Damian Black has over twenty-five years in the software infrastructure business. Damian started his career at Hewlett-Packard in HPLABS at their European research labs, and went on to run a European-wide middleware solutions business before moving to the US. For HP in the US he led the team that pioneered IP Mediation – a real-time technology for analytics and billing in Telecomm, becoming market leader. He later moved to XACCT as VP Product Management, acquired by Amdocs to power its real-time data mediation. Damian was next VP Sales and Business Development for Followap, a Sequoia funded company, until it was acquired by NeuStar. Followap was the market leader in mobile Instant Messaging and Presence powering Vodafone’s IM service among others, continuing Damian’s career in real-time middleware. Damian is the author of eleven patents and founder of SQLstream, a massively parallel real-time data engine executing continuous SQL queries against Streaming Big Data and supporting a cloud-based architecture. He has a first class honors degree from Manchester University, which is the UK’s oldest and leading computer science department, where he won the university prize awarded annually to the highest scoring computer science graduate.View blog posts by Damian Black
Former Oracle executive, serial entrepreneur and MIT alumnus. Edan Kabatchnik joined Oracle from MIT and rose to Director of Engineering. After leaving Oracle, he founded Eventus Software, which was sold to Segue, a leader in the automated software testing market. As CTO and Executive Vice President of Product Development, Edan conceived and delivered highly scalable enterprise software products in the Web content management space. He then joined the Sprout Group as a technology consultant, where he scrutinized the technology infrastructure, architecture, and teams of early-stage companies for investment partners, before joining Relay Health where he rose to COO. Edan graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science with Engineering. At MIT he was elected to the Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi honor societies.
Rick’s impressive track record in the financial services industry began on Sand Hill Road, where he designed and sold his own Corporate Service program to Silicon Valley high tech firms, and culminated in being the youngest of the 140+ Senior Vice Presidents at UBS, responsible for restricted stock, corporate cash management, and complex option and hedge strategies.
Prior to UBS, Rick was ranked in the top 10 from over 10,000 nationally at Smith Barney Shearson (brokerage and investment banking). In 1990, Rick became the first broker in the nation to open portable brokerage operations in client company offices to service employees during pre and post IPO activities. Rick won best Fixed Income cash management performance for 32 consecutive quarters, and was named Broker of Record for over a dozen IPO’s including Atmel.
After 15 successful years, Rick left the brokerage world, and applied his commitment and determination to pursue other interests. He built a business selling rare maps, expanding the collections of over a thousand museum & university archives. Rick has twice won the World Championships of Knife Throwing (2002 and 2005), has spent time as a TV host and Vegas performer, and taught knife throwing and hand weapons to the US Marine Corps & law enforcement. He was inducted into the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame in 2003.
A seasoned financial executive with over 17 years of accounting experience, Jason has worked his way up from entry-level accounting positions to become the Corporate Controller of a $70m VC-backed San Francisco software firm, and to the position of CFO of a $25m, 125-person technology and logistics company. He is a former Accenture consultant with a Masters Degree from Washington University, and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and a member of Financial Executives International (FEI). A self-described “scrappy street-smart entrepreneur-turned accountant from New Jersey,” Jason has worked as an oil rig roughneck (laborer) in the oilfields of northern Alaska, and has lived in Egypt, England, Alaska and Missouri. Jason is a 3-time US National Champion fife (like a flute) soloist, and is the founder of a 1776-era musical parade band.