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Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott
General Partner
Norwest Venture Partners (NVP)

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 Act-On Software, ClariPhy, ClearDATA, Elemental, mBlox, Mozes and Zenverge. Robert was formerly a member of the board of directors of Brand.net (acquired by Valassis Communications), 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), Kayak (Nasdaq: KYAK), 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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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.

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Dan Scholnick
General Partner
Trinity Ventures

Dan is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, a top tier VC dedicated to investing in early stage entrepreneurs. Dan founded Flurry, the leading user analytics platform for mobile applications. Prior to Flurry, 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 also worked at SVB Capital where he made venture investments in software and Internet services companies. He was dubbed “Cloud Father” at the inaugural Cloud Mafia event, a meet-up originally organized by four of Dan’s cloud portfolio companies, New Relic, Loggly, DotCloud and StackMob. TrinityVentures has invested in leading cloud companies including these companies as well as Cloudability, CloudScaling and Aryaka Networks.

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

Jerome Lecat

Jérôme Lecat
CEO
Scality

Jérôme Lecat is a serial entrepreneur and business angel with 15 years of internet start-up experience.

From 2003 to 2010, Jerome led Bizanga, the leading email MTA for service providers, which he founded with Olivier Lemarie, Marc Sheldon and Giorgio Regni. Bizanga achieved major market penetration worldwide with customers such as Comcast, Cox Communications, Telefonica and United Internet (1&1). Bizanga was successfully sold to Cloudmark in February 2010.

In 2001, Jerome became Chairman of the Board of Data Center Technology (DCT), a Belgium based start-up which developed a unique Content Addressable Storage (CAS) technology, especially for the backup market. After signing over 70 customers, DCT was sold to Veritas in 2005 with significant profit for its investors.

In 1994, Jérôme founded with Olivier Dauchot and Olivier Lemarié Internet-Way, the fourth ISP for enterprises to open in France. As CEO, he built the company from a garage start-up to the second largest ISP in France. In 1997, after the company had reached profitability, he sold the company to UUNET where he served as vice president of products for EMEA.

Jérôme has also been active as a Business Angel and Board Member in several leading technology companies, including Vision Objects, the world leader in handwriting recognition, which was sold to DoubleDay in 2009.

Jérôme holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a research masters degree on Cognitive Science from Université Paris VII. Jérôme attended the AMD program at INSEAD. Jérôme lives in San Francisco with his wife Anna and son Nathan.

Paul Miller

Paul Miller
Consultant
Cloud of Data

Paul Miller is an analyst and consultant, based in the East Yorkshire (UK) market town of Beverley, but working with clients world-wide. He mainly helps clients understand the opportunities (and pitfalls) around cloud computing, big data, and open data, but also podcasts and writes for a number of channels. His background includes public policy and standards work, several years in management at a UK software company… and a Ph.D in Archaeology.

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