With more than 25 years in venture capital and technology, he has facilitated investments in several successful startups. John currently serves on the boards of Blurb, Cardlytics, SilverRail Technologies, SOASTA, Stayful, Switchfly and UrbanSitter. John’s prior investments include Commerce One, which brought B2B e-commerce to the masses; EchoPass a leader in world-class contact center solutions (acq. by Genesys); eStamp, a pioneer in Internet postage; Everdream, an innovator in on-demand desktop management services (acq. by Dell); ID Analytics, the nation’s only real-time fraud prevention system for enterprises (acq. by LifeLock); Intraware, the leading provider of electronic license delivery & management; Istante, an early pioneer in real-time analytics & reporting (acq. by Oracle); and Rightpoint, real-time CRM analytics software (acq. by Epiphany). Prior to joining Canaan Partners, John held a variety of operational and financial roles. While Managing Director at Horsley Bridge Partners, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm, John was responsible for investing in venture capital partnerships and aspiring technology companies. He also worked as an engineer at two entrepreneurial companies, Digital Equipment Corp. & Codenoll Technology. John received a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.
Board of Directors
Clint Chao is a founding general partner at Formative Ventures. Clint invests in emerging technologies start-ups in areas such as communications, wireless, and next-generation Internet solutions. Clint is an experienced technology executive who brings more than 20 years of start-up operating experience including marketing, sales and business development to Formative Ventures. His investments and board leadership include Silicon Clocks, Smalltown, Mashery, Marketocracy and Zyray Wireless (acquired by Broadcom in 2004). Prior to co-founding Formative Ventures, Clint served as vice president of marketing, sales, and business development at SkyStream Networks (acquired by Tandberg TV), a leading provider of video routing equipment. Under his leadership, SkyStream formed partnerships with industry leaders such as AOL Time Warner, HP, Microsoft, RealNetworks, Lucent Technologies, Mitsubishi, and Philips. Prior to joining SkyStream, Clint served as senior director of marketing at C-Cube Microsystems where he was responsible for marketing for the PC Division, a group he co-founded and grew to run rates exceeding $50M in sales annually. Clint began his tenure at C-Cube as the first salesperson for the company, where he created the company’s sales representation network around the country. Before joining C-Cube in 1990, Clint held numerous sales and sales management positions at Motorola Semiconductor, where he was recognized as one of the company’s top salespeople. Clint earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ken Gardner, founder and executive chairman for SOASTA, is an industry veteran with more than 30 years in the enterprise software industry. Ken is a six-time entrepreneur having previously been the founder and CEO of Istante (acquired by Oracle in December 2004); Sagent Technology (IPO in April 1999); ReportSmith (acquired by Borland in March 1994); and ViewPoint Systems (acquired by Knowledgeware in June 1992). His first startup, in 1985, was Tesseract Corporation where he was senior vice president of Technology. From 1978 to 1985, he worked in R&D at Tymshare, Inc. Ken’s extensive experience in creating winning enterprise software products has resulted in numerous industry awards including: * InfoWorld “Technology of the Year” – 2004 Istante * PC Week Labs “Analyst Choice” – 1997 Sagent Technology * “Best of Comdex” Finalist – 1992 ReportSmith Ken sits on the board of directors for Everdream Corporation and Accept Software, Inc. Ken is a 1972 graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a BSC degree in Finance. In 2000, he was named an alumni fellow by the University of Louisville, College of Business.
Bryan LeBlanc joined Jive as the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all financial, accounting, IT and operational aspects of Jive’s business. Bryan is a seasoned finance and business professional with more than 20 years of experience in public high tech and software companies. Bryan was a key member of Mercury Interactive’s executive team, where he helped drive substantial growth in both the size of the business and the company’s market value. Bryan also served as CFO of Webtrends, a software company in the web analytics market, served as CFO of inSilicon, a public software company in the semiconductor IP markets and built the corporate finance team at enterprise content management company Documentum. Bryan has also spent 10 years in various management roles in finance and marketing at Cadence Design Systems. Bryan holds an MBA in finance and marketing from Santa Clara University and a BA in biology/pre-med from Holy Cross College.
Tom Lounibos oversees SOASTA’s operations, sales and marketing arms and is responsible for the company’s go-to-market strategy. Tom brings more than 20 years of experience in helping grow early-stage companies into market leaders. During his career, Tom has successfully built strategic sales and product organizations, turned them into profitable companies, and expanded them to global markets. He most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, Tom was president and chief executive officer of Dorado Corporation, a financial services software provider. At Dorado, Tom raised $45 million in private equity funding. Prior to Dorado, Tom served as executive vice president of sales for Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, where he was responsible for growing Sagent into a leading provider of business intelligence solutions. Tom also served as entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners and held executive positions at Digitalk Corporation, Knowledgeware, and Encore Financial Services.
Blake Modersitzki joined Pelion Venture Partners in 2002 after 13 years as an executive with Novell and WordPerfect Corporation. Blake has deep industry operating experience as well as a long, successful investment track record. Prior to joining Pelion Venture Partners, Blake was Managing Director for Novell Ventures and Vice President of Strategic Business Development. He directed Novell’s venture strategy including both its direct investments in companies and indirect investments in venture capital funds. Prior to managing Novell’s venture capital organization, Blake held a number of sales, marketing, product management, global channel sales development and business development positions within Novell and Word Perfect. Blake’s current investments and board affiliations are M-Factor, Fusion-io, Soasta and Infopia. Blake previously served on the boards of Riverbed Technology (IPO), Red Hat Software (IPO), Confluent Software (acquired by Oblix/Oracle), Bowstreet (acquired by IBM), Business Layers (acquired by Netegrity), Caldera Systems (IPO), Digital Cement (acquired by Pitney Bowes), enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), GlobalCast (acquired by Talarian), Indus River Networks (acquired by Enterasys), NetPro (acquired by Quest Software), Netfish Technologies (acquired by IONA), NetObjects (IPO), Orbital Software (IPO), TurboLinux (IPO), and WR Hambrecht & Co. During his time as the Managing Director of Novell Ventures, Blake led Novell’s investment into the following venture capital firms: Accel Partners, Accel Partners Europe, Advent International, Battery Ventures, Broadview Capital Partners, Canaan Partners, Flagship Venture (f.k.a OneLiberty Venture Partners), Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Oak Investment Partners, Patricof & Co., Pitango and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). Blake currently serves on the advisory boards of Cross Creek Partners and Cougar Capital. Blake has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Brigham Young University.