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Partner, Next World Capital
Ben has experience in both venture capital investing and technology company operating roles. Ben was mostly recently a Principal with Scale Venture Partners.
Prior to his six years in venture capital, he was a Senior Sales Engineer at Symantec and IMlogic, and worked in technical sales roles at Akamai.
At Scale Venture Partners, Ben originated the investments in Box and uTest and worked closely with HubSpot, BrightRoll, and Jaspersoft. Ben lives in San Francisco.
He holds an MEng and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
President, JAMM Ventures
Jeff Miller is an accomplished senior executive and venture capitalist with over 30 years of experience working with some of the hottest software companies in Silicon Valley.
From 1993 to 2001, he served as president and chief executive officer of Documentum, one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world. Following the sale of Documentum to EMC for $1.8B in 2003, he was a venture partner with Redpoint Ventures, where he specialized in emerging enterprise and infrastructure software markets. Miller has also held senior executive positions at Fairchild Semiconductor, Intel, Adaptec, and Cadence Design Systems.
Miller currently runs JAMM Ventures, a business consulting firm, which he founded, and serves on various company and non-profit Boards.
Founding Partner, Redpoint Ventures
John Walecka is a Partner of Redpoint Ventures and is passionate about companies with disruptive products and innovative business models.
John is very active in Redpoint's investment efforts around companies using big data insights to create new business applications, as well as innovative technologies for building cloud infrastructure and services. He is on the boards of the following companies: Quantifind (social media predictive analytics platform), Datameer (big data BI tools around Hadoop), Lastline Security (cloud based malware products), Moogsoft (big data applications applied to agile service management), InterMolecular (data driven combinatorial materials discovery platform) and Avnera (cool audio products).
John received a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Independent Board Member and Advisor at Datameer
Mark brings with him three decades of operating and advisory experience to hyper-growth companies and his software success includes modern databases, data and application integration, business intelligence and monetizing of open source.
His operating background includes an early executive role with Informatica where he helped grow revenues from $10 million to over $150 million in sales, resulting in a successful IPO in 1999. He was also EVP worldwide sales and alliances at MySQL where he contributed to the $1 billion acquisition by Sun Microsystems in 2008.
Mark is concurrently serving as executive chairman at Zend Technologies, as well as an independent board member at MuleSoft and Infobright. In addition, he is a board observer and advisor to MongoDB and UpThere. Most recently, Mark was an independent board member at Jaspersoft (acquired by Tibco).
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Matt Murphy is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 1999 and manages the iFund, a collaborative initiative with Apple that focuses on funding and building defining applications on the iOS platform and the mobile internet.
Matt’s expertise is in mobile solutions and cloud infrastructure technology. He is either a director or works closely with the management teams of Aerohive Networks, AppDynamics, Apperian, AutoNavi, Booyah!, Drawbridge, Datameer, Egnyte, textPlus, RGB Networks, Puppet Labs, SessionM, Shazam, shopkick, Simplivity and Stoke. Previously, Matt was a board observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO) and led KPCB’s investment in AutoNavi (Nasdaq: AMAP, 2010). He also served as a director at Pelago (acquired by Groupon in 2011), Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell in 2010), Dash Navigation (acquired by RIM in 2009) and Peakstream (acquired by Google in 2008).
Matt holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Chief Strategy & Investment Officer, Executive Vice President, ST Telemedia
As chief strategy & investment officer and executive vice president, Nikhil is responsible for new investments in ST Telemedia's existing core business areas and new growth areas across the CMT landscape. He's also responsible for formulating the company's overall strategy, corporate development activities and driving synergies across the group.
Before joining ST Telemedia, Nikhil was head of Asia Pacific Technology, Media and Telecommunications Corporate & Investment Banking department at Citigroup. He spent almost 18 years at Citigroup since starting his investment banking career as a financial analyst at Salomon Brothers.
Nikhil graduated from the University College London (UCL) with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Economics.
Chief Executive Officer, Datameer
Stefan Groschupf is a big data veteran and serial entrepreneur with strong roots in the open source community. He was one of the very few early contributors to Nutch, the open source project that spun off Hadoop, which 10 years later, is considered a 20 billion dollar business.
Open source technologies designed and coded by Stefan can be found running in all 20 of the Fortune 20 companies in the world, and innovative open source technologies like Kafka, Storm, Katta and Spark, all rely on technology Stefan designed more than a half decade ago. In 2003, Groschupf was named one of the most innovative Germans under 30 by Stern Magazine.
In 2013, Fast Company named Datameer, one of the most innovative companies in the world.
Stefan is currently CEO and Chairman of Datameer, the company he co-founded in 2009 after several years of architecting and implementing distributed big data analytic systems for companies like Apple, EMI Music, Hoffmann La Roche, AT&T, the European Union, and others. After two years in the market, Datameer is commercially deployed in more than 30% of the Fortune 20.
Stefan is a frequent conference speaker, contributor to industry publications and books, holds patents and is advising a set of startups on product, scale and operations. If not working, Stefan is backpacking, sea kayaking, kite boarding or mountain biking. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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