Michael Fertik founded Reputation.com in 2006 with the belief that people and businesses have the right to control and protect their online reputation and privacy. A futurist with more than ten patents, Michael is credited with pioneering the field of online reputation management (ORM) and lauded as the world’s leading cyberthinker in digital privacy and reputation.
Michael was most recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, an annual award given by the technology industry trade group to an individual they feel embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that made the U.S. technology sector a global leader.
He is a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, a recipient of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2011 Award and through his leadership, the Forum named Reputation.com a Global Growth Company in 2012. Fertik is an industry commentator with guest columns in Harvard Business Review, Reuters, Inc.com and Newsweek.
Named a LinkedIn Influencer, he regularly blogs on current events as well as developments in entrepreneurship and technology. Fertik frequently appears on national and international television and radio, including the BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Phil, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. He is the co-author of two books, Wild West 2.0 (2010), and New York Times best seller, The Reputation Economy (2015).
Fertik founded his first Internet company while at Harvard College. He received his JD from Harvard Law School. He now teaches at Harvard Law School.
Michael Fertik is an active technology investor as Founder and Managing Partner of Heroic Ventures.
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A thirty-year technology veteran, Joe Fuca is known in Silicon Valley for leading both private and public companies through worldwide growth phases, transformative customer success, and category leadership. Most recently the president of worldwide field operations at SaaS breakout FinancialForce, Joe was responsible for all enterprise-class sales, implementation and customer success groups. He was the first executive brought into DocuSign to build out the infrastructure necessary to grow the company ten-fold to $250 million in four years. In addition, he designed DocuSign’s vertical strategy, priorities and positioning; expanded its presence globally; and forged strategic partnerships with Salesforce.com, major financial services organizations and top-tier consulting firms.
David Cowan, a partner in Bessemer Venture Partner’s Silicon Valley office, launched the firm’s practices in cloud infrastructure, consumer tech, cyber-security and space tech. His historical portfolio includes Ciena, Blue Nile, Twilio, LinkedIn, LifeLock, Qualys and 16 other IPOs, as well as many large acquisitions such as Twitch, Postini, Cyota, iSight, Tripwire, Netli, Playdom, Nonimum, Dropcam and Skybox Imaging. His current portfolio – spanning startups founded in the U.S., Argentina, Singapore, Israel, New Zealand and Scotland – includes Rocket Lab, Spire, GetInsured, Smule, Endgame, Claroty, Tile, Iris Automation, Auth0 and Zapier.
During his tenure at BVP, David co-founded three cyber security companies: VeriSign (IPO), where David served as initial Chairman and CFO; Good Technology (fka Visto, acquired by Blackberry) where David served as CEO, and Defense.net (acquired by F5).
David earned an A.B. in math and computer science and an MBA degree, both from Harvard University. Forbes ranked him #6 on the Midas List and tied for 4th in the Midas List of Hall of Fame. He serves on several non-profit boards including Center For Inquiry. David is co-writer of the Silicon Valley mockumentary series Bubbleproof.
Howard Hartenbaum joined August Capital in 2008. Prior to joining, he served as a General Partner at Draper Richards LP where he was the founding investor in Skype and a former member of the board of directors where his achievement resulted in his joining the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists.
Before entering the venture capital field, Howard was at Hughes Electronics, where he was responsible for supporting business development, marketing and sales of satellite, information security and automotive technologies developed by HRL Laboratories. He also worked in engineering positions in ergonomics and user experience at Honda Motor Company and manufacturing at Teledyne Relays. Howard has worked overseas for a total of ten years in Luxembourg and Japan.
Howard received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T.
Current August investments: Beckon, Callisto Media, DITTO, DocSend, Eat Club, Gigwalk, MyFlickList (dba Reelgood), OpenGarden, Reputation.com, Turo and Wove.
Other Previous investments: Skype (acquired by eBay), Photobucket (acquired by Fox Interactive Media), Bebo (acquired by AOL), Netkraft (acquired by Adea Solutions), PowerReviews (acquired by Bazaarvoice), DimDim (acquired by Salesforce.com) and Flurry (acquired by Yahoo!).
John Kuelper joined Ascension Ventures in 2014 as a Kauffman Fellow. John is Founder and President of Qualia Holdings LLC, a platform for systems biology and therapeutic ventures. He has advised or worked for several investment firms (Adams Street Partners, Sterling Partners, Abundant Venture Partners), medical technology companies (Stereotaxis, Orpheden Therapeutics), and non-profits (The Kresge Foundation, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association). John began his career as a medical researcher studying computational neuroscience and medical robotics and has over fifteen years of experience as a commercial software developer. John earned JD and MBA degrees from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Kellogg School of Management where he graduated with honors and was elected Beta Gamma Sigma (top 10% of class). He earned a BA in cognitive neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis, graduating magna cum laude. In 2014 he was elected to the Kauffman Fellows Society. In his spare time, John enjoys hiking and camping with his two dogs and listening to live music.
Paul Wallace serves as Managing Director for Heritage Group. His prior experience includes more than 15 years in venture capital and private equity investing with firms such as GTCR, Lazard Asia, Gilbert Global, Petra Capital and SV Life Sciences. He also spent 6 years leading corporate development for Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY), during which time the company’s revenue increased more than fivefold. He received his M.B.A. from Kellogg and his B.A. from the University of Richmond.
He is a native of Nashville, where he resides with his wife and three wild children.
Ted Schlein is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins and a preeminent expert on cybersecurity and enterprise software. Ted was the founding CEO of Fortify Software and has led Kleiner Perkins’ involvement in a number of successful investments including Alien Vault, Arcsight, CarbonBlack, Internet Security Systems, Phantom Security, Mandiant and Oakley Networks. Ted serves on the board of directors of AppOrbit, Area 1 Security, Chegg, FullStory, Incorta, Inspirato, Ionic Security, IronNet Cybersecurity, JASK, Reputation.com, Shape Security, Synack, Trusona and UJet. Additionally, Ted oversees Kleiner Perkins’ investments in Ayasdi, Endgame Systems and Segment.
Before joining Kleiner Perkins, Ted served as vice president, Enterprise Solutions at Symantec. One of Symantec’s early employees, he played an instrumental role in the company’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 the founder of DoD-sponsored DeVenCI program. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Board of Overseers of the Engineering School at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Ted serves on the Board of Trustees at InQTel. 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 B.A. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
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, 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 Area 1 Security, Bill.com, Ionic Security, KIXEYE, Opcity, Reputation.com, Synack, Teladoc (TDOC) and The Muse. Prior Icon investments include 41st Parameter (Experian), Brion Technologies (ASML Holdings), ClairMail (Monitise), DATAllegro (Microsoft), Huddle (Turn/River), Infinera (INFN), MarketLive (Vista Equity), PostPath (Cisco Systems), Solidcore Systems (McAfee), Voltage Security (HP) and Yodle (Web.com).Tom’s past investments at Canaan and Summit include AmeriPath (PATH), HAHT Commerce (Global eXchange Services), IntelliQuest (IQST), MEDNAX (MD), Microbank Software (SunGard Data Systems), Powerwave Technologies (PWAV) and SteriGenics International (STER).
Tom received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors from Harvard College.