Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Hardeep co-founded Motif Investing to create an intuitive way to invest in real-world ideas. He started Motif after spending more than six years in executive positions at Microsoft, including serving as general manager of Microsoft's $2 billion Enterprise-Services business. He was also director of corporate development and strategy, helping to oversee Microsoft's investments and acquisitions. Hardeep began his career as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He holds a BS in economics and engineering from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He also holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses in the securities industry, is a member of FINRA's Small-Firm Advisory Board and serves on the FINRA Technology Advisory Committee. He is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and Fox Business and blogs regularly for Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/hardeepwalia). Hardeep is on Twitter at (https://twitter.com/hardeepw) and on Quora at (https://www.quora.com/Hardeep-Walia).
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.
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 acquired by Salesforce.com in 2010, and Xensource which 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.
Past Executive, Bank of America and Citigroup
Sallie was formerly president of Bank of America's Global Wealth & Investment Management group, where she oversaw $2.2 trillion in total client balances. Before joining BofA, Sallie was chief executive and chairman of Citigroup's Global Wealth Management division, responsible for the Citi Private Bank, Citi Smith Barney and Citi Investment Research. She has been named to the Forbes “World's 100 Most Powerful Women” list six times, and Fortune's “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” five times. Sallie serves a member of the board of Gold Bullion International, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foundations, and Carnegie Hall. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received an MBA from Columbia University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CTO, Microsoft Services
As CTO of Worldwide Services at Microsoft, Norm is focused on technical strategy, innovation, technical communities, and enterprise services strategy. Driving technical process and major design reviews, Norm champions technical approaches and methods that reduce risk and assure high quality on-time delivery. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1990, Norm worked for Imperial Oil Limited, the Canadian affiliate of Exxon Corp., where he architected and developed leading-edge transaction processing systems and real-time distributed systems. Collectively, he has more than 30 years of experience in the systems industry, most of which has been spent trying to simplify and streamline the way business applications are built through well defined application architectures. Norm holds a Masters of Applied Science from the University of Toronto and a BS in Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand.
Joe is a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor. In 1993, he co-founded Excite.com, an early Internet search engine, holding multiple positions in the company, including leadership roles in product, business development, and marketing. More recently, he co-founded JotSpot in 2004, a wiki company that was acquired by Google in 2006. Joe is also an investor in multiple companies, including LinkedIn, Aardvark (acquired by Google in 2010), Kongregate, and OpenCandy. Joe is also on the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org). Joe received a BA from Stanford University.
Senior Advisor, Gates Foundation
Kartik is an advisor to Motif Investing and currently is the Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Gates Foundation. He has extensive experience spanning technology, investing, and policy. Kartik started his career at Microsoft in the Microsoft Windows Group. Over 11 years at Microsoft, he held a variety of senior roles including serving as the Technical Assistant to both Jeff Raikes and Ray Ozzie and contributing to multiple releases of Windows Client and Server. More recently, he worked in venture capital at Shasta Ventures and Trilogy Equity Partners and served as a member of the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform team for the Obama-Biden Transition project. Kartik holds 11 patents issued and pending. He graduated from Dartmouth College with AB degrees in Engineering and Economics.
Past President, Digital Media at BET Networks
As president of Digital Media at BET Networks, Denmark was responsible for BET.com, BET Mobile, BET on Demand and BET's digital download offerings, overseeing the development and implementation of the global digital strategy. Previously Denmark was the Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations, Global Digital Media, for MTV Networks. Prior to joining MTV Networks, he served as acting Chief of Staff for the Windows Client Division at Microsoft. In that position, Denmark played central roles in the analysis of investment opportunities and long-range planning. During his six-year tenure at Microsoft, he held a number of positions that helped the company expand into new consumer markets including console gaming, digital media, e-commerce, wireless data and interactive TV. Denmark received both a BA and a MBA from Harvard University.
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.
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