Michael Skok is a serial entrepreneur of more than two decades, turned investor for more than a decade, and now he is also mentoring and teaching entrepreneurship.
Most recently, Michael was a general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners where he initiated ventures with innovators, as well as seeded and invested in many great entrepreneurs who went on to build billions of dollars of value focusing on large market opportunities such as eCommerce and Big Data. Michael focuses on game changing technologies and disruptive business models such as SaaS, Cloud Computing, Open Source...
Tom is a founding director of Acquia, who worked with co-founders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson to develop the company’s open source commercialisation model and recruit the early team members during 2008. Tom joined Acquia as CEO in 2009, following the sale of Tele Atlas to TomTom, where he had been chief products officer.
As he had done throughout a 30-plus-year career in enterprise software, Tom was focused on driving customer success and business strategy at Acquia. Tom also led the unique blending of open source, digital agency and enterprise software backgrounds, fostering a culture which he perpetuated through extensive travel to the 11 countries and five U.S. offices from which Acquia operated.
At Acquia, Tom guided the company to exponential growth based on a fanatical commitment to customers. Deloitte named Acquia the fastest growing private company in their 2013 Technology Fast 500. In 2012, Acquia was named the fastest growing software company in the U.S. in the Inc 500 list of private companies and received the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council Private Company of the Year award. Prior to Tele Atlas, Tom was the CEO of SOA governance leader Systinet, where revenue grew 5x in the 18 months prior to the sale of the company to Mercury Interactive. Tom led webMethods’ international growth from 2000-2004 at a CAGR of 90 percent in what was arguably one of the toughest periods for enterprise software ever.
Tom began his career in technical roles after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering. He has spent 14 years of his career living in Australia, England, and France.
Brooke Seawell joined New Enterprise Associates in 2005 as a venture partner, focusing on software, systems and internet investments. Brooke currently serves on the board of directors of NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA), Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA), Acquia, SugarCRM and Tenable. He brings 30-plus years of experience in technology finance and operations.
From 2000 to 2004, Brooke was a venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of NetDynamics, an application server software company, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1998. From 1991 to 1997, Brooke was senior vice president, finance and operations and CFO of Synopsys, an electronic design automation software company, which he took public in 1992.
As a founder, officer, investor or director, Brooke has been involved in 10 IPOs - Accrue Software, ArcSight, Glu Mobile, Informatica, Mediaplex, NVIDIA, Southwall Technologies, Synopsys, Tableau Software, and Weitek, and 10 strategic acquisitions – CoWare (acquired by Synopsys), Extricity (acquired by Peregrine Systems), Informatica (acquired by Permira), Lithium Technologies (acquired by Vista), NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Rasna (acquired by Parametric Technology), SiliconBlue (acquired by Lattice Semiconductor), SiTime (acquired by MegaChips), Telegent Systems (acquired by Spreadtrum Communications), and TimesTen (acquired by Oracle).
Brooke received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his master's in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
John joined Sigma in 1996. With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, a business unit manager and an investor, John uses motivation, enthusiasm and his own technology and operational expertise to support Sigma’s portfolio companies. Throughout his career, he has held executive management positions, created new business units and departments and sponsored new projects at some of the industry’s most successful technology companies.
Prior to Sigma, John was the President and CEO of Vermeer Technologies, Inc., the developers of FrontPage, the leading web authoring tool. Vermeer was acquired by Microsoft, providing Sigma and the other venture investors a very successful return. Previously, he was an early principal at SQL Solutions, where he created and led an engineering organisation chartered to build heterogeneous database tools. Following an acquisition of SQL Solutions by Sybase, he took responsibility for the new Systems Management Product unit, which he grew to $55 million in sales in 30 months. Early in his career, John was recruited to Honeywell, where he worked on a variety of engineering projects in the areas of communications, operating systems and unix co-processor design.
John is a graduate of Tufts (BSE in Engineering Science and Mathematics) and Worcester Polytechnic University (MS in Computer Science).
Brian Paul is a Managing Director of Tenaya Capital, and he has been a member of the Tenaya investment team since 1999.
In April 2011, Forbes published its Midas List of 2011's Top TechInvestors. Brian was ranked at number 54. Brian was also recently selected as one of the 15 most powerful venture capitalists on the East Coast by Business Insider.
Previously, Brian worked in Lehman Brothers' Global Technology and Healthcare Investment Banking groups in New York, London and Los Angeles. Within these groups, Brian was responsible for public and private equity offerings as well as strategic advisory assignments. Before joining Lehman Brothers in 1994, Brian was at First Boston, where he was responsible for the purchase and sale of mortgage loan portfolios.
Brian holds an M.B.A. with distinction from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
A deep passion for helping high-growth SaaS companies reach their potential fuels Tom’s success as a seasoned enterprise software executive. Prior to Adaptive Insights, he was an investor and board member of several highly successful software companies including Citrix Systems, where he currently serves as lead independent director of the board following his role as chairman. He also sits on the boards of SaaS companies Acquia and Apptio. Previously Tom was a partner at Greylock Partners, where he focused on enterprise software investments. He was also president and COO at Rational Software until its acquisition by IBM. Before Rational, Tom served as CEO at Avatar Technologies and Pacific Data. He began his career as a financial officer in both public and private companies, serving as CFO at SQA and Orange Nassau, Inc., as well as vice president of finance at SCA Services. He has also held positions in public accounting.
Tom is a seasoned executive focused on enterprise software and will bring significant strategic insight, as well as operational and corporate governance expertise to Acquia.
Rich D'Amore has almost three decades of experience in the venture business.
Rich D'Amore has been with North Bridge since the company's inception in 1994. Before co-founding North Bridge, he spent fourteen years at Hambro International Equity Partners, establishing the firm's Boston office. His investments have been split between early stage projects and special situations.
Before joining Hambro in 1982, he worked as a consultant at Bain and Company and was a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Young and Company.
Rich received a BS from Northeastern, summa cum laude, in 1975. He also has an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration where he was a Baker Scholar. A dedicated supporter of higher education, he is on the Board of Trustees at Northeastern University, where he promotes innovation and research that can drive economic growth.
With more than 15 years of experience in venture capital, Jose Suarez serves as Managing Director for Investor Growth Capital, focusing on infrastructure technology, ranging from semiconductors to hardware systems and software. Previously, Jose was based in IGC’s Asian office where he managed a broad range of investments both in the public markets and in privately negotiated situations.
Jose received a B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.
Dries Buytaert is an open source developer and technology executive. He is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, an open source platform for building websites and digital experiences. Buytaert is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed technology company. Acquia provides an open cloud platform to many large organizations, which helps them build, deliver and optimize digital experiences. A Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, he holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. He was named CTO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review. He blogs frequently on Drupal, open source, startups, business, and the future at dri.es.
Michael Sullivan is CEO of Acquia, effective in December 2017. Sullivan joins Acquia from Micro Focus, where he participated in the merger of Micro Focus with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software business. The combined company became the world’s seventh largest pure-play software company and the largest UK technology firm listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Sullivan was responsible for the information management and governance product portfolio both at Micro Focus and at HP, where he was senior VP and GM for SaaS. Prior to joining HP, he led the Protect business unit at Autonomy, which delivered risk and compliance solutions to Fortune 1000 companies. He joined Autonomy through the acquisition of Zantaz, where he was senior VP of operations and services. Sullivan was the founder and CEO of Steelpoint Technologies, a pioneer in technologies for the intelligent management of unstructured information.
Sullivan was recognized by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in both 2000 and 2004. Earlier in his career, he was a software developer for Raytheon. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he holds a degree in computer information systems from Bentley University.