Board of Directors

David Cowan

Bessemer Venture Partners

David joined Bessemer Venture Partners in 1992. He has since made 45 early-stage investments for Bessemer, including 19 that have gone public, and 18 that have been acquired by public companies. The first Forbes Midas List ranked David among the world’s top 10 venture investors. David has invested in network technology (Ciena, P-Com), internet services (PSI-Net, Keynote, Flycast, Netli), and consumer internet (Hotjobs, Blue Nile). In 1995 he cofounded Verisign as a Bessemer-funded spinout of RSA, serving as VeriSign’s initial Chairman; his other data security investments have included Counterpane (acq. by BT), Cyota (acquired by RSA), ON (acquired by Symantec), Postini (acquired by Google), Qualys, Tripwire, Tumbleweed, Valicert and Worldtalk (both of which Tumbleweed acquired after they went public). David currently serves on the boards of Billshrink, Delivery Agent, Flock, Lifelock, MashLogic, Nominum, Sonic Mule, Vimo, and Zoosk.

Michael Fertik

CEO & Founder

Michael Fertik is a repeat Internet entrepreneur and CEO with experience in technology and law. He founded in 2006 with the belief that citizens have the right to control and protect their online reputation and privacy. In his capacity as CEO and position on the advisory board of The Internet Keepsafe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a non-profit that works to protect the health and safety of youth online, Michael is regarded as the pioneer of online reputation management and the foremost expert on issues of online privacy. Michael is a published author and lectures internationally in front of professionals, students, school administrators and parents. Prior to founding, Michael clerked for Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States. Michael is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, speaks several languages and enjoys sailing, reading and running.

Mike Maples

Floodgate (formerly Maples Investments)

Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of Floodgate (formerly Maples Investments), and was recently named as one of "8 Rising VC Stars" by Fortune Magazine for his investments in business and consumer technology companies. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was an entrepreneur and operating executive who worked in a variety of senior management roles in high-growth companies.

His background spans a variety of markets including consumer technology, small business, and enterprise, and he has led various functions in product development, marketing, business development, and corporate strategy.

Ted Schlein

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Ted Schlein is a Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 1996 with a focus on early stage technology companies in the enterprise software and infrastructure markets, including ventures within the network and consumer security arena. While at KPCB, Ted has led the firm’s involvement in a number of successful investments, including:

  • Corio (CRIO), sold to IBM
  • Extensity (EXTN), sold to GEAC
  • Internet Security Systems (ISSX), sold to IBM
  • Oakley Networks, sold to Raytheon
  • ArcSight (ARST), IPO

Ted was the founding CEO of Fortify Software, a pioneer and market leader in the growing software security market. Now chairman, Ted has been instrumental in establishing Fortify as the provider of choice for detecting and eliminating security breaches threatening to derail Fortune 500 and government agency technical deployments.

In addition to Fortify, Ted serves on the board of directors of 3VR, 41st Parameter, ArcSight (ARST), Chegg, Hara Software, Ketera Technologies, IronPlanet, and Verdiem. He also oversees KPCB’s investments in LifeLock, Bit 9 and Recycle Bank.

Prior to joining KPCB, Ted served as Vice President, Enterprise Solutions at Symantec. He joined the software company as one of its early employees and played an instrumental role in Symantec’s growth and dominance as a global software leader. Ted led Symantec’s successful move into the software utilities market, as well as the launch of its commercial anti-virus solution, an offering that quickly emerged as the industry gold standard.

Ted is the former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a national alliance advocating the role of venture investing in job creation, technology innovation, and economic development. He is also the former President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the Engineering School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ted frequently participates as an opinion leader in public, private and government forums, providing perspectives on security technology, related investments and market adoption trends.

Tom Mawhinney

Icon Ventures

Tom Mawhinney joined Icon Ventures in 2003 as a General Partner, bringing a 15-year background in the technology industry as both a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur. Tom has a wide range of technology investing experience and brings a passion for helping to scale young, rapidly growing companies. His venture investing capabilities were acknowledged when he was named to the AlwaysOn Venture Capital 100 Power Players in the Cloud and Entrepreneurial Power Player – West lists.

Before joining Icon Ventures, Tom was with Canaan Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. He first developed his skills as a technology investor and entrepreneur during the five years he spent with Summit Partners, a venture capital firm managing over $6 billion. As an entrepreneur, Tom co-founded and spent five years as President and COO of North Systems, a venture-backed software company.

At Icon, Tom is on the Board of or actively involved with Awarepoint,, Groundwork, Huddle, KIXEYE, MarketLive,, Synack, Teladoc, Xambala and Yodle. Prior Icon investments include 41st Parameter (Experian), Brion Technologies (ASML Holdings NV), ClairMail (Monitise), DATAllegro (Microsoft), Infinera (INFN), Mimosa Systems (Iron Mountain), PostPath (Cisco Systems), Solidcore Systems (McAfee) and Voltage Security (Hewlett-Packard).

Tom's past investments include AmeriPath (PATH), HAHT Commerce (Global eXchange Services), IntelliQuest (IQST), Microbank Software (SunGard Data Systems), Pediatrix Medical Group (PDX), Powerwave Technologies (PWAV), and SteriGenics International (STER).

Tom received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College.

Dan Rosensweig

President and Chief Executive Officer of Chegg

Dan Rosensweig serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Chegg, where he oversees the overall business operations and executive management. Dan brings successful, high-growth consumer business experience to Chegg having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Guitar Hero and Chief Operating Officer at Yahoo!. At Yahoo!, Dan was responsible for product development, marketing, international operations and North American operations. Prior to Yahoo!, Dan also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ZDNet where he managed the successful merger with CNET. Dan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Hobart College in Geneva, New York. When Dan isn’t enjoying quality time with his wife and two daughters, he participates on the Advisory Board of the non-profit and contributes as member of the Executives in Residence program at Columbia University. Dan also resides on the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems, Inc., and Katalyst Media as well as the Board of Trustees for the James Beard Foundation and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, his alma mater.