Board of Directors

Raj De Datta, CEO & Co-Founder

Raj brought 10 years of enterprise and entrepreneurial experience with him when he co-founded BloomReach. Before launching the company, he was entrepreneur-in-residence at Mohr-Davidow Ventures. Prior to that, Raj served as Cisco’s director of product marketing and was on the founding team of telecom company FirstMark/LambdaNet, which grew to $80 million in run-rate revenue. Raj also worked in technology investment banking at Lazard Freres. He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. His thoughts on navigating the challenges of high-growth startups can be found on his blog at DeDatta.com.

Ajay Agarwal

Ajay represents Bain Capital Ventures on the BloomReach Board. Ajay joined Bain in 2003 to focus on early stage mobile, internet, and software investments. Previously, he spent more than seven years at Trilogy Software. As head of sales and marketing, Ajay increased Trilogy’s annual revenue to $300 million. He led product expansion into new areas, such as enterprise pricing and enterprise incentive management. Before Trilogy, Ajay was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ashutosh Garg

Ashu is a guru of all things search, with years of information-retrieval, machine-learning and search experience. He worked as a staff scientist at Google, where he participated in eight product launches. Before that, Ashu worked at IBM Research. He is a prolific publisher and inventor. Ashu earned a bachelor’s in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Ashu has won numerous awards, including best thesis at IIT, an IBM Fellowship and outstanding researcher at the University of Illinois.

Peter Nieh

Peter is a founder of Lightspeed Venture Partners, covering the areas of cleantech, software and the internet. He has 14 years of venture capital experience and seven years of operating experience. Before Lightspeed, Peter worked in business development and product marketing at General Magic, a startup that developed an early mobile communication device. Peter also managed Acer’s portable PC business in North America, where he launched the company’s first laptops. Before Acer, Peter was a strategy consultant at Bain & Co. He worked at Apple while an undergraduate at Stanford University. Peter holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, a bachelor’s in economics and an MBA from Stanford.

Marcus Ryu

Marcus, who co-founded Guidewire in 2001, is the company’s president and CEO. He successfully led the company through an IPO and has built it into an enterprise that serves insurers in 25 countries. Before Guidewire, Marcus was vice president for strategy at Ariba and an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. He serves as an independent director of Opower. He holds bachelor’s from both Princeton University and New College, Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

Jeroen Verberg, Chief Financial Officer

Jeroen leads BloomReach’s overall financial strategy as well as its people and IT teams. Prior to BloomReach, Jeroen served as the CEO of Hippo, where he grew the company from a start-up to an international industry-leading software company, with a successful U.S. market entry. He has built a strong management team and a thriving company culture which emphasizes openness and a non-hierarchical structure. Jeroen has a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Ravi Viswanathan

Ravi helps lead New Enterprise Associates, Inc.’s technology venture growth equity investments. He serves on or has served on a number of boards, including Boulder Wind Power, Braintree, Deeya Energy and Desire2Learn. Before joining NEA, Ravi worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Raychem Corp. He received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ravi also received a bachelor’s in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.