Jeff Fagnan, Atlas Venture
Jeff Fagnan is a Partner in the technology group at Atlas Venture and focuses on emerging companies in enterprise and internet infrastructure. Stylistically, Jeff is well known as a founding investor and has worked with many companies since inception. He’s a prominent speaker on innovation and recently founded TUGG, a crowd-sourced philanthropy network dedicated to catalyzing social entrepreneurship.
Atlas Venture is an early stage venture capital fund based in the innovation capital of the world, Cambridge Massachusetts. Our partners invest globally in a wide range of companies solving problems in a variety of technology and life science markets. We are contrarian, patient and aggressive investors focused on non-linear innovation leading to tomorrow’s category leaders.
Ryan Moore, Atlas Venture
Ryan Moore is a Partner at Atlas Venture in the technology group that focuses on emerging web service companies that make the lives of consumers better and help any size business perform better. He enjoys partnering with entrepreneurs from the earliest stages of company formation through business model formation and developing go to market strategy. He was on the boards of Enpocket, which was acquired by Nokia, and Where, which was acquired by eBay.
Felda Hardymon, Bessemer Venture Partners
Felda Hardymon, a partner in Bessemer’s Cambridge MA office, joined the firm in 1981. He focuses on investments in the software, communications and storage sectors. He serves on the boards of Vertica, Streambase, Goal.com, Endeca and SVB Financial Group (aka Silicon Valley Bank). Since 1998, Felda has also taught and done research at Harvard Business School where he holds the appointment of MBA Class of 1975 Professor of Management Practice. He is currently on leave from Harvard and is a visiting professor of finance at The London School of Economics. Prior to joining Bessemer, Felda worked at BDSI, the original venture subsidiary of General Electric, where he was an investor in Ungermann-Bass, Stratus Computer and Western Digital. Prior to that, he taught mathematics and served as director of systems and research at Duke University.
Lee Hower, NextView Ventures
NextView Ventures is a dedicated seed stage VC firm focused on internet enabled innovation founded by David Beisel, Rob Go, and Lee Hower. The founders’ backgrounds combine both deep operating and entrepreneurial experience at leading internet properties and institutional investing experience at leading venture capital firms.
Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company that is leading the shift to the Social Enterprise. Their trusted cloud platform and apps—including their flagship CRM solution—help employees collaborate easily and connect with customers like never before.
Steve Papa founded the enterprise software company Endeca in 1999 and was its CEO until being acquired by Oracle in 2011. Under his leadership, Endeca was named the fasted growing private company in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal and the company was recognized as one of the winners of the E&Y EOY awards program. Prior to Endeca, Steve was part of the original business team creating Akamai, a member of the early team at Inktomi, a product manager at Teradata, and a venture associate at Venrock.
James Geshwiler, CommonAngels
James joined CommonAngels in 1999. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. James was the founding chairman of the Angel Capital Association, and was the founding chairman of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. Prior to CommonAngels, James worked at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, the premier strategic advisory consultancy for the oil, natural gas, electric power and refined products sectors. Prior to CERA, James worked for the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of State—both in Washington DC—in a variety of roles covering global technology analysis, assessment and policy.
Dharmesh Shah, HubSpot
Dharmesh is the CTO and founder of HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot, Dharmesh was founder and CEO of Pyramid Digital Solutions, an enterprise software company selling to large financial services companies. The company was acquired by SunGard Data Systems in 2005. Prior to Pyramid Digital Solutions, Dharmesh held a number of technology management and development positions. Dharmesh also runs OnStartups.com, an online community for entrepreneurs, which is one of the top 10 most read startup blogs and receives over a thousand visitors a day. Dharmesh is author of a book entitled Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs, published by Wiley in October of 2009.
Mike McDerment, FreshBooks
An entrepreneur with two successful start-ups to his name, Mike talks faster than he writes and can deftly juggle and keep his eye on hundreds of balls at one time. Mike is a founder of the mesh conference, lecturer at Humber College and a frequent speaker at Internetconferences. See what Mike’s up to by reading his blog or catching his latest Twitter updates. Mike loves his work, and would rather be outdoors than inside.