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.
Chris is a founding partner of Transmedia Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on capital efficient companies that provide technology and services for digital media, entertainment, content publishing, gaming, mobile apps and online advertising. Recent investments include: Wish, Domo, Percolate, Snap, Genius, Scan, TalkIQ, Kickback, Alpha, Superphone, Lively, Mystery Science and Facebook. Chris was also the founder of KickLabs, one the top rated technology accelerators in the world. Chris has been on the forefront of emerging technologies since the commercialization of the web. In 1997 he co-founded AdAuction, the first online media exchange; the precursor to auction based and dynamic pricing platforms for online media. Chris was instrumental in restructuring business strategies for marketing and lead generation companies GetRelevant (acquired by Lycos), and Aptimus (acquired by Apollo LLC). He launched the first online independent yellow page directory, automated coupon platform, RSS advertising and content syndication system, and helped develop the first peer to peer ad delivery system. He received Ad Age's prestigious i20 award for his contributions to the development of interactive marketing and advertising. Chris has been an active adviser and investor in emerging companies for the past twenty years. He was a seed investor in Omniture, the webs leading analytics company (IPO 2006), acquired by Adobe in 2009. Chris spent more than ten years at Reebok International where he held management positions in sales and marketing and also owned one of the first sports retail chains in Southern California. For twenty years, Chris was distance runner completing multiple marathons and ultra marathons. Today he is a fitness junkie, golfer, and skier. Chris co-founded The Last Mile with his wife Beverly, a program that helps bridge the gap between the nation's penal system and the technology business sector. The Last Mile was first launched at San Quentin State Prison, and is in multiple correctional facilities throughout California. Chris lives in San Francisco, with his wife and business partner, Beverly. They are focused on fitness and a sustainable lifestyle. They are GS Warrior fans and spend their chill time in Jackson Hole, WY.
Robert Siegel serves as Partner at XSeed Capital. He is the Advisor at Pixlee. He serves as Board member at Sparta Science. He served as Advisor at K5 Ventures. His investment areas include enterprise software, business operations where computational technology helps automate / improve company performance, and computing platforms that shape both business and consumer behaviors. He sits on the Board of Directors of Zooz, Lex Machina, Cape Productions and DropThought, and he led XSeed's investments in CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks - NYSE: PANW), Chatous, Dispatcher, Breezeworks, The League, Teapot, Smart Coffee Technology, Neon, Pixlee, Caller Zen and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest), and also supports other portfolio companies such as Citrine Informatics. He is currently on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, Formation of New Ventures, The Industrialist's Dilemma and Entrepreneurial Finance. In these classes he has led research and written cases on companies including Google, Box, AngelList, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Wikimedia Foundation, Zuora, Minted, 500 Startups, TrueCar, Axel Springer, General Electric and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others. Robert is the Co-President of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community, as well as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech in Vienna, Austria. He has co-authored several articles for California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Forbes and VentureBeat. Prior to joining XSeed, Robert was General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. Robert was also Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Robert was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world's first digital picture frame, and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices. Robert served in various management roles at Intel Corporation, including an executive position in their Corporate Business Development division, in which he invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel's vision. Previous to Intel, Robert was promoted to a series of senior sales and marketing positions at GeoWorks, which went public in 1993. Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, is the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove's book Only the Paranoid Survive.
Tim Guleri serves as Managing Director at Sierra Ventures. He serves as the Board Member at Appcues. He is also an angel investor. He serves as the Board Member at Applitools. He also serves as a Board Member at DotNetNuke, Appcelerator and MakeMyTrip. He joined the firm in 2001 and focuses on investments in the consumer (mobile Internet), enterprise software (SaaS), infrastructure software (security, deployment, management), and open source. Guleri has several years of hands on operating and investing experience, but also on a solid technical education. Prior to joining the firm, he built two software infrastructure companies. Guleri served as the Vice Chairman and the Executive Vice President of Business Development at Epiphany. He co-founded Octane Software and served as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman from 1997 to 2000. Guleri served as a Vice President of Technical Field Operations and Product Marketing at Scopus Technology from 1992 to 1997, heading the Sales and Marketing functions, and was a leader in the CRM space. He began his career as an Executive in Information Technology at LSI Logic between 1989 and 1992. Guleri has presented at numerous industry conferences such as ABA, ETRA, DCI, and eCommerce World. He also serves on Board of PhenomPeople. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College and MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Randy Haykin is a well-known angel and venture investor residing in the Silicon Valley. He has been a Managing Director at Outlook for the past ten years, after co-founding the firm in 1996. He led the firm's early involvement at Overture, and has represented Outlook on the Boards of Digital Chocolate, Reply.com, Reconnex, Loyalty Lab, Bridgestream (acquired by Oracle), NetBrowser Communications, nSite Software, Impulse Network (acquired by Inktomi N: IKTM), eTeamz (merged with Active Networks), Voquette (merged with Semagix), Qbiquity (acquired by Collabrys) and, Logilent (merged with Toolwire, Inc). Prior to Outlook, Haykin held various senior sales and marketing positions in the high technology arena over the past 19 years with high-profile companies such as Yahoo!, Viacom, Paramount, BBN, IBM, and Apple Computer. Haykin served as the founding Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for building the company's marketing team, establishing agency relationships and generating initial business model and advertising sales for Yahoo. Haykin served as interim VP Marketing at NetChannel, which was successfully acquired by America Online in 1998. He has also served as part of the core team that launched America Online's Greenhouse, a successful venture incubator. In his five years at Apple Computer, Haykin was responsible for creating and launching the Apple Multimedia Program for developers as well as a line of retail multimedia and CD-ROM products. He was also responsible for the division's strategic relations, including the creation of the ''New Media Center'' program for higher education, with ten other manufacturers and publishers. As the Director of Operations and Business Development at Viacom/Paramount's West Coast operations (the ''Media Kitchen''), Haykin was in charge of online services and interactive team-building, corporate strategy and marketing. Haykin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Studies from Brown University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard's Graduate School of Business. He is the author of ''Demystifying Multimedia'' (Random House, 1993). Randy enjoys ''soccer-parenting'', playing the guitar and family outings with his wife, Patty and three daughters, Elise, Julianna and Kayla. He is on the Governing Board of Opportunity International, a non-profit that provides micro-loans for 3rd World countries and the Board of the American Cancer Society.
Clarion Venture Partners is an angel investor that invests in software services space. The firm supports it's portfolio companies operating in the sales and marketing, HR and recruitment, operations and finance services. It was founded in 2002 and based in Pune, India.
Loureiro is the Founder and CEO at Spinlister. As the CEO, he is responsible for the overall direction of the company, securing strategic partnerships, raising funding and elevating the brand. Before serving as its CEO, Marcelo was an angel investor in the company and after a year he purchased the company from its original founders to revamp the service and keep the business growing. A serial entrepreneur by nature, Loureiro was part of the founding team of Sagatiba, Inc., a Brazilian liquor company that was sold in 2011 to Campari. At Sagatiba, he oversaw the sales and marketing of the new spirit, Cachaca, in the United States. Prior to that, he created the Brazilian clothing company Mandi.net that was sold to the holding company that distribute Calvin Klein in Brazil in 2005. In addition to serving as the CEO of Spinlister, Loureiro sits on the board of cleansing juice company UrbanRemedy.com and uses his beverage industry experience and contacts to advise the direction of the company. Loureiro also sits on the board of Pinion, a crowdsource research company (app) focusing on customer behavior and price/quality monitoring for consumer goods on retail and wholesale business in Brazil. Loureiro also worked as a social activist in his home country of Brazil and was deeply involved with NGOS and poor families in Sao Paulo. To help bring awareness to the social cause in the city, he produced a documentary, A PONTE, and a successful music festival Power to the Peaceful Brazil in 2007.
Najib Khouri-Haddad is a General Partner at Sway Ventures with over 20 years of experience in business and corporate development, marketing and general management. With more than 30 equity transactions closed in M&A, spin-offs and venture investments valued at multi-billions of dollars, Najib served as Vice President of Business Development for 3Com as well as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Business Development for EFI, Inc., Vice President of Business Development and Product Manager for Systems Planning at ROLM, an IBM and Siemens Company. Najib holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, a Masters in Business and Engineering Management at Stanford University and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.
Kishore Ganji is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at ASTIR IT Solutions. He also serves as an Executive at Hyderabad Angels and is a Board Member at Innovapptive. Prior to starting Astir, Kishore worked for PWC, IBM and Pfizer in the Business Intelligence practices, focusing mainly on Customer Analytics and health care. Before this, he worked for Hewlett Packard. In addition to his role as CEO of Astir, Kishore Ganji serves as the President of the Small and Medium Enterprise Consortium (SMEC), a consortium of over 300 technology companies. SMEC promotes sustainable development of these small and mid-sized businesses and is growing rapidly both here in the United States and abroad. Kishore holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Osmania University. He also has an MBA in Sales and Marketing from the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia. In addition, he was recognized by NJBIZ as one of the top Forty under 40 high-achieving business leaders in New Jersey in 2008 and in 2010 was a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He is also an Angel Investor. He also serves as Advisor at NRI Startup India.
10 years building companies and investing in startups in Consumer Electronics, Connected Things, Interactive Digital Media and Gaming. Expert in identifying market opportunities and shaping products for them. Building sales and marketing operations for startups from ground up. Specialties: startups, marketing, crowdfunding, product management, sales operations, business development and strategic partnerships. Avid angel investor, seating on Boards of several startup companies such as Creopop, Intellect Motion, Glance Clock.