Shikhar Ghosh recognized the Internet's business potential early in its commercial life and understood that it would revolutionize how companies operate and how people communicate. He founded Open Market, a leading Internet commerce and information publishing software firm, in 1994. In 1998, he founded iBelong and soon thereafter acquired technology from Redwood Investment Systems, a pioneer in analytical software for the financial services industry, and renamed the company Verilytics. Mr. Ghosh, who also served as CEO of Appex Corporation and as a partner with the Boston Consulting Group, regularly shares his views of the Internet's future with national and international audiences. He has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, from The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company to Interactive Week and CNET. Business Week called him one of the country's "best entrepreneurs" in 1996 and Forbes named him one of the "Internet entrepreneurs and masters of the new universe" in 1998. Mr. Ghosh is a board member of Open Market and CommerceNet and serves as chairman of the Massachusetts Software & Internet Council
Mr. Ghosh earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Bombay, India.
Ajay Agarwal is a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures. He joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2003. Prior to joining Bain Capital Ventures, Mr. Agarwal spent over seven years as a senior executive at Trilogy Software, a privately-held enterprise software company based in Austin, Texas. As head of sales and marketing, Mr. Agarwal grew Trilogy's annual revenues to $300 million and led Trilogy's product expansion into new areas such as enterprise pricing and enterprise incentive management. Prior to Trilogy, Mr. Agarwal was a consultant with the Los Angeles office of McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Agarwal holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Agarwal holds a patent for the "Method and Apparatus of Configuration Solutions."
Guli Arshad has more than 25 years of experience in the investment field. Prior to founding Nuland & Arshad, Inc., he worked as a management consultant, real estate advisor, technology entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. He is also active in the non-profit area as a former trustee of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School and The American International School of Florence. He currently sits on the board of the Family Nurturing Center and Gateway Arts, as well as several private technology boards.
Mr. Arshad graduated from Oberlin College and holds two master degrees from Harvard University, including an M.B.A.
William D. Porteous is a General Partner with RRE Ventures. He was previously a principal, having joined the firm as an Associate in 2000. Before joining the venture capital industry, he held senior management positions in marketing and product management with SupplyWorks and NetMarket, the e-commerce pioneer now owned by Cendant Corp. Mr. Porteous is a director of Coldwatt, Electric Cloud, NTM, Softcoin, and Trusted Data and a former director of Frictionless Commerce (acquired by SAP) and Tacit Networks (acquired by PKTR). In addition, he is actively involved in the firm's investments in Ember and PrimeRevenue. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School and as a Director of the Software Division of the Software and Information Industry Association.
Mr. Porteous holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. with Honors from Stanford University, where he served as Captain of the Varsity Crew.
Ted Morgan founded Skyhook with Michael Shean in 2003 to capitalize on the explosive growth of Wi-Fi usage and the emerging demand for location-based services. Prior to founding Skyhook, Mr. Morgan was the Vice President of Marketing for edocs Inc., a provider of customer self-service solutions that was sold to Siebel Systems in January 2005. At edocs, he ran marketing communications, inside sales, product marketing, and product management. Prior to edocs, Mr. Morgan was Group Product Manager for Open Market, one of the early leaders of the e-commerce revolution. Prior to that, he was a product manager for Harbinger Net Services in Atlanta. Prior to the technology industry, Mr. Morgan spent four years in the financial services industry, as part of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Alliance Capital, and Allen & Company. Mr. Morgan has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Jeff joined Skyhook as CEO in 2012. Prior to joining Skyhook, he served as Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures for six years. Earlier, Jeff was President & CEO of m-Qube, Inc. one of the country's fastest growing mobile technologies companies before it was acquired by VeriSign in 2006. In 2006, Jeff was voted Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” in New England and was also named to the Boston Business Journal's “40 under 40” list. Prior to m-Qube, Jeff held positions as Founder and President of Transactive Solutions, Chief Operating Officer of Travelers/NETPlus, and a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on multimedia and convergence technologies.
Jeff received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Jeff is Chairperson of BUILD Boston, a non-profit helping that uses entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged high school students to academic and life success. Jeff is also on the board of the 21st Century Fund, a fund that invests in innovation inside Brookline's Public High School.
At the age of 17, Jeff started his entrepreneurial career selling office furniture door to door in New York. Then, as a freshman in college, he borrowed $10K to start a mail order company.
AdvisorsDr. Kaveh Pahlavan Chief Technical Advisor, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Computer Science, and Director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Kaveh Pahlavan also serves as a Visiting Professor of the Telecommunication Laboratory and the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu, Finland. His area of research is broadband wireless indoor networks. He has contributed to numerous seminal technical publications in the field. He is the principal author (with A. Levesque) of Wireless Information Networks (New York: Wiley, 1995) and (with P. Krishnamurthy) Principles of Wireless Networks: A Unified Approach (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2002). He has been a consultant to several companies including GTE Laboratories, Simplex, Mercury Computers, WINDATA, 3COM, and Codex/Motorola, Savi Technologies, RadioLAN, Aironet, United Technology, NTT, and Nokia, and Finnish Academy in Finland; and NTT in Japan. Dr. Pahlavan is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Wireless Information Networks. He was the Founder, Program Chairman, and Organizer of the IEEE Wireless LAN Workshop, Worcester, MA, in 1991 and 1996, and the Organizer and Technical Program Chairman of the IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Boston, MA, in 1992 and 1998.
He was selected as a member of the Committee on Evolution of Untethered Communication, U.S. National Research Council, in 1997 and has led the U.S. review team for the Finnish Research and Development Programs in Electronics and Telecommunication, in 1999. For his contributions to wireless networks, he was the Westin Hadden Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1993 to 1996 and become a fellow of Nokia in 1999. From May of 2000, he was the first Fulbright-Nokia scholar at the University of Oulu. Because of his inspiring visionary publications and his international conference activities for the growth of the wireless LAN industry, Dr. Pahlavan is referred to as one of the founding fathers of the wireless LAN industry.