About Us

Board of Directors

Hardeep Walia

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Hardeep co-founded Motif Investing to create an intuitive way to invest conceptually. He spent more than six years at Microsoft, where he was General Manager of the company's enterprise services business, and prior to that was a Director of Corporate Development and Strategy, helping to oversee Microsoft's investments and acquisitions. He started his career at The Boston Consulting Group. Hardeep holds a BS in Economics and Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses in the securities industry, is an active member of FINRA's Small-Firm Advisory Board, serves on FINRA's Technology Advisory Committee and contributes frequently to Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business and Forbes.

Arthur Levitt Jr.

Past Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission

Arthur was the 25th chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, serving as its longest-tenured chairman from 1993 to 2001. Throughout his tenure, he worked to educate, empower and protect investors. He created the Office of Investor Education and Assistance and established a website to allow the public free and easy access to corporate filings and investor education materials. After leaving the SEC, Arthur joined The Carlyle Group in 2001 as a senior advisor. He also serves as a policy advisor to Goldman Sachs and as a director of Bloomberg LP. Arthur graduated from Williams College before serving two years in the Air Force. His best-selling book, TAKE ON THE STREET: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know/What You Can Do to Fight Back was published by Pantheon Books in October, 2002.

Kelly Coffey

J.P. Morgan - Board Observer

Kelly is deputy CEO of the U.S. Private Bank at JPMorgan Chase. She is also a member of the Global Wealth Management Operating Committee at J.P. Morgan, which is the senior leadership group responsible for strategic matters within the Global Private Bank. Prior to that, Kelly spent 23 years at J.P. Morgan's Investment Bank. She earned her bachelor's degree in International Affairs and French from Lafayette College and holds an M.S.F.S. in International Business and Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Carl Stern

Past President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group

Carl founded Carl W. Stern Associates LLC after his retirement from Goldman Sachs, where he served as vice chairman of the Investment Banking Division. Prior to Goldman Sachs he spent 37 years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he served as president and CEO for six years and chairman for eight years. Carl serves on the boards of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and the World Food Program – USA. He is a trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Rush University Medical Center, and a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago and the Chicago Club. Carl served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant and earned his BA cum laude in economics from Harvard in 1968 and his MBA from Stanford in 1974.

Joe Chen

Chief Executive Officer, Renren

Joseph Chen is the founder of Renren Inc. and has served as its Chairman and CEO since its inception in 2005. Before founding Renren, Mr. Chen was co-founder, Chairman & CEO of ChinaRen.com, a first-generation SNS in China and one of China's most visited websites prior to being acquired by Sohu.com in 2000. Joe holds a BS in physics from the University of Delaware, a master's in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and ran MBA from Stanford University.

John Connors

Ignition Partners

John joined Ignition as a partner in 2005. He invests principally in business software and services. Prior to joining Ignition, John spent sixteen years at Microsoft Corporation in several strategic roles, including SVP of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of the Worldwide Enterprise Group, and Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). John is a board member of companies including Nike, AppSense, FiREapps, Scout Analytics, Datasphere, Korrio, Motif Investing, Splunk, Parse, Tier 3, Heroku which was acquired by Salesforce.com in 2010, and Xensource which was acquired by Citrix in 2007. John received his BA in accounting from the University of Montana, from which he also received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Charles Moldow

Foundation Capital

Charles joined Foundation Capital in 2005 and since then he has made fourteen investments, including PowerSet to Microsoft, Xoopit to Yahoo! and Adwhirl to Google. Prior to joining Foundation, Charles spent five years with Tellme Networks, where he led the company in raising $125 million in cash, one of the largest private financing rounds in the country post-internet bubble. Prior to Tellme, Charles was a member of the founding team of internet access provider @Home Network. After the company went public, he assisted in the $7 billion acquisition of Excite Network. Earlier in his career, Charles spent three years in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice at Merrill Lynch. Charles holds a BS degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from Harvard University.

Sergio Monsalve

Norwest Venture Partners

As partner at Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), Sergio is focused on early and growth investments in the digital media, mobile, and social areas. Sergio was previously on the board of The DealMap (acquired by Google), myYearbook (acquired by Quepasa), and StarCite (acquired by The Active Network). He is also on the board of Bookrenter, and active with Branchout and Bionic Panda. Prior to NVP, Sergio was VP of Marketing at Photobucket, which was successfully sold to News Corp. for $300 million in 2007. Earlier in his career, Sergio held key positions at Morgan Stanley, Portal Software (acquired by Oracle), and eBay. He also co-founded Cymerc, a hosted SaaS solution for small and medium-sized businesses, where Sergio successfully raised two rounds of venture financing and grew Cymerc from inception to more than $15 million in sales. Sergio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS degree in Management Sciences and Engineering from Stanford University.

Darren Cohen

Goldman Sachs - Board Observer

Darren is a Managing Director and the global co-head of Principal Strategic Investments at Goldman Sachs. Principal Strategic Investments advises Goldman Sachs' Securities Division on market structure strategy, business development and strategic investing. Darren first joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 in the Global Investment Research division and also spent three years as a senior analyst at Calypso Capital Management. Darren earned a BA, summa cum laude, in Philosophy and Political Science from Emory University.

Benjamin Rose

Wicklow Capital - Board Observer

Ben is Chief Investment Officer of Wicklow Capital, Inc., the family office of Daniel Tierney, co-founder and former co-CEO of GETCO (now KCG), and board member of KCG Holdings, Inc., one of the world's leading technology-enabled market makers and agency execution service providers. Ben has specific experience in both financial markets and entrepreneurial finance. Previous to Wicklow Capital, Inc. Ben served as Managing Director at RoundKeep Capital Advisors, Portfolio Manager at Balyasny Asset Management, Head Trader at Blue Ridge Capital, and Trader at Goldman Sachs. Ben graduated from Harvard University.

Advisors

Jerry Gramaglia

Past CMO, COO & President, E*TRADE

Jerry is a private investor/advisor to technology driven consumer start-ups. Jerry was previously a partner with Arrowpath Venture Partners, a $325 million venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology start-ups. Prior to Arrowpath, he was President, COO and CMO for E*TRADE Group Inc. where he established E*TRADE as a leader in online banking and brokerage services. Mr. Gramaglia currently serves as chairman of the board for Acxiom (ACXM), and is also on the board of Coldwater Creek (CWTR), and WageWorks. In addition, Jerry serves as co-chair of the Stanford Stroke Center advisory board. Jerry began his career at Procter & Gamble and later held senior marketing and general management positions with Nestle, Imasco, PepsiCo and Sprint. He is a graduate of Denison University.

Tim Bunting

General Partner, Balderton Capital

Tim is an advisor to Motif Investing and has been a General Partner at Balderton Capital since 2007. Previous to Balderton Tim was a partner at Goldman Sachs and held various roles including Global Head of Equity Capital Markets (2002 to 2005) and Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (2005 to 2006). He began his career at L.E.K. Consulting in London. Tim is a Governor of Wellington College and the Wellington Academy, a Trustee of the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Economics.

Caine Moss

Partner, Goodwin Procter

As a partner at Goodwin Procter, Caine focuses on advising software, telecommunications, Internet, and financial services companies through all stages of their growth. He has broad transactional expertise, particularly in the areas of venture capital, public and private mergers and acquisitions, and representation of issuers and underwriters in public equity offerings. Caine is a frequent speaker on topics related to securities laws and corporate governance and in 2011, the Daily Journal named him one of the "Top 20 Under 40" lawyers in California. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2010, Caine was a corporate and securities partner in the Silicon Valley office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Stanford University.

Daniel Tierney

Co-founder and past co-CEO at GETCO

Dan is an advisor to Motif Investing and previously co-founded GETCO (now KCG), one of the world’s leading technology-enabled market makers and agency execution service providers. He currently serves as a board member and advisor at KCG Holdings, Inc. and is an active investor in technology companies. Prior to founding GETCO, Dan worked as a market maker on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Dan holds a degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley College in Massachusetts.

Bill Ihrie

Past CTO, Intuit

Bill Ihrie is a seasoned executive with nearly 40 years of experience in the software industry. Most recently he was a Senior Vice President at Intuit – six years as Chief Technology Officer, and two years running product development for Small Business. Prior to Intuit, Bill was Senior Vice President at ADP leading Product Development and business strategy. He has also held key positions at Security Pacific Bank, Computer Usage Company, and Bell Labs. Currently Bill is President of Cytobank and advises/invests in/participates on the boards of several startups and not-for-profits. Bill earned his BS degrees in mathematics and management from M.I.T., and his Master of Arts degree in computer science from U.C. Berkeley.

Our Investors

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