Board of Directors
Partner at Sequoia Capital
Jim Goetz is a Partner at Sequoia Capital focusing on cloud, mobile and enterprise companies. Jim currently serves on the board of Admob, Appirio, Barracuda, Clearwell, eMeter, Jive Software, Metaswitch Networks, Nimble Storage, Palo Alto Networks and Widgetbox. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2004, Jim served as a General Partner at Accel Partners where he led the investments in Entrisphere (ERIC), Peribit (JNPR), RGB, and Rhapsody (BRCD) and was part of the team responsible for BroadJump (MOTV), Timetra (ALA) and Topspin (CSCO).
Earlier, Jim was a Founder of VitalSigns (LU) where he went on to serve as VP/GM of the VitalSoft division of Lucent. Prior to VitalSigns, Jim was the Vice President of Network Management for Bay Networks. Prior to Bay and Synoptics, he held various product and marketing positions at AT&T, AT&T Bell Labs, and Digital Equipment. Jim has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
As a part of General Catalyst Partners, Prateek invests in both new and existing technology businesses. His areas of special interest include: Internet and new media; software; consumer services; and network infrastructure.
Managing Director of HWVP
Mitchell Kertzman is a Managing Director at HWVP. He has over 30 years of experience as a CEO of public and private software companies. Most recently, Mitchell was Chairman and CEO of Liberate Technologies, a provider of platform software for the delivery of digital services by cable television companies. Before joining Liberate, he was chairman of the board and CEO of Sybase, Inc. Mitchell was founder and CEO of Powersoft, which merged with Sybase in February 1995.
Mitchell served as President of the Massachusetts Software Council from 1994 to 1996 and was 1990 chairman of the American Electronics Association. He served on the New York State Commission on Industrial Competitiveness and chaired its task force on industrial policy. Mitchell was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He currently sits on the Boards of Five9, Flite,HubPages, NuoDB, Palamida, Peerlyst, and 6connect.
Will Price is on the board of Flite. Will brings experience both building and investing in high-growth tech start-ups.
Will was Managing Director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Will graduated from Harvard College and earned his M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he graduated at the top of his class.
Will is married and the father of two active boys. In addition to Flite and family, Will’s loves include the outdoors, coaching youth sports, and the English Premier League.
CEO, Founder at Flite
Giles Goodwin is the CEO and Founder at Flite. Giles has over 14 years experience in building innovative software products and managing computer technologies. Prior to founding Flite, Giles was Chief Portal Suite Architect and Director of Engineering at Vignette, a global content management company, where he was responsible for the management and development of composite application and web services technology.
Giles holds a BS in Physics from the University of California at Riverside, where he is currently a member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors for the university’s College of Natural and Agricultural Science.
Sequoia Capital helps founders turn imaginative ideas into enduring companies. As the "Entrepreneurs Behind the Entrepreneurs," the Sequoia team has worked closely with legendary founders such as Steve Jobs of Apple, Larry Ellison of Oracle, Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner of Cisco, David Filo and Jerry Yang of Yahoo!, Max Levchin, Elon Musk and Peter Thiel of PayPal, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Steve Chen and Chad Hurley of YouTube, and Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn. Sequoia is now helping the next generation of innovators build the lasting companies of tomorrow.
HWVP was founded in 1989 as the first venture capital fund to invest exclusively in software companies. Through our history, we’ve had the opportunity to invest in the pioneers and leaders of several generations of software applications, architectures, delivery methods and business models.
We’ve helped entrepreneurs build companies in desktop software, embedded systems, client-server, distributed network computing, internet, and software as a service.
General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and growth equity investments. The firm backs exceptional entrepreneurs who are building innovative technology companies that transform industries, including Airbnb, BigCommerce, Datalogix, Datto, Demandware, The Honest Company, HubSpot, KAYAK, Oscar, Snapchat, Stripe, and Warby Parker. General Catalyst leverages its broad experience to help founders build market-leading businesses. General Catalyst has offices in Cambridge, MA, Palo Alto, CA and New York City.
Iris Capital is a leading pan-European venture capital investor specialized in digital economy mainly active in Europe. Founded in 1986 in Paris, our team has invested over a billion euros in more than 220 innovative companies. Iris Capital is sponsored by Orange and Publicis since 2012.
Condé Nast is a global media company producing the highest quality magazines, websites and digital content. Reaching more than 263 million consumers in 30 markets, the company’s portfolio includes many of the world’s most respected and influential media properties including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveller/Traveler, Architectural Digest, Wired and Golf Digest, among others. In addition to publishing 143 magazines and over 130 websites, the company operates a restaurant division and several ventures in education. Condé Nast Entertainment develops film, television and premium video programming.
Northgate Capital was formed in the late 1990's with one goal: to provide institutional and family investors with superior identification of and unsurpassed global access to a very select group of alternative investment opportunities. Today, with a strong and growing group of top institutional and family investors, and a global footprint with offices in the United States and the United Kingdom, Northgate is delivering on this aspiration.
Harrison Metal invests in early stage technology companies led by exceptional founders. They help founders build products that improve the daily lives of users, successfully take those products to market, and create a thriving business.