Art Marks co-founded Valhalla Partners in 2002.
His current responsibilities include involvement in media, Internet marketing and security related companies, working with Domain Holdings, EnterpriseDB, Jumptap, Parature, SafeNet, SolidFire, Videology (f.k.a. TidalTV), and Vubiquity (f.k.a. Avail-TVN). He serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) and is currently on the board of Venture Philanthropy Partners. He is a member of the University of Michigan Engineering Advisory Council as well as the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. Art is a student and teacher of entrepreneurial CEOs.
Prior to Valhalla, Art was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA). He joined NEA in 1984 as a General Partner with the launch of NEA III and was active there through NEA X. He was responsible for creating NEA's technology practice and was directly involved in over 60 portfolio company investments while at NEA.
Prior to his role at NEA, Art held several significant operating positions at General Electric. He served as the General Manager of X-Ray products at General Electric's Medical Systems division and as Senior Vice President of GE Information Services (GEIS). He was also President of the Software Products Operation of GEIS. Prior to General Electric, Art held several marketing, sales and finance positions at Baxter Laboratories.
Art received a Masters in Business Administration with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Austin joined Charles River Ventures in early 2000 and focuses on making investments primarily in enterprise software & services. He is currently a director of Secure Software and Trusted Network Technologies. Prior to joining CRV, Austin advised a variety of technology companies on strategic, operational and financial issues at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Austin also has experience with Analysis Group Economics/Integral, Inc. and the New England Consulting Group.
Dave Litwack has had a long career starting from the early days of the software industry. He was Executive Vice President responsible for product development at Cullinet Software, a mainframe database management company. Subsequently, he founded Powersoft, the leading Client/Server development tool vendor. Powersoft was acquired by Sybase® Inc., where Mr. Litwack again headed all product development as Executive Vice President.
After helping drive the first two major phases of computing, Mainframes and Client/Server, Mr. Litwack became co-founder and CEO of SilverStream Software, one of the first companies to provide a Java based application server. SilverStream was acquired by Novell Inc, where he served as Senior Vice President until 2005.
Ed Boyajian, President and Chief Executive Officer
Over the past 5 years, Ed has led EDB around his vision to transform and disrupt the $30B relational database industry. Under his leadership, EnterpriseDB has become recognized as the Postgres database company with over 2400 customers worldwide. Ed's passion for technical product excellence and world class support and service has been the catalyst for delivering the industry leading Postgres Plus family of products now in use at 40 of the Fortune 500. These include the worlds leading banks, telecommunications companies, stock exchanges, federal governments, software and hardware companies. The company also employs a cadre of the brightest database and Postgres engineers in the world who deliver the support and services that customers routinely recognize as "best-in-class".
Before joining EnterpriseDB, Ed spent six years at Red Hat®, Inc., the world's leading open source solutions provider, serving as vice president and general manager of North America. Before that, he was vice president of Red Hat's global OEM business, responsible for all partnerships, including HP®, IBM®, and Dell®. During his time at Red Hat, Ed was instrumental in developing the foundational methods for enterprise adoption of open source software.
Ed earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his undergraduate degree from Boston University. He also served as a Captain in the US Army.
Gary E. Long
Gary Long is an independent technology investor and consultant (doing business as “Software Aspects, Inc.”). Mr. Long has more than 30 years of industry experience. He specializes in strategic planning, enterprise architecture, application integration and software architecture. He has a strong background and interest in the management of application development. Mr. Long was a Gartner Consulting Vice President from 1997 to 2004, based in the Washington, D.C., area. He continues to work with Gartner in an “emeritus” role.
Mr. Long serves on the board of VisualCV. He was a founding board member and early investor at webMethods, the first “B2B Middleware” company. He served on the board of directors at TMW Systems, Inc. from 2002 until 2005, when TMW was acquired. He was a founding board member and early investor at EnterpriseDB Corp. He chaired the Technology Strategy Committee for the American Diabetes Association from 2002 to 2004. He also served on advisory boards at Fusion Technologies, Solstice Software and RollStream, the leader in B2B “Enterprise Community Management” software.
Jay H. Eum
Jay H. Eum is a co-founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital. Jay is responsible for TransLink's investments in Carbonite, Melodis and XSigo as well as supporting TransLink's portfolio companies with their customers and partners primarily in Korea. Most recently, Jay was the head of Samsung Ventures America. He was responsible for starting up the U.S. operations for Samsung Venture Investment Corp., the venture investment arm of Samsung, and leading their U.S.-based investments and portfolio management. Under Jay's leadership, Samsung Ventures America grew to a team of five investment professionals and invest ed over US$80M in 27 U.S.-based start-up companies. Jay directly led several successful Samsung Ventures' investments including AnalogTech (NASDAQ: AATI), Athena Semiconductor (acquired by Broadcom), DivX (NASDAQ: DIVX), Intellon (NASDAQ: ITLN, acquired by Atheros), MontaVista (acquired by Cavium), Pure Digital (acquired by Cisco), and Techwell (NASDAQ: TWLL) and Teknovus (acquired by Broadcom). Jay also led investments in Continuous Computing, GCT Semiconductor, InPhi, Intematix, Sandbridge and SiBeam. Prior to joining Samsung, Jay was an investment officer with the Silicon Valley office of Vertex Management, a global VC firm headquartered in Singapore. At Vertex, J ay focused on investments in communications, mobile, and Internet including GRIC Communications (NASDAQ: GRIC). He also represented Vertex at several portfolio companies including PayPal (acquired by e Bay), Mobile 365 (acquired by Sybase), Aicent, and R2 Technology. Before Vertex, Jay was Senior Director of business development at Dialpad Communications (acquired by Yahoo), where he closed strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Cisco, and Earthlink. Jay also worked as an Associate at McKinsey in Palo Alto, New York, Beijing, and Seoul and at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. Jay received his MBA degree from Stanford University and an M.S. in Biochemistry and B.S. in Chemistry from Seoul National University.
Bearden joined JBoss from i2 Technologies, a leading supply chain solutions company, where he served as President of the Americas, overseeing i2's business in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Mexico. He was responsible for driving business development, sales performance and customer satisfaction for the Americas region, and spearheaded sales and consulting strategy around vertical markets. Prior to i2, Bearden served as senior vice president of worldwide sales for Manhattan Associates. He also spent six years at Oracle Corporation in various executive sales positions, including group vice president of Western Operations and area vice president of the Southeast. Bearden started his career at Data General and ERI. He holds a BS in Marketing from Jacksonville State University.
Rob Bearden has made significant contributions in the open source community both advising and running successful companies throughout the years. Until its recent acquisition by VMware, Bearden was President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SpringSource. He was also COO for OpenSpan, a desktop integration software provider. Previously Bearden served as President and COO for JBoss, the world's leading open source middleware company, where he helped architect and execute the company's business model, managed its worldwide operations, and orchestrated its successful acquisition by Red Hat in 2006.
Sean focuses on investments across all sectors for Volition Capital. He currently serves on the board of iPipeline, and is actively involved with EnterpriseDB, GeoLearning, MFG.com, Teliris and Vibes Media. Prior to helping found Volition Capital in 2010, Sean was a Vice President at Fidelity Ventures. From 2001 to 2004, Sean worked at Summit Partners, where he focused on mid-market buyouts and growth equity investments in the software, healthcare and financial services sectors. Sean began his career at Arthur Andersen and also spent time as a Principal at The Parthenon Group where he worked on a variety of strategy consulting engagements for private equity firms and large corporate clients.
Sean received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Business School.