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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vindicia, Inc.
Recognized by the San Francisco Business Times with the "40 under 40 Emerging Leaders Award" in 2012, Gene has deep experience with building companies that disrupt markets. Prior to Vindicia, Gene co-founded eMusic in January 1998 and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director. As head of eMusic, Gene was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine as a member of the July 1999 E-Gang, and named one of the 100 most influential entrepreneurs in technology in Upside Magazine's November 2000 Elite 100. Gene led the acquisition of eMusic by Vivendi/Universal in June 2001.
Before founding eMusic Mr. Hoffman was Director of Business Development and Director of Interactive Marketing of Pretty Good Privacy. Mr. Hoffman joined Pretty Good Privacy after it acquired PrivNet, Inc., an Internet privacy software company, where he was co-founder, Director and Executive Vice President.
General Partner, DCM
With a focus on software, technology-enabled services and media, Tom Blaisdell helps DCM portfolio companies create high-growth marketing strategies, structure successful strategic partnerships and build strong management teams.
Prior to joining DCM, Tom spent three years at two Internet start-ups, Encanto Networks and Fatbrain.com (formerly computerliteracy.com). At Encanto, Tom served as Vice President of Marketing. At computerliteracy.com, Tom was an advisor to the company from its birth in the proverbial Silicon Valley garage through completion of its first venture-backed financing, joining the online professional bookstore as Vice President of Marketing and Editorial in 1997.
Before computerliteracy.com, Tom spent six years at Intuit. Joining the company in the month prior to the launch of Quicken for Windows 1.0, Tom held a variety of marketing, business development and general management roles in the Personal Finance Group, Financial Supplies Group and Business Products Group. Tom’s last role at Intuit was as General Manager of the Business Products Group where QuickBooks revenue grew 30% year-to-year, leading the company to a new retail market share high of more than 80%.
Prior to Intuit, Tom worked for Bain & Co. in San Francisco and Boston, and prior to that he put his mechanical engineering degree to work as an environmental engineer at Acurex in Mountain View, CA.
Partner, FTV Capital
Chris is a partner at FTV Capital and has over 16 years of private growth company investing experience. His primary areas of investment focus are in the payments and transaction processing, business services and outsourcing, and SAAS/software sectors. Chris currently sits on the board of directors of CardConnect, CashStar, Clearent, Credorax, Empyrean, Vindicia and WePay. Previously, Chris served on the boards or as a board observer at MedSynergies (acquired by Optum), Verus (acquired by Sage), Symbio (acquired by VXI Global) and several other FTV portfolio companies. Prior to joining FTV Capital, Chris was an investment banker in Salomon Smith Barney’s media and telecommunications group. Chris received a BA in government from Dartmouth College.
Co-founder & Chief Identity Officer of IdentityMind
Dr Elgamal is a recipient of the RSA Conference 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. He is recognized as the "father of SSL" the Internet security standard Secure Sockets Layer. Dr Elgamal also invented several industry and government standards in data security and digital signatures, including the Digital Signature Standard (DSS). He has held several executive roles at technology and security companies, including CTO of Tumbleweed Communications, CEO/CTO and cofounder of Securify Inc, Chief Scientist of Netscape Communications. Dr Elgamal has been awarded several patents in online security, payments and data compression.
Dr. Elgamal sits on the board of Vindicia and is special advisor to Onset Ventures, Glenbrook Partners, Arcot Systems, Facetime, Symplified and Zetta.
President & CEO, New Engineering University
Prior to entering academia, Scott spent 30 years in senior executive and board leadership positions with both public and private companies. He is a widely recognized industry leader in the fields of Internet media, consumer marketing and digital entertainment. Before focusing on board work, Scott was the President & CEO, and a member of the board of Geeknet (NASDAQ:GKNT), the parent company of SourceForge, Slashdot and ThinkGeek. He joined Geeknet shortly after Yahoo! acquired BlueLithium, where he served as President & COO. Before joining BlueLithium, Scott was President & CEO, and a member of the board, of several venture-backed Internet start-ups, including Zinio, MusicNow, Coremetrics and eCoverage. In 1997, Kleiner Perkins recruited Scott to Silicon Valley to become President & CEO of AdKnowledge, which he filed to take public before negotiating its sale to CMGI in 1999.
Prior to AdKnowledge, Scott was Vice President & General Manager of online services for CompuServe, and a presenting member on the road show for one of the Internet industry’s first IPOs, led by Goldman Sachs. Before his association with CompuServe, Scott spent seven years at Time Warner, including five years as a member of the founding team of Entertainment Weekly magazine, where he was Vice President of Marketing, Promotion and New Media. In his final year, Scott was Vice President of Business Development for Time Warner Interactive. Prior to Time Warner, Scott spent five years at Newsweek as the publisher of Newsweek on Campus and Newsweek on Health, and General Manager of Newsweek’s Education Division. Earlier in his career he was a Marketing Manager for Playboy, a Brand Manager for Lever Brothers and a Media Planner for Benton & Bowles.
Scott holds an A.B. in English from Vassar College and an MBA in marketing from New York University. He was honored by Advertising Age in 1996 as one of twenty Digital Media Masters and in 1992 as one of the top 100 marketers in the country. Scott is currently the Presiding Director of MDC Partners (NASDAQ:MDCA) and the Chairman of Choose Energy, Inc.
General Partner, ONSET Ventures
Shomit Ghose joined ONSET Ventures in 2001 after 19 years of working at high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley. During his career he participated in several successful IPOs, including those of Sun Microsystems and Broadvision. Prior to joining ONSET, he was Sr. VP of Operations at Tumbleweed Communications, where he managed the marketing, professional services, applications engineering and corporate development departments. He helped the company through a successful IPO in 1999. Previously, he was VP of the Worldwide Professional Services Organization at BroadVision and helped that company through a successful IPO in 1996. His first job was as network protocol engineer at Metaphor Computer Systems, a company acquired by IBM. Later, he was an engineer in the original pre-IPO software development team at Sun Microsystems. He has also been Director of Marketing and then Director of Asia/Pacific Operations for nCUBE, a manufacturer of video-on-demand servers, and a board member of Alier, a data integration software company that is now part of webMethods.
Shomit was awarded two academic scholarships to the University of California, Berkeley, at age 15. He graduated in 1982 with a degree in Computer Science.
At ONSET Ventures, Shomit focuses on software, networking and infrastructure companies. He also mentors and provides management resources to portfolio companies to help maximize their success. Shomit led ONSET’s investments in Adara, Gridstore, Netseer, Pancetera (acquired by Quantum), Sentilla, Truviso (acquired by Cisco) and Vindicia. He is an Industry Fellow and lead venture coach at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, and serves on the entrepreneurship advisory board at the University of San Francisco.
Principal, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments
Keith Titan is a Principal at Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann; an international media company with over $20 billion in revenues whose core divisions encompass television (RTL Group), book publishing (Penguin Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), services (Arvato), and printing (Be Printers) in some 50 countries. Before BDMI, Keith was Vice President of Random House Ventures where he spearheaded new investments and helped guide strategy for various portfolio companies. Prior to that, he was Vice President of New Media for Random House where he pursued new business opportunities with companies exploring innovative ways to connect digital media, the web and publishing. Prior to that Keith worked at Simon & Schuster, Penguin and J. Walter Thompson.
Keith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Rutgers University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. Keith currently serves on the board of directors for Vindicia, American Reading Company, Flat World Education, RoyaltyShare and Trion Worlds.