Kristen Hamilton is CEO of Koru, a Seattle-based company that provides career training and coaching to recent college grads. Before serving as Koru’s CEO, Kristen worked as COO of a global non-profit, launched mobile media devices for a Fortune 100 company, and helped take Onvia, which she co-founded, public.
Ben has always been a start up guy. Ben became the CEO of Cheezburger, Inc. after acquiring I Can Has Cheezburger? in 2007 and grew it into one of the largest humor networks in the world — while making a profit during one of the deepest recessions. Cheezburger has been credited with bringing Internet culture and memes to the mainstream. Ben credits the success of his company to the users and fans who create the content. His goal, and Cheezburger’s mission, is to make the world happy for 5-minutes a day.
Former Rivet & Sway CEO; Former Amazon Manager
Sarah is a co-chairman on the City of Seattle Board of Advisors. She served as CEO of the online eyewear boutique Rivet & Sway and previously worked for ParentMap, Spring Creek, and Amazon. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Business School.
Co-founder & President, Concur
Rajeev co-founded Concur in 1993 just after college and has played roles ranging from product management to running sales and marketing to being the president and chief operating officer of the company for nearly the last ten years. In that ten years, Concur grew from $45 million in annual revenues to nearly $800 million per year, prior to being acquired by SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) for $8.3 billion in 2014.
Rajeev is currently a director on the board of Apptio, a leader in technology business management solutions, and of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Concur
Mr. Hilton co-founded Concur in 1993 and served as Concur’s Chief Executive Officer until 1996. He became Executive Vice President and General Manager, Concur Travel and Expense in October 2012. Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing. Mr. Hilton was a director of Concur from 1993 until July 2008 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1996 until 1999. Before co-founding Concur, he served as Senior Development Manager at Symantec Corporation, an international technology firm focused on protecting information and computer systems, and as Director of Product Development for Contact Software International, a personal computer software publisher that was acquired by Symantec.
Former Cranium CEO; Golazo Co-founder
Dartmouth alumnus Richard Tait worked for Microsoft for nearly a decade before leaving to found Cranium, the popular board game. After Cranium sold to Hasbro, Tait began working for the Starbucks Corporation, helping with the company’s healthier food and beverage initiative.
Tait went on to co-found the sports beverage brand Golazo.
Once upon a time—circa kindergarten—Jason aspired to be the world’s greatest veterinarian. Alas, that didn’t work out, fortunately for us, he found another line of work. Today, he’s a partner in our Seattle office, concentrating on investments in education, e-commerce, and Web-enabled consumer businesses.
Jason joined Maveron in 2007 after a pioneering role in online education. At Career Education Corp., he co-founded and led admissions and marketing for IADT Online, a for-profit design school and wholly owned Career Ed subsidiary. Earlier, he was an associate at Spinnaker Ventures, an expansion-stage venture capital fund.
With both operational proficiency and a keen eye for talent, Jason has sourced and been actively involved in a range of Maveron investments—including Julep, General Assembly, Everlane and CourseHero.
Managing Parter, Ignition; Former Microsoft CFO
John is a 25-year technology-industry executive veteran. John has been a partner at Ignition since 2005 focusing principally on investments in enterprise software.
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist he spent sixteen years at Microsoft in multiple and varied executive roles, including SVP of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of the Worldwide Enterprise group, Vice President and Chief Information Officer and Vice President and Corporate Controller.
John has led Ignition investments in Xensource (acquired by Citrix), Heroku (acquired by Salesforce.com), Parse (acquired by Facebook), Tier3 (acquired by CenturyLink) and Scout Analytics (acquired by ServiceSource). John also led Ignition’s investment in Splunk (IPO 2012) and currently serves on the Splunk board as lead independent director. John’s current Ignition investments include FiREapps, Datasphere, Motif Investing, Chef, Xamarin and Azuqua. John is also a member of the board of Nike.
CEO, Big Fish
In 2002, Paul Thelen founded Big Fish as a bootstrapped one person start-up game studio. His vision for Big Fish quickly pivoted from a focus on building out the Big Fish game studio to establishing and scaling a customer-centric, developer-friendly casual games marketplace. Big Fish is now the leading global casual games brand, with five world-wide offices, more than 600 employees, 500 developer partners and several million paying customers. Paul focuses on driving the company’s strategic vision, reinforcing the company’s culture and enhancing the Big Fish brand with their worldwide customer base and developer network.
Prior to founding Big Fish Games, Paul spent six years at RealNetworks where he launched RealAudio, RealVideo, RealProducer and the RealArcade games service. Earlier in his career, Paul was a business consultant for Mercer Management Consulting, founded a systems integration start-up and worked as an engineer for IBM in their mainframe and UNIX workstation divisions.
Paul holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
William K. (Bill) Bryant is a Partner at DFJ. Bill has had early and instrumental involvement in more than 25 leading software, Internet, mobile, and digital media companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor, and Board Member. He has had founding roles with Visio (now part of Microsoft), Netbot (acquired by Excite), Qpass (acquired by Amdocs), Medio (Nokia), Mixxer, and Airworks. In these founding capacities, Bill drove definition of the core product and market strategy; raised >$150M in venture capital; recruited senior management teams; and built customer, partner and channel relationships in launching software products, Internet, and mobile services.
Bill was the first investor in Isilon Systems (now part of EMC) and an early investor in Swype (Nuance), Vizify (Yahoo), Banyan Branch (Deloitte), Loudeye (Nokia), AEI Music (Liberty Media), Viafone (Extended Systems), Teamplate (Captaris), Exstatic Software (Xchange Applications), Throw (Excite), Singing Fish (Thomson/AOL); NearMe (Hands On Mobile); and WebRelevance (Medio). For DFJ, he has led investments in Mpire (comScore), Varolii (Nuance), Clipboard (Salesforce), and Alpental (Google).
Co-founder of Ivy Softworks, Napster and Cloudmark
Jordan Ritter is an accomplished software architect and technical entrepreneur. His pragmatic ethos combines with a unique breadth of engineering and management experience to produce both a capable leader and do-er. His passion for his work is a point of pride that motivates and inspires those around him to exceed themselves. As a co-founder of Napster, Cloudmark, and Servio, his collective expertise within a diverse range of software architectures has helped create some of the Internet’s most well-known software.
CEO, Gravity Payments
Dan Price founded Gravity Payments with his brother Lucas in 2003 when he was 19. He grew up in rural Idaho, where he was homeschooled, and attended Seattle Pacific University.
Price has received many accolades since starting Gravity, including GeekWire’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2013, the 2014 Seattle Business CEO Excellence Award, and the 2010 SBA National Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Price was also recently named Entrepreneur of 2014 by Entrepreneur Magazine, landing him on the cover. The magazine is on newsstands now.
Matt is the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Porch. Prior, Matt was Chief strategy Officer at Active Network responsible for 85% of the P&L. Matt joined Active in 2007 and helped grow its revenues from $65 million in 2006 to $420 million and a 2011 initial public offering.
Before joining Active, Matt was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Thriva, which was acquired by the Active Network in March 2007 for $60 million. Matt built Thriva out of his dorm room at Stanford University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in entrepreneurial engineering and Master of Science degree in management science and engineering.
Matt recently won USA Today’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for his fast-growing startup, earning him a featured position on the front page of the newspaper’s Money section.
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