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"Accelerate Your Start-up" PlanUpdated: 29-Jan-2012

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I am a serial entrepreneur turned VC. I have a great passion for helping entrepreneurs and startups. I started my first company a few months after leaving university at the age of 21, and over the next 25 years, founded a total of four companies (Skok Systems, Corporate Software Europe, Watermark Software, and SilverStream Software) and did one turnaround (Xionics). I have had my share of ups and downs. I was lucky enough to have three of these companies go public, one was acquired, and one initially succeeded, but then failed when I moved the company to the US. I often remark that I learned more from that one failure than I have from all of my successes.

After 25 years as an entrepreneur, I became a venture capital partner at Matrix Partners, the firm that had backed my last two companies. I had worked with 15 different VC firms, and Matrix had clearly been my best partner, earning my strong loyalty with their support through some very tough times. I was excited to move to the “dark side” and be in a position to help other entrepreneurs. For the past nine years I have been investing in software and internet companies. As a VC, I have had the very good fortune to invest alongside some spectacular management teams, including JBoss, who took their Open Source business to a successful exit with its sale to Red Hat, and AppIQ, Tabblo and Diligent Technologies, which have all had successful exits, from their inceptions to their acquisitions by HP and IBM. I currently serve on the boards of HubSpot, Digium (makers of the very popular Asterisk Open Source PBX/telephony software), CloudBees, CloudSwitch, Enservio, OpenSpan, and VideoIQ.

I am very passionate about helping other entrepreneurs, having seen how important it is to get that help, encouragement, and support in the early days of creating my own ventures.

About Matrix Partners

Matrix Partners is committed to building long-term relationships with outstanding entrepreneurs and helping them build significant, industry-leading companies.

Since its inception in 1977, Matrix Partners has had the privilege to partner with hundreds of innovators. We have been fortunate to play an active role in the development of many successful businesses, 50 of which went on to initial public offerings, and 75 of which have gone on to profitable M&A events. The firm consistently ranks in the top five venture firms in terms of returns to its investors. Matrix Partners operates in the United States, India and China across multiple sectors and stages.