Ash Ashutosh brings more than 25 years of storage industry and entrepreneurship experience to his role of CEO at Actifio. Ashutosh is a recognized leader and architect in the storage industry where he has spearheaded several major industry initiatives, including iSCSI and storage virtualization, and led the authoring of numerous storage industry standards. Ashutosh was most recently a Partner with Greylock Partners where he focused on making investments in enterprise IT companies. Prior to Greylock, he was Vice President and Chief Technologist for HP Storage.
Ashutosh founded and led AppIQ, a market leader of Storage Resource Management (SRM) solutions, which was acquired by HP in 2005. He was also the founder of Serano Systems, a Fibre Channel controller solutions provider, acquired by Vitesse Semiconductor in 1999. Prior to Serano, Ashutosh was Senior Vice President at StorageNetworks, the industry’s first Storage Service Provider. He previously worked as an architect and engineer at LSI and Intergraph.
Ashutosh remains an avid supporter of entrepreneurship and is an advisor and board member for several commercial and non-profit organizations. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters degree in Computer Science from Penn State University.
Steve Baloff joined ATV in 1996 and focuses on investments in the software, infrastructure and internet services markets in the firm's Palo Alto, CA office. He is an active board member of EndPlay, Cenzic, Cedexis, Host Analytics, Modria, QuickPay, and WildTangent. Prior investments include Qumu (acquired by Rimage), Tripwire (acquired by Thoma Bravo), UpShot (acquired by Siebel Systems), Striva (acquired by Informatica NASDAQ: INFA), ViryaNet (NASDAQ: VRYA), Velogic (acquired by Keynote NASDAQ: KEYN), Seeker Software (acquired by Concur NASDAQ: CNQR), Epigram (acquired by Broadcom NASDAQ: BRCM), and Omneon Video Networks (acquired by Harmonic NASDAQ: HLIT).
Steve has over 20 years of entrepreneurial, operating and venture experience. He founded and served as CEO of Worldview Systems, a successful venture-backed startup. Through a joint venture with Sabre Interactive, Worldview Systems created and launched Travelocity.com, the award-winning travel site. Steve also held executive positions in sales, marketing and general management with Covalent Systems, a venture-backed computer systems vendor focused on the graphic arts industry. His career originated in Booz, Allen & Hamilton’s San Francisco and London offices, where he focused on strategy engagements for a variety of technology companies in the U.S. and Europe.
Steve holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Tom Caputo is the Chief Product Officer of Boston startup-gone-public phenom CarGurus. Tom spent five years as the Chief Product Officer at Fiksu, a mobile marketing innovator, where he successfully led the company’s product strategy and development. He also served as the Vice President of Product Management for x+1, acquired by Rocket Fuel in 2014, and Group Product Manager at Microsoft. Tom holds a BA in Computer Science from Dartmouth College, and both an MBA and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
Dino Di Palma is an accomplished leader of international sales expansion and global business development. He most recently served as the President of Strategic Partners and Global Accounts at Avaya, and as the Chief Revenue Officer of Broadsoft. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Benu Networks, Inc. from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer at Acme Packet, after serving as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development, and as Vice President of Sales and Business Development. He holds a BA degree in Economics and Political Science and an MBA from McGill University and an MA degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University.
John Ferber is the co-founder and Chairman of Bidtellect, a global leader in Native Advertising providing a real-time-bidding platform and exchange, connecting advertisers with rich Native inventory. Prior to that John co-founded Advertising.com, serving as Chief Product Officer from 1998 until its acquisition by AOL for $500 million in 2004.
In 2006 John established an incubator to develop companies including USONetworks/Car-Mercial, a provider of video SEO solutions to automotive advertisers, and the Microgiving Foundation, a charitable crowdfunding platform. Since 2008 he’s also served on the board of Videology Group.
John was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and a Washington Techway Top Executive Under 30 in 2000. He received his B.S. in psychology from Towson University.
Few people have crossed over from operator to investor and back again as gracefully or as well as Bob Geiman. In his career, Bob has sourced and/or led investments in over 30 companies, representing over $300 million in invested capital. Bob is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence with Warburg Pincus focused on making investments in mobile and artificial intelligence. Bob continues to serve as a Venture Partner with Cava Capital focused on early stage investments in digital media, mobile and e-commerce companies. Previously, he was a General Partner at Polaris Venture Partners focused on investing in early stage and later stage companies in the mobile and media sectors. Bob started his career as an associate at Summit Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, where he focused on making investments in technology businesses.
Bob is a proven operator in mobile and digital media companies. In late 2014, Bob co-founded Confirm, a mobile-based identity authentication as a service software company and served as the company’s Chairman and CEO until acquired by Facebook. In 2011, Bob co-founded EveryScreen Media, an advertising technology and data science company and a Cava Studio project, and served as President and CEO until 2013 when the company merged with Media6 Degrees to form Dstillery. Prior to EveryScreen, Bob was a member of the management team of MCK Communications, a VoIP-based communications software and hardware company, where he oversaw corporate business development, was in charge of sales, marketing, product management development for the communications service provider division and was a member of the management team that grew MCK from an unprofitable, 25 person company with $5 million in run rate revenue to a public company with $60 million in run rate revenue and significant cash flow and profitability.
Bob has been an active angel investor and serves or has served on the Board of Directors or advisory boards of over 20 internet, mobile and digital media companies.
Brent Grinna is the Founder & CEO of EverTrue, and among the most actively engaged and highly respected of his generation in the Boston startup community. Brent founded EverTrue after serving as a volunteer fundraiser for his alma mater, Brown University. At Brown, Brent was captain of the varsity football team and was a leader of the Senior Class Gift campaign. He began his career in Chicago at William Blair & Company and Madison Dearborn Partners. Prior to founding EverTrue, he received his MBA with honors from Harvard Business School. With Brent’s leadership, EverTrue participated in Techstars Boston and was selected as a winner of MassChallenge. EverTrue subsequently earned the backing of Bain Venture Capital and Boston Seed Capital. (To get to know Brent, be sure and check out his episode of the How Hard Can It Be podcast.)
Jim Herrnstein has a PhD in astrophysics from Harvard University and currently is a partner at Renaissance Technologies, and the Chairman of Pivot, whose mission - based on a fundamental belief in the worth of all people and a moral responsibility to address the needs of the destitute - is to create a model system of universal access to quality health care for Madagascar via comprehensive health system strengthening in a region near Ranomafana National Park.
He is a founding board member of Stony Brook University’s Global Heath Institute, and founding Chair of the Center ValBio Advisory Board. Jim is a co-founder of PIVOT and a founding member of the PIVOT board.
Sue Graham Johnston is President of 128 Technology, where she focuses on meeting the challenges of a high-growth startup changing the world of networking. Previously she was Managing Director (CEO) of BOC UK, Ireland and Africa - a $1.7Bn division of the industrial gases leader, The Linde Group where within two years she delivered the highest profitability in the group. She has spent the majority of her career at the intersection of new technology and operational excellence, having held Vice President positions in Operations, Engineering and General Management at Oracle and Sun Microsystems.
Sue was previously Chairman of the Board of Afrox, a JSE listed company. She is also on the Board of the San Francisco Opera and involved with additional charities including the Museum of Science in Boston, and Circus Center and Make*A*Wish in San Francisco.
Sue holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering & Product Design, an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and an MBA all from Stanford University.
Steve Kokinos is the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Fuze, a platform that seamlessly unifies customers’ voice, video, and messaging services on a single, cloud-based platform. As Chairman, Steve is responsible for setting the corporate, product, and go-to-market strategy for the award-winning cloud communications company.
Prior to Fuze, Steve was a founder of BladeLogic, Inc., a recognized leader in the data center automation market. He also founded WebYes, Inc., where he served as president and CEO. WebYes was later acquired by Breakaway Solutions, where Steve played a critical role in driving the business to $120M in revenue and taking the company public, and in just 18 months was responsible for Breakaway’s #2 worldwide ASP industry ranking. Steve holds a B.A. from McGill University.
Jim Matheson is the Co-founder of Patriapps, and a Special Advisor to both The Engine at MIT and Breakthrough Energy Ventures. He’s a highly respected clean technology visionary and leader who became the President and CEO of Oasys Water in 2013. Jim helped pave the way for Oasys’ global expansion and pioneering technology platform. Previously, as a General Partner at Flagship Pioneering, Jim spearheaded the venture capital firm’s sustainability practice. Before embarking on his second career in sustainable technology investing and entrepreneurship, Jim was a decorated Navy F-14 and FA-18 pilot and TOPGUN Instructor. Jim retired in 2008 as a Commander in the US Naval Reserves and earned his BS from the United States Naval Academy and his MBA from The Harvard Business School.
Jeff McCarthy is a Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, focused mainly on materials.
Jeff played leadership roles at two early, successful companies within the North Bridge portfolio, Cadia Networks and New Oak Communications. He was CEO of New Oak Communications, a leading provider of VPN switches, when the company was acquired by Bay Networks (a Nortel line of business).
Before joining New Oak, Jeff was Vice President of sales and business development at Cadia Networks, a developer of ATM concentrator products for the service provider marketplace, and held senior management positions at Wellfleet Communications, including Vice President of Carrier and Channel Operations.
Jeff is a graduate of Northeastern University, School of Management (magna cum laude), and serves as an advisor to the University. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Northeastern MBA classes as well as several other colleges and universities. Jeff received his MBA (magna cum laude) from Bentley College.
Jeff and his wife, Cindy, are the founders of Danny's Place Youth Services, a community organization dedicated to the positive development of middle and high school teens in the Acton and Boxborough areas.
Patrick MeLampy is a co-founder of 128 Technology, serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and director since its inception. Prior to that Patrick co-founded Acme Packet Inc. with longtime collaborator Andy Ory, serving as the company's Chief Technology Officer through its initial public offering and eventual acquisition by Oracle in a transaction valued at over $1.7 billion.
Patrick has nearly 20 years of communications engineering experience, having served as Vice President of Engineering of Priority Call Management starting in 1989. At PCM, Patrick developed and supported PCM's network telecommunications products and grew the engineering team from two to 75 members. He has developed intellectual property portfolios at PCM, LHS PCM, and Acme Packet, accumulating 26 patents now issued or pending. Patrick holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Boston University.
John Nardone is the CEO of Flashtalking, a digital marketing platform that helps advertisers and their agencies stay relevant by arming them with the same data-driven precision, measurability, and control over their advertising messages as they’ve come to depend on for audience targeting and media buying. There he leads strategy and execution for the company's expanding business around the world. John comes to Flashtalking most recently from X + 1 where he led that company to an extremely successful exit through acquisition by Rocketfuel. His background includes many great accomplishments: he placed the first paid ads ever on the internet, was a founding board member of the IAB, and was recently named one of the top 50 private company CEOs in America.
Andrew Ory, one of the co-founders of 128 Technology, has served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and board member since inception. Prior to 128 Technology, Andrew co-founded Acme Packet in August 2000 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President until Acme Packet’s acquisition in 2013. Andrew also founded Priority Call Management and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Andrew holds a B.A. from Harvard University.
Bob Ory served as a Director of Acme Packet from its inception in August 2000 through its acquisition by Oracle for $1.7 billion in February, 2013. He served as the company's Treasurer through the company's IPO in 2006, and as Corporate Secretary and Assistant Treasurer from then on. Prior to joining Acme Packet, Bob was a founder, as well as Treasurer, Clerk and director of Priority Call Management, Inc. from its inception in 1991 through its acquisition by the LHS Group in 1999. Bob is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Sonja Hoel Perkins is the founder of The Perkins Fund, a venture capital fund that invests in people and companies that matter. She began her career at TA Associates, joined Symantec, and then Menlo Ventures. At the age of 29, she became the youngest General Partner in Menlo’s history. Sonja is the founder of Broadway Angels, an investment group made up of world-class investors and business executives who all happen to be women. She has invested in start-ups - including Acme Packet, F5 and McAfee Associates- that have achieved multi billion dollar valuations. In 2015, Worth Magazine ranked Sonja #98 among the 100 Most Powerful People in Finance in the World.
Sonja graduated, with Distinction, from the McIntire School of Commerce at University of Virginia and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Andrew Perlman is the Chief Executive Officer of GreatPoint Energy. Since co-founding the Company in 2004, Mr. Perlman has been deeply involved in all aspects of its growth, driving the development of its technology and building a highly experienced team which marries both scientific and commercial expertise.
Mr. Perlman is an entrepreneur who has successfully co-founded eight venture-backed companies. Prior to founding GreatPoint Energy, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Coatue Corporation, a microelectronics company which was purchased by Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD).
In 1995, Mr. Perlman founded Cignal Global Communications, a pioneer in integrated voice/data network communications, and served as President until its sale in 2000 to one of the largest cable operators in Europe.
Mr. Perlman is a Partner at GreatPoint Ventures, an investment firm focused on early stage commercialization of new, cutting-edge technologies; and sits on the Board of Coskata, a producer of low cost ethanol and plastics from biomass or natural gas. He was selected by the MIT Technology Review as one of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35, the Boston Business Journal as one of Massachusetts' most promising business people, and has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal as a leading young entrepreneur.
Jules Pieri is Co-founder & CEO of The Grommet, a site that has launched more than 3,000 innovative consumer products since 2008. The company's Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how products are discovered, shared, and bought.
Jules completed her undergraduate degree summa cum laude at the University of Michigan and people tell her she is the first designer to graduate from Harvard Business School, where she is an Entrepreneur in Residence Emeritus. Jules is an investing partner with XFactor Ventures and serves on the board of the University of Michigan Alumni Association.
Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was an executive at Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Continuum and President of Ziggs. In 2017, Ace Hardware acquired a majority stake in The Grommet.
She was named one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and one of Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Interesting Entrepreneurs in 2014. She is an Entrepreneur in Residence Emeritus at Harvard Business School and an investing partner at XFactor Ventures.
Jules’ first book, “How We Make Stuff Now: Turn Ideas into Products That Build Successful Businesses,” will be published by McGraw-Hill in April 2019.
Jody Rose is the Executive Director of the New England Venture Capital Association where she works in partnership with the venture and entrepreneurial communities on initiatives focused on positioning Massachusetts as the best place in the world for entrepreneurs. In 2015, Jody served as the SVP of Corporate Development and Digital Strategy at Blueprint NYC. Prior, Jody led National Mobile and Brand Partnerships for micro-location mobile marketing platform, Swirl Networks. Before joining Swirl, Jody served as Director of National Brand Partnerships at Rue La La, where she was responsible for leading brand relationships with a focus on driving new customer acquisition for national partners.
Jody’s experience includes numerous board positions within the telecommunications and media industries. She currently serves on the board of directors for My Sister’s Keeper. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and The Boston Foundation’s Innovation Economy Leadership Council. In 2016 Jody received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Mount Ida College, was named by The Boston Business Journal as a member of The BBJ’s Power 50: The Game Changers, and most recently co-founded Hack.Diversity – a program that tackles the underrepresentation of blacks and Latinos in Boston’s Innovation Economy.
Jit Saxena has a long and successful career of entrepreneurship and business leadership in growing new global industries.
As founder, chairman, and CEO of Netezza, the leading provider of data analytics and monitoring appliances, Saxena led its initial public offering and its acquisition by IBM for $1.7 billion in 2010. Saxena also founded and led Applix, a leader in analytical CRM software, which he took public in 1994.
Keith Seidman is an operationally focused senior financial executive with strong business management skills. He retired as the Chief Financial Officer of Fuze in 2015. Prior to that he had served as the CFO of Kiva Systems, Acme Packet, Spotfire, Priority Call Management, and Duracraft.
Ram Sudireddy is regarded as one of Boston's best engineers and entrepreneurs in the world of microprocessors. Starting as a UMass computer and electrical engineer, Ram realized his dream early on to work at the legendary Bell Labs, where he was the chief architect and lead designer for a number of highly complex ASICs. He left Bell Labs to found Siltek Corporation, which provided ATM and SONET design services for companies including Lucent, SGS Thomson, and Sun Microsystems. Through a series of successful acquisitions Ram ended up at Applied Micro, where he served as SVP, GM, and CTO managing a worldwide group of more than a thousand engineers. He founded Chil Semiconductor, acquired by International Rectifier in 2011 for 75 Million in cash.
An active investor and angel, Ram also serves on the Dean's Council of the Harvard Divinity School, and recently stepped into the role of co-chair of the Campaign for HDS. A lifelong entrepreneur and veteran of the technology sector, Ram has a passion for addressing the "religious misunderstanding" he sees at the root of many global problems.
Craig Spitzer is the CEO of a2c Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Mr. Spitzer co-founded a2c in 2007 with the mission of assisting clients to achieve business objectives through the use of new and existing technologies.
Craig founded his first corporation, Alliance Consulting Group, at the age of 29 in 1994. Inc. 500 ranked ACG at #3 in 1999 and #7 in 2000 on the publication’s list of fastest growing firms; Ernst & Young recognized CEO Spitzer as their 2000 NYC Entrepreneur of the Year, Consulting and Outsourcing Services; and at age 36, Mr. Spitzer was recognized as one of Philadelphia’s top 3 CEOs under the age of 40. ACG was sold to Safeguard Scientific in 2002, after growing to 720 employees and producing annual revenues of over $100 million.
Craig produced and co-produced three films; was a founding investor in businesses including two successful nightclubs, and sat as Director and Chairman for Halcyon Jets and on the Board of Trustees at the Kiski School. He is currently co-founding a Free Public Library and Art Gallery in Saltsburg, PA, and supports “Futures in Education” in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Business Economics.
Alec Stern was most recently Vice President of Strategic Innovation and Executive in Residence for the Small Business Innovation Program at Constant Contact (Nasdaq: CTCT 2007, Acquired by Endurance International Nasdaq: EIGI 2016). Alec is a member of Constant Contact's founding team as one of the original three in an attic. His wide range of responsibilities included senior roles in strategic partnerships, channels, business development and sales. Alec was also responsible for the creation and development of Constant Contact’s channel partner programs. He also spearheaded strategic innovation, community-based entrepreneurism and vertical industry thought leadership for the company.
Alec engages with hundreds of startup and small businesses annually and advises a variety of early stage companies. He serves as a judge, mentor and advisor for startup accelerators, startup schools, universities and programs. As an angel investor and limited partner in the G20 Venture Fund, Alec is an investor in a number of rising startups. He has been a featured speaker for national and regional small business, nonprofit and industry conferences, startup accelerators, colleges and universities. Alec is active on the Board of Directors, Board of Advisors or Executive Committees for organizations including BoardOnTrack and Nix86. He is an appointed member of the City of Boston Neighborhood Innovation District Committee, the 128 Innovation Committee and the Boston’s Small Business Advisory Council as well as a founding organizer of the CityStart Boston Civic Innovation program.
He holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BS from Syracuse University.
Matthew Szulik is the former Chairman and CEO of Red Hat. In 2008, after growing the 40-person open source computing company Red Hat into a publicly traded 3,000-person technology giant, Szulik stunned the world by resigning from his CEO position to care of his father, who at age 96, was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Prior to Red Hat Matthew led technology companies including Interleaf and MapInfo for more than 20 years. He became the overall national winner for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008.
He is passionate about improving the educational opportunities for students worldwide through open source, and he is a spokesperson to industry, government, and education leaders on open source computing. He serves as the Chairman of the Science and Technology Board for State of North Carolina's Economic Development Board. He is past Chairman and an Executive Director of the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technologies Association.
Perry Traquina stepped down as Chairman and CEO of Wellington Management Company at the end of 2014. He currently serves as a corporate director on the boards of eBay, Morgan Stanley, and Brandeis.
Perry is the son of Portuguese immigrants, graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis in 1978. He studied at the London School of Economics and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1980.
C.A.Webb has spent her career as an entrepreneurial problem solver in both the private and not-for-profit sectors where she has helped build emerging organizations into brands that create lasting impact. Most recently, she co-founded _Underscore.VC, a tech fund using a network-driven approach to bring emerging and experienced entrepreneurs together to build the next generation of great tech companies.
Prior to that, she led NEVCA for four years, where she worked in partnership with local entrepreneurs and VCs to shape Massachusetts into the best place in the world to start and grow companies.
Webb serves on the boards of The Boston Foundation, the Alliance for Business Leadership, MassRobotics, Room to Grow and Resilient Coders. She also is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, a select group of women business leaders. In 2015, Webb was recognized as an "Innovation All Star" by the Boston Business Journal and in 2016 was named one of the 30 most disruptive people in Boston tech by Boston Magazine. In 2018, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in Boston by Boston Magazine.
She earned her undergraduate degree in English and Women’s Studies at Wellesley College and obtained her MBA at the Simmons School of Management.
Scot Wingo is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Channel Advisor. As Chairman he sets the strategic direction for the company, and works closely with the management team to align product direction with market trends. Scot is an industry thought leader, contributing regularly to several ChannelAdvisor blogs and speaking often at industry events.
Scot received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Computer Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. Scot has received numerous awards including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Triangle Business Journal’s Businessperson of the Year.
Derek Yoo is co-founder and CTO of Fuze, responsible for the technology and product strategy behind the Fuze cloud communications platform. Derek has spent the last 10+ years building and scaling the Fuze platform which includes voice, mobile, pbx, video, web collaboration, enterprise messaging, contact center, and data analytics features.
Previously, Derek served as product manager at BladeLogic, an industry-leading provider of enterprise data center automation software. At BladeLogic, Derek defined and launched products in the early devops market including a platform for automated server provisioning and ongoing configuration management. Prior to BladeLogic, Derek worked at WebYes, a high end application hosting provider, where he developed and managed high availability e-commerce applications deployed across 11 data centers on four continents. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.