Chairman, Flip Filipowski, is one of the world's most successful high-tech entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and industry visionaries.
The former COO of Cullinet, the largest software company of the 1980's, was also the founder and CEO of PLATINUM technology, inc. Flip grew PLATINUM into the 8th largest software company in the world at the time of its sale to Computer Associates for $4 billion dollars, the largest such transaction for a software company at the time. Upside Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Information Technology. A recipient of Entrepreneur of the Year Awards from both Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch, Flip has also been awarded the Young President's Organization Legacy Award and the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty award for his work fighting hate on the Internet.
President & Chief Executive Officer
John Shackleton serves as President and CEO of SilkRoad. John has been an innovative visionary in the software industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining SilkRoad, John served as the President and CEO of Open Text Corporation, heading a $1.0 billion (USD) software company that became the world’s leading independent provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software. John’s extensive background in software and services management includes IT, consulting, product development, and sales management roles. He joined Open Text from PLATINUM technology, inc., where he was President of the PLATINUM Solutions division, providing consulting services to Global 2000 customers. Previously, he served as Vice President of Professional Services at Sybase®, Incorporated for the Central U.S. and South America. In addition, John served as Vice President of Worldwide Consulting at ViewStar® Corporation, a document management imaging company based in the Bay Area.
General Partner, Azure Capital Partners
Cameron Lester is a founding General Partner with Azure Capital Partners where he specializes in software and related infrastructure technologies. His current board memberships include EzRez Software, Limbo, PSS Systems, SilkRoad technology, SourceCode Technology and Zend Technologies. Other successful investments include TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), VMware (acquired by EMC), Interwoven (IPO in 1999) and Salesforce.com (IPO in 2004).
Immediately prior to Azure, Cameron was a Managing Director and the Group Head of the Software Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). Prior to CSFB, Cameron was a Director and the Group Head of the Software Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank Securities. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Cameron was a Vice President at PaineWebber, focused on software.
Over the course of his career, Cameron has provided strategic and investment advice to numerous leading private and public software companies. Notable firms include Advent Software, Baan, BEA Systems, Brio Technology, BSQUARE, Citrix Systems, Cygnus, DigitalThink, E.piphany, HNC Software, i2 Technologies, Infinity Financial, Informatica, Interwoven, JD Edwards, Liberate Technologies, NetDynamics, NetIQ, Onyx Software, PLATINUM technology, Pure Atria, Retek, Salesforce.com, Think Systems, Vantive, VERITAS Software and Vitria Technology.
Prior to investment banking, Cameron worked for Markowitz and McNaughton, a consulting firm specializing in competitive analysis, market opportunity assessment, strategic decision support, benchmarking, and acquisition buy-side search and due diligence services.
Cameron received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
General Partner, Foundation Capital
At Foundation Capital, Warren focuses primarily on investments in emerging software companies - both licensed and software as a service - as well as on those in the Cleantech industry. He currently serves on the boards of eMeter.com, Guardian Analytics, InterAct, MarkMonitor, Moxie Software, Purfresh, Quantivo, Rearden Commerce, SilkRoad Technologies, and Silver Spring Networks.
Catching emerging technologies and superstar entrepreneurs early is Warren's passion. His close ties with leading universities and research labs give him a window into innovations in their purest form, and he cherishes the chance to work with the smartest minds in business, whether first-timers or Nobel-Prize winners. His involvement with on-demand software companies and Cleantech began years before investing in those areas became a mainstream event.
Warren joined Foundation Capital in 2002 with more than 25 years experience in the software industry, including time as president and CEO of four public and private software companies. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Asera, a real-time software solutions provider.
Previously, Warren served as president and CEO of Prism Solutions during the company's transition from data warehousing tools provider to business intelligence application deliverer. Prior to that, Warren was president of SQRIBE Technologies (now Hyperion) and earlier, president and CEO of SMI. Warren has held numerous other senior executive positions at Next Software (Apple), Continuum (Computer Sciences Corporation) and Dun & Bradstreet Software. He holds a BS from Western Illinois University.
Managing Director, Tenaya Capital
Stewart Gollmer is a Managing Director of Tenaya Capital. He initially joined the predecessor to Tenaya (Lehman Brothers Venture Partners) in 2001, and co-founded Tenaya in 2009. Previously, Stewart was a member of Lehman Brothers' Technology Investment Banking group, where he was responsible for corporate finance and strategic advisory assignments. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Stewart was a corporate attorney. Stewart holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, a J.D. from Brigham Young University and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
Vice-President, Intel Capital; Managing Director, Software and Services
Lisa Lambert is a vice-president of Intel Capital and the managing director of the Software and Services Group. Lisa is a voting member of Intel Capital's investment committee. Lisa joined Intel Capital in 1999. Prior to that, she held a Product Marketing Management position with Intel's Desktop Products Group with responsibility for the Pentium II, III processor family. Prior to joining Intel, Lisa worked as a software engineer (1989-1992) and in senior roles in strategic planning, product marketing, and sales (1992-1995) at Owens-Corning. Lisa is on the boards of directors for X+1 Solutions and SilkRoad, and she is a board observer for CollabNet, Zend Technologies, and VCE, LLC. Lisa has invested in and managed exits from VMware (IPO), MySQL (acquired by Sun), Endeca (acquired by Oracle), DATAllegro (acquired by Microsoft), JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), Financial Engines (IPO), Gaikai (acquired by Sony), DynamicOps (acquired by VMware), Accertify (acquired by AMEX), OpenFeint (acquired by Gree), Jajah (acquired by Telefonica), Kingsoft (IPO), Enjoyor (IPO), Tobesoft (IPO), Perceptive Pixel (acquired by Microsoft), and CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy), to name a few. Lisa has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS/MIS from Pennsylvania State University.
Managing Director, Internet Capital Group
Mr. Forster is a former managing director of the Internet Capital Group, headquartered in Wayne, PA. He has over 40 years of sales, marketing, and general management experience in the information technology industry, most recently as the CEO and Chairman of CommerceQuest, Inc., a private technology company located in Tampa, FL.
Mike began his career with IBM, then moved to the international arena with Computervision, living in Europe for three years. He then successfully led two private companies as CEO and President, with an intervening stint as SVP of Worldwide Field Operations for Sybase, Inc.
In 1998, Mike joined the Internet Capital Group as a Managing Director and has served on numerous private company boards over the past 10 years.
Mike resides in his home town of Louisville, MS, and is active in civic affairs and political affairs in both his community and state. He is an avid pilot with nearly 2000 hours of time in the cockpit. He flies his own airplane and uses it extensively in both his consulting and philanthropic work.
Education: Mississippi State University, B.S., electrical engineering
Chairman and CEO, Trax Technologies
Mr. McCarthy brings thirty years of extensive senior leadership and advisory experience in the North American and International business markets. He recently served as Executive Chairman of 180 Connect, Inc. until it's acquisition by DirecTV in 2008, as Executive Vice President of Technology and Business Strategy at General Electric and as President, Integrated Systems Division of GE Interlogix. Before that, Mr. McCarthy served as Chief Executive Officer, Americas, at Interlogix prior to that company's acquisition by General Electric. In addition, he served in several senior executive roles with ADT Ltd. for over 15 years and was the Senior Vice President of Operations for ADT Ltd. when he left that company. Currently, Mr. McCarthy is Chairman and CEO of Trax Technologies, Inc., an SaaS provider in the International logistics space, is an adjunct professor of business at the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, serves on several public and private boards and is President of Katali, LLB a private management consulting firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mercedes A. Walton
CEO, Ralston Hill Consulting LLC
Mercedes Walton currently serves as President and CEO of Ralston Hill Consulting LLC, a privately held strategic business development and technology commercialization practice.
Mercedes previously served as Chairman and CEO of Cryo-Cell International, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company. She is principal inventor on an expansive intellectual property portfolio of global patent-pending stem cell technology applications. She also served as President and COO of the publicly traded advanced technology firm, Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. From 1976 through 2000, Mercedes held a number of senior management positions with AT&T spanning consumer, business and network operations, last serving as Vice President – Corporate Strategy and Business Development.
Since 2000, Mercedes has served on the Board of Directors of five publicly traded companies in communications services and biotechnology. She most recently served as Director for SAVVIS, Inc., an industry leader in enterprise cloud computing and managed hosting services prior to the company’s 2011 acquisition by CenturyLink for over $2.5 billion. Mercedes graduated with a B.A. from Smith College, M.Ed. from Harvard University and M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.