Executive Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer
Executive Chairman and Co-CEO, Flip, 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.
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.
Jeffrey H. Hillebrand
Senior Advisor, NorthShore University HealthSystem
Mr. Hillebrand was with NorthShore from 1979-2012, serving as Chief Operating Officer from 1995-2012 and now is a Senior Advisor to the company focusing on mergers and acquisitions.
NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is an integrated healthcare system that includes Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park, and Skokie Hospitals, NorthShore Medical Group (comprising over 800 doctors in 75 medical offices), NorthShore Home Services, NorthShore Research Institute and NorthShore Foundation.
Mr. Hillebrand has an MHSA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Dartmouth College. He served as an administrative resident at Glenbrook Hospital in 1977 and completed an administrative fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and for five years served as a Regent. He has also served as President of the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Hillebrand is a former member of the Young Presidents' Organization and the World Presidents' Organization. He is a board member of Vocera, VCRA--NYSE, serving as its compensation committee chair. He is a board member of VHA and Provista. He was a board member of Neoforma, Inc. serving as its Compensation Committee Chairman. He is a board member of SilkRoad Technologies, serving as its lead director. Mr. Hillebrand served as a Commissioner of the Certification Commission of Healthcare Information Technology, CCHIT, and on the board of the National Association of Healthcare Information Technology.
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
Managing Partner, Belvedere Capital
Alison Davis is the Managing Partner of Belvedere Capital, a private equity investment firm focused on buy-outs of banks and other financial services companies in the US. Belvedere portfolio companies include Americas United Bank in LA, Green Bank in Texas, Placer Sierra Bancshares in California, Presidio Bank in the Bay Area, Professional Business Bank in Southern California, and Seaside Bank in Florida, and VRT Insurance.
Prior to joining Belvedere, Ms. Davis was the Chief Financial Officer and Global Management Committee Member for Barclays Global Investors, the San Francisco-based institutional money management firm with approximately $2 trillion of assets under management and operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Earlier in her career she spent 7 years with McKinsey and Company in London and then New York. Alison subsequently joined A.T. Kearney in 1993 as a leader of the Global Financial Institutions Group in New York, Western Region Practice Leader, and North America Management Committee Member.
Ms. Davis has served on the boards of several public and private companies including First Data Corporation (FDC), Dispatch Management Services (DMSC), LECG (XPRT), Broadlane, Les Concierges, Presidio Bank, and Professional Business Bank. She has also been an active board director of Cambridge in America, the San Francisco Partnership, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Women's Initiative for Self Employment and WOW Investments which invests in women-owned businesses in Africa. For the last three years has chaired the Bay Area Red Cross annual fundraising gala - 'Paint the Town Red.'
Ms. Davis was named as one of the 'Most Influential Women in Business' by the San Francisco Business Times in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Ms. Davis received a BA and a Masters degree from Cambridge University in England, and a combined MBA from Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
She lives in Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Matthew and her children Max, Tallulah, Louis, Felix and Leo.
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.
Ms. Walton previously served as Chairman and CEO of Cryo-Cell International, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company. Ms. Walton 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, Ms. Walton 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, Ms. Walton 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. Ms. Walton graduated with a B.A. from Smith College, M.Ed. from Harvard University and M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.