by Angela Whiteford

Board Members and Investors

Hassan Ahmed

Hassan most recently has been an advisor at Charles River Ventures. Prior to that he served as the Chairman and CEO of Sonus Networks (Nasdaq-SONS), which he took public in 2000. Previously he had been EVP and GM of the Core Switching division of Ascend Communications. Ascend had acquired Cascade Communications where he had served as the Chief Technology Officer. Hassan has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Tim Barrows

Tim Barrows is a general partner at Matrix Partners, where he has invested in technology start-ups for twenty-five years. In his role as a lead investor and board member, Tim has assisted entrepreneurs in ushering ventures from their earliest stages through to successful outcomes. More than fifteen of the companies he helped establish and grow have gone on to successful acquisitions or initial public offerings.

Jon Auerbach

Jon Auerbach is a general partner at Charles River Ventures, where his focus is identifying and investing in innovative companies poised to become category leaders. Previously, Jon was a general partner at Highland Capital Partners. With more than a decade of experience, he has invested in numerous successful start-ups, including Starent Networks, Quattro Wireless, Optasite, and CCTV. Jon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is a frequent speaker

Bob Goodman

Bob Goodman is a founding partner of Bessemer’s New York office, and is focused on software, mobile, digital media, and healthcare IT. Previously, Bob founded two successful telecommunications companies: wireless-equipment company Celcore, acquired by Alcatel in 1997; and Boatphone, a group of cellular operating companies in the Caribbean. He holds a B.A. from Brown University, an MBA from Columbia University and serves on several non-profit boards including Met Council, The Play Group Theatre, and the National Venture Capital Association.

Steve Elfman

Steve Elfman is a true innovator in the telecommunications and mobile communications market. From 2008 until his recent retirement, Elfman served as President of Network Operations and Wholesale at Sprint. Previously, Elfman held management positions at several industry-leading companies such as InfoSpace Mobile, Motricity, Terabeam, AT&T Wireless, GE Capital and 3M Company. Steve holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

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Charles River Ventures

Founded in 1970, Charles River Ventures is bi-coastal venture firm. With a 42-year history, it is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful early-stage venture capital firms. CRV is dedicated to helping exceptional entrepreneurs turn their ideas into the next category leaders in high growth technology and media sectors. Over the past 20 years, CRV funds have been ranked among the industry’s top performers. CRV has offices in Cambridge, MA and Menlo Park, CA. For more information visit

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Matrix Partners

Matrix Partners is a premier venture capital firm that has generated outstanding returns for over three decades. The firm has delivered several of the industry™ top performing funds of all time. Matrix Partners has offices in Waltham, MA; New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Mumbai, India; and Beijing and Shanghai, China. The firm has been fortunate to have invested in game-changing, industry-leading businesses such as Apple Computer, Sandisk, Veritas, Sycamore Networks,, Starent Networks, JBoss and Gilt Groupe. Find out more at

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Bessemer Venture Partners

With $4 billion under active management, Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) is a global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Cambridge, Mass., New York, Mumbai, Bangalore and Herzliya, Israel. BVP delivers a broad platform in venture capital spanning industries, geographies, and stages of company growth. From Staples to Skype, VeriSign to Yelp, LinkedIn to Pinterest, BVP has helped incubate and support companies that have anchored significant shifts in the economy. More than 100 BVP-funded companies have gone public on exchanges in North America, Europe, and Asia. See or follow BVP on Twitter @bessemervp.

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Lightspeed Venture Partners

Over the past two decades, Lightspeed has backed more than 200 companies, helping them think big and move fast to become leaders in their respective industries. With over $2 billion under management, we focus on early and expansion stage investments in the consumer, enterprise technology and cleantech markets. Our team invests in the U.S. and internationally, with investment professionals and advisors in Silicon Valley, India, Israel, and China with Lightspeed China Partners.

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T-Venture is the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom, an integrated telecommunications company with roughly 180MM customers and more than $75m net revenue in 2011 — more than half of that from international operations. T-Venture was founded in 1997 to advise and look after young, innovative enterprises which show potential economical and technological synergies with the business units of Deutsche Telekom. Successfully nurtured and exited companies include BelAir Networks, CoreOptics, Danger, Demandware, Flarion Technologies, Jahjah, Starent Networks, or Voice Objects

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Vodafone xone

Led out of the Vodafone xone office, Vodafone Ventures is the strategic corporate venture capital arm of Vodafone Group and has a truly global reach. The Vodafone Ventures™ fund has been active since 2000 making it one of the earliest mobile investors in the world. Investments, made in conjunction with top-tier VC firms, focus on the following areas: Consumer, Enterprise, Infrastructure and Devices.