000 from Macromedia Inc. In his
four years with Macromedia he held the position of VP of Marketing and
then GM of the Interactive Learning Division which was sold to IBM
Software Group. Prior to
Macromedia, Jim was a VP of Marketing for Silicon Graphics. In his
eight years at SGI he helped to start and build their 3D graphics
workstation business. Jim began his career with the Hewlett-Packard
Company in the PC division and was part of the core team that created
the Vectra Product line, spending time in engineering, sales and product marketing.
He received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University
in 1984 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1989. Jim may be
contacted via email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken Burke is the Chairman, Founder, & Chief Evangelist of MarketLive, Inc. Ken founded the company as Multimedia Live in 1995 with only $500 in start-up money, and under his guidance it has grown into a leading provider of e-commerce software and related solutions. Inspired by strategies and business methods from the cataloging and direct marketing world, Burke masterminded the creation of the MarketLive® Intelligent Selling® System, MarketLive's enterprise-class e-commerce application designed to optimize all selling opportunities, build solid relationships with customers, and give merchants complete control over their online merchandising. A recognized e-commerce industry pioneer and visionary, Ken writes quarterly columns for Multi-Channel Merchant and Target Marketing magazines, and is often quoted in Internet Retailer and other industry publications. A dynamic and popular speaker, he is a regular contributor at retail and direct marketing events. Ken is also the author of the book Intelligent Selling®: The Art & Science of Selling Online. He studied multimedia and the Internet at the University of Southern California, where he completed a BA in Marketing and earned honors as an MBA graduate in Venture Management and Entrepreneurship.
Suzanne joined NEA in 1995 as a Kauffman Fellow and became a Partner in 1999. Suzanne focuses on information technology investments and manages the firm’s Marketing and Investor Relations. Present board memberships include Approva, Cyveillance, and Motricity. Previous board memberships include among others, Quantum Bridge Communications (acquired by Motorola) and Guardent (acquired by Verisign). Suzanne also serves on the board of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology as an appointment by Governor Mark Warner. Prior to joining NEA, Suzanne led the financial team at XcelleNet, Inc., a developer of system management software for remote access. She was part of XcelleNet's start-up management team that grew the company to a successful IPO in 1994. She also worked as a Senior Auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. where she specialized in emerging information technology companies. Suzanne received a Masters of Management (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Suzanne was a charter member of the Kauffman Fellows program and a Certified Public Accountant.
Jagdeep Singh is President, CEO and founder of Infinera. Mr. Singh was
President and General Manager of CIENA Corporation's Core Switching
Division (CSD) and served as a director of CIENA Corporation. Mr. Singh
joined CIENA, a leader in the optical communications equipment market,
after its acquisition of Lightera Networks. At Lightera, Mr. Singh
served as President and CEO and led the company from startup to a
leadership position in the market for optical switching equipment for
Prior to founding Lightera, Mr. Singh was a Venture Partner at the
venture capital firm InterWest Partners, focusing on investments in the
data communications and telecommunications sectors. Before joining
InterWest, Mr. Singh was Vice President, Technology Strategy at Shiva
Corp. He joined Shiva following its acquisition of AirSoft, Inc., where
he was President and CEO. Prior to founding AirSoft, Mr. Singh held
technical and marketing positions at Sun Microsystems and
Mr. Singh holds an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, an
MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Computer
Science from the University of Maryland.
Barbara Nelson is CEO and chairman of NeoScale Systems, establishing the
company as the independent leader in enterprise storage security. Since she's been CEO at NeoScale, the company has gained a
broad range of Global 100 customers and tripled sales annually.
has more than 25 years of extensive industry experience. She was
formerly EVP at Quantum for corporate strategy, marketing and IT,
consolidating Quantum's acquisitions into a unified strategy, brand and
operational platform. As president of Quantum's DLT tape group, she led
the launch of new technology platforms and added high growth product
categories continuing DLT's market leadership. As general manager of
Quantum's $3B desktop hard drive business, Barbara maintained its #1
market position and launched a new consumer business for the nascent
During her 13 year tenure at Intel, Barbara
held senior leadership positions in general management, marketing,
engineering and operations. She also held executive positions at
Maxtor, Weitek and Lumina. Barbara holds a B.S. in Electrical
Engineering from Stanford University. She served as a director for Ace
Technology and also for Support Network for Battered Women, a
Sky Dylan Dayton (born 8 August 1971) is an American entrepreneur.
Dayton is the founder of EarthLink, co-founder of eCompanies, founder and chairman of Boingo.
Dayton's father was a sculptor and his mother a dancer and poet. Shortly after his birth in New York City, the family moved to Los Angeles. He lived for a time with his maternal grandparents. His grandfather, David DeWitt, was an IBM Research Fellow, and he played a huge part in introducing young Sky to technology and computers.
At the age of 9, Dayton got his first computer, a Sinclair ZX81. He learned to program in BASIC on this early machine. At age 16, Dayton graduated from The Delphian School, a private boarding school in Oregon, which uses study methods developed by L. Ron Hubbard. He got a job at an entertainment advertising firm, where he became exposed to Apple Macintosh hardware and digital imaging software and soon managed the digital imaging department. He then moved on to a larger advertising agency, Mednick & Associates, where he held a similar role until he was 18.
In late 1990, at the age of 19, Dayton and a friend raised money from family and friends and opened Mocha Gallery, an art gallery and coffee house
Thurman John Rodgers, better known as T.J. Rodgers, is the founder and chief executive officer of Cypress Semiconductor. He is known for his public relations acumen, brash personality, and strong advocacy of laissez-faire capitalism.
Rodgers received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1970, graduating as salutatorian with majors in chemistry and physics. He received his master's degree (1973) and Ph.D. (1975) in electrical engineering from Stanford University. While pursuing his Ph.D. degree, Rodgers invented the VMOS process technology, which he later licensed to American Microsystems, Inc. He founded Cypress Semiconductor in 1982. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City.
Rodgers made headlines in 1996 when Sister Doris Gormley, the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, sent him a form letter encouraging him to hire women and minorities on the Cypress board. He replied with a long letter defending a pure meritocracy in terms of hiring practices.
Rodgers is an avid jogger and wine enthusiast. He is a supporter of several charities, including Second Harvest Food
Terry Semel (born on February 24, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.) is an American corporate executive who was the chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Incorporated. Previously, Semel spent 24 years at Warner Bros., where he served as chairman and co-chief executive officer. In June 2007, Semel resigned as CEO due in part to pressure from shareholders' dissatisfaction over Semel's compensation (in 2006 - salary $1, stock options worth $70 million) and performance. Semel had earned over $500 million in his tenure at Yahoo, while Yahoo's stock appreciated at 40% per year. In the same period, Yahoo's closest competitor, Google, saw stock growth of about 55% per year.
Semel's father was a women's coat designer and his mother was a bus company executive. He was raised in Bay Terrace, a community in Bayside, Queens. He was the middle child and has two sisters. At the age of 23, he graduated from Long Island University in Brooklyn with a B.S. degree in accounting.
In April 2001, Semel was granted stock options with an SEC Fair Value of over $110 million as a bonus to join Yahoo. On March 10, 2004 Semel was granted options to purchase Yahoo stock worth $120 million at an exercise price of $41.70 (
Dominique Trempont is a US executive and board member in large multinational high tech companies and start-ups.
Located in Silicon Valley, Dominique Trempont serves on the board of directors of private and public companies, with strategic focus on disruptive technologies, emerging markets and Asia: Energy Recovery Inc (NASDAQ: ERII - $60M) that makes desalination affordable and is the second cleantech company to have gone public in 2008. RealNetworks (NASDAQ: RNWK - $400M) that is a leader in on-line entertainment (video, music, SMS, ringtones, games). The Daily Mail and General trust (London Stock Exchange DMGT.L – £2.1B), a global B2B and B2C media company, focused on high quality content and publishing apps. ON24 ($70M - private), a late stage software as a service company, leader in webcasting and virtual shows. And Trion Worlds, a private Online Gaming company. Trempont also teaches: Building Businesses in Silicon Valley at the INSEAD Business School (Europe/Singapore).
He spent the first 14 years of his career as a key executive at Raychem, a company focusing in material science and a pre-cursor of the cleantech space, with worldwide responsibilities and a focus on large
Joichi "Joi" Ito (伊藤 穰一, Itō Jōichi, born June 19, 1966) is a Japanese-American activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Director of the MIT Media Lab.
Ito has received recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded, among other companies, PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He maintains a blog, a wiki and an IRC channel. Ito is the Chairman of Creative Commons, on the Board of Trustees of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, on the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company as well as of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and General Partner of Neoteny Labs.
Ito was born in Kyoto, Japan. His family moved to Canada and then when Ito was about age 3 to a suburb of Detroit, Michigan in the United States where his father became a research scientist and his mother a secretary for Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., now Ovonics. Company founder Stanford R. Ovshinsky was impressed with Ito, whom he thought of almost as his son. Ovshinsky helped Ito develop his interests in technology and social movements, and at age 13 gave him work with scientists, saying, "He was not a child in the
Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. (born March 31, 1948) served as the 45th Vice President of the United States (1993–2001), under President Bill Clinton. He was the Democratic Party's nominee for President and lost the 2000 U.S. presidential election despite winning the popular vote.
Gore is currently an author and environmental activist. He has founded a number of non-profit organizations, including the Alliance for Climate Protection, and has received a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in climate change activism.
Gore was previously an elected official for 24 years, representing Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives (1977–85), and later in the U.S. Senate (1985–93), and finally becoming Vice President in 1993. In the 2000 presidential election, Gore won the popular vote by a margin of more than 500,000 votes. However, he ultimately lost the Electoral College to Republican George W. Bush when the U.S. Supreme Court settled the legal controversy over the Florida vote recount by ruling 5-4 in favor of Bush. It was the only time in history that the Supreme Court has determined the outcome of a presidential election.
Gore is the founder and current chair of the Alliance for Climate
Andrew Stephen ("Andy") Grove (born 2 September 1936), is a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author. He is a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry. He escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20 and moved to the United States where he finished his education. He later became CEO of Intel Corporation and helped transform the company into the world's largest manufacturer of semiconductors.
In 1968, along with colleagues Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, Grove co-founded Intel after the three left Fairchild Semiconductor. He became the start-up company's chief operating officer (COO), where he directed all management functions, and in 1987 became its chief executive officer (CEO). During his tenure as CEO, Grove oversaw an increase in Intel's stock value by 2,400%, making it one of the world's most valuable companies. With Grove managing development and promotion of Intel's microprocessors, they would, in the 1980s, be used to power all IBM PCs as well as those of IBM's competitors.
As a result of his work at Intel, and from his books and professional articles, Grove had a considerable influence on the management of modern electronics manufacturing
Carl Everett invests time as an active advisor and board member to new
technology companies. During his career at Intel and Dell, Carl
sponsored many new start up projects inside the companies and also
reached outside to champion corporate venture investments such as
Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS) at Intel, and the Chinese internet portal
Sina.com (NASDAQ: SINA) at Dell. Carl enjoys bringing his experience
and industry insights to focus on creating business models and
launching products that achieve the number one position in the markets
they serve. He has been actively involved with Accel portfolio
companies in applications software, high end communications and
semiconductor technology sectors.
Carl is a member of the Board of Directors at FormFactor
(NASDAQ: FORM) a publicly traded company and the leader in advanced
silicon wafer probe technology. In addition Carl serves as a Board
Member in the following Accel investments: Primarion, a mixed signal semiconductor company leading the adoption of digital power management in the voltage regulation space, Transitive,
the innovator of “Rosetta” the dynamic binary translation software
freeing applications written in one environment to run in another, and NetXen, a silicon valley start up focused in high performance networking and protocol processing. In addition, he serves as independent Board of Director member at two
privately held companies, Cooligy and Topspin Communications an Accel
Carl served as senior vice president of Dell Computer Corporation's
Personal Systems Group. He was responsible for worldwide development
and marketing of all Dell desktop, workstation and notebook product
lines, as well as the strategic technology direction for Dell's
award-winning client systems. During his tenure, Dell captured the
number one worldwide position in workstations, as well as desktop and
notebook personal computers.
Prior to Dell, Carl enjoyed a 20-year career with Intel Corporation
leading many of Intel's strategic efforts in setting industry and
technology directions. He became an Intel vice president in 1989,
overseeing North American sales and later all worldwide sales and
marketing organizations. In 1994, he became senior vice president and
general manager of Intel's successful Microprocessor Products Group. In
that role, Carl oversaw the rapid adoption of Intel's Pentium processor
in the marketplace and introduced Intel's P6 technology, the foundation
of Intel's product roadmap into the late 1990s. His many
accomplishments while at Intel include: the unprecedented support of
the Intel Inside brand campaign throughout the Personal Computer
industry, the adoption of PCI system bus technology across all PC
manufacturers, the launch of major reseller and branding efforts to
open up China and other Asian markets to Intel Architecture-based
systems, and the creation of the Intel Architecture-based workstation
Carl holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from New
Mexico State University. In 1992, he was named NMSU's Distinguished
Alumni and in 1997 he was inducted into the university's College of
Business Hall of Fame. In 2005 NMSU recognized Carl with an honorary
Doctor of Laws degree.
Doug Mackenzie joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1989 and
became a Partner in 1992. Since joining KPCB, Doug has focused his
investment activities in the software sector, including enterprise
applications, entertainment and educational software, and internet
applications, tools and services. He currently serves on the Board of
Directors of Safeway (public), as well as the following private
companies: Devicescape Software, OnFiber, Scintera Networks, Trumba
Corporation, and WeddingChannel (formerly Della.com). Previously, Doug
had been either a Director of, or actively involved with KPCB's
investments in: Pivotal Corporation (public), HomeGrocer.com (public,
acquired by Webvan), Accept.com (acquired by Amazon.com), Collabra
Software (acquired by Netscape), Crystal Dynamics (acquired by Eidos),
Diamond Lane Communications (acquired by Nokia), Edmark (public,
acquired by IBM), E.piphany (public, acquired by SSA CRM) Marimba
(public, acquired by BMC Software), On Technology (public), Preview
Travel (public), Shiva (public) and Visio Corporation (public, acquired
by Microsoft). In addition, he serves as co-Chairman of the Stanford
Engineering Venture Fund, as a Board member of the Stanford Engineering
Advisory Council, as an advisor to Pacific Community Ventures, as a
Board member of Monterey Peninsula Foundation, as a Trustee of the U.S.
Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation (USSTF), and he as a faculty member
of the Stanford School of Engineering.
holds a bachelor's in Economics and a master's in Industrial
Engineering from Stanford University, as well as an MBA from Harvard.
Jen-Hsun Huang (traditional Chinese: 黃仁勳; simplified Chinese: 黄仁勋; pinyin: Huáng Rénxūn) (born February 17, 1963) is a Taiwanese entrepreneur and businessman. A native of Taiwan, graduating from Oregon State University before moving to California where he graduated from Stanford University. He co-founded the graphics-processor company Nvidia and serves as its president and CEO. As of 2008, Forbes listed him as the 61st highest paid CEO in a list of U.S. CEOs.
After leaving Oneida Baptist Institute and moving to Oregon with his family, Huang began playing table tennis at a club in downtown Portland and at age 15, he placed third in junior doubles at the U.S. Open. He graduated from Aloha High School, located in the western suburbs of Portland.
Huang received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University in 1984, and his master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1992. While at Oregon State, he met his future wife Lori, his engineering lab partner at the time. Huang has two children.
After college he was Director of Coreware at LSI Logic and a microprocessor designer at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) . In 1993, Huang
Ray Lane is a Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers,
focused on helping entrepreneurs with technological and market insight,
organizational development, team building, selling and managing growth.
Since joining KPCB, Ray has sponsored several investments for the firm
in enterprise and consumer technology, as well as clean and alternative
energy. These companies include Ausra, (solar concentrator), GreatPoint
Energy (coal to gas conversion), Virsa (compliance for large
enterprises), Elance (marketplace for services), MetaMatrix (data
integration), Visible Path (relationship networks for enterprises),
Xsigo Systems (virtual I/O switch for datacenters), SpikeSource (open
source platform for integration and testing) and PodShow (social media
network). He also serves on the board of Quest Software.
joining KPCB, Ray was President and Chief Operating Officer of Oracle
Corporation, the second-largest software company in the world and the
leading enterprise software and services company. During his eight-year
tenure, Oracle exhibited phenomenal revenue growth from approximately
$1 billion in 1992 to over $10 billion. Ray led Oracle's business
expansion beyond its core database technology into enterprise
applications and professional services.
Before joining Oracle,
Ray was a senior partner with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, where he
pioneered and led the Information Systems Group, a worldwide consulting
practice targeted at helping senior management achieve better results
from information technology. He also served on Booz-Allen's board of
directors and executive management committee. Prior to Booz-Allen &
Hamilton, Ray served as division vice president with Electronic Data
Systems Corp (EDS). In addition, he spent ten years with IBM in various
product-management, sales and marketing positions.
a Bachelor's degree in mathematics and an honorary Ph.D. in Science
from West Virginia University (WVU). He was elected to the Academy of
Distinguished Graduates of WVU and serves as a director of the
Foundation Board for the University. Recently, WVU honored Ray by
naming the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical
Engineering. Ray serves on the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon
University. He has been an active campaigner and planner for Carnegie
Mellon's establishment of a Silicon Valley campus, and the co-creator
of a High Dependability Computing Consortium with Carnegie Mellon and
NASA. Ray serves as Vice Chairman of Special Olympics International and
has served on the International Board of Special Olympics for several
years. He also holds an honorary Ph.D. from Golden Gate University.
Brendan Eich received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science at Santa Clara University. He received his master's degree in 1986 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Eich started his career at Silicon Graphics, working for seven years on operating system and network code. He then worked for three years at MicroUnity Systems Engineering writing microkernel and DSP code, and doing the first MIPS R4000 port of GCC.
He then helped found mozilla.org in early 1998, serving as chief architect. When AOL shut down the Netscape browser unit in
Brooke joined NEA in 2005 as a Venture Partner, focusing on software
and semiconductor investments. Brooke currently serves on the board of
directors of Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU) and SiTime and works closely
with ArcSight and Tabula. He brings with him 25-plus years experience
in technology finance and operations. Brooke was most recently a
Venture Partner with Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). Prior to
that, he was Executive Vice President of NetDynamics, an application
server software company, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in
1998. From 1991 to 1997, Brooke was Senior Vice President - finance
and operations and CFO of Synopsys, an electronic design automation
software company, which he took public in 1992. During his tenure at
Synopsys, revenue grew from $20 million to $500 million. From 1983 to
1991 Brooke served as Vice President - finance and production and CFO
of Weitek, a fabless semiconductor company, which he took public in
1988. Previously, he co-founded and was CFO of Southwall Technologies,
a complex thin film coatings company. In 1990, Brooke was recognized
by Upside Magazine as one of the top 15 high-tech CFOs. He currently
serves on the board of two public companies (NVIDIA and Informatica)
and a variety of private companies. Brooke received his MBA and BA
from Stanford University.
David Duffield (born 1941) is an American businessman in the software industry. He is the co-founder and former chairman of PeopleSoft, the co-founder and co-CEO at Workday, Inc., and has been on the Forbes World's Richest People list. Duffield received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Cornell University, and is the benefactor behind Duffield Hall, a nanoscale science (or nanotechnology) and engineering facility at Cornell.
Dave Duffield founded PeopleSoft in 1987 and served as the company’s CEO and board chairman. PeopleSoft grew to be the world’s second-largest application software company before being acquired by Oracle in January 2005.
In March 2005, Duffield and former PeopleSoft vice chair and head of product strategy, Aneel Bhusri, started Workday, a company that provides ERP software delivered in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. The company is headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., and employed approximately 1,000 people in 2011, with Duffield and Bhusri serving as co-CEOs at Workday. Duffield is also the company's chief customer advocate.
Earlier in his career, Duffield established two mainframe application software companies. He was CEO,
Kevin Harvey is a general partner with the venture capital firm, Benchmark Capital. Prior
to Benchmark, Kevin was founder, president and CEO of Approach Software
where he led the development of the world's first end-user
client/server database for Windows. Approach Software was purchased by Lotus Development in 1993.
founding Approach Software, Kevin founded Styleware and pioneered
integrated software for the Apple II personal computer. Styleware was
purchased by Claris Corporation where Kevin's team went on to create ClarisWorks, one of the best-selling software programs for the Macintosh.
Red Hat Software (RHAT),
RemarQ Communities (acquired by Critical
When.com (acquired by America
Education: BSEE degree from Rice University, 1987.
Kittu joined NEA in 2006 as a General Partner and focuses on information technology investments. Present NEA board memberships include Nevis Networks, RingCube Technologies, SnapTell, Teracent, and WeatherBill. Prior NEA board memberships include PortAuthority (NASDAQ: WBSN). Formerly, Kittu was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Security Products Group at Juniper Networks, a position he assumed following Juniper's acquisition of NetScreen Technologies. At NetScreen, he was General Manager of Secure Access Products, a position he assumed following NetScreen's acquisition of Neoteris, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Kittu brings more than 17 years of experience at the leading edge of the technology industry. He co-founded Healtheon/WebMD, introducing online healthcare to the market. As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Provider Services, Kittu was responsible for product development, operations and business development. Before co-founding Healtheon/WebMD, Kittu worked at Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) managing high profile Interactive TV projects. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Determina. Kittu holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and a M.S. in Operations Research from the State University of New York, Buffalo.
Lou Andreozzi is a veteran leader in the fields of business
information, legal technology and mergers and acquisitions. He is chief
executive officer of Inference Data, which provides the legal
industry’s most scalable, user-intuitive and cost-effective web-based
data analysis and review platform, Inference.
2000 to 2005, Mr. Andreozzi was president and chief executive officer
of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, a division of Reed
Elsevier. While managing the $1.2 billion information and technology
company, Mr. Andreozzi was the driving force behind the growth of some
of the legal industry’s most prominent products and was responsible for
broadening LexisNexis’ offerings from predominately print and online
research to a full range of legal tools and services. During his
tenure, LexisNexis acquired the #1 and #2 electronic filing companies,
the leading electronic discovery company, the leading docket database,
the #1 customer relationship management system for law firms and
numerous market-leading practice management tools.
Andreozzi also managed the Martindale-Hubbell division of Reed Elsevier
from 1996 to 2000, where he led the migration of the preeminent legal
directory from a purely print-based product to the leading online
resource, lawyers.com. Prior to his position at Martindale-Hubbell, Mr.
Andreozzi held several positions with Reed Elsevier, including general
counsel of LexisNexis.
Since leaving LexisNexis,
Mr. Andreozzi served as a strategic advisor for ValueAct Capital and
The Carlyle Group on large media deals.
Andreozzi is a graduate of Rutgers University and received a J.D. from
the Seton Hall School of Law. A sought-after speaker, Mr. Andreozzi has
delivered keynote addresses at leading legal industry events. He also
sits on the Seton Hall School of Law Board of Directors.
Bill Gurley is a General Partner with Benchmark Capital. He joined Benchmark Capital in 1999 after spending two years as a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall
Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston
focusing on personal computer hardware and software. His research
coverage included such companies as Dell, Compaq, and Microsoft, and he
was the lead analyst on the Amazon IPO. In both 1995 and 1996, Bill was a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team.
Prior to his investment career, Bill was a design engineer at Compaq Computer,
where he worked on products such as the 486/50 and Compaq's first
multi-processor server. Before Compaq, he served in the technical
marketing group of Advanced Micro Devices' embedded processor division.
For the past twelve years, Bill has authored the Above
the Crowd newsletter which focuses on the evolution and economics of
high technology businesses.
Current Investments: Business.com,
Red 5 Studios,
Tropos Networks, and
Previous Investments: Avamar
Technologies (acquired by EMC), Crossgain (acquired by BEA
Systems), Employease (acquired by ADP), JAMDAT (IPO: JMDT; acquired
by Electronic Arts), Nordstrom.com
(acquired by Nordstrom),
SHOP; acquired by eBay),
and The Knot (IPO:
Other Affiliations: Advisory board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.
from the University of Texas, 1993; and a BS in computer science from
the University of Florida, 1989. Chartered Financial Analyst.
As a Managing Director of General Catalyst
Partners, Joel invests in both new and existing technology businesses.
Areas of special interest include: Internet and new media; financial
services; consumer services and e-commerce; and travel. He is
currently a board member of: ChoiceStream; GameLogic; ITA Software; Kayak.com (Joel and General Catalyst co-founded the company); n2N Commerce; OLX; Reveal Imaging; and TotalMove.
to co-founding General Catalyst Partners, Joel co-founded and operated
numerous businesses focused on leveraging applied technology and high
standards of customer care for the travel, information services,
specialty retail, consumer direct marketing, and payment processing
industries. These businesses include: National Leisure Group, one of
the largest leisure travel technology and distribution companies in the
U.S.; Retail Growth ATM Systems (sold to PNC Bank), a national ATM and
interactive network provider; and Starboard Cruise Services (sold to
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.), the operator of more than 300
duty-free retail stores on 100 cruise ships and owner of the Miami and
Ft. Lauderdale Airport duty-free stores, where Joel served as Chairman
and CEO.Joel serves on several non-profit boards, including: the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America; Boston Children’s Hospital Trust; and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
He is a past board member of Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School. He
also serves as an overseer of The Boys & Girls Club of Boston, and
Colby College. He is a graduate of Colby College and Boston College
Marc Brutten is Chairman of Westcore Properties, a California-based
entrepreneurial real estate investment firm. In conjunction with
Westcore’s President, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Marc is
responsible for developing the company’s strategic direction, growth
plans and initiatives. He is also spearheading the company’s expansion
Marc has been heralded as one of the most
prolific real estate investors in the western United States. Since
1979, he has overseen the acquisition of approximately $2.2 billion in
office, retail and industrial properties which total more than 24
million square feet. He has been particularly successful in the
acquisition of portfolios and properties that require repositioning and
aggressive management to function more successfully in their respective
Prior to establishing Westcore, Marc was
President of Shidler West, Inc., a Hawaii-based real estate investment
firm, from 1989 to 2000, where he was principally responsible for the
growth of its western United States industrial business. Under his
leadership, the company’s asset value grew from $20 million to $800
An entrepreneur to the core, Marc also has
ownership interests in an NBA basketball team, a hotel company and a
cosmetics manufacturing company, where he serves as Chairman.
A graduate of University of California at San Diego, Marc is past board
member of the San Diego Community Foundation Real Estate Board and the
University of California Alumni, where he formerly served as a
University Trustee. Additionally, he is a member of the Urban Land
Institute (ULI), National Association of Industrial and Office
Properties (NAIOP), Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and the
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Winifred Mitchell Baker, better known simply as Mitchell Baker is the Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation and Chairperson and former Chief Executive Officer of the Mozilla Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that coordinates development of the open source Mozilla Internet applications, including the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client.
Baker was trained as a lawyer. She coordinates business and policy issues and sits on both the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors and the Mozilla Corporation Board of Directors. In 2005, Time magazine included her in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world and she has been affectionately given the title of "Chief Lizard Wrangler" at the Mozilla Corporation.
Baker received an BA in Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979, achieving a Certificate of Distinction. She received her JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley in 1987 and was admitted to the State Bar of California in the same year. From January 1990 until October 1993, she worked as a Corporate and Intellectual Property Associate at Fenwick & West LLP, a law
Brewster Kahle (/ˈkeɪl/ KAYL; born 1960) is an American computer engineer, Internet entrepreneur, internet activist, advocate of universal access to knowledge, and digital librarian.
Kahle grew up in Scarsdale, New York, and went to Scarsdale High School. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in computer science and engineering, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. The emphasis of his studies was artificial intelligence; he studied under Marvin Minsky and W. Daniel Hillis.
After graduation, he joined Thinking Machines team, where he was the lead engineer on the company's main product, the Connection Machine, for six years (1983–1989). There, he and others developed the WAIS system, the Internet's first publishing and distributed search system and a precursor to the World Wide Web. In 1992, he co-founded, with Bruce Gilliat, WAIS, Inc. (sold to AOL in 1995 for $15 million), and, in 1996, Alexa Internet (sold to Amazon.com in 1999 for $250M of stock). At the same time as he started Alexa, he founded the Internet Archive, which he continues to direct. In 2001, he implemented the Wayback Machine, which allows public
Chris Larsen is the Chairman and Founder of E-LOAN®, an online consumer direct lender dedicated to providing consumers with a Radically SimpleSM
way to obtain mortgage, auto and home equity loans. Under Mr. Larsen's
leadership, E-LOAN (Nasdaq: EELN) has originated over $25 billion in
consumer loans. In June 2004, an independent study conducted by TRUSTe
and The Ponemon Institute ranked E-LOAN as one of the top 20 most
trusted companies for privacy in America. And in March 2005, E-LOAN
received the overall highest rating in the independent Online Customer
Respect Study of North America's largest financial services firms.
1996, Mr. Larsen founded E-LOAN based on the belief that by leveraging
the Internet and building a company on a foundation of pro consumer
values, the consumer lending experience could be completely
revolutionized. In addition to using the Internet to make the lending
process faster, easier and lower cost for consumers, Mr. Larsen has
drawn upon pro consumer values to build E-LOAN into a trusted brand by
taking radically pro consumer actions.
For example, E-LOAN became the first company to provide consumers with access to their FICO®
credit scores and to advocate credit score disclosure laws. In
addition, Mr. Larsen and E-LOAN co-founded and financially backed
Californians for Privacy Now (CFPN), a coalition credited for the
passage of the strongest consumer financial privacy protection law in
the nation. More recently, Mr. Larsen has been advocating that
financial institutions disclose their offshore outsourcing programs to
consumers and enable them to opt-out of them.
E-LOAN, Mr. Larsen served President of Palo Alto Funding Group, the
mortgage brokerage he co-founded in 1992 and E-LOAN's predecessor
company. Prior to business school, Mr. Larsen held positions at Chevron
Corporation and NASA Ames Research Center. Mr. Larsen holds an M.B.A.
degree from Stanford University and a B.S. degree from San Francisco
State University, where he was named the 2004 Alumnus of the Year.
Chris Moore is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures focusing on consumer
Internet, online marketing and business services opportunities. Prior
to joining Redpoint, Chris evaluated Internet opportunities for IVP, a
firm he joined in 1999. He currently serves on the board of directors
of DailyStrength and Vuze, and is actively involved with Redpoint's investments in Efficient Frontier and Oodle. Chris also led Redpoint's investment in Right Media (acquired by Yahoo!) and was actively involved with Redpoint's investment in MySpace. Prior to joining IVP, Chris led business development efforts for wine.com, the online wine retailer, and held various product management positions with Peapod,
the pioneering online grocery shopping service provider. Previously,
Chris evaluated and executed Internet and media investments for Ameritech.
He began his career as a financial analyst in the mergers and
acquisitions and leveraged buyout groups of Wasserstein Perella &
Co. Chris holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from
Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of
John R. Johnston co-founded August Capital in 1995.
Prior to co-founding August Capital, John served as a general
partner with two venture capital firms, Technology Venture Investors
(TVI) since 1988 and Hambrecht & Quist Venture Partners (H&Q)
from 1983 to 1988. During his venture career, John has invested in more
than 25 companies, serving on more than 20 boards of directors. His
high-technology venture investments include eShop (Microsoft), Frame
Technology, Intuit, Insignia Solutions, Logic Automation (Synopsys),
Saros (FileNet), Sybase, Visio and Xilinx.
In addition to his U.S. venture capital experience, John worked
in Hong Kong for five years at a privately held venture capital firm,
Inter-Asia Management Co., Ltd. (IAM). While at IAM, he participated in
such successful investments as McDonald's Restaurants (HK) Ltd. and
Ikea Furniture (HK) Ltd., and was active in the management of several
John received an AB in English from Princeton University and an
MBA from Harvard University. He is a past director of the Western
Association of Venture Capitalists.
Herndon comes to Hydra with over 25 years of experience in the
healthcare and biotechnology industries, with a proven track record in
building successful business infrastructures, pioneering innovative
corporate and regulatory processes and advancing products through
development. His industry experience includes senior management
positions at Genzyme Corporation and Antigenics Inc., where he led some
of the companies' most strategic and important initiatives. At
Antigenics, Russ served as Chief Operating Officer and President. From
November 2003 through December 2005 he held the position of President
of Commercial Operations. He was with Genzyme Corporation from 1989
through 2000 holding various management positions, including President
of Genzyme Tissue Repair, Senior Vice President of Genzyme Tissue
Repair and Vice President of regulatory affairs for Genzyme
Corporation. Prior to joining Genzyme, Russ gained extensive experience
in the area of quality systems, including management positions at
Patton Company, Paco Research & Development and Alcon Laboratories
Incorporated. Russ received a bachelor's degree in biology from Barton
College and is a graduate of the Management Development Program at
Harvard Business School.
Dr. Taher Elgamal (Arabic: طاهر الجمل) (born 18 August 1955) is an Egyptian cryptographer. Elgamal is sometimes written as El Gamal or ElGamal, but Elgamal is now preferred. In 1985, Elgamal published a paper titled A Public key Cryptosystem and A Signature Scheme based on discrete Logarithms in which he proposed the design of the ElGamal discrete log cryptosystem and of the ElGamal signature scheme. The latter scheme became the basis for Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) adopted by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as the Digital Signature Standard (DSS). He also participated in the 'SET' credit card payment protocol, plus a number of Internet payment schemes.
Elgamal earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cairo University in 1977, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Martin Hellman was his dissertation advisor. He joined the technical staff at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in 1984. He served as chief scientist at Netscape Communications from 1995 to 1998 where he was a driving force behind SSL. He also was the director of engineering at RSA Security Inc. before founding Securify
Dr. Monath is a Partner, Pandemic and Biodefense Fund, Kleiner Perkins
Caufield & Byers. He is also Adjunct Professor, Harvard School of
Public Health. Between 1992 and 2006, Dr Monath was Chief Scientific
Officer and an Executive Director, Acambis (a publicly traded
biopharmaceutical company) where he directed R&D on dengue, West
Nile, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever, Clostridium difficile,
and smallpox vaccines for defense against bioterrorism. Monath received
his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and M.D. from Harvard
Medical School and trained in internal medicine at the Peter Bent
Brigham Hospital, Boston. COL Monath retired from the US Army in 1992
after 24 years in the uniformed services. Between 1973-1988, he was
Director, Division of Vector-Borne Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease
Control, Fort Collins CO and from 1989-92 Chief, Virology Division, US
Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). He
is on the editorial board of 5 scientific journals. He received the
Nathanial A. Young Award (1984), the Richard M. Taylor Award (1996),
and the Walter Reed Medal (2002) from the American Society of Tropical
Medicine & Hygiene and was President of that Society (2004-05). He
has served on numerous government and international committees on
infectious diseases, biosecurity, World Health Organization expert
committees and the National Vaccines Advisory Committee (USA). Dr.
Monath has published over 340 papers and edited 6 books on the
epidemiology, immunology and pathogenesis of viruses and on vaccine
Yoram joined Greylock in 2005 after seven years at Cisco Systems. At
his last position with Cisco Yoram lead the corporate international
business development team, responsible for its acquisitions,
investments and strategic partnerships efforts in Europe, Asia Pacific
and Israel as well as in the global service provider technology space.
Before Cisco, Yoram was with ClassData Inc, a company that
developed and marketed software for policy-based provisioning of
differentiated services over IP networks. The company was acquired by
Cisco in May 1998. Prior to Classdata Yoram held several management
positions with other companies.
Yoram is currently a member on the board of Celeno, Fiberxon, and MySupermarket He also represents Greylock on the board of Aeroscout. Yoram also served on the board for Bitband
and Topio (acquired by NetApp) and represented Cisco on the board of
Actona (acquired by Cisco), Riverhead Networks (acquired by Cisco
Systems) and Personeta.
He received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern
University and B.Sc. Cum Laude in Computer Science from the Tel Aviv
Tom Dyal is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to
founding Redpoint, Tom was a general partner with IVP, a firm he joined
in 1997. Tom focuses on infrastructure investments, including
software, systems and components for the communications, datacenter and
wireless sectors. Tom was a Director or actively involved in such
companies as TopSpin Communications (acquired by Cisco), TiMetra Networks (acquired by Alcatel), StratumOne Communications (acquired by Cisco), Growth Networks (acquired by Cisco), Shasta Networks (acquired by Nortel), Vivace Networks (acquired by Tellabs), Netcore Systems (acquired by Tellabs), Santera Systems (acquired by Tekelec) and Velio Communications (acquired by LSI Logic). Currently, he is leading the firm's investments in Clearwell Systems, Cortina Systems, Kazeon Systems and Wichorus.Prior
to joining the venture business, Tom spent ten years in operating roles
in the communications and networking industry. He worked in product
management at Bay Networks, where he was responsible for its network
management application business. Tom began his career as a systems
engineer with AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he held various system
engineering and management positions in the areas of wide-area
networking products and services.He holds a BSEE from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MSEE from Stanford University.
Senior Vice-President and Chief Development Officer, Cisco President, Cisco-Linksys LLC
Charles H. Giancarlo has served as one of the Company's directors since March 2007.
Giancarlo has had a variety of roles at Cisco since 1994. He is
currently Cisco's Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer,
a position he has held since July 2005. From July 2004 to July 2005, he
was Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Mr. Giancarlo was Senior Vice
President and General Manager of Product Development, from July 2001 to
July 2004. He also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager
of the Commercial Business Segment from May 1999 to July 2001,
incubating Cisco's fastest growing business segment. In May 1997, he
was appointed to establish Cisco's Global Alliances and ran the
division as Senior Vice-President until May 1999. In his first Cisco
role after joining the company through the acquisition of Kalpana,
Inc., Mr. Giancarlo held the title of Vice President of Business
Development, from December 1994 to May 1997.
In addition to his
current role as Cisco's Chief Development Officer, Mr. Giancarlo is
President of Cisco-Linksys, LLC, a position he has held since June 2004.
Giancarlo holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from
Brown University and the University of California at Berkeley,
respectively, and an MBA from Harvard University.
Dan Marriott is currently the founding president and chief executive
officer of Pronto, Inc., an Operating Business of IAC / InterActiveCorp
(NASDAQ: IACI). IAC operates leading and diversified businesses
worldwide in sectors being transformed by the Internet – including
brands such as: AskJeeves, Ticketmaster, LendingTree, HSN, Citysearch,
Match.com and Evite.
Dan founded Pronto, Inc. during his prior role
as senior vice president, interactive development of IAC, a role which
focused on developing and incubating new businesses for IAC. During his
time at IAC, Dan has also served as senior vice president, strategic
planning, overseeing all activities relating to the strategic
direction, mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments of the
From 1999 to 2001, Dan was executive vice
president, corporate strategy and development for Ticketmaster (NASDAQ:
TMCS), where he was responsible for leading all efforts in mergers and
acquisitions, third party partnerships and strategic investments. Dan
also served as president of Citysearch, where he led the management and
strategic direction of Ticketmaster's national and international city
guide business. Dan joined Ticketmaster-Citysearch (now Ticketmaster,
an IAC Operating Business) in August 1997 as vice president, marketing.
He also served as executive vice president, marketing and product
development during his time at TMCS.
Prior to joining Ticketmaster-Citysearch, Dan
worked with PepsiCo's Frito-Lay Division for seven years where he
managed multiple brands with revenues exceeding more than $3 billion in
retail value, as well as spending time in New Product Development and
Dan received both his B.S. (1990) and M.BA.
(1991) from the University of Illinois, where he was a Bronze Tablet
David joined Greylock in 2000. His areas of focus include: consumer
internet, wireless data, broadband, systems management, security, and
technology-assisted marketing services.
Before coming to Greylock, David was SVP of Product Strategy at
Excite and then Excite@Home. As an early employee at Excite, David also
held roles as GM of Excite.com and VP of Content and Programming for
the Excite Network. Before Excite, he was in product marketing and
development at Electronic Arts and Crystal Dynamics respectively. He
started his career in management consulting for Marakon Associates and
The Boston Consulting Group, and also spent time at HBO.
David's investments consist of Facebook, Glimpse, Revision3, digg, Wink, Oodle, LinkedIn, Troux Technologies, SoftCoin, Seven, Vudu Labs, Claria, and New Edge Networks (acquired by EarthLink).
David holds a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Fred Sturgis serves as a Managing Director at H.I.G. Ventures where he
is primarily focused on enterprise software and services investments
for the firm. Fred has extensive experience advising software companies
throughout all stages of their growth, as well as consulting to Fortune
500 companies on large-scale software projects. Prior to joining
H.I.G., he was a vice president in the technology investment banking
group of J.P. Morgan H&Q (formerly Hambrecht & Quist) and was a
founding team member of H&Q's Atlanta office. At H&Q, Sturgis
was responsible for the firm's East Coast software practice, advising
clients on a variety of M&A and capital raising transactions and
sponsoring several principal investments through H&Q's $500 million
venture capital fund. Previously, he was with the investment banking
groups of both Alex Brown & Sons and Salomon Smith Barney. Sturgis
began his career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where he
managed operations strategy and technology initiatives for several
large clients, primarily in the high-tech and telecommunications
industries. Fred earned an MBA with Distinction from The Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Palmer
Scholar. In addition, he received a BS degree in Mathematics, Cum
Laude, from Furman University. Fred serves as a member of the Board of
Directors for Invistics, Nexidia, Savvion and VistaScape.
Fredric W. Harman joined Oak as a General Partner in 1994. Fred's
primary investment focus is on Consumer Internet and Internet New
Media. Fred is currently on the Boards of Aspect Software, Connexus
Corporation Demand Media, FRS, Knowledge Networks, Limelight Networks,
RazorGator, Rearden Commerce, Reunion.com, Shop.com, Sutherland Global
Services, Talisma and U.S. Auto Parts. Fred has also led investments in
aQuantive, Allyes (acquired by Focus Media), Campus Pipeline (acquired
by SCT), Fastclick (acquired by ValueClick), Captura (acquired by
Concur), Cobalt, Exodus, ILOG, IMS (acquired by Celestica) Inktomi,
Pivotal, Primus Knowledge Solutions, Qpass (acquired by Amdocs),
Quintus (acquired by Avaya), Sanmina/SCI, SportsGG and SPSS. Prior to
Oak, Fred worked for seven years with Morgan Stanley's Venture Capital
Group where he was a General Partner. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Fred
worked in Business Development at Hughes Communications where he was
involved in the formation of the predecessor to DirecTV. Fred received
an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a BS and MS in
Electrical Engineering from Stanford University where he was a Hughes
Fellow. Fred is also a co-owner of the Golden State Warriors and a
Trustee of Sacred Heart Schools.
Jay Hoag, a co-founder of TCV, has been a venture capitalist and technology investor for over 25 years.
Jay has been involved in TCV investments in Actuate Software,
Ariba Technologies, Altiris (sold to Symantec), BlueCoat Systems
(formerly CacheFlow), C|Net, eHarmony, eLoyalty, Encompass (sold to
Yahoo!), EXE Technologies, Expedia, Fandango, InPhonic, Netflix, ONYX
Software, RealNetworks, R.J. O’Brien, SpringStreet (sold to
Homestore.com), TechTarget, Vacationspot.com (sold to Expedia), Viant
Corporation and Zillow among others.
Prior to TCV, Jay was a Managing Director at Chancellor Capital
Management where he spent over 12 years as a technology focused venture
capitalist and fund manager. In addition to generating industry leading
performance managing public technology portfolios, Jay led private
investments in Ascend Communications, CompUSA, Intuit, Macromedia,
NETCOM, PictureTel, Pure Software, Sybase and many others.
Jay received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from
Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of eHarmony, Netflix, R.J.
O’Brien, TechTarget and Zillow. Jay is on the Advisory Board of HRJ
Capital, the Investment Advisory Committee at the University of
Michigan, the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University and the
Board of Trustees at the Menlo School.
Pradeep Sindhu is the Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer/ Vice Chairman of the Board of the Directors of Juniper Networks Inc. He was also the CEO of the company until 1996. Sindhu is considered a technical visionary in the field of high performance and networked computing.
Sindhu holds a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering (1974) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, M.S. in Electrical Engineering (1976) from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D (1982) in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied under Bob Sproull.
Sindhu had worked at the Computer Science Lab of Xerox PARC for 11 years. Sindhu worked on design tools for very-large-scale integration(VLSI) of integrated circuits and high-speed interconnects for shared memory multiprocessors.
Sindhu founded Juniper Networks along with Dennis Ferguson, and Bjorn Liencres in February 1996 in California. The company was subsequently reincorporated in Delaware on March 1998 in and went public on the 25th of June, 1999.
Sindhu was instrumental in the architecture, design, and development of the Juniper M40 data router while running the company.
Sindhu's earlier work was to subsequently influence the
Steve Harrick joined IVP in October 2001. He focuses on investing in
later-stage technology companies with exceptional growth potential.
Specifically, Steve targets Internet, communications and
technology-enabled services companies which have the potential to
become leaders in their respective markets.
Steve led IVP’s investments in Business.com (RHD), CafePress, MarkMonitor, Motion Computing, MySQL, Teros (CTXS), Tripwire and WebEx Communications
(WEBX), and has been actively involved in IVP's investments
in ArcSight, Handango and Hands-On Mobile. Steve
currently serves on the Board of Directors of MarkMonitor and is a Board Observer at Handango, Motion
Computing, MySQL and Tripwire.
joining IVP, Steve worked for the Internet Capital Group (ICG) in San
Francisco, CA. As Vice President of Acquisitions, his responsibilities
included identifying and executing strategic acquisitions, generating
partner company liquidity and providing operational advice to partner
company management teams.
Prior to ICG, Steve worked
for Highland Capital Partners in Boston, MA. His focus on Internet
technologies and enterprise software led to investments in Bolt Media,
ChemConnect, Gamesville.com, Raindance Communications (RNDC), RoweCom
(ROWE) and WebLine Communications (CSCO). Before entering the venture
capital industry in 1997, Steve worked in new business development for
Netscape Communications in Mountain View, CA and as a Financial Analyst
in mergers and acquisitions for Morgan Stanley in New York, NY.
Steve earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Ted Schlein joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in November
1996. His focus has been in the area of enterprise security and
applications, infrastructure and services. Ted managed the KPCB Java
Fund, formed to invest in Java technology-based companies and related
Internet, Intranet, networking and communications companies. He serves
on the board of 3VR, 41st Parameter, ArcSight, ENDFORCE, Fortify
Software, IronPlanet, Ketera Technologies, Oakley Networks, and
oversees the company’s interests in Bit 9 and New Vine Logistics. Ted
serves on the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania,
School of Engineering and Applied Science. Additionally, Ted serves on
the board and executive committee of the National Venture Capital
Association (NVCA). Ted came to KPCB with significant
experience in enterprise software business management at Symantec
Corporation. As Vice President of Networking and Client Server
Technology, he was responsible for overseeing the marketing and
development of enterprise products. Prior to that he served as VP of
Symantec’s European business development and as VP Data Management
Group. Mr. Schlein is credited with establishing Symantec in both the
utilities and antivirus markets by starting and building these business
units. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Art Coviello is responsible for RSA’s strategy and day-to-day
operations as it delivers EMC’s global vision of information-centric
Mr. Coviello was Chief Executive Officer of RSA Security, Inc. prior
to its acquisition by EMC in 2006. He joined the company in 1995 and
was a driving force in its rapid growth, increasing revenue from $25
million in 1995 to more than $310 million in 2005. Under his
stewardship RSA became acknowledged as the de facto standard for
two-factor authentication and encryption, and as a leader in identity
and access management.
Mr. Coviello’s expertise and influence have made him a recognized
leader in the industry, where he plays a key role in several national
cyber-security initiatives. He currently serves as Co-Chair of TechNet
New England and is a Member of the 2006 TechNet National Executive
Council. Mr. Coviello has spoken at numerous conferences and forums
around the world.
Mr. Coviello has more than 30 years of strategic, operating and
financial management experience in high technology companies. Before
joining RSA, Mr. Coviello served as chief operating officer for
CrossComm Corporation, an internetworking vendor. He has also held
various finance and management positions in graphics software and
semiconductor equipment companies. In addition, he currently serves on
the Board of Directors at Sana Security and Crossbeam Systems.
Bobby Yazdani is the
driving force behind the Saba vision, products, and market direction.
He founded Saba in 1997 and took the company public in 2000. Today,
Saba, headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., is the leading provider
of Human Capital Development and Management solutions.
the Global 2000, Saba customers include Allianz Group, DaimlerChrysler,
EDS, Procter & Gamble, Medtronic, Anheuser-Busch, Ford Motor
Company, Continental Airlines, Cisco Systems, EMC Corp., and VERITAS
Yazdani was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of
the Year Award. Based on his leadership and vision, InformationWeek
ranked Saba #27 on its Innovation 100 list and Computerworld named Saba
to its list of 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2001.
is a frequent spokesperson at industry events held by such prestigious
organizations as the United Nations and The Economist. He has written
numerous technical and business papers including: "Human Capital
Development and Management: The Next Generation of Virtual Integration
Across the Extended Enterprise."
to founding Saba, Yazdani served as Senior Director at Oracle
Corporation. Previously, he held various senior management positions
leading the product development teams for Oracle Context and numerous
generations of Oracle's core database products.
Yazdani has a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.
William Daniel "Danny" Hillis (born September 25, 1956, in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American inventor, scientist, engineer, entrepreneur, and author. He co-founded Thinking Machines Corporation, a company that developed the Connection Machine, a parallel supercomputer designed by Hillis at MIT. He is also co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, Applied Minds, Metaweb Technologies, Applied Proteomics, and author of The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work.
Danny Hillis was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1956. His father, William Hillis, was a US Air Force epidemiologist studying hepatitis in Africa and relocated with his family through Rwanda, Burundi, Republic of the Congo, and Kenya. He spent a brief part of his childhood in Calcutta, India when his father was a visiting faculty at ISI, Calcutta. During these years the young Hillis was home schooled by his mother Aryge Briggs Hillis, a biostatistician, and developed an early appreciation for mathematics and biology. His younger brother is David Hillis, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Texas at Austin, and his sister is Argye E. Hillis, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins
Erez has been the visionary behind some of the most strategic moves
of EMC Corporation - one of today's most admired technology firms,
including EMC's transition from a mainframe focus to open systems, and,
the entry of EMC into the software business.
Ofer formerly served as executive vice president in charge of
technology strategy for EMC Corporation, reporting to president and CEO
Joe Tucci. In this role Ofer defined EMC's future technology
directions, advised the CEO and played a major role in the technical
direction of the company's strategic partnerships and merger &
Erez currently serves on the Board of Camero, eSnips and Illuminator.
Previously, Ofer served as EMC's executive vice president of open
software, a business that grew from one product line to a multi-hundred
million dollar level. During his eleven-year tenure at EMC Ofer also
held various R&D roles, he oversaw development efforts with
strategic partners, and established EMC's first R&D presence in
California and India. A holder of more than 30 storage-related patents,
Ofer also served in various development and project management roles at
Silver Arrow in Israel and the U.S., as well as with the Israeli Air
He holds engineering undergraduate and Masters degrees from The
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Northeastern
University in Boston, Massachusetts
G. Steven Burrill has been involved in the growth and prosperity of the biotechnology industry for over 40 years. An early pioneer, Mr. Burrill is one of the original architects of the industry and one of its most avid and sustained developers. He currently serves as Chairman of the Boards of Pharmasset, and is a member of the Boards of Directors of Catalyst Biosciences, DepoMed (Amex: DMI), Targacept (NASDAQ: TRGT), Proventys and Phytomedics. Prior to founding Burrill & Company in 1994, he spent 28 years with Ernst & Young, directing and coordinating the firm's services to clients in the biotechnology/life sciences/high technology/manufacturing industries worldwide. In 2002, Mr. Burrill was recognized as the biotech investment visionary by the prestigious Scientific American magazine (The Scientific American 50). Mr. Burrill is a founder of the Foundation for the National Medals of Science and Technology and currently serves on its Board of Directors. Some of his not for profit activities include serving on the Boards of Directors for the Bay Area Science Infrastructure Consortium, BayBio, the California Healthcare Institute, the Exploratorium, The Kellogg Center for Biotechnology, Research!America, Campaign for Medical Research, The National Health Museum, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Foundation. He is also the Chairman of the Mayor’s Biotech Advisory Committee (MAYBAC).
Harry joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner. He focuses on technology investments and co-leads NEA's activities in China. Harry's current board memberships include Availink, Echo Global, LianLian, Realtime Worlds, and Suniva. His past board seats include Informance, SourceFire (NASDAQ: FIRE) and Vonage (NYSE: VG). Harry's other active investments include GlobalLogic, Innerworkings (NASDAQ:INWK), Thumbplay and Vertica. Prior to joining NEA, Harry was a Partner at FBR Technology Venture Partners where he worked with several successful startup teams including webMethods (NASDAQ: WEBM, acquired by Software AG) and Riverbed Technologies (acquired by Aether Systems).
Early in his career, Harry managed strategy and technology initiatives in the financial, manufacturing and telecommunications industries for the Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte & Touche Management Consulting. Prior to his business career, Harry served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Duke University.
Harry serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, is a past Chairman of MAVA Capital Connection, and was co-founder of the Young Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. Network Magazine named Harry one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Networking. Harry was recently honored in Forbes magazine’s “Midas List” as one of the most successful venture capitalists in America.
Herbert W. Boyer (born July 10, 1936) is a recipient of the 1990 National Medal of Science, co-recipient of the 1996 Lemelson-MIT Prize, and a co-founder of Genentech. He served as Vice President of Genentech from 1976 through his retirement in 1991.
Boyer was born in Derry, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1958. He married his wife Grace the following year. He received his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 1963 and participated as an activist in the civil rights movement. He spent three years in post-graduate work at Yale University in the laboratories of Professors Edward Adelberg and Bruce Carlton, then became an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco and a Professor of Biochemistry from 1976 to 1991, where he discovered that genes from bacteria could be combined with genes from eukaryotes. In 1977, Boyer's laboratory and collaborators at City of Hope National Medical Center described the first-ever synthesis and expression of a peptide-coding gene. In August 1978, he produced synthetic insulin using his new transgenic genetically modified bacteria,
In Sik Rhee has co-founded 2 successful startup companies and has
developed technologies across a wide spectrum of domain knowledge –
from end-user packaged software to high-end mission critical enterprise
systems. In Sik self-taught software programming at the age of 12 and
began developing commercial software as a 19-year old.
In Sik was most recently a co-founder and Chief Tactician at
Opsware, formerly Loudcloud. There he played a diverse role - such as
identifying and spearheading M&A projects, establishing new sales
channels and regions, and highlighting new product opportunities by
keeping abreast of emerging technology trends and categories in the
enterprise market. Opsware was acquired by Hewlett Packard for $1.6B in
Prior to Loudcloud/Opsware, In Sik co-founded Kiva Software
Corporation, a pioneer of the J2EE Application Server market. There he
architected and developed one of industry's first Java application
servers, deployed by customers such as E*Trade and Bank of America.
Kiva was acquired by Netscape Communications in 1997, and its product
has evolved to become the Sun ONE Application Server.
Prior to Kiva, In Sik was a Senior Software Engineer at Lotus
Development Corporation, where he developed several versions of the
Approach end-user database product for the Windows platform. In Sik holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the
recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Young Leader
Jay Adelson (born Jay Steven Adelson, September 7, 1970) is an American Internet entrepreneur. His Internet career includes Netcom, DEC's Palo Alto Internet Exchange, co-founder of Equinix, Revision3 and Digg, and CEO of SimpleGeo, Inc before they were purchased by Urban Airship. In 2008, Adelson was named a member of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the World and was listed as a finalist on the same list in 2009.
Adelson was born in Detroit, Michigan and lived in Southfield, Michigan as a child. He attended Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan until he left for college. He attended Boston University in 1988, where he studied Film and Broadcasting along with a concentration in Computer Science, graduating in 1992.
In 1992, Adelson moved to San Rafael, California to pursue a career in post-production sound engineering. After a period of time and world travel, Adelson moved to San Francisco, California in 1993, pursuing instead a career in Internet infrastructure and entrepreneurism. Adelson met Brenda Shea, in May 1994, and they were married in June 1996.
After his experiences at Equinix and stresses associated with his work with government on
Palmer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Lane
Technologies. Previously, Jeff served as President of GetThere, the
leading online corporate travel procurement solution, based in Menlo
Park, CA. While at the company, GetThere grew to become the largest
factor in the corporate online travel market, holding 70% market share
among the top 100 US corporations, #1 share in the overall market with
more than 3000 customers worldwide, and transaction volumes exceeding
one million per month. GetThere went public on the NASDAQ in 1999 and
was acquired by Sabre Holdings (NYSE: TSG) for $750 million in 2000.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Palmer served in a variety of general
management and marketing officer roles at Tristrata Security, Memco
Software, Pilot Software and BBN, establishing experience in enterprise
networking, security, and applications software.
Mr. Palmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jeffrey Jordan joined OpenTable in 2007. He
comes from eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), where he was the president of PayPal
and before that general manager of eBay North America. As president of
PayPal, the Web-based payment system owned by eBay, Jeffrey was
responsible for establishing the company as the global standard for
online payments. Under his leadership, PayPal expanded both beyond the
eBay.com marketplace and internationally, resulting in a business that
had 133 million user accounts and $38 billion in payment volume in
Prior to PayPal, Jeffrey served as senior vice president and general
manager for eBay North America for five years. In that role, he helped
build eBay into the Internet’s leading commerce brand and led the
successful acquisitions of PayPal and Half.com. From September 1998 to
September 1999, Jeffrey served as chief financial officer for Hollywood
Entertainment Corporation, a video rental company, and president of its
subsidiary, Reel.com. Previously, Jeffrey served in various capacities
at The Walt Disney Corporation for eight years, most recently as senior
vice president and chief financial officer of The Disney Store
Worldwide. Before that, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group.
Jeffrey holds an M.B.A. degree from the Stanford Graduate School of
Business and a B.A. from Amherst College. He put himself through school
working as a chef at Joe Theismann’s Restaurant in Northern Virginia
and at Restaurant LaTerrasse and The White Dog Café in Philadelphia. He
also serves on the Board of Directors of OpenTable.
John joined Sigma in 1996. With over 20 years of experience as an
entrepreneur, a business unit manager, and an investor, John uses
motivation, enthusiasm, and his own technology and operational
expertise to support Sigma’s portfolio companies. Throughout his
career, he has held executive management positions, created new
business units and departments, and sponsored new projects at some of
the industry’s most successful technology companies.
to Sigma, John was the President & CEO of Vermeer Technologies,
Inc., the developers of FrontPage, the leading Web authoring tool.
Vermeer was acquired by Microsoft, providing Sigma and the other
venture investors a very successful return. Previously, he was an early
principal at SQL Solutions, where he created and led an engineering
organization chartered to build heterogeneous database tools. Following
an acquisition of SQL Solutions by Sybase, he took responsibility for
the new Systems Management Product unit, which he grew to $55 million
in sales in 30 months. Early in his career, John was recruited to
Honeywell, where he worked on a variety of engineering projects in the
areas of communications, operating systems, and unix co-processor
is a graduate of Tufts (BSE in Engineering Science and Mathematics) and
Worcester Polytechnic University (MS in Computer Science).
John Kenneth Ousterhout ( /ˈoʊstərhaʊt/, born October 15, 1954) is the chairman of Electric Cloud, Inc. and a professor of computer science at Stanford University. He founded Electric Cloud with John Graham-Cumming. Ousterhout previously was a professor of computer science at University of California, Berkeley where he created the Tcl scripting language and the Tk platform-independent widget toolkit. Ousterhout also led the research group that designed the experimental Sprite operating system and the first log-structured file system. Ousterhout is also the original author of the Magic VLSI Computer-aided design program.
He received his Bachelor's degree in Physics from Yale University in 1975, and his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980.
Ousterhout received the Grace Murray Hopper Award in 1987 for his work on CAD systems for very-large-scale integrated circuits . For the same work, he was inducted in 1994 as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. Ousterhout is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
In 1994, Ousterhout left Berkeley to join Sun Microsystems Laboratories, which hired a team to join him in Tcl development. After
John W. Thompson (born April 24, 1949) is a former vice-president at IBM and the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Symantec Corporation. He is presently the CEO of Virtual Instruments. During his tenure as CEO of Symantec, he was the only African American leading a major technology company.
Born in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Thompson attended John F. Kennedy High School in Riviera Beach, Florida (now Suncoast Community High School). He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida A&M in 1971 and a Master's degree in Management (M.B.A.) from the Sloan Fellows program of the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1983.
Before moving on to become Symantec's CEO in 1999, Thompson's 28-year career with IBM Corporation included senior executive positions in sales, marketing and software development, and lastly as general manager of IBM Americas as well as membership in the company’s Worldwide Management Council.
In September 2002, Thompson was appointed to the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC) which makes recommendations regarding the security of the critical infrastructure of the United States.
Thompson purchased a 20 percent share of the Golden State Warriors
started Sherpalo in January, 2000, with the goal of applying his wealth
of operating and company building experience to promising early stage
ventures. As a technology industry insider for over 25 years he has
worked in companies large and small across all functional areas and
through fluctuating business cycles. He is always eager to roll up his
sleeves and work closely with founding teams on the challenging issues
that confront and sometimes confound early stage ventures.
Ram's knowledge of and advice on issues ranging from
raising venture capital, key management hiring, making the right
product choices and defining and adapting the business model to
changing market conditions can help you to secure early customer wins,
build momentum from a standing start, and generate international
A hallmark of Ram's success
is the ability to create the right DNA for a young growth company with
a focus on revenue and profitability, by establishing a virtuous cycle
of talented employees/owners and happy customers/users. Ram enjoys the
process of turning founders' dreams into successful businesses and
takes a long term view that serves as a guidepost for decision making.
Ram is thoughtful, cerebral, easy to communicate with, deeply committed
to the tasks he undertakes, and has a keen intuitive sense for what
works in the marketplace.
Ram has partnered with the venture capital industry
and its many famous and successful members all across Silicon Valley.
Because of his domain and market expertise, he brings a unique value to
the building of companies with successful outcomes that fits well with
the value offered by venture capital firms.
This year Ram was named number four on the top tech dealmakers by Forbes, and number five on top ten kingmakers in tech by Business 2.0 magazine.
Immediately prior to founding Sherpalo,
Ram served as an officer of Amazon.com working for Jeff Bezos, founder
& CEO. Ram came to Amazon.com in August, 1998, when Amazon acquired
Junglee, an online comparison shopping firm of which Ram was president.
While at Amazon, Ram helped grow the customer base during its early
high growth phase in 1998/1999. Before Junglee and Amazon, Ram was a
member of the Netscape executive team, joining them in 1994, before
they shipped products or posted revenue. He drove the many partnerships
and channels that Netscape employed to get massive distribution for its
browser and server products during those now legendary early days of
Ram is a founding board member of Google Inc., 247customer.com and Frontline Wireless. Ram also serves on the boards of Plaxo, Zazzle.com and PodShow. Ram serves on the advisory board of Naukri.com,
a leading classfieds site in India which has leading marketplaces in
jobs, matrimony and real estate serving the Indian market.
Balaraj is a Managing
Director with Sequoia Capital India. Sequoia Capital India
has been formed with WestBridge Capital Partners which Balaraj
co-founded in 2000. Sequoia India is the leading venture and
growth capital firm focused on India, and currently manages
around $750 mn of equity capital. The firm has invested in
close to 30 companies in India across sectors, including market
leaders such as Coffee Day, Bharti Telesoft, Indiatimes, Firstsource,
Applabs, Indecomm, MarketRx and the recent buy-out of Flextronics
Software. Prior to founding WestBridge Capital Partners, Balaraj
was part of the private equity group at Goldman Sachs in Asia.
Earlier, Balaraj was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers
in New York and a summer fellow at the White House in Washington
Balaraj received an MBA from
Harvard Business School in Boston, and a BS in Business Management
from Brigham Young University in Hawaii, where he graduated
as valedictorian of his class.
Mike joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner. He specializes in healthcare investments focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Current board memberships include Amicus Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FOLD), Intarcia, CellGate, Novacea, Hyperion and Macroflux. Mike is also actively involved with 23andMe, Trine Pharmaceuticals, Liquidia and Vitae Pharmaceuticals. As well, Mike is a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Board for Silicon Valley Bank. Prior to joining NEA, Mike was most recently Senior Vice President, Therapeutics and General Manager, of the Renal Division at Genzyme Corporation. Prior to that, Mike was Vice President of Business Development for the Therapeutics Division, responsible for the identification and in-licensing of new therapeutic product opportunities. He gained extensive international experience while building a commercial operation in Latin America for the Therapeutics and Surgical Products groups for the company. Mike was also Product Manager for Ceredase and was instrumental in the worldwide launch of Cerezyme, Genzyme’s $1 Billion therapies for Gaucher Disease. Mike also spent two years with Genzyme’s Diagnostic products and services division. Previous to Genzyme, Mike held sales and marketing positions at Repligen and Bristol-Myers. Mike received his BA from DePauw University.
Peter Wagner has worked in technology since the mid-1980's, as a
physicist, line manager and venture investor. He focuses primarily in
Information Technology Infrastructure, including the networking,
computing, storage, and wireless sectors. Some of his particular
interests include web 2.0 scalability, data center virtualization,
pervasive security, digital media, WAN/Internet performance
optimization, and a broad array of mobile technologies/media/services.
Since joining Accel Partners in 1996, Peter has led investments in dozens of
early stage companies, many of which have gone on to complete IPO's or
successful acquisitions. These include Acopia Networks (acquired by F5), Airgo Networks
(acquired by Qualcomm), Amber Networks (acquired by Nokia), Arrowpoint
Communications (IPO 3/00, subsequently acquired by Cisco), Broadjump
(IPO 6/04 after merger with Motive), iBEAM Broadcasting (IPO 5/00,
subsequently acquired by Williams), Infinera
(IPO 6/07), New Edge Networks (acquired by Earthlink), Northpoint
Communications (IPO 5/99, subsequently acquired by ATT), Peribit
Networks (acquired by Juniper), Tellium (IPO 5/01), TiMetra Networks (acquired by Alcatel) and Topspin Communications (acquired by Cisco). Peter was also part of the team responsible for Accel's investments in Redback Networks (IPO 5/99, acquired by Ericsson) and Motive (IPO 6/04).
Peter currently serves on the Board of Directors at Azul Systems, C2 Appliance, Entrisphere, Consentry Networks, Omneon Video Networks (currently in registration for its IPO), Trapeze Networks and Wichorus. He also led Accel's investments in and works closely with Netxen, Sylantro Systems, and Transitive Technologies.
In addition to his work in IT, Peter also leads Accel’s investment
activity in the Energy sector. Areas of interest here include
alternative and renewable energy (including nuclear power), energy
storage, intelligent energy distribution and management, clean coal
technologies, energy efficiency in IT and elsewhere, electric vehicles,
portable power and biofuels.
Prior to joining Accel, Peter was a line manager at Silicon
Graphics, responsible for several generations of digital media,
networking and graphics workstation products. Before Silicon Graphics,
Peter worked with McKinsey and Company, consulting to market leaders in
technology, energy, aerospace and financial services. Peter began his
career as a physicist working in nuclear fusion research and aerospace.
Peter is a Director and past President of the Western Association
of Venture Capitalists. He holds an A.B. in Physics from Harvard
College, summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School,
where he was a Baker Scholar.
Scott Kriens is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and former CEO of Juniper Networks.
Kriens did his bachelor's degree(B.A.) in economics from California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA in 1979. As an undergraduate, Kriens used to fix cars to meet expenses. Now he collects European sports cars. One of his favorite models is the Aston Martin, James Bond's car.
Initially, Kriens served marketing stints with Burroughs, which merged with Sperry in 1986 to form Unisys and Tandem, now part of Compaq Computer, before getting the entrepreneurial bug at Stratacom. From April 1986 to January 1996, Kriens served as Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Operations at StrataCom, Inc., a telecommunications equipment company, which he co-founded in 1986. He was there for ten years until 1996, when Stratacom was sold for $4.5 billion to Cisco.
After the company was sold, Kriens took time off to build a house and have a child. Then Crosspoint Venture Partners recruited Kriens to take the reins at Juniper. In October 1996, he moved as the CEO of Juniper Networks and continued in the top post until September 2008. Much of Juniper's market success is credited to Kriens as the
Steve Lewis - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, is the former CEO of All Covered, the leading outsourced IT services company serving small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. Lewis was also the co-founder of Pharmanex,
a leading phytopharmaceutical firm where Lewis was the initial COO.
Prior to Pharmanex, as a partner and managing director of Generation
Ventures, a venture firm focused on opportunities in China, he
developed companies in the technology-intensive arenas of broadband
telecommunications, Internet stock trading and GNSS-based air traffic
control systems. Additionally, Lewis was a partner in Archimedes
Capital, spent five years on the Board of Directors of Borland
Enterprises and a decade with the consulting firm of Booz Allen &
Hamilton. At Booz Allen & Hamilton he was a partner in the firm's
operations & technology practice, led the service operations
practice, and opened the first commercial office in the Middle East. He holds a B.A. in Economics, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering, and M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Steven Chu (Chinese: 朱棣文) is an American physicist and the 12th and current United States Secretary of Energy. Chu is known for his research at Bell Labs in cooling and trapping of atoms with laser light, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997, along with his scientific colleagues Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William Daniel Phillips. At the time of his appointment as Energy Secretary, he was a professor of physics and molecular and cellular biology at the University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where his research was concerned primarily with the study of biological systems at the single molecule level. Previously, he had been a professor of physics at Stanford University. He is a vocal advocate for more research into renewable energy and nuclear power, arguing that a shift away from fossil fuels is essential to combating climate change. For example, he has conceived of a global "glucose economy", a form of a low-carbon economy, in which glucose from tropical plants is shipped around like oil is today.
Chu, a Chinese American, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, with ancestry from Taicang, in Jiangsu province, and
Sumir Chadha is a Senior Managing Director with
Sequoia Capital India. Sequoia Capital India has been formed with
WestBridge Capital Partners which Sumir co-founded. Sumir has eight
years of venture capital investing experience in India. He serves as
Chairman of the Board of AppLabs, and is on the boards of Astra,
Emagia, GlobalLogic, Times Internet, Zavata and marketRx. Sumir was a
key member of the Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs & Co,
based in New York and Singapore, where he focused on venture capital
investments in services and software companies in both the United
States and India. He led or was a key member of the investment team for
over 17 technology investments, including high- profile success stories
such as FreeMarkets (NASDAQ: FMKT), webMethods (NASDAQ: WEBM) and
Techspan. These investments totaled over $140 million of venture
capital. His career began as a management consultant at Mckinsey &
Co., based in New York and New Delhi, where he specialized in the
internet and wireless industries. Sumir is the co-founder and Chairman
of the US-India Venture Capital Association (US-IVCA) and also a
Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)'s Silicon Valley
chapter. Sumir received an M.B.A. from Harvard University with
Distinction and a B.S.E. in Computer Science from Princeton University.
founded Xoomsys in 2003. He also founded, in 1991, Voyan Technology, serving as
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman through 1997. Voyan was
acquired by Tokyo Electron Ltd. Prior to Voyan he was at Integrated Systems
Inc. (acquired by Wind River), leading the development of MATRIXx system level
design and simulation tools. To date he has been awarded over 21 patents. He
holds a BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology, and both Masters and
Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford.
Thomas Joseph "Tom" Ridge (born August 26, 1945) is an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives (1983–1995), the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania (1995–2001), Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (2001–2003), and the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security (2003–2005). Since re-entering the private sector, Ridge has served on the boards of The Home Depot, The Hershey Company and Exelon Corporation and as a senior advisor to Deloitte & Touche, and TechRadium. Ridge is also the founder and CEO of Ridge Global, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based security consulting firm. Ridge spent time campaigning with Senator John McCain during his 2008 bid for the presidency and was believed by some to have been in the short list of potential running mates.
Ridge was born in Munhall, Pennsylvania, in Pittsburgh's Steel Valley, the oldest of three children. His parents were Laura (née Sudimack) and Thomas Regis Ridge, who was a traveling salesman and Navy veteran. Ridge's maternal grandparents were Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), and his paternal great-grandparents emigrated from Great Britain.
William Randolph Hearst III (born June 18, 1949) became president of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation in early 2003. Son of William Randolph Hearst, Jr. and grandson of William Randolph Hearst, Hearst is also director of the Hearst Corporation.
Hearst has a son, William Dedalus Hearst, and three daughters, Adelaide, Caroline and Eliza.
Hearst graduated from Harvard University in 1972 with an AB degree in mathematics. He spent years as an employee of the Hearst Corporation, eventually as editor and publisher of the San Francisco Examiner. His grandfather had also headed that paper, though his father had been publisher of the New York Journal American. In some television commercials Hearst III was shown having a conversation with his grandfather's portrait. (In fact, he was only two when his grandfather died.)
In 1976 he left the company to become the managing editor of Outside magazine which was then being started by the Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner. Hearst returned to the company and newspaper work in 1980.
In 1992 he again left his job at the company, remaining on the board of directors. The following year he succeeded his father as a trustee of the trust that