Atlas Venture is an international early-stage venture capital firm that invests in technology, and life sciences companies. From the late 1990s through the mid-2000s the firm was leading investor in startup companies in both the U.S. and Europe. Atlas is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
SoftBank Capital is a venture capital group in the United States, focusing on technology and telecom early stage businesses. The firm is established and led by four partners: Ron Fisher, Eric Hippeau, Steve Murray, and Michael Perlis. The company is a member of National Venture Capital Association.
Deborah is an investment banker and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, which she started in April 2009. GSV Advisors is a merchant bank providing advisory services to the education and business services sectors. Additionally, as part of her involvement in the education sector, she is an individual investor in companies including Dreambox, Clever, Parchment, Altius, Think Through Math, HotChalk, and Tynker. GSV clients have included Collaborative Learning, Campus Labs, The Gates Foundation, Eloyalty, Praml International, Teachscape, rSmart and ePals (TSXV:SLN). GSV Advisors also has a partnership with Arizona State University to co-host the annual Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, AZ and Co-Chair of the SXSW Launchedu Advisory Board.
An experienced executive, Peter Bauert has been with Runa Capital from the beginning, assisting its founders with their start-up plans for the venture capital business. Applying his extensive knowledge of strategic planning, business development and business and financial operations, he provides guidance and support to both Runa Capital and its portfolio companies.
Peter brings an outstanding record of growing businesses, improving operating performance and realizing exit potentials to the team. Most recently, he served as CFO and COO of Parallels, a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software. Among other companies, he also worked for Fast Search and Transfer, where, as EVP of Strategy and Operations, he defined the strategic roadmap that led to a successful $1.3B USD acquisition by Microsoft in 2007.
Peter holds an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA; a MS in Computer Engineering from the University Central Florida in Orlando, FL, USA; and a BS in Computer Science from Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, FL, USA. He currently resides in Naples FL, USA.
David Baum is an experienced general partner with 25 years in the information technology industry, including fifteen years in technology finance and ten years in entrepreneurial operating management roles.
As an operating entrepreneur, David founded two companies including Pensoft Corporation, a venture-backed (Mohr, Davidow Ventures, IVP, and Bay Partners) mobile communications company that was sold to AT&T in 1994. David has also spent time at larger organizations including IBM and Genentech.
Jere Doyle is an adviser, speaker, and serial entrepreneur. He helps people grow their companies and nurture success—which he defines broadly as “living the life you want to live.” His basic message is that people can do this by learning how to leverage five personal assets, five ingredients of a truly successful life. He calls these the “Five Ps”—Passion, Patience, Persistence, Principles, and Pride.
As an entrepreneur, Doyle has built two startup companies—Prospectiv and Global Marketing—into recognized industry leaders. Now, as a consultant, he is helping to build winning teams, launch innovative products, and spearhead effective marketing strategies. And, he is inspiring audiences with stories of how those five personal qualities can drive success in any project, career, or venture.
In 2004 Bob Mason co-founded Brightcove (NASDAQ:BCOV), a leading global provider of cloud content services that are used to publish and distribute professional digital media. As the CTO, Bob provided leadership for Brightcove’s vision, technology and product design. Now thousands of customers across the globe rely on Brightcove to build and operate media experiences across PCs, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.
Previously, Bob was a founding member of the product team at ATG, an industry leading online commerce platform. As his first job out of college, Bob joined ATG as the 10th employee in 1994, and for a decade provided leadership in shaping strategy while also being a technical leader for software architecture and development. ATG went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1999 and was acquired by Oracle in 2011. Read More
Bob is passionate about the power of both for-profit and social impact entrepreneurs to better society and improve our local communities. To that end he mentors other startups through TechStars Boston and contributes towards “micro-genius grants” as a Trustee of The Awesome Foundation. Bob received the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1994 and currently sits on the WPI Department of Computer Science Board of Advisors. Read Less
Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four successful internet-based media companies. He has a passion for creating, managing and growing companies from the ground up. Michael is currently Chairman and CEO of Buddy Media, Inc., a New York-based company whose social enterprise management system, the Buddy Media Social Marketing Suite, is used by eight out of the top ten global advertisers.
Before Buddy Media, Michael founded University Wire, an Associated Press-like network of more than 700 student-run newspapers, now owned by CBS Corp, and GOLF.com, a profitable online golf media company purchased by Time Warner's Time Inc. in January 2006. In February 2007, he started Lazerow Consulting, which helps finance, launch, manage and grow numerous digital media businesses. Read More
Michael is widely recognized as a thought leader on digital media and marketing trends and is a contributing writer to Advertising Age, AllThingsD, MediaPost, Business Insider and Fortune, among other publications. He regularly speaks at conferences including the Monaco Media Forum, the Consumer Electronics Show, South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi), Bloomberg Empowered Entrepreneur Summit, Mashable Connect, MediaPost OMMA Global, Web 2.0 Expo and iMedia Brand Summit. Michael lives in New York City with his wife, Kass, two sons, Myles and Cole, and daughter Vivian. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. and M.S. in Journalism in 1996. Read Less
Currently Abigail is involved in the bar and restaurant industry in downtown Boston. Having grown up in Westfield, New Jersey, Abigail moved to Boston to attend college. She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in economics accompanied by a minor in business management.