Board & Investors

Board


anindya-datta

Anindya Datta, Ph.D.

Founder, CEO, Chairman, Mobilewalla

Anindya Datta is regarded as a leading technologist and innovator, with core contributions in best-in-class large-scale data management solutions and internet technologies. Mobilewalla has pioneered audience measurement in mobile apps by applying groundbreaking data science techniques on the industry's largest volumetric database of mobile app data. Prior to Mobilewalla, Anindya founded and ran Chutney Technologies, acquired by Cisco Systems in 2005. Anindya has also been on the faculties of major research universities and institutes in the United States and abroad, including the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Arizona, the National University of Singapore, and Bell Laboratories. Anindya obtained his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Jay Clark

Jay Clark, Ph.D.

COO & Founder, Mobilewalla

Jay Clark brings more than twenty-five years of experience to Mobilewalla in leading global technology organizations through hyper-growth, transition, and turnaround environments. He has built and inspired teams in multiple geographies including North America, Western Europe, Southeast Asia and India.


His career spans the small product startup, mid-size and large multi-billion dollar company enterprises - privately held and publicly traded. Prior to Mobilewalla, Jay held global leadership roles in EDS, Syntel and CGI including sales, delivery, niche acquisition and full operational responsibilities


Jay believes the ultimate success of any worthwhile venture is fully attributed to the team that is assembled, and then inspiring them to do great things. He holds a degree in Management Information systems from the Tennessee Technological University College of Business Administration.

scott-jacobson

Scott Jacobson

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Scott joined Madrona in 2007 and currently serves on the boards of Haiku Deck, Indochino, LUMO BodyTech, RewardLoop, and Yieldex, and is a board observer for AdReady, Animoto, BuddyTV, Decide, Mercent, Optify, Redfin, Sewichi, and ShopIgniter. Scott also served on the board of Jambool prior to its acquisition by Google in 2010."I was attracted to Madrona because of the firm's partnership approach to investing. As an early-stage investor, we are truly rolling up our sleeves and partnering with the entrepreneurs we back on a day-to-day basis. We really do invest a lot of ourselves in our companies." Scott is particularly interested in consumer web, digital media, and mobile technologies that present opportunities for major disruption of large, established markets.


Prior to joining Madrona, Scott worked at Amazon.com, where he held senior product and business management positions in the Amazon Kindle and Amazon Marketplace groups. He led several key initiatives, including the international rollout of Amazon's Merchants@ platform. Earlier in his career, Scott was a Senior Consultant in Accenture's strategy consulting practice, where he worked with clients in enterprise software, retail, and energy sectors.


Scott graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, where he received his bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics. He received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Venkat-Raju

Venkat Raju

Investor and Startup Advisor

Venkat Raju, based in Bangalore, is an active angel investor and also serves as a mentor and advisor to his investee companies. His current investments cover a wide spectrum spanning Cloud Computing & SaaS, Big Data & Analytics, Mobility & Payments, and next-gen E-commerce. Yet there is a common theme - all of these companies have innovative technologies with disruptive business models and/or launching products with potential to scale globally.


Venkat is an accomplished entrepreneur and seasoned executive with strong business, technology, and general management credentials. Most recently, he served as the India Country Head and Managing Director for ACI Worldwide inc., a leading global payments solutions provider. He has held several roles including as - an Entreprenuer (CEO & Founder of startups backed by Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital etc. in Silicon Valley), an IT Executive (Managing director & VP positions at Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank) in Wall St, Product Executive (GM & SVP PRodits at VerticalNet in San Francisco), Cheif Technologist (Cheif Architect for British Telecom in London) and as a Management/Strategy Consultant (owner of a boutique firm focused on Cloud computing & Saas in New York).


Venket has deep domain expertise in several verticals including High Tech and Financial Services. He is well connected to the wider technology, analyst and venture community in the U.S, and Wall Street. He has lived and worked in three continents, has led global teams and has a strong understanding and appreciation for various cultures. His interests include Public Policy, International relations, Global Finance & Politics. He is an alum of Boston University (Management & Business) and Indian Institute of Science (Electrical & Electronics Engineering).


Venkat has a track record of realizing sustainable business value by promoting & adopting advanced, emerging concepts & technologies. As a past Fortune 500 Operational Executive, a Silicon Vallet Technology Entrepreneur, an Active Investor in technology companies, and past Advisor to Venture capital firms he has a lot to offer. 

Boris-Gutin

Boris Gutin

Managing Director, GCP Capitol Partners

Mr. Gutin is a Managing Director of GCP Capital and has been a member of the GCP investment committee since December 2009. Mr. Gutin joined Greenhill Capital Partners in 2003. Mr. Gutin has over 17 years of private equity investment experience.


Prior to joining GCP, from 1999 to 2001, Mr. Gutin was an Associate at American Securities Capital Partners, a New York-based middle-market private equity fund. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Gutin was in the principal investment area (merchant banking) and leveraged finance group of Goldman, Sachs & Co.


Mr. Gutin has led 9 and been a member of the investment team of approximately 20 completed private equity investments while at GCP. Mr. Gutin focuses on financial services, financial technology and business services. Mr. Gutin is currently a Director of TransFast, ClearView Risk, CoastalSouth Bancshares, First Mariner Bank, Radius and is a board observer on Zeta Global. He was formerly a director of Acrisure, Continental Bank, Eastern Virginia Bank, Hercules Offshore and Ironshore. Mr. Gutin is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (1996) and Harvard Business School (2003).

Investors


Since its establishment in 1990, JAFCO Asia has grown to become a leading brand in the venture capital industry in the Asia Pacific region. Currently, JAFCO Asia has registered entities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai.


With more than US$650 million funds under management currently (more than US$1.2 billion cumulative to date), JAFCO Asia's experienced investment team has invested in over 388 companies in 13 countries (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, India, Israel and Vietnam) and divested more than 289 companies of which at least 92 have been publicly listed.


Since the new millennium, JAFCO Asia has shifted its focus entirely to technology related investments and is now one of the pre-eminent venture capital technology investors in the region. We believe that our existing portfolio in the Asia Pacific region and the worldwide business network offer our portfolio companies significant potential for synergistic partnerships.

Started in April 2006, the Indian Angel Network is a unique concept which brings together highly successful entrepreneurs and CEOs from India and around the world who are interested in investing in startup / early stage ventures which have the potential of creating disproportionate value. The Network, in addition to money, provides constant access to high quality mentoring, vast networks, and inputs on strategy and execution. The Network members, because of their background, are better able to assess the potential and risks at the early stage.
Managing more than US $200 million worth of funds, Infocomm Investments invests alongside leading VCs in growth-stage IT startups. Through its work, it aims to attract and nurture a vibrant pool of entrepreneurs and startups to enhance the technological depth and diversity of Singapore's tech scene.
Founded in 1995, Madrona Venture Group brings together the resources, experience, teams, and strategic relationships to build the next generation of leading technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. Madrona has a diversified portfolio of early-stage, technology-driven companies in the areas of Consumer Technology, Enterprise Software and Services, Digital Media and Advertising, Networking and Cloud Services, and Mobile. Representative successful investments include Amazon.com, Classmates.com, Farecast.com, Isilon Systems, ShareBuilder, and World Wide Packets
GCP Capital Partners (“GCP”) manages North American private equity funds that have invested approximately $1.3 billion in approximately 60 portfolio companies. Since 2000, GCP’s realized investments have generated over $2.5 billion in proceeds. Fourteen of GCP's portfolio companies have gone public after GCP's investment. The funds primarily make investments in the business services and financial services/technology industries. GCP generally makes controlling or influential minority investments of $10 to $30 million in companies with enterprise values of $25 to $250 million. GCP Capital Partners was formed in 2009 as the successor to Greenhill Capital Partners, the merchant banking business of Greenhill & Co., Inc. (NYSE: GHL), which was founded in 2000.

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