Board of Directors
Marty Beard - Chairman
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of LiveOps, Marty is a seasoned executive who has demonstrated his ability to identify untapped market opportunities and deliver solutions that dynamically enhance the customer experience. Before LiveOps, he served as President of Sybase 365, a $250M subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (an SAP company). Under his leadership, the division grew 150% and helped advance Sybase's position as the global leader in enterprise mobility. Sybase's Enterprise Mobility success has been viewed as a major reason for SAP's $5.8B acquisition of Sybase in July, 2010. He served on the boards of Harris Interactive as well as CTIA-The Wireless Association while at Sybase 365. He actively participates in public policy advocacy on issues affecting the wireless industry, such as standards, telecommunications regulation and consumer protection. Marty obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in rhetoric and history. He also holds an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
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.
Doug has served as a Director of LiveOps since December 2003. He is currently a managing partner at Menlo Ventures and joined the organization in 1982. At Menlo, Doug focuses primarily on early-stage communications and software companies. He has also worked as a design engineer at ROLM Corporation. His recent investments and board seats include: Appshop, ePac, Expand Beyond, FutureTrade Technologies, GoDigital Networks, IntelliDOT, IronPort Systems, LiveOps, nLight Photonics, Open Solutions and ProfitLine. His prior investments and board seats include: Carrier Access Corporation (CACS); Cyras Systems, acquired by CIENA Corp. (CIEN); Efficient Networks (EFNT); Hotmail, acquired by Microsoft (MSFT); Kalpana, acquired by Cisco (CSCO); printCafe Software (PCAF); and Pyxis. Doug is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BS in Electrical Engineering), Stanford University Graduate School of Business (MBA) and Stanford University Law School (JD).
Ryan D. Downs
Ryan is the CEO and President of Proxibid, Inc. He joined Proxibid in August, 2010, from eBay, where he served in a number of roles. He served as a Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at PayPal Inc., eBay's payments division since May 2002. Ryan has extensive experience running a large customer service organization. He joined PayPal in December 2001 as Vice President of Operations. From June 2000 to December 2001, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of eTopia Technologies, Inc., an Omaha-based IT consulting firm. He served as a Partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott of Denver, Colorado, where he specialized in complex commercial litigation. He earned a B.S. in Agribusiness and Agricultural Honors in 1991 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994.
Joseph F. Hoffman - Chairman of LiveOps' 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.
Board of Advisors
Maynard brings more than 30 years of experience developing and leading high-growth companies to his role at LiveOps. From December 20, 2006 to July 18, 2011, Maynard was also LiveOps CEO. He joined LiveOps from eBay where he served as Chief Operating Officer. At eBay, Maynard directed engineering and technology operations, product development, customer support, trust and safety, global billing, human resources, and legal functions. Prior to eBay, Maynard was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Gateway, Inc. He has also held management and leadership positions at Bay Networks, Quantum Corporation, Thomas-Conrad Corporation and IBM. A respected member of the Silicon Valley technology community, Maynard is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board at Yahoo and is a board member at salesforce.com.
Webb is the founder of the Webb Investment Network, a seed investment firm in Los Gatos, Calif., and co-founder of Everwise, a company focused on workplace mentorship.
Maynard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University.
Bill joined Benchmark Capital in 1999 after spending two years as a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston focusing on personal computer hardware and software. His research coverage included such companies as Dell, Compaq, and Microsoft, and he was the lead analyst on the Amazon IPO. In both 1995 and 1996, Bill was a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team. Prior to his investment career, Bill was a design engineer at Compaq Computer, where he worked on products such as the 486/50 and Compaq's first multi-processor server. Before Compaq, he served in the technical marketing group of Advanced Micro Devices' embedded processor division.
For the past twelve years, Bill has authored the Above the Crowd newsletter, which focuses on the evolution and economics of high technology businesses. Bill holds a MBA from the University of Texas, 1993; and a BS in computer science from the University of Florida.
Jim is a General Partner at CMEA Ventures and is on the Board of Directors of Apriso, iSuppli Inc., Key Research and Teros. Prior to joining CMEA, Mr. Watson was a consultant to several professional services firms and venture capital partnerships in the areas of strategic planning and partnering, board development, and supply chain management. Mr. Watson was also one of the Founders of Monterey Bay Partners, a venture management firm specializing in high technology start-ups. He founded Skyway Systems, a high technology logistics company where he served as president and leader behind the supply chain strategy that twice landed Skyway on the Inc. Magazine list of fastest-growing U.S. companies in the 1980s. In 1993, Inc. Magazine named him as one of the Entrepreneurs of the Year. Prior to Skyway, Mr. Watson was with IBM's large computer systems division where he worked with several large companies, such as United Airlines, in designing and marketing computer systems for all phases of business.
For over two decades, David has worked with technology startups throughout the software sector. In 2000, David joined August Capital to invest broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on enterprise application and infrastructure software, as well as consumer facing software and services. Prior to joining August Capital, David was an intellectual property and corporate attorney at Venture Law Group and Perkins Coie. In his legal practice, David represented high tech startups in all aspects of their formation, financing, and operations. Before that, David was a litigator in New York City at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
David has an eclectic educational background. He holds an AB in Computer Music from Stanford University, an M.Phil in Criminology from Cambridge University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
David is currently a lecturer at the Harvard Law School, where he teaches entrepreneurship and venture capital, and previously lectured at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he taught intellectual property. He is the author of VentureBlog, the first venture capital blog, and VentureCast, the first venture capital podcast, and is the founder and executive producer of The Lobby conferences, annual gatherings of the thought leaders in digital media and business-facing technology.