Srivats Sampath, Chairman of the Board
Srivats Sampath is President and Chief Executive Officer of Grokr Inc. Prior to Grokr, Srivats was President and CEO of Mercora, the world’s largest and legal music radio network. Prior to that, Srivats was with McAfee.com (NASDAQ:MCAF) before merging the company with Network Associates (NYSE:NET) in October 2002. He served as McAfee.com’s founder, President and Chief Executive Officer from December 1998, bringing over 15 years of experience serving in management and executive roles in the computer industry.
Ann Winblad, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Ann Winblad is the co-founding Partner of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Hummer Winblad Ventures Partners is a venture capital firm focused on software investing and manages over $1 billion in capital. Hummer Winblad Venture Partners has launched over 80 new software companies.
Ann has over 25 years of experience in the software industry as a successful software entrepreneur, strategy advisor, technical author and venture capitalist. Her background and experience have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.
Ann has a B.A. in Mathematics and in Business Administration. She has a Master of Education with a focus in International Economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the University of St. Thomas.
Ann serves as a Director of start-up and public companies. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas.
Matt Pauker, Co-founder, Voltage Security
Matt Pauker co-founded Voltage Security in 2002 out of a Stanford University dorm room. Winner of both the Stanford BASES Entrepreneur’s Challenge and the Stanford Global Entrepreneur’s Challenge, Matt received his B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford that same year.
Since Voltage’s inception, Matt has been responsible for driving its technical vision and architecture. He is the author of more than two dozen patents and has contributed to a number of technical security standards.
Matt has been named by BusinessWeek as one of the its top 25 young entrepreneurs and has been featured in Time Magazine, Forbes, and InformationWeek.
Gary Little, Morgenthaler Ventures
Gary Little is a partner at Morgenthaler Ventures and the Canvas Venture Fund.
Gary was named to the 2008 and 2009 Forbes Midas 100 lists honoring the most successful and influential people in venture capital. He focuses on Internet services and software investments. Gary currently serves on the boards of Evernote, MuleSoft, Adara, Totango, People Matter, and Voltage Security. His investments include Wize Commerce (previously NexTag), Netli (acq. by Akamai), TimesTen (acq. by Oracle) and KnowledgeNet (acq. by Thompson).
Gary spent seven years at Sun Microsystems as Director of Product Marketing, Director of Asia Pacific Marketing (including a posting in Hong Kong), and as Group Manager of Industry Marketing. Before Sun, he held sales and marketing positions at IBM. Gary began his career as an IC design engineer for TRW’s microelectronics research labs. Gary earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mark Siegel, Menlo Ventures
Mark Siegel joined Menlo Ventures in 1996. Previously, he held product management and consulting management positions at Oracle Corporation and worked in business development at Netscape Communications Corporation. At Menlo, Mark focuses primarily on early-stage software and communications companies. His recent investments and board seats include: Authoria, Covalent Technologies, diCarta, Emptoris, Phiar, Questra, Sitara Networks Tera Systems and Voltage Security.
Mark holds a B.S. in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Michael Biggee, Trident Capital
Michael Biggee s a Managing Director of Trident Capital. Michael joined Trident in 2005 to expand Trident’s investment focus in IT Security. Since then, Trident’s Security practice has invested in eight new pioneering companies while successfully exiting four investments (acquisitions by EMC, Oracle, Symantec and VMware) and completing one initial public offering (Qualys).
In addition to IT Security, Michael leads Trident’s Business Services investment practice. Currently, he sits on the boards of Arxan Technologies, Fruition Partners and Voltage Security. Michael is also a board observer at AlienVault, ArrayPower, BlueCat Networks, HyTrust and previously, Tablus (acquired by EMC).
Michael began his venture capital career in 2001 with Dolphin Equity Partners, a New York based venture capital firm specializing in technology and communication services investments. Earlier in his career, Michael worked in the technology investment banking group at Merrill Lynch focusing on initial public offerings and debt financings.
Sathvik Krishnamurthy, President and CEO, Voltage Security
Sathvik Krishnamurthy has over 20 years of software industry experience and was appointed President and CEO of Voltage Security in March 2003. At Voltage he has led the effort to create one of the fastest growing data encryption companies in the world with over 1000 customers across a wide variety of industry segments, along with profitability and positive cashflow.
Prior to joining Voltage, Sathvik spent four years as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at ValiCert, a leading provider of secure file transfer and authentication software. While at ValiCert, Sathvik created and implemented the company’s global strategic marketing and partnership initiatives, helping to drive revenues from zero to $24M and a successful IPO in July 2000.
Before ValiCert, Sathvik spent six years in various capacities at Worldtalk Corporation. As Vice President and General Manager of their security division, Sathvik led the company into the secure messaging marketplace which ultimately resulted in the company’s $200M acquisition by Tumbleweed. While at Worldtalk, Sathvik co-invented “E-mail firewall with stored key encryption/decryption”, US patent number 6609196.
Sathvik graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from UCLA.
Mark A. Bertelsen, Business Lawyer, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Mark Bertelsen is a senior partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the leading law firm representing high technology and emerging growth companies. He served as Managing Partner from 1990-1996 and currently is a member of the firm’s Policy Committee of senior partners.
His practice focuses on a wide variety of corporate, financing and securities law matters, including equity and debt financings; corporate governance; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures and strategic alliances; and international transactions. He represents clients ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies. He serves on the Board of Directors of Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK), Informatica (Nasdaq: INFA), and a number of private companies.
Mr. Bertelsen received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley, in 1969 and graduated in 1966 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the firm in 1972, he served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army.