Gary Haroian brings significant senior executive and board director experience from more than three decades of service with a number of leading software and technology companies. Haroian has held numerous senior executive positions throughout his career, including serving as the chief financial officer of Bowstreet and Concord Communications and in various roles at Stratus Computer, including chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. In addition, he currently serves on the board of directors of Aspen Technology, and has previously served on the boards of directors of several technology companies, including PhaseForward and Unica.
Deborah Besemer brings 30 years of software industry experience and was most recently the CEO of Gemvara from May 2009 through Feb 2010. Previously she was the President and CEO of BrassRing, a leading provider of talent management solutions. Under her leadership, revenues grew consistently, from $1 million in revenue to $40 million until she oversaw the sale of the company to Kenexa Corp. for $115 million. Prior to joining BrassRing, Deborah was president of Systemsoft Corporation and spent more than a decade at Lotus Development, where she managed worldwide field operations with revenues in excess of $1.3 billion and more than 4,000 employees in 46 countries.
Deborah is a former Chairperson of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (formerly Mass Software Council) and served on the Board of Trustees for 9 years. She served on the University of Massachusetts High Tech Executive Council, and The New England Small Business Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She is also currently serving on the board of directors at Gemvara. Formerly, she served as board director at Double-Take Software, Bullhorn, My Perfect Gig, Kubisoft, Inc. and Eprise Corporation
Derek Harrar previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Video and Entertainment Services at Comcast Corporation. In this position, Mr. Harrar was responsible for all aspects of Comcast's $19 billion flagship video business, including basic and digital cable, HD and DVR services, as well as management of Video On Demand for Comcast's 24 million video customers. Previously, Mr. Harrar served as Vice President of Video Product Management for Comcast. Before that, he was the lead product manager for Comcast's portfolio of set-top boxes as Vice President of Subscriber Equipment. He joined Comcast in 2004 as Vice President of Business Development.
Since leaving Comcast, Mr. Harrar advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on technology, media and telecom investing and operating strategies. Prior to Comcast, Mr. Harrar served as co-founder of Silicon Valley startup MegaSense and served as its Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Harrar's career began with eight years as an investment banker, primarily with Morgan Stanley in Silicon Valley and New York. He advised clients such as HP, KKR, @Home, Grupo Televisa, LSI Logic and VeriSign on 45 announced transactions aggregating over $60 billion.
Mr. Harrar holds a BS with Special Attainments in Commerce from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife and four daughters.
Chet Kapoor is the Managing Partner of Tenzing Global, a San Francisco-based investment manager, which he co-founded in 2011. The firm focuses on value investments in the technology, media telecommunications and consumer sectors. Prior to founding Tenzing Global, Mr. Kapoor served as a Managing Partner and Head of Equities at Perry Capital, where he led a team of ten professionals to invest in technology, media, telecommunications, healthcare and consumer stocks. Mr. Kapoor was employed by Perry Capital from 2004 to 2010.
Mr. Kapoor was an Associate at Blum Capital in San Francisco from 2000 to 2002, where he focused on value investing across several industries. He began his career as a Financial Analyst in investment banking with CS First Boston.
Mr. Kapoor holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in English from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was born in Mumbai, India and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya.
Scott Kurnit is the founder and CEO of Keep Holdings Inc., the operator of Keep.com and TheSwizzle.com. Keep Holdings is the fourth company Mr. Kurnit has founded. Mr. Kurnit founded and served as chairman and CEO of About, Inc. as it grew to a public market value exceeding $1.5 billion (About has been owned by The New York Times Co. and is now owned by IAC). During his tenure, About was the fifth most visited web property and first among news, information and entertainment sites.
Kurnit, a holder of four patents, led the team that put the first web browser into an online service, started the first Pay Per View cable network and co-led the team that implemented the first use of national caller ID. He was also the youngest program director in the PBS system and served as program director for Qube, the world's first fully interactive cable system. Mr. Kurnit was president of Showtime Event Television when it generated the largest one night gross in the entertainment business and aired the first rock concert from the former Soviet Union.
Employed directly or through joint ventures, Mr. Kurnit has worked at the highest levels of Warner, Viacom, News Corp., PBS, IBM, and MCI companies.
Mr. Kurnit, named one of Advertising Age's annual "100 superstars of U.S. marketing," has been inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Hall of Achievement and won the prestigious Vanguard Award from the National Cable Television Association. Mr. Kurnit won an Emmy as producer of a weekly television news magazine; Upside recognized him as one of the "Elite 100" leading the digital revolution; and, he was cited three times as "a strategist to watch" by the Journal of Business Strategy.
Mr. Kurnit received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communications from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He and his wife reside in New York City.
David Mendels brings nearly two decades of experience as a general manager, corporate strategist, thought leader, and deal maker focused on making the Internet easier to use for consumers and developers. Mendels is a recognized leader in the development and strategies behind rich Internet applications.
At Macromedia, Mendels served as executive vice president and general manager, leading product development, marketing, and alliances including the setup and launch of international operations in Latin America and Japan. In this role he directly managed Macromedia's flagship products, including the Flash and Flex line, Macromedia Studio and ColdFusion. Mendels joined Adobe following its acquisition of Macromedia in December 2005 and led the company's Business Productivity business unit where he was responsible for $1 billion in revenue from products including Adobe Acrobat™, Acrobat Connect™, LiveCycle and Flex.
As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, David Orfao concentrates on deployment infrastructures, tools, application development and packaged applications within the enterprise software sector. He is a board member of the following active General Catalyst investments: Avaki Corporation; Laszlo Systems, Inc.; IMlogic, Inc.; Imprivata, Inc.; Service Integrity, Inc.; Ping Identity Corporation and Impress Software, Inc.
Prior to co-founding General Catalyst, David held the positions of President/CEO and Senior VP of Sales Operations and Marketing for four publicly held companies. Most recently, David led Allaire Corporation from 1997 to 2000 as President/CEO/Board Member. During his tenure, Allaire grew from a venture-backed start up to an $119M public corporation trading on the NASDAQ. The company pioneered the Internet Application Server market with industry leading products such as ColdFusion and JRUN. In January of 2001, Allaire merged with Macromedia Corporation and continues to be a leading Internet software company.
Prior to his CEO role at Allaire, David held the positions of Senior VP of Sales Operations and Marketing at Frame Technology Corporation, Claris Corporation, and SQA Corporation. Frame Technology and SQA Corporation were venture-backed corporations that successfully completed Initial Public Offerings on the NASDAQ.
Throughout his career, David has been an angel investor, advisor, and board member to several companies, including Marketsoft Corporation, Voxeo Corporation, and Firespout Corporation. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Accounting from Norwich University of Vermont.