Poojan Kumar brings 12 years of leadership and entrepreneurship experience at high growth enterprise software companies. Most recently, Poojan was at VMware where he led all data products. Prior to VMware, Poojan co-founded Oracle Exadata and PixBlitz, a video server appliance company. At Oracle, Poojan led the product development of Exadata from it's inception and played a strategic role in Oracle's foray into the software/hardware integrated appliance business. Poojan received his Masters in CS from Stanford and a Bachelors in CS from IIT Bombay.
Satyam Vaghani was VMware's Principal Engineer and Storage CTO where he spent 10 years delivering fundamental storage innovations in vSphere. He is most known for creating the Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) that set a storage standard for server virtualization. He has authored 50+ patents, led industry-wide changes in storage systems and standards via VAAI, and has been a regular speaker at VMworld and other industry and academic forums. Satyam received his Masters in CS from Stanford and a Bachelors in CS from BITS Pilani.
Mark Leslie is currently the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. He is also a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Sales Organization.
Mark Leslie was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. During his tenure as CEO the company went from 12 employees to 6,000 employees deployed globally, and from a revenue base of $95,000 per year to $1,500,000,000 per year. In 2000 Veritas was the tenth largest independent software company by revenue, third largest by market capitalization, and achieved the distinction of becoming a Fortune 1000 company.
From 1980 until 1990 he served as president and chief executive officer of two Silicon Valley high- tech start up companies. Prior experience included sales management, sales executive, systems engineer, and software engineer. Mark Leslie designed and developed the first software hypervisor while employed at IBM in 1969.
Mark currently serves on the boards of a number of privately held high-technology corporations, including Librato, Liquid Robotics, Model N Software, PureStorage, SeaMicro Systems, Skybox Imaging, Sugar CRM, Wall Street Systems and Xsigo Corporation. In addition he serves on the board of Overseers for the NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as Chairman of the NYU Science Advisory Board, and as a member of the Executive Board of the NYU Innovation Fund.
Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics from New York University in 1966 and completed Harvard Business School's program for management development in 1980.
Bipul Sinha is a Partner at Lightspeed and focuses primarily on Internet, mobile and software sectors, with a particular interest in social media, digital media, social utilities/apps, advertising technology, and software infrastructure.
Previously, Bipul worked at Blumberg Capital where he led investments in digital media, Internet and datacenter software infrastructure sectors. His selected investments include DoubleVerify, Nutanix, ZipZapPlay, Mertado, Hootsuite and CarWoo. Prior to venture capital, Bipul was with Banc of America Technology Investment Banking Group where he worked on M&A and equity financing transactions. Prior to banking, Bipul was Director of database and middleware products with Oracle Corporation. Bipul also held sales and engineering positions at American Megatrends and IBM.
Bipul received his B.Tech. (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and holds an MBA from The Wharton School where he was a Palmer Scholar. Bipul also holds several patents in distributed computing.
Matt Murphy is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 1999 and his expertise is in mobile solutions and cloud infrastructure technology.
He is either a director or works closely with a range of companies, including Aerohive Networks, AppDynamics, Egnyte, Puppet Labs, 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).
Before joining KPCB, Matt led product management at semiconductor startup Netboost (acquired by Intel) and worked at Sun Microsystems, where he led business development for the Network Systems Group and was a product line manager for networking platforms. Matt also worked in strategic and technical consulting for a number of years at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture.
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.
John was named CEO of Virtual Instruments in April of 2010. He has been a member of the Virtual Instruments Board of Directors since 2009. John brings proven leadership, tremendous industry experience and deep understanding of the needs of enterprise customers to Virtual Instruments.
Prior to joining Virtual Instruments, John was chairman of the board and CEO of Symantec Corporation, the leader in internet security, from April 1999 to April 2009. He continued to serve as chairman of the board until October 2011. John also served in a number of senior leadership roles at IBM Corporation, including general manager of IBM Americas, prior to assuming the CEO role at Symantec. During his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec, Thompson transformed the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management solutions, delivering world class products to a global customer base, from individual consumers to many of the world's largest enterprises. He helped grow revenues from $600M to over $6B in ten years.
Beyond his role at Symantec, Thompson has served on the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC), making recommendations regarding the security of nation's critical infrastructure, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the cause of the 2008 financial collapse and to make recommendations to Congress on steps to avoid or mitigate the impact of a reoccurrence. He is an active investor in early-stage companies and currently serves on the board of directors of Liquid Robotics, the world's first wave-powered autonomous platform, and DOMO, an emerging platform for business intelligence. John also serves on the board of UPS, the global leader in logistics, and Microsoft, the world's largest software company.
John W. Thompson completed his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M and holds a Master's degree in Management from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Lane Bess has spent over 28 years as an operational executive. He has successfully launched start-ups and scaled medium sized businesses to large scale. Most recently between 2008 and 2010, Lane was CEO of Palo Alto Networks where he led the fundraising and scaled the company from its early go-to-market to a revenue run rate of over $100 million and cash flow positive. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, he served as the EVP of Worldwide Sales and General Manager of publicly traded Trend Micro Inc. (Nikkei) - growing worldwide revenues to over $1 billion annually.
With core strengths in Sales, Marketing and Product Management Mr. Bess has deep expertise in driving high growth for computing, network security, and software companies. His business experience includes providing critical technology solutions to Fortune 2000 companies, large enterprises, mid-size businesses, as well as consumer markets. Through continuous leverage of distribution channels, Lane has been consistently recognized as a leading "channel friendly" executive. During Lane's career he has also held senior Sales and Marketing roles at NCR Corporation and AT&T. During his time at NCR, he oversaw Multinational Corporation sales and managed large global sales divisions. At AT&T, Lane was responsible for the product launches of AT&T's Business and Consumer Internet services in the mid 90s.
Mr. Bess holds a B.S. Degree in Managerial Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters Degree from University of Dayton.
Paul Sallaberry has leadership roles with several companies as a member of their boards of directors, including leading Drupal services and products provider Acquia. He additionally contributes his expertise to the boards of Calypso Technology, MoovWeb and SocialVibe. Paul Sallaberry also chairs the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee at Calypso Technology.
Paul Sallaberry is a Venture Partner with Jafco Ventures, in which capacity he oversees a portfolio of information technology investments that includes MoovWeb and SocialVibe. Since beginning his work with Jafco Ventures in January 2009, Mr. Sallaberry has drawn on his knowledge of the information technology sector to identify numerous promising IT firms to add to the company's portfolio. He also collaborates with current clients in the development of their companies.
A former Member of the Board of Directors of Dorado Software, Paul Sallaberry was on the Board of Directors of GFI from 2006 to 2011. He began his career in the IT industry in the early 1980s, as the Vice President of Western Area Sales at Applied Data Research, later acquired by Computer Associates. By the time he left Applied Data Research in 1988, Mr. Sallaberry had transitioned to the role of Vice President.
During the 1990s, Mr. Sallaberry helped establish OpenVision Technologies Inc., which became part of Veritas Software in 1997. He served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations at Veritas until 2003.
Lightspeed Venture Partners combines extensive venture capital and operating experience to assist entrepreneurs in creating industry-leading technology companies. Lightspeed manages over $2 billion of committed capital and focuses on early stage investments in the US, Asia and Israel. The firm's partners have invested in more than 150 technology companies over the past two decades and have contributed to the success of market leaders Including Blue Nile, Brocade, Ciena, Doubleclick, eHealth, Galileo Technology, Growth Networks, Informatica, Kiva Software, LightLogic, Maker Communications, Metasolv, Phone.com, Quantum Effect Devices, Riverbed, Sirocco, Transmeta, Virsa and Waveset. For more information, please visit www.lightspeedvp.com.
Since its founding in 1972, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has backed entrepreneurs in over 600 ventures, including Amazon, Amyris, Bloom Energy, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Intuit, Netscape, Sun, Symantec, and Zynga. KPCB portfolio companies employ more than 250,000 people. More than 150 of the firm's portfolio companies have gone public. Many other ventures have achieved success through mergers and acquisitions.