ExaGrid Board and Investors
ExaGrid has a premier group of investors that have invested in many of the most successful storage products in the industry, such as DELL EqualLogic, EMC Isilon, Hitachi BlueArc and many other storage products.
Board of Directors
President and CEO
Bill has over 20 years of experience in high-tech marketing and has led numerous teams in high-growth companies. Most recently, Bill was the vice president of marketing for Pedestal Software. Pedestal quickly became a leader in the security auditing space. Pedestal was acquired by Altiris, a public company.
Before joining Pedestal Software, Bill was the senior vice president of marketing and sales for eDial, a developer of Voice over IP (VoIP) software. Prior to eDial, Bill was general manager of Adero’s streaming media business unit. Bill came to Adero via Adero’s acquisition of StarBurst. At StarBurst, Bill served as vice president of marketing and sales. Bill repositioned the company and guided StarBurst into an industry leadership position with 100 percent annual growth. Bill also held vice president of marketing and vice president of sales positions at Live Vault, Microcom and Bitstream. Earlier in his career, Bill held a series of marketing and sales roles at Data General and Compugraphic. He is a graduate of Fitchburg State College and holds a BS in Industrial Technology.
Managing Director, Sigma Partners
Bob joined Sigma in 1995. He has over 20 years of experience in the high technology industry. Most recently he was President and CEO of Epoch Systems, the leading vendor of client-server data management software products. He sold the firm in 1993 to EMC for $141 million. Previously, he was the Founder, President and CEO of SQL Solutions, a leading purveyor of services and tools for the relational database market. He sold SQL Solutions to Sybase for stock eventually worth over $100 million. Today the SQL Solutions consulting and system administration tools division of Sybase has over $300 million in annual revenues. He served as an executive officer of Sybase for over two years. Bob has a B.A. in History from Ricker College and studied computer science at Northeastern University. He has been responsible for Sigma’s investments in Aprimo, CapitalEngine, Cerulean Technology, Context Integration, Dazel Corporation, eDocs, eRunway, Excara, Excelergy, Global Food Exchange, Idiom Technologies, Internet Business Advantages, Internet Security Systems, Octane Software, Riverton Software Corporation, ServiceSoft Corporation, StorageNetworks, Tradex Technologies, Versata, Vignette Corporation, Vettro, Viveca Software and Visual Mining.
Chair, Founding Partner, Highland Capital Partners
Entrepreneurs create outsized opportunities when they have the right partner from the beginning. That’s why Paul founded Highland Capital Partners. Paul wanted an active, additive, and early role building companies that would move society forward, helping us all go beyond what’s deemed possible. Throughout Highland’s history, he has vetted thousands of entrepreneurs and seen startups go up, down, and sideways. Still, he has as much conviction about his work and its impact as he did on day one.
Currently, Paul focuses on online higher education, robotics, and software, lending his engineering and venture capital expertise to teams working on complicated problems, which often require highly technical solutions.
Paul currently serves on the boards of 2U (Chair), BlueTarp Financial, ClearSky Data, ExaGrid and JauntVR.
Paul holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.S.E., Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S.E., Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University.
Brian K. Paul
Managing Director, Tenaya Capital
Brian Paul is a Managing Director of Tenaya Capital. 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.
Mr. Paul holds an M.B.A. with distinction from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Managing Director, Investor Growth Capital
Jose Suarez is a managing director of Investor Growth Capital and joined Investor AB’s Asian operations in 1997, and is now based in IGC’s Menlo Park, California office. Mr. Suarez focuses on the semiconductor and hardware infrastructure sectors. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Atrenta Inc., Chelsio Communications, eSilicon Corporation, Innovative Micro Technology, Magnum Semiconductor, and Millennium Microtech.
Mr. Suarez has a B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.
Chief Technical Officer and Founder
Dave has over 35 years of experience in the development of data storage and data management products. Prior to ExaGrid, Dave was a key contributor to the success of a number of startup companies, including Storage Networks, HighGround Systems and Epoch Systems. Dave has a BSEE from Northeastern University and is an active member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM and Usenix professional organizations. Dave’s passions include guitar, photography and kayaking.
Sigma Partners, a high technology venture capital firm with over a billion dollars under management, helps entrepreneurs transform ideas into substantial, profitable businesses. They have experience as successful CEOs, entrepreneurs and technologists. With this deep operating and technical insight, they help build teams and strategies that produce sustainable value and successful outcomes. They were early investors in companies such as Cascade, Vignette, StorageNetworks, Internet Security Systems, Tradex. For more information, visit Sigma Partners’ web site at: www.sigmapartners.com
|Highland Capital Partners
Highland Capital Partners was founded with the mission of helping great people build great companies. Since its inception in 1988, the firm has taken a sector-focused approach to investing in exceptional communications, consumer, digital media, healthcare and information technology companies. With over $3 billion of committed capital and offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Geneva, Highland has invested in and worked to create such firms as Ask Jeeves, Avid Technology, CheckFree, Conor Medsystems, Continental Cable, Helicos BioSciences, lululemon athletica, Lycos, MapQuest, Navic Networks, Ocular Networks, Odyssey Healthcare, P.A. Semi, Quigo, Starent Networks, Sybase, Telica and VistaPrint.For more information, visit Highland’s web site at: www.hcp.com
Tenaya Capital is a leading venture capital firm with offices in Menlo Park, California, and Boston, Massachusetts. Tenaya has access to over $1 billion of committed capital, investing it in a wide range of high-growth technology companies including software, consumer Internet, communications, semiconductors, electronics, and cleantech. Tenaya Capital believes in being a true collaborative partner, both with their entrepreneurial management teams and co-investors. Tenaya’s dynamic, dedicated and close-knit team plays an active role in the management of their portfolio companies, combining their strengths with those of their partners to deliver superior business results. For more information, visit Tenaya Capital’s web site at: www.tenayacapital.com
Investor Growth Capital is the wholly owned venture capital arm of Investor AB, the largest publicly listed industrial holding company in the Nordic region. Founded in 1916 by the Wallenberg Family, Investor AB is traded on the Stockholm exchange and aims to generate long-term attractive returns for shareholders by owning and developing companies with solid potential for value creation. Since its formation in the mid-1990s, Investor Growth Capital has invested in high-quality, growth-oriented companies in the information technology and healthcare industries in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit Investor Growth Capital’s web site at: www.investorgrowthcapital.com