Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
With over 25 years of senior executive experience in the software industry, David brings a tremendous wealth of experience in enterprise products and organizational growth, and has a track record of success in creating and growing technology companies.
David has an extensive background in the software industry. Most recently, he was CEO of xkoto, a cross platform enterprise database virtualization software company which was acquired by Teradata. Prior to xkoto, David was VP & General Manager at Novell, where he managed the $450 million division that included Novell’s SUSE Linux and Netware operating systems, collaboration products and a number of emerging open source technologies. David joined Novell in 2003, as part of the acquisition of Ximian, a leading Linux and open source software company, where he was President and CEO.
Before Ximian, David served as President of worldwide sales and operations for The Learning Company—an $800 million consumer software company acquired by Mattel in 1999 — and as President of worldwide sales and operations at Mattel Interactive.
Jeffrey Barnett has served as Executive Vice President, Field Operations for DemandWare since November 2005 and was instrumental in driving the company’s growth which led to its successful IPO. In this role, he is responsible for delivering the corporate bookings and revenue plan, as well as for ongoing customer satisfaction. He previously served as Vice President of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa of Siebel Systems, Inc., a software company, from its acquisition of edocs, Inc. in December 2004 until September 2005. Prior to joining Siebel, Mr. Barnett served as Managing Director, International Operations of Edocs, Inc., a billing, payment, and account management software company, from May 2002 until December 2004, and as Vice President, International Sales and Marketing of Edocs from November 1999 until May 2002. Before joining Edocs, Mr. Barnett served as Director for global consulting services at Kenan Systems Corporation from September 1990 until November 1999. Mr. Barnett holds a B.S. in computer information systems from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Bob Goodman, a founding partner in Bessemer’s New York office, focuses on investments in software, communications and healthcare IT. Bob is currently a member of the board of directors at VoIP-communications company BroadSoft; telecommunications provider GTS; mobile-advertising company Millennial Media; social-networking company SelectMinds; data-management and backup-software company Syncsort; remote-computer support company Teamviewer; and information-security company Perimeter E-Security. Bob’s former portfolio companies include ART Advanced Recognition Technologies (acquired by Scansoft, now Nuance); Flarion Technologies (acquired by Qualcomm); Bladelogic (IPO, then acquired by BMC); IAG Research (acquired by Nielsen); Nistevo (acquired by Sterling); Octave Communications (acquired by Voyant, then Polycom); System Management ARTS (SMARTS, acquired by EMC); Taqua (acquired by Tekelec); Telica (purchased by Lucent); Zensys (acquired by Sigma Designs); and Netsmart Technologies (acquired by Genstar Capital).
Maia D. Heymann
Maia has worked with dozens of start-ups and growth companies throughout her 20-year career as a venture capitalist and banker. She has made equity investments in over 30 technology companies and has worked for BancBoston Ventures, Bank of America, FleetBoston Financial, and Bank of Boston.
Since 2006, Maia has been a member of CommonAngels, a Boston-area venture capital investment group. In 2009, she joined their Board. Maia is an active angel investor with a portfolio of investments in sectors including software apps, new media, design automation, and business collaboration. From 2004 to 2008 Maia was a Managing Director at BancBoston Ventures, part of Bank of America’s global private equity group. There she and her team managed a diverse $330 million portfolio of venture and private equity. Maia was a Board member of Inventa, Enigma, NetKey, Watchfire and WebCT and a Board observer of Arbinet-TheExchange, BuyerZone, Centric Software, InQuira, Iowa Telecom and others. Some of Maia’s other investments include Docent, Generations Network, MarketAxess, OnDisplay (acquired by Vignette) QPass, and Versata.
Michael Skok joined North Bridge Venture Partners in 2002 to seek out great entrepreneurs and lead innovative software investments. Prior to becoming a VC, Michael was an entrepreneur and CEO in the software business for 21 years. Michael founded and recruited teams that attracted over $100m in private equity for investments in multiple succesful software companies ranging from Enterprise Big Data and Analytics (AlphaBlox – acquired by IBM) to Consumer products (Symantec UK – NASDAQ:SYMC) and covering areas like, Content Management, and Collaboration while spanning the Workstation, PC, Client Server and Internet eras.
As a VC, Michael has initiated ventures with, seeded and invested in many great entrepreneurs who have built over a $1billion dollars of value focusing on large market changing technologies and disruptive business models such as SaaS, Cloud Computing, Open Source and Mobile.
Along the way, Michael has served on numerous boards and supported various industry groups like the Software Publishers association where he was Chairman for a number of years in Europe. He is active on the boards of all recent investments including Acquia, Akiban, Apperian, Demandware(NYSE:DWRE), and Unidesk, as well as Actifio and Revolution Analytics.
Michael’s passion for innovation and entrepreneurship is also fueling his work mentoring and developing the next generation of entrepreneurs. He is currently developing and leading workshops such as the “Startup Secrets” series with the Harvard i Lab. His work in this regard can be found online at www.mjskok.com Twitter follow @mjskok