Bessemer Venture Partners is a venture capital firm based in Redwood City, California. The firm focuses on investing in companies operating in the clean technology, energy, healthcare, financial services, mobile, data security, cloud computing, software, communications and manufacturing sectors.
John Engates joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the company was founded, as Vice President of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rackspace decided to add new services for larger enterprise customers, John created and helped develop the Intensive Hosting business unit Most recently, John has played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace's cloud-computing strategy and cloud products. John meets frequently with customers to hear about their needs and concerns, and to discuss Rackspace's vision for the future of cloud computing. John currently serves as Chief Technology Officer.
Clint Chao is a founding General Partner of Moment Ventures. Moment is an early-stage VC firm investing in the Infrastructure of Everything: startups that are connecting digital and physical networks. Moment looks for companies in 3 primary areas: (1) Innovations in traditional IT, (2) New Device Ecosystems and (3) People-Based Platforms. Some of our investments include Soha, Skyward, Payable, Netsil, Swing Education, Call9, Copia, Viptela, World View and Nodeprime (acquired by Ericsson). Prior to Moment, Clint was a co-founding Managing Director at Formative Ventures, an early-stage VC firm. During his time at Formative, Clint invested a third of the fund's capital in early-stage technology startups, focusing on software infrastructure, web services, cloud computing applications and advanced semiconductors. Clint's investment and board leadership experience include Mashery (acquired by Intel), SOASTA, Silicon Clocks (acquired by Silicon Labs), Vungle and Zyray Wireless (acquired by Broadcom). Clint is an experienced technology executive who brings more than 20 years of start-up operating experience including marketing, sales and business development to Formative Ventures. Prior to co-founding Formative Ventures, Clint served as the first Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Business Development at SkyStream Networks (acquired by Tandberg TV), a leading provider of video routing solutions. Under his leadership, SkyStream became the worldwide leader in MPEG routing solutions to the broadcast, networking and enterprise markets. Prior to joining SkyStream, Clint served as Senior Director of Marketing at C-Cube Microsystems where he was responsible for marketing for the PC Division, a group he co-founded and grew to run rates exceeding $50M in sales annually. Clint began his tenure at C-Cube as the first Salesperson for the company, where he created the company’s sales representation network around the country. While there, C-Cube became the dominant supplier of digital video and imaging compression chips to the consumer electronics, computing and communications markets. Before joining C-Cube, Clint held numerous sales and sales management positions at Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector, where he was recognized as one of the company’s top salespeople. Clint earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chernovetsky Investment Group is a venture capital and real estate firm based in Kiev, Ukraine and was founded in 2012. The firm specializes in the startups, early stage and later stage investments. It invests in the internet, cloud computing, information technology, mobile application, data management, big data and software sectors. The firm does not invest in state tenders and procurement, alcohol and tobacco production, gambling, securities and stock market transaction.
Hummingbird ventures is a venture capital firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. The firm makes transactions in seed round, early stage, growth capital and later stage funding. It specializes in the information technology, online service and focuses on digital media, social media, e-commerce, cloud computing, infrastructure software, enterprise software, gaming and mobile application sectors.
Marc Benioff is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer at Salesforce. A pioneer of cloud computing, he founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create a new kind of enterprise software company, with a new technology model based in the cloud, a new pay-as-you-go business model and a new integrated corporate philanthropy model. Under his leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a Fortune 500 company, the fastest-growing top ten software company in the world and the largest CRM company. For its revolutionary approach, Salesforce has been named one of the World's Most Innovative Companies five years in a row by Forbes Magazine, one of Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies in the software industry four years in a row, and a Fortune Best Company to Work For eight years in a row. He has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and pioneering innovations. He has been named one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune, Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron's and received The Economist's Innovation Award. Benioff is also a member of the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees. He also serves as an Investor of BirdEye. He created the 1-1-1 model of philanthropy, which leverages the resources of Salesforce to improve communities around the world: donating 1% of Salesforce's product, 1% of its equity and 1% of employees' time to help nonprofits achieve their missions. Today, more than 700 companies have adopted the 1-1-1 model through the Pledge 1% movement. Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have focused their personal philanthropy on children's health, including building UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as on public education, homelessness and other social issues. Benioff believes that businesses are the greatest platforms for change in the world. He has embraced World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab's multistakeholder approach to leadership, serving not only shareholders but all stakeholders--including customers, employees, partners, communities and the environment to make the world a better place. Benioff is also inspiring fellow business leaders to do the same. He led a group of CEOs and business leaders in opposing state legislation that discriminated against LGBTQ communities and instituted a company-wide salary assessment at Salesforce to ensure men and women were being paid equally for comparable work. Benioff is a 35-year veteran of the software industry. Prior to launching Salesforce, he spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15. He also worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer's Macintosh Division. Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1986 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2014 from the University of Southern California. He is the author of three books, including the national bestseller, Behind the Cloud. He is also an Angel Investor. He also served as Advisor at Datawallet and DoubleRock.
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor with broad experience in Cloud Computing, Digital Media, Data Driven Advertising, E-Commerce, and Online Marketplaces. Passion - Love to solve hard and valuable problems (with great software ;-) Speciality - Starting from scratch and turning ideas into sustainable businesses. Key Skills - Business Development, Corporate Development, Product Management, Marketing & Sales Funnel Optimization, Growth Hacking, Fund Raising, M&A.
Sharad Sharma is a Co-founder and serves as Governing Council Member at iSPIRT. Sharma is also a Co-founder and serves as a Governing Council Member at iSPIRT. He also serves as an Advisor at YourNest Capital Advisors. He is also a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at BrandSigma. He also serves as an Advisor at Pi Ventures. He also served as Board Member at Indian Angel Network. He also serves as a Board Member of Vayavya labs. Sharma previously led Yahoo! India R&D where he was responsible for product engineering for all emerging markets and for several global products including image search, search monetization and HotJobs. Sharma has years of global experience in the Internet, enterprise software and infrastructure markets and will help strengthen Canaan's global presence and focus on the Cloud Computing market. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Sharma was the India General Manager and VP of Product Operations with Symantec (formerly VERITAS Software) and was responsible for the turnaround of VERITAS operations in India. He was also a co-founder and CEO of Teltier Technologies, a New Jersey based wireless infrastructure start-up that is now part of Cisco. Sharma has managed product development teams at Lucent Technologies in both the U.S. and India and he established AT&T's and later Lucent's R&D organization in India when offshore product development was just beginning. He serves as Board Member at Aurus Network Infotech. He also serves as Advisor at LetsVenture Online.
Benchmark Capital is a venture capital firm. It invests in the software, communication, security, semiconductor, mobile, social, cloud computing, consumer service, financial service, internet retail, online service, infrastructure service, system software and optical device sectors. The firm was established in 1995 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
BEST Funds is a venture capital firm founded in 1996 and is based in Toronto, Canada. The firm invests in companies operating in the cleantech, software, cloud computing, SaaS, financial services sectors. The firm provide growth capital to companies that are seeking to expand on the market penetration of their unique and compelling intellectual property. The firm invests in equity and debt securities, but our main focus is on providing loans to growing companies.
Dan Rose is an entrepreneur and angel investor from Palo Alto, California. Dan is the Vice President of Partnerships for Facebook. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for REDF. Prior to that, he was associated with Amazon, serving in various designations over a period of 7 years. He seeks to invest in consumer internet, information technology, cloud computing, PaaS, SaaS, enterprise software, mobile, entertainment, food and beverages and media based companies operating in the Silicon Valley.
PointGuard Ventures is a venture capital investment firm which invests in the cloud computing, green technology, data analytics, point-of-care medical, software, SaaS, education, mobile, semiconductors, networking and hardware sectors. The firm was founded in 2014 and is based in Los Altos, California. It invests in series A and early stage B rounds and also considers later stage investments.
Ben Cao joined Seacoast Capital in 2017. Previously, Ben spent a summer at Google as a product manager working on next generation cloud computing solutions. Prior to joining Google, Ben spent 5 plus years at IBM as an engineer, product manager, cloud solutions client manager, and master inventor where he filed close to 200 patents in the areas of cloud computing, mobile user interfaces, streaming analytics, security and compliance, and mobile wireless networking. During his time at IBM, Ben helped to scale a 15-person emerging solutions team to a 300+ organization. He completed his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
John Shaw is a serial Entrepreneur in the Cloud Computing space with 10 years experience in a CEO role for various Companies. Two recent exits were to Microsoft and Equinix. John is an active accredited investor in the community and focuses on new B2B startups in connected systems , AI, Robotics and IOT. He currently serves as a board member on a number of companies including CTAN, Chowbotics and VIC.AI.
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Jeff Epstein is an Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he specializes in Marketplaces and Cloud Computing. Jeff is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Oracle, one of the world’s largest and most profitable technology companies, with a market value of over $100 billion. Prior to joining Oracle, Epstein served as Chief Financial Officer of several public and private companies, including DoubleClick (sold to Google), King World Productions (sold to CBS) and Nielsen’s Media Measurement and Information Group.Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker at The First Boston Corporation. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Kaiser Permanente, Priceline.com, Shutterstock and Global Eagle Entertainment, and the Management Board of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Jeff holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA from Yale College.