Thomvest Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in companies that range from early-stage companies to those seeking growth equity rounds of financing. The firm invests in the sales and marketing technology, financial technology, and cybersecurity sectors. It was founded in 1996 and is based in Redwood City, California.
Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, Seed/Venture Investor, Co-founder, Chairman, mentor and advisor. Obsessed with the infinite realm of possibility in the digital transformation of the world. Focused on innovation and disruption in digital media/marketing, big data, machine learning, cybersecurity & blockchain. CEO of Kubient. Kubient's full stack audience advertising platform is a single point of entry for advertisers and publishers to know, reach and optimize audiences. Kubient's audience advertising platform optimizes the advertising supply-chain. Giving advertiser and media partners the data-driven power to connect their audiences, increasing return on ad-spend and inventory yield. In a transparent environment with artificial intelligence powered pre-bid ad fraud prevention. Prior to Kubient Mr. Bordes was a co-founder of oneQube, the leading digital Audience Management Platform [AMP] to build, manage and market to digital audiences. Prior to oneQube Mr. Bordes was a founder, CEO & Chairman of MediaTrust the leading real-time performance marketing exchange. During his tenure as CEO the company was the 9th fastest growing company in the United State in 2009, and he was a founding member and Chairman of the Performance Marketing Association. Mr. Bordes spent much of his career in banking and venture capital and was a founder of Mason Cabot investment bank, which specialized in early stage media and technology financing. Active angel investor and entrepreneur mentor. Ranked in the top 100 most influential angel investors in the United States and social media. Member of the Thiel Foundation 20 Under 20 Mentor Program. Founder Trajectory Capital and TruVest real estate. Serves on the Board of Directors and Advisor Boards of media and technology companies Member of the Board of Directors Beasley Media - Beasley Broadcast Group (BBGI: NASDAQ) is a public media and digital broadcast company offering music, news, sports information and entertainment to over 19 million listeners a weekly from 63 stations in 15 radio markets across the United States. Fraud.Net - The leading real-time collective intelligence fraud analytics. Eliminating e-commerce fraud with artificial intelligence big data analytics. Vice Chairman Ocearch.org - Educate. Inspire. Enable. World leader in scientific data related to tracking and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks. Chairman HoobieApp - Sync all of your social and content in one place to enhance the human connection through technology. Advisor Job.com reinventing recruiting on the blockchain. New York City Father who loves adventure travel, skiing and fishing with his son Pablo.
Austin, Texas-based investment manager. We have competencies around cybersecurity, Bitcoin & blockchain technologies, & machine intelligence. Say hi: @mecee
Adam is Founder/CEO of Lucas Point Ventures and an active investor in and advisor to early stage companies. His investments include The Muse, Rapt Media, VenueBook, Hire and Esquire, Pinks and Greens, Validately and Snaps. He recently served as Chief Financial Officer of NYC based cybersecurity company NopSec, another of his investees. He is and member of and/or advisor to several angel groups including Astia Angel where he is a founding Angel and sits on the Astia Global Advisory Board. He is a Advisor/Mentor at Women's Startup Lab, Mergelane and Techweek. In the not for profit space he is Board member at International House New York and a member of their Executive Committee. He is also a Board member at the Center for Talent Innovation. Adam has over 25 years of investing and management experience most recently at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was most recently Managing Director and head of Global Macro Research. He was a top ranked sell side investment analyst in the UK, Asia and the US. Additionally he is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs where he is a Capstone workshop advisor and member of the Management faculty. He holds a MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
Over the past twenty-five years, Bill has held leadership roles – often as founder or chief executive – in dozens of institutionally backed early stage companies. He has been involved in over 150 financing and M&A transactions, with more than 100 co-investors (including Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Comcast, Emerson Collective, Formation8, Founders Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Mayfield, Pritzker, Qualcomm, and Union Square Ventures). Bill is the longtime chairman of Axioma, a leading risk analytics provider to financial institutions and regulators. He has also been the lead institutional investor in an array of notable technology startups as a general partner of three early-stage venture capital firms. Earlier, he co-founded and served as chairman and chief executive of CMU-spinout Panopto, one of the world's leading video content management platforms. Panopto has been named a ''Leader'' in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for video content management every year since 2014. Panopto was also designated #61 among the 500 fastest growing technology companies in America by Deloitte, and one of the ''Top 10 Most Innovative Education Companies'' by Fast Company. Previously a professor of economics at CMU, Bill served on the cybersecurity committee of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and co-founded CMU's Cylab, one of the world's largest security research centers. Before entering the private sector, Bill led projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the IMF, and the OECD. He earned master's and doctoral degrees in international relations at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he was a British Council Scholar.
Mike Volpe is the CEO at Lola.com, a SaaS company in the travel and expense industry. Previously he was CMO at Cybereason, a cybersecurity SaaS company, where he helped the company grow revenue by 5 times during his tenure. Mike was also part of the founding team at HubSpot, where he spent 8 years growing the company from 5 people to over 1,000 employees, $175m in revenue, and a successful IPO. Mike is an angel investor in more than 30 companies and has been active as a member of the board of directors of Validity, Privy, Repsly, and Attend, as well as an advisor to Drift, OnShape, Crayon, and TinyPulse.
YL Ventures is a venture capital firm that fund and support Israeli technology innovators. The firm invests in the cybersecurity, enterprise software, autonomous vehicles and emerging sectors. It was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Mill Valley, California.
Jay Adelson is a serial entrepreneur, having built companies such as Equinix, Digg, Revision3 and SimpleGeo. Jay founded Opsmatic in early 2013, and currently serves as Chairman and Founder. Jay is also co-founder and General Partner of Center Electric, a venture firm he started with Andy Smith in 2014. Jay served as CEO of SimpleGeo, Inc., stepping in a year prior to their sale to Urban Airship in November, 2011. Jay helped launch Digg, Inc. with Kevin Rose and provided business strategy to the company starting in October, 2004. He served as CEO beginning in 2005 and officially assumed the role full time when he formally resigned from Equinix, Inc. in October, 2005. Jay left the company at its peak in April, 2010. In March of 2005, Jay founded and assumed the role of CEO of Revision3 Corporation. He hired Jim Louderback to run Revision3 as CEO in June of 2007 and remained Chairman until their sale to Discovery Communications in May, 2012. Jay founded Equinix (EQIX) in 1998 with Al Avery, and was responsible for the sustaining business model which lead to Equinix's international success. During his seven years at Equinix, Jay provided technical leadership as Equinix's CTO, designing their products, datacenters, leading research and development, and helping drive their successful IPO. Prior to Equinix, he worked at DEC's NSL, helping to build PAIX in 1996, which was purchased by Switch and Data in 2003. In 1993, he was one of the first employees of Netcom (USA), where he built and ran network operations. On July 15, 2003, he testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and Research & Development, as part of an industry panel on The Private Sector's Role in Keeping America's Cyberspace Secure. In 2008, Jay was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Conversion Capital is a venture capital firm that specializes in early and growth stage investments. The firm invests in the financial infrastructure, data technology, capital market, insurance, wealth management, logistic, cybersecurity and mobile banking sectors. It was founded in 2012 and is based in New York, New York.
David Cowan serves as Partner, Investments at Bessemer Venture Partners. He is a Member of board of directors at Impossible Aerospace. He is a Board Member at Iris Automation. He is a Board Member at CyberGRX and Bastille Networks. He is also a Board Member of Team8. His historical portfolio includes Ciena, Hotjobs, Blue Nile, LinkedIn, LifeLock, PSI-Net, Qualys and over a dozen other IPOs, as well as many large acquisitions such as Twitch, Postini, Cyota, Tripwire, Netli, Playdom, Dropcam and Skybox Imaging. His current portfolio - spanning startups founded in the U.S., Argentina, Singapore, Israel, New Zealand and Scotland - includes Getinsured, Smule, Twilio, Rocket Lab, iSight Partners, Spire Global, Endgame, Auth0, Zapier and Zoosk. During his tenure at BVP. He co-founded three cybersecurity companies incubated in our offices: VeriSign (IPO), where he served as initial Chairman and CFO; Good Technology (fka Visto, acquired by Blackberry) where he served as CEO, and Defense.net (acquired by F5). Forbes ranked him #6 on the Midas List and tied for 4th in the Midas List of Hall of Fame. He is a Trustee of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. You can read his blog at WhoHasTimeForThis?, follow him on twitter (@davidcowan) or see him perform with his men's a capella singing group Voices in Harmony. He also serves as a Board Member at Claroty and an Advisor at Reef Capital Ventures. Cowan earned an A.B. in math and computer science and an MBA degree, both from Harvard University
Core Capital Partners is a venture capital firm based in Washington, District of Columbia. It is focused on investing in early-stage companies operating in core technology sectors like the enterprise software with particular emphasis on cloud, cybersecurity, data analytics, communications applications and infrastructure, SaaS, network security, business products and services, analytics and mobile
Trident Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in the enterprise software, service, internet, mobility, cloud, healthcare, information technology and cybersecurity sectors. The firm was founded in 1993 and is based in San Mateo, California. In 2015 Trident Capital launched two new firms: Trident Capital Cybersecurity, an early stage venture fund focused on cybersecurity companies and Sunstone Partners, a growth equity fund focused on technology-enabled services companies.
Grant Allen is Managing Director and Head of Ventures at ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) and is based out of ABB’s Silicon Valley headquarters. Grant leads ABB’s direct investment activities globally and has personally led investments in Industrial Defender (acq. by Lockheed Martin for $165M), Validus (acq. by ABB), Persimmon Technologies (acq. by Sumitomo), Element Analytics, Kespry, Enbala, Atom Power, TaKaDu, Grabit and an unannounced AI company. Areas of interest include industrial robotics, AI, vision/sensing, advanced manufacturing, IoT and cybersecurity. Before joining ABB, Grant was with Core Capital Partners, a $400M venture fund focused on enterprise software; Microsoft in their Mobile & Embedded Devices division; Jingle Networks (acq. for $63M); and several start-ups. He is also an active angel investor (25+ investments including AltSpace VR, Avizia, Earnest, EquityZen, LivingSocial, NextForce, Skillshare, Verbling, Visually and Uber) and a founding member of NextGen Venture Partners. He holds degrees from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and The Wharton School.
Whiteboard Venture Partners
Abhijit founded Whiteboard Venture Partners in 2017. He is focused on helping entrepreneurs create, build and scale the next generation of enterprise companies. Most recently, Abhijit was the cybersecurity investment lead at NexStar Partners. He joined NexStar from Symantec where he led the turn around of a $100M+ security product portfolio for the company. Prior to Symantec, Abhijit was with the Strategy & Corporate Development team at VMware. Abhijit started his career at McKinsey & Company where he worked with growth-stage and Fortune 500 companies in IT infrastructure, industrials, and consumer electronics.
Miles is the Managing Director of AV8 Ventures and is based in London. He is focused on investments at Seed and Series A in Next Generation Mobility, Big Data and AI, Digital Health and Cybersecurity. AV8 is an independent €150m financial fund investing in Europe and the US, formed in February 2018. Prior to AV8 Ventures Miles lead technology investments at Oxford Capital, he was Managing Director of Qualcomm Ventures ($500M corporate fund with a portfolio of over 130 companies), leading Qualcomm’s investments in Europe. At Qualcomm Ventures Miles lead investments such as Iridigm (acquired by Qualcomm, 10x return), A123 (IPO’d and went on to a $2B valuation, 50x return), Fon, Formula E and Voluntis. While at Qualcomm Miles formed and ran an internal incubator and developed Qualcomm’s effort in Augmented Reality, Wireless Charging and Machine learning and holds 34 patents. He also spent a number of years setting up and running Product Management teams for Mobile Phones and Display groups at Qualcomm. Miles holds an BA in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bristol University and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Outside of work, Miles likes spending time with his wife and two children, outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking as well as classic cars.
Ravi is an Investment Director at UL Ventures based in Palo Alto, California. He focuses on early stage venture investments related to Cybersecurity, Industrial Internet of Things and Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence. Before joining UL Ventures, Ravi worked at Next47 (Siemens Venture Capital) where he invested in growth stage startups in smart grid, industrial IoT and analytics. Ravi’s professional experience includes working in both the solar and wind energy industries in various technical and managerial roles. Before joining Siemens Venture Capital, Ravi worked at SunPower Corp. as a Product manager responsible for utility scale solar inverters and plant control software. Prior to that, Ravi was a consultant at Siemens Power Systems Consulting Group where he conducted techno-economic studies for electric utilities and renewable project developers. Earlier in his career Ravi worked at GE Wind Energy where he was responsible for various electrical subsystems within the 1.5 MW wind turbine. Ravi received a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Mr. Claus serves as a Partner in Northgate’s San Francisco, USA office. He has experience in both venture capital investing and executive operational roles. Prior to Northgate, he was Principal at [Next World Capital](http://www.crunchbase.com/financial-organization/next-world-capital) (NWC), an expansion-stage venture capital firm in San Francisco, focusing on investments in the areas of Big Data, Cybersecurity, and Enterprise Software. Before NWC, he was a Senior Investment Manager with [T-Venture of America Inc.](http://www.crunchbase.com/financial-organization/t-venture), the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom with over 1BN USD AUM, in the Silicon Valley. He worked closely with management teams, boards, and investors of T-Venture’s large US portfolio to enter and grow European and international business through investments in the areas of Mobile, IT and Network Infrastructure, and Enterprise Software. In 2005, he was awarded the Deutsche Telekom International Award for Excellence in Innovation. Thorsten was born in Germany, has a Master of Science in Information Technologies from Technische Universitat Darmstadt.