Founded in 1983, Accel Partners has a long history of partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to build world-class businesses. Accel today invests globally using dedicated teams and market-specific strategies for local geographies, with offices in Palo Alto, California, New York City, London and Bangalore, as well as in China via its partnership with IDG-Accel. Accel has helped entrepreneurs build over 300 successful companies, many of which have defined their categories, including Angry Birds (Rovio), ComScore, Facebook, Groupon, Kayak, Playfish, QlikTech, Spotify, and Wonga. For more information, visit the Accel Partners web site at www.accel.com find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/accel.
Charles River Ventures is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful early-stage venture capital firms with approximately $1.4 billion under management. CRV is dedicated to helping exceptional entrepreneurs turn their ideas into the next category leaders in high growth technology and media sectors. Since its founding in 1970, CRV funds have been ranked among the industry’s top performers. CRV has offices in Boston, MA and Menlo Park, CA. For more information, visit www.crv.com.
DFJ is a venture capital firm that partners with extraordinary entrepreneurs who set out to change the world. Since 1985, DFJ’s core funds have raised $4B, which has been deployed in more than 300 portfolio investments, including AdMob, Baidu, Box, Foursquare, Skype, Hotmail, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, Twitter, Tumblr and Yammer. DFJ works with companies at seed, early and growth stages, with the goal of creating iconic and lasting businesses. DFJ Growth is the investment practice within DFJ that is focused on financing and partnering with companies in the growth stage of development. DFJ pioneers investing in emerging markets including consumer and enterprise information technology, digital media, and disruptive technologies. Learn more at dfj.com.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) has backed entrepreneurs in more than 500 ventures leading to 150 IPOs, 350,000 jobs and a deep strategic network. The firm has helped build pioneering companies like Amazon, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Netscape, Symantec and VeriSign. KPCB partners serve on the boards of Amazon, Apple, Bloom Energy, Flipboard, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nest, Square and Zynga, among others. KPCB accelerates the success of entrepreneurs with a team of partners delivering company-building services including strategy, operational scaling, recruiting, business development and product delivery. The firm invests in all stages from seed and incubation to growth companies. KPCB operates from offices in Menlo Park, San Francisco, Shanghai and Beijing. http://www.kpcb.com
Meritech Capital Partners is a leading provider of late-stage venture capital to category-defining private technology companies and has been one of the top performing venture firms of the past decade. With over $2.6 billion under management, Meritech primarily leads investments into companies with proven and differentiated technology, rapidly growing revenue and experienced management teams. With one of the most active venture portfolios, Meritech has experience in, and provides guidance on issues facing rapidly growing companies including management incentive plans, IPO market timing and positioning, M&A strategies and negotiations and adviser selection. Meritech investments in industry-leading companies include BigFix, Broadsoft, Cornerstone OnDemand, Facebook, Fortinet, Fusion-io, Greenplum, Hybris, Imperva, Netezza, NetSuite, PopCap, Proofpoint, Rally, Riverbed, Ruckus, Salesforce.com, Sourcefire, SpringSource, Yammer, and Zulily. Meritech is located in Palo Alto, CA and can be found at www.meritechcapital.com.
Board of Directors
Chairman and CEO, SimpliVity
Before starting SimpliVity, Doron was the Founder and CEO of Diligent Technologies, a pioneer in Enterprise Data Deduplication. Diligent was acquired by IBM in April 2008. Prior to Diligent, Doron served as Vice President and General Manager at EMC. Prior to joining EMC, Doron was VP Sales & Marketing at Imedia Corporation, a pioneer in digital video distribution. Imedia was acquired by Terayon Communications Systems. Doron served as a Major in the Israel Defense Forces, holds Law and Philosophy degrees from Tel Aviv University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard University.
Partner, Accel Partners
Kevin has been active in international start-ups, general management, and venture capital investing for 26 years. Kevin joined Accel in 2000 and focuses primarily on software, Internet and mobile businesses. He is responsible for Accel London’s investments in Alfresco, Atlassian, Etsy, Getjar, Knewton, Lot18, SimpliVity, Supercell, and Varonis. Kevin has led Accel’s investment in Playfish (acquired by Electronic Arts), Diligent (acquired by IBM), Icera (acquired by Nvidia), and Cape Clear (acquired by Workday). Prior to joining Accel, he spent four years as a London-based Partner at Doughty Hanson & Co. and two years as Executive Director at Goldman Sachs International. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Kevin spent 14 years with Fanuc, the world-leader in robotics and numerical controls. He is an active member of the World Economic Forum and is on the Selection Committee of the WEF Technology Pioneers Programme
Partner, Charles River Ventures
By the time Bruce joined CRV in 1999, his reputation for leading companies preceded him. Formerly CEO of Xylogics, Bruce led a turnaround and sale to Bay Networks where he served as executive vice president, managing four company acquisitions in a year. After leaving Bay Networks, he became CEO of Stratus Computer, ultimately leading the company to its successful sale to Ascend. Today, Bruce works with several companies in the enterprise and service provider infrastructure space.
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Matt Murphy is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 1999 and manages the iFund, a collaborative initiative with Apple that focuses on funding and building defining applications on the iOS platform and the mobile internet. Matt’s expertise is in mobile solutions and cloud infrastructure technology. He is either a director or works closely with the management teams of Aerohive Networks, AppDynamics, Apperian, AutoNavi, Booyah!, Egnyte, GOGII, RGB Networks, Puppet Labs, SessionM, Shazam, shopkick, Stoke and WorkSmart Labs. Previously, Matt was a board observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO) and led KPCB’s investment in AutoNavi (Nasdaq: AMAP, 2010). He also served as a director at Pelago (acquired by Groupon in 2011), Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell in 2010), Dash Navigation (acquired by RIM in 2009) and Peakstream (acquired by Google in 2008).
Before joining KPCB, Matt led product management at semiconductor startup Netboost (acquired by Intel) and worked at Sun Microsystems, where he led business development for the Network Systems Group and was a product line manager for networking platforms. Matt also worked in strategic and technical consulting for a number of years at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture.
Matt holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Dave Lemont is an expert at building and scaling businesses. Whether it’s a tech startup with a new idea, or an established company looking to IPO, Lemont’s professional track record speaks for itself.
Before joining Currensee, Lemont served as principal of Lemont Consulting, where he assisted many early stage companies in achieving real business traction in the marketplace and developing their VC funding plans.
Prior to starting his consulting company, Lemont was CEO of AppIQ, the leader in storage management software. Within its first two years of selling, he successfully grew the company to $30M in revenue while acquiring over 300 enterprise clients. This resulted in an eventual acquisition by Hewlett Packard for $280M, which provided investors with over 6X returns.
Prior to AppIQ, Lemont was CEO of Revit Technology, a company that created a parametric 3D modeling platform used for building design. In 2002, Lemont successfully led Revit to a $140M acquisition by Autodesk, the world’s leading design software and digital content company. Since AutoDesk’s acquisition of Revit, the product has become the Building Information Modeling standard in the AEC industry. Before Revit, Lemont served as COO of Concentra Corporation, the leading provider of CRM solutions for product configuration. During his time with Concentra, he led them to an IPO in 1996. Two years later, Oracle purchased the company and Lemont went on to manage their Product Configuration division.