Over the last 20 years, Kirk Bowman has scaled operations and sales at a series of great companies that have helped shape the IT industry. Bowman joined VMware as EVP Worldwide Field Operations when VMware first began shipping its server product, ESX, and built the early go-to-market strategy and field management team. After VMware, Bowman joined EqualLogic as EVP Worldwide Field Operations and helped quickly scale revenues, culminating in a $1.4 billion acquisition by Dell. Prior to VMware, Bowman served as SVP and GM Worldwide Field Operations at Inktomi and held various senior management roles at Parametric Technology Corp. (PTC).
Bowman is a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches a course in sales organization. He also serves on six private company boards, including Coverity (software integrity), Atlassian (software development and collaboration), Delphix (database virtualization), Code42 (consumer & enterprise endpoint backup/collaboration), Nimble Storage (next generation storage technology), and Datameer (big data and hadoop analytics). Kirk also advises several other private companies in sales strategy.
Asheem Chandna (follow on Twitter @chandna) is a Partner at Greylock Partners. He has helped create and grow multiple technology businesses and product lines to market-leading positions — both as a former operating executive and as a venture capitalist. His current company boards and investments include AppDynamics, Delphix, Imperva, Palo Alto Networks, Sourcefire (FIRE), TechProcess Solutions and Xsigo Systems. Previous company boards and investments include Aruba Networks (ARUN), CipherTrust (MCAF), NetBoost (INTC), PortAuthority Technologies (WBSN), and Securent (CSCO).
Chandna joined Greylock from Check Point Software, where he was vice-president of business development and product management. During his 6+ year tenure, Check Point grew from $10M to $500M+ in annual revenues. Chandna founded the business development and product management organizations, led corporate marketing during high growth years, and directed Check Point’s product/business strategy, product management, and industry partnerships. Prior to Check Point, Chandna was vice-president of marketing with CoroNet Systems (acquired by Compuware), where he helped create and define a new product category for application-aware network monitoring. Previously, Chandna held strategic marketing and product line positions with SynOptics/Bay Networks and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Chandna is a charter member of TiE Silicon Valley, on the panel of judges for the Wall Street Journal Global Technology Innovation Awards, on the advisory board and program committee for the RSA Conference, and part of the VC program at DeVenCI (Defense Venture Capital Initiative). Born and raised in India, Chandna holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Chris Schaepe is a founder and Managing Director of Lightspeed Venture Partners, covering infrastructure technologies and services. Schaepe has frequently been named to the Forbes Midas List of top venture capital investors for investments including Avamar, Brocade, Ciena, Quantum Effect Devices and Riverbed Technology. He has eighteen years of venture capital experience and four years of operating experience. Prior to Lightspeed, Schaepe served in corporate finance and capital markets roles at Goldman, Sachs & Co. after his employment as a software engineer at IBM.
Schaepe holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University.
Arnold Silverman was a founding board member of Oracle and a founding investor in Business Objects, which was acquired by SAP in 2007. In 1995, he founded Discovery Ventures as a vehicle to help other entrepreneurs create companies of lasting value. Some of Discovery’s most notable investments include: Informatica (NASDAQ: INFA), Kiva Software (acquired by Netscape), Epiphany, and TimesTen Performance Software (acquired by Oracle). Prior to his investment career, Silverman served as CEO of ICOT Corporation where he engineered a turn-around of the company and took it to leadership positions in the airline reservation systems and fraud detection markets. He led the company’s acquisition of Amati Communications and ultimately the company’s strategic sale to Texas Instruments. Previously, he worked for Dymo Industries, a New York Stock Exchange company, rising to become president of the company. Earlier in his career, he held various engineering roles at Hewlett Packard.
Silverman was elected Chairman of the AeA (American Electronics Association) in its 50th anniversary year. He currently serves as a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation and chair of the Finance Committee. He graduated with a BS and MS in electrical engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School.
Jedidiah Yueh, President and CEO
In 1999, Jedidiah Yueh founded Avamar, a software company that pioneered data de-duplication and shipped a billion-dollar product in the backup and recovery industry, with over 20,000 current customers. Today, de-duplication is a high priority for enterprise data centers, and the technology has become a must-have feature or product for major storage and software vendors. Data de-duplication strips away redundant data to make disks more cost effective than tape media for storing a wide variety of data types, such as daily, repeated backup sets. EMC acquired Avamar in November 2006 for $165 million. EMC executives have stated that Avamar is the best performing investment for EMC since VMware.
Yueh has demonstrated a successful track record for identifying new market opportunities and staying ahead of industry trends. As VP of Product Management at EMC, Yueh helped launch the Avamar Data Store and the Avamar Virtual Edition in 2007, two innovative and successful products that have helped EMC maintain a leadership position in the industry. Prior to Avamar, Yueh served as Chief Operating Officer for NTD, an optical storage startup. He brings over a decade of experience in the software and data storage industries and has more than 6 patents or patents pending.
Yueh graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude with an AB from Harvard University. Under former President George H. Bush, he was designated a US Presidential Scholar, one of the highest academic achievements awarded nationally.