Audrey MacLean, Chairman
Audrey MacLean has over three decades of combined experience in the computer and communications industry, with a unique track record for entrepreneurial success as a Founder, CEO, Seed Investor, Board Member and Professor. MacLean has founded and invested in over two dozen companies creating over $5 billion in market value in the past twenty-five years, and has been a Consulting Professor at Stanford in the School of Engineering since 1995. She was been featured on Forbes’ Midas Touch List, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women and Business Week’s Top 50 Business Women in America. In a Forbes’ cover article she was dubbed, “The One To See In Silicon Valley”.
MacLean was a founder of Network Equipment Technologies in 1983. The market share leader in Wide Area Networking went public in 1987. In 1988 she co-founded and was CEO of Adaptive which merged with N.E.T. in 1993. Other companies that went public where she was a seed investor, director or advisor include: AdForce, dsl.net, Pete’s Brewing, Pure Software and Selectica. Those which were acquired include: Achieva sold to Kaplan, Amplitude sold to Critical Path, Applied Discovery sold to LexisNexis, Avidia sold to Pair Gain, Centrality sold to Sirf, Firefly sold to Microsoft, InternetMiddleware sold to Network Appliance, Ironport sold to Cisco, Radiance sold to Comcast and specialtyMD sold to Chemdex.
In addition to her role as Chairman of Coraid she currently serves on the board or advisory board of a number other start-ups including: Andalou, BeyondCore, Finesse, Loopt, Luxe, mOasis, Queplix, Skybox, SolumTech, and StarMaker. She serves on the board of the Center for Venture Education and the University of Hawaii, Maui College.
Kevin Brown, Chief Executive Officer
Kevin is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive, with experience in the networking, storage, security, and virtualization sectors. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of Kidaro, a desktop virtualization software vendor, where he led the team to a leadership position in this emerging segment. Kidaro was acquired by Microsoft in May 2008 and incorporated as a key element of Windows virtualization.
Prior to joining Kidaro, Kevin served as a vice president on the original executive team of storage security vendor Decru, where he led worldwide marketing, business development, and product management. Following the acquisition of Decru by Network Appliance, Kevin stayed on as a vice president and helped the company achieve #1 market share and global adoption across the financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, and government sectors. As one of the leading experts on storage security, he served as an advisor to the U.S. Congress, Federal Trade Commission, and U.S. Department of Defense. Previously, Kevin was a key member of the founding team of Inktomi, a pioneering infrastructure software firm, where he served in a number of executive positions, including Vice President and General Manager of Inktomi's networking business. Kevin is as a Fellow at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, and earned his Bachelor's and MBA degrees at UC Berkeley, where he served as MBA class president.
Brantley Coile, Chief Technology Officer & Founder
Brantley brings over 30 years of technical and managerial experience with a range of technology companies and research institutions including Network Translation, Cisco Systems, Adaptive, Digital Transmission Systems, AT&T Bell Laboratories and the University of Georgia. He has an extensive background in designing communications protocols and operating systems for telephony applications and Internet infrastructure technologies.
In 1994, Brantley co-founded Network Translation, Inc. where he created the PIX Firewall appliance that created a new class of data communication firewalls utilizing stateful packet inspection. Cisco Systems acquired Network Translation and the Cisco PIX™ Firewall, generating multi-billion dollar sales since its launch, became the industry standard appliance firewall. Within a year of the release of the PIX™, Brantley and his team designed, developed and introduced the industry's first Server Load Balancer, the Cisco LocalDirector™, spawning a multi-vendor industry that continues to thrive.
Brantley left Cisco and in 2000 he co-founded Coraid to design and develop innovative network storage devices. At Coraid, he created the ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) open lightweight network storage protocol that is the basis of the EtherDrive family of SAN products. He is an alumnus of the Computer Science Department at the University of Georgia and a Commercial Pilot.
Bob Kavner, Investor
Bob Kavner has a proven track record of leadership in executive and board roles across multiple sectors. He was executive vice president of AT&T, where he also served as chief financial officer for several years before being promoted to chief executive officer of AT&T's Multimedia Products and Services Group. Additionally, he was a member of AT&T's Executive Committee. For two years in the late 1990s, Mr. Kavner was CEO of On Command Corporation, a provider of in-room video systems to the lodging industry.
Currently Mr. Kavner serves on the Board of a number of companies including Aptera Motors, Pandora Media, and Idealab. Mr. Kavner served as chairman of the board of IronPort, which was acquired by Cisco in 2007, and as chairman of Overture Services until the company was sold to Yahoo in 2003. In addition, he served on the board of Earthlink Networks, FleetBoston Financial, Duracell International, Jupiter Communications, Olivetti Computers, Philips Telecommunications, Sun Microsystems, Tandem Computers, and Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch.
Peter Bodine, Managing Director, Allegis Capital
Peter Bodine is a Managing Director at Allegis Capital. Prior to Allegis he was a co-founder with APV Technology Partners. Mr. Bodine's key area of focus is growing early stage technology companies, and using the Allegis Capital network of corporate contacts to help leverage marketing channels and accelerate revenues for the portfolio. Prior to Allegis, Mr. Bodine worked at Asia Pacific Ventures, a consulting and advisory service firm. Through Asia Pacific Ventures, Mr. Bodine advised large Asian companies including Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, and NTT.
Mr. Bodine sits on the Boards of AdventureLink, Axcient, and iBAHN. Prior investments include Ribbit, BUYandHOLD, Fatbrain.com, Dynamic Pictures, ShareWave, and Versata. Mr. Bodine also has broad experience helping start-up and established companies develop business plans, recruiting senior personnel, and procuring and structuring debt and equity funding via strategic alliances with corporate partners. Given his excellence in venture investing, Mr. Bodine was a member of the Forbes Midas list in 2006 and 2007, a ranking of the world's top tier venture and technology investors. Mr. Bodine holds an MBA from University of Utah, and a BS degree from Brigham Young University.
Paul Weinstein, General Partner, Azure Capital Partners
Paul Weinstein is a founding General Partner of Azure with over 25 years of investment experience across numerous sectors of technology. Paul’s primary investment focus is on communications technology, data center, cloud infrastructure and applications and mobility solutions. Paul is currently representing Azure on the boards of Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom), Coraid, Fonality and NeoNova Network Services. Paul has previously served on the boards of World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena) and Vapps (acquired by Citrix).
Prior to Azure, Paul was a Managing Director and communications equipment analyst covering the Data Communications and Network Equipment sectors at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in San Francisco. Prior to CSFB, Paul was a Managing Director and held a substantially similar position with Deutsche Bank Securities in San Francisco. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Paul was a Managing Director and held a substantially similar position with Paine Webber in New York and San Francisco. Prior to PaineWebber, Paul was a Senior Vice President and equity research analyst at Kidder Peabody in New York and Boston, where he was responsible for the Data Communications and Data Storage sectors. For four consecutive years (1995-1999), Paul was a top ranked analyst in the Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates surveys.
Paul has provided strategic and investment advice on numerous communications equipment and data storage companies. Notable firms included; 3Com, Alantec Networks (acquired by Fore Systems), Aspect Telecommunications, Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel), Broadcom, Cabletron, CacheFlow (name changed to Blue Coat), Chipcom (acquired by 3Com), Cisco Systems, Conner Peripherals (acquired by Seagate), Efficient Networks (acquired by Siemens), EMC Corporation, Fore Systems (acquired by GEC), Juniper, Komag Corporation, Latitude Communications (acquired by Cisco), Maxtor Corporation, MMC Networks (acquired by AMCC), Newbridge Networks (acquired by Alcatel), Nortel Networks, Packet Engines (acquired by Alcatel), Quantum Corporation, Read-Rite Corporation, Seagate, SynOptics, WellFleet (acquired by SynOptics) and Xylan (acquired by Alcatel).
John W. Jarve, Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
John Jarve is a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures. John joined Menlo Ventures in 1985. Over the past 24 years, he has led Menlo's investments in more than 40 portfolio companies, primarily in the communications, storage, semiconductor, Internet and financial technology sectors. His recent investments and board seats include: Aprius, Avere Systems, Coraid, DataXu, Librato, MobiTV, ParAccel, Parascale, PowerReviews and Zimbio. John was a lead venture investor in the following public companies that achieved successful initial public offerings: Ascend Communications (ASND, now part of Lucent), Cavium Networks (CAVM), Digital Insight (DGIN), FaxSav (EASY), iBasis (IBAS), SpectraLink (SLNK), Syntellect (SXNT, now part of Enghouse Systems) andUUNET Technologies (UUNT, now part of Verizon). John is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering) and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.). He is a trustee of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the former chairman of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board.
Mark Leslie is currently the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. He is also a Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in Entrepreneurship and Sales Organization. Mark Leslie was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. During his tenure as CEO the company went from 12 employees to 5,500 employees deployed globally, and from a revenue base of $95,000 per year to $1,500,000,000 per year. In 2000 Veritas was the tenth largest independent software company by revenue, third largest by market capitalization, and achieved the distinction of becoming a Fortune 1000 company. From 1980 until 1990 he served as president and chief executive officer of two Silicon Valley high- tech startup companies. Prior experience included sales management, sales executive, systems engineer, and OS programmer. Mark Leslie designed and developed the first software hypervisor while employed at IBM in 1969. Mark currently serves on the boards of Network Appliance (NSDAQ: NTAP) and a number of privately held high-technology corporations, including Cassatt Software, Doostang, Evergrid, Model N Software, Servo Software, Sugar CRM and Xsigo Corporation. In addition he serves on the board of Overseers for the New York University Faculty of Arts and Sciences and is the Chairman of the New York University Science Advisory Board. Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics from New York University in 1966 and completed Harvard Business School's program for management development in 1980.
Charles Giancarlo joined Silver Lake in 2007 as a Managing Director and Co-Head of Value Creation. Mr. Giancarlo has over 25 years of experience in the communications industry. A senior executive at Cisco Systems from 1993-2007, Mr. Giancarlo most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Cisco and President of Cisco-Linksys, leading the company's overall product development and management activities. As Chief Development Officer, Mr. Giancarlo directed the activities of half of Cisco's employees, and was directly responsible for Cisco's expansion into a large number of new markets and technologies. His first position at Cisco was Vice President of Business Development, where he developed Cisco's merger and acquisition strategy and practice. Mr. Giancarlo joined Cisco when the company acquired Kalpana, Inc., the pioneer in Ethernet switching, where he was Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Giancarlo founded four communications equipment companies and successfully sold two of them to larger companies. Mr. Giancarlo was interim CEO of Avaya in 2008 and is currently Chairman of the Board. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of Gerson Lehrman Group, Accenture, and Netflix, Inc. Mr. Giancarlo holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Allegis is a seed and early stage venture capital firm focused on the digital economy. The venture firm has five funds and invested in more than 70 companies including Inertia Beverage Group, Ironport Systems, RIBBIT, Rent.com, Shopzilla, CompareNet and StepUp Commerce. Based in Palo Alto, California, Allegis has assets under management of $500M. For more information, visit www.allegiscapital.com.
Azure Capital Partners
Azure Capital Partners is a venture capital firm with over $650 million under management, headquartered in San Francisco, California. Our goal is to identify, invest in and help build early stage information technology companies that are at the forefront of a transformative opportunity for growth. Our partners have a long track record of identifying and helping to build some of the most successful companies in communications, consumer, enterprise and Internet technology segments. The Azure team is recognized for industry thought leadership and a unique professional investment approach to venture investing. Our proven methodology and primary research enable us to identify young companies in attractive markets whose business models provide sustainable competitive advantage. For more information, visit www.azurecap.com.
Crosslink takes an expansive view of building valuable companies. We invest in companies at all stages from seed, to polished product, to public, with exceptional people who have a powerful vision and a great solution. Our depth of knowledge and insights, combined with the entrepreneur’s creativity and energy, creates a formula for success. For more information, visit www.crosslinkcapital.com.
Kinetic Ventures is a leading venture capital investor in communications, information and power/clean technology driven businesses. For over two decades we have partnered with outstanding entrepreneurs to build world class enterprises. For more information, visit www.kineticventures.com.
Menlo Ventures provides long-term capital and management support to early-stage and emerging-growth companies. Menlo is one of Silicon Valley's oldest venture capital partnerships, and has organized and managed ten venture funds since their inception in 1976. With over $4 billion under management since inception, and a team with over 200 years of collective experience in technology, marketing, sales and general management, they have the resources to support the most ambitious of projects. For more information, visit www.menloventures.com.
Founded in 1979, Seagate is the leading provider of storage devices–in 2008, Seagate became the first hard drive manufacturer to ship 1 billion hard drives–with the industry’s broadest product offering. Seagate's products include 2.5–inch and 3.5–inch hard disk drives, solid state drives and hybrid drives (which incorporate both rotating media and flash memory) for compute–intensive enterprise environments that demand high performance, low–power consumption and proven reliability. For more information, visit www.seagate.com.