Investment CommitteeAndy Rappaport, General Partner, August Capital
Andy Rappaport is a General Partner at August Capital. He brings technology and market experience in such areas as open-source software, broadband communications, semiconductors, and computer systems. Rappaport has more than 20 years of experience as a founder, investor, and/or director of venture-backed start-ups, and has served on more than 30 public and private company boards. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Atheros Communications (NADAQ: ATHR), Broadlogic Systems, Luxtera, Magnum Semiconductor, MicroDisplay, Scintera, Tzero, Unity Semiconductor, and Ubicom. Rappaport has also led August Capital's investments in and served on the boards of Silicon Image (NASDAQ: SIMG) and Telocity (acquired by Hughes).
Anne Martin, Yale University Investments Office
Martin works in the Yale University Investments Office where her job responsibilities include manager selection, analysis and oversight in the private equity and real assets areas. Prior to working with Yale, Martin spent three years as a general partner with Rosewood Capital in San Francisco, Calif., where she created, implemented and managed an investment program focusing on Internet, software and business services, and eight years with Deutsche Bank in San Francisco, where she was a senior banker in the company's media and technology practice. She is the co-founder and president of the Robert Packard Foundation for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University. Martin graduated cum laude from Smith College in 1983 and earned her M.B.A. from Stanford Business School in 1991.
MMA Renewable Ventures (Matt Cheney)
MMA Renewable Ventures finances, owns and operates renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the United States. We are dedicated to providing cost-effective, competitively priced clean energy for customers and exceptional investment opportunities in the renewable energy sector.
SPECIAL ADVISOR - Richard Gephardt
Richard Gephardt served as Majority Leader of the House and has been one of the nation's most respected politicians for much of the last two decades. He is an expert on economic issues, foreign affairs and an eloquent voice for fairness, justice and opportunity.
Gephardt sought to promote economic and personal security by strengthening bedrock commitments to the American people, especially Medicare and Social Security. He fought to lay the groundwork for long-term prosperity and opportunity for every hard-working family. He always sought to enact policies that unlock people's potential and liberate the entrepreneurial spirit of the American people.
Born in the same South St. Louis neighborhood that he represented in Congress, Gephardt began his career in public service as a precinct captain in St. Louis's 14th Ward. After graduating from Northwestern University and the University of Michigan Law School, he was twice elected Alderman and became the leader of a group of aggressive young reformers know as the "Young Turks."
Gephardt was first elected to represent Missouri's Third Congressional District in 1976. As a House freshman, he was given the rare opportunity of serving on both the Ways and Means and Budget Committees, where he became a national leader on health care, trade and tax fairness.
In 1984, Gephardt was elected Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, the fourth-ranking leadership position in the House. In 1987, he became the first democratic candidate to enter the 1988 presidential race, where he won the Iowa Democratic Caucus and helped frame the economic issues that dominated the election. In 1989, he was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as their Majority Leader.
Gephardt is married to Jane Byrnes Gephardt, and they have three children: Matt, a software developer; Chrissy, a Democratic activist; and Kate, a teacher.
Prior to starting Gemstone Development, Edelstein created and continues to manage two Gemstone venture funds, which invest in private early-stage technology companies. Successful investments in the portfolio have included Google, Tellme Networks, and Shopping.com. Previously, Edelstein held executive roles at Cloudmark and Inktomi, and worked at Netscape, where he product managed the early versions of Netscape Navigator. Before that, he worked at Microsoft, playing a key design role in the Microsoft Exchange email system and what ultimately would become Microsoft Outlook. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the board of Kiva.org, a non-profit facilitating micro lending in developing countries.
Andrew Beebe is President of Energy Innovations, where he is helping to build one of America's leading solar technology and service companies. Previously, Beebe was a partner with the consulting firm, Clean Edge, where he served as an advisor to companies working on a range of renewable technologies, from solar and wind power to hydrogen and biomass. In 1998, he co-founded Bigstep, a small-business services company.
As CEO, Beebe led the company in building an award-winning service, raising over $60 million from top-tier venture firms, hiring over 150 talented employees, and developing partnerships with such leading companies as AOL, VeriSign, Oxygen and Compaq. After reaching profitability with 9,000 paying customers, Bigstep was sold to Affinity Internet, Inc. Beebe serves on the boards of Global Green and The Apollo Alliance. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and lives with his wife, Jessica, son, Jackson, and twin daughters, Ella and Georgia.
Charlie Walton is one of the founders of Kindred Partners, and has spent the last decade conducting retained executive searches for venture-funded technology companies. His primary focus is CEO and CFO searches in the new media, consumer services, and clean technology sectors. While at Kindred Partners, Walton has helped build the management teams at Akimbo Systems, Amazon.com, AMI Semiconductor, Bloom Energy, Clean Power Finance, Decru, Eye-Fi, Good Technology, Google, iFLOOR.com, Movielink, Opsware, PSS Systems, Rhythm NewMedia, Segway, SNOCAP, and Vibrant Media, among others.
Prior to co-founding Kindred Partners, Walton was a Principal with Ramsey Beirne Associates, where he helped to build the senior management teams for companies including inCode Telecom, Fandango, Manugistics, Scient, Tellme Networks, ViaFone, and Vitesse Semiconductor. Walton worked as an Environmental Analyst with Parsons & Whittemore prior to Ramsey Beirne Associates, helping to direct air, land, and water environmental compliance for the largest privately owned pulp and paper complex in the United States. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Geology-Biology, where he was elected to Sigma Xi, the international honor society of science and engineering.
Harry Halloran, CEO and founder of EUI, is a 25-year veteran of the commercial wind energy business. He has held senior positions in oil transport and refining, construction, hydroelectric and co-generation industries and maintains investments in a variety of cutting edge renewable energy ventures, including the development of a synthetic oil specifically designed for the demands of large turbine, high-tech gear boxes. Halloran is a board member and former president of AWEA.
Jody Miller has been a Venture Partner at Maveron since early 2000 and focuses on the education and entertainment industries. She currently serves on the board of directors of Capella Education Company and previously was a board observer for Apex Learning. She is currently on the board of directors of TRW, a NYSE company. From 1999-2004, Miller was a director of Exide Technologies (a NYSE company) and was Lead Director from 2002-2004. Before joining Maveron, Miller was Acting President and COO of Americast, the digital interactive television joint venture of Ameritech, Bell South, GTE, SBC, SNET and the Walt Disney Company.
Prior to Americast, Miller served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Clinton and Deputy to David Gergen. She has also served as Senior Vice President, Television Enterprises for Time-Life Television, head of Time-Life New Media and as Vice President, Public Finance for Lehman Brothers. Miller has acted as an advisor to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other organizations. She co-founded the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy and currently serves on its board of directors and chairs its media committee. She began her career at the New York-based law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She later served as Legal Counsel to Richard Riley during his tenure as Governor of South Carolina and as a White House Fellow in President George H. W. Bush's Treasury Department. Miller is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia Law School. Miller lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
Mark Miller brings more than 20 years of consumer marketing and information services, complex operations, and partner management experience to his position at Allconnect. Prior to joining Allconnect Miller was president and chief operating officer of Equifax (NYSE: EFX), a $1.5 billion global leader in information management and consumer solutions. Miller was also president and chief executive officer of Galileo International, a $1.8 billion Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD) subsidiary, which provides global distribution services for the travel industry in over 120 countries worldwide.
Additionally, Miller served as president and chief operating officer of Cendant's Travel Division, president and CEO of PHH Fleet Services, and president of GE Capital Financial, a GE venture business specializing in corporate payment and management information systems. Miller also held senior sales management positions at American Express. Companies led by Miller have received numerous information technology leadership awards including the ComputerWorld Smithsonian Award for data warehousing, InformationWeek's "Top 100 E-Commerce Applications" award, and CIO Magazine's Top 50/50 winner for Web-based execution and strategy.
Reid is currently CEO and co-founder of LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Reid was Executive Vice President of PayPal. At PayPal, Reid was in charge of all business relationships: business development, corporate development, international, government relations, and banking/payments infrastructure. During his tenure at PayPal, Hoffman was instrumental to the acquisition by eBay and was responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard and Wells Fargo. Reid also has held management roles in large technology companies, including Fujitsu Software Corporation and Apple. Currently, in addition to LinkedIn, Reid serves on the Board of Directors for SixApart and Mozilla Corporation. Reid graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and from Oxford University with a Master's degree in philosophy.
Riad Shalaby has over a 20 year track record of successfully building businesses and increasing valuations. Riad has a unique blend of early stage entrepreneurial experiences and a leadership track record with Fortune 500 companies.
Presently Riad is a founding partner in Sunbelt Development. Sunbelt is a commercial real estate investment company that acquires, develops and markets raw land in the Southwestern US. Prior to Sunbelt, Riad served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Allconnect where he was responsible for 400 employees and the leadership and effective governance of all strategic marketing activities. Allconnect is a venture-backed start-up. The company has been ranked on The Inc 500 list for the past two years and is recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. During his tenure revenue increased 110% and the company's valuation increased from $34 million to $175 million.
Prior to Allconnect, Riad was Vice President of Marketing at Equifax, where he was responsible for their consumer division. While at Equifax, the Division's revenues increased 77% to $71 million. During 1990's Riad founded, developed and sold a technology company. The company, DataDesigns, was acquired in 1995 by Group1 Software (NASDAQ: GSOFT) which has sense been acquired by Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI). Riad has held management positions with Abacus Direct, a Division of DoubleClick and Hilton Nevada Corporation. He holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.