Wayne Jackson is CEO of Sonatype. Prior to joining Sonatype, Wayne was the CEO of open source network security pioneer Sourcefire, Inc. www.sourcefire.com, which he guided from fledgling start-up through IPO in March of 2007 to a peak valuation of over $750 million. Before joining Sourcefire, Wayne co-founded Riverbed Technologies, a wireless infrastructure company, and served as its CEO until the sale of the company for approximately $1 billion. While at Riverbed, Wayne built strategic relationships with industry leaders Palm, Oracle, IBM, Symbol and Microsoft, growing the company from start-up to category winner in less than two years. Wayne holds a B.B.S. in Finance from James Madison University and has completed the Executive Education program for Corporate Governance at Harvard University.
Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and over 30 years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.
Ann began her career as a systems programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1976 Ann co-founded Open Systems, Inc., a top selling accounting software company, with a $500 investment. She operated Open Systems profitably for six years and then sold it for over $15 million. Prior to co-founding Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Ann served as a strategy consultant for prestigious clients such as IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. In addition, Ann has co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications. Ann received a BA in mathematics and in business administration from the College of St. Catherine, as well as an MA in education and international economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of St. Thomas.
Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies and currently serves as a director of Ace Metrix, Karmasphere, Krillion, MuleSoft, Sonatype, Star Analytics and Voltage Security. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas. Ann is an advisor to numerous entrepreneur groups, as well as co-chair of SD Forum www.sdforum.org.
Sameer is a partner at Accel Partners and focuses on consumer Internet, software and services investments. He currently works with the teams of Collective Media, Dropbox, Quidsi (parent of diapers.com and soap.com) and StumbleUpon.
Prior to joining Accel Partners, Sameer was a partner with Sequoia Capital, where he led venture capital and growth equity investments in software, Internet, digital media, SaaS, and security companies. He was responsible for investments such as Barracuda Networks, Dropbox, eHarmony, Gracenote (acquired by Sony), Sourcefire (FIRE), and Trulia. Sameer was previously a Principal at Broadview, an investment banking firm specializing in technology mergers and acquisitions, and he also held technical field sales and consulting positions at Oracle.
Sameer has a BSEE and MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Harry leads NEA’s east coast, early-stage investing practice and is a founder of NEA's China organization. He is recognized as one of America’s top venture capitalists, with honors including the Forbes “Midas List,” Washingtonian’s "Titans of Technology” and Business Insider’s “Top 5 East Coast VCs.” Harry is the Chairman of Harvard University's Experiment Fund and an Expert in Residence at Harvard.
Harry is a director of 10gen, Boulder Wind Power, OPOWER, Pentaho, ScienceLogic, SolidFire and Suniva. His past investments include Echo Global (NASDAQ: ECHO), Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), Merlin Securities (acquired by Wells Fargo), Riverbed Technologies (acquired by Aether Systems), SourceFire (NASDAQ: FIRE), Vertica (acquired by Hewlett Packard), Vonage (NYSE: VG) and webMethods (NASDAQ: WEBM, acquired by Software AG).
Prior to joining NEA, Harry was a General Partner at FBR Technology Venture Partners where he learned the costs and benefits of a bubble! Early in his career, Harry was a consultant at such firms as the Boston Consulting Group where he managed technology initiatives for the Global 100. Prior to his business career, Harry served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. Harry received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Duke University.
Harry serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), is a past Chairman of MAVA Capital Connection, and co-founded the Young Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (YAVA).