General Partner, Storm Ventures
Ryan Floyd is a founding member of Storm Ventures. At Storm Ventures, Ryan has focused on enterprise IT, internet and web infrastructure opportunities. He has invested in both semiconductors and components (MetaRAM, SandForce, and Ignis Optics/acquired by Bookham), as well as well as software (Appcelerator, DeviceVM, Netforensics, Yieldbuild and Kidaro/acquired by Microsoft.) Ryan received his B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.
Managing Director, Sierra Ventures
Tim Guleri is a Managing Director of Sierra Ventures, a Menlo Park, California, venture capital fund. Sierra’s nine portfolios of venture investments have committed capital exceeding $1.5 Billion. Tim’s investment focus is Information Technology Software companies attacking large underserved markets. Additionally, Tim has helped execute on Sierra’s India strategy and investments. Mr. Guleri currently serves as a Director of MakeMyTrip.com (Nasdaq: MMYT) and private companies including Alpine Data, Appcelerator, Nexenta Systems, Shape Security, Hired.com, BINA and Treasure Data. Prior to Sierra, Mr. Guleri was the founder and CEO of Octane Software and held executive management positions at Scopus Technology.
Larry Augustin is an angel investor and advisor to early stage technology companies. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Appcelerator, Compiere, DeviceVM, DotNetNuke, Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, Pentaho and SugarCRM. One of the group who coined the term “Open Source”, he has written and spoken extensively on Open Source worldwide. Worth Magazine named him to their list of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000. From 2002 to 2004 he was a Venture Partner at Azure Capital Partners. In 1993 he founded VA Linux (now SourceForge, NASDAQ:LNUX) serving as CEO until August 2002. While CEO he launched SourceForge.net and led the company through an IPO in December 1999.
Co-Founder and Managing Director, TransLink Capital
Toshi Otani is a co-founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital. Toshi has over 20 years of experience in management of and investment in high-tech companies. Toshi started his career at Mitsubishi Corporation, the world’s largest trade and investment firm, where he was in charge of multiple investment and business development projects in the IT industry. Subsequently, Toshi served as President of Hikari Tsushin’s VC operation in the U.S. where he managed a six person investment team in their Palo Alto office. Toshi directly led Hikari Tsushin’s investments in successful companies such as WebEx (NASDAQ: WEBX, acquired by Cisco) and SiRF (NASDAQ: SIRF). Prior to TransLink Capital, Toshi served as Senior Vice President of Everypath Inc., founding its Japanese subsidiary and serving as its General Manager and Representative Director, where he grew Asian operations from one person to a team of over 20 professionals, which generated over 60% of Everypath’s worldwide business for five consecutive years.
Managing Director, Mayfield Fund
Navin is a Managing Director at Mayfield Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm with over $2.7 billion under management. He is a proven serial entrepreneur and venture investor who has made over 35 investments of which 11 have had IPOs and another 9 have been acquired. Navin has been ranked on the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors for 2012 and several years prior and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Navin invests in the mobile, social, cloud/SaaS, energytech and big data themes. Some of his notable investments include Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM), Makemytrip (NASDAQ:MMYT), Persistent Systems (NSE: PERSISTENT), Ankeena (acquired by Juniper Networks), CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy) and Wichorus (acquired by Tellabs). Some of his current investments include Bharat Matrimony (India), Gigya, Poshmark, SolarCity, StorSimple and WideOrbit. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Navin was a successful serial entrepreneur. He was founder and CTO of VXtreme (acquired by Microsoft) and was also co-founder of iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ IPO). Navin holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi.
Partner, Relay Ventures
John is a Partner at Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile software. John has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software technology, marketing, and sales. Previously he was Managing Director of Woodside Fund where he focused on ventures in cloud computing, online advertising technology and software. John serves on the boards of Appcelerator, PubNub and advises Grafitti World. Prior to joining Woodside Fund, John was an early executive at Netscape Communications. Initially, John led a team that drove the company’s first significant revenues, helping launch Netscape through its initial public offering. Later, John ran Netscape’s Electronic Software Distribution and Strategic Channel groups. During his tenure at Netscape, John worked closely with hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs helping build web-based e-commerce and enterprise software applications. Prior to Netscape, John worked at Oracle Corporation, marketing and selling large-scale enterprise database technologies. John has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, and a BA from the University of California Berkeley.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Jeff is Co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator. Jeff is a long-time serial entrepreneur, technologist and blogger. Previously, Jeff was Co-founder and CTO of Vocalocity, a software provider in the communications arena and before that, CTO of eHatchery, a digital incubator and off-shoot of Bill Gross’ idealab!. Jeff has worked on numerous standard committees such as IETF and W3C as well as core contributor to a number of important open source technologies such as JBoss and OpenVXI. Jeff served with distinction in the U.S. Navy.
Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder
Nolan leads engineering and product management at Appcelerator. Before co-founding Appcelerator, Nolan led engineering and product management for Vocalocity, a VoiceXML platform company. Nolan started his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and then went to work for Netscape. Nolan graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.