Board of Directors
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.
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.
Founding Partner, Redpoint Ventures
John Walecka is a Founding Partner of Redpoint Ventures and is passionate about companies with innovative business models.
John is very active in Redpoint's investment activity in the software area. John is currently working with Avnera, Envia, Fortinet (FTNT), InterMolecular, Schooner, Datameer and FunSockets. He is very involved in Datameer's big data efforts around Hadoop, FunSockets's new open gaming SaaS platform and Schooner's mySQL and noSQL software products.
John has helped many entrepreneurs in the enterprise and broadband infrastructure spaces achieve success including: Entropic (ENTR), BCD Semiconductor (BCDS), Xylan (acquired by Alcatel), Wellfleet Communications (merged into Bay Networks), Synernetics (acquired by 3Com), Agile Networks (acquired by Lucent), Network Equipment Technologies (NWK), Polycom (PLCM), Onstream (acquired by 3Com), Avici Networks (AVCI), TransMedia Communications (acquired by Cisco), Lightera Networks (acquired by Ciena), Promatory Communications (acquired by Nortel), Netro (NTRO), StratumOne (acquired by Cisco) and Trapeze (acquired by Beldin). In addition, John has led investments in a number of software infrastructure companies, including Sybase (SYBS), Documentum (DCTM), Object Design (ODIS) and Vitria Technology (VITR). He has also been involved with Redpoint China companies Qihoo (QIHU), BCD Semiconductor (BCDS) and AMEC.
John is currently a Director of the Stanford Business School Venture Capital Trust, an advisor to the Stanford Engineering School and on the board of the SFMOMA. Prior to founding Redpoint, John was a general partner with Brentwood Venture Capital and worked at Hewlett Packard. John received a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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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