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Kirk Bowman

Before joining Accel in 2011, Kirk was a sales executive at EqualLogic, which was acquired by Dell in 2008. Kirk held sales executive and general management positions at several companies, including VMware, Inktomi, Model N, Object Design, and Parametric Technology. Kirk currently serves on the boards of a number of private companies and advises several others on sales strategy. He is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching a course on building and managing professional sales organizations. He received a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University.

Alfred Chuang

Alfred is founder and CEO of Magnet Systems, a cloud-based enterprise software company. He was a founder of BEA Systems, where he became chairman and CEO before the company was sold to Oracle in 2008. Alfred also worked at Sun Microsystems for more than nine years. He pioneered and prototyped the implementation of the TCP/IP network on the IBM PC platform. He received a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of San Francisco and a master’s in computer science from the University of California, Davis.

Paul Dillon

Paul is vice president of business and corporate development at Porch. He has consulted with Internet Retailer Top 100 companies and other leading retailers. Paul led the online marketing for Sears.com and Kmart.com. He worked in a number of senior roles at Microsoft, most recently director of product management for Bing commercial search and shopping. He worked at Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group and Ernst & Young. Paul holds a bachelor’s in business from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Chris Dixon

Chris is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He served as the co-founder and CEO of Hunch, which was acquired by eBay. Before Hunch, he co-founded Founder Collective, an early-stage seed venture fund. He was also co-founder and CEO of SiteAdvisor and co-head of R&D at Arbitrage. Chris is also a personal investor in early-stage technology companies, including Skype, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Canvas, Stack Overflow, TrialPay, Invite Media and others. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s from Columbia University, where he majored in philosophy, and an MBA from Harvard University.

Iggy Fanlo

Iggy is co-founder and CEO of Ourdata. He held executive positions at AdBrite, where he was CEO, and Shopping.com. His tenure as chief revenue officer at Shopping.com ran from the pre-revenue days to its 2004 intial public offering. It was eventually sold to eBay. Before launching his technology career, Iggy spent 15 years on Wall Street with Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan. As a managing director at both firms, Iggy held various positions. He holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

Vince Monical

Vince is a former Google executive who led the emerging platforms team, including Google Mobile Ads, Local Ads, Google Checkout, and Google Analytics. He was a founder and president of Flutter/Betfair, a sports exchange trading platform on the London Stock Exchange. He also founded GroupPulse and has investments in over a dozen startups. Vince helped build Bain & Co.’s private equity group. He received a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Indranil Guha

Indy, who joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2007, invests in early and mid-stage internet, mobile and software companies. He works with entrepreneurs on everything from acquisitions to management hires. Indy was an early product and engagement manager at BloomReach, working on key go-to-market issues, such as traffic attribution and pricing. Previously, Indy was a strategy consultant at the Monitor Group, specializing in serving technology clients. He holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Stephanie Tilenius

Stephanie is CEO of Vida Health. She served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers and was vice president of commerce and payments at Google. She served as senior vice president of eBay North America and Global Product. Stephanie was general manager, vice president of PayPal Merchant Services. She ran eBay Motors and eBay Asia Pacific and Latin America. She was a co-founder of PlanetRx.com and worked at Intel, AOL, Firefly and Alex Brown. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s from Brandeis University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Alex Rampell

Alex is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He is also a co-founder and former CEO of TrialPay. He co-founded FraudEliminator, an anti-phishing company that merged with SiteAdvisor and was acquired by McAfee. He is a frequent writer on e-commerce and advertising topics for TechCrunch. Alex is an active angel investor in Silicon Valley and served on the board of friend.ly, which was acquired by Facebook, and Backstage Technologies, acquired by RealNetworks. He holds a bachelor’s in applied mathematics and computer science from Harvard University, where he also served as a computer science teaching fellow.

Dale Nitschke

Dale is a managing partner with the Ovative/group, working in digital business strategy, e-commerce and in-store digital experience. He worked for Target for 23 years, including as president of Target.com. He built the online business from its startup stage to a $1-billion-plus operation. He also oversaw the building of the Target guest database, which delivered marketing and consumer insights to the overall enterprise. He serves on the boards of Alice.com and Bellacor.com and on the advisory boards of 8th Bridge, 44Blocks and the Brave New Workshop.

Vibhu Mittal

Vibhu is CEO of Edmodo. He was the founder of Root-One, a startup in the education space focused on problems in language literacy. He has previously held positions with Google Research, Xerox PARC, Stanford Center for the Study of Language and Information, Carnegie Mellon Language Technologies Institute and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay. He has been an advisor, investor, founder and friend to several startups, including BloomReach.

Jim Kolotouros

Jim is a director of distribution partnerships at Google. Before Google, he worked at Intel and Financial Engines. While at Google, Jim has negotiated and managed some of the company’s most prominent partnerships. He has written business school cases for the late Andy Grove, Intel’s former chairman and CEO. The cases discussed the rising prominence of digital media in the entertainment and technology industries. Jim, who interned for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, holds a bachelor’s and an MBA from Stanford University.

Jeff Jordan

 

Jeff is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz who manages portfolio companies and deal flow. He’s on the boards of Airbnb, Pinterest, zulily, Instacart, Zoosk and others. He served as CEO of OpenTable and president of PayPal, after working as senior vice president and general manager of eBay North America. He was chief financial officer of Hollywood Entertainment and president of Reel.com. He also worked as senior vice president of finance for The Disney Stores. Jordan holds a bachelor’s in political science and psychology from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford University.

Jeff Epstein

Jeff is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. He served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Oracle and as CFO at several public and private companies, including DoubleClick, King World Productions and Nielsen’s media measurement and information group. Earlier in his career, Epstein was an investment banker at The First Boston Corporation. Epstein is a member of the board of directors of Priceline.com. He holds a bachelor’s from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Scott Sandell

Scott is head of New Enterprise Associates, Inc.’s technology investing practice. He has led investments in companies like Bloom Energy, Salesforce.com, Tableau Software, WebEx and Workday. Scott has been named to the Forbes Midas List several times. Sixteen technology companies in his portfolio have completed public offerings or mergers. Scott was a product manager at Microsoft and the first salesperson at C-ATS Software. Scott began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. He holds a bachelor’s in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University.