Board of Directors
Chairman and CEO | Salesforce
Marc is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce, an on-demand information management service, founded in 1999. Salesforce has grown to be a technology leader in cloud computing and has consistently ranked in Business Week’s top 100 Innovative Companies. Prior to founding Salesforce, he worked at Oracle for thirteen years. President George Bush appointed Marc as the Co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, on which he served from 2003 to 2005. He also served as a Campaign Co-Chair to President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Marc lives in San Francisco with his wife Lynne.
Managing Director | Allen & Co.
Shelby is the Managing Director of Allen & Co. Prior to Allen & Co, he was the CEO of Whiskey Media, an online publisher that builds topic-based websites. Shelby made his mark by co-founding CNET in the early nineties. Before CNET, Shelby worked for Tiger Management Corporation, Lynx Capital, and Morgan Stanley. Shelby is the cousin of Matthew Barzun, Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Shelby lives in San Francisco with his wife Carol.
Founder and CEO | The Melt
Jon is the CEO of the Melt, a chain of fast casual restaurants based in San Francisco. Jon founded the Melt in 2011. Prior to this, he founded Pure Digital Technologies, creator of personal video player Flip Video, that was subsequently purchased by Cisco. In 2008, Jon was named one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web by Businessweek. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for POPSUGAR Inc. Jon lives in San Francisco with his wife Marci, with whom he established the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund at Carnegie Mellon University, which provides early-stage financing and support to recent Carnegie Mellon alumni.
Founder & CEO | Rocket Lawyer
Charley is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Rocket Lawyer, a long-time entrepreneur, and a legal commentator. Charley has been at the forefront of Internet corporate development since beginning his career as an attorney at Venture Law Group in Menlo Park, California in 1996. While practicing at Venture Law Group, he participated in the early-stage representation of Yahoo! (IPO), WebTV Networks (acquired by Microsoft) and Cerent Corporation (acquired by Cisco Systems) and was the founder of Onstation Corporation (acquired by The Cobalt Group). He served as a U.S. Naval officer and is a Gulf War veteran. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Northern California Public Broadcasting Corporation (KQED) and the UC Berkeley School of Law, among other organizations. Charley resides in San Francisco with his wife Monique and their three children.
Co-Founder and Co-CEO | Sherpa Global
Shervin is the co-founder and Co-CEO of Sherpa Global, a newly-minted startup foundry and fund, and a venture adviser at Menlo Ventures. He was a managing director at Menlo from 2011 to 2013. He has worked closely with the teams at Uber (where he is a strategic adviser), Fab, Warby Parker, Cinemagram, Getaround, Poshmark, and led Menlo’s investment in Tumblr. He helped launch the Menlo Talent Fund, Menlo’s $20m seed fund, in September 2011. Prior to joining Menlo, Shervin was chief application officer and GM at Mozilla after a career as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He founded Webs.com, Social Gaming Network, and Hyperoffice. He has angel invested in over 40 companies including Taskrabbit, Klout, Milo.com, Aardvark, Socialcam, Blackjet, Science, Dollar Shave Club and Rapportive. Shervin serves on the advisory board of Comscore.
Co-Founder | T4A.org
Rusty is a co-founder of T4A.org. He is a prolific startup advisor and investor, and serves on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards (including ours!). He was CEO of SNOCAP through the sale of the company to imeem, Inc. in 2008. He also served as EVP, HR at Electronic Arts (EA); during his tenure, EA was named one of the “100 Top Places to Work For” by Fortune magazine. Rusty and his wife Patti are dedicated patrons of the arts; Rusty is President of the GRAMMY Foundation, and the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University is named for them.
R. Miller Adams
Managing Director | Triad Capital Partners
Miller is the Managing Director at Triad Capital Partners. He previously was the President & CEO of GR Nano Materials, and before that was the VP for Technology Planning, Acquisition, and Evaluation and Global R&D Strategies at Boeing Phantom Works, the enterprise-wide R&D business of The Boeing Company (think Lockheed’s Skunk Works). Most recently, he was GC and EVP for Corporate Affairs at Integral Systems, Inc., the world leader in satellite command and control systems. Miller holds a BA from Seattle University and a JD from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). He also holds U.S. Government Top Secret Clearance.
CEO and Co-Founder | RPX Corporation
John is a Co-Founder of RPX Corp., and has been its Chief Executive Officer since March 2010. He served as the General Manager of Strategic Acquisitions and Vice President of Licensing at Intellectual Ventures (IV), responsible for strategic acquisitions of patent portfolios as well as developing the software and e-commerce licensing programs. He also served as Managing Director and founded the M&A Advisory practice for Ocean Tomo. Prior to Ocean Tomo, John served as Vice President and Secretary at InterTrust Technologies, where he worked on intellectual property transactions, merger and acquisition activities, and late-stage financing activities. He started his career as an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges, where his practice included mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, venture capital financings, intellectual property licensing, and patent litigation. He has been a Director of RPX Corporation since July 2008.
Director of Open Innovation (venture investing) | Samsung
Luis is a Founder and Managing Director at Hattery and Director of Open Innovation (venture investing) at Samsung Electronics. He was born and raised in Peru, and came to the U.S. to study engineering through the Fulbright program. Prior to founding Hattery, Luis held a number of senior roles at Google; in finance, product and business development, where he worked on products such as advertising syndication, billing and payments, vertical search, social and gamification. In addition, Luis led investments at Google.org, managing a large portfolio in cleantech, emerging web, and big data. Before Google he was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, head of engineering operations at a startup, and an engineer at Black and Veatch. He was recently appointed as an Entrepreneur in Residence with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, where he works on changing visa rules to help more foreign-born entrepreneurs start businesses in the United States. Luis studied engineering at the University of Kansas and the Universidad Catolica in Peru, and has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
CTO | Zillow
David is the Chief Technology Officer at Zillow. In this role, he manages the Technical Engineering team and is responsible for all website, mobile and internal product development, corporate IT, and datacenter operations. Previously, David was one of the initial members of the Expedia team, and held many leadership roles in product development during his 10-year tenure there. David began his career as a software design engineer in 1992, and before his Expedia years, David worked at Microsoft in the handheld computing group. David is a recognized leader in the tech industry and was named as Puget Sound Business Journal’s Most Innovative CTO in 2012. David lives in Seattle with his wife and kids.
Founder & Principal | Cotton Mountain Group
Erik is the Founder and Principal of Cotton Mountain Group, through which he makes angel investments in technology start-ups and invests in real estate. He is also Managing Director at The Presidio Group, which he joined to create the Silicon Valley Team, advising entrepreneurs and tech leaders with their investments whether managed by Presidio or direct. Erik has more than 25 years of business experience raising funds, launching businesses, and developing strategies. He has spent the majority of his career working in leadership positions with technology companies innovating new ways of doing business. Erik holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is Chairman of the Board of CUPP Computing (mobile data security company), and sits on the Boards of Uformia (3D software company), and Summer Search.
Ron ConwayAngel Investor
Ron has been an active angel investor for over 15 years. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005) whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail. Ron has served or serves on the Boards of Twitter, Digg, Brightmail, Ask Jeeves, Facebook, RockYou, ScanScout, Zappos, Trulia, StumbleUpon, and Anchor Intelligence (co-founder). Ron was named #6 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top “deal-makers” in 2008 and is actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. Ron is Vice Chairman of the UCSF Medical Foundation in SF, Board Member of The Tiger Woods Foundation, and SF Homeless Connect, and on the Benefit Committee of Ronald McDonald House, College Track, and the Blacked Eyed Peas-PeaPod Academy Foundation.
VP and Deputy General Counsel | Microsoft
John is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, and reports to Brad Smith, General Counsel. In his role, John serves as Chief of Staff and manages the Office of Legal Compliance and the Office of Strategic Relations, and devotes substantial time to international competition law and policy issues. Prior to joining Microsoft, John practiced law in San Francisco with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (1988-1994) where he specialized in securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border investments, and with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (1985 – 1997). John lives in Bellevue, Washington with his wife Delia Jampel; they have three children.
Chief Operating Officer | NextGen Climate Action
Josh Fryday is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for NextGen Climate Action, founded by Tom Steyer. Prior to this role, Fryday served as a Lieutenant and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) in the United States Navy (’09–’13). He served overseas in Yokosuka, Japan, where in addition to his legal duties, he augmented the Navy’s 7th Fleet’s Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief efforts during “Operation Tomodachi” following the March 11th earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. He was also stationed in the Office of Military Commissions, working on the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detainee cases, and testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the closing of Guantanamo. Before serving in the Armed Services, Josh worked as a political advisor on local, state and national campaigns, including the 2003-2004 Presidential elections. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He also received his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law. He is a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and a Term-Member on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Paresh is the co-founder and CEO of 2020 Company, which primarily focuses on providing the highest quality information technology and business solutions for one primary purpose: to enhance the performance of Government and commercial enterprises. Prior to 2020, Paresh was an investor and operations director at a boutique consulting firm in Chicago, where he directed all corporate engineering and operations efforts in addition to being responsible for the definition of service positioning and marketing. The firm was then acquired by a publicly traded Fortune 500 company. Earlier in his career, Paresh was a senior network analyst at Zurich Insurance, where he was responsible for network design, product evaluation, implementation and operation. Paresh lives in Chicago.
Co-founder | Men's Wearhouse
Richie is the co-Founder of Men’s Wearhouse (now retired). He is widely recognized as the marketing mastermind of MW, from his insistence on using TV as the main form of advertising as far back as 1975, to his careful nurturing and managing of the MW brand and image as the company expanded from one part of the country to another. In January of 2009, Richie released his book, Luck by Design Certain Success in an Uncertain World. The book, aimed at the children of Baby Boomers, received praise from educators, fellow authors, and reviewers. It won “Best General Non-Fiction” at the San Francisco Book Festival in 2009 and was a Finalist in the Self-Help: Motivational category at the National Best Books 2009.Richie graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English.
SVP Governmental Affairs and Chief Legal Officer | Hyperion Therapeutics
Ashley is Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Chief Legal Officer at Hyperion Therapeutics, a biotech company developing therapies to address “orphan or underserved patient populations.” Before assuming her role at Hyperion, she served as the Vice President of Corporate Development and the Chief Legal Officer at 23andMe. Prior to joining 23andMe in April 2007, Ashley was Vice President of Legal Affairs at CoTherix, Inc. Previously, she was an associate with the law firms of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Ashley attended UC Berkeley (boo! –Sam) and the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is a native of San Francisco!
Founder | Counterpac
Jim Greer is the founder of Counterpac, a non-profit organization dedicated to campaign finance reform. Previously, Jim was the CEO of Kongregate, a web and mobile platform that combines over 75,000 games with achievements, profiles, and virtual goods and other community features. Kongregate reaches over 15 million unique visitors who spend 35 million hours per month there. Kongregate was acquired by GameStop in 2010 and operates as an independent subsidiary. Before founding Kongregate in 2006, Jim was Technical Director at Electronic Arts. He holds a Computer Science degree from Princeton. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Daphne Keller and two children.
President & CEO | Binwise
Doug is the President and CEO of Binwise, a company focused on creating solutions for the distribution and tracking of wine, beer and spirits. He has more than 20 years of operational experience holding senior-level positions in the telecom, Internet, and technology space. Most recently, Doug spent 10+ years as Managing Partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Prior to Hummer Winblad, Doug was CEO of Critical Path. He was also President and CEO of Global Center, one of the first and largest providers of advanced web hosting. After selling Global Center to Frontier Communications in 1998, Doug was named President of Frontier Global Center and Executive Vice President of Frontier Communications Corporation. Currently, Doug is on the Boards of BinWise, Plug Power Inc (NSDQ PLUG), Lunera Lighting and Siena College. Doug received a B.S. in economics from Siena College and lives in San Francisco with his family.
Founder & CEO | Glassdoor
Robert Hohman is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glassdoor, the jobs and recruiting community helping people find jobs and companies they love. Before creating Glassdoor, Robert was most recently President of Hotwire, a leading discount travel site and division of Expedia, Inc. He was also one of the original team members of Expedia, a company designed to bring greater transparency to the travel industry, and was part of the executive team that took it public in 1999. Robert started his career at Microsoft and worked as a software developer in a range of areas from Windows 95 to interactive television to online games. Robert is currently on the board of directors of Glassdoor and OpenTable, an online real-time restaurant-reservation service. He also serves on the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Robert holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University.
CEO | Cheezburger
Ben is the founder and CEO of Cheezburger, Inc., which he formed after he acquired I Can Has Cheezburger? in 2007, and grew it into one of the largest humor networks in the world — while making a profit during one of the deepest recessions. Cheezburger has been credited with bringing Internet culture and memes to the mainstream. Ben credits the success of his company to the users and fans who create the content. His goal, and Cheezburger’s mission, is to make the world happy for 5-minutes a day. Ben is also a co-founder of Circa, a startup that is trying to redefine how we consume news.
Vice President of Strategy & Business Development | Gannett
Joe Hurd currently serves as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for the Gannett Company, Inc. Additionally, Joe is currently the Managing Partner of The Katama Group, LLC, a consulting firm that provides international expansion and strategic advisory services to start-up companies. Previously, Joe provided policy guidance at the Department of Commerce for the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), and served on the White House Business Council. He has also served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration. Before entering public service, Joe spent ten years in senior business development and international sales/operations positions for AOL Time Warner, Friendster and VideoEgg, and practiced corporate and securities law in London with Linklaters, a British law firm.
Co-Founder | Kaspick & Company
Scott was the co-founder and Chairman of Kaspick & Company, the nation’s leading provider of planned gift investment, administration and program support services to charities nationwide. Kaspick & Company has offices in Redwood Shores, California and Boston, Massachusetts and manages over $6 billion of assets for clients, primarily for planned gifts, but also for small endowments and individuals. Scott’s role included advising clients on investment management and other related issues and leading the strategic planning effort for the firm. On October 1, 2006 the firm became a separate operating division of TIAA-CREF. Prior to founding Kaspick & Company, Scott was Associate Treasurer at Stanford University and a member of the University’s endowment management team from 1983-1989. Scott lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife Susan Termohlen.
Managing Partner | Incept, LLC
Fred is is the Managing Director of Incept LLC, a health sciences and technology development company. Incept focuses on the unmet needs in the medical device industry and then creates valuable medical device companies from these needs. Fred is a Silicon Valley medical device entrepreneur who has co-founded eight medical companies and held senior management positions in both large and small enterprises. He is either the author or co-author on over 40 issued or filed patent applications, involving unique and novel medical devices. Fred lives in Mountain View, California, with his wife Flora.
Computer Science & Engineering Professor | University of Washington
Ed is the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He also founded and directs the University of Washington eScience Institute. Ed’s national leadership activities include serving as Co-Chair (with Marc Benioff) of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003-05, and as Co-Chair (with David E. Shaw) of the Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology to review the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program in 2010. He also has served as Chair of the Computing Research Association (1997-2001), Chair of the NSF CISE Advisory Committee (1998-99), Chair of the DARPA Information Science and Technology Study Group (2004-06), and Founding Chair of the Computing Community Consortium (2007-13), as well as serving on a large number of National Academies study committees. A long-time advocate for increasing participation in the field, he serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
VP of Corporate Affairs | Glassdoor
Dawn is a senior communications and social marketing strategist and counselor with experience working for large multi-national Fortune 500 companies, technology start-ups, and not-for-profit organizations. With 20 years experience in marketing, branding, PR and public affairs, Dawn has created her own communications consultancy, offering clients access to a cross-section of expertise and services, tapping into a network of stellar pros worldwide. Dawn has a proven track record running global communications departments and programs, helping companies create value propositions and go-to-market strategies that generate international attention, taking companies public (Zillow 2011 IPO) and navigating companies through reputational and life-threatening operational crises.
Founder & CEO | BranchOut
Rick is the Founder and CEO of BranchOut, the largest professional network leveraging the Facebook social graph. BranchOut has over 800 million searchable professional profiles for job seekers, recruiters and sales professionals. Prior to founding BranchOut, Rick was the Founder & CEO of SuperFan, a profitable social entertainment site. Before that, he was the co-founder, CFO & Chief Strategist for Tickle.com, which was one of the largest social media sites with 200 million registered users. Rick is an active angel investor & advisor to 25 start-ups. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Founder | craigslist & craigconnects
Craig is the customer service representative and founder of craigslist, the popular online classifieds site, and craigconnects, his personal Web-based initiative to stand up for organizations “getting stuff done” in areas Craig is passionate about. These include Veterans and military families, open government, public diplomacy, back-to-basics journalism and fact-checking, consumer protection, and technology for the public good. He recently joined the VA Center for Innovation as “Nerd-in-Residence.” He serves on the boards of Sunlight Foundation, OneVoice, FactCheckED, and VotoLatino. Craig lives in San Francisco with his wife Eileen.
Managing Partner | Founders Fund
Sean is a managing partner at the Founders Fund, a venture capital firm. Previously, Sean co-founded Napster and changed how people think about and share music. Two years later, he co-founded Plaxo, pioneering viral engineering technology for updating contact information. Sean served as Plaxo’s president until 2004, when he joined with Mark Zuckerberg to develop the online social network Facebook, where he served as its Founding President. In 2007, Sean co-founded Causes, which promotes on-line philanthropy; in 2010, he joined Airtime as a co-founder, reuniting with Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning at a social video company. Sean lives in San Francisco with his wife Alexandra.
Angel Investor & Advisor/Co-Founder | Code.org
Ali is an angel investor, entrepreneur and co-founder of Code.org, a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education. Ali founded code.org with his brother, Hadi, who lives in Seattle. Ali has been an advisor and angel investor to a number of companies including Zappos, Facebook, Dropbox and MySpace. Previously, Ali co-founded and served as CEO of iLike, Inc and served as a CEO of GarageBand.com. Ali lives in Oakland, California.
Angel Investor & Advisor/Co-Founder | Code.org
Hadi is the co-founder of Code.org and an angel investor and entrepreneur. He was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike. As an angel investor and startup advisor, Hadi’s portfolio includes Facebook, Zappos, Dropbox, OPOWER, Flixster, Bluekai, and many others. Hadi was General Manager of MSN.com during MSN’s only year of profit, and incubated Start.com (now Live.com). After leaving Microsoft, Hadi co-founded iLike with twin brother Ali Partovi, and together they built the leading music application on the Facebook platform. in 2009, iLike was acquired by MySpace where both Partovis worked as Senior Vice Presidents.
CEO | PicMonkey
Jonathan is the chairman of Geekwire LLC and CEO of PicMonkey. He was the CEO of Picnik, an online photo editing service, which was acquired by Google in 2010. Sposato also took part in the creation of Microsoft’s Xbox. After Microsoft, Sposato’s first big hit was Phatbits, a tech startup that created a platform for developing mini-XML apps or ‘Gadgets.’ Phatbits was purchased by Google in 2005 and became Google Gadgets. Sposato is the first person in history to sell two companies to Google. Jonathan lives in Seattle with his wife and son.
Co-Founder | Kaspick & Company
Susan was the co-founder of and Head of Tax Compliance for Kaspick & Company, the nation’s leading provider of planned gift investment, administration and program support services to charities nationwide. Kaspick & Company has offices in Redwood Shores, California and Boston, Massachusetts and manages over $4.5 billion of assets for clients, primarily for planned gifts, but also for small endowments and individuals. On October 1, 2006 the firm became a separate operating division of TIAA-CREF. Susan obtained a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1981, an A.B. from Smith College in 1972, and an M.A. in economics from Boston College. She lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband Scott Kaspick.
CEO & Founder | Flowroute
Bayan is the CEO & Founder of Flowroute. Flowroute, founded in 2007, provides voice and messaging services to businesses and developers. Bayan has a strong entrepreneurial background with expertise in telecom regulation, software architecture, information security, vulnerability development, and telephony. In 2013, Flowroute was ranked the fastest growing tech company in telecom on Deloitte’s 2013 Fast 500.
Founder & Chairman | InsideTrack
Alan is the founder of InsideTrack and has devoted his career to enhancing student motivation, success, and achievement. With InsideTrack, his attention is focused on the success of college students, as reflected in academic performance, persistence and graduation rates. Previously, Alan launched SCORE! Educational Centers, a national system of K-7 centers aimed at helping students strengthen their academic skills and love of learning. As the founder and CEO of SCORE!, he helped to grow the company to nearly 100 centers with more than 1,500 employees. Alan has also served as a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group, a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal and as a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate Schools of Business and Education, where he co-taught the core course for education entrepreneurs. Alan lives in San Francisco.
Faculty Director, Master of Global Entrepreneurial Management | University of San Francisco
Jennifer is a Faculty Director of the Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management at the University of San Francisco. Previously she was the Faculty Director of theGlobal Social Venture Competition, a worldwide program that develops next generation social entrepreneurs, and the Director of Social Entrepreneurship within the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley. Jennifer was the 2011 recipient of the Earl F. Cheit Award for Teaching Excellence. She also received “Best Paper” at the NYU-Stern Conference in Social Entrepreneurship in 2011, researching firm formation and performance within venture philanthropy. In 2000, Jennifer founded Myriad Investments, LLC, an NVCA registered venture capital firm, where she remains a partner. She continues to serve on the boards of both non-profit and for-profit enterprises, including the national Net Impact Board and the San Francisco Ballet Board. Prior to her career in academia, Jennifer was a nationally ranked equities analyst by Institutional All-American, and was a regular guest commentator on CNN and CNBC. Previously, she held marketing and sales positions within the high tech industry, based in Silicon Valley.