Board Members and Investors
Hassan currently serves as the Chairman of Affirmed’s Board of Directors. He most recently served as Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks. Prior to that he served as an advisor at Charles River Ventures and was 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 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 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 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.
Ned Hooper is a Founding Partner of Centerview Capital Technology and currently serves as its Managing Partner. Ned currently serves on the Boards of Affirmed Networks, Quantenna, Host Analytics, and as a Board Observer for Acquia. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Prior to Centerview, Ned was Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Cisco. As part of this role, he was responsible for business development activities including acquisitions, equity investments, and the incubation of innovative technologies. Ned led over seventy-five acquisitions that played a key role in driving Cisco’s growth strategy.
Cathy Graham has served as Chief Financial Officer of 2U, Inc. since 2012. She led four successful IPOs (including 2U), raising over $150 million in private equity and closing numerous strategic acquisitions and organizational sales. Previously Cathy was Chief Financial Officer for Online Resources Corp. and VIA NET.WORKS, Inc. and has held senior financial positions with Yurie Systems and other public companies and commercial banks. She holds a BA from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Loyola College of Maryland.
Charles River Ventures
Founded in 1970, Charles River Ventures is a 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. Find out more at www.crv.com.
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 Cambridge, 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, Phone.com, Starent Networks, JBoss and Gilt Groupe. Find out more at www.matrixpartners.com.
Bessemer Venture Partners
With $4 billion under active management, Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) is a global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, CA, Cambridge, MA, New York, NY, Mumbai and Bangalore, India 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. Find out more at www.bvp.com or follow BVP on Twitter @bessemervp.
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, LPV focuses on early and expansion stage investments in the consumer, enterprise technology and cleantech markets. LPV invests in the U.S. and internationally, with investment professionals and advisors in Silicon Valley, India, Israel, and China with Lightspeed China Partners. Find out more at http://www.lsvp.com.
DTCP is an investment management group with $1.7 billion of assets under management and advisory from Deutsche Telekom and other corporate and institutional investors, and a portfolio of over 60 companies. The group is dedicated to providing venture and growth capital, private equity investments, and advisory services to the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. It operates and invests in Europe, the US, Israel, and South Korea. To learn more about DTCP, visit www.telekom-capital.com or @TelekomCapital on Twitter.
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.