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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), Read more + 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.

David received both his AB in Math and Computer Science and his MBA degrees from Harvard University. Read less -

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 Read more + 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. Read less -

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 Read more + 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.
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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, Read more + 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.

Ted holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Read less -

Nick Sturiale

Jafco Ventures

Nick Sturiale joined Jafco Ventures in 2009, bringing more than twenty years of experience in the technology industry both as a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur.

At Jafco, Nick is on the Board of or is actively involved with Groundwork Open Source,, RedSeal Systems Read more + SocialVibe and Vuclip.

Nick was also instrumental in the sale of Quellan (Intersil) and Solidcore Systems (McAfee). Nick's past investments include XenSource (Citrix Systems), which was acquired for $500 million. He also serves on the Board of Splunk and YouSendIt, two currently active prior investments.

Nick's venture capital career began with Sevin Rosen Funds followed by The Carlyle Group. Prior to his work as a venture capitalist, Nick spent twelve years as an entrepreneur and operating executive leading all facets of product management, business development and marketing in venture-backed start-ups. He was founding CEO of Timbre Technologies (acquired by Tokyo Electron for $138 million) and held senior management roles with Quorum Software and Candescent Technologies.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Chico and an MBA with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a frequent guest lecturer. Read less -

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 Read more + 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. Read less -

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