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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes
Blogger & Cloud Computing Analyst
Diversity Limited
Ben Kepes is an analyst, an entrepreneur and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergance of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

Ben Kepes

Paul Miller
Cloud of Data
Paul offers analysis and consultancy at the interface between the enterprise and the web. His insights in this fast-moving market ensure that clients have access to the intelligence and analysis they need in order to adapt to new opportunities in a timely and cost-effective fashion.Most recently, Paul was Technology Evangelist at UK technology company, Talis. Prior to joining Talis in 2005 he held the post of Director at the Common Information Environment, a consortium of UK public sector organisations including the BBC, the British Library, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the National Health Service (NHS).Paul is Curator of the Infrastructure/ Cloud Computing channel on GigaOM’s analyst site, GigaOM Pro. He records regular podcasts with thought leaders across Cloud Computing and the Semantic Technology space, convenes the monthly Semantic Link round-table podcast on, and routinely presents and chairs panels at industry events.


Brian Jacobs

Brian Jacobs
General Partner
Emergence Capital Partners

Brian Jacobs founded Emergence Capital in 2003. He has over 20 years of venture capital experience, a deep national network and an understanding of how technology startups grow into market leaders. He was named to the Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capital investors in 2006 and 2007. He currently serves on the boards of YouSendIt, InsideView, Intacct, Janrain and

Prior to founding Emergence, Brian was an early General Partner at St. Paul Venture Capital.  Past investments include HireRight (HIRE), BigFix (sold to IBM), nQuire Software (sold to Siebel Systems), NetPerceptions (NETP), WebTV (sold to Microsoft) and Lexar Media (LEXR) and many others.

Brian has also worked for Security Pacific, Raychem, Westinghouse and Polaroid, and he holds several patents. Brian has a MS and BS from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford. He is happily married with two children. Brian loves adventure travel with his children and cycling.

Dan Schnolick

Dan Scholnick
General Partner
Trinity Ventures

Dan is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, a venture firm dedicated to investing in early stage entrepreneurs. Dan began his career as employee number two at Wily Technology (acquired by CA) where he built the first version of the company’s application performance management product and then helped sell it to many of Wily’s Fortune 500 clients. Dan founded Flurry, the leading user analytics platform for mobile applications. Dan also worked at SVB Capital where he made venture investments in software and Internet services companies. He was recently dubbed “Cloud Father” at the inaugural Cloud Mafia event, a meet-up organized by four of Dan’s cloud portfolio companies, New Relic, Loggly, DotCloud and StackMob.

Dan received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. In Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

Dharmesh Thakker

Dharmesh Thakker
Intel Capital

Dharmesh focuses on Cloud Infrastructure, Big Data and Embedded Software investments, and is actively involved on the board of DynamicOps, Guavus Analytics, and enLighted. He joined Intel Capital from Advanced Technology Ventures where he supported Enterprise Software and Cleantech investments, including Omneon Storage (Harmonic), Qumu (Rimage), Nuventix, and Actifio.

Dharmesh brings strong entrepreneurial and operating experience in cloud software and SaaS to support his portfolio companies. At Keynote Systems (KEYN), he launched performance management solutions for many of the world’s leading video, mobile and web apps, and helped grow recurring SaaS revenue from 0 to $20m in 2 years. He was also an early team member at InterNetwork (acquired by FinePoint) and Peakstone (acquired by Entrust) leading OEM and channel sales with HP, Exodus, and IBM. He received his MBA from Wharton and a BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He is on the Advisory Board for The University of Texas Commercialization Office as well as other industry groups including TiE Angels and VentureBeat.

Larry Augustin

Larry Augustin

Prior to taking the helm at SugarCRM in 2009, Larry was an angel investor and advisor to early stage technology companies. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Appcelerator, Compiere, DeviceVM, DotNetNuke, Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, Pentaho and SugarCRM. A member of the group who coined the term “Open Source,” he has written and spoken extensively on Open Source worldwide. Worth Magazine named him to its list of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000. From 2002 to 2004 he was a Venture Partner at Azure Capital Partners. In 1993 he founded VA Linux (now SourceForge, NASDAQ:LNUX), serving as CEO until August 2002. While CEO he launched and led the company through an IPO in December 1999.


Luis Robles
Venture Capitalist
Sequoia Capital

Luis works with cloud computing, software, and enterprise companies. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2010, Luis was a Senior Product Manager at VMware where he helped build out various product and operations initiatives. Previously, he was involved with other Silicon Valley start-ups. Luis has BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Marten Mickos

Marten Mickos
Eucalyptus Systems

Marten Mickos is CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, the leader in open source cloud computing platforms for on-premise use. Previously as CEO of MySQL AB, Marten grew that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems of MySQL AB, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun’s Database Group. Marten holds a M.Sc. in technical physics from Helsinki University of Technology in his native Finland. He is a recipient of the Audemars Piguet “Changing Times Award: European Entrepreneur of the Year 2006″ and the Nokia Foundation Award.


Ori Sasson
Founding Partner
Primera Capital

Ori Sasson is the founding Partner of Primera Capital. Mr. Sasson has invested widely in many segments of the high tech sector, and has chaired and founded pioneering companies in wireless carrier services, global transportation logistics and managed services. His investments include GTNexus, Roamware, C3, Vmware (Nasdaq: VMW), VXtreme (Acquired by Microsoft), Emotive, Cramster (acquired by Chegg), Fandango (acquired by Comcast), Chegg, Mobile Access Network (Acquired by Corning), NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Octane (Acquired by Epiphany), NewRoads(acquired by GSI Commerce), Genesys(Nasdaq GCTI), Emotive, among others. He has one of the best investment records in the industry.

Mr. Sasson possesses extensive venture and hands-on business experience. Before founding Primera, Sasson was a partner at Apax Partners. Prior to that, he served as President and CEO of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, where he expanded the company’s global market reach, recruited a top-notch international management team, and managed the company’s acquisition by Paris-based Alcatel in January 2000.

Sasson also served as Chairman and CEO of Scopus Technology – a company he co-founded in 1991 – and directed, from its inception through a highly successful IPO and until its merger with Siebel Systems in April 1998, creating what is now the second largest applications company in the world. Sasson has used his business savvy to advise many young companies and has received numerous accolades, including the award for 1997 Bay Area Entrepreneur of the Year.

Sasson holds a masters degree in Operations Research and a BA in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.  He currently serves on the boards of GTNexus, Roamware, Emotive, Jitterbit, Kiverdi and the Children’s Hospital of Oakland.

Peter Fenton

Peter Fenton
General Partner
Benchmark Capital

Peter Fenton joined Benchmark Capital in 2006 after spending seven years as a partner with Accel Partners, where his investment interests included software, digital media, and technology enabled services. Prior to joining the venture capital community, he spent several years working with Silicon Valley software and high-technology companies as an entrepreneur and strategy consultant. He was an early employee at Virage, a multimedia information retrieval company that went public on the NASDAQ in 2000. Peter also worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco, where he advised high-technology businesses in Silicon Valley on their product and business strategies.

Philippe Cases

Philippe Cases
President & CEO
Spoke Software

Philippe has spent over 16 years as a Venture Capitalist in Europe and then in the United States focused on Information Technology. One of his core investment focus was the intersection of the web, analytics and CRM with successful investments over time such as Rightpoint (acq. by Epiphany), Adknowledge (acq. by CMGI), Inquira and more recently Spoke Software. He also currently holds a seat on the board of Jaspersoft, an Open Source Business Intelligence company, and VentureBeat, the technology blog about Innovation for forward thinking executives. Philippe attended the Engineering School of Mines in Nancy, France and is a Sloan Fellow from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he graduated with Master of Science in Management.

Ping Li

Ping Li
Accel Partners

Ping has been with Accel Partners since 2004. He focuses primarily on software and digital media investments with specific interest in cloud computing, big data/storage, mobile and gaming.

He currently is a Board Member of BitTorrent, Cloudera, Lookout, Mu Dynamics, Nimbula, Raptr, ScaleXtreme, and YuMe. Ping was also responsible for several Accel investments which have had successful exits including Ludic Labs (Groupon), Mochi Media (Shanda) and Reactivity (Cisco).

Ping has over 15 years of experience as a technology investor and operating executive in helping build market leading technology companies and product lines. Prior to Accel, Ping worked at Juniper Networks as a Senior Product Line Manager for their flagship M-series router products, as well as Director of Corporate Development. Ping was actively involved in Juniper’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of Netscreen Technologies. He also served as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, advising technology clients in their growth strategies.

Ping has extensive international experience as well. At Singapore Telecom, he served directly for the executive management team in operating and investing in Asian growth opportunities. Prior to SingTel, Ping worked at Goldman Sachs Asia, transacting technology IPOs and M&A. Ping continues to be active internationally by working closely with RenRen (Facebook of China) and IDG-Accel China Fund.

Ping holds an A.B. from Harvard University, with honors, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott
General Partner
Norwest Venture Partners

Robert joined NVP in 1998 and is focused on a wide variety of investment categories including mobile, online advertising, infrastructure and systems. His current investments and board seats include, ClariPhy, mBlox, Mozes and Zenverge. Robert was formerly a member of the board of directors of Covigo (acquired by Symbol Technologies), KACE (acquired by Dell), Occam Networks (acquired by Calix), Resonext Communications (acquired by RF Micro Devices) and SideStep (acquired by Kayak). He has also worked with such companies as Embark (acquired by Princeton Review), Escalate (acquired by GERS), mPower (acquired by Morningstar) and Quantum Effect Devices (acquired by PMC-Sierra).

Robert has nine years of operational experience in various roles, from engineering to marketing and product management. Before joining NVP, he was at Silicon Graphics. Prior to Silicon Graphics, Robert worked at IBM-ROLM Systems.

He holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in electrical engineering and an MBA, all from Stanford University.

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