Board of Directors
Bill is a partner at First Round Capital.
As a founder, operator, advisor and angel investor, Bill has helped dozens of companies launch, manage through hyper growth and win. Before joining First Round, Bill led LiveOps to $100 million in sales and hundreds of employees as the industry's leading cloud contact center. He also founded Jump Networks, a leading web calendar and personal organizer acquired by Microsoft.
As an angel investor and Founder Partner at Founder Collective, Bill made investments in category killing companies including Uber, IronPort (acquired by Cisco), Adroll, PowerSet (acquired by Microsoft), Lending Club, HomeRun (acquired by Rearden Commerce), Tapulous (acquired by Disney), Slide (acquired by Google), and Chegg.
Bill currently serves on the boards of Readyforce, LiveOps, Looker and Samasource, and is Vice Chairman of Entrepreneurship@Cornell.
Bill has a Bachelor of Arts in science and technology studies from Cornell University.
Joseph F. Hoffman - Chairman of Audit Committee
Joe is a former KPMG LLP audit partner and Board member with more than 36 years of business experience in all aspects of financial and SEC reporting. He served as KPMG Engagement or SEC Reviewing Partner for a variety of clients ranging in size from start-up companies to multi-national Fortune 500 enterprises with revenues in excess of $12 billion. Joe’s client roster included clients in the following industries: software, communications, electronics, semiconductor, manufacturing and financial services. A State of California licensed CPA, Joe has been an advisor to client management and audit committees on complex accounting, audit, SEC reporting and internal control issues related to revenue recognition, business combinations, employee compensation, discontinued operations, and requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley.
Joe is a graduate of Willamette University (BA, Mathematics and Economics), where he has also been a Member of the Board of Trustees since 2011. He earned his MBA from Stanford University. Joe belongs to the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
Steve served in various management positions at Sybase, Inc. (acquired by SAP), from December 1997 to April 2011. Most recently as President, Worldwide Field Operations, from August 2006 to April 2011 where he led the successful turnaround and expansion of global teams focused on Sales, Consulting, Maintenance and Education. Prior to Sybase (from August 1992 to December 1997), Steve served in various management positions at Siemens-Pyramid, a subsidiary of Siemens Nixdorf, a computer and electronics company, including as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Inter-Continental Sales, and Director of Field Operations. In addition, Steve serves as a member of the Board of directors of various private companies including. ParStream the award winning Real-Time Big Data company and Enmetric Systems the most scalable Plug Load management company. In January, 2014 Steve joined Rimini Street the leading independent provider of third-party enterprise software support services. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The College of New Jersey and a Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers University.
Jim Watson graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and served five years as a Navy pilot. He then joined the national sales organization at IBM and was an annual member of the IBM President’s Club. In his first entrepreneurial effort as a member of the executive team, Jim lead a turnaround of a public logistics company. He successfully brought the company out of bankruptcy and executed a sale in less than a year with very favorable results for the creditors and shareholders. He calls that experience his “real life MBA”. Jim then formed his own company, Skyway Systems, a high technology services company, where he was the founder and President for seventeen years. Skyway quickly found itself on the Inc. Magazine list of fastest growing U.S. companies. Inc. Magazine also named Jim as one of the Entrepreneurs of the Year. Skyway Systems was acquired by Union Pacific Corporation in 1995.
Starting in 1996, Jim became an investor in technology startups in Silicon Valley. There he mentored CEOs and focused his efforts on being a Director of several companies. In 2001, he joined CMEA Capital as a General Partner of the $1B investment firm located in San Francisco. Jim is now CEO and Managing Director of Presidio Partners and has been involved in investments in over 60 companies. He has worked with institutional investors such as large pension funds, foundations, endowments and family offices to form a relationship of trust and transparency in managing their money.
Founded in 1995, Benchmark Capital is an early-stage venture firm that's based on the principles of teamwork and an intense dedication to building technology companies of lasting value. We provide superior service to entrepreneurs through a unique, team-oriented partnership in which every full-time general partner is equal in terms of both contribution and compensation.
CMEA Capital provides capital and counseling to entrepreneurs and investors in the life sciences, information technology, and energy & material sectors. Through its combination of solid scientific credentials and seasoned management expertise, CMEA identifies, funds, and manages new businesses based on the emerging, interdisciplinary science required to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing global economy.
At Menlo Ventures, we invest in entrepreneurs that Think Big. We seek passionate teams with big ideas that can disrupt existing industries or create entirely new markets. Our track record over the past 32 years of helping companies achieve market leadership through great strategy and great execution speaks for itself: over 300 companies, creating tens of billions of dollars in market value and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Founded in 1995, August Capital has funded an extraordinary group of entrepreneurs who have built significant, long-term value across the full range of information technologies. These companies represent an aggregate market capitalization of well over $250 billion, generate in excess of $75 billion in annual revenue around the world. This success is a testament to the entrepreneurs themselves, as well as the fundamental technologies they have created. The partners at August Capital were the earliest investors in a number of ground breaking technology companies, including Microsoft, Intuit, Seagate, Sun, Skype, Compaq, Symantec, Sybase, Atheros, Grand Junction, Splunk and many more. August Capital is located in Menlo Park, California.