Big Data

Meet 10 of the top data investors at DataBeat (special offer)

DataBeat Investor Panel
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At our DataBeat event next week, we’ve handpicked many of the most astute “big data” investors to join us in debate about how companies can use data to achieve more profitability.

The list of investors is below.

They’ll be on hand to answer your questions about where they see the most opportunity. They’ll talk about technologies they think are working, and which ones aren’t. And yes, in case you’re wondering, this big data trend is real.

In fact, I’d like to hear from you about what questions you’d like me to ask during a Monday afternoon “Data Disruptors” panel session with four of these investors.

Leave your questions in the comments below — or email them to directly to competition@venturebeat.com — and I’ll ask them onstage Monday.

We’re offering two free DataBeat tickets to entrepreneurs who leave the most provocative questions in the comments or via email. And for those who don’t win the freebies, we’re offering tickets at a 40% discount to the folks with the next 10 best questions.

Another way you can get involved with investors is by joining our QuickConnect program. If you’re an entrepreneur, or if you’re an investor or enterprise wanting, consider signing up so that you join our network-on-steroids session. Entrepreneurs looking to meet investors will have the chance to get involved, and investors can seek out promising entrepreneurs. If interested, email Amy Nichols at amy@venturebeat.com.

Here’s a quick look at the investors participating at DataBeat this year. (And unfortunately, yes, we know this list is all-male. Let us know if we missed a female VC who specializes in big data, and we’ll reach out to them right away to get them involved!)

Some of them will be speaking, others moderating, and still others will be judging the innovation showdown, where we’ll be featuring 10 of the coolest big data startups.

Note: There are only a few DataBeat tickets left. Grab yours today.

Jake flomenberg-304Jake Flomenberg — A partner at Accel Ventures, the venture firm that raised the first “big data fund” in 2011, Flomenberg has a leading role in investing that fund. He joined Accel in 2012, and manages the firm’s investments in companies like Origami Logic, provider of Big Data analytics for marketers, Trifacta, maker of productivity software for data analysis, and Sumo Logic, a cloud-based log management and analytics company. Prior to Accel, Jake was director of product management at Splunk, and allso worked in marketing and product for leading big data company Cloudera.

Matt Ocko copyMatt Ocko — The co-founder of Data Collective, a venture capital fund that invests solely in entrepreneurs building big data companies, Ocko is arguably the most prolific investor in the big data industry. We count 75 live investments listed on his Data Collective’s web site. The firms’ 35 prior investments include Akimbi (acquired by VMware), Cotendo, (acquired by Akamai), DataMirror (acquired by IBM), Facebook, Flashsoft (acquired by Sandisk), Fortinet, Metaweb (acquired by Google), Socialcam (acquired by Autodesk), Spool (acquired by Facebook), and SupportSoft (acquired by Consona). Ocko has also invested in Couchbase, Uber, and AngelList. He is an inventor of over 40 granted or in-process patents in industries from hardware to social games.

dan scholnickDan Scholnick — A partner with Trinity Ventures, Scholnick has led investments in hot application performance monitoring company New Relic, and other data related companies including Loggly, and MongoHQ. Other investments include Docker, Cloudscaling, Aryaka Networks and Crowdflower. He was the second employee at Wily Technology, an early company in the application performance management market. And he founded Flurry, a leading mobile app analytics company.

dan dauberMike Dauber — A principal at Battery Ventures, Dauber has led investments in data companies Duetto, Platfora and Continuuity. He participated in the investments in Nutanix, Entelo and RelateIQ and previously served on the teams that invested in Delphix and Splunk. A hardware engineer at Velio Communications early in his career, Dauber went on to hold sales, business-development and marketing roles at Cisco, Altera and Xilinx.

mark gorenbergMark Gorenberg — The founding partner at Zetta Venture Partners, a firm he launched late last year, Gorenberg has invested in companies like InsideSales (which just raised $100M), Followanalytics, Signal Demand, Domo, Cenzic and 6Connect. Before Zetta, he was at software-focused venture firm Hummer Winblad for 23 years, where he invested in early data company Omniture (acquired by Adobe), as well as NetDynamics, AdForce, and Scopus. He was an early employee at Sun Microsystems. HE is a member of the FCC’s Technology Advisory Council, and was appointed by President Obama in 2011 to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

robert siegel copyRobert Siegel — A general partner at XSeed Capital, Siegel has led investments in data companies like Lex Machina and SIPX. More generally, though, his resume leaves you wondering how he can really do it all. He’s on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where has led research and written cases on Google, Box, AngelList, SurveyMonkey, Zuora, StubHub, among others. He’s co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs. Prior to XSeed, Siegel ran a $350M software division for GE, was EVP of fabless semiconductor company Pixim, and was co-founder and CEO of Weave, which invented an early digital picture frame, and was acquired by Kodak. He was also at Intel, and was lead researcher for Andy Grove’s book Only the Paranoid Survive.

Scott Raney copyScott Raney — A partner with Redpoint Ventures, Raney has invested in hot big data company RelateIQ, as well companies like Cloud.com (acquired by Citrix), Expensify, Heroku (acquired by Salesfore), Jumptap, Path, Stripe and Twilio. Prior to Redpoint, Raney was an executive at NorthPoint Communications, a data CLEC providing nationwide DSL services, and a management consultant at Bain & Company.

rajeev batra copyRajeev Batra — A partner with Mayfield Fund, Batra’s investments include AgilOne, C9, Marketo, NewsCred, ServiceMax, SmartRecruiters, TrustRadius, Viralheat, and WideOrbit. Batra held previous business and technical roles at Siebel Systems, Scopus Technology and Open Environment Corporation (OEC), which pioneered three-tier computing and service oriented architecture. Rajeev was also on the founding team of NetNumina Solutions, an IT consulting firm, which was acquired by Keane.

dharmesh copyDharmesh Thakker — A managing director at Intel Capital, the largest venture investor capital investment firm in the world, Thakker has led the firm’s Big Data practice. He’s on the board of, or led investments in, MongoDB, Mirantis, Guavas, Maginatics, Yottaa, enLighted, ElasticBox, and BlueData.

ashu garg copyAshu Garg — A general partner with Foundation Capital, Garg invests in companies ranging from big data and analytics to marketing technology, including TubeMogul, AdRise, Conviva, FundsIndia.com, IndiaHomes.com, Localytics, Spotzot and TreeHouse. He invested in Aggregate Knowledge, which was acquired by Neustar last year. He has also led seed investments in Robin Systems, HotHouse Labs, Shopular, and BaySensors. He personally invested in Reflektion, DataBricks, Jhana Education and Vienova Education. Previously, Garg was general manager of Microsoft’s On-Line Services, where he led the display advertising business. Before Microsoft, Garg worked at McKinsey & Company.

Stay tuned for more DataBeat program announcements in the coming week. In the meantime, check out the event details — including our full program and lineup of 70 data visionaries — on the DataBeat website.

Seats are very limited. We expect a full sellout in the next few days. Reserve yours now!